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Comment: Re:The real question in my mind... (Score 3, Insightful) 341

Not only that, requirements in the auto industry move slowly. Airbags were patented in the 1950's, saw use in production vehicles in the 1970's, but were not mandated in the USA until a law was passed in 1991....which didn't take effect until 1998. Seat belts have a similar history. And these are things without the moral implications of programming a car to potentially choose *which* imminent accident to avoid. 40+ years to go from concept to federal mandate. Testing has started, but we are still very much in the conceptual phase of self-driving cars.
Now, layer in the fact that there's a strong culture in the US where driving == freedom, and he still thinks this will be a requirement in any of our lifetimes? For the foreseeable future, it would be political suicide, no matter what the safety statistics say. I'm certainly not holding my breath.

Comment: Roughly 25 channels for up to $40? (Score 1) 87

by aaron4801 (#49279897) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Working On an Online TV Service
In a couple months, SlingTV will have around 20 channels for $20, then be able to add on from there with various options. Apple will get some subscribers just for being Apple, but if they don't have some exclusive content, they'll just drive awareness to the existing, cheaper competition in the IPTV market.

Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 1) 334

What's it going to take to get representatives (in all branches) in Washington to realize that we shouldn't live in a society where the Government lords over the people, but instead understand they are employees of the people?
Or to quote George Carlin, "Don't I pay your salary? You're a public servant. Get me a glass of water!"

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 5, Insightful) 631

by aaron4801 (#49140005) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
In an ideal world, the free market would step in and protect consumers in place of the government having to do so. The Republicans are right on that point (IMHO), but what they re missing, and this is big: broadband is NOT a free market! Municipal governments grant monopoly access to cable and phone companies who double as ISPs. 85% of the country has access to two or fewer choices, and that's at 4Mbps. Faster speeds offer even more pathetic "choice." For a party that decries government monopolies in other sectors, they don't seem to understand that monopolies of ALL kinds are dangerous in their own ways.

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit! (Score 3, Insightful) 320

by aaron4801 (#49122927) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
UPS recently paid $40 million dollars because they shipped fake drugs. Like they were supposed to open all the packages and verify the contents? FedEx is currently facing fines for up to $1.6 Billion for the same. This may be totally unrelated, but at the very least, they are likely not in the mood to go poking the government in the eye over a niche product.

Comment: Re:Utah (Score 1) 81

Original statement: "Most towns in Utah ... [use addresses as a] ... position in yards relative to the nearest Mormon temple."
One county follows a system of naming streets relative to one temple. Not the nearest, and not most cities. Your own link betrays your lack of reading comprehension. At the time it was founded, it probably made sense for the people to number their streets off the most culturally significant feature of town. Every city in Utah outside Salt Lake County names their streets relative to their own Main Street (which rarely features a temple) which can run East-West or North-South, and Center Street (which, obviously, rune in the other direction).

The tao that can be tar(1)ed is not the entire Tao. The path that can be specified is not the Full Path.