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Comment: That ethical challenge is nil (Score 1) 122

by aepervius (#49350145) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software
Those made up example with the family van and the walker are laughable. Firstly out of my experience you do not have time while being in an accident to think that far as to check & see the family van is full of children. You steer , brake, and do as much as you can to avoid the walker. And the van. Secondly you really think there is even a concurrence ? The walker will get the full hit of the kinetic energy in his body. The van will absorb part of it in its structure. What sort of SICK FUCK would hit the walker rather than the van because there are children in the van ? There is no photo finish : You steer to avoid all, and if you cannot, you try to hit the target which will get the less physical damage from your damn car *if you can think that fast*. Does not matter if the walker is an old 99 guys and the van full of the brim of puppies and babies. I expect any automated car to make the same damn calculation : between hitting a car and a walker, go for the car. Hit the one with the most protection.

Comment: And the passenger not reacting ? (Score 1) 636

by aepervius (#49346973) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
If i see a terrorist taking a pilot hostage, fuck it, I rush him, even if I get gunned down. And far more if they have only plastic or ceramic knife. You would have to have far more bullet than 100+ passenger to be able nowadays to do that, or a bunch of terrorist with weapons. Is the high security door *that* necessary anymore ?

Comment: not really. NPK fertilizer., Haber process. (Score 1) 572

by aepervius (#49310363) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
" He argues instead that in a historical context, human activity has saved the planet, declaring that "at 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests, and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for carbon dioxide."

Our crop are starved from other stuff than carbon. if carbon was the problem only, we would put carbon in our fertilizer. But we don't what provocated an explosion of food production was not the CO2 increase during industrial revolution up to today, but NPK fertilizer (nitrogen, Potassium, phosphorus).

While it is true that plant growth would increase as a whole, our crop would still be far more dependent on fertilizer than CO2. And then there is the impact of the change of climate on the zone where the top soil is best for crop growth. If the winter and summer become more extreme, wheat growth might hit a water problem. What good is CO2 if you have not enough water to fix it ?

Comment: Wrong in germany (Score 1) 366

by aepervius (#49290685) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
Again, in germany EVERYBODY can become taxi driver, there is no medaillon no licence you can become a taxi driver in my city jsut by having the proper insurance the proper driving license and make sure you kilometer counter is checked to make sure you do not cheat. again do not think your local US regulation apply in other country there is next to no regulation for taxi in germany : everybody can be one. The only stuff I recall are that when night tarif start and end, who can park at the airport, and which driving line taxi can take. Nothing about incubent and established company.

Comment: Wrong with germany (Score 1) 366

by aepervius (#49290657) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
As said time and time and time voer and voer and it is really boring to repeat: EVERYbody can be a taxi driver in germany providwed they buy the commercial insruance and get a special driver licence and get their coutner verified by the government the last one being to make sure you do not count 900 meters to be 1 kilometer. Inflating price. So this is not about established player this is about making uber respect the law. Law as you amy not above does not really protect incumbent as the cost to be a taxi driver are minimal.

Comment: And yet it did NOT happen (Score 1) 216

by aepervius (#49286101) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

Nothing could do more damage to that movement than exposing that Das Fuhrer had the language skills of a middle school American sleeping through their first semester German class."

More than 10 million book copy were given away by the end of the war. It did not stop his rise. Neither did it help it falls. I keep hearing that showing people how bad the stuff is will actually work in favor of better udnerstanding and whatnot. All I see is actually is actually extremist spreading their stuff and nobody laughing at them , expect those which were *already* laughing at them before the spread of their toxic stuff. I am not advocating censorship I am simply stating : what you wrote is actually most probably bullshit.

Comment: Only if you trnaslate in your head (Score 5, Insightful) 274

by aepervius (#49281455) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
There are two ways to speak a non native language : translate every sentence in your head and run into the problem you indicate, or master it without constantly translating and your way of thinking will be sooner or later the same as a native. Once you start dreaming, thinking, in the other language, chance is that you are actually using very similar or even identical structure as the locals. Language is no hexenkunst.

Comment: Incorrect (Score 1) 415

by aepervius (#49273455) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
"In short, nothing in science proves the earth is older than 10,000 year old". Only if you posit miracle or posit fundemmental principle of physic are wrong/changed. Firstly proof is for math. In science we speak of evidence. For example Car start is seen at point A , car is seen at point B. both point at 60 mph. Accelerometer on board show zero deceleration and zero acceleration. What speed was the car between point A and B ? If you answer 60 mph, congratulation you used science and you showed earth billion year old. Why is that ? Well see, we have this things called radioactive elements, like uranium , thorium, etc.... And for those the isotopes decay at a certain statistical rate. And thus by seeing the quantity of such element left, the quantity of daughter element, we can estim ate how long it was there. The only way out of that conundrum is : 1) posit miracle 2) state that physic changed in the mean time 3) a cosmic joke by all gods human worshipped making a new earth looking like an old one. It is quite clear for anybody reading this, that all those 3 answers are belief answers, and none of them are scientific or even rational. It is like positing that the car was at 80 mph between point A and B despite no acceleration, because gods, whichever let us say Baast, made it so. Irrational.

The only valid conclusion with all the FUNDEMMENTAL premises we have now, is that the earth is far far older than 10K. Billion of year old.

Comment: There is a good reason for that (Score 1) 163

by aepervius (#49273431) Attached to: "Hello Barbie" Listens To Children Via Cloud
We have seen abuse over abuse stappled over abuse in the last decade. At some point you start to WORRY a little bit especially with young children very weak to suggestion and advertising. That's not luddism, which would be rejection of ANY improvement, that's called being a realistic fuck which learned and lived through the last decade.

Comment: It does put people in danger (Score 1) 757

If as an handicapped you are forced into another place not ready for you, in some case meaning you block the car circulation or get out where a lot of car go, then you are *effectively* putting somebody in danger by taking the handicapped spot. As for being an asshole due to not having plate, why not use the european system ? You just get given a "I just bought the car" temporary license plate easily recognizable by anybody (given by the car dealer), and you have to put one within time. We have no car whatsoever without licence plate here around.

Comment: Yeah because you hide assets due to a fine (Score 1) 757

"Changing it to a percent of wealth or income would encourage more rich people to hide their assets overseas. It wouldn't fix the problem. " get real, you don't hide assets due to a fine. You do it maybe due to tax but not to fine. if somebody did not hide their assets in a fiscal heaven by now , fining them by assets will not make them do so. Furthermore hiding money in fiscal heaven has the problem that you have to turn back the money locally to buy stuff. And that's when the pointed question starts. That's why you only hide *part* of the money in fiscal heaven.

Comment: Several thousand years (Score 2) 190

by aepervius (#49248361) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Approved By Feds, Banned By States
"People have been using Cannibis in its various forms for at least several hundred years."

It dates to much longer than that. Cannabis usage in the "western" world date back to 400+ years, but in Asia minor and neighbor region it is much longer :

The oldest written record of cannabis usage is the Greek historian Herodotus's reference to the central Eurasian Scythians taking cannabis steam baths.[40] His (c. 440 BCE) Histories records, "The Scythians, as I said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy."[41] Classical Greeks and Romans were using cannabis, while in the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa.

Comment: Not true (Score 4, Insightful) 498

by aepervius (#49223673) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
"People who are serious about suicide will always find a way"

No You don't. At some point in my teenage life I came to that dark place. But since the easy method was removed from my reach, I did not go for other method. the moment *passed*. In fact suicide is not always associated with a mental illness. I see many poster here pretend that, but it is not. Suicide is a symptom that somebody feels is in a situation where living further is more painful than dying. It CAN be a symptom of mental illness but also simply a symptom of intense physical pain or a symptom of plain stupid teenage angst. And for the last group, removing the easy means can simply make the person force to have more time to think.And thus prevent suicide. And then post about it on slashdot 25 years later.

RAM wasn't built in a day.