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Comment: Re:Rain and snow? (Score 1) 278

by schlachter (#48214279) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Cars will use LIDAR, ultrasonic, and video for first party sensing.

But a lot of sensing will come from their party. Other cars reporting their position on the road. Their intent and upcoming moves. Details about the environment that they sense. Additional the infrastructure can provide info. The roads can report if cars are present. If there is ice, etc.

Anyways, the issue isn't if there is ice or snow on it's sensors. That will be easy to mitigate. The problem is the ice and snow in the environment that it needs to see through.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 278

by schlachter (#48214255) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Self driving cars will turn out to be faster, even if they obey the speed limit...because traffic will disappear or lessen significantly and intersections can be managed dynamically without the need for stoplights that make you sit constantly. There won't be accidents to jam up the roads, and detours will be seamless because all cars will coordinate a good distribution over alternative roads. Parents don't have to have screaming kids because they can be facing them and engaging them during the drive. And there will be no need to park when you arrive, saving time at the destination. And you'll be driving less overall as well. Need something quick at the store? Send your car out to pick it up. Or request delivery from the store. No need to physically go.

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 2) 335

by schlachter (#48188613) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

I thought they would create a line of ice for lots of parallel processing (pickup), rather than a line of people for single ping processing (pickup)

Or maybe some predictive processing...hand out ice to people who look like they need it before they get in line. :P

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by schlachter (#48170419) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I read that in until the late 1800's in the USA, people didn't go to prison to serve time. They went there to await their trail and if found guilty, to await their punishment, such as hard labor or hanging. Jail time itself was not the punishment until the Eastern State Penitentiary was founded in the late 1800's with the Puritan notion of rehabilitation through time spent in isolation and introspection.

Comment: Re:Confucius say: (Score 1) 354

by schlachter (#48162601) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Moreso, the frequent and free OS upgrades that keep it modern and well integrated with other devices add considerable value. As does the fact that you don't need to buy virus protection, or to have said protection drain your system resources, particularly important as the system ages. And when you finally sell it, you get some real money. Macs in their base configs are good value. Although memory and storage upgrades are not.

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