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Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 244

It doesn't matter how low the accident rate for SDC's go if they do not go to absolute zero.

If you, the customer, want to allow the manufacturer to dodge the liability in their product, then fine - go ahead and do it. However, if that product then harms me on a public road, the manufacturer doesn't get to claim "Well, our customer agreed to the EULA".

The "low accident rate makes it moot" only makes it moot for those who accept it - i.e. the SDC customer. Unfortunately for the manufacturer, any defect in their product that harms a third party means that the manufacturer is still liable.

That's the current law. I do not foresee any changes to it to accomodate self-driving cars. In fact, I would vigourously oppose any law that prevents me from taking a manufacturer to task for an error made in the decision-making in its product.

Comment Re:Beyond stupid (Score 1) 244

Seriously, did you even RTFA

Did you even read my post? It was not about the article. The headline is beyond stupid. If you wish to reply to something other than what I wrote then feel free, but don't be critical of me for it.

You make judgements about all articles based on clickbait headlines?

No, I wrote a judgement about the headline based upon the headline and very clearly wrote that I was doing so.

This does not look like a critique of the headline:

Beyond stupid - the people in charge of children and livestock are found culpable so why let people in charge of something with less brains than either off? When we've got an A.I. like the fictional ones of HAL or Colossus it's time to revise the rules, but finding a lookup table culpable? Beyond stupid.

That's word for word what you wrote - here's the link.

Comment Re:Beyond stupid (Score 2) 244

In what way is that making the self driving car liable?

It's making the manufacturer liable. Seriously, did you even RTFA?

Where the manufacturer is found to be liable, the insurer will be able to pursue a subrogated claim against the manufacturer under existing common law and product liability arrangements and recover their costs from the manufacturer.

Now do you understand?

The headline is beyond stupid.

Then to avoid misconceptions you should have maybe read the article. Even the summary makes the point that if the passenger is not liable then the manufacturer is.

I note that initially you didn't specifically call out the headline as being stupid, you just generally called the story stupid.

The machine itself should IMHO not liable whether the manufacturer, programmer, passenger or mapmaker is or not. If someone fucks up the lookup table that people call an A.I. then that person or their employer should be liable instead of some stupid fiction about a car being able to make choices and found to be responsible.

That fiction is only in the headline. The article *and* the summary clarifies things. You make judgements about all articles based on clickbait headlines?

Comment Re:Beyond stupid (Score 1) 244

Beyond stupid - the people in charge of children and livestock are found culpable so why let people in charge of something with less brains than either off?

The people in charge of the SDC is the manufacturer, not the passenger. The manufacturer determines how the car drives. The passenger only determines the destination. Do you also think that you are liable if you're in a taxi that gets involved in an accident?

Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 244

What do you mean "initially".

What I mean is that eventually, when the bugs have been worked out and only automated cars are allowed to use most of the lanes on the interstate and the accident rate stabilizes (hopefully near zero) then the burden will be shifted from the automakers to the customers, who will pay for it along with the rest of their mandatory liability insurance. The insurers aren't going to deal with insuring vehicles individually until the risk is reasonably estimable.

Why should the customer *ever* be liable for a malfunctioning car? If it is supposed to self-drive and it doesn't, then that's not my fault, it's the fault of the manufacturer.

Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 244

Car makers are selling Autopilot knowing full well that the people behind the wheel will be texting/surfing on their phones or in car entertainment systems.

Car makers are selling cars without Autopilot knowing full well that the people behind the wheel will be texting/surfing on their phones or in car entertainment systems.

And the manufacturer then doesn't have any liability. It sounds like you are in agreement with parent.


World's Only Sample of Metallic Hydrogen Has Been Lost ( 270

New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: A piece of rare meta poised to revolutionize modern technology and take humans into deep space has been lost in a laboratory mishap. The first and only sample of metallic hydrogen ever created on earth was the rarest material on the planet when it was developed by Harvard scientists in January this year, and had been dubbed "the holy grail of high pressure physics." The metal was created by subjecting liquid hydrogen to pressures greater that those at the center of the Earth. At this point, the molecular hydrogen breaks down and becomes an atomic solid. Scientists theorized that metallic hydrogen -- when used as a superconductor -- could have a transformative effect on modern electronics and revolutionize medicine, energy and transportation, as well as herald in a new age of consumer gadgets. Sadly, an attempt to study the properties of metallic hydrogen appears to have ended in catastrophe after one of the two diamonds being used like a vice to hold the tiny sample was obliterated. The metal was being held between two diamonds at a pressure of around 71.7 million pounds per square inch -- more than a third greater than at the Earth's core. According to The Independent, one of these diamonds shattered while the sample was being measured with a laser, and the metal was lost in the process.

Comment Re:Conversations before Appointment (Score 1) 895

I don't see that happening in the Senate long-term.

IMO, Democrats will be running the House sooner rather than latter, for the simple reason that it's where seats are allocated proportionally to the populace - so large Democratic majorities in dense areas like the coasts do translate directly into seats there. But for Dems to take the Senate, in the age where party affiliation is the single most important question deciding whether the politician gets a vote or not, would require there to be more blue states than red states. Which, right now, means more urbanized states than rural states. And I don't think that's happening anytime soon.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 320

I agree, documentation of protocols needs to be improved; however, it's hard to document everything you did for a paper when the journal doesn't give you very many words at all to actually explain what you did, and many don't support video sections for online papers.

Video is almost always less information-dense than text. Why would you want to spend ten minutes watching something that can be read in 60 seconds?

Comment Re:What field are these abused H1B visa workers in (Score 1) 271

You have described everything precisely. The only thing that I would add is that for the two different "castes" within the H1B system that you have identified, there's one other difference.

People who are working for Apple, Microsoft, Intel etc are using H1B as a gateway to a green card, and ultimately to citizenship - which they can do, because H1B is explicitly "dual intent", so you can apply for a green card without getting kicked out of the country; and because there's a specific process whereby employer sponsors the employee for a green card. This isn't to say that every single H1B working for these companies will do that - but the majority will. The companies in question are generally interested in retaining employees long-term, so they do sponsor any employee who asks for green card (in fact, they will proactively push you to apply if you don't do so yourself), and will provide lawyers to handle the application for you, pay various fees etc.

People who are working for Tata, Infosys etc are not there for citizenship. It's not that they wouldn't want to - it's that those companies will generally not sponsor them. So it's really just a gig to come work in US and earn a lot of money (comparatively to what they could earn at home), and then come back rich, and with a US job on your resume.

Comment Re:Fix the abuse, keep the program (Score 1) 271

Kill H-1B, and replace it with a proper skilled immigration track. Look at Canada for inspiration:

I am a former H-1B (now with a green card), who previously acquired Canadian permanent residency via skilled immigration program, so I had a chance to compare both. Canadian system wins hands down, and not just because it was easier for me personally. It just makes more sense in general, especially the overall points system, where the immigrants know what kinds of skills and traits maximize their chances, and citizens know that those getting visas and citizenship are actually screened to maximize benefits for their country.

Comment Re:"equalize the marketplace" (Score 1) 271

H1Bs create both supply and demand. They create supply in the industry in which they work, but they create demand in numerous other industries - services, housing etc. For that matter, they also create demand in their own industry - they're still using those products (and higher wages mean that they can use more of them, being able to afford better devices, faster Internet connectivity etc).

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 204

Dereferencing the virtual address 0x72 is guaranteed to crash an application when the OS is designed never to map the first (usually 4K) addresses. Accessing that memory causes a page fault, the OS searches the page table for the corresponding page mapping, fails to find a valid mapping, so you get a segmentation fault.

This has nothing to do with C though. C says the behavior is "undefined" if you set a pointer to a location that is not used to store a C object.

We've already agreed that it's undefined behaviour. What we're arguing are the circumstances that this particular invocation of UB would result in a crash. Just because something is UB doesn't mean that it consistently crashes at the point of UB.

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