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Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

Apparently the DMV missed the report that the only accident ever caused by one of Google's self driving car was due to human error while a person was controlling it. Actually, I'm hoping the requirement is for cases like one way streets or bicycle only paths that the car decides to drive down incorrectly. However, all you would need is a break pedal (because that's what panicking are used to) and some sort of correction interface (e.g. a couple of buttons on the UI).

Comment Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 595

Dora the Explorer's chant of "Swiper no swiping" doesn't work in the real world where evils actually exist. We do our best to raise people into good citizens, and it seems to be helping (rape peaked in 1992). However, I don't expect the world to ever stop having horrible people in it. Some places are always going to be safer than others (e.g. church singles mixer vs wild frat party). When I would visit my grandparents in small-town Mississippi a few years ago, we never locked the door because no one even knew where a key was, but it was never once robbed. If I go to someplace dangerous like Baghdad, Iraq; Mogadishu, Somalia; or Kabul, Afghanistan, then I would be quite foolish not to take extra precautions and expect things still may go badly.

I find it amazing that a group of men worked together to find a way for women to help protect themselves, and women get upset about it. *sigh* I would never blame the victim, but I miss the days when we read children stories about little pigs that got eaten because they were too lazy to protect themselves against any old wolf.

Comment Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 595

If burglary and child abduction are as common as rape, we would be having a MUCH DIFFERENT conversation.

Apparently not... According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2008, there were 3,188,620 cases of household burglaries, another 13+ million cases of theft and 203,830 cases of rape/attempted rape/sexual assault. ( You have a study that cites 1.3 million women, which is MUCH higher (and I'm not disputing it), but still well below the number of burglaries. I'm aware that crime rates have been falling, but not by that much between 2008 and 2010.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 200

Hope you weren't planning on downloading much of anything with that mobile access to your laptop/desktop/console. With 20-40+ GB game downloads and 1+ GB/hr movies, even the largest 12 GB/month plans go REALLY quickly. Even the 250 GB/month of U-verse is easy for me to blow through with a family and working from home.

Currently, I pay Time Warner $42/month for 15 Mbps Earthlink service. My other "option" is to pay AT&T $95/month (introductory price w/ overage fees) for 18 Mbps U-verse and get slower service where it matter most to me (ping times). Not much of a competition.

Comment Re:TAG: NOTNEWS (Score 1) 134

It also boasts a worst in class standards support. When building advanced web services, Chrome's lack of support is a big enough pain. IE 11 is still about 3x as bad, but it is getting better. IE 10, in particular, was a huge improvement, but I often wonder why they still bother trying to build a browser from scratch.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 310

I wrote a more extensive post on this earlier. While some teachers clearly go above and beyond what their peers do, teachers average 3 fewer hours per work week vs other professionals (without counting a teacher's extra vacation), and if they use all of their leave, will only work 171.5 days/yr on average instead of the 220 typical for a professional with 10 years of experience. Incidentally, the median experience for teachers is about 3 years, so a comperable a professional would be working even more days a year. To cap it off, teachers are paid 11% higher than other professionals. What this means is that the average professional is working >1/3 more hours for 10% less pay compared to a teacher, and that the teacher is earning 50% more per hour. If you want more details or sources, see my previous post on the issue.

I'm not sure I understand your point in your analogy to programming. I usually do just "type it once and run the program." Sometimes I'll get fancy, and type it 3 times in 3 different ways to make them race against each other. (It's kind of like battle bots but nerdier.) Then again, I've known brilliant, practiced teachers, who could pick up chalk and go.

Comment Re:Really? -- Lets look at actual numbers (Score 1) 310

The local high school here only has 4 classes during a day, and I'm pretty sure the teachers get a free class period. They at least got them when I attended. The teachers I know are some of the few great teachers you don't want to miss out on having. Such employees are almost always underpaid.

Lets stop talking about anecdotes, and look at some hard facts. The median compensation package for public teachers is $75k/yr (source) and they have a median of around 3 (maybe 4) years of experience (source). The BLS states that teachers are paid 11% higher than other professionals (source). At 53 hours/wk (source, it sounds like a lot of work, but it is 3 hours fewer than most professionals, even without considering vacation time (source). Considering vacation time, teachers who use all of their days of leave work an average of 171.5 days/yr vs 220 days/yr for private sector professionals with 10 years of experience (source), which isn't quite a fair comparison because professionals with 10 years of experience get more vacation than people with 3-4 years of experience.

If you multiply this out, most professionals are working over 1/3 more hours than teachers for 10% less pay. They generally get off of work early enough to make a dentist appointment, avoiding the need to shift hours around like other professionals, and their extra hours outside of the school day are free for scheduling as they see fit. Really good teachers might be working long hours for their money. However, when they're getting paid 50% more per hr, it's clear that most are not.

If you want to argue the difficulty and stress of a job, then that would be a different matter than I've discussed. It won't be fixed by reducing hours or increasing pay, but fixing polity.

Comment Re:That's some crazy shenanigians right there. (Score 1) 303

So if Google wants their fork to interface just like Oracles, they should take a clean-room approach and have all the API's function exactly the same way, but without being derived from Oracle's source.

And they have to function EXACTLY like the one they're copying. That's the entire point of using a standard API. If that aspect is copyrightable, the content of the API of how things interface to other things, then this is sheer madness.

Google did use a clean-room implementation. The judge did rule that Oracle now owns exclusive rights to how some 6,000 function calls are defined and organized for the next 80-100+ years (depending how much Congress extends copyright in the next century) because the rights improve progress (the only grounds for granting copyrights or patents).

This means that any implementation of C or C++ probably violates the copyright on the respective language's standard library. Google can be sued again for offering a copy of gcc as part of the Android toolchain, along with any Linux distribution that makes a compiler available. Furthermore, the file and edit menus could be considered as much of an API as any programming language, as you're running the algorithm to tell another piece of code to open a file or whatever. It actually was a substantial work to first write something so elegant, so does the original inventor get to sue everyone who writes a program that has Edit->Copy in the menu in the year 2040?

Where can the madness end? What makes an API fall under copyright, and not a protocol? HTTP is copyrighted. Does Tim Berners-Lee get to sue every web server, every web browser, and every use of a REST API?

Comment Re:Oh PJ, where art thou? (Score 1) 303

Congress is given the power "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;" (US Constitution Article I Section 8) The idea that locking an API into 100+ years of exclusive use promotes progress is asinine, and any judge ruling to do that is ignoring our highest laws.

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