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Comment Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (Score 1) 662

I have yet to see a law that excludes people from liability in a self driving car. There are still manual controls. I never claimed that the driver was a passenger, I claimed that even if the car was self driving they are currently still a legal driver.

You haven't seen such a law yet. Not a surprise since we don't even have any vehicles on the market at this point.

Now if you want to start citing laws that have been passed that absolve a driver of responsibility when the auto-pilot turns... Oh wait, you probably can cite no law on the books so I won't wait.

No, and I can't cite laws on responsible use of teleporters or home cloning tanks either. But that's because the law is almost never written in anticipation of technology.

Yeah, there is absolutely no precedent set for this is there? Wholly fuck go read a Newspaper or something, then cram your ad hominem right on up your asshole.

You are tossing around fantasy land scenarios to scare people about cars. Tracking and spying on people is one thing, but locking them in a box and whisking them away to somewhere they don't want to be preys on several common phobias. No one would stand for it -- not at least until the frog's been warming in the pot for a much, much longer period of time.

(P.S. I don't think you actually know what an ad hominem attack is. Google it.)

Comment What crowded traffic? (Score 1) 662

Is this really going to happen...Specially in crowded traffic...These ideas are too far fetched..

Most crowded traffic is the result of impatient drivers with poor reflexes constantly riding up the driver in front of them and then having to slam to a stop when the car in front of them brakes. This propagates backwards and creates traffic waves. Interestingly, all it takes is one driver to put an end to stop-and-go traffic.

Now imagine that 5% of the cars on the road were replaced with driverless cars that not only give the car in front of them plenty of room but also signal ahead to other driverless and safety assisted cars (e.g. ones with predictive braking) what they are about to do. Imagine that these cars didn't rubberneck or get angry and tailgate or cut people off without signaling first, because they don't have emotional humans driving them.

Imagine a world with no traffic jams thanks to driverless cars.

Comment Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (Score 1) 662

Until your car reports to the police that you are sleeping, distracted, or inebriated while inside the vehicle. Your car then nicely pulls over and won't let you out until they police arrive.

That's pretty much exactly the opposite of what he was saying -- that if the car itself can count as the driver, then there's nothing to report, because the person isn't driving at all. It isn't illegal to be any of those three things as a passenger right now.

Even better (and more likely) as you head to that rally supporting the first amendment, your car simply refuses to go and takes you to the local strip mall.

This is just ridiculous FUD / trolling at this point. No one would buy a car that would do this. There's no market for it.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 322

They didn't, really. If you click through the "next" links in the lower-left, you'll eventually see that North Korea claimed that they had zero fatalities, just like Uzbekistan, another tyrannical state, claimed (i.e. take both with a grain of salt).

Another panel notes that underreporting is a major issue in the developing world and that Pakistan's claimed rate is significantly under what experts estimate. The reason we don't have anything to contradict North Korea is the lack of free data you allude to.

Comment Nitpickception (Score 1) 322

When I saw the link, I thought it meant "road skill", but the page makes it clear that they mean "roads kill". Which is, frankly, nonsense. Roads are completely harmless. Now if they had written "cars kill" then they would at least have an argument (although not a sound one, IMHO, because it is bad driving or other stupid behaviour on the road that kills). But I'm pretty sure that the number of people killed by roads is negligible.

Well, if you're going to nitpick, then I'm afraid we have to go deeper. After all, it should be pointed out that the worst death rates are in developing countries where motorbikes and motorscooters are a dominant form of transportation. No cars involved, so "cars kill" is incomplete.

Comment Terrible summary cut. (Score 1) 322

Here's the full paragraph it mangled:

Death by car is random and suddenâ"which, unfortunately, means it tends to fall into the category of "accidental," and hence, unpreventable. But with traffic deaths set to outpace AIDS/HIV and malaria in the developing world, the UN is trying to change that perceptionâ"and this shocking interactive map ought to help.

The U.N. is trying to change perception that traffic deaths are unpreventable.

Comment Re:Sugar (Score 1) 926

That's not the thesis it was meant to be a control FOR.

If I recall correctly, your thesis was that diets filled with manufactured foods was the real culprit behind their weight gain, and the lack of wild animal weight gain proves the point. If you compare wild animals and those fed off of processed foods, you fail to control for the vary external factors that this study raises as possible culprits.

If that wasn't your thesis, then please explain what bringing up the African wildcat was supposed to illustrate.

Comment That's not what the idiom means. (Score 1) 222

How about you counter GP's claim by actually naming the dog? [...] If you can not name the dog, just admit Israel has no dog in the fight.

I don't think you understand what the phrase means. It doesn't mean to have a favored side. It just means that you "have a stake in the outcome of the problem at hand" or if you have no dog in a fight, then "you are not concerned and will not be affected either way by the outcome of something." Here, have a few more citations.

The "dog" doesn't have to be a favored side that they're betting on. Neither side may be appealing to them, but they most certainly care about the progress of the civil war and whether or not it turns into a greater regional conflict that will suck them in.

Comment Re:Sugar (Score 1) 926

How does focusing on a species that lives in national parks in an unindustrialized part of the world negate the notion that environmental impacts other than process food which are endemic to modern, industrial life have an influence on weight gain?

Your proposed "control" fails to differentiate between diet and non-diet influences by removing both from the equation. It's essentially irrelevant to the thesis at hand.

Comment Re:I should have finished reading before posting (Score 3, Insightful) 524

I'm sorry, but with the conviction and imprisonment of Bradley Manning today, there just aren't any cells left. Regrettably, this also means the US government is unable to prosecute torturers, war criminals, bankers who were responsible for the 2007 economic meltdown, or Dane Cook.

Comment Partitioned apps + automagic updates. (Score 2) 63

With CoreOS, the idea is to build an OS that you can instantly replace whenever you like, without breaking the software applications that run on it.

Google has long done this sort of thing on desktops and laptops. The search giant built its web browser, Chrome, so that it can automatically update the thing whenever it likes, and it eventually extended this arrangement to ChromeOS, which revolves around the Chrome browser. If you own a Chromebook, you get a new operating system every six weeks or so â" and all you have to do is reboot your machine.
Part of the trick is that Polviâ(TM)s team has pared a server operating system down to the bare minimum. The thing doesnâ(TM)t include all the bells and whistles youâ(TM)ll find in other server OSes, including most versions of Linux, and it cleanly separates the OS from the applications that run atop it.

With CoreOS, all applications sit inside âoecontainersâ â" little bubbles of software code that include everything an application needs to run. These containers then latch onto the main OS through the simplest of interfaces. That means you can easily move applications from OS to OS and from machine to machine â" much as you move shipping containers from boat to boat and train to train â" but it also means you can easily update the OS without disturbing the applications. âoeThe way weâ(TM)re able to consistently update the OS â" and be nimble â" is to make sure we have a consistent way of running applications,â Polvi says.

That's what's being promised. Sounds ambitious.

Comment So what's a nerd, anyway? (Score 2) 222

This isn't a discussion on the engineering of the gas or the dispursement methods used, just a news article.

Because nerds aren't all clinical sociopaths more interested in the method of killing than the fact of it.

Plus, being a nerd is all about caring about some important, intellectual topic that the mainstream doesn't see the point in compared to who the latest pop star is sleeping with. Few things are nerdier than international policy, even though most of it is carried about by non-nerds. (Kind of like baseball.)

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