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Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 455

by MikeBabcock (#47709867) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Actually here in Ontario you can be pulled over for impeding traffic if you're in the way, no matter how legal your speed was, as it should be.

Drive in the right lane, let people pass on the left. Its their business to go faster, not yours. Your responsibility as a driver is partly to stay out of everyone else's way, you're not an island out there.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 455

by MikeBabcock (#47709857) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

A low speed limit is dangerous when it is obvious to everyone with a basic level of driving skill that they should be driving faster. Those people will then suddenly run into people driving the 'limit' around a corner or over a hill.

You could argue that nobody should ever exceed the speed limit, but that's just irrational stupidity. People will for the most part drive what seems like a safe speed for them, not accounting for over-aggressive or over-cautious drivers of course, but those are rare enough. On a given stretch of the 401 here in Ontario, you can be assured everyone is doing 120-130 even though it's posted at 100. At another point on the same highway, everyone will be driving no more than 115 because its too narrow and unsafe to go faster.

People adjust because we almost all realize that speed limits should have been updated aeons ago, when most cars now have seatbelts, air bags, ABS, traction control and high grade tires but the limits were set before all those things.

Comment: Re:This is chilling (Score 5, Insightful) 790

People seem to miss the opportunity for incredibly bad behaviour. What about if a company like Google starts reporting on who you want to vote for? There are a lot of reasons the post office doesn't open the mail -- and our electronic equivalents should respect that same privacy.

Comment: Now who's crazy? (Score 1) 166

by MikeBabcock (#47571573) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

Where's all the pro-science crowd who keeps telling us to blindly trust medical science when the stories of people (mistakenly) avoiding certain well-tested drugs come up?

The rhetoric does nothing but defeat their actual viewpoint and this is why -- bad science is being done, and it needs to be accounted for to the sceptics, no matter who insane they may seem. Bad science is the enemy of good science because it undermines trust in the system.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

by MikeBabcock (#47549555) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Oh quit whining. Asking incredibly gifted people to continually stifle their feelings because of everyone else's is just as unfair.

The GCC people don't have to care what he thinks, but if they do, now they know. Nobody got berated in person, nobody got flogged, nobody got fired (yet).

I for one hate dealing with people who tiptoe around their feelings. If I ask someone what they think of something, I want to know what they think, not some edited version they prepared to spare my feelings.

Why do we want intelligent terminals when there are so many stupid users?