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Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 117

by bws111 (#49349603) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Insurance fraud is not an accident, it is a crime. Big difference.

Also, I should have mentioned rear-end accidents caused by the lead vehicle 'stopping short'. That is always the fault of the following vehicle for not leaving enough space. There are cases where the lead car may be at fault, such as merging in too close to following cars, but that is different from just stopping short, which is what was originally discussed (brake assist causes car to stop quicker than following car without assist).

Also, there is a big difference between fault for an accident and compensation for an accident. In the insurance fraud case, the following vehicle is still 'at fault', but the leading vehicle may be denied compensation if fraud is suspected.

I didn't find any references to 'overbraking' being against the law, while following too close clearly is.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 117

by bws111 (#49349099) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

It does not matter if the speed control is speed adjusting, it is still YOUR responsibility to maintain safe distance.

4 wheel drive does not affect acceleration, it affects traction. The only way to blame 4WD for unintended acceleration is if you were planning on spinning your wheels, which again is just shitty driving.

And, no, I am not missing the point, you are. The 'failure modes' you listed, whether or not some technology was involved, are failures of the DRIVER, and that is where the liability resides. That does NOT tell us who will be liable when there is no driver.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 117

by bws111 (#49349001) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

You seem highly confused as to what insurance is. Here is a clue: the 'party responsible' is NEVER the insurance company. The 'party responsible' is YOU, the insurance company is just providing the cash for you.

Its cute that you think cameras, gps, and sensor data will make it very clear what happened or eliminate disputes.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 117

by bws111 (#49348949) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Every single one of your examples is just bad driving, and have nothing to do with autonomous features in cars.

Cruise control malfunctioning is no different than the car in front slowing. It is your job to notice and react. If you 'don't have time' then you are tailgating.

4 wheel drive? What does that have to do with acceleration?

ABS - yes, that is what is does. If you are driving in snow, leave more room. Not that complicated.

Traction control - yes, that is why it has an OFF switch

Comment: Re:Trade secret? (Score 1) 69

by bws111 (#49348565) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

Future plans would, by definition, be unreleased product, so that does not count.

And it doesn't really matter what they 'consider' public domain. A car manufacturer may very well 'consider' his design to be a secret, but once the car is available for sale they can't successfully claim it IS a secret - it is right out there in public view. There may well be things that ARE secret, like how the design was done, what tools were used, etc, but those can not be determined by examining a care (well, if they can be determined then they aren't secret). If there are elements of the design that they wish to protect, then patents are used.

Someone below used the example of Coca-Cola. Coke keeps it's formula secret. But if someone figures out the formula (without doing something illegal like breaking in to the vault) they can't claim the 'trade secret' was stolen.

The only way an NDA makes sense in this case is if they planned to have every person who entered one of 'their' datacenters, for all eternity, sign an NDA. Doesn't make sense.

Comment: Re:is this good? (Score 2) 132

by bws111 (#49347451) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

that would suggest that (1) they don't understand what a password is actually protecting or is for, and (2) the incentives aren't correctly aligned

You missed the most obvious choice: they don't think like a criminal, and have no idea what lengths a criminal will go to, or the tools they will use, to break in.

There is no other area in life where an ordinary person is expected or required to act like a complete paranoid, but that is exactly what is expected by you.

The problem is not users, the problem is that passwords are a crappy way to protect something.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 801

by bws111 (#49339261) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Because you can ALREADY choose to do business or not depending on arbitrary made-up criterion. You CAN'T currently do it based on religion (or race, color, national origin, etc). Don't want to serve someone based on how they are dressed? Your right. Only want to serve people of a certain income level? Your right.

Comment: Re:The attic is the gap... (Score 1) 247

by bws111 (#49305205) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

How do you figure? A second cover isn't free, in fact it could be quite expensive. However, if the second cover is doing something else, like generating electricity, that offsets the cost. Then you have two benefits, electricity and a cooler house. My house was shaded by a large tree. When we lost the tree the second story was much hotter. That tree was our second cover, and it made a lot of difference.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.