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Comment Easily solved (Score 1) 937

The problem of liability is relatively easy to solve. Define a set of operational standards, then limit liability by statute as long as those standards are met. Update and refine the standards as we gain experience.

A few unfortunate people will be killed by programming errors and deficient standards, but far more lives will be saved by getting the deadly menace of human drivers off the road.

Comment Re:he's a Conservative Republican (Score 1) 341

In the case of General Petraus, he damn well needed to be questioned, disrespectfully even, because of this whole mess: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petraeus_scandal

Why is that whole mess supposed to be interesting to anybody besides the people directly involved? I never understand why cheating spouse celebrity "scandals" are such a big deal.

Comment Re:But seriously speaking ... (Score 1) 465

Taco Cowboy's experience allegedly happened on 2011-04-11 at 16:07 SGT. The big quake happened on 2011-03-11 at 14:46 JST, which is 13:46 SGT. So neither the date nor the time of the story checks out. If his memory of those particular details is so sketchy, then all his other memories of the experience are suspect -- perhaps whatever caused the hallucinations also disrupted his time sense, or perhaps the entire memory is false. (I'm not suggesting that the story is fictitious, just that it's based on an unreliable memory.)

Even ignoring the date/time errors in the story, we don't really see any evidence of spooky premonition. There had been a magnitude 7.2 quake two days earlier, which probably had a lot of people thinking randomly about earthquakes just before the big one hit.

Comment Re:Suggestions and options. (Score 1) 310

Every year or so I make a forensic copy of my Windows machine's HDD and use F-prot to scan it on an air-gapped clean scratch system. It always comes up clean. It is possible to use Windows without any active AV and still not get infected. It'll be a sad day if ever universal active antivirus becomes mandatory as suggested by GP.

Comment Re:As an organiser of events. (Score 1) 469

Humans aren't designed to have full recall

Humans aren't designed at all. Our bodies are a hodge-podge of randomly accumulated survival traits, all very sub-optimal for much of modern civilized life. That's why we have machines and other technology to help us.

Maybe the next experimental technology will lead to mass psychotic breakdown, or maybe we'll adapt and it will become another routine part of our unnatural lives.

Comment Re:Missed an option. (Score 1) 193

Look what happened to the one major telco that refused "voluntary" compliance with the previous administration's warrantless wiretap "requests": relentless investigation, indictment, and conviction of the CEO for the kind of subtle and complicated financial irregularities that no doubt every rich person engages in at some point. The message is clear: Comply "voluntarily" and get a free pass to do business as usual; otherwise we will bring down the full weight of the federal government and crush you.

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