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Comment: Re:They all struggled, at first. (Score 1) 44 44

Computers do not need to be able to navigate the car in all circumstances for self-driving cars to be useful. I would be happy if they could simply take over when driving on the freeway and warn me when it is time to leave the freeway again.

The end goal is of course to let the AI control the car at all times. But a more modest start is just fine.

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 385 385

"What job is hardest for a robot to do?"

Obviously management.

All that yelling, the ignorance, the incompetence, the rudeness, the anti-social behavior, the complete disregard for the feelings of the employees is hard to duplicate with software.

I do of course realize that your comment is a joke. But I will write a serious reply in any case:-)

I am pretty sure that large parts of management will be overtaken by computers. Many of the decisions that management are currently responsible for are more or less trivial and could be better performed by applying machine learning once enough data has been collected and the algorithms are in place. There will of course still be a need for human managers. But their role will change and there might be fewer of them since they will only be needed in the areas where humans can outperform machines.

Comment: How to get my hands on live ADS-B data? (Score 1) 52 52

I would really like to get my hands on a live ADS-B feed like FlightAware and FlightRadar24 apparently have. Does anyone know what I would need to do to do that? Global data would be ideal but European or Arctic coverage would also be very interesting. But others might be interested in other areas.

Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 2) 184 184

"How much slower do you think it is okay to get work done in order to put it in a completely free software framework? How many people is it okay to have die from the additional time?"

By all means use the tool that provides the best value for you and your company. Personally I find Python much more productive than MatLab for scientific work in my field. But I guess it depends on which features you need and what kind of software you are developing.

Comment: Re:uhhh.... (Score 1) 319 319

The above case is not about inciting violence or terrorism. Let me cite a bit of the official court press release about the conviction* (google translate, with small corrections):

"The district court writes in the judgment that those who exercise their freedom of expression - in the picture, voice or text - also have a duty to the extent possible, to avoid statements that are unjustifiably offensive to others and statements that do not contribute to any form of public debate. The judgment is that Dan Parks and gallery owner aim of the exhibition have not been to bring an informed debate, but rather to provoke. On the way they spread the pictures, they have not taken responsibility. Protection of the individual to avoid insults and slurs are therefore in this case of higher priority than freedom of expression and the right to freedom of art."

*) Official press release

Comment: Re:uhhh.... (Score 4, Insightful) 319 319

But to be honest, freedom of speech is somewhat more limited in Europe than in the USA. But even between European countries there are som marked differences. Sweden is for example jailing (provocative) artists for hate speech while neighbouring Denmark has no such tradition (although Denmark does also have hate speech legislation). See for example Dan Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Park).

Not that I like Dan Parks views (even though he says that the court in Sweden is misunderstanding his art pieces). But I do believe that Sweden is on a dangerous path when they prosecute artists for hate speech (who draws the line).

Comment: Re:A step too far? (Score 1) 191 191

"Keep in mind that wasn't an accidental difference. In Germany, the publishers that opted out of the scheme (and kept their presence in Google News) benefited from absence of those who didn't opt out, which created a motive for all publishers to opt out in a sort of tragedy of the commons situation. The Spanish lawmakers wanted to prevent that."

The legislation is an attempt to create a law mandated news cartel:

"In economics, a cartel is an agreement between competing firms to control prices or exclude entry of a new competitor in a market. It is a formal organization of sellers or buyers that agree to fix selling prices, purchase prices, or reduce production using a variety of tactics." (Wikipedia).

If they had been succesful the consequence would be that Spanish media consumers would have to pay more for their news. Fortunately it seems like they will not be succesful and hopefully Spanish consumers can use foreign media outlets that are not part of the cartel.

Comment: Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (Score 1) 641 641

. As a long time C hack (still am) I concur.

Behold. A C program that has gained sentience.

You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, it’s crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on it's back. The tortoise lays on it's back, it's belly baking in the hot sun, beating it's legs trying to turn it'self over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?

Comment: Re:"Getting whiter" (Score 2) 496 496

If you look at:

Seattle demographics

in combination with the article you will see that the city is in fact more colored now than in 2000. The original poster is cherry picking statistics to prove his/her point. Seattle is less white now than in 2000. You could say that after a prolonged browning of the city it is now whitening slightly. The long term trend is however not clear.

I am also a bit confused by the article. It seems like Amazon is only hiring from Seattle itself and not the suburbs. Otherwise they would not employ 5-7% of the city population. Is that really true or is it another one of the authors mind tricks?

Comment: Re:The right to offend ... (Score 1) 834 834

OP: "We can start by stating the obvious: It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion."

You seem to be missing that the OP argues that we should abstain from offending people due to for example their religious convictions. I totally agree that threats of violence should be (and is in most countries) illegal. And I also agree that women are more likely to encounter threats of violence on the net. But if your fantasy friend in the sky and you believe that it is fine to kill homosexuals, apostates or whatever you should sure as hell expect others to ridicule your religion.

Comment: Indirect tax (Score 4, Insightful) 462 462

This is in effect an indirect tax. Buyers of non-zero emission cars are effectively paying for the loss that automakers make on the zero emission cars. It would be much more honest to tax them directly instead of letting the auto industry act as an intermediary. But then again: taxes and honesty are probably not words that one should use in the same sentence.

Comment: Re: False premise (Score 1) 379 379

Could you please document that older people call in sick more often? In my country it is actually the other way around. Young people tend to call in sick more frequently than middle aged people. And I have the numbers to prove it:

http://www.statbank.dk/statbank5a/selectvarval/define.asp?PLanguage=1&subword=tabsel&MainTable=FRA05&PXSId=155305&tablestyle=&ST=SD&buttons=0

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