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Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 131

The problem is that, human nature being what it is, a lot of drivers will come to rely too much on autopilot and will stop paying attention just like this guy apparently did. That will cause a lot of crashes just by itself. This isn't DIRECTLY the fault of autopilot, but is rather an INDIRECT consequence of having it (combined with human nature).

Maybe we should get rid of warning sirens for weather-events, too. A lot of people will come to rely too much on the tornado siren to tell them if they need to take cover and stop paying attention to what the actual conditions are outside their homes. It's not directly the fault of the lack of sirens that the fellow was flattened in his house, but rather an indirect consequence of having the sirens not go off before the funnel came up his street (combined with human nature).

At what point is the operator ultimately held accountable for operation of a motor vehicle?

Comment Re:Hands on Whell? (Score 1) 131

Then what's the point? If my hands are already there, I might as well steer the car.

Because sometimes you don't see something for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have your mirrors adjusted wrong (most people do, actually). Maybe you're hauling a bunch of party balloons and your rear view is obstructed. Maybe you're watching someone being a moron to your right and something else suddenly comes up on the left?

The Tesla system can see an take proactive measures to attempt to save you when you might not have a chance to react.

That's not the same thing as "Ohhh, this isn't good, but I'll just let the car handle it...' like what sounds like happened here.

Comment Re:Uh... (Score 2) 54

A for Anti-trust or M for Monopolistic behavior.

Google Search is a Google service. There's nothing illegal about cross-selling your own products. Furthermore, they are not an ISP held to common-carrier laws when it comes to content. They could close their ad network to all competitors, much like Apple does not stock products in their retail stores from certain companies they are in legal disagreements with.

People are free to use Bing or some other search engine if they don't like the (lack of) results.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 3, Informative) 131

...Is it really an autopilot crash? Or some guy who, unfortunately, wasn't paying as much attention as he should whilst driving a 2 tonne hunk of metal around other human beings?

Well, you you read the statement in the summary:

The NHTSA report said data from the car showed that "the driver took no braking, steering or other actions to avoid the collision". Bryan Thomas from the NHSTA said the driver should have been able to see the lorry for seven seconds, which "should have been enough time to take some action".

The NHSTA is saying that while Tesla's autopilot features are made to help avoid collisions and improve safety, they are not legally responsible for keeping a driver safe. The driver still is responsible for operating the vehicle, including in emergency situations. The owner here did not make any attempt to avoid the collision but should have been aware of the situation. Either he was being an inattentive driver, or he deliberately failed to take action, expecting the Tesla system to instead. In either case the Tesla system is not the one to blame for the accident not being avoided.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 176

You know "sponsor" just means to buy advertising, right?

Is it your contention that mozilla should not advertise their products?
Or do you disapprove of the placement of the advertising?

The advertising is to raise awareness of the product. Shouldn't using resources to make the product great take priority over the marketing of it?

Remember when a good product sold itself from word of mouth, and a company that makes good products builds a reputation from the quality of what they do.
Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Why would Mozilla what to becomes like many other American corporations -- make shit and use advertising to get people to use it?

Comment A little too late. (Score 3, Insightful) 185

As Japan prepares for an influx of overseas visitors during the 2019 rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics the following year...

What good is standardizing the pictographs now? Toilets stay in service for decades before being replaced. So unless they are going to have some sticker campaign to relabel all the ones already out there, it's too late.

Comment Re:Washing & reusing Ziploc baggies (Score 1) 127

Too bad it doesn't support USB 2.0 : it takes 8GB or 32GB SD cards, but the slow transfer speed makes it about unusable except in emergencies (wow, since it's USB mass storage you can boot a laptop from it! but that's usable for memtest only, perhaps DOS)

The Puppy Linux variants (with GUI) are under 500 MB. If they can load all their resources into a RAM disk that would get around the slow USB transfer speeds.

Comment Re:Washing & reusing Ziploc baggies (Score 1) 127

I'm one of those thrifty bastards...almost.

I have a Sanyo Katana LX, purchased in January 2009. It still makes phone calls, it still sends and receives texts, and its battery lasts a week with the light use I give it.

I was in the same boat. Up until last month I was using a Nokia 6030 (so, 2005 vintage) as my cell phone. I didn't own a single handset for 10 years continuously, because there was a couple times I had to replace it for something actually not working on the one I had -- but I'd just go on eBay and buy another of the exact model. I'd disable the internal memory so all my contacts would save to the SIM by default, and I could just move it to a new one, taking everything with me if I needed to. Battery lasted a week with my usage and audio/reception were better than even the more expensive smartphone I replaced it with.

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