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Comment The autonomous car is a myth (Score 1) 214

Let's face it, an autonomous vehicle would have to be an AI device.Seen any AI devices lately? And,... were you impressed? You don't hear the word 'AI' much these days. After decades of promises and verylittle progress outside some niche areas who dare to come out say he's in the AI field?

I saw a 'robot' this afternoon at a maker faire. Ridiculous. Driving a car through mixed traffic in a dynamic environment with pedestrians, children and old folks, unpredictable or incapacitated. It's impossible to do right with today's state of AI.

And if you *can* get it right then comes the problem of morality. What if the car's computer has to make a moral decision? What will you program it to do?


The autonomous car needs Asimov's three laws of robotics, but obviously it's too damn stupid to understand them.

My $50K state of the art plugin hybrid doesn't even understand someone would want to close the windows after shutting off the engine.

Comment From SLS to Slackware (Score 2) 136

At the time I had this big expensive intimidating Solaris box on my desk that I hardly dared to touch.

Linux seemed a lot more accessible.
I tried something called SLS (Soft Landing System) to installed it but failed.

A few months later I found Slackware (1.0) and I tried again together with a colleague, this time I was successful, kernel version 0.99 or something, that must have been 1993, 22 years ago...
I've been running one or more Linux boxes (usually headless) ever since.

Comment The summum of scientific stupidity (Score 1) 668

"it therefore seems plausible that the popularity of homeopathy can take a huge hit just by telling the public what it actually is."

This is a startlingly naive statement. If there were any truth in this there wouldn't have been homeopathy in the first place. People are not rational. Telling them the simple truth will only make them more stubborn in their ignorance.

To quote another Slashdotter (19thNervousBreakdown):

"The placebo effect from homeopathy is pretty neat, but on the downside you have to be a fucking idiot for it to work"

Comment Re:Future proofing (Score 1) 557

Last summer I spent in a renovated Italian cottage. The owners had done the electricity in what I assume was the 'old' Italian way. Thick insulated wires (separates wires visible) ran from the switches over the wall with standoffs up to the beams of the roof where they connected to the hanging armatures. Looked pretty interesting.

Looks like this kind of stuff:


Crazee Edeee, his prices are INSANE!!!