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Comment Re:Actually, it IS the software's fault (Score 1) 431

You're missing basic logic here. Your point was that unexpected behavior IS identical to unsafe behavior. That was was falsified by a counter example.

I never claimed that (inherently safer) driving maneuvers might never lead to wrong and harmful reactions from other drivers. But your example again supports my point:
You're expecting that other drivers might panic under certain circumstances. Expecting that DOES NOT render a solid panic into a anything like a "safe" operating mode. So to conclude:

Expected behaviour is not always safe. (We have to expect people to panic or to break without reason or not seeing and running that red light. Expected, but not safe)

Unexpected behaviour is not unsafe by itself. In a critical situation, we might expect a driver to break as a reflex, but a skilled driver (or autonomous car) could floor the gas pedal and evade an oncoming car preventing the accident.

Of course there is unexpected and unsafe stuff (like parking your car in the middle of the interstate, driving blindfolded or whatever stupid surprises our fellow drivers might come up with.)

But there is NO GENERAL CONNECTION between safety and expectation of certain situations. Correlation, yes.but remember: Correlation does not imply causation

Comment Re:Actually, it IS the software's fault (Score 1) 431

So you're saying if a car is coming at you at a speed and distance that one couldn't expect it to be stopped (by a human driver), and (e.g. LIDAR supported) CPU manages to stop it anyway before it hits you, you would call this UNSAFE as it is unexpected? I think that falsifies your point.

Comment Re:Actually, it IS the software's fault (Score 5, Insightful) 431

The article summary isn't very good. If the software is programmed in a way that causes a car to behave in a way that's dangerous, it IS the software's fault.

That's trivial but true.

It becomes interesting when the software has the car behaving in a way that is SAFE, but unexpected.

Comment Re:Wrong people to strip (Score 1) 575

The US has the most accessible and permissive immigration laws in the world.

To the point of treating every tourist at the border as a potential legal or illegal immigrant. It's always amusing to see a CBP agent at immigrations at the airport bewildered to the idea that someone might actually look forward to go back to their home country other than the US after their holidays....

Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 575

Well, if you interpose the entire Fedex package tracking approach, you'd have to put them on conveyor belts and run them through distribution facilities.

Well, you know, I'm from an area where exactly that has already been done some 70 years ago, and it didn't turn out to be very popular. So you can't exactly rely on that comparing people to a piece of freight is only rhetorical hyperbole. It has been done before.

Comment Re: Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 575

Not quite. They need an ESTA registration instead of a visa. "Visa Waiver" is the name of the program that allowed citizens of certain countries to visit the US without a visa (usually bilateral) and has been around much longer than the ESTA stuff.

What your ESTA registration acutally replaces is that white I-94 form that you have to fill out while on the airplane. So the border and costums patrol knows that you're not planning to visit the states with criminal intent 72 hours before you're boarding the plane compared to checking that nonsensical form at your destination airport.

I still suspect the whole idea of that is that after years into the visa waiver program, some bean counter noticed that by that program, the US is also waiving billions of visa fees and the found a way to have tourists pay an admission fee even if they don't need a visa. All under the guise of "modernizing" beurocrazy and moving paperwork that used to be ignored for free to a electronic system that earns them $14 per tourist.

Comment Re:This could counterproductive (Score 1) 119

That may be similar to the situation in Germany.

The state run Met Office equivalent lost their contracts with (public) TV station after failing to predict a severe storm that was forecasted correctly by another TV weather forecasting company:

IIRC, as a result, the DWD underwent some restructering

Comment Excuse me, but.... "win"? (Score 4, Insightful) 282


"Which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would believe could not be won"

Does that mean anyone in the FBI was crazy enough that a 3rd world war could actually be "won" in some kind?

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