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Comment Clear criminal fraud (Score 1) 88

The story comes on the same day as the French police arrest some people for selling 'drugs' to cure fatal diseases. In both cases the perpetrators are getting money for something that doesn't work - though arguably given the placebo effect, the drug sellers are less likely to be wrong about their claims.

The answer is clear; customers who paid for a service that it was technically impossible for them to receive should get a full refund and the company should be charged with criminal fraud. Note this is the kind route; the Hebrew Bible would call for a repayment of 3 times the sum, with a failure to pay resulting in the people responsible being sold into slavery - though only for 6 years!

Comment Ah the joys of FUD... already! (Score 1) 113

The best reason for driverless cars is to reduce the massive death toll on the roads. The primary question is not whether the package will 'protect my family', but whether it will sufficient to ensure a substantial cut in road deaths. Given that the sensors will have a better view of the road than a human driver has atm, the only question is whether the software will be good enough to convert that data into safer driving than we get atm. This seems achievable.

Comment How much will driver free operation cost? (Score 1) 113

That's the issue we're disagreeing on. My expectation is that it won't add more than $10,000 dollars overall, and that's not dissimilar to the price of insurance over a 10 year period for a lot of people. Given that insurance will no longer be necessary for a lot of people - if they aren't planning to leave the areas that are fully automated - then this will pay for the upgrade

Of course this assumes that people will persist in having their own cars, when it is likely that the shift will enable people to rent cars more cheaply than buying.

Comment Fair comment (Score 1) 113

I think it will be a case of city and suburban dwellers will take to it pretty rapidly as the financial advantage dawn on people and on the governments. It's not the answer for every situation, but it will make massively safer roads rapidly. The ability to give mobility to kids and old people who would otherwise be stuck without it will be worth a LOT.

Comment On the treatment of defectors (Score 0) 405

When someone finally rejects the system in which they have been living, it is inevitable that they will find themselves allies of those who have long opposed that system. The US ended up allied to Russia in 1941 despite Russia's invasion of the Baltic Republic in 1940; that didn't mean that FDR was now supporting Uncle Joe's purges, just that he had to find support for his war wherever he could get it.

The invasion of the Crimea is a continuing offence under any reasonable take on national independence. Remember how Russia and RT spun the story at the time - and how Putin now admits it was a preplanned invasion.

Then remember how many lies Radio Moscow of the USSR produced, and don't be surprised that it's been resurrected.

Comment Anchor admits to lies on RT (Score 3, Insightful) 405


I don't recognise the website, but I leave you to investigate

Not RT accused directly but

A reminder about the lies at the time of the invasion of the Crimea

And finally

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