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Comment Re:ubiquity and Git (Score 1) 927

"People use it in those places because it's free, not because it's particularly good"

So is BSD, but that's not used nearly as much, even though a lot of the companies using Linux would find that the pesky GPL stuff is no longer handcuffing them.

FWIW there are "linux" distros out there which have been rebased on BSD kernels.

I use both and have done for more than 20 years. The issue isn't Linus - whenever he's called someone out it's because it really was needed - it's more that developers in this kind of arena tend to be special flowers with talent in an environment where collaboration may bring uniformity but it also eliminates innovation. Those devs need to exist, but so do people like Sarah who have the time and patience to rip that innovative code apart/rewrite so that lurking bugs can be found and nailed. The former often see the latter as a threat and react as you'd expect.

In many ways it's like the constant battle between architects and quantity surveyors.

Comment Re:It Will Change Everything. (Score 1) 130

"The law limits his hours in the cab so unless he is breaking the law that truck will sit still at least 12 hours a day."

For an owner-driver perhaps. If there is a large enough network of trucks (or depots being driven between) then multiple shifts can keep a large truck running almost continuously. It's for this reason that large ones (44 tonnes) tend to have relatively "short" lives - in 4 years they may put 2million km on the clock.

Once "drivers" are mostly "minders", the operating hours of trucks are likely to extend out even further even if current working hour directives are adhered to (or shortened), as a minder can simply be changed out every few hours and returned to home base as part of his shift (which in turn means lower costs as no accomodation charges/meals, etc need to be covered).

Comment Re:About damn time (Score 1) 130

"To underestimate how much automated trucks will inside out the industry is not to really understand it."

There are estimated to be _at least_ 80-160 million people worldwide involved in the transportation industry whose jobs will be directly affected by vehicle automation (ie, "drivers"), without the knock on effects of the industries that support or depend on those people (trainers, and even stuff like roadside services)

Automating driving on a freeway/autobahn is easy. It's the low-hanging fruit (Look at the stats and you'll see that the crash rate is miniscule anywhere in the world, compared to other road environments - it's just that when crashes occur, some are quite messy).

Automating city driving is a lot harder but even providing greater driver-assist and situational awareness is a good thing. A truck which refuses to let itself be turned across the path of a cyclist beside it would save dozens of lives each year in a city like London alone and because one of the reasons people drive when cycles would be better suited for the commute is perceived danger from "blind drivers", having vehicles which explicitly protect cyclists/pedestrians may result in increased levels of urban cycling/walking.

Comment Re:About damn time (Score 1) 130

There's another reason that autonomous driving is more likely to happen sooner in trucks: "Real Estate" and "space"

As in "Real estate to hang the sensors from" and "Space to put the processing hardware", with weight not being as important a consideration either.

Sticking all this stuff in cars is still problematic, even if Delphi has managed to get the back end down from a trunkful of kit to 1/4 of that size for a mostly autonomous machine.

Comment Re:Uk legionella engineer here (Score 1) 118

Yes. Legionella is everywhere. It's a common soil bacteria.

Disinfection only lasts a short time and the bacteria is commonly brought in on the soles of shoes.

Many of the rooftop sites I worked on (radio masts) had strict procedures about working near cooling towers, including a requirement to wear clean-room overshoe booties whilst outside and in plantrooms to try and avoid contamination from this vector and _no_ sites allowed public roof access - the roof doors were usually pretty solid assemblies.

Comment Re:Bacteria spread via the air (Score 1) 118

"intense UV in the outflow ducts might be able to do that"

And the easiest way to prevent UV embrittlement of plastics is to use stainless steel where the lights are. That's a solved problem.

The issue is that a lot of these installations predate disinfection requirements and/or management cheap out by not replacing sterilising lamps or skimping on the sodium hydrochlorite purchases.

There need to be criminal penalties and personal liability for lax processes when it comes ot public health issues. These have a tendency to focus management minds a bit. One of the best management memos I ever read started "I have no intention of going to jail for something that my staff have done, so failure to follow the rules is a sacking offence"

Comment Re:Oh, that's ironic (Score 1) 578

"Sending them back to their nation of origin would work fine, and requires no killing."

In the case of Syria, no matter which side the civilians come from, there's generally not much to go back to.

People don't usually risk their lives going somewhere unless where they're coming from is pretty awful.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen