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Comment Re:All-In-One likely to be the future norm (Score 3, Insightful) 171

This an interesting example of financial engineering. Since legal theory seems to be heading in the direction of holding the manufacturer responsible for incidents involving cars with semi to full autonomous driving modes, why shouldn't car makers include insurance with the car? At that point it is just product liability insurance.

The change will have an interesting effect: Over time, fewer drivers will have their own insurance which is going to shrink the risk pool. I don't know where the tipping point is, but some day the premiums for individual car insurance will skyrocket. What happens when the liability coverage for an individual driver with a good record costs $3,000? $8,000 / year? That's really going to increase the sales/use of self-driving cars. Manufacturers like Tesla might as well get ahead of the curve.

Comment Re:Sorry (Score 5, Insightful) 641

What's truly disgusting about this tragic situation is the the attorney. A good attorney would let the client know that given the circumstances, odds of winning in court are minimal and the pain of going through the pretrial procedures will be painful. Tesla might settle to make the case go away, but the client will still have to go through discovery and depositions. A settlement wont bring the people back, and it won't be that The defense will be all over the daughter's "lifestyle choices", the relationship with her boss, etc. The family of her boss will be forced to endure the same interrogation. The client's attorney doesn't care - He just sees easy money, no matter how much pain it causes everyone including his client. This is the kind of case that gives attorneys a very bad reputation.

Submission + - Homo Deus – How data will destroy human freedom (

Strudelkugel writes: At the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We are not going to build machines any time soon that have feelings like we have feelings: that’s consciousness. Robots won’t be falling in love with each other (which doesn’t mean we are incapable of falling in love with robots). But we have already built machines – vast data-processing networks – that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s intelligence. Google – the search engine, not the company – doesn’t have beliefs and desires of its own. It doesn’t care what we search for and it won’t feel hurt by our behaviour. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human.

Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 1) 85

I always assume wireless keyboard are cheap consumer products built by the lowest bidder and designed by people whose primary interest is getting a product out the door in advance of or for the next big release of whatever their company's actual product is.

Right, I have always wondered about this, which is why I don't use a wireless keyboard for passwords even when it is available. (Yes that means using two keyboards at times.)

But my question: Has anyone studied how secure keyboards from Logitech, Apple, Microsoft and Dell are? You would think the big vendors would say something about it in their product descriptions, but I have never found anything on security. Anyone work for a keyboard manufacturer who can enlighten us?

Comment Re:Stargate Lesson (Score 1) 304

You and your colleagues are doing great work, no question about that. It's too bad that the story telling doesn't make use of it most movies today. I just watched the trailer for "Star Trek Beyond". I thought that it had spectacular effects, but could barely figure out what the story was. It looked like every other sci fi movie for the past ten years. Pew pew lasers, stuff blowing up, overdone aliens... Seriously Hollywood, you can't do better than this?

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 1718

Not really. When added the to Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment limited the ability of the Federal government to restrict ownership of firearms. Not the state governments. For example, guns were banned in Tombstone, AZ. You might also be interested in knowing why you can't walk into a gun store and by a fully automatic firearm, or silencer, grenades, RPGs, etc.

Comment Re:The Apple upgrade treadmill is losing steam. (Score 1) 289

The fact that this story is dominated by the merits of a headphone jack tells me Apple is adrift with regard to phones. If they were to announce that they were getting rid of the idiotic hardware button and go to the soft buttons Android has, (plus the finger print readers or biometric recognition, etc), that would be interesting. The iPhone is just being carried by apps now. Not that apps aren't important, they are, they are the only reason I have an iPhone, but the thing is an anachronism.

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

It may be an edge case, but the WP will read text messages as they come in and allow you to respond, edit, etc all by voice without having to say "Hey Cortana". The scroll speed issue has to to with a finger flick. If you flick up or down in Facebook for example, the page will keep scrolling. In Safari it will only scroll for about the height of the screen. This started with iOS 8. Obviously apps are not subjected to this decision, but it's annoying in the browser. I have an iPhone 6 and have showed the scrolling issue to people in the Apple store. They don't know of a setting to fix it, so obviously the problem exists once someone demonstrates it. I just think the iPhone UI is archaic compared to the latest versions of Android and WP.

Comment Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 4, Interesting) 242

I think iOS is the worst in terms of UI: No back button, Closing an app takes you back to the "folder" it is in instead of the main screen, the keyboard just sucks (no built in swype like Android and Windows Phone?), no text message to speech and speech to text, including over bluetooth devices, like WP, slow vertical scroll rate in Safari compared to other apps and Android / WP browsers, and the physical home button. Next phone will be a Nexus again, unless Microsoft ever figures out a way to attract developers.

Comment Re:Minimum wage doesn't really matter (Score 1) 954

There's another huge benefit to automation that I have not seen mentioned within the posts for this topic: Automation minimizes litigation risk. I saw a situation where accounting screwed up an employee's paycheck. She worked a few hours of OT she was not authorized to work. Accounting screwed up her time sheet and didn't pay her for the OT because they didn't catch it. (This was a part time employee who never worked 8 hours / day, but worked consecutive days which also constitutes OT.) The total amount of OT not paid was $120. The employee found the error, then turned it in to the labor department. That $120 mistake turned into $4,000 because of fines. I kid you not. Guess what impact this has on prospective employers - Slow to hire, quick to fire. Zero tolerance for any mistakes. Add to that all of the other labor laws, and you have accumulate a number of disincentives to hire anyone.

Ridiculous labor laws increase the incentive to use robotics. Litigation risk is probably more significant than the dollar amount of a minimum wage.

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