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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 Re:Learning (Score 1) 192

I looked at the "drones", and it was a really cheap radio controlled airplane, another is a commercial quadcopter.

Yes, if you give them autonomy then poof! They're drones. That's how it works! I have a really cheap radio airplane-cum-drone right here, it's based on an old school Apprentice, before they included a RX with an integrated flight controller. So I integrated a mini Arduino Mega 2560, and a 9DOF board (I forget which one), and a BMP280 which at the time had the sweet spot for price/performance, now I would use a MS6511 or whatever it is.

And dropping the equivalent of a hand grenade. Like World War One biplanes tossing bomblets over the side by hand.

No! It's the opposite of that! You need to be either within sight or spend a few more bucks on a FPV rig (and the transmitters and cameras have both gotten quite cheap for moderate range now) and you can put it exactly where you want it.

Mortars haven't suddenly become useless or anything. That's not the argument. A drone is simply capable of being a new kind of bomb, in addition to the other things that it can be. With clever communications (cellular?) it can put your explosive exactly where you want it, without exposing the person who's placing it.

Comment Re: UK costs will numerically match those of the U (Score 1) 73

If you really think this change has anything to do with their actual business cost, I have a bridge you may be interested in.

Oh yes, yes I think it does. I think the former pricing had nothing to do with actual business cost, but what the market would bear during the introductory period.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 3, Informative) 88

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 88

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re:Honesty is not a virtue (Score 1) 257

Just because you tell the truth doesn't mean you are a good person. It just means you aren't too worried about consequences

Of all the things that I would like people not to worry about the consequences of, telling the truth is at the top of the list. Indeed, in casual thought I cannot imagine anything else which should be on the list. We imagine that people withholding the truth from us are doing us a favor only because we have come to depend on being coddled in this way like sensitive children (or one might say special snowflakes) and it is to the detriment of all.

either out of stupidity or because you possess a large amount of power.

Those in power tend to have the most to lose if the truth is widely known, because power over others is amassed by abusing them.

Comment Re:[Corrected post] (Score 1) 257

I reflexively say "Thank you" to the toll-booth person who accepts my toll, but I'm not actually grateful to them. It's just a social convention and reflex to thank people who provide a service to you.

Well, stop it. You're cheapening the value of thanks.

Similarly, I walk around saying "How are you?" to people as I pass them in the hallway or whatever, but it's well-known that most people aren't seriously asking that question in more than a cursory "standard greeting" sense.

It strikes me as normal and productive to be concerned with the well-being of people around you, even if for no other reason than that what is affecting them might also affect you. That is, even if you don't give one tenth of one shit about someone, it is still rational to ask how they are doing.

How many Facebook posts do you see with at least 124 words in them, let alone over 500 words?

Most of them that have enough words to be worth examining. My friends are as apt to post tracts as one-liners.

In other words, you'd have a much better predictor if you knew where roughly somebody was from in the country and what states are around them rather than using these "integrity" ranking scores.

I do not need science to tell me not to trust anyone who lives in Florida.

Comment Re:Seems plausible (Score 1) 257

Such as when a person is drunk they are more likely to be honest because they lack the inhibition or capability of phrasing their words properly, and similarly drunk people do swear more.

By "properly" here you must mean "carefully", or even "deceptively", since you are not applying modifiers to "honest" such as "apparently". But someone becoming intoxicated and specifically not being able to select the word they are looking for is probably at least as likely to produce unintended statements which are inaccurate representations of their internal mental state as they are to reveal some secret working of their thought processes, if not moreso.

In vino veritas would not have any truth if the mechanism were simple bumbling. Instead, alcohol affects the inhibitions more than the abilities. That's why someone is often able to get their car out on the highway and up to ridiculous speed before they autoeuthanize under the influence of ethanol.

For example, I'm sure the mugger in the alley will use quite a lot of profanity without being honest.

Give me your wallet or you'll be sorry seems an exceptionally honest statement.

Comment Re: Fucking bullshit ... (Score 1) 257

Clinton never grabbed a woman by the pussy, nor endorsed the practice. He got laid, which is different.

There is substantial area in between the two which is also across the line of what is acceptable. Taking advantage of a workplace relationship involving a severe imbalance of power is unacceptable. And initiating a sexual act with a woman against her will on the same basis is also unacceptable. While Bubba was never actually convicted of same, there's ample indication that he played fast and loose with the ethics of working in the white house. I don't want to directly equate him with Trump, but the two are directly comparable, and Clinton doesn't come out looking like a saint.

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