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

by Kokuyo (#49289999) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

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

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

by Kokuyo (#49162479) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

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

by Kokuyo (#49153111) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

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.

Comment: Re:we all meet a parasite like this sometime in li (Score 1) 72

by Kokuyo (#49111141) Attached to: The History of, the Most Contested Domain On the Internet

I find it highly interesting that an individual could just decide not to pay and a judge would just quit trying to make him.

I mean, when someone like you or me doesn't pay their bills, just not paying AND keeping all my assets aren't options, either, are they?

Also the thought comes to mind: At what point in time has the law failed you enough that, ethically speaking, you're well in your rights to just go bash the other guy's head in to at least get some satisfaction?

Comment: Thought process (Score 5, Insightful) 227

I wonder about the thought process behind this.
Our competitor launched an offering that blows everything out of the water that we offer. Let's provide a product to compete! But here's the catch: Let's make it suck! That'll show 'em.

Are consumers just that dumb or is AT&T just that arrogant?

Comment: Woohoo, this doesn't affect me! (Score 1) 370

by Kokuyo (#49028763) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Nice! For once the bad news passes me by! I use my Panasonic plasma TV merely as a monitor for DVD, BluRay and mostly my own mediacenter pc.

It's 42 inches and since I've never thought "gee, having a bigger TV would sure be nice), I'm guessing if I ever have to replace it it's going to be with a computer monitor, which get bigger by the year anyway.

No SmartTV nonsense. All I need is a HDMI input of some kind.

Comment: What do you mean, modern? (Score 3, Insightful) 716

by Kokuyo (#49028147) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

Look, you can joke all about how I'm just too stupid to use it but the fact is I am an IT professional and I'm not incompetent at what I do. Which means that technical concepts do not leave me in the dust by default.

And yet, every few years when I try to get into the swing of all things Linux, it ends in utter frustration.

Make of that what you will. And when you tell me I am at fault because I am unwilling or incapable of hurdling that learning curve, I will throw back in your face that a good product is also defined by usability considerations.

Linux is a pain in the ass. It is good at a broad variety of tasks, but so are other OSs that make my life less of a living hell.

Comment: The thing about this... (Score 2) 258

by Kokuyo (#48931719) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

"Yeah, well just put more disks in it..."

Nice idea. Only: TCO is not just based on initial spending and maintenance. There is also rackspace to consider and did I hear anyone talk about green IT?

If my day to day considerations were that one dimensional, my employer could save a ton of money on my salary.

Comment: Re:It's about time. (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by Kokuyo (#48875081) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

The direction I don't care about. I care about the fact that they have made yet another "solve all problems with firepower" franchise out of something that has dealt with so many important and/or taboo topics in the past.

First kiss between white and black actors, knowingly keeping a gay actor on, solving problems with diplomacy, observing the wishes of a people and let them die, even though it goes against your own moral concepts...

This is a US made show that dared suggest that a society that has relied on cloning so much they're basically inbred need to band together with a society of hillbillies and had to effing ditch monogamy to survive! The question over Data's and the Doc's sentience or do the Borg enjoy the same considerations as other species... can the Borg even be considered a species... The list goes on and on.

They took EVERYTHING Star Trek had which let me hope for a brighter future for once instead of the pretty redundant apocalypse mindsets and turned it into fucking space cowboys...

So do excuse me if I shed a tear over the clusterfuck Abrams created.

The two most beautiful words in the English language are "Cheque Enclosed." -- Dorothy Parker