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Comment: Re:Motorcycle Safety Perceptions (Score 1) 227

by Scottingham (#49753227) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

I thought the same thing about the bike laid down in front of him. Definitely too close!

I can't say that I'm 100% perfect on the speeding bit (I usually go with he flow of the fast lane on the highway ~80mph).

That said, I also treat every car like they're trying to kill me. I think of the dumbest thing they could possibly do and what I would do to avoid that situation. That has saved me more than once. ABS brakes also helps for incredibly quick and safe panic stops.

Comment: Re:Self driving babies and kids (Score 2) 408

Or the car refuses to leave the driveway because it detects an unaccompanied minor. Or it drives straight to the police. Or it phones the police when it becomes stranded.

I'm pretty sure that they're accounting for human stupidity. You pretty much have to these days.
'Car cannot drive, trunk is open'
'Car cannot drive, human sticking out of window'
'Car cannot drive, ...'

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 109

Interesting. I admit that it's a stretch. Unfortunately, I can't really see any other way towards better government given the premise that all humans are corruptible (which is true).

The best hand-wavy rebuttal I can think of is to incorporate some buzzwords like 'machine learning' and 'crowd-sourcing' type stuff.

Comment: Prevent Party Rollup (Score 1) 127

by Scottingham (#49579339) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Fark Founder Drew Curtis a Question

Say your political campaign is successful. Do you have a plan in place to stop one of the "two" parties from co-opting your message and claiming to be a part of the same movement? I'm thinking Tea Party -> GOP and 'Occupy' -> Democrats. Both only 'sorta' worked (TheTea Party was much more successfully assimilated IMO), yet ultimately were co-opted.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 109

No, misunderstand me. I'm not saying there should be less government control, just that it's done algorithmically.

Think automated DMV processing, automated welfare distribution, automated parolee management, IRS collections/auditing, and so forth.

Of course, the inevitable argument against this is that too much trust is placed into the programmers hands. This is why it would all have to not just be open source, but clearly laid out and audited by many many programmers and non-programmers alike. Further, the algorithms should have built in mechanisms for refinement and improvement.

Comment: ULA sux (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Scottingham (#49448809) Attached to: SpaceX To Try a First Stage Recovery Again On April 13

"America’s #1 space launch provider, United Launch Alliance (ULA), is asking America to help name its next rocket, calling on citizens to play a role in the future of space launch by voting for the name of the new rocket that will be responsible for the majority of the nation’s future space launches.

For the next two weeks, the public can vote for its favorite rocket name – Eagle, Freedom or GalaxyOne – "

Pander much? I am curious to see what it has and if it's in the same decade of development as the Falcon series. My bet is on soviet rehash.

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