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Comment: Re:For Starters (Score 1) 320

by jbburks (#48247871) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
No, that's not what I meant. The ignition switch fiasco is an example of a poor organizational culture getting people killed needlessly.

I'm talking about deaths that might happen during a normal development cycle of 3-6 months to identify the problem,develop, test and distribute a fix.

That is an unfortunate accident, and the injured should be fairly compensated. But not at a punitive level that the consumers of the technology would have to pay for, one way or another. The lawyers who advertise on local TV would be salivating at the chance to sue a company worth $Billions like Google in a local court.

Comment: Re:For Starters (Score 1) 320

by jbburks (#48243265) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
This is why the self-driving car will take so long to develop.

If I fall asleep and hit your car and injure you, you will nick my insurance, probably up to the limit of my liability. If that is exceeded, you will probably stop there, or stop after putting me into bankruptcy.

Now, if the Google(r) Self Driving Car(tm) hits you, you will sue Google for $Billions. Especially if you find out that the car hit you because of a *known* bug. That will go over very well in the hands of a non-technical jury. All software ever written (even software for the Apollo Lunar Lander) has known bugs. No company can fix every bug *immediately*. They have to prioritize, write fix, test fix, distribute fix, etc. During that time, an accident could happen. In the current 'deep pockets' liability theory, the expected cost of these lawsuits would be more than the cost of developing the software and the cost of the sensors and hardware necessary to implement it.

Even if, on average, the Google(r) Self Driving Car(tm) is safer than driving yourself, unless something like the vaccine liability fund is implemented, then the car is a non-starter (pun intended). Which is a shame because 1) I want one and 2) it's likely to be safer than the Human Driven Car (tm).

Comment: Linked article is poor.. (Score 1) 742

by jbburks (#48086971) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
The linked article is very poorly researched.

It gives the person's last (or first) name, but not the complete name. Just starts quoting by name in the middle.

Also, it lists Comcast by name but just says "employed by a large accounting firm". Looks like they could have spent five minutes more on research so we know who to blame.

Comment: Re:Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza - Debunked (Score 1) 868

by jbburks (#47562107) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
The other Arab countries don't want the Palestinians, despite all their talk of sovereignty.

Egypt guards the South boundary of Gaza. Jordan guards the East side of the West Bank. They won't let the Palestinians out.

In a rational world, Egypt and Jordan would annex the areas and take responsibility for subduing the people with rockets. But the area is so heavily settled it will be a net loss to anyone. So they just guard the perimeter - much better than America guards their Southern border.

Comment: Re:Generalizing about averages is bad science (Score 1) 231

by jbburks (#46856191) Attached to: White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

The statistics I've seen for the chance that a person will commit a death and dismemberment crime are equal for all races (within the margin of error) if you look only at the people with no criminal record.

That's easily explained as most people committing death or dismemberment don't startwith that crime, but work their way up to it.

Avoid strange women and temporary variables.