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Comment blantant-predator moral honeypot (Score 1) 153

A public act by an organization ignoring robots.txt will only lead to the justification of other organizations ignoring robots.txt.

So what? When DoubleClick argues that they ought to have the same advantages as Archive.org, they'll only manage to look like douchebags reaching their filthy hands into a cookie jar.

It's not always a bad thing to set up douchebag-honeypot moral exemption, even if it does depend on the mass audience (mostly) managing to find two sticks to rub together.

The real solution here is to make the directives in robots.txt more explicit concerning the predatory/non-predatory use cases.

Comment Re:Bullshit, Todd. (Score 1) 234

Nobody was forcing them to be parents. They were prepared to be parents and take the financial and emotional responsibility... that was the whole point of the procedure.

Yes, for a child born of their own genes. There are numerous disadvantages to raising a child who is not of your own genes. Such offspring is much less likely to be successful in every way due to a number of factors. Your offspring literally inherits traits you gained during your lifetime. This is important for creating rapport between parent and offspring. Keep in mind that it's a typical instinct for an ape to kill all the offspring of other males when he takes over a female.

Comment Re:How much CO2? (Score 1) 241

It's not that much. The US military (and presumably others) has been experimenting with artificially creating cloud cover for decades. Conspiracy theories aside, there are a couple of relevant patents. One of them basically involves special afterburners, and the other one involves spraying metallics (just like the conspiracy theorists said, whee!)

Whether we should be doing this or not doesn't really have any bearing on whether we should be doing the other things, though. We could do both.

Comment Re:DRONE ON (Score 1) 241

On top of that, it's a stupid fucking argument to be making. Carbon emissions are not evenly distributed. A handful of the worlds rich assholes (read: us) are doing the vast majority of the climate change (See figure 1).

India and China are trying as hard as they can to come up to our levels of carbon release. This is a problem that has to be solved at a deeper level. It has to simply be cheaper not to pollute. Therefore this is where the bulk of the research should be going.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 210

I'm not sure it would help against your pretty sever case of confirmation bias. In my commute there is a great percentage of cars doing stupid shit that endanger other people, and there are seldom any cyclists doing that.

About fifty percent of the cyclists I see on the road are doing something spectacularly stupid. These things range from riding the wrong direction to completely ignoring signals and signs. Perhaps this has to do with where I am driving, which is primarily around Napa, Lake, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. I am very cautious around cyclists, because it doesn't matter who is right and who is wrong, I don't want to kill some schmuck with no appreciation for the laws of physics.

Comment Re: Systemd! (Score 1) 295

AMD driver support is and always has been a PITA. This continues to be true, although many people say that it is becoming less true. Meanwhile, nVidia Linux driver support is more of a PITA than it was back in the olden days, so there's really nothing to be happy about unless you're an intel fan.

Comment Re: The problem is depth perception (Score 1) 53

You can get a depth from a single camera if the object or scene is suitably lit.

People do it with IR. But it's pretty crap, and it can be fooled by some surfaces and materials. And when you talk about what people are actually looking at doing in cars for full autonomy, it's combining normal visual cameras with lidar and radar.

Comment Re: Systemd! (Score 2) 295

I just installed a couple of days ago and have been tracking updates and I don't see why it wouldn't be a suitable replacement for Debian. The only thing I've had a problem with so far was getting nvidia drivers working, that was a bit of work and then they didn't work correctly. However I'm using a picopsu kind of near to its design specs, and I might be overloading its 12v or 5v output.

Comment Re:The problem is depth perception (Score 1) 53

Your eyes are far better at matching light frequencies between both eyes to get the depth mapping correct. Your standard camera can only distinguish 24 bits of light frequency. At that level you get somewhat of a depth map but not a very good one.

No. You don't get a depth map from one camera. That's not something they do.

Lasers try to get around that limitation by using a frequency the camera can easily pick up and compare between the two images.

LIDAR, how does it work!11!!!?/?!?1?? (hint: it doesn't use a camera)

Comment Re:who knew (Score 1) 210

Really? So it's too expensive to get a train and then commute by cycle from station to door then?

It depends largely on where you live. In the USA, it's infeasible for most people because there's no train. The trains we do have are either grossly underutilized (and therefore grossly overpriced) or grossly overutilized (and therefore simply gross.)

You could negate just the vehicle excise duty with the cost of the bike alone, before you start talking all the other costs.

Here in the USA, we tend to pay about 8% tax or less once on our automobiles. In California, we have an emissions test bi-annually after I think the first four years of ownership, or on transfer of title to a non-family member, except in non-smog-controlled counties. Most of those are around the border of the northern end of the state, and relatively unpopulated. Then we only smog on transfer of title. The emissions test costs forty to around a hundred and twenty bucks, depending on whether you need a dyno test and whether you're getting screwed over. There is no safety inspection. Only a couple of states have them, and they are quite half-assed at best. Registration must be renewed yearly and ranges from about sixty dollars for an old beater up to maybe three hundred bucks for a pickup truck, which California claims to be a commercial vehicle whether you use it as such or not for the purpose of extracting money from your wallet. This wouldn't be so bad if they spent it on environmental impact mitigation, but they don't. They just spend it. Still, none of it is very much money, so you're not really saving much in the fees department.

Or of course, don't be so picky about your work and find something closer to home, then you don't have to re-mortgage and pay the stamp duty just to move premises.

In most of the world, there's really not a surplus of jobs right now. Suggesting that people should change their jobs so that they don't need to drive is not really very realistic. Our whole culture is designed to make them do that if they want to have things. I just saw a statistic that claimed that over sixty million American drivers would have to go into debt to make a median-cost car repair which translates to around six or eight hundred dollars. These people aren't looking to make major lifestyle changes right now. They're just trying to hold on. They can't afford economic instability.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 210

Nope. You're wrong. Most roads pre-date the automobile. They were initially designed without cars in mind. However, most people wish to use their cars on them. Hence car tax was brought about to pave them.

It's completely irrelevant what they were used for before. I live right next to one of the original stagecoach stops for Lake County, CA. A tiny piece of that route is now the road I live on. Before it was a stagecoach route, most of it was a foot trail used by the locals — the Pomo. But the roadway and course as we know them today were selected for automobiles in the vast majority of cases. They either co-opted routes used for smaller vehicles and widened them, or in other cases outright abandoned portions of the route and re-shaped the land to suit automobiles. We don't demand the right to walk down the center of the road because the Pomo did it, we get the hell out of the middle of the road and let the cars come through at 35 mph — the default speed limit for county-maintained roads here.

Likewise, while we do permit bicyclists to use the full lane where it's necessary, we also do not permit anyone to impede the flow of traffic. It doesn't matter if they're operating construction equipment, riding a horse, walking, or riding a bicycle. If you are impeding the natural flow of traffic, then what you are doing is illegal.

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