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Comment Re:It's about fraud (Score 1) 494

Yes, but it doesn't make any sense to give back the full value of a car after five years. It's just stupid, and you know very well it's stupid. The car is not worth that much - not even close. All a consumer could really hope for would be to get the value of the difference in value of the car before and after this information was released. If this scandal suddenly made the car worth 30% less on the used market, well, that's what the consumer is owed.

Comment Re:It's about fraud (Score 1) 494

VW should be forced to buy-back at original transaction price all of these cars, as no owner will be satisfied by the performance of the cars post-retrofit.

That doesn't make any sense - the car worked as promised (except for the extra emissions) for the time the driver's used it. If anything they should have to buy back the car at its current resale value, but even that is pushing it.

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 1) 381

Except that's not what they're doing at all. They're asking that Google censor the results on all of its domains when accessed from within France. They don't care about search results on outside of France.

The obvious solution for Google is to make all of their non-European domains redirect to European ones when accessed from within the EU. Google is intentionally breaking the law because of their stance on censorship. That may or may not be a good thing depending on your view, but that is what is happening here.

What is definitely *not* happening is France trying to enforce its laws outside of France - the headline and article are intentionally misleading.

Comment Re: "Mimic the act of driving"? (Score 1) 157

This would be better than wrong regulation. No regulation means that each car company is exposed to civil liabilities and brand damage, which is all the incentive they need to keep things pretty safe.

You could make exactly the same argument with respect to human drivers and driver's licenses - that you don't need licenses because each person is exposed to civil liabilities and has a personal reputation. Yet we still require humans to be licensed to drive, and that's when we know the failure modes very well. We have no idea what the failure modes might be for some new algorithm. We can't just release them into the wild all willy-nilly and hope for the best.

Yes, regulation slows progress to a degree. That's fine - it is both a feature and a bug. Self driving cars don't need to be here tomorrow. Why not take our time and do it right, rather than rush it and run the risk of deploying the technology before it's ready?

Comment Re: To be more precise, Amazon will collect on tax (Score 3, Insightful) 243

You don't seem to get it either. If you can increase your profit by raising prices, you should do it, regardless of the tax rate. Yes, we understand your point that at some level taxation lowers ROI to the point that it's not worth it to invest. Nobody is suggesting the tax rate should be that high.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]