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Comment: Culling (Score 2) 110

by Moof123 (#49501627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Make it easy for me to specify I am looking for technical information, or looking to buy something, or what have you. All too often I am trying to do a search for technical information, but if that acronym has also been used by Beiber lately I am SOL. I would love it is I could weed out the pop culture hits when I wanted to omit them.

Similarly I would like a search engine that I could easily specify if I also want hits for related words, or just EXACT match, and whether to ignore capitalization or not. It is maddening when an acronym also happens to be a common word and I get flooded with useless crap.

Comment: Re:IMO (Score 1) 189

by Moof123 (#49486213) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

If the car yanks control out of my hands because it thinks I am about to do something dangerous, who is liable for the results? We've had this discussion for fully automated systems, but it will get more awkward as we start to have a nanny looking over our shoulder second guessing our every move.

It is the latest round of "The door is ajar" warning crap. If I get beeped at every time I look left at whatever bombshell is in the convertible next to me I might end up knocked unconscious by my wife.

Comment: Less is more (Score 1) 189

by Moof123 (#49484979) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

Putting a bajillion flashing and buzzing widgets into a car to make it safer will do the opposite. I recently spent a few days driving my old truck to burn off old gas, since it gets used very little. I was pleasantly surprised how much easier it is to concentrate on the road without an infotainment system flashing maps, and efficiency info at me.

If we honestly think that driving is dangerous enough to take action on it, I would argue that we should spend the energy making better drivers rather than trying to wrap layers of technology around crappy drivers.

Comment: Re:Not true (Score 3, Insightful) 173

Please show me at least one example of a society at any time in history that survived for any length of time without some form of taxation. I think you will have to go back to just about the hunter-gatherer days to find an example. You can leave the country and revoke your citizenship if you want (Yes, we should make this easier to do), but in the mean time I suggest you propose a viable alternative before going all anarchist on us.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 4, Interesting) 173

The pacific northwest is beholdent to a few large companies that use their importance to exert some scary influence on the politics. When these issues come up Microsoft has threatened to move overseas, or to other states. The voters and state/local government falls in line. Same with Boeing, which has moved a lot out of Washington even after getting just about special treatment they could ask for.

Down here in Orygun, Intel and Nike do the same thing. Nike's headquarters is surrounded by Beaverton, but is not part of it because they they have made huge threats to leave if the city tries to annex it into the city, which would result in higher property taxes to help pay for the city services they already benefit from. Intel got a very sweet package during their recent expansion. It is a massive race to the bottom to get and keep these big employers. It is sickening. The rest of us in the area get to pay higher taxes to make up the shortfall, and we have the threat hanging over us that they can crash the local economy and housing prices with it if they make good on their threats.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 2) 173

"Washington would still get the lion's share of Microsoft-based taxes since the lion's share of employees live there, and are well-paid."

What a crock of crap.

My tax responsibility is mine, not my employers. Employers cannot skip out on their taxes just because they have employees who don't have that kind of opportunity. I don't get to argue my way out of responsibility for taxes just because my checker at the grocery store has to pay her taxes. We are all in this together, it is not fair for big enough employers to threaten to leave if they don't get special tax treatment. It is anti-competitive to say the least when the Microsoft's, Intel's, and Nike's get special breaks while the rest of us living in the area have to make up for this tax welfare they get. F' them.

No representation without taxation. Stop letting these moocher companies lobby if they don't pay their share.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 4, Informative) 173

Same here. I am happy to pay my taxes, especially if it keeps the schools funded and keeps old folks out of the gutter. I am sick and tired of way too much of my taxes going to the military industrial complex while the rich multinational oil company's whose interests are served by such mis-adventures sit back and dodge their civic duty to pay their fare share like me.

Please increase my tax rate and properly fund our schools. I am tired of all the badly educated dumbasses, and it horrifies me to see kids only 10 years behind me have to rack up much more debt than I did to go to even a low end college.

Comment: Re:Nobody dresses the gorilla in the room? (Score 2) 181

by Moof123 (#49455353) Attached to: Autonomous Cars and the Centralization of Driving

There are maybe 2-3 times a year I would actually use an autonomous car per year if it was perfect and free (big if's). Basically just on long full day road trips. The other 99% of the time driving is no burden, or would be less of a burden than having to sit in the car bashing in an address and other vital details into the infernal thing before getting out of the driveway.

How many folks actually have a sigh of relief when their spouse offers to drive? Very few I suspect, as this is a problem that mostly does not need to be solved. I mostly don't even use the navigation system in my car now.

Heck, the navigation system should be a huge warning sign of what these cars could be like. The interface (Nissan) is lousy, map updates are way overpriced (and still outdated), and they want a subscription if you want traffic information. The car has a 2G modem for its connection to Galactic Central that will be no longer be serviced by AT&T in a year and a half. An autonomous car would similarly fall victim to being orphaned after a few years due to either hardware or software, and would almost certainly require some sort of data plan fee to stay up to date. Cars should last at least 20 years, and frankly car companies don't have a clue how to design and maintain critical life supporting software for that type of lifespan across.

Autonomous driving should concentrate on trucking, and maybe taxi type services. The rush for sticking it in general passenger cars is either stupid, or a Trojan horse for some other motivation.

Comment: 3D Printing, still not very useful (Score 3, Insightful) 117

Great, you can scan something and then print it in crappy plastic. Big whoop.

Seriously, 3D printing has been around for a while now, and I am still waiting to see anything beyond the Gee-Whiz level of cool or useful. You can only make so many money clips, pencil holders, and miniature busts before it becomes clear it is just a toy. Industrial ones that can print in metal are a different story, but the crappy plastic extruders are never going to take over the world or replace China's factories.

Comment: Air Disasters (Score 1) 460

by Moof123 (#49423203) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

In watching "Air Disasters" and in seeing post mortems of many accidents and near accidents, I have a hard time seeing that any solution will be better than what we have today.

In some cases weather radar is deceptive, with so much of a crap storm reflecting radar that you can't see the even bigger crap storm behind it and end up steering into an even worse storm than you think you are escapsing.

Sometimes you lose all hydraulics and have to feather the throttle to steer the plane.

Sometimes ducks destroy the engines and you have to land in the Hudson.

Sometimes you spend too much time fiddling with the autopilot that you respond badly when the sensors ice up or get jammed with a mud spider nest that you ride a stall all the way to the ground. I see bad sensor readings being a case where either an autopilot or a remote co-pilot will have even worse odds than what we have today.

It all boils down to us having an amazingly safe system today, and being careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Comment: Re:cause of intent (Score 1) 460

by Moof123 (#49421869) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

People have been warning about the ever increasing number of laws for decades, and yes we long ago passed the threshold you fear. We simply live with more laws than we can comprehend, and many are paid no heed. Sadly though we are all likely guilty of multiple offenses on a daily basis, so be careful what you say or the system might decide it is worth the bother to look a few up and prosecute you.

Comment: Re:seem like? No, are. (Score 1) 330

by Moof123 (#49407045) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Most two driver households have at least 2 cars already. Often folks have one commuter sedan econo car, and one family sized minvan or SUV. Electrics fit nicely into the commuter niche as they are today, and if the 200 mile ones come out as promised they will make good cars for all but road trips. The charging standards need to catch up to where Tesla already is before they will be viable road trip cars for most.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds