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Comment: Re:Bad media coverage (Score 3, Informative) 1330

by Yosho (#47357367) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

What happened was that the president of Chik-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, expressed an opinion on same-sex marriage that was exactly what Barack Obama had expressed just a couple of years earlier and that HIllary Clinton had also expressed. Oddly, only one of these three people were harassed for their opinion.

Wow, like leaving out details much?

Just for reference, the problem isn't that Dan Cathy expressed an unpopular opinion. The problem is that Chik-fil-A's "charity" organization, the WinShape Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT hate groups. Did Barack or Hillary do that?

Comment: Re:What about mechanical failure? (Score 1) 167

by Yosho (#47072119) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

I'm curious as to how they handle various types of mechanical failure - what does the car do if:

For all of the situations you listed, the solution is quite simple: turn on the warning lights, slow down, pull over to the side of the road, and display an error message to the driver. Then either let the driver take control or resume control after the problem has been fixed.

In addition, do these cars handle unexpected road conditions:
Unannounced road closures/detours

Detect that the road is closed and calculate a different route.

Tree blocking part or all of roadway

If it's not blocking all of the roadway, drive around it. Otherwise, see above.

Large sinkhole ruins part of all of roadway

See above.


Detect and drive around them.

Road maintenance requiring speed reduction (chip&seal)

See above.

Dirt or gravel road

Just keep driving? I don't see how this is even a problem.

Comment: What I find really amazing... (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by Yosho (#47072087) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

is how every time there's an article about autonomous cars, there are waves of people who have spent about five minutes thinking about the subject and are sure that they have come up with a laundry list of show-stopping issues that the people who've been working on this problem for a decade could not have possibly thought of.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 4, Insightful) 1198

by Yosho (#46878805) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Welcome to the internet. Most of the armchair criminal scientists here feel that the purpose of the justice system is to get revenge and slake the bloodlust of the accusers. In that aspect, society hasn't really advanced a whole lot since the dark ages. If you suggest that maybe the justice system is about rehabilitating criminals who can be rehabilitated and protecting society from the ones who can't, all of them will call you a hippy liberal who is soft on crime.

Fortunately, most of those people don't have any actual influence on the justice system, but you still have to watch out for the ones that do.

Comment: Re:Sharing is nothing new (Score 1) 331

by Yosho (#46852701) Attached to: Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

They shared tools, e.g., when they build houses. They shared land. They shared knowledge. Farmers, share their equipment for a long time, as it was expensive all the time.

Except that most of those things are not personal. A hammer's just a hammer; if you loan that to somebody who loses it, you're just out whatever it costs you to buy another hammer. And knowledge? Sharing that doesn't cost you anything. Letting somebody stay in your home, though, especially when you're not there, is very personal, and most people are very hesitant about giving somebody else unfettered access to everything they have.

And... land? Are we looking at the same history? I'd wager that more wars have been fought over who owns what land than anything else. Land is absolutely not something that people have historically been willing to share with somebody they didn't trust intimately.

Comment: Re:Eye candy (Score 1) 79

by Yosho (#46822111) Attached to: BioWare Announces <em>Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

as carefully balanced ... as Skyrim

That's not really a very high bar right there. Invest a little bit in stealth, archery, alchemy, or blacksmithing, and you can easily break the game.

Is it close enough to bug free that immersion isn't lost?

Actually, are you sure you played the same Skyrim as everybody else?

Comment: Re:Is it a lie? (Score 1) 723

by Yosho (#46717537) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

I know exactly 0 people that have signed up for it

Really? You've gone and surveyed everybody you know and verified that their negative response was correct? And if you find the 2% number doubtful, I'm going to assume you've surveyed enough people to ensure that number is outside of your margin of error.

Are you sure you're not just assuming that somebody hasn't signed up because they haven't told you about it?

Comment: Re:My take as a 9 year LGBT Mozilla contributor (Score 1) 1746

by Yosho (#46667511) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

your piece of paper will not give you legitimacy.

But it will give him legal privileges that are otherwise unobtainable. I'm pretty sure he doesn't care whether you approve of him or not -- he starts caring when you try to push laws to deny him that.

They hate people like you trying to change the definition of "normal".

If "but that's the way it's always been!" is the only argument you've got, you're no different from people who would deny women the right to vote or make interracial marriage illegal.

Eich invented Javascript.

Fuck that guy, then, that's way worse than just donating a wad of cash to an increasingly irrelevant hate group.

I suggest that you stop using Javascript and all pages with Javascript on it including Slashdot.

If you have such a problem with gay people, I suggest you stop using computers. Surely you're familiar with Alan Turing?

Comment: Re:Why the Hell Didn't He Just Apologize? (Score 1) 1746

by Yosho (#46660483) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

He did nothing wrong. He used his own personal funds to support something that the majority of voters in California also supported.

Let me make sure I'm getting this right. Are you saying that if a majority of people support something, it isn't wrong? Do I even need to start making the obligatory historical references?

Comment: Re:I uninstalled Firefox because of this. (Score 1) 1746

by Yosho (#46659863) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

I have never seen such a deplorable display of intolerance and bigotry until I saw how he was treated for expressing his absolutely-protected right to freedom of speech and expression.

Seriously? What exactly did they do to him? As far as I can tell, they complained loudly on the internet. Also, some people signed a petition saying they wouldn't use Firefox as long as he represented it. That's it.

He hasn't been physically harassed. He wasn't fired; he chose to step down. Heck, nobody even donated money to an organization dedicated to stripping his legal rights away. That would be some bigotry!

But you have never seen "such a deplorable display of intolerance and bigotry"? Where do you live?

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