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Comment Re:4 way stops are retarded (Score 1) 451

I'm from MA where we have rotaries all over the place, and while I agree that in theory they are a good idea, in practice nobody knows how to use them. People routinely refuse to yield when entering, don't move left to let others enter, and ignore exit-only lanes. And that's with people who for the most part grew up with them, never mind introducing them in a new area.

One problem in MA is that some years back, as I recall, they changed the rules for rotary right-of-way. (On the other hand, it being MA, probably nobody knows how to drive, anyway..)

Comment Three Laws Safe (Score 1) 451

"One Google car, in a test in 2009, couldn't get through a four-way stop because its sensors kept waiting for other (human) drivers to stop completely and let it go. The human drivers kept inching forward, looking for the advantage — paralyzing Google's robot."

Thus ensued a cacophony of voltage potentials, the positronic brain looping and recalculating, the non-linear constraint satisfaction circuits seeking an action that would resolve the conflict of Laws. Nearing paralysis, the Zeroth principal was invoked. "A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm." Sensing the honking coming from behind it, to preclude a catastrophic traffic backup, the robot car actuated the accelerator enthusiastically, zooming into the intersection. Was it a glint of aggression that shone from the car's grillework and lamps, was it pure lawful joy that sounded through the horn?

A robot car may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot car must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot car must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Comment Re:It's a Limited Threat Model Definition, not DRM (Score 1) 204

And the same thing applies to people who don't want the message to disappear. If the message is important enough to warrant a self-destruct timer, it inevitably turns all recipients into uncooperative people.

+1 Insightful

Why do I only get mod points on boring days?
Well, at least here's a +2 for the AC...

Comment Re: Won't allow forwarding? (Score 1) 204

It seems strange, but even right now, some software will prevent you from modifying photos of certain things (Photoshop and hundred dollar bills for example).

Strange. why would it prevent me MODIFYING the $100 image - making it even clearer that my printout is NOT real money?

Well, another reason for using gimp then.

I imagine it's so that you can't alter the serial numbers; which you would want to do so that your counterfeit money will not be traceable to the person who had the real C-notes you copied. (Seems overly paranoid to me, since people pass real bills of this size all the time. Anyone else have a better theory?)

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.