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Comment: Re:They are looking forward (Score 1) 321 321

Even with the sarcasm, why does this get modded interesting?

Also: Considering their neighbours, I can understand their desire for nuclear capabilities. And believe you me, the rest of the world can really understand the desire for the US to take their fat fingers out of one's own affairs. Considering the history between Iran and the US I'm willing to consider nuclear armament an apropriate measure of self-defense.

Comment: Re:Oh please (Score 1) 287 287

Color aside, haven't we already arrived at the point where each manufacturers product lineup resembles the one of every other competitor in certain vehicle classes?

Small cars all look like bulbous potatos in my opinion. There are no more minivans in Europe... Either you get an SUV, of which all look similar, or a shoebox (as in repurposed bus) on four wheels... of which all look very similar.

The only individuality lies in concept cars... which never go into production until they have been transformed into the above.

Comment: Paranoia (Score 1) 152 152

Am I the only one who thought to himself "Do I actually have anything to hide that would justify this much effort?"

If somebody hacks my ebanking account, chances are the bank would be liable unless they could prove I have been negligent. And besides, this whole security thing becomes rather funny when you think that my bank is the only site which limits my password length to seven digits.

This is like a company that puts up draconian password restrictions, does not trust just hypervisors but also switches, cables and the air when it comes to DMZ but at the same time has the SAME admin credentials for every customer and their own environment that they NEVER change. So basically, every fired employee could walk into a customer's office and connect to just about anywhere.

This discussion is like trying to fix a nail hole in your barn when somebody's blown through the barn door with a tractor.

Comment: Re:It won't understand situations, it shouldn't ma (Score 4, Insightful) 451 451

I'm really sorry to have to be so direct but that is the dumbest argument I've ever heard.

Driving is not a matter of intelligence. It's a matter of reaction. Sure, intelligence and experience help you anticipate when other drivers are being idiots, but there is very little involved in driving that can not be compensated by reaction time and adhering to proper distances.

The biggest hurdle to take is to correctly measure the surroundings. If you did that via image recognition, then yes, AI would be important. But there is laser, radar, GPS and so many other sensors involved that do nothing more than note distances to targets, location on road etc.

Autonomous driving certainly isn't trivial, but the other thing you have to keep in mind is that your oh so intelligent human drivers are actually driving like morons a lot of the time.

Please stop putting the bar for autonomous driving so high the systems have to practically be perfect the be viable. The moment they are twice as good as a human should be the moment we start switching. And we're not far from that.

Remember how badly the average driver actually drives. And then remember that half of them drive worse than that.

Add on top of that networked driving, where cars coordinate over several hundred meters and you'll see so much potential gain even from non-perfect systems it's staggering.

Comment: Frankly... (Score 2) 119 119

Looking at our own educational systems, both in the US and Europe, I'm not too sure that we're the right one's to show the Africans how to do it properly.

We're so geared towards diplomas that our higher education facilities have turned into diploma printing machines. Whether people learn actual skills or are able to actually use the knowledge that is ground into their heads seems less and less important.

So I'm not really too sure whether we shouldn't just eat a slice of humble pie in that regard. OTOH, perhaps this startup truly will be effective. In that case, I'm all for applying what they'll learn to our own schools.

Comment: Thank you! (Score 2) 233 233

That's exactly why I don't like the new version!

It's a fucking shame, really... The US has very few optimistic shows that actually dare deal with hard questions and then they go and butcher one of the few they have.

I do recognize the point that most Star Trek movies had more action than philosophy because a series lends itself better for such things... So my question is basically: Where is this decade's Star Trek series?

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 341 341

Look, I'm just at the point where I realize that fretting over shit I cannot change because more powerful people don't want to let it happen and my 'peers' will not get off their asses is useless.

I will do my darndest to insure my family survives and fuck the rest of you all. But I'm not gonna let you people ruin the relatuvely good days also because you think I need to be scared of your pet peeve.

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