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Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 111

Yes, of course, everyone will have to pay for it. But it won't be via a high cost of purchase, it will rapidly be turned from auto-sales into auto-rentals or leases, where you won't be able to buy a car anymore, just hire it to go from a to b, or lease it for a period of time. As a bonus, the company will get to record and sell everything you "do" in the car, in order to optimize the ads being displayed to you.

Does anybody genuinely think that autonomous cars will come without a huge feedback loop back to the mothership? Reporting any situation the AI had a low confidence solution for, not just accidents but incidents that caused agitation like honking and near-accidents for review and all sorts of statistics on what it's been doing. And the other way will be full of driving AI updates, sensor processing updates, recalls, map updates, traffic alerts, weather warnings and so on. Actually regarding traffic I expect it'll be a two way system, the cars will report in on accident, road work, lane blockages, slow traffic and traffic jams. Maybe part of it will be opt-out but I imagine they'll bundle it such that for 99% of the population it's just their cell phone #2, they own it but the system knows where you are...

Comment Re:its in public (Score 1) 122

technology gets more powerful it also gets more intrusive

Technology is invasive the moment it becomes pervasive.

You and I said the same thing. As a Libertarian, I would suggest to you a (singular) camera is invasive, but accepted. A thousand cameras owned by the state is in fact a violation of constitutional guarantees against UNREASONABLE searches. Is it really unreasonable to be free from observation in a "Free" society?

Think about it for a second, the very thing we made fun of in the USSR is happening today, and both liberals and conservatives are arguing for more of the same surveillance state.

The difference between a single picture from 1970 by my dad on a camera at Disneyland is clearly not the same thing as the government being able to watch me travel from my home to Disneyland on all the cameras lined all the way there and back. Once is inconvenience, a hundred thousand frames is observation. Somewhere along that long line, it stops being expectation of not being filmed and one of expectation of being filmed at any given moment.

Comment Re:Instrument calibration (Score 1) 258

When insturment calibration is examined, both the unadjusted and adjusted values should be available as raw and "corrected" results. When the "raw" data is discarded, there is no ability to re-examine that data, and all we are left with is the "adjusted" data that is unproven. This is scientific heresy of the greatest kind.

In other words, it isn't science if the adulterated results cannot be replicated for the original data, because it no longer exists. I mean it isn't like scientists to fudge data to get the results they were looking for ... ever. Never happens. Ever.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 258

"records" in modern human terms. But failure to mention "other" records like the hurricane lull in the Atlantic is quickly forgotten. After all, "MORE EXTREME WEATHER" should have produced more and more extreme hurricanes .... but those simply haven't appeared.

I have no doubt carbon is increasing, I have plenty of doubt that it is actually "bad" for the planet. It might be bad for humans, but I am pretty sure plants love it. More plants = more life.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 258

Unexpected extreme low temperatures = weather
Unexpected extreme high temperatures = AGW


Oh, and Failing Dam Spillways is caused by AGW, and not by the government who was supposed to be doing maintenance but failed. Yes, Gov Brown said that the failed spillway was caused by Global Warming.

And now, you know why a lot of people do not take it seriously.

Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 1) 69

Wait, do, do you think that an 80% failure rate is good just because there are courts with HIGHER rates?

Let me slow it down for you:

Only about 1.01% of the circuit court's rulings go to Supreme Court. By definition, these are cases that SCOTUS has looked at and seen enough of a problem that they granted a writ of certiorari. If they didn't see a problem, they'd just bounce it back.

So, of the 1% that goes to SCOTUS, 80% of those are overturned and 20% are affirmed. That means the true rate of 9th Circuit cases being overturned is closer to 0.8%, not 80%.

I mentioned Breitbart, because you will only find this spurious claim of "The 9th Circuit gets overturned 80% of the time" will only be found in websites that cater to alt-Right jackoffs. And they will never mention that the courts with the highest rates of being overturned are in solid red states.

Now, do we have some clarity on this issue?

You're still looking bemused. Let me put it more simply: 80% of the 9th Circuit's rulings are not overturned, you stupid sonofabitch.

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 1) 151

DeBeers has a monopoly on fiat gemstones, and not just any fiat gemstone, but only one specific kind. Let that sink in for a minute.

Once upon a time, Aluminium was considered rare and valuable. That was until someone figured a way to get the ore processed very inexpensively. Then all those fine (expensive) Aluminum dinnerware sets became almost worthless overnight. And so it will be with DeBeers, once people realize that a diamond is a diamond and you can have a custom diamond made for you very inexpensively. Then all those expensive necklaces worn by the starlets during the Oscars can be worn by anyone.

I can't wait to see all that jewelry become worth ... less.

Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 2) 69

Bwahaha, you mean the fucking Ninth Circuit? The one that, on appeal to the Supreme Court, gets overturned a whopping 80 percent of the time? Yeah, I think any court with that kind of failure rate should be disbanded, as well.

There's some supreme nuttery going on out in California these days...

I often see this repeated by people who don't know shit.

First of all, when the Supreme Court takes a case, it overturns the Appeals Court decision in over 70% of the cases. They only grant a writ of certiorari in cases where they see an issue and it usually means they will be overturned. And despite what you read on Breitbart, the 9th Circuit is not the most overturned Appeals circuit. Kentucky/Ohio/Michigan's 6th Circuit has that distinction with an 87 percent rate of being overturned. Then comes Alabama/Florida/Georgia's 11th Circuit with a record of 85 percent. But the fact is, if your case goes to the Supreme Court, it's odds-on that it will be overturned.

6th Circuit - 87 percent;

11th Circuit - 85 percent;

9th Circuit - 79 percent;

3rd Circuit - 78 percent;

2nd Circuit and Federal Circuit - 68 percent;

8th Circuit - 67 percent;

5th Circuit - 66 percent;

7th Circuit - 48 percent;

DC Circuit - 45 percent;

1st Circuit and 4th Circuit - 43 percent;

10th Circuit - 42 percent.

Submission + - The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost. (

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 258

Are you unfamiliar with the phrase "hand waving", or just being deliberately obtuse?

Science is about numerically accurate, falsifiable predictions. We need some of those in the Climate Change debate, but the science isn't there yet. Non-scientists like yourself, however, are happy to substitute hand waving (like a magician, hoping to distract the audience from the lack of substance).

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