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Comment: Re:Insurance and registration (Score 1) 346

by SecurityGuy (#49190643) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Irrational people call for irrational things. ;-)

if every car was self-driving next year and the death toll in the USA was 20,000 dead people, that there'd be lots of lawsuits as the great macro-level reduction in deaths was objected to on a micro-level.

Yeah, probably. I wouldn't mind seeing some kind of preemptive legislation that made it so that you have to show some kind of negligence, not just that somebody died in a self-driven car. I think it's not unlike medicine as a discipline. Your doctor can't guarantee you'll survive, can't guarantee he won't make a mistake, but you're way, way better off with medical care than without.

Comment: Re:Insurance and registration (Score 1) 346

by SecurityGuy (#49188969) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

You are misunderstanding what "solved" means. In order for a computer driver to be a viable replacement for a real driver, it doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be as good or better than a human driver.

In order to make the safety-conscious market happy, I'd argue that it has to be some multiple better. If we can prove that autonomous cars would result in cutting traffic accidents/injuries/deaths by 50%, 80%, 90%, at some point resisting them becomes stupid.

Comment: Re:Insurance and registration (Score 1) 346

by SecurityGuy (#49186195) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

So you would have to register your autonomous vehicle only on specific routes you have 'taught' it first.

Driving on the road isn't the problem, it's driving on the road and not hitting the deer that just ran into it, or avoiding the knucklehead who just swerved into your lane because he's drunk.

If it was just a problem of navigating between A and B while staying inside the painted lines, it'd be a much easier problem.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't buy a purely autonomous car, ever. (Score 1) 346

by SecurityGuy (#49186181) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

I can't wait for everyone to have one. Not a big fan of driving myself anyway, but I'm sick of the everyday accident on the way to work, or traffic slowed down because ONE jackass is screwing around on his phone and doing 50 in the 65 mph zone.

I swear I see that every day. If people can't be bothered to actually drive their cars, and that's a demonstrable fact for some, fine, give me (and them) autonomous cars.

Comment: Re:SummaryBait (Score 2) 199

Yes, but it's interesting it's even being talked about. Normally, when a crime is committed, you don't also immediately consider indicting the owner of the facility it happened in...unless there's specific evidence they're involved that isn't being made public.

If this is the garden variety case where there's no reason to think the data center operators are involved, then of course this is massive overreach.

Comment: Measure badly, get bad measurements. (Score 1) 201

by SecurityGuy (#49165041) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I don't know how we're supposed to draw inferences about popularity based on giving things away for free. You want to compare an artist that gave an album for free to 500 million people (prompting an outcry from people who didn't want it) to one where people actually had to deliberately buy her music. Shockingly, people listen to things that are free. I listen to free music on the radio and on Pandora, but that doesn't mean I necessarily like it that much. Sometimes the criteria for leaving it on is just it being acceptable enough that changing it isn't more important than whatever else I'm doing.

Comment: Re:Don't Waste Time Making films (Score 3, Interesting) 698

I actually disagree. Writing things down or recording them is great, because we forget. I always thought it was a little nuts to go to events and spend them taking pictures, videos, etc. BE there, don't be the videographer. As time has gone by, though, I've come to realize if I had all those artifacts to refresh my memory over the years, I'd remember them a lot better.

An uncle died when I was 7. Great guy, I remember that. I remember what he looked like, but in my mind, he looks a exactly like the picture on my grandmother's wall, so I think I've lost any real memory of his face. I replaced it with the version I see a few times a year. I have no idea what his voice sounded like even though I used to see him all the time.

So yes, go do wonderful things, but also take pictures and make videos. If you were my dad, I'd appreciate that gift, especially later in life, and not just for the wisdom, just for the memories.

Comment: Re:Videos? (Score 4, Insightful) 698

Nothing about preparing videos for his daughter implies that he's NOT spending time with her now.

For those who don't have kids, you can't spend every waking minute with them. They don't even WANT that. I have a very young child who sometimes just wants time with mommy. Sometimes she wants me and not mommy. As they get older, kids spend time with friends and their own interests (note that the OP's child is in 6th grade). I suspect there's plenty of time to record videos when the daughter is doing other things, not home, etc.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 2) 145

by SecurityGuy (#49119661) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

I'm engaging in some deliberate hyperbole. I think a lot of people, when they think of the 10xers, think "oh, like me". No, not like you. Most likely not like anyone you've ever met. Your Tiger Woods analogy is spot on.

A LOT of people play a pretty good guitar. A LOT of people sing well. There are darned few actual rock stars.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 4, Informative) 145

by SecurityGuy (#49118855) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

so for anyone thinking rockstars pornstars or coked up overweight perl jockeys with poor attendance and a penchant for lashing out at coworkers in a 10 am alcohol fueled rage are in need of some kind of dedicated legion of cocksuckers to treat them like a special snowflake, get bent.

Those are, by definition, not the 10x-ers. They're problems or prima donnas, and best shown the door quickly. It's the ones who are pleasant, or at least reasonable, to work with and still have productivity that are way beyond the norm. THOSE are the rock stars. Personally, I think they're like R.O.U.S.es. I don't think they exist. I've met some great coders who are probably 2x as good as the average "good" coder, and some bad ones who just really shouldn't have been doing the job, but 10x? I've never seen one.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.

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