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Comment Re:Not a hard and fast rule... (Score 1) 257

It's like Moore's Law. It was never a law, merely an observation. It held true at the time, and for a surprisingly long time afterwards.

It still holds, generally speaking. The author of this article is mistaking his simplistic wishful thinking for insight.

As others have pointed out, it is not as if no-one thought of divide-and-conquer before, and there's nothing new in devops that would justify an expectation of different results.

Sooner or later, the author is going to rediscover the law of diminishing returns, and be saying "of course, you must have exceptionally competent people to make it work", as have all prior silver-bullet finders.

Comment Re:Remind us how well that worked for Steve Jobs? (Score 1) 414

Jobs was no idiot, and if avoiding things that didn't work in his case while a bit of peaceful woowoo kept him from losing his mind while he was losing his body, I wouldn't hold it against him.

Except that when he chose this course of action, he wasn't seeking a peaceful end to his life, and he later reversed that choice and regretted not doing so sooner.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

Before ABS, people pumped their brakes manually in order to avoid locking the brakes. After ABS, people needed to learn to adjust how they brake.

What sort of driving changes will people need to make when getting behind the wheel of a car with automatic emergency braking?

An interesting question. My first thought was that people around here have already anticipated this development by not paying attention to the traffic around them.

But if we look ahead a few years, to when AEB systems are prevalent, we may find drivers who routinely run red lights and stop signs, taking advantage of AEB to make collision avoidance someone else's problem. It would be a classic example of the law of unintended consequences, and a warning of what is to come in the transition from human to automated driving.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

The system responds to a set of inputs. It may be more complex than a single switch, but the function is little different than a power window that also has a lock to keep from being engaged

Hint: when you are making a pedantic argument, you really can't afford to slip in equivocal phrases like "little different."

Oh noes! The car is deciding for me whether a window can be engaged or not! Apparently checking to see if the brakes or window is locked before engaging is decision making now

Did it feel particularly clever of you to introduce 'lock' into the previous sentence, and then attempt to conflate it with the locking of a wheel? Unfortunately, that fails to avoid the central fallacy of your argument, which is a misidentification of who or what is making a decision (hint: a decision involves a choice between options.)

Hint: if you are attempting to ridicule someone, but you make a ridiculous extrapolation of their position and end up ridiculing that instead, the only one looking ridiculous is yourself. Jon Stewart made a career out of ridiculing people who did this.

Pumping the brake I applied is apparently decision making now.

Did you decide to pump the brakes? (hint: no.)

Do you have any idea how absurd you sound?

I have to admit that it is a bit silly spending any time replying.

It's not like I can't perform the same function without the ABS.

It's not like you can't perform emergency braking without AEB.

And as already demonstrated[sic], I can choose whether to engage the ABS by simply taking my foot off the brake and reapplying.

By then, as you have already 'demonstrated', the ABS has already made a decision and pumped the brakes.

Where is my disengage mechanism?

No, this line of thinking follows in the line of computers are magic, where a degree of complexity is apparently deciding for you. It's bunk, and is a red herring to the real question of the brakes being automatically applied as I swerve out of the way, and the car becomes uncontrollable. I see many lawsuits in the future.

If you had stuck to this position, you would have been making a useful (or at least arguable) contribution to the discussion. Hint: just because you have a valid position, it does not follow that any claim you make in its support automatically inherits that validity, or even makes sense.

Do you really want to go there?

I have no intention of following you into the hole you have dug for yourself. I will stay on the rim and maybe hand you a spade.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

Following your line of logic, if you have electric windows, the car is deciding to open and close them, not you. If you have power brakes, the car is deciding to brake, not you.

His line of logic does not lead there as, unlike ABS, these systems have no decision making component.

God you are dense.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

In over 4 years my ABS has had to kick in a handful of times (it's damn obvious when it does) and I was glad that it did each time.

I am also glad that the ABS stepped in to override your choice of braking force and save your ass (and possibly the person in front of you, as well).

Comment Re: Thats the usual problem with any radar system. (Score 3, Interesting) 122

> I'm guessing the receivers were incredibly permissive in how they treat incoming signals.

I would not be at all surprised, as this technology is, or was until recently, in development.

First making it work and then hardening it is not a bad strategy, as long as you actually do the latter - and it is a good idea to think about how you would do it before you need to.

Comment Re:One more reason we need restrictions on drones. (Score 1) 179

Absolutely. I was thinking in terms of the popular fantasy of what having a flying car would be like, and one more reason why the reality could not be anything like that.

My guess is that automation of the flying of flying cars would be a simpler problem than the automation of road vehicles, but there are a host of more difficult problems to be solved before such a vehicle is feasible. One of them is noise.

For those of us who like to fly, the advent of flying cars would probably be the end of our hobby.

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller