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Comment: @Solandri - Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 283

by nukenerd (#47793033) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Put another way, if autonomous cars started off working on 0% of roads and you want them to eventually work on 100% of roads, well somewhere in between you have to pass through 1%, 5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 90%. It's rather disingenuous to criticize them for not getting all the way to 100% in one fell swoop.

So who decides which 50% (or whatever) of the road is suitable for auto control? My daily drive takes me through easy bits and much trickier bits, sometimes changing within 100 yards and back again, and how tricky depends on what other drivers are doing. What will the "50% competent" car do? Will it be saying :-

"Quick Dave, it's tricky, take over ! - It's Ok now Dave, let go the steering wheel - Oh hang on it's tricky again! - Now it's OK again - Oh jeez, some idiot's just pulled out in front I can't cope, LOOK OUT !! where the fuck are you Dave? TAKE THE FUCKING STEERING WHEEL DAVE !!! Aaarrrgghh !!! "

Sure you might get the stray deer hopping through traffic that requires a human to take control and improvise.

So the human must sit there with just as much attention, and with just as much skill as if he were driving anyway. So much for those hopes of drunks/non-drivers/blind people etc.

Comment: Re:can it get me home from the bar? (Score 1) 283

by nukenerd (#47792965) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Perhaps some people prefer to be killed by other people rather than by a mega corporation like Google. Seems not unreasonable to me. Who wants his widow to have to fight Google lawyers after his violent death?

People do prefer to be killed by other people, but not for the reason you give. It is because they somehow think that being killed by another person is more "democratic". That is why most road deaths (about 10/day in the UK) get only a few inches in a local paper while train crash deaths (about three orders of magnitude fewer) get massive coverage for up to two weeks after the event. Despite the fact that you will be sure to get compensation from a railway company, but a high proportion of car drivers and motorbike riders causing deaths are uninsured.

Comment: Re:can it get me home from the bar? (Score 3, Informative) 283

by nukenerd (#47792927) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Says the asshole [cyclist] who pays nothing for the road he drives on

In the UK, the car licence (which was once and largely still is called the "road tax") has ceased to have anything to do with road usage. It is now entirely about carbon emissions, under Byzantine rules by which many cars, some even high performance ones, pay no "road tax" at all. Even before that the road tax had long ceased to have a direct connection with road financing. Most road milage is actually paid for by local authorities who are mostly financed by a tax on houses, including those of non-drivers.

In any case, most cyclists have cars too, so are paying the "road tax" anyway. Having said that, I would be quite happy to pay road tax on my bike - it might shut up people like you.

Comment: Re:can it get me home from the bar? (Score 1) 283

by nukenerd (#47792889) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

I do think a lot of the excitement for google cars comes from the "privileged white driver" mindset in which there are no pedestrians, no bikes, no transit. Nothing but people like them in their single occupancy vehicles.

Bullshit. "Priveleged white drivers" are not at all excited by them, not in the UK anyway where such drivers want to stay in full control (thing Jeremy Clarkson), especially ignoring road laws when it suits them. But the worst is the "Indian Driver" mindset, especially if driving a taxi, in which there are no other things on the road whatsoever.

Comment: Re:And we should care? (Score 1) 54

by nukenerd (#47791539) Attached to: Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

metal suits for protective purposes have been around for hundreds of years ........ would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?"

I must admit that it did not even occur to me that this is supposed to be an invention until you mentioned it. I thought it was just for a laugh. Yes, the guy may be an inventor, but that does not mean that everything he does is an "invention" - otherwise he would be inventing dinner every time he cooks one.

Hundreds of years you say? And a order of magnitude. If you are looking for the inventors of body-sculptured metal armour you could make a start among the Ancient Greeks.

Comment: Re:Yet another attack on Anonymity (Score 1) 573

by nukenerd (#47784887) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

The summary .. implies that women are less interested in using social media sites that have a culture of anonymity. This could be due to the fact that anonymous systems allow men to harass them more easily without repercussions, or it could mean that women simply prefer non-anonymous systems.

Men harassing women with no repurcussions would only be an issue if the men in question were anonymous and the women were not. Men who harass women for the sake of it would have no reason to start it if they were unaware that it was a woman at the other end.

I would have thought therefore that anonymity would encourage women, for the very reason that they would be less likely to be harassed. Unless they were specifically discussing a women's issue on a forum, or is otherwise open about it, there is generally no clue what the writer's sex is. That is certainly the case with women I have known, and a prime example is Mary Evans who wrote books under the name "George Elliot" to avoid drawing attention to herself as a person for several reasons (including the fact that she was living in "sin"). "George Elliot" was just as anonymous as my ID here as "Nukenerd".

Comment: Some first class BS here. (Score 1, Interesting) 27

by nukenerd (#47773133) Attached to: African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections

most of the content they access ... is hosted on servers elsewhere

Since when did that matter on the Internet ?

The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations

Welcome to the World.

places like Europe with uniform Internet regulations

Tell us about these uniform regulations.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 463

by nukenerd (#47733563) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
You have a point, but I think it should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Lay case involved someone dying soon after conviction, so the money could have been pulled back quickly. OTOH, if his family had managed to blow it all in a few weeks, perhaps with the aim of making it inaccessible, then I would have no sympathy with them anyway.

Someone coming for $100 after 20 years is possible but unlikely - an edge case.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 463

by nukenerd (#47732477) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

If a financial crime is committed, then the punishment should be financial in nature. So take away all the criminals possessions and pay restitution to his victims.

You are new at this crime busines aren't you. Criminals tend to have no posessions. I was one of several involved in a fraudster being taken to court. Everything about him was in the style of a wealthy man - drove a up market car, had a big house in the best part of town etc. But it turned out he owned nothing . Everything you saw about him belonged to his wife, as she testified. The crime did not, it seemed, qualify for a jail sentence (as some guys here will be delighted to learn), so the guy walked free and unscathed.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 463

by nukenerd (#47732373) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead.

The trouble with that is that it requires huge administration and monitoring. Where is this army of officials who are going to stand over these penitent offenders mowing lawns and sweeping streets, to ensure that they don't just bugger off home or, worse, back to their usual haunts and gang? Prison is efficient in that a small number of jailers can oversee a couple of magnitudes higher number of prisoners. Jeez, we are told that even that is expensive.

Yes, it is cheaper still just to tell an offender to go and sweep the streets, but unless he is monitored he will just laugh as soon as he gets round the corner, and all the way home too.

Actually, cons were once made to do useful work. Typically they were made to break up stones in quarries. But earnest activists declared that it was inhumane.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 463

by nukenerd (#47732261) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Actually most crimes are not prevented or thwarted by jail or excess sentencing. The reason is that those committing crimes aren't considering the risk or consequence of their actions.

Paraphrasing that : "Most burglars who break down my door are not stopped by my door". Brilliant.

How do you know how many crimes are prevented by the threat of jail? You imply yourself that those not committing crimes are considering the risk. Despite considering myself a moderate person, I am sure that I would have committed a few "crimes" in my life if there were no risk of punishment, so I have taken the risk into account, and I am sure I am not alone.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian