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Comment Highway Only to Speed Deployment (Score 1) 142

It seems to me that if you were to forgo the complexity of automated driving on the byways, highway-only algorithms and equipment would be much easier to deploy. If I owned a shipping company, either locating my endpoints near a major highway or having a human driver take over at waypoints located near a major highway would still make this option extremely advantageous. I've said for a long time that I would much rather be driving next to an automated vehicle that only experiences an "incidents" once every 100,000 miles or so, verses next to my fellow humans who -- these days -- seem to experience "incidents" every few miles.

Comment $5 per month that Google would not take (Score 1) 132

I've been mostly pleased with Feedly and I even pay them the $5 per month that I and thousands of other's offered to pay Google to keep Reader alive. My motivation is split between an appreciation for a smooth migration of my feeds and decent product and, honestly, partly out of spite that Google would not take my money. Assuming the 24K number is correct and all of those users are on the same plan (do they have more than one plan?), that represents nearly $1.5 million dollars per year, if my math is correct. It still puzzles me why Google wouldn't accept this direct funding and keep Reader going.

Submission + - Slotted Ignition Keys

OnTheEdge writes: When did they start adding the slotted keyholes to car keys; in particular for GM vehicles? I see lots of news regarding the purportedly faulty ignition switches but I haven't seen a single word about the slotted key design. If it wasn't for the slotted keys, you wouldn't have any significant torquing force on the ignition key regardless of the weight attached to it. With the slot you are much more likely to get torque on the key and wear out the switch. I know where I'd be pointing the finger if I was a switch engineer. Of course I suppose a good engineer would have recognized and accounted for the new key designs long before now.

Comment Re:Hypothetical questions - In the military too (Score 2) 397

Great question.

I heard in one of the presidential speeches that the need for foot solders is waning and more highly trained technical personnel is waxing.

So, to take your hypothetical question even further . . . what happens when 20% or even 50% of the workforce is no longer needed to produce what we all need to survive or even thrive? How do the economics work out then?

Comment Manufacturing Myth (Score 1) 397

" . . . just like America's manufacturing has been hollowed out by offshoring and globalization . . ." America's manufacturing "jobs" have been hollowed out more by our automation efforts than off-shoring and globalization. America's manufacturing output is up over the last couple of decades, but for every 100+ factory floor workers you now have a single highly trained technician watching over and tweaking the equipment.

Comment Re:Supersonic [Speeds] (Score 1) 30

The post mentioned "The jets [...] shoot off at supersonic speeds..." While determining supersonic speed requires not being in a vacuum, once you know what speed supersonic-speed is, can it not be used as a measuring stick for comparison? If I'm moving at a snails pace, I'm likely not crawling across the ground, in fact, I could be doing any number of non-transportive activities that could be claimed to be at a snails pace.

Comment Re:Suicide (Score 1) 838

Great example of the slippery slope logical fallacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope). Going from me having that option to you, my family, or the government having the option to end my life requires much more than just an assumption that could occur.

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