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Comment: Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 1) 176

by Alioth (#47572953) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

The highways (motorways) are actually the safest roads. In the UK only 4% of accidents happen on those roads and they are rarely fatal (while the absolute speeds are high, the impact speeds are often low because it's an impact between two vehicles going in the same direction, and there are safety features of the motorways themselves that try to avoid any accident resulting an a vehicle coming to a sudden stop). The same is likely true in the US.

Comment: Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 1) 176

by Alioth (#47572949) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

I've lived in both the US and UK, and I can say that the reason the USA has 13.6 and the UK rate is less than half really is due to US drivers being *a lot worse* than UK drivers. Also there are other factors, such as the lenient treatment of drunk drivers in many US states, leading to people not really being deterred from driving drunk. I saw a lot of people driving obviously drunk in the 6 years I lived in the USA. In the UK, you get done for drunk driving you actually lose your license and have to retake the (very strict) driving test again, and you lose your license for a long period (e.g. 2 years) and a high probability of a prison sentence, and the ban really is a ban, no "you may still drive to your place of work", so there is a very strong deterrent against drunk driving. Second offence and you definitely go to prison as well as have an even lengthier driving ban.

Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 1) 176

by Alioth (#47572899) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

My observation of the UK is that people do NOT run yellow lights (at least in northern Britain) and most people - especially on single carriageway roads - drive about 50 (the speed limit is 60 on those roads). With the cost of fuel I have also noticed that the vast majority are sticking to the 70mph limit and a significant minority do about 60. Britain is also infested with speed cameras.

It seems only about 10% of drivers or so play "fast and loose".

Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 1) 176

by Alioth (#47572891) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

You have to do a ton of overtaking. When I go to the UK, I stick to the motorway speed limit because it saves a huge amount of fuel. However, there are so many speed limited (56mph) lorries that you're constantly having to pull out to overtake lorries. The worse is lorries overtaking lorries on the M6 between Manchester and Birmingham. You have one lorry with a speed limiter at 55.99999998 mph, and another with a speed limiter at 56.00000001 and the faster one is overtaking the slower one, and it takes about 15 miles to complete the manuevre, and in the right lane you have a van overtaking the lorry overtaking the lorry, but the van is only doing 60 causing all the speeding repmobiles to suddenly slam on the brakes and slow to 60, causing a standing wave traffic jam in that lane.

If we could get autonomously driven lorries that can communicate and agree on a speed to drive so they never overtake each other, then it'll hugely increase the capacity of the M6.

Comment: PCI DSS (Score 1) 325

If you are going to be working with credit cards then read NOW and not later the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard) standards and follow them, or the company could be liable to penalties from your financial institution. Firewalls are indeed mandatory, as is proper documentation, management and review of the firewall rules.

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Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 1) 306

by Alioth (#47564605) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Unfortunately I've not had more time than enough to just dabble in Erlang and the related OTP, but it struck me that you could do a lot of things very elegantly with Erlang. In particular the very light weight share nothing threading model, years ago at university we used Jackson Structured Design where everything was designed as if it had its own process all to itself (no matter how trivial), and it seems that in Erlang you can actually implement it that way rather than flattening the design out.

Comment: Re:um yea... (Score 1) 518

by Alioth (#47564437) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I have a credit card but I don't pay a 7% or 30% fee on anything. The card is paid off in full each month. It costs me nothing but at the same time gets me buyer protection, I don't have to carry as much cash (so if I get robbed, less is lost and I can cancel the card). If someone gets hold of my credit card number and CVV, they can't drain my bank account with it and leave me with nothing to buy this week's food (and I get fraud protection and can dispute the charge).

Credit cards are stupid if you don't pay them off in full, then they become very expensive. But paid off in full they have benefits that paying in cash does not.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp