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Comment: Re:Slippery slope, blame the driver (Score 1) 390

Just to clarify: I probably wasn't clear what I meant by "slippery slope." I mean that if we say it is okay to blame the manufacturer for not providing pedestrian detection, then we open up manufacturers to all sorts of law suits as more autonomous features are added. Eventually, every error could be traced back to something the device could have known but didn't. "Oh, it should have known that grandpa took that pill already." You bring up another angle. What if grandpa really did need another pill and the bottle refused to open?

Comment: Slippery slope, blame the driver (Score 2) 390

This is a slippery slope. We must hold the driver accountable.

*All* cars today will confidently drive into a people. Most of them only do so by moving forward or backward in whatever direction they are pointed. The fact that this car has a button that backs up, does a little turn, then pulls forward does NOT change the chain of responsibility. Ex: Suppose my car has a button that drives forward 10 feet, honks, spins around, then drives backward 10 feet. Can I blame the manufacturer when I hit the button and run someone over? We can't let that become the standard.

Oh, did my drone just gun down a bunch of children? Blame Boeing, their bid for the child detection feature was too expensive! -- I DON'T THINK SO FOLKS!

Question: Does the brake still work in self-park mode?

Comment: Re:Economics is a science! (Score 2) 335

by MobyDisk (#49718689) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

In their defense, it is because eEconomics perfectly follows t his Douglas Adams quote:

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

As soon as an algorithm is created that can accurately predict the market, investors will start using it, thus altering the market so the algorithm no longer works.

This kind of economic theory is really attaching a name and a measurement system to a phenomena that is already understood. To say the Q-value predicts bubbles is a bit backwards since the Q-value is defined in terms of bubbles. So it really isn't a predictor of anything, any more than a ruler is a predictor of the length of an object or a scale is a predictor of the weight of an object.

Comment: Re:"Ends spy agency bulk collection of phone data" (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by MobyDisk (#49686833) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

I'm reading... but it is like reading a patch file for a language I don't understand, when I don't have the file that is being patched.

(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking “an order” and inserting “an order or emergency production”; and

That might as well be:

Go to line 57 and insert "else break;"

It looks like they are trying to say that, in order to bulk collect data, they must have a specific search they are running that involves a specific telephone line. See SEC 201.

Can someone define "tangible things" as in "SEC. 103. Prohibition on bulk collection of tangible things" or "“(i) Emergency authority for production of tangible things."

All constants are variables.