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Comment: Re:Who pays the ticket? (Score 1) 475

by kencurry (#47706373) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

Comment: Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (Score 1) 98

by kencurry (#47670755) Attached to: Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak
Then you would have a 12,000 dollar fridge (I'm assuming this is commercially done, not a DIY), which would require service updates. Some people would buy that, but large majority would stick with the current "pretty nice" fridge for 2000 or less, and spend the money elsewhere.

If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.

Comment: I've been through both styles with my kids (Score 1) 421

by kencurry (#47642377) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
I Had my older two kids in elementary with a year-round system; now our two younger kids are in traditional. When I first heard about the year-round in our school district (Vista, CA, '90s) I had the same thoughts as "what? kids need summer break, just like I had etc." What I found was that, as far as total days of schooling, it's the same. As far as having working parents, scheduling day care, and being able to take family vacations, year-round is better.

Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.

So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.

Comment: Re:Saved the earth (Score 1) 54

by kencurry (#47622567) Attached to: Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

Maybe the difference would be small, but it's much more probable that the impact of that tiny change, and its accumulated consequences century after century, billions of generations of bacteria later, would have changed everything.

Not really, for the same reason that killing one mosquito generally won't make any difference, ...

Two types of analysis:

Macro view: Killing a few mosquitoes won't affect overall dynamic equilibrium, the next few millennia are more or less the same as viewed from 30,000 ft.
Micro view: Killing a few mosquitos prevented malaria from spreading to the Berg clan, who became more powerful and wiped out the Valley clan, completely rewriting history for a particular territory of a particular mammal.

Comment: Re:We can't live without these things? (Score 1) 212

You hit on a hot topic for me. I live in San Diego, which has beautiful weather almost all the time, and yet nearly every building, restaurant, office etc. is sealed up tight with the AC on blast. Such a waste. C'mon architects and city planners of the future, we can do better!

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