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Comment Another BS article. (Score 1) 75

This software just replaced LKAS and ACC in Hondas, both features you can get as standard anyway.
basically steering lane control in cruise mode, and adaptive cruise so you dont run in to the back of the car in front.

That is far FAR from a 'self driving car', not even similar. The system cannot even operate below 18mph/25mph depending on model.

Still, new media and all, who CARES if any facts are checked, its all about the HYPE!

Comment Dynamic Type Comparing [Re:Oh please] (Score 1) 151

In my opinion, dynamic languages should require, or at least encourage, one to specify what comparison type to use rather than rely on parameter (operand) analysis. The hard part is coming up with a nice syntax for such. I've had various discussion groups consider different suggestions, and found no consensus.

In the shorter term, one can roll their own functions and hope staff coders follow along. Example:

if (strCompare(a, '>', b)) {...}
if (numCompare(a, '<=', b)) {...}

Comment Re:The whole "blue light thing" is pure BS. (Score 1) 100

Humans don't need complete dark to sleep.
Some humans do need complete darkness to stay healthy. It turns out that people on common anti-cancer drugs who use night lights or have other sources of light 24 hrs a day have a much higher fatality rate than those who sleep in complete darkness for at least 2 hours a night.

There have been plenty of studies linking light pollution to melatonin levels and several types of cancer.

Based on numbers I've seen for Australia, light pollution is interfering with the one of the most common drugs used for breast cancer increasing the factuality rate by as much as 10%.

Comment The crypto is the easy part of this (Score 2) 151

The cryptography algorithms are the easy part. The vary hard part is protecting keys so I hope someone provides plenty of examples of how to do that properly. I hope they don't go down the Java route of showing how to use the functions without proper key management.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 1) 136

With the "hook-up" generation, there certainly is no shortage of sex happening, so unplanned families are going to happen regardless of want or need.

That's factually untrue. Maybe you're unaware, but birth control has been around for at least a half-century now, and abortion is cheap and easily available now (meaning chemical abortions), not to mention "day after pills". Obviously, access might be a problem for poor people, but in general, unplanned families should not be a big problem any more, especially for anyone who can afford birth control.

So we can leave having families to rich people and the very poor.

Establishing a retirement plan to fund life after employment or carrying insurance to help pay for the inevitable should never be viewed as a "luxury".

It shouldn't, in your worldview and opinion, but that's not reality. The reality is that this is how it will be, like it or not. (Note, I never said I thought this was a great way to run a society. But no one asked me on how to run this one.)

If that is the attitude of tomorrow, then we shouldn't be surprised when slavery becomes legal again in the name of unending Greed that races to establish the worlds first trillionaires.

I agree completely. I think we shouldn't be surprised when slavery is legalized, and I think it's not unrealistic to envision this.

I just don't see the point in having rosy, unrealistic and idealistic visions of what the future will be. I think we should be realistic and prepared for what it will really be like. And that's trillionaires and slavery. But don't worry, the problem will correct itself eventually, thanks to an extremely low birthrate.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 1) 136

I'm not talking about specific cases, I'm talking in general: if people, in general, stop having kids, then the stuff mentioned before becomes less of an issue. So that's going to be the general trend for society: not having any kids. Then people won't have to worry much about having siblings to support (more and more people will be only children), and their only worry will be their parents (which may more may not be an issue for some people, depending on their relationship with their parents: i.e., if the parents were shitty to them while growing up, as many parents seem to be, the kids won't bother taking care of them).

And so, in the end, this whole problem in society will fix itself.

Comment Re:Really More Interesting? (Score 1) 136

I disagree. Personally, I wouldn't mind stocking shelves for pay, for a single day. I'd get bored of it pretty quick, of course, but for a single day it'd be fine. By contrast, my regular programming work doesn't get boring that fast, but after a few years, I really get tired of working in the same place and start itching to move. Simple jobs like shelf-stocking are not really different, it just takes a lot less time to get bored with it. If I had a different such job every day, maybe it wouldn't be so bad.

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