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Comment: Re: America, land of the free... (Score 1) 717

by linear a (#48551013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
Hiring is often a big filtering process. Get all the resumes and go into a throw-away frenzy. Keep 10% of them at most. Felons very likely to end up in the throwaway pile. Even worse I suppose if a corporate HR department is pre-filtering resumes. My standard advice for ex-cons is to see if they can start and run a small business. Some businesses require background checks to be able to work in (government contracting, anything to do with schools, etc) but some don't have customers who check backgrounds (small IT repair shops). Unfortunately, this requires some capital to get going and also require some ambition and willingness to fail to try starting a business.

Comment: Re:Litigious Forbearance (Score 1) 320

by linear a (#48241861) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Inevitably sometimes it WILL be the manufacturer's fault. Paying for those liabilities has to be built into the system somehow. Nobody will want to build them until they don't have to face possible billion-dollar judgments against them. Also inevitable that some bad designs will get out that will be obvious in retrospect.

Comment: What needs to happen (Score 1) 320

by linear a (#48241811) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Not a complete list but I believe these all must exist before broad general acceptance. 1 Autonomous driving becomes better than human driving, including "edge cases" (e.g., junk falling from a truck, ball rolling out in front of car, etc). 2 Some way to deal with the inevitable liabilities. Cars will still kill people. Maybe something built into all car insurance and/or into the price of cars to fund liability payments. 3 Some way to deal with all the insane people in non-automated cars.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.