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Comment Re:What does this mean for biometrics in general? (Score 4, Insightful) 242

You don't think it has anything to do with an utter pain in the ass it is to keep track of user/password and private/public key pairs, vs how simple a bio-scan is?

Bio-scans are easy to understand in practice. You walk up to a thing and touch it/look at it, and you're in. That's the appeal.

Comment Re:They should have been shot (Score 1) 328

There's no reason to kill them. There is plenty of reason to stop them. Stopping someone from committing a crime, and punishing someone for committing a crime, are *completely* separate concepts.

Don't want to get stopped from doing the wrong thing in a potentially deadly fashion, don't do the wrong thing. Seems simple enough.

Comment Re:Who manages the loading and unloading? (Score 1) 615

Truckers do a lot of shit at truck stops that are not relevant to autonomous trucks. They buy greasy food, take a piss, get a blowjob from a hooker who just ate greasy food, carve the bugs off the windshield, replace the air freshener, take a nap, call the wife and tell her he misses her while avoiding talking about hooker blowjobs...

The shit that is relevant, such as checking tire pressure, oil level, carving the bugs off the camera lenses, whatever, can easily be done by the attendant. Not rocket science!

Comment Re:Who manages the loading and unloading? (Score 1) 615

Also, refueling? En route maintenance. Stuff like that?

1) Truck signals for fuel.
2) Dispatch arranges for fuel delivery.
3) Truck pulls over when/where instructed.
4) Fuel truck pulls up, driver transfers fuel.
5) Profit!

Also, existing truck stops could simply employ drivers to bring autonomous trucks in for fueling and then send them on their way.

Same basic idea for maintenance.

Comment Re:3.5 million truckers (Score 2) 615

Who said anything about replacing truck drivers with autonomous driving systems? Airplanes have autopilot, but they still require TWO pilots. Autonomous trucking systems will be no different. Somebody will have to drive it in city traffic and park it at the freight terminal, and take over when the autonomous system doesn't know how to handle a situation. The difference is that in a plane you usually have seconds or minutes to take over the system, whereas on a road with cars mere feet away, a trucker will have fractions of a second to respond and take over to a situation.

If a plane could simply pull over on the outskirts of town to meet its harbor pilot, long haul freight plane pilots would be on the block, too.

Comment Re:Not being a metric ton of bit rot (Score 1) 298


Depends program objectives. Most of my code does not need to be fast, and some even works better if it is slow so it does not pig some resource

Sounds like a lame excuse for shitty code. Code should be fast/efficient, meaning it should get as much done as possible on as few cycles as possible. If efficient code hogs the CPU because it has a great deal of work to do, making the code slow is probably the wrong approach. Try lowering process or thread priority.

Comment Re:patent applies to sale, distribution of product (Score 1) 207

Infringing a patent is not a crime. Sure, the patent holder could bring litigation against you for simply making a patented part, but about all that would accomplish is a court order barring you from making another one, and of course cost them lots of money. So in practice, as far as patents are concerned, yes you can make anything you want for yourself. If you start making money by selling such items, then you may have a problem.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.