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Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 506

by naasking (#47760027) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

No need to guess, the tests are well documented. Driverless cars have achieved 700,000 miles, incident-free.

As for frozen sensors, freezing is no more a problem for sensors than it is for your eyes. A heating element will keep any sensor free of ice and snow, just like a car's internal heat keeps your eyes from freezing. It's merely a matter of engineering.

Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 506

by naasking (#47759303) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Autonomous cars need to prove that they're capable of being safer than operator-driven cars. Right now they haven't done so, and until there's data there will be a need for autonomous cars to be manually operatable.

Sure they have. Driverless cars have driven thousands of miles without making a single mistake. That error rate is already better than virtually any human could achieve.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by naasking (#47639667) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Kids should have at least a couple of months out of the year when they can just not worry about their studies and have fun and BE KIDS.

School should be year-round and only 4 days a week. Maybe a 2-3 week break like their parents too.

Long breaks are very detrimental to learning.

Comment: Re:What a jackass (Score 1) 406

by naasking (#47619129) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Errr, this wasn't a fully automated driver system, that's why the guy's actions were unsafe. Your conclusion does not follow.

Humans err far more often than automated systems do. Skepticism is warranted absent data, but the data supporting this conclusion is there, you're just ignorant of it.

Comment: Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (Score 1) 519

Snowden made a decision to break the law because he believed his cause was good which justified breaking the law. What if the NSA used the same argument? What if they believe their cause is just as good and justified and more important then adhering to any laws?

Who is ultimately right is for the courts to decide. But the government will try its damndest to prevent the courts from ever seeing this kind of case, if they can help it.

Comment: Re:No, he didn't. (Score 1) 1198

by naasking (#47119841) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

no he didn't. He doesn't understand the context and is using a specific type of crime as all crime, it is not.
For example, the paper does not include homicide. It's a report on interviewed victims, not a report of all violent crime.

Now that's just dishonest. disgbo said that "men are FAR more likely than women to be victims of violence, physical intimidation, violent crime, and other physical threats". dirk asked for evidence. The report digsbo cited, and the one he provided below, are exactly the evidence proving his claim.

Lets look at a more accurate and detail review, shall we?

Now who's cherry-picking? This report is about domestic violence only, which is but a small subset of all "violence, physical intimidation, violent crimes and other physical threats". Overall, men are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators in our culture. The argument that women have to be more conscientious about their safety just doesn't seem justified by the evidence.

I agree with the use of #YesAllWomen to bring awareness to sexual harassment, which is still prevalent, but I disagree with its use to highlight some belief that women live under some vague but constant threat of male violence that the rest of us don't, like this tweet. If the message is more targeted at things like domestic violence, that's justified by the evidence.

Comment: Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (Score 3, Informative) 1198

by naasking (#47113357) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

I don't buy for a second that men are more likely to be the victims of violence, intimidation and other physical threats. Men are more likely to do all of those, but they are more likely aimed at women.

digsbo already cited the relevant reference showing that men have more to fear from others than women do, but are you really so suprised that male on male violence is more prevalent than male on female? Who gets in more bar fights? Who is the more likely victim of gang violence? There's still a stigma around hitting women, so when tempers flare in any situation, who is more likely to receive a punch to the face?

You are basically calling the person feminine which is only an insult if you believe men are superior to women.

That's not how insults work. Sure, the people who started using that insult probably believed that, but words have momentum and growing up in a culture that uses some words derogatorily means you're simply more likely to use them that way when conveying an intention. That doesn't mean the user has given even a moment's thought to what's actually been said. Trying to tie this to some mental attitude towards women as a whole is weak at best.

Comment: Re:I believe it because.. (Score 1) 291

by naasking (#47108267) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Is that a joke, kids can definitely do those things. They obviously can't go to as far of extremes as an adult can

You just explained it yourself, and the younger they are, the more limited you are. The original poster said that kids would interfere with their ability to travel, which as a general proposition is true, irrespective of the fact that it may not be true in specific circumstances.

Comment: Re:I believe it because.. (Score 2) 291

by naasking (#47106991) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Traveling with kids isn't that hard. You can get a backpack with a kid seat that will work till they are about five. When they are eight, they can walk fast enough to keep up.

Walking around isn't the hard part. The hard part is going the places you'd want to go, which may consist of places that won't hold a kid's interest, which limits your enjoyment of it if you force them, or places they simply cannot go (rock climbing, hiking, etc.).

Comment: Re:What does Obama know that we don't? (Score 1) 284

by naasking (#47059123) Attached to: White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

2. Access to top secret data that still hasn't been released showing a compelling need for this information gathering?

If that were the case, he would only need to release some of that information to justify those actions. More than likely the bulk surveillance infrastructure is to maintain a political and economic advantage over other countries.

The most delightful day after the one on which you buy a cottage in the country is the one on which you resell it. -- J. Brecheux