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Comment: Re:"Hey, can I cut into your lane?" (Score 2) 153

by Jeff Fohl (#44375535) Attached to: NTSB Calls For Wireless Tech To Enable Vehicles To Talk To Each Other
Actually, I believe this will work. In my opinion, one of the reasons that driving in traffic sucks so hard is because of the limited amount of information the pilots of automobiles are able to pass to each other, because they are sealed up in big metal and glass boxes, limiting the information transfer to the use of a single-note horn, turn signals, headlights, and brake lights. If you are able to communicate to fellow drivers things like, "Excuse me, may I get in here?", this is a much more nuanced and information-rich set of information than a simple blinking indicator. Allowing for greater information-rich communication between cars on the road will, in my opinion lead to a more pleasant driving experience, because human interactions are heavily dependent on emotional cues, i.e. politeness.

Comment: Why have TLDs at all? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by Jeff Fohl (#43552103) Attached to: The Amazon Rainforest Wants Its TLD Back From Amazon.com
Sometimes I wish there were no TLDs at all. They aren't really necessary. They actually make things worse, since any owner of a domain is forced to buy several TLD versions of their domain. They only make sense if you can actually enforce the meaning of the TLD, such as how .gov TLDs are enforced.

Comment: Oerlikon GDF-005 Kills 9 (Score 2) 250

by Jeff Fohl (#34531950) Attached to: When Computers Go Wrong
I am surprised that the infamous malfunction of the robotic cannon, Oerlikon GDF-005 in 2007 was not mentioned. This malfunction caused the robot cannon to wildly spray hundreds of high-explosive 0,5kg 35mm cannon shells around the firing range in a South African training exercise, killing 9 and wounding 14. To be fair, it was not clear if it was a software or mechanical glitch that caused the malfunction. In any case, this underscores the growing reliance on automated systems, and the life and death consequences. Could licensing for software developers - similar to that bestowed upon civil engineers - be far away?

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.