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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 320

by shutdown -p now (#49192473) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Incest is any kind of sexual activity with a close relative. What you describe is only a problem if such activity results in offspring. We've had contraception for a long time now, not to mention that not all sex is even potentially procreative in the first place.

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 317

I don't know about Canadians and Americans in general, but it's certainly true about border agents. I'm not saying that everybody in CBP is an asshole, but based on mine (several times per year for three years) history of travel back and forth between two countries, the chances of running into an asshole were way higher when travelling south.

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 1) 129

There in no basis for assuming that these conditions would ever occur.

You mean, except for the fact that we observe each of them occurring separately, and are not aware of any reason why having one occur would exclude the other? From those premises alone it follows that it is a statistic certainty that they will all occur at the same time eventually.

Comment: Re:Sure thing, Republicans. (Score 1) 441

by shutdown -p now (#49190265) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

To remind, alcohol was actually illegal for a while. Then it was legalized again, because the society understood that banning it leads to a worse result overall.

Why does the state even need to be in the business of telling sane adults what they can and cannot put into their own body?

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 2) 342

by Lumpy (#49187845) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

"Detecting a malfunction in a sensor is hard, really hard. "

it depends. you have a known range the sensor will read and you have a known rate of change. For example the sensor in my BMW that measures steering angle will go from 10 to 65525 it can read from 0 to 65535 but the physical limits of the mounting will not allow it. which is fine. the computer system also knows that it is 100% impossible to have more than a rate change of + or - 3500 per second. so if any rate changes are high than that, like a glitch that causes it to jump? fail the sensor fall back to limp mode and illuminate the "bring your wallet to the dealer" light.

What if the sensor falls off and does not change? you can make assumptions based on time If I don't see a sensor change within a time frame, sensor is bad.

Systems with only one sensor does not exist in anything other than entertainment devices like your wall thermometer. A car has enough data points to easily identify sensor failures without redundant sensors on each measuring point.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 342

by Lumpy (#49187793) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

If there is any way the driver can disable the 100% automated stuff. Then they need to prove they are not a drooling moron and get a license. If the manual overrides are all locked out, so if it goes off a cliff, the rider's only choice is to die horribly... Then ok, no license required.

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 2) 129

irradiated with high-energy ultraviolet photons

That's a part of "space-like conditions".

surrounded continuously by doting scientists and elaborate test apparatus

That part is to guarantee success and have a thorough measurement of the process. For the natural process, it is reasonable to assume that it took many hundreds of millions of years before some place (and maybe more than one, over those years) happened to have all those conditions in it at the same time. The point here is that all the things that they've done and all the input materials are the kind that occur naturally. From there it's all statistics.

Human resources are human first, and resources second. -- J. Garbers