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Comment Re:Self-driving doesn't change the need for insura (Score 1) 299

What makes you think you need home owners insurance? You don't! ...unless, that is, you do not own your home and it's the bank that is requiring you hold insurance.

Another example - I have tenants. They do not pay home insurance. They purchase a housing service from me. The bank is a lien holder on that property, so, they require I keep it insured. I could probably drop the insurance if I owned the property outright. OTOH, being a landlord does incur additional liability, so, I should probably keep my umbrella policy.

With self-driving cars, I do not plan to own one. I will rent the transportation service as needed and let someone else pay to insure it. Think Uber without the drivers.

A house only makes good financial sense if the value appreciates at a rate = or GT inflation. Cars depreciate quickly. It is very expensive to own one. You are going to see MUCH better value paying for transportation service on an ad-hoc basis because those rented vehicles will be well utilized rather than spending most of the time in your parking lot or garage depreciating.

Comment Re:The Cloud: 1, Users: 0 (Score 1) 432

You are the one that brought up firewall and authenticating to another companies servers. You were right to mention those because they are a crucial part of this discussion. How are you going to control your thermostat remotely without a connection (a secure one) ? " real estate agent keeping the keys to your house." is not a fair comparison. It is a tortured metaphor, designed to persuade. I am not persuaded.

Comment FAA should provide free/reduced cost beacons (Score 1) 165

FPV and drove aircraft operators love gadgets that help them with their flights such as GPS, antenna tracking functionality and on-screen displays. The FAA should provide free GPS-enabled beacons that would let the government track these aircraft in real-time. Hobbyists (myself included) would jump at free gear that would allow them to track lost aircraft (too late for my plane, I'm afraid!). FAA could throw in some special sauce like ability to remotely enable loiter mode, auto-land, perhaps fly predetermined routes (DIY Drones stuff has much of this capability already) I can live with having to obey the laws of the air at the expense of carrying some free gadgets on my aircraft.

Comment Re:Where to spend $200 billion (Score 1) 515

They do, but they don't have to. We have the technology today to form virtual trains that would cut the cost of fuel, even at high speeds, way down via drafting. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... Add lane keeping, highly responsive cruise control, and some way to pay the guy in front that is burning all the fuel, and you have a system that is WAY more flexible than any mass-transit system along with similar efficiency benefits.

Comment Practical uses: (Score 1) 75

1) Remodeling - just walk into your bathroom, wave the phone around, go to hardware store and ask your phone, "How many 4" tiles do I need" 2) Digitize custom Lego models.... or your house. 3) My weed-wacker has a broken plastic bit, scan the bit, edit it to not be fractured, tell someone with a 3D printer to send me an un-broken version. you're welcome.

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