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Tesla and Autopilot Supplier Mobileye Split Up After Fatal Crash (usatoday.com) 94

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Tesla and Mobileye, one of the top suppliers to its Autopilot partial self-driving system, are parting ways in the wake of the May accident that killed an owner of one of its electric Model S sedans. Mobileye is considered a leader in developing the equipment that will be needed for fully self-driving cars. The Israeli tech company will continue to support and maintain current Tesla products, including upgrades that should help the Autopilot system with crash avoidance and to better allow the car to steer itself, said Chairman Amnon Shashua in releasing the company's second-quarter earnings Tuesday. Shashua said moving cars to higher levels of self-driving capability "is a paradigm shift both in terms of function complexity and the need to ensure an extremely high level of safety." He added there is "much at stake" in terms of Mobileye's reputation, and that it is best to end the relationship with Tesla by the end of the year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meeting with reporters at the company's new battery Gigafactory outside Reno, indicated that Tesla can go forward without Mobileye. "Us parting ways was somewhat inevitable. There's nothing unexpected here from our standpoint," Musk said. "We're committed to autonomy. They'll go their way, and we'll go ours."

Comment Re:It's how you define the 'utility function' (Score 1) 609

It sure would be nice to have a universal utility function for all public policy. But in the meantime, what if we just said that any of those (lives saved, economic output, lower tax burden) are an acceptable foundation for you to base an argument on, but "because my ancient book of sacred texts says so" isn't?

This wouldn't lead to 100% logical consistency in policy, but it would surely be an improvement over the current system, don't you think?

It's like you're saying that science and mathematics are able to reconcile problems containing more than a single variable. Heretic! Burn the witch!

Comment Re:Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

Now if 109 music, movie and sports stars came forward we may be talking some actual change in perception.

A large number of the NLs that signed have exactly as much biology/nutritional experience as movie and sports stars.

Understand that I do not have an issue with the proper and safe application of gene manipulation in the food chain or elsewhere. My issue rests entirely on NLs leveraging their social status to sway opinions in matters in which they are no better qualified than Bono or Mike Tyson. NLs should know better, and it diminishes the title when this happens.

This does not apply to the NLs on the list with awards in biology or medicine for this instance.

Comment Re:And he means it .. literally .. (Score 1) 412

The problem was never about the NSA's very existence, it's about what it's been pushed into by the people in charge in recent years. Now, if you want to talk about an agency that's been horribly toxic to civil liberties, and really is not serving a positive purpose at all, to abolish, why don't we talk about the DEA?

The libertarian argument isn't necessarily that we shouldn't have "an" NSA, it's that we should abolish "the" NSA in its current incarnation. I identify as a libertarian, but find value in many of our socialist institutions in principle (FDA, VA, Libraries, Post Office, USPTO, etc). I do believe that the current incarnation of these institutions is untenable, and are currently existing the the detriment of our society.

Comment Re:daily mail reporting (Score 5, Insightful) 555

You've made some excellent points, as have other posters in this thread.

When I first saw the source, I immediately thought "Bullshit!"

However, upon reading the TFS

They're reporting that an electric vehicle, which breaks mainly through electromagnet resistance used to regenerate electrical power, produces more break dust than a gasoline powered vehicle that uses breaks.

This doesn't even deserve the title of bullshit.

Comment Re:Paranoia strikes deep (Score 2) 512

Eh. I expect she didn't KNOW it was math and assumed it was Arabbic, because, you know, squiggly lines and the state of American education.

Wait... Is algebra not of arabic origin? In arabic, algebra means "The system for reconciling disparate parts", and was brought to Italy in the ~12th century.

Comment Re:What about non-"tobacco product" vapes? (Score 1) 342

I was a committed smoker like you that flipped to vaping. I find the entire fuckbrah vape/hoverboard culture to be pretty amusing, kids who have never smoked before having cloud blowing contests... Haha! I personally welcome the FDA's regulatory entry into the eCig world. I agree that they should not be treated as a tobacco product though.

I pay the FDA to make sure the food and drugs I consume are safe. I pay them to do periodic inspections on that "medical grade" nicotine, PG, VG and flavors to make certain I'm getting what I've paid for in the doses I've paid for. I'm paying them to prevent idiots from using popcorn butter-flavor or formaldehyde in their juice. I'm paying them to make certain that coils aren't releasing metals into the vapor or slowly burning the poly/cotton wick. I'm paying them to make certain that the battery that's an inch from my face doesn't explode. I'm a libertarian FFS and the FDA's one of the few social institutions that I believe is necessary.

I'd ask what everyone's been smoking, but the honest truth is that they don't actually know.

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