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Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 290

by drinkypoo (#49188287) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

What I wanted to show by bringing up this example is that in current airplane design, there are circumstances in which automation is known to fail (in this case, unreliable/defective sensors). In these circumstances, the systems are designed to give control back to the pilot. The rationale for this is quite clear.

Yes, like I said, it's to make the passengers feel good. Because as we have seen, the pilots depend on the same sensors that the autopilot does. Airliners aren't fighters, you don't fly by the seat of your pants. By the time your inner-ear-gyro tells you that there's a problem, you're already screwed. Which was precisely what happened.

How in the shit are pitot tubes still icing anyway? Why is heating the tube not a thing which works? Heating elements are not new technology. We should really be able to manage this by now.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 272

by drinkypoo (#49188227) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

you mean the basic engineering error where the project manager wouldn't sign off due to the mistake made in concrete formulation so he was fired and a more lenient approver installed in his place?

How about the basic engineering error of siting a reactor somewhere even ancient Japanese could have told you was a mistake? How about the basic engineering error of not protecting your on-site backup power, which is mandatory for maintenance? How about the basic engineering error of storing spent fuel rods on top of reactors? All of those are more significant than the formulation of the concrete.

Comment: Re:I developed this crap when I hit 35 (Score 1) 43

by drinkypoo (#49188195) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye

My right eye does that when I'm tired, but my eyelid is actually notably different on that side, I've too much of it. My father had both of his eyelids trimmed back by the VA to try to treat his headaches, apparently only one side of my head has this congenital defect. Probably have it trimmed up next time I go out of the country.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 378

XP was supported for a very very long time.

Microsoft is not about to make that same mistake again.

MY PC is built from sabertooth Asus series with solid caps, capicators, vrm, etc. Same with gtx 770 video card. It will last 10 years :-)

Irrelevant. We're talking about the software. My motherboard also has solid caps. Whoop de doo.

Sure Intel will try to sabatoge atom with no SOC drivers so they can cut back on support costs and keep prices low

You mean like AMD did with the Mobile Athlon 64, and R690M chipset? It's disingenuous to call out Intel here.

Many of us will stick with 7 even more so than with XP during the last time.

No you won't, because Microsoft won't keep supporting it into eternity. They had to do that because they wrote long contracts. They won't have done that with Windows 7. XP was a stone around their necks.

Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 291

by drinkypoo (#49186491) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

The notion that it's more profitable for cars to automatically kill their users is kind of ridiculous.

It's more profitable to kill a percentage of them than to ensure a total lack of sales by making the fully safe car which would combine a pretty miserable driving experience with atrocious performance and efficiency.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 2) 291

by drinkypoo (#49186461) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Since the 1960s we have been automating space travel and airlines, and still need pilots and astronauts because when the shit hits the proverbial fan humans are required to intervene.

We have pilots to make passengers feel good. We have astronauts because we can't make a robot as dextrous as a human yet.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1, Insightful) 282

by drinkypoo (#49186067) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Verhoeven missed all of that, saw it as an endorsement of the society in the book, and parodied it, turning the really interesting point the book was making into trite anvilicious crap.

Look, I'm not going to claim that Troopers was a good movie in any way really, but you totally failed at watching it. The propaganda scenes made it quite clear that Verhoeven was not providing an "endorsement" of such a society.

Verhoeven is a perfectly bright guy, he's smarter than you in that he knows that explosions and tits sell pictures both to execs and audiences. Total Recall was the film that convinced me that he knew what he was doing. Get the basic ideas down in the picture, and get the big twist/reveal right, everything else can be twiddled for Hollywood.

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