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Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 1) 177

by hawkinspeter (#47572929) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
I'm sure that once the technology has been tested sufficiently, the trucking industry would be one of the biggest customers as autonomous trucks can keep busy 24 hours a day. It'd probably save a ton of fuel if various trucks end up driving as a convoy and make use of their slipstreams (they wouldn't need so much distance between them if they have some kind of comms protocol agreed upon to share info about driving conditions and behaviour).

I'm imagining a time when all the lorries are autonomous, they don't overtake each other and the M6 becomes almost usable.

Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 2) 177

by hawkinspeter (#47569107) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
I'd imagine that a lot of drivers would end up switching to autonomous cars for financial reasons. If the insurance rates are dramatically cut for autonomous vehicles (which is extremely likely) then it's going to end up being cheaper to not drive. There's many other advantages as well - you may not need to run two cars if you can commute to work in one and have it drive back home for your spouse's use during the day.

I think the finances would work in favour of shared use of autonomous car networks. Most cars spend most of their time being parked, so in theory we can increase the usage and reduce the number of cars needed. They'd become like taxis but much cheaper and more convenient.

If we end up with the vast majority of vehicles being autonomous, then it shouldn't cause any problems to have a few human drivers around as well. I still see the occasional vintage car being driven around, so there's definitely going to be enthusiasts.

Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 3, Interesting) 177

by hawkinspeter (#47568991) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
I don't see why driving within the speed limits would cause any major problems as on most motorways, they'd be spending most of their time in the left-most (slowest) lane. The other lanes are for overtaking and they shouldn't need to do much overtaking. If they do need to overtake, then I imagine it would make sense to exceed the speed limit just whilst they are overtaking so that they safely join the faster flow.

Some vehicles (coaches and buses generally) are speed limited and can't go above 70mph and they don't cause more crashes as far as I know. I reckon that people will soon get used to the conservative behaviour of driverless cars. It's got to be a lot less annoying than some of the hyper-aggressive or distracted drivers.

+ - Observation of a quantum Cheshire Cat in a matter-wave interferometer experiment->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "From its very beginning, quantum theory has been revealing extraordinary and counter-intuitive phenomena, such as wave-particle duality, Schrödinger cats and quantum non-locality. Another paradoxical phenomenon found within the framework of quantum mechanics is the ‘quantum Cheshire Cat’: if a quantum system is subject to a certain pre- and postselection, it can behave as if a particle and its property are spatially separated. It has been suggested to employ weak measurements in order to explore the Cheshire Cat’s nature. Here we report an experiment in which we send neutrons through a perfect silicon crystal interferometer and perform weak measurements to probe the location of the particle and its magnetic moment."
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+ - UK to allow driverless cars by 2015

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.

In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.

The debate now is whether to allow cars, like the prototype unveiled by Google in May, to abandon controls including a steering wheel and pedals and rely on the vehicle's computer.

Or whether, instead, to allow the machine to drive, but insist a passenger be ready to wrest back control at a moment's notice."

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 397

by hawkinspeter (#47563891) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States
It was option 2. The bank declined the transaction and then Apple was tricked by the customer pretending to phone the bank whilst actually phoning an accomplice. The accomplice then "authorised" the transaction with a manual code, which Apple believed was from the bank.

Apple should have phoned the bank itself using a known good number. That would have caught out the scammer and Apple wouldn't have lost money.

Comment: Re:Yeah right... (Score 1) 138

It is on the very verge of release now. It's been shown in several US cities and is now invading Canada. I'm a backer of the Kickstarter campaign to get it released: . Hopefully the DVDs and Blu-rays will not be too long away and I'm waiting for a UK release so that I can get my hands on a legit copy.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for Ubik (Score 1) 138

There's still rumours about that. Michel Gondry has declared that he's "still working" on it. Ubik is supposed to be the most unfilmable of all of PKD's work, but Michel Gondry has a unique style that could work really well (I'm thinking of Eternal Sunshine - definitely not Green Hornet).

Comment: Re:It's not fair (Score 2) 138

Incidentally, the Radio Free Albemuth film is almost available (for certain values of available) now. I'm kind of bummed that I paid $70 for the Kickstarter campaign, but as I live in the UK and it hasn't been released here yet, I can't get my hands on a legit copy of it yet. In case you didn't know, Radio Free Albemuth originally started as a sequel to Man in the High Castle, but then ended up becoming a first-draft of what became VALIS.

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