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Comment Re:So backwards... (Score 3, Insightful) 215

Well, now you're making a very different argument than the original "companies should not profit from products that might kill people." But I'll bite anyway. There are plenty of products that, though used correctly, can under some circumstances cause injury or death.

A very obvious one is medication. There are many medications that can have serious side effects, including death, when taken exactly as prescribed. We continue to use them because the benefits outweigh the risks.

You mentioned chainsaws. It is true that the majority of chainsaw accidents happen because of operator error. However, that doesn't mean that all of them do. The only way to completely eliminate the possibility of harm is to not use a chainsaw. But again, we continue to use them because the benefits are big enough.

There does need to be a standard for how safe autonomous vehicles need to be before we allow them on the roads. But setting that standard at "they need to never cause a death" is not only unrealistic, it is totally inconsistent with how our society deals with other potentially dangerous products.

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 1) 180

1) Maybe the cop has sat behind cars that just sit there when the light changes because the driver is busy on their phone.

If he was citing those who were causing a traffic obstruction, I would have no objection to it.

2) If said person suddenly notices that the light has changed and hits the gas w/out checking to see that the way is clear, it does become a safety issue.

The same is true for someone who is not texting and doesn't check that the way is clear. If they cause an accident (or the cop sees them doing that), then sure, give them a ticket for it.

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 2) 180

There is a safety concern, though - they are in charge of a vehicle on the public road, and have to react to their surroundings in order to prevent accidents.

There is no realistic situation where somebody stopped at a stoplight needs to "react to their surroundings in order to prevent accidents." I defy you to find one documented case where somebody texting or using their phone while stopped at a stoplight was at fault for an accident.

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 0) 180

There was a cop in Atlanta I think that made a point of getting people stopped at lights or stop signs that were texting. He got droves of them. Most people believe it's only while you're moving but that's not the case.

That may be the law, but that cop was a jerk. There's no real safety concern with people texting while stopped at a stoplight. Singling that out for special enforcement -- that's just jackass behavior of someone with a little power and an axe to grind.

Comment SubjectsSuck (Score 4, Informative) 204

Arciszewski also says that PHP is actually "the first" programming language to support a "modern" cryptography library in its core, despite Erlang and Go including similar libraries, which he claims are not as powerful and up-to-date as PHP's upcoming Libsodium implementation.

So it's the first to support a modern cryptography library, as long as you define "modern" to mean "the one that we're using."

It's easy to be first to do something if you place enough arbitrary restrictions on what that something is.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 3, Informative) 359

But TFS says:

the total distance covered by its 96,000 trucks was reduced by 747,000km

So they're saying that they're reducing distance traveled, which doesn't make any sense from the description. Obviously that's either wrong, or they're leaving something pretty important out that is resulting in less distance traveled.

Comment Re:Being a member of a union (Score 1) 594

Being a member of a union is a right. This right to work crap must be killed, repelled, etc.

Living in a "right to work" state does not prevent you from joining a union. It just prevents people from forcing you to join a union.

If you believe in freedom, you believe in "right to work."

Comment Re: Just to screw with Trump (Score 1) 110

Some they have released (the code was written in Russian, using Russian idioms that non-native speakers are not likely to use)

This is, at best, evidence that Russians were involved in the hacks, not that Russia was behind the hacks.

Given that the current administration is transparently using the situation to undermine the incoming president and deflect attention from the failings in their own party, they have zero credibility until they provide some real evidence.

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