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Comment Re:No feel (Score 3, Informative) 61

Self driving cars aren't going to be terribly good at measuring road feel and that moment when you feel grip suddenly let go and make the correction to stay on the road.

I wish I could see your face when I tell you that the technology to handle those situations has been mandatory in all cars (though not trucks) sold in the US since 2010. It's commonly known as ESP (electronic stability program) and there are a number of ways to actually effect changes in vehicle yaw once it is detected via accelerometer, like decelerating a slipping wheel (with the brakes) or accelerating an opposing wheel (e.g. with an electronic differential and the engine.) Slip can be detected as well (by the use of a second accelerometer) and one common response to slip is to engage traction control, which of course can induce yaw... which is then handled by the ESP.

This stuff began to become ubiquitous in high-end cars around 2000, but it was first brought to the street by Mitsubishi for the Lancer Evo IV and also used on the Galant VR4 and 3000GT VR4, under the name AYC. Even though it was the pioneer, it used the more complex and expensive electronic diff method, which is better than braking because it doesn't slow the vehicle.

All it would take to mess up AI racing is an oil slick or an animal or person or a tree falling or a part falling off another car or any number of other things for the AI to become overwhelmed.

The AI will deal with the oil slick better than a human driving a car without traction control and ESP, because it will effectively implement traction control and ESP. The vehicles already watch for obstacles. It's not that they won't ever make mistakes in these situations, but humans often do as well, so that's not a differentiating factor.

Comment Re:@Intel: Why no ECC for consumer-grade processor (Score 1) 166

Actually, wouldn't cosmic rays be capable of flipping bits even in ECC memory and processors, thereby making the whole ECC thing useless?

No, this is what ECC is for. If a bit is flipped, you can detect it. If you have enough parity bits, you can even detect which bit is flipped, and correct it on the fly. Computation occurs as normal and an error shows up in the syslog.

Comment Re:Next disaster will be smartphones and headphone (Score 1) 202

Try to find that level of performance or serviceability in modern power drills.

If you're willing to pay extra for the big funky chunky pro level stuff from Milwaukee or whoever, they all are designed for the user to replace the brushes and the chuck. If not, then it's still generally possible, but a PITA. With those cheap drills, the gears will wear out anyway.

Comment Re:That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 1) 202

There IS no place that disposes of CRTs for free.

In California, we pay for recycling when we buy electronics. The flip side of that deal is that we don't pay when we dispose of electronics, regardless of age. We just take them to the transfer station and leave them in a pile. This is cool for me because I get electronics cheaply from the Salvation Army, go through them for interesting parts, check the router database or whatever, and then recycle whatever I don't want for free.

Comment Re:Let's keep forging ahead (Score 1) 92

Sheldon, from The Big Bang Theory, once remarked about hotels who don't use real keys for their doors, instead having credit cards to unlock a door.

Like a digital lock, a key lock is only as secure as its mechanism, and getting a better one tends to be expensive. Unlike a traditional lock, you can re-key a digital lock every time you rent the room.

Comment Re: dealership only sales and service coming soon? (Score 2) 92

Do a reset for free? That's a good one. It'll move more towards dealer only ability. Like Audi, need the dealership tools to reset your oil service light.

Not for all models. You can do it from MMI on modern cars, or on some older cars (like say the facelifted D2 A8) you can do it with a spock pinch on the cluster buttons. Or of course, you can do it with VAG-COM on those few vehicles which can't be reset without tools from inside the cockpit.

Comment Re:Will it be entertaining? (Score 2, Interesting) 61

I can imagine that eventually some kind of optimum strategy may evolve and all the teams use it, and then the cars will all do the same thing and the race will be boring.

If you all use the same safe strategy then nobody ever overtakes and there's no race at all, just cars driving in a circle. Essentially like F1 at its worst, but then... even worse. So at worst, everyone would use the same unsafe strategy, and it would basically just be betting on effectively random chance. Whose tires are just .001% better, who drives over a pebble and who doesn't. But more likely, every team would try to find places they could optimize, identifying different places and ways to push for just a little more speed. This will result in crashes, which frankly are interesting. They should build cars designed to be crashed cheaply. That will permit the maximum learning to occur in the shortest period of time, which makes the sport most interesting to automakers who have to take something home to justify their investment.

Comment Re:This won't be successful. (Score 1) 61

The physical risk to the driver, and the driver's skill under pressure are what makes watching motor racing exciting.

Take them both away by replacing it with software and all you have is another boring nerdfest.

No excitement means no spectators. No spectators means no money. No money means no sport.

Plus, could you see Omega trying to sell watches with some geek spokesperson?

Comment Re:Not all of them (Score 1) 92

Is it possible to update these vehicles? Will the dealers do this for free?

It is physically possible, but I believe it actually requires a complete head unit replacement. Don't quote me on that, though. It could just be a module located in the trunk or something. They're not doing it for free. I don't think they're even making the option available.

Comment Re:SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 3, Insightful) 140

Good points but this wasn't spoofing a number but rather using the TTY service setup for deaf people to make the call. Scammers use them as well because they are required by law to transcribe verbatim dialogue. They may also be prevented from identifying themselves as an intermediary.

Comment Bug Bounty (Score 4, Insightful) 63

Seems like he collected an ~500k$ bug bounty. The interesting part is "Zero Coin is a project to fix a major weakness in Bitcoin: the lack of privacy guarantees we take for granted in using credit cards and cash. Our goal is to build a cryptocurrency where your neighbors, friends and enemies can’t see what you bought or for how much" per Zero Coin. It seems they succeeded in their goal and were hoist by their own petard. Of course, had they recovered the funds then ZeroCoin would have failed at its purpose. I wonder who took the loss.

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