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Comment: Where to go? (Score 1) 583

by Topwiz (#47107929) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel
An automated car won't be much help if you don't know where you are going. People often drive to a general area and then drive around until they see the place they are looking for. I often go for rides on back roads through the woods without a map, turning at intersections in a random direction just to see where it goes. It wouldn't be much fun if I had to plan it out in advance.

Comment: Gobbledigook (Score 0) 237

by Topwiz (#46856101) Attached to: Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle
This just a bunch of academic rambling that has nothing to do with the real world. Real world business software developers just don't talk that way. They could care less if the language they use is functional or not and probably don't know. They just want to know how to implement a business requirement. If something doesn't work it is a bug, not an effect.

Comment: Not that complicated (Score 1) 1306

by Topwiz (#35613740) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
There really is no need to install measuring devices. When you get your annual vehicle inspection the garage would send a report to the state with the VIN and mileage. The state would just subtract the previous years mileage from the current to calculate your tax. Then they can send you a bill for the amount due. Or if the inspection garage had computer access to the DMV database they could add it to your inspection fee. To really be fair on the road wear & tear issue, they could use the vehicle weight in the tax formula.

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