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Comment: Wait what question? (Score 1) 171

by DarkOx (#49353085) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

For example when faced with the decision to crash into a pedestrian or another vehicle carrying a family

Um there is no question for several reasons.

First if the situation is so immediate your only two options are hit a vehicle or hit a person its highly unlikely you have time to peer into the other vehicle and count its occupants.

Second most vehicles on the road today have lots of safety features; if they are being used, seat belts fastened airbags not disabled etc, most crashes are highly survivable; most pedestrian vehicle crashes far far less so for the pedestrian (excepting very low speed nudged someone in a parking lot cases).

Finally while your liability insurance should most likely be on the hook in any situation I can image you finding yourself faced with such a choice another driver is more likely to have supplemental coverage that will ensure they are taken if your insurer dicks out and tries to screw them.

I really can't image a situation, most things being held equal, ( I know you could contrive a situation where you will be nearly at a complete stop before you hit the pedestrian vs hitting the other vehicle at high speed ) where it would ever be appropriate to choose to hit the pedestrian.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 2) 721

by DarkOx (#49345185) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The violence policy center estimates 674 murder suicides per year for the US alone. I would say this qualifies a murder suicide, if it wasn't done for political / religious reasons that would make it terrorism.

If we exclude acts done in hot zones like Iraq, Yemen, Syria, etc that are more military in nature, how many terrorist attacks were there last year? I don't know but I'd guess less than 674.

Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 1) 527

Yes you can put anything you want in a purchase contract, I did exactly that. I work from home so I have to have connectivity.

Now an offer on one property I made was refused because they were unwilling to accept that condition; but that's their right. Just like it is my right not offer to buy something unless I can determine its suitable. Either both parties can accept the terms or not. That is how transactions happen in a free society.

I have no sympathy for this guy he should have taken some steps to protect himself; and no asking a sales drone in a Comcast polo shirt is not due diligence. A two second conversation with his realtor should have resulted in him being told we can put whatever you want in the offer contract. He could write that himself if comfortable or do what I did an pay for one hour of a lawyers time to draft up 6 sentence paragraph.

Comment: Re:it always amazes me (Score 1) 339

by DarkOx (#49334343) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Correct, Iran is a hostile power and rapidly gaining control of the region. They are Shiite though and AQAP and ISIS/Dash are Suni.

We can't fight Iran because like we decided we could not invade Japan at the end of WWII the cost in blood would be to high, and you are correct it would likely create an unstoppable backlash against Western Europe and Israel.

The obvious solution is to let someone willing to pay in blood destroy them. Honestly we ought to let ISIS/Dash run wild, if Syria falls entirely and Iraq falls to ISIS, Iran will have two boarders to try and control against an equally tenacious enemy. They won't have time or resources to worry about Israel let alone interfering with anything we are trying to effect.

By the same token Iran has been the more effective force is actually slowing ISIS so maybe they could keep ISIS busy for us too.

Comment: Re:Are the CAs that do this revoked? (Score 2) 133

by DarkOx (#49330209) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

Yes its a To big to Fail problem, just in another form. If your browser throws errors on just about ever site you visit pretty soon "many" people will start using another browsers. So no we won't revoke Verisign's root pretty much no matter what.

Maybe an independent like Mozilla might would drop them, if the entire Verisign organization was discovered by an NSA front run by vampires with pedophilia it could happen but even then its only a maybe at best.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 2) 201

by DarkOx (#49320925) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

No a false flag operation is pretty much any operation where one of its principle objectives is the miss-attribution of the action to another party.

Suppose Bob hates Alice, and Bob also hates Ted who does not care about Alice one way or the other but similarly despises Bob. Ted might attack Bob under the flag of Alice, in hopes Bob will go to war with Alice. Bob will consume his resources fighting with Alice; perhaps to Ted's economic advantage or maybe so Ted can attack a further weakened Bob later.

Comment: Re:Animal House (Score 1) 759

by DarkOx (#49318755) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

You I think there is a certain type of individual that is attracted to technical/mechanical work. I don't care if its software architects or actual architects planning out a sky scraper. The sort of person who wants and likes to think about details, consider behaviors across large input domains be they the length of a string or a snow load and work through problems in highly structured procedural ways tend to exhibit certain personality characteristics.

This goes for males and females. Just about everyone I have ever met who is successful fields of this type tends toward this sort of off color humor. Probably because they see ( correctly IMHO ) that in most case our interactions with one another are rather scripted and predictable. Humor pretty much means violating expectations but in a way the logical connection between the subjects is immediately apparent in retrospect. Sex jokes are simply easy to construct and lets face it whether certain groups of people care to admit tend to be reliably funny. Just look at the sheer number of "Sex/LateNight Comedies" Hollywood turns out. It may not be the avant guard of humor but it works.

Technical people and engineers don't generally seek to make things harder than they need to be. If the reaction they want is a chuckle from their peers, an a sex joke is the easiest way to get it. A sex joke they will use.

Comment: Re:Hardware is trusted (Score 3, Insightful) 83

by DarkOx (#49312629) Attached to: LightEater Malware Attack Places Millions of Unpatched BIOSes At Risk

Not sold. Sticking with something like BIOS does not mean sticking with BIOS. Its time to drop the legacy support, sure. Sticking with a small amount of boot code to fire up the storage controller and jump to boot loader, set some memory timings etc is going to more secure than a massive interactive application that UEFI is.

Fewer inputs mean fewer inputs to sanitize and less opportunity to screw it up.

Comment: Wait (Score 1) 70

by DarkOx (#49307803) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely

According to government spies the likelihood of a cyber Armageddon is "remote." And this raises some unsettling questions about our ability to trust government officials and why they might be tempted to fall back on such blatant hyperbole.

So I am confused are we happy an official finally offered a reasonable and likely accurate description of the risks we face, and correct identification of the problem, attribution, or not?

Comment: Re:I choose MS SQL Server (Score 4, Informative) 320

by DarkOx (#49294883) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

Was the last version of SQL Server you used 7.0 or something. I love to dump on Microsoft as much as the next guy, but honestly SQL Sever 2000 on is pretty damn good. As far as falling over when hit with significant load, I was running a 60TB database on the first Itanium versions of SQL 2000 back in '04 and it never 'fell over'.

The project was big enough and cost enough Microsoft was willing to send people out to help us tweak and tune. That is all we did though nothing exotic like a custom build or anything. Just end user tuneables and guidance on schema around partition views and like.

So really there are plenty of legitimate criticisms of the Microsoft platform family but SQL Server falling over ain't one of them.

Comment: Re:Internal (Score 2) 214

by DarkOx (#49293365) Attached to: Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

I think he is saying we don't want to just make "another game" that happens to have the same characters and genre with a new subtitle. It has to really be good so we don't spoil the franchise. In order to make sure it is good we need to know why the first one was really such a big hit.

What was truly unique, what was the special sauce that made all the other ingredients truly integrate? If they can't confidently answer that they won't do it.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson