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

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) 615 615

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) 615 615

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) 298 298

Fast

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) 207 207

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.

Comment Re:Really Stupid (Score 1) 1198 1198

I dunno, I've deprived myself of oxygen before. Just breath in a bag for awhile. You'll go into full panic long before reaching the point of losing consciousness.

On the other hand, I've also cut the flow of blood to my brain by constricting my jugglers, and actually passed out a couple times doing it. I freaked a bunch of kids out in grade school doing it in class, actually. It's completely painless and doesn't trigger the slightest bit of panic. You can be pleasantly unconscious in 15 seconds that way. I suspect that bleeding to death is similar.

How long would it take to drain an inmate's circulatory system to the point of rapid unconsciousness? Guaranteed to kill, and no less humane than lethal injection.

Comment Re:Assisted Suicide (Score 1) 1198 1198

I LOVE this idea. Except, I would expand it make it a no-strings-attached option for anyone charged with any felony, maybe even any misdemeanor. Change the guilty plea to, "how do you plead, guilty, not guilty, or kill me now?" And, of course, the option should be extended to anyone currently service time. Our prisons would be nearly empty within a year.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 5, Informative) 141 141

Somebody mod this up. This is dead right.

Google can encrypt the data all they want, right down to encrypting it when it arrives, and leaving it encrypted for its lifetime on their servers, but the NSA can just say "gimme the data AND the keys to unlock it". The keys are just data, and obviously Google has access to them, therefore so does the NSA.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.

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