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Comment: Re:How to cripple a city (Score 1) 403

by adolf (#47706169) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Obstructing traffic means just what it says: Obstructing traffic. The language of such a law is about relative speeds and of particular actions (such as, say, intentionally blocking a freeway).

Exceeding the speed limit is a whole different law.

The two are independent constructs. Indeed, I see no reason why one could not be cited for both "obstructing traffic" and "speeding" at the same time.

There is no conflict here.

Comment: Re:Will not matter. (Score 1) 235

Those mistakes will lead to lawsuits. You were injured when a vehicle manufactured by "Artificially Intelligent Motors, inc (AIM, inc)" hit you by "choice". That "choice" was programmed into that vehicle at the demand of "AIM, inc" management. So no. No company would take that risk. And anyone stupid enough to try would not write perfect code and would be sued out of existence after their first patch.

What will happen is that the manufacturers will lobby for a statutory "safe harbor." The legislature will make the ethical decisions in advance, or provide a menu of "safe" ethical options. And the manufacturer will be statutorily immune from lawsuits as long as they have followed those safe harbor guidelines. This is a good thing in theory, as it permits the technology to progress, where lawsuits would otherwise eliminate it. So don't worry about the manufacturers. What you should worry about is that those clowns in Washington, D.C.* will be selling off their "ethics" decisions under the table in exchange for cushy corner-office jobs with AIM, Inc. after they retire from public office.

*Yes, it will inevitably be a federal law, though just as inevitably, California will have some granola-munching variant that requires autonomous cars operating in California to place a super-premium on the lives of endangered salamanders or something.

Comment: Re:economy bullshit argument (Score 0, Flamebait) 258

by Zordak (#47570091) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Apple users are not the kind of people who drive to a different supermarket because the tomatoes are 5 cents cheaper there.

Exactly. They're the type of people who always shop at the same supermarket, where the tomatoes cost twice as much as anywhere else and have a glossy wax coating, are all the same, approved size, and are utterly free of any flavor. In fact, they don't even know how to cook, and don't know why they're buying tomatoes in the first place, except that the reanimated corpse of Steve Jobs told them to. They buy their precious, shiny iTomatoes and dutifully display them in the crispers of their iRefrigerators. Then a week later, they toss them out and go back to the iGroceryStore and buy the new, upgraded iTomato 5S, with even more shiny and even less flavor.

Comment: Re:Or, use a big hosts file (Score 1) 436

by 0111 1110 (#47565149) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

It is true that the default Windows/Linux hosts file cannot do wildcard matching. However there are some apps like Acrylic or angryhosts which may allow such wildcard functionality. These seem to be Windows only however. For Linux there may be other options like DNS Chef. I am not completely clear however whether DNS Chef would work for this.

Of course hosts file blocking lists like mvps and yoyo would have to be updated to support wildcards. I guess someone could write a simple program to wildcard every domain in those lists and then maybe the list maintainers could be convinced to maintain wildcard versions. I think this is the only way that this DNS based ad blocking can move forward.

Comment: Re:None of them. (Score 2) 436

by 0111 1110 (#47564761) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Which is pretty retarded because you could have just unchecked the box instead.

Right. Until it autoupdates in a week and re-checks the box (for your convenience) and moves the option back to about:config or takes it away entirely. When a dev cannot be trusted he cannot be trusted. And Vlad definitely cannot be trusted.

Comment: Re:None of them. (Score 0) 436

by 0111 1110 (#47564745) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

The same thing except that it actually blocks ads by default. Even the ones from companies who have paid off the Vladimir The Whore to be whitelisted. How can he be trusted now? I wouldn't trust him.

With every release he will probably try to sneak something in that will allow certain ads to be displayed. Like uTorrent, I think Adblock Plus needs to be viewed as adware now. The developer is motivated by advertising money. He will find ways to sneak in the ads over time. It's always the same story in these cases.

Comment: Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 436

by 0111 1110 (#47564709) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

I'm at least 95% google free. Firefox with adblock plus

Just a heads up in case you haven't heard adblock 'plus' is now essentially adware itself. Pretty pointless. What you want is adblock edge. It's just a fork that blocks all ads that it can, even from companies who have paid off the original dev who obviously cannot be trusted.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 619

by Zordak (#47519281) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

You consider a world where nobody has to work as a utopia. My observation is just the opposite. If you take effort away from people, they tend to become entitled, lazy, selfish, and (ironically, with more leisure time) miserable.

Where are you getting this from? I detect a very basic failure to either apply critical thinking or reading comprehension.

From your constant insistence, over multiple comments, that under your proposed system nobody would "have" to work. I consider it a privilege to be able to work to provide for myself and my family, not a burden to be cast off at the first opportunity. My ideal world is one where everybody has the ability and opportunity to work for a living wage, not one where everybody gets free stuff.

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