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Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 239

but can accurately detect where they are.

From what range, 2 inches? Maybe if you lined up A-J across the road edge-to-edge it would have a hard time getting around them, but I'd like to believe that the sensors would be able to observe an obstruction from far enough ahead that it would be able to stop safely in this event. So instead you have A-J moving about. The laws of physics mean that nothing can simply teleport in front of us, nor can anything attain infinite acceleration, so we can detect the vehicle, child and/or dog that is moving towards our current path well before it cuts us off.

D) would probably be the worst hazard of the lot, since being light-weight it would be able to accelerate and change direction much faster than most of the other obstacles. Worst case, having come to a complete stop to wait for it to cross the road, the vehicle is blocking the breeze that was pushing it in the first place, leaving us at a standstill.

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 239

For example, hitting an elderly person in order to avoid hitting a small child.

Or maybe it will just note the existence of an object moving at x m/s to the right towards the current lane while the obstacle is y meters away while establishing a list of the smoothest paths out of the infinitely many paths that would prevent the vehicle from striking any of the obstacles.

Definitely easier than trying to determine whether the first obstacle is a baby carriage and the second obstacle is granny. Believe it or not, that light pole did NOT just "jump out in front of you" no matter how drunk you insist you aren't. Neither did granny and/or the baby.

Comment: Re:Saw the video, not buying the premise. (Score 1) 304

by Qzukk (#47681723) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

Do you honestly think that a business is going to sink billions of dollars in capital outlays to make a gigantic automated factory which produces crap that no one can buy?

How many billions of dollars were sunk into building houses nobody could afford the mortgages on?

Comment: Re:Arthur C. Clarke called it a long time ago (Score 1) 304

by Qzukk (#47681651) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

What people don't seem to realize is that the robots that replace workers will be cheap


To replace workers, they don't have to be cheap, they simply have to be cheapER than the worker they replaced. Just because I make $x/yr doesn't mean I can afford a robot that costs ($x-$50).

Comment: Re:We need to push full time hours down with force (Score 1) 304

by Qzukk (#47681641) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

But do you real want bob to be working 0 hours and have jack working 60-80 all the time?

If he's Bob, of course!
If he's Jack, of course not!

If he's hiring Jack, of course he wants to hire Jack to work 80 hours a week in an overtime exempt position so they don't have to pay two people to do the work one person can do.

Comment: Re:Politically Correct Science (Score 0) 538

by Qzukk (#47648965) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

So you don't know if they're read it, yet you categorically state that someone is wrong in assuming they haven't read it since it's not stated that they have?

I didn't read your post, I just randomly clicked around on the screen and mashed on my keyboard with my fists and yet not only did I manage to quote your post, I formed a perfectly valid reductio ad absurdam by demonstrating how absurd it is to state that I haven't read your post while quoting it and replying to it's content.

Comment: Re:I've found these tools useful (Score 2) 132

by Qzukk (#47625357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

I have no idea if it supports data: URIs but I've used HTMLDOC to turn html tables into PDF (since every PDF library I've ever used is absolutely shit at tables compared to HTML). It supports inline styles and <style type="text/css"> tags. It's not quite dead, but this year's update was the first since 2006.

Comment: Re:Oh really ? (Score 2) 82

by Qzukk (#47569565) Attached to: Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Since you're not sharing, I'm guessing you're imagining some sort of multiplexing scheme where the node would take say 100 bytes from 14 different sources and combine them into one packet and send that. It's an intriguing idea that would slow down metadata analysis but it would have a lot of overhead to keep track of, but that "keeping track of" becomes an attack vector again especially with subverted nodes, since node B will need to know that the next 8 packets from node A will have 100 bytes of data that need to be kept together and sent on to node C.

If the network is busy it should actually not be bad for interactive small-packet connections. If the network is idle there could be a timer before the node fills unfilled slots with random data and sends it.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller