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Comment Controlled vs uncontrolled course (Score 1) 58

On the other hand, the factory has the ability to 'control the course' much better and shouldn't have to worry about drunk workers on the floor doing stupid tricks. They can also do things like embed direction lines in the floor(or even the ceiling), so the pathing is simpler.

Comment Re:The market for this (Score 1) 58

And seriously, they carted him to the ER? It was within golf cart distance? Or was that just an inappropriate choice of words? Maybe the problem isn't limited to the golf crowd at your job...

It's a known turn of phrase at least in American English. 'Hauled off' would have also worked, 'carted off' tends to imply an ambulance to me. IE he was treated as cargo. Then again - being carried off a sporting field after injury seems appropriate:


There's a fairly good chance that he was indeed carted off, at least initially - by another golf cart.

Comment Re: Hypothesis: Patch the good eye (Score 1) 100

Decades ago one of my sisters had a lazy eye. She had to wear an eye patch on the good eye for a while, that's all. Simple solution that doesn't interfere much with their daily lives.

Fixes a decent percentage of the population, sure, but what about those for which the eyepatch fails?

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 394

They simply don't trust a cyclist, who doesn't have at least one foot firmly on the ground, to not pedal out in front of them.

Odd, drivers tend to have that view of me even when I have both feet on the ground straddling my bike, looking at my phone.

I mean, I'm wearing a helmet*, but I'm not in 'racer' gear otherwise.

*Mainly because I've managed to use a bicycle helmet up. I like my skull.

Comment Re: Poor example (Score 1) 394

Thus why he said that driving through a deactivated school zone slowly is being an 'assbag'. Because he's not only going slow, he's slowing down everybody behind them.

Look, here in the states residential streets are typically already 25mph - the speed limit for most school zones. Most schools only abut against 1-2 higher speed streets. Get the kids over them safely, the rest of their trip is on 25mph residential streets where kids are to be expected.

We just don't feel the need to keep the speed limit lower when kids are unlikely to be present. Thus the systems of lights. Your system of permanent speeds in this situation is fine, and easier for self-driving cars to handle, but that's not the case in most of the USA and Europe.

Comment 55mph speedlimit = politics. (Score 1) 394

It normally amounts to political. People drive what they feel is safe, normally speaking.

More in depth reasons vary - impressions of safety*, noise abatement(doesn't work if not followed), the idea that increasing the speed limit will increase speed on the road(it normally doesn't), even revenue generation - the cops get to write 20+ over tickets rather than 10+ over, and the former is a much bigger fine. etc...

*Despite evidence being that speed limits that are too low are almost/more as dangerous as too high, because they tend to increase speed differentials.

Comment Well, there's a reason they call it 'Development' (Score 1) 394

FTA - "Despite the awkward encounter, the cyclist didn’t leave with a negative impression of self-driving cars."

Imagine that, somebody driving a fixie who understands testing! That "The two guys inside were laughing and punching stuff into a laptop." means that, yes, they have a sense of humor and the absurd, but are punching stuff into a laptop, presumably to log additional information in for that encounter.

With this incident added to the list, the programmers can now develop a module to handle this behavior appropriately.

I get irked when a problem is encountered in a test and used to imply that the whole idea is stupid. This article isn't too bad, demonstrates WHY they're still doing testing.

Comment Testing (Score 5, Interesting) 100

I think that it's that he's willing to use himself as a test subject before inflicting it on others, fairly rare today.

Not that I suggest a heart surgeon do a transplant on himself or that a doctor inject himself with insulin if he's not diabetic...

But living in complete darkness for ~5 days can have unexpected developments/difficulties, it's probably best to NOT inflict that on kids until you know what to look for.

Comment Re:Economics isnt science. (Score 1) 140

Personally, I think that people are incorrect when they think of Marx as an economist. He wasn't. He was more of a socialogist. His economics were a side-note compared to the class struggle portion. It's just that you can't build a utopian social theory, like many philosophers have before, without touching upon economics. He was right that the social structures of the time were unsustainable though.

Comment Re:Something else economists could do... (Score 1) 140

That's a bit like trying to predict the weather by looking outside right this moment and forecasting it'll be the same tomorrow though. You observe the people, develop a model that attempts to predict their actions, then use the model to attempt to predict future actions, thus allowing you to make accurate forecasts.

Besides that, to misuse Asimov, predicting a human is hard. Predicting a group of humans is substantially easier.

Comment Housing bubble. (Score 1) 140

and many saw it coming long before it folded.

Hell, I saw it coming. Like I said, not an economist and thus I wasn't about to try to peg when it'd happen. For that matter, I didn't even know how bad it was underneath.

My metric was incredibly simple: comparing median salary of home purchasers with median home price. When that started getting out of whack, combined with news like how the average home purchaser was in more debt than ever(student loans), my realization was that the prices were unsustainable.

I ended up buying a $15k house and living through the bursting in it. Then sold it for $15k.

I knew it was in beanie-baby territory when banks were handing out loans because they were counting on things like even if they didn't get ONE payment from the borrower they'd still get their money back in appreciation by the time they repossessed it and sold it. Even as the incomes of those that would like to move into said homes was stagnant.

Comment Re:Bandwidth over time (Score 1) 174

As for Walmart stocking movies, why? Streaming is where it's all going. I admit there a paucity of 4K content, but I don't care, as that's not my use case. NTSC with a good story/plot is way more entertaining than 8K with a crap story/plot.

And why is there a paucity of streaming? Lack of bandwidth, currently... At least out in the boonies where I live.

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen