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Comment Re:Government flip-flop from the 1970s (Score 1) 330

When you claim things like this you are telling everyone you get your scientific information from the popular press and not scientific literature. If you expect people to take you seriously after such an admission, well, that speaks more of you than it does anything else.

Comment Re:Why shouldn't this be public anyway? (Score 1) 65

Or maybe the H1N1/SARS/Whatever hype accompanied real action to prevent the problem from becoming too big. Just think about the usual muppets screaming that Y2K was hyped up massively and nothing happened - precisely because work was done to stop it becoming so bad.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 144

Reputation management also involves correcting widely-held beliefs about a company/organisation which are flat-out wrong. This happens more than you'd imagine, and work like urban legends - statements of dubious factual content passed around as gospel truth. Just look at Slashdot for a great example - leaps are made between what certain companies do and what the Slashdot audience (or members thereof) think they are doing or going to do (even though there is no evidence for it). How often have you seen a Slashdot post condemn a company for something it hasn't done, only for that post to be modded +5 and accepted as an honest appraisal of said company? It happens frequently, almost every day (that I've noticed). It's at times like this that reputation management can be a great tool to address these problems as they happen. The last thing you want to do when a damaging falsehood about your company is spreading like wildfire across the internet is to sit there and do nothing, as that only guarantees it will continue unabated.

If people were incapable of lying (either on purpose or by accident) about companies/organisations/people you'd be right.

Comment Re:Not normal driving. (Score 1) 437

You are making so many assumptions it's not even funny. Just because you can't figure out how to solve these problems doesn't make them unsolvable. At the very least the autonomous cars need good coding to handle these situations, and they seem to be getting just that.

Comment Re:Not normal driving. (Score 1) 437

You just made a bunch of assumptions based on a car attempting to cross an intersection 6 years ago. Just because you aren't clever enough to figure out a set of rules which can solve the problems you mentioned doesn't mean they're impossible. Who cares if you don't see this technology becoming widespread or used in the real world - you clearly can't see past your own hubris.

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 1) 349

That's quite the non sequitur - the increase in driver complexity was most likely due to the nature of the device becoming more complex, not just the plug and play. Unless you can demonstrate that the problems you encountered were due to the PnP portions of the driver, you don't really have a case. You might as well blame it on aliens. My personal experiences are very different to yours - fiddling around with jumpers was far from ideal, and as soon as PnP hit the scene and was properly supported by enough drivers, it was a great improvement on what came before.

If you couldn't configure your internal modem, the problem lies either with you, your computer, or the modem - blaming a technology which was used to great effect by countless millions of people doesn't seem the particularly rational approach.

Comment Re:Everyone has right to self defense (Score 1) 180

No, "regulated" when discussing a group of people or a business means "subjected to regulations". Using the definition for a timepiece seems ridiculous, but I guess it's the closest definition to what you want it to mean, even if clearly incorrect in this context. The watch was "well regulated" as the pieces moved at regular intervals.

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller