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Comment: Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (Score 1) 475

by AGMW (#47705699) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Even if that was actually safer to exceed the limit at that point?
By the time it's asked you "Do you want to allow me to potentially save your life by exceeding the local speed limit Dave?", and you've noticed the question and answered it, it could well be too late!
So let's assume you've given it permission to save your life by exceeding the speed limit, and something happens and your GoogleCar guns it and saves your life, but your vehicle is spotted and you get a ticket. Who pays?
If GoogleCar had decided the safest thing to do (for you, at least --- hmm this raises another question I'll come back to) then I'd feel somewhat aggrieved if I got a damn ticket for doing it!
... and do these GoogleCars follow the Asimov Laws of Robotics? Would it career into a queue of children to protect you from truck?

Comment: Re:The cloud (Score 0) 387

by AGMW (#47263445) Attached to: Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data
Off Topic ... but I like your sig. I've been leaning that way myself for some time now. Much like the US president can only run for two terms, wouldn't it be grand if there was something similar for the politicians lower down the tree! Politicians _should_ be people who've been out in the real World. They should _not_ be people who go to university with the desire to be politicians.

Comment: Re:3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (Score 4, Funny) 363

by AGMW (#47170905) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery
Damn. Yeah, good point. Shame really, 'cos them Israeli boffins have been working so hard on it and now they've got to just stop and do something else 'cos your commute is too long. You know, I bet they're kicking themselves for not asking you about your commute first 'cos they could've saved themselves the bother!
PAH! 3000km! 3000 schkilometers I say! Not to menschion we don't even have any kilometers in the US anyway.

Comment: Re:Eeeehhhhhh - meanwhile in Europe... (Score 1) 251

With you up until the the ID card stuff. Whilst our (UK) Gov. (Previous nuLab and current Con) seem to keep trying to foist ID cards on us we've been able to stop them so far. Odd that both nuLab and Con have both been mostly against it whilst in opposition, then seem all gung-ho for ID cards when they get voted in. Makes you wonder what the hell changes when they get the keys to No 10!

So I too see ID Cards in that very "papers please" light. They are a tool that gives power to the Gov and adds nothing to the people forced to carry them. Just Say No!

Comment: Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (Score 4, Informative) 712

Obviously carefully stepping over the fact that the previous labour government (Callaghan was it?) shut more mines than Thatcher because, and here's the kicker, they were uneconomic! It cost more to dig up the coal than the coal was worth, and we could get coal cheaper from elsewhere, including the damn shipping costs! ... no really!

Had Scargill not tried to bring down the elected government by flexing the miner's muscle maybe the scenes of violence could have been avoided, but I'll grant you that anywhere the Met (London Police) got brought in it turned nasty, but that's more a reflection of the Met than Thatcher - the Met are _still_ a little too handy with their fists (see Ian Tomlinson)

Comment: Re:I have no clue what's going on here (Score 1) 431

by AGMW (#46417035) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams
Why bother? I _guess_ because we have a set of rules about what kids have to be taught and part of that involves examination. So it's OK for the kids to take an exam and potentially do badly (if there are questions set on topics they've wilfully been mislead on!), but it's not OK to just not teach the subject.

If there was some way to weed out 'bad teachers' you could hope that the Biology teachers at such a school would continually be identified by Ofsted (UK schools watchdog) and warned, offered re-training, etc, then sacked, but sadly that's unlikely because the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike - even if Ofsted had such powers, and I don't think they do because if they did the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike!

Comment: Re:or stop hiding... (Score 4, Informative) 377

by AGMW (#46236727) Attached to: Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK
Not sure the UK would have extradited him to the US, and if they agreed to do so it would have been _years_ of court battles before it happened (see Gary McKinnon, amongst others), and yet Sweden can, and do, just hand people over to the US, so from the US's point of view, they'd likely get their hands on Assange far quicker if he could be convinced to pop back to Sweden - at least that seems to be the argument put forward by Assange. FWIW, and having read around the subject quite a bit, I tend to agree with him - Assange would be a fool to voluntarily go back to Sweden at this time.

Turns out that, as he's in the Ecuadorian embassy, he's already escaped the UK ...

Swedish police have visited other countries to 'interview' suspects in the past - including murderers - and presumably will do so in the future, so it does seem a little odd that they're so reluctant to pop over to the UK to interview a suspected 'rapist' who has offered to assist countless times.

The whole issuing of the European Arrest Warrant in the first place is decidedly odd too ... and brings into question the general use of such warrants.

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