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Comment Re:Can the autonomous vehicle pass a drivers test? (Score 2) 139

Because we know generally what types of failures humans have, and can design our tests around what types of competence we know will be required. Autonomous vehicles are a new situation, and have new failure or competence modes. Until we understand those modes, we can't understand what we need to test for correctly.

By letting them on the road with human drivers as overrides, we are limiting the worst-case modes, and allow for more real-world tests is a larger variety of situations so we can understand those modes.

Comment Re:MailStore Home is the Answer (Score 2) 177

PSTs have a history of getting corrupted and having you lose everything in them - and also have some issues with going to large numbers of files per PST. But it's a solution.

However, it's more complicated than dumping into an IMAP folder for the original requester (as everything would have to be imported into Outlook), and it costs more.

But this isn't particularly clunky or hard to understand - set up a IMAP mail server (like any other, using common and well-documented tools) and transfer the mail to it. (Using the tools of whatever mail service they are in at the moment.) Done. Now you can access it with just about any email program out there - including Outlook, if you so desire.

Comment Re:MailStore Home is the Answer (Score 2) 177

Sounds like it might be good, if you run Windows. Another option is just to set up a home IMAP server that you can dump into - Dovecot handles large volumes of mail quite effectively, for instance. The mails would get stored in Maildir folders, so you can migrate or hand search if you need to as well.

The only downside is finding an IMAP client that will let you work with it without trying to make a local copy the moment you connect. (Mulberry is good, but hasn't been updated in ages. Or you can set up a webmail client on the 'server' box.)

Comment Re:Do anything other than what Perl did (Score 2) 304

I'd argue that the 'punctuation gone awry' view of Perl is largely because it was one of the first languages to fully embed regular expressions. While it has a fair number of different punctuation operators on it's own, nearly all are shared by other languages, and most of the rest are because the syntax has to differentiate between different types of variable operations, where more statically typed languages can let the types determine that.

Comment Re:Only if you ignore the differences. (Score 1) 684

I actually don't see a point in going to any place at all - going down into a gravity well just makes things more expensive, really. The only real argument for anything beyond pure-space habitats (work them close, get them mobile, then take them out to explore...) is that saying 'we're building a colony on X' is an easier way to raise money, in my opinion.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 241

I loved that line. It shows the problem in a nutshell: They compared ad blockers to stealing, and then gave two examples of things a large portion of the public isn't convinced is stealing.

So, yes, it's exactly like it. It's something you need to convince us is stealing, if you want us to act in the way you want us to. In fact, just like in those two cases, your best solution is to change your own actions to help us get what we want, so we can accept your solution.

I currently run adblockers solely because without them my computer was painfully slow to browse the web. The difference in many pages cases for me was in the order of a minute or more per page. Fix that problem, and I might reconsider. (Might. Because, after all, at this point the easiest thing to do is to leave the adblocker on...)

Comment Re:pet cemetary (Score 1) 116

I used cats as an example because the comment I was replying to and the article I linked to both use cats as a primary example. However, it's only a primary example, and the article does go into a fair amount of detail on why many of the some effects are found in dogs. Please read it to have your questions answered.

Comment Re:pet cemetary (Score 4, Insightful) 116

You are very wrong. The first cloned cat wasn't even the same official color as their genetic parent - and the researchers considered their personality differences even more pronounced, largely due to how they were raised.

How cats are raised and treated makes a very big difference in their behavior. Even such things as where they were in the womb makes a big difference.

And an identical twin isn't genetically different - that's why you clarify identical vs. fraternal twin. They are very different - both in humans and in animals - but genetically if they aren't the same they aren't an identical twin.

Comment Re:What's the point of cloning a pet? (Score 3, Interesting) 116

There is a research exception. So doing it to see how it works (which has been done...) or to improve techniques is allowed.

What this law really is preventing is another situation like the collapse of the banana production in the 1950's: Bananas are seedless, so are grown from cuttings - essentially clones of single plant. In the 50's, there was a disease that spread that the then-popular type of banana was very susceptible to, which almost wiped out the entire industry. The industry switched to a different variety, but it's still just a vegetative clone, ready to be hit by one disease and wiped out again. Imagine that happening to chickens or cows, wiping out their respective industries, even for a year or two. It would be chaos.

Comment Re:What about pets? (Score 3, Interesting) 116

Most people also have a crazy/wrong idea about what cloning is. It's not going to give you a carbon copy of your pet, all it gives you is an identical twin. I also seem to recall hearing that with some animals a twin won't even look the same due to things like color pattern being influenced by its time in the womb, but I could be completely off in left field with that. Regardless, you're just getting another pet with the same DNA makeup.

You're not off in left field. A cat may not even be the same color, technically. (The first cat cloned was a calico - it's clone was grey and white, no orange; orange is randomly activated during fetal development, and in the clone never activated, by chance.) I don't know if it'll go to that extreme in dogs, but again anything that's not a solid color tends to have color patches randomly distributed during development, so clones won't have the same pattern of colors unless the breed is single-color.

Personality is even more changeable - again the example of the first cloned cat: She was much more friendly to people she didn't know than her clone-mother was. (Probably due to being handled a lot more as a very young kitten.)

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