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I get the Slashdot love for autonomous cars. Running off of computer, pushing the limits of AI, society having to come to terms with legal and liability issues raised by new technology. Good stuff.
But why should running off of electricity somehow make a car interesting? Because it's "new"? No, people have experimented with electric cars since the 19th century, the main difference now is we have batteries that make it semi-practical. Because storing power in a battery gives it something in common with geeky devices like laptops and tablets? Because some geeks also happen to be into environmental causes? Seriously, what is so exciting about this car that it gets so many Slashdot stories?
I maintain nonetheless that yin-yang dualism can be overcome.
With sufficient enlightenment we can give substance to any distinction: mind without body, north without south, pleasure without pain. Remember, enlightenment is a function of willpower, not of physical strength.
—Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
“Essays on Mind and Matter”
Time to start building those Mag Tubes!
"But if they lose it could be a giant step backward for the movement. They're playing with fire."
Maybe NhRP shouldn't monkey around with this.
It is pretty straight forward how it will work.
1) People send in money.
2) After a while the site closes down.
3) Person that put up the site earns a nice profit.
Yes, tick off a community of users whose defining trait is that like to hire hit men, that sounds like a wonderful business plan.
Let the whitch hunt begin!
Whitch hunt would that be?
The law seems to love sensationalizing terms relating to weapons.
Semiautomatic rifle with a vaguely military appearance? Assault rifle! (which more properly refers to fully-automatic rifles)
Any fully-automatic weapon? Machine gun! (which more properly refers to big belt-fed weapons and the like)
An explosive device? Weapon of mass destruction! (which more properly refers to a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon)
So many flaws with this proposal. Why the assumption that no one will need self-defense around "schools, malls and movie theatres"? Who buys a computing device that loses all of its config settings every four hours? Why does your remote disable feature have a loophole for corporate and government owned guns (guns not in the possession of a single owner would seem to be the most likely to get lost and need a remote disable)? How is your friend or foe feature supposed to work?
The most glaring flaw is adding lots of battery-intensive requirements (GPS, broadcasting signals, pinging other devices, and listening for remote disable signals) and adding them to a device used in life-and-death emergencies. When dead battery potentially equals dead user, this doesn't seem like the wisest course of action.
The app chirps at you when it notices rough braking, aggressive acceleration, or speeding over 70 mph.
So it's basically the same as having my wife in the car.