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Comment: Re:Motorcycle Safety Perceptions (Score 1) 230

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, no...you 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.


Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rivals That of the Dinosaurs 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the end-of-the-line dept.
sciencehabit writes Earth has seen its share of catastrophes, the worst being the 'big five' mass extinctions scientists traditionally talk about. Now, paleontologists are arguing that a sixth extinction, 260 million years ago, at the end of a geological age called the Capitanian, deserves to be a member of the exclusive club. In a new study, they offer evidence for a massive die-off in shallow, cool waters in what is now Norway. That finding, combined with previous evidence of extinctions in tropical waters, means that the Capitanian was a global catastrophe.

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