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Comment Re: Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 241

Sorry, but that doesn't work. It works for batteries, because YOU are the one inconvenienced if the battery dies. But if the company bears the liability even if you are the owner, then the company isn't going to be willing to allow you to own the car. Not without a huge up-front payment. (The car may drive ever so safely, but accidents will happen, and legal judgments sometimes ignore facts.) I suppose it might turn out that the legal owner was the bank rather than the auto company, but it won't be the presumptive purchaser.

And I'm not sure I see a reasonable way around this. Automated cars are already so automated that people can't manage to pay attention to what's happening (see Ford engineers sleeping). So the liability *has* to be with the auto company. But if the liability is with them, then they're going to need to retain control so they can fix problems, ensure maintenance, etc. And that's an on-going expense...so they need to ensure either an on-going cash flow, or a sufficiently large initial payment...and it works better for responsible action if it's an on-going cash flow that the payer can get out of for good cause.

So I think that either the liability stays with the auto company, and so does the ownership, or the company only sells an initial period of liability coverage with renewal options and ownership (and control) lies with the individual. And the second option has all kinds of traps and potholes in it...probably more than the first.

Comment Re:Difficult material remains difficult (Score 1) 261

I only read it on popular sites, so I don't know the details, but AFAIKT they didn't have any good idea of how low a pressure it might be stable under. Only hopes, and some reason to believe that it would be stable at lower pressures. (And I don't even know what their "reason to believe that it would be stable at lower pressures" was, just that they had one.)

Certainly, some of the people writing the articles I read thought that this meant STP, but I didn't see any quotes from the concerned scientists that indicated that *they* thought so.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 316

In practice that requirement seems to never be enforced. IIRC someone got a patent on an FTL drive, but I'm not certain it was in the US. However, they needed a specific rule to eliminate patents on perpetual motion machines even back in the 1800's, so it's been a long time when the requirement that "someone skilled in the arts" can understand it and duplicate it has been enforced.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 190

Well, yes, but I read the comments at -1.

And THAT is the way this should be done, not be removing comments. I'm perfectly fine with having it score comments. In fact I think there should be several different factions allowed to score comments. And people should be able to browse, for each service, at any minimum score required they choose. Personally, I'd like a score service that rated any post that mentioned "SJW" at -1, and that one I'd use setting the minimum score at zero. But this doesn't mean I think the posts should be removed, merely hidden from me. (I find them almost always worthless, and usually stupid.) That I don't want to experience them doesn't mean I don't feel that others should be allowed to experience them, if that's what they chose.

Comment Re:specifications (Score 1) 328

That's one valid point. My real problem with it is that I've seen this promised before, and the things delivered were exceptionally unimpressive. In fact, the closest I've seen to something that does this so far was never touted under that rubric....the spreadsheet.

OTOH, back in the days of the Apple ][+ there was this program called "The Last One", touted as "The last program you'll ever need to buy!". It quickly sank without a trace.

All that said, a lot of what programmers do *is* cut an paste...only we call it linking in libraries, and we already have automated tools to do it.

And *that* said, I can easily imagine certain areas in which programmers are currently working being automated. Certainly there are areas where I used to work that have been automated. It's been a long time since I had to write a hash table, e.g., or a doubly linked list, or... well, lots of things. Expect the process to continue, and probably to speed up a bit. I don't expect the genuine automatic programmer before 2025 at the earliest. ... And even then I expect there will be areas it can't really handle....but I consider that requiring all children learn to code to be a really stupid move. Get them to think critically, OK. That would be a good thing, if you can figure out how to do it.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 507

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 507

Well...no. I learned to distrust the media by observing an event that I later saw covered on the media. This has happened three times (not a large sample) and in each case the media grossly distorted the event. A bad fire got turned into a city destroying nightmare, e.g. You'd be surprised at what can be done by careful selection of camera angles and framing.

Comment Re:Rights are inherent, endowed by our Creator (Score 1) 511

That's not the constitution, but the exception for the border isn't the constitution either. I could see an argument in favor of it if they left it up to the states, but when they make it federal they blow it. And the constitution certainly never said that anything within 200 miles of the border, or other access point (international airport, e.g.) was a part of the border, but that's what the feds have been claiming for decades. Without any right to do so, but with the power to make it pretty much stick.

Comment Re:Why should it need real-time internet anyway? (Score 1) 140

The hardware is probably expensive...the databases, not so much so. To correct that, building ONE database is quite expensive. Copying it to lots of dolls makes the incremental cost cheap.

The question that might make this wrong is "Does the doll understand human speech, or the speech of one particular person?". If each doll needs a separate specialized database, then it would, indeed, be expensive, but then one wonders "Who's paying for all these customized databases?".

Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 2) 123

Yes, but how would that scale? Mind you, this isn't an argument in favor of SAP, as I believe that you could redesign that into something that would scale, albeit it would be a bit less flexible. I'd want to use a different DB engine, possibly PostGreSQL. I don't like C#, but there's nothing really wrong with it, I just think that if you want to scale it you need to convert it from a single DB into a hierarchy, with each local entity being a complete sub-module analogous to your current system, but the overall system holding a summary of all its dependent nodes...and probably producing a different set of reports.

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