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Comment: Does the author even use Facebook? (Score 1) 260

by KingTank (#46499795) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly
Everyone knows there's very little socializing going on on Facebook. Facebook is just there so you can pretend to be friends with people you don't really like. You can't be yourself on there because everybody's parents and bosses and neighbors are on there watching everything you do. It's the Potemkin villiage of friendship.

Comment: Seems like an overly specific concept (Score 1) 745

by KingTank (#46264981) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
We could be part of a computer program, but I don't see why it has to be a simulation. In fact we already know that computer programs which do not simulate the universe are possible, so it seems much more likely that such a program is not a simulation. Our laws of physics might be representations of something completely abstract in the "host" universe.

Comment: Re:This is not EU law... (Score 1) 246

by KingTank (#45103961) Attached to: EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

Estonian law holds news website liable for comments. The European court has ruled that Estonian law does not breach the human rights conventions. Ironically, I could not comment on the Computerworld article due to a "Forbidden (403)" error.

Is it ironic, or is it a direct consequence of this court decision?

Comment: Might never be fully autonomous (Score 1) 472

by KingTank (#45071525) Attached to: How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
Could turn out that liability issues will prevent full autonomy. There will certainly be systems that make it much much safer to drive "distracted", so that you don't have to worry about staying in your lane, or maintaining a safe following distance. Autonomous braking might improve to the point where it's safe to follow just off the bumper of the car in front of you, so we'll get the traffic congestion mitigating advantages of autonomous cars without full autonomy. But you'll still have to stay awake and sit at a steering wheel and pedals so you can swerve or brake on demand when something unexpected happens.

Comment: Re:No conservation of responsibility. (Score 1) 1440

by KingTank (#44935943) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
So it makes more sense to say it's perfectly OK to deliberately ignore the lights and just sit there reading text messages while blocking the intersection? Or just sit there because you feel like it? Obviously if you have a heart attack, you're not going to take any blame.

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