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Submission + - When Should Cops Be Allowed to Take Control of Self-Driving Cars?

HughPickens.com writes: A police officer is directing traffic in the intersection when he sees a self-driving car barreling toward him and the occupant looking down at his smartphone. The officer gestures for the car to stop, and the self-driving vehicle rolls to a halt behind the crosswalk. This seems like a pretty plausible interaction. Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. But Will Oremus writes that while it's clear that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars, what’s less clear is where to draw the line. Should an officer be able to do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime? And what if the passenger doesn’t want the car to stop—can she override the command, or does the police officer have ultimate control?

According to a RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement “the dark side to all of the emerging access and interconnectivity is the risk to the public’s civil rights, privacy rights, and security.” It added, “One can readily imagine abuses that might occur if, for example, capabilities to control automated vehicles and the disclosure of detailed personal information about their occupants were not tightly controlled and secured.”

Comment Re:commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 583

My personal favorite:

Different tests are used to assess the regulatory ability of the body such as Heart Rate Variability, line cell analysis. The dental impacts on health are also assessed. Treatments include diet/nutrition, intestinal balancing, sauna, IV nutrients, complex homeopathy as well as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Healing requires a commitment to change. An individual needs to be willing to participate in their healing. The goal is to remove toxins or blockages and allow the body to heal itself.

How she's not been reported to her state's medical board is beyond me.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 410

But if users has a reasonable expection based on the history of the site that "here's a place we can talk about X", and the site then changes to ban X, then they're being assholes.

This is exactly what Huffman's been doing. Basically, he's trying to turn in into San Angelo from Demolition Man... a happy-happy safe-place where no one ever hears a harsh word. That whirring sound you hear? It's Aaron Swartz spinning in his grave.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 388

Unfortunately, attempting to provision on a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 install with the following additional packages: build-essentials python-software-properties build-essential libacl1-dev python-dev libldap2-dev pkg-config gdb libgnutls-dev libblkid-dev libreadline-dev libattr1-dev openssl (please note these pre-requisite are not documented in the wiki) gives the following error: "libkdc-policy.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" and I cant get an answer as to where to find or build this module or find such info in a web search. All in all, it has been a very frustrating experience.

According to their bug report on it, it was fixed in a beta release recently...https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba4/+bug/887537

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 319

Lets be ridiculously generous and assume a scramjet boost phase could lift you to 155 km at mach 18. You have only gained about 5% of the necessary kinetic energy needed for LEO

Pardon my pointing this out, but NASA's got another idea on boosting...

https://info.aiaa.org/tac/PEG/HSABPTC/Public%20Documents/Scramjets%20to%20LEO.pdf

Comment Re:What everyone is missing (Score 2) 112

Hearing it was mechanical in nature made me call bullshit before I even saw the video.

A gyroscope flywheel is mechanical, yet would serve such a purpose. Mechanical gyros are used in spacecraft and aircraft.
http://www.pilotfriend.com/training/flight_training/fxd_wing/gyro.htm

Comment Re:Is it worth it? (Score 4, Informative) 262

Did you just call DICOM proprietary?

Technically correct. It *is* a copyrighted standard, with the copyright being held by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. When defining proprietary software as "computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder", this standard would fall into that category.

The Military

Meet DARPA's New Militarized Earthworm 83

derekmead writes "Meshworm is a toughened, robotic earthworm that can crawl virtually silently at a speed of about 5 millimeters per second. DARPA wants to send it into battle. Believe it or not, the Pentagon's been working on building a robotic earthworm for a while. They tried putting one together with gears. They tried with air-powered and pneumatic pumps, but the results were bulky and untenable. Then, researchers at Harvard, MIT and Seoul National University in Korea put their heads together and designed an 'artificial muscle.' It's essentially a polymer mesh that's wrapped with nickel and titanium wire designed to stretch and contract with heat. When an electric current is applied, the mesh mimics the circular muscle system of an earthworm to scoot forward."

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