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Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

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:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 99

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) 99

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: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

Comment Re:His reserve chute was a dummy. (Score 1) 139

Area on the flight path between Portland and Seattle is hardly a vast expanse of untamed forest. You'll find a human settlement or a road if you walk for about 10 miles straight in any direction. Hardly a feat that requires superhuman abilities. Then you just use a payphone to call in your accomplice to pick you up.

Alternatively, you can make several caches with clean clothes and camping gear beforehand. Then just find the nearest cache and backpack wherever you want.

Comment Re:Harvard Medical (Score 3, Interesting) 296

Thankfully, it's not as scary as it seems - resistance evolves easily but it carries heavy metabolic cost for bacteria. So resistant bacteria are outcompeted by non-resistant ones easily.

The problem here is that eventually bacteria always find a way to evade antibiotics with low enough metabolic cost.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 540

It's not hard to change jobs on H1B (and I'm speaking as an H1B holder). The receiving company just needs to file a petition to do an H1B transfer, there can be multiple concurrent petitions and the current employer is not notified. The cost of filing with all the attorney fees is around $2k. H1B transfers are also not subject to quotas.

Indentured servitude comes with a Green Card filing - you need to start the process all over again if you change the workplace. And it takes _at_ _least_ 2 years now.

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