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Comment Re:Ban 'em from public roads (Score 1) 29

Except the test tracks are designed to test the mechanal features. For automated cars there is a degree of this on test tracks. But there comes a point where it needs real world testing. If you write software at nearly every level of complexity once you hand it to the real world they find new problems that needs to be fixed.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 286

Suicide doesn't seem like an appropriate answer to a stressful job. He probably had problems well beyond Uber's bad HR policy. Loosing a job, your house, your car... isn't the end of the world. Anyone rational enough would realize this. But suicide is usually from problem well beyond external problems which needs to be treated.

Comment Re:Missing option: None (Score 1) 173

Yeah... Try that in a multilingual environment.... I dare you. I routinely work with five languages in a day, but my phone only knows one. Okay, it knows four of the five, but I have to select one.

It also assumes it does understand what you said. My experience is: it doesn't even when I do talk English to my phone. Obviously that is my fault. I'm not going to deny that.

Where I live, you see/hear no one use these systems.... For good reason.

On a decent keyboard, all of those are -by the way- faster than what you say. You conveniently omit the "Sir/Alexa/OK Google/Cortana" detection phrase, then your inquiry, then the processing, then the verification of what has been detected, then the acknowledgement of the fact that detection has worked correctly. Otherwhise you get such things as "When date LGBT closet tonight". Not really acceptable.

Comment Its about Ego. (Score 1) 148

The flying car has been the stuff of science fiction for generations. If the CEO can find a way to make a flying car that the average person can buy and use for their normal work. They think they will earn a place in history like Henry Ford. As a flying car would be recognized and used for hundreds of years. Unlike say a Relational Database system, so if they did a good job, they will get as much history fan fair as Nikolaus Otto (One of the inventors of the internal combustion engine)

Comment Re:Flying car? (Score 2) 148

Well to call it a flying car I think it should meet the following criteria.
1. Be able to fit on a standard 1 lane road and inside a 1 car garage and parking spot.
2. It should be able by its own power park in such garage.
3. It should be able to carry at least 2 people. (Bonus points for side by side)
4. It should fly for at least 100 miles without a refill.
5. Flight speeds should exceed 60 mph
6. It should be fully covered to protest
7. Driving controls should be simple and straight forward.
8. Fuel economy should be similar to that of an automobile.
9. Enough safety procedures to not make it risky drive.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 287

About 50% of the population has below average intelligence. So these jobs for things that Robots can and Cant do will be reserved for the people who are smart, creative and fit enough to perform such tasks. That leaves the other group of people who are not. Granted you can say Darwinism and ignore the plight of these people, but history has shone us, that things can get very violent when these people are left out to die. Even the Basic Income has its problems, where these people will live a life where there is little they can do to improve it, because while they may want to do more in life, society will not let them, because the economics made by man will not allow it. Why bother having him mow the lawn for an extra $50 a week. Where the robot will do it for free. And you don't need to feel sorry for him, because his basic needs are set, and he is just trying to make some extra bucks for luxuries.

Comment Aging population centers as well. (Score 4, Interesting) 78

A lot of these economies are also suffering from a aging workforce where the number of young people are not taking over the older employees jobs, because they are not enough of them to do so. This in the short term is good for a countries economy having a labor force filled with skilled workers who do not have much overhead with children, so they can use their money to buy things, and take risks that wouldn't be wise if you are younger and have a mortgage and car payments and are a couple months away from being broke without your job. These older people have their homes paid off, so they can spend of more stuff and take financial risks which normally will be rewarding.
However in the long term they will die out and not be able to replace the workforce, and if ignored for too long, that workforce that does come in, will not have any cross training from the previous generation and make the same mistakes over again.
We have been wasting time for generations, social media is the newest form, but how far away is it, from water cooler talk, or going out during lunch and getting a bit tipsy.

Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 2) 417

The computer scientist in me loves functional languages, the MBA in me doesn't.
Functional languages makes very tight code. Which for the programmer and the computer scientist is great. Less coding, a solid routine with little effort.
However it makes it difficult to maintain a program over a life time. As it is always near one feature away from a full rewrite, vs just slapping some if conditional in the code which while inelegant, is easy to code, easy to see the change, and easier to test.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 630

I'm not quite old enough to have used FORTRAN.

What does age have to do with anything? I took a computational linear algebra course in the late '90s that used FORTRAN nearly exclusively.

That said, I started out, like most kids in the '80s, with BASIC and assembly language (6809 and 6502, in my case). I started college early enough that the introductory computer-science courses were still in Pascal, but pretty much every course that needed to do real work used anything but Pascal...lots of C, with a systems-programming course splitting time between 8086 assembly and VAX assembly and a database course that introduced us to SQL (of course).

The computational linear algebra course mentioned above was a math course specifically for computer-science majors; other engineering students took a different linear-algebra course.

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