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Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 1) 172

by Keyboard Rage (#47736065) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation
No. However, unlike a simulation, where the only values taken into account are those put in by the programmers and the car's designers (for stuff like wear-rates of mechanical parts), a test track will at least show values closer to real use, and may reveal unexpected hardware failures.

Comment: Re:Raise the bar? (Score 1) 341

by Keyboard Rage (#47676091) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

The bar that in Europe is placed much higher than (apparently) in the ole US of A, a concept that Uber appears to have some trouble grasping (not so Uber, eh?). So a business model that might work well in North America due to the abyssimal suckage of 'real' taxis there comes up at the bottom of the barrel at the other side of the Atlantic.

Comment: Re:Uber is quite retarded (Score 1) 341

by Keyboard Rage (#47676057) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Uber was (predictably) banned in a couple of Dutch cities for basically the same reason as in Berlin. Taxis here need licenses and have to adhere to strict guidelines due to serious issues with price-fixing and unacceptable behaviour by (not always) unlicensed taxi drivers (including robberies) in the past. Uber's reaction was "The law is obviously wrong and needs to be changed the future. We expect that this change will be made soon.".

This showcases some incredible arrogance and lack of understanding of how things work. A) Those laws and rules are the way they are because of historical reasons; those reasons are very likely to rear their ugly head again when licenses are abolished. B) Exclusive deals (e.g. where Uber would be the only one to be able to provide unlicensed taxis) are against European law. C) A company can't decide for everyone what the law should be; changes to the law will have to be agreed upon by all parties (and taxi unions are powerful). D) Suggesting that a law ought to change 'soon' because it means company X can't use their (obviously flawed) business model might work in a highly corrupt country (or one that does not care about consumer rights); it has no place in a democracy, and considering Uber seems to think it it ought to work that way maybe means Uber should be investigated for possible corruption practices...

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly