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Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment I'll just stop right here... (Score 1) 118

...and not even read the article before saying that you "designing" something doesn't mean you're also "manufacturing" it. What you design might be really cool but take into account (no pun) who is actually implementing that design for you and how those "tests" are going to pan out. Media releases of "we're so safe and on top" don't work anymore. Wait, yeah they do. Just like the evening news, they give people things to talk about around the water cooler.

Good work with those designs!!!

Comment Re: Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score 1) 82

I was actually just being snarky and making a funny, but once you started to rant, it did make me happy that you weren't enjoying it.

Eh? The guy was sharing some good information that's highly relevant to the discussion on a subject he's clearly knowledgeable about. I find it kind of sad that on a site supposedly for nerds, you confuse an infodump for a rant.

Now everyone is an "Aspie".

Comment Re:Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score 2) 82

Also, gravity wave != wind, it seems.
But can someone explain the difference? Reading the wikipedia article on "gravity wave", it still sounds like a wind to me.

Wind is driven by pressure delta. I have no idea why they focus on gravity wave unless it involves a massive amount of material in the atmosphere of the mentioned medium area, that gravity has such a powerful visible effect on due to its density, that we have to play with words because the density is so high we have to give it a new term to paint a picture in someone's head of the magnitude of the effect. Sort of like "fucking awesome" -vs- "pretty cool"....? *shrug*

Comment Repeat (Score 1) 88

From article:

Another, who tried to cancel their 7-day free trial was denied a refund even though they cancelled within a week. (The rep told them they had to cancel by 7 PM EST, and the customer was on central time, making them an hour late).

...and this, ATT, is why having globalized and outsourced call centers, with machine making decisions that Humans can't override costs, more money than just fucking paying people to do a job and make rational decisions in customer service.

Comment Re:In violation... (Score 1) 198

And therein lies the answer. We choke ISIS out with an army of deadwood patent attorneys.

I thought you were going to say "choke ISIS out with an army of returned Li ion explosive batteries"... wow. I guess I'm thinking of a way of disposing of dangerous waste products in a way that's inhuman and unacceptable to anyone but a group like ISIS... but hey... patent attorneys was a much more realistic ending to the sentence my brain's pre-read. ;)

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 39

With each iteration of Windows Microsoft has made it more and more difficult to find and change settings on your own machine, even going so far as to move settings from one area they've been in for the longest time to a completely different and unrelated section

Now comes the updates. In the past one could easily find what the update entailed by reading the update itself (not always helpful) or by clicking the link Microsoft provided. Instead of that easy process one will now have to jump through hoops to find what they want.

Considering how often we hear Microsoft's software is supposed to make life easier, they sure seem to be going out of their way to make it more difficult.

I think the second line sentences are a way of saying, "A way for Microsoft 'to just get you to install their fucking update or whatever they call an update and stop spending time finding out what it is and making choices as to whether or not you want them. Just fucking do it, already.'"

Am I wrong? :)

Comment Re:Backwards, POST can't be cached, GET can (Score 1) 39

Probably a typo, you listed it backwards. GET is cacheable, POST is not, by definition.

GET puts the parameters in the URL specifically so that a cache can return the proper resource based on the URL - users.doc?page=2 will return the second page of users.

POST *creates* something on the server or otherwise alters it, so just returning a cached response without sending the post to the origin isn't the same at all. You can't cache create_user.do, you actually have to send the command to the server each time you want to create a user.

With the introduction of quantum computing, yes, POST will be able to be cached. Or not cached. Or cached a little. *failed drumroll*

Comment Re:Lini batteries (Score 1) 71

You are right the more potential energy something holds the greater potential for a dangerous failure. The real trick to making these energy sources is to arrange them in a way that they can release their energy safely under conditions that the device is expected to operate with some wiggle room for some abuse.
Sure we can out energy or current batteries with a better substance. But can we have it safe enough to operate under normal conditions?
This article isn't about allowing us to make more hazardous batteries. But just a better fail state. Because current failure conditions are rather hazardous. From the like aircraft, to hover boards, to cell phones all catching on fire often due underestimating the power sources current volatility.
A safe fail. Will be annoying as many of these devices don't have replacement batteries. But at least you won't get injured from them.

You mean like the rest of the "safety measures" the U.S. puts into place on products after "accidents" occur? All forms of batteries will be outlawed in 10...9..8...7...

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