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Comment: Re:Would We Even Want That? (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by JeffOwl (#49375729) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains
We could do that. We could take all children away from the parents as soon as they are born and make them wards of the state. That way they would all get the same amount of attention and stimulation at an early age, the same nutrition, the same access to the same government schools, etc...

Comment: Defeating the purpose (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by JeffOwl (#49282247) Attached to: NVIDIA To Install Computers In Cars To Teach Them How To Drive

What are they going to learn? How to not pay attention; how to not allow other vehicles to merge; how to force their way in when not allowed to merge; how to tailgate; how to brake check when others are tailgating; how to not use turn signals; what type of actions from other vehicles should cause them to rage; how to rage properly; how to ignore all the signs leading up to your exit and then cut across three lanes to take it at the last second; how to drive slow in the fast lane; how to pass when there isn't really room; how close they can get to a bicycle without actually hitting it; or hitting it, either way; ... etc..

Comment: Re:But people want to know how it works (Score 1) 107

by JeffOwl (#49230841) Attached to: Lawsuit Claims Major Automakers Have Failed To Guard Against Hackers
DMCA. That's how the auto makers reconcile it. If you are not an "authorized" service center then any attempts to read or modify data on the bus, or add unauthorized equipment, will constitute "circumvention." I'm sure authorization can be had for small fee.

Comment: Re:Boston, in the winter? (Score 1) 112

by JeffOwl (#49202189) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year
I guess I didn't do a good job of separating the two issues. 1st issue from the GP: avoiding kids crossing the street - Car should be able to do it. 2. Police officer, regardless of where he or she is standing at a given instant, gets to direct traffic. I would hope the car wouldn't run over them no matter where they are standing (see issue 1) but the real question was more to whether the car, when self driving, would be able to understand what the officer was telling traffic to do. And further, how to deal with other less common traffic situations, like double parked cars, broken down cars, construction areas, etc.. The car may be smart enough to avoid running into things, but will it be able to negotiate its way around the anomaly?

Comment: Re:Boston, in the winter? (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by JeffOwl (#49198181) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year
The cars should be smart enough to stop for any object blocking the road or moving predicted to be blocking the road when the car gets there. The question of the police officer is interesting though. And what if it isn't a police officer? What if there is simply a car or truck stopped blocking your lane, loading or unloading or just double parked. Will the car know when it is safe to cross into the other lane and go around?

Do the cars have an alarm or something that alerts the occupant (back-up driver) in the event it gets confused?

Comment: Why are you hiding? (Score 1) 150

by JeffOwl (#49163391) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
This will end up being considered suspicious behavior and you will be stopped and ID'd, doesn't matter that you haven't done anything wrong. Not only that but now you have made it EASIER for the network of cameras to track your movement because unless significant numbers of people are wearing these you are going to stand out like a full moon, at night, with clear skies, viewed from somewhere at high altitude away from light pollution.

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