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Comment Re: Three Laws of Self-Driving Cars (Score 1) 157 157


Jack Griffin covered that when he noted higher physical activity causes greater CO2 production . Plus, to be realistic, the preparatory activities, like showing-off a GMC Sierra for masculine competition, or flying the girl to you from Bangkok to America, would have consequences in terms of CO2 production.

Also, if sex causes you to reproduce, that is, produce more people, it could have catastrophic CO2 consequences.

I'm being facetious. But if you want to be thorough, yes, almost every activity of a human in the modern world produces CO2. If electricity were made using nuclear energy or something "renewable", that wouldn't be the case.

Comment Re:Government keeps an eye on political organisati (Score 1) 112 112

The main reason why AI is "very weak in their criticism of Western targets" is for a very simple reason - Western societies have far lesser violations of issues AI works against.

The worst offender of the West, US is still far better than most of the third world in terms of due process available and incarceration.

When you make statements like that, and if you want to be accurate, you need to define what terms like "Western targets", "Western societies", and "the West" mean. Does it include Saudi Arabia, Poland, Qatar, Israel and Turkey? Certainly, those countries, although maybe not geographically west, all have decent arguments for being labeled as being in the Western sphere of influence.

And in your comparison, are you factoring in the size of the country?

Finally, you must know the US doesn't rate well in terms of incarceration, which is almost the definition of non-liberty. We (of the US) have the worst per-capita rate.

Regarding Amnesty International, I estimate their official opinion is roughly like that of a European country. It's more or less on the good-guy side, but is overly influenced by the US & UK governments.

Comment Re:Ask these folks... (Score 1) 110 110

Correct. It seems DNA will correct it'self by eventually dumping unnecessary data. What's not needed to be fit has no reason to be selected by the environment. Plus, what's to guarantee the species with the DNA will survive?

To keep the data indefinitely, you could easily put the storage medium in a stable orbit around the sun or something. It would survive, but I'm not sure if anybody would ever read it.

Comment Re:I guess that if a Mathematician... (Score 1) 176 176

When... Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing ... nothing, the entire credibility of all Nobel prizes took a swift kick ...

I can't and won't get over that either. (BTW, I supported O's election considering the opposition.) Every time I hear "Nobel," I think tainted. And if O had any dignity, he would have declined accepting it.

Comment Re:I, for one... (Score 1) 615 615

...the problem is so much stuff gets sent by truck when rail would be cheaper and faster. ...

What makes you say that? Have you done any comparisons? What type of cargo are you referring to?

It would seem that using a steel wheel on a steel rail would be the most friction-less means of transportation and thus the cheapest, but the realities of shipping make the air-filled tire on the asphalt road to be preferable.

There are exceptions, though. I would suppose shipping by rail is most efficient when the cargo is comparatively heavy and the tracks go directly to the destination. Coal shipped from a mine to a power plant is my best example.

But for discrete manufactured items that need to go to a particular address, rail isn't efficient because tracks don't go to most places. This necessitates the cargo needing to be transferred from one transportation means to another for "the final mile".

Thus, because the cargo item needs to go through expensive transfers before it reaches its destination, rail comes out to be more expensive than truck.

Comment Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 1) 615 615

Implementing autonomous vehicles AVs on the roadways will reduce the cost of transportation - not increase it. Computer technology is already cheap enough to tackle the routines needed by an autonomous vehicle, and the sensors, even the lidar systems, are rapidly coming down in price.

Many modern new cars, particularly the high-end ones, already have many of the necessary systems: Vehicle tracking; adaptive braking; self-parking. Mass production will make these available and affordable on every new car or truck.

But it doesn't matter much what your opinion is on this issue. It has already been decided by economics and technological evolution. Autonomous vehicles are coming to your town soon.

Comment Re:Privacy? (Score 1) 776 776

I would argue that, "sign this or your fired", qualifies as duress.

It would be duress in the common sense, but it's debatable if it's legally considered illegal duress. Every day people have to agree to things to keep their jobs. If they don't like the deal, they can turn it down.

However, don't misunderstand me. I don't see how a company can claim it has rights over an employee's private activities.

Comment Re:Games Done Quick (Score 1) 34 34

Every "charity" that I've looked into was actually a money-making enterprise disguised as a benevolent one. Some of them have exposed publically, like Easter Seals, Boy's Home, and the Clinton Foundation. In these organizations, a small proportion of the collected money actually goes to the advertised cause, but that's just for show.

To add to the list, a guy was staying at my house for a while who previously worked for Make A Wish Foundation. He talked like almost 100% of the money went to those who collect it. In fact, while he was at the house, he was collecting for the Fire Department's book on fire safety for children. In reality, there was no such book.

Thus, anytime I hear the word "charity", I think "rip-off".

If you want to give money, find the recipient yourself and give directly. If you must use a big organization to move your funds, make sure it's ran by someone you trust.

Regarding the charity the article is about, I don't know anything. But, to me, it smells funny.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen