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Comment: That's not going to work economically (Score 1) 414

by HangingChad (#48445447) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

"There may be times when they want the cars to drive them, but they won't be buying autonomous-only cars."

A future where people can opt out of buying an autonomous car sounds great but it's not feasible economically. Traffic lights and traffic signs are all things needed for cars being piloted by humans, autonomous cars don't need them. At some point we'll be spending billions maintaining human-readable infrastructure and road rules when there are fewer and fewer actual humans driving.

It's just like the Sunpass you use out on the tollway in Florida. There are fewer and fewer options for driving on the tollway when you don't have a sticker. It won't be long before it's mandatory. It's the same with autonomous cars. Once cars start to take over the day will dawn when we don't want to collectively maintain the signage, traffic lights and human readable infrastructure.

Comment: He's not just speculating (Score 0) 89

Elon Musk isn't just daydreaming, those are product announcements. It would have taken NASA 15 years and billions in contracts to create a reusable booster, it would have crashed more often than Musk's prototype and ended up costing more on a per-launch basis than one-shot boosters. NASA is why we can't make big steps into space.

The proof of that statement will be when Musk comes sailing in with a reclaimed booster in tow.

Comment: I lived there (Score 1) 47

I lived in Titusville for two years covering the end of the space shuttle program and the private space industry is not going to save that area. Most of T'ville's problems are self-inflicted and, even as businesses continue to close and young people can't move away fast enough, government leaders are not investing the kind of money in the type of projects it would take to attract new businesses.

For decades T'ville was anti-growth and most of the policies still cling to the dying relic of the area, which is a study in decay and abandonment. Titusville is a craphole and there's little to recommend the area. It's ironic they're still looking for space-industry solutions to save them.

Titusville is not yet Detroit, a city verging on complete decay.

The author obviously didn't spend much time there because that whole area is decaying. The restaurant he was talking about is called Dixie Crossroads down on Garden and it's not a place locals frequent, not that there are a lot of options.

And I'm still not convinced that NASA is the right organization to define the future of space travel, but that's a different discussion.

Comment: Libertarian talking point goes down in flames (Score 1) 720

So the idea that a higher minimum wage would drive automation is bullshit, as we suspected all along. Companies would automate jobs if they were being paid $2/hour. Humans get sick, they have a bad day and require training. Humans need managers, machines just need maintenance.

It was always a bullshit talking point. How many companies have a receptionist these days? Or a switchboard operator? A higher minimum wage never explained ATMs and online banking.

Maybe it was just Koch brothers brand bullshit all along.

Comment: Gadget enforcement never works (Score 1) 398

by HangingChad (#48194873) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

That's because they haven't, otherwise the city would be taking a victory lap. That's because gadget enforcement can't change human nature.

We won't see any real safety improvements until we take human nature out of driving and turn it over to machines.

Comment: As if we weren't ignoring them before (Score 5, Funny) 406

by HangingChad (#48141219) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

We were ignoring seat belt puppet show long before the FAA loosened restrictions on gadgets. Besides, if there ever actually was an accident, the chances of needing any of that safety equipment is pretty negligible. I don't think the little oxygen mask is going to be any match for blunt force trauma. At normal airliner speeds, the little mask would be wearing you for protection.

Comment: Just the kind of thing you'd expect from the feds (Score 1) 580

by HangingChad (#48117181) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

What a dumb as shit policy. That's almost as bad as the days they wouldn't hire anyone who smoked pot. When you fix those kinds of absolutes you start selecting for a specific personality type that's not always going to make the best agent.

It's so backwards it defies logic.

Moneyliness is next to Godliness. -- Andries van Dam