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Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

You mean like the same "failure" mode that crashed the Tesla into the semi? Yes, that failure mode is (was) in all of them, but only one out of the thousands on the road managed to trip the scenario that caused a crash.

Further, while an alert, attentive driver could have avoided the collision, there are plenty of less-alert, distracted drivers out there who could well have plowed into the same semi in the same scenario.

And baring a true mechanical issue (that can occur in all cars), there's no need for massive recalls in case of a software glitch, just download the latest update into the car's computer overnight and the next morning everyone's good to go.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

We're overlooking the accidents, injuries, and deaths today. You probably drove today, despite knowing its one of the most dangerous things you do daily.

And seriously, look at all of the idiots and distracted drivers on the road. Do you really think a car that's actively monitoring its environment thousands of times a second can actually do WORSE?

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

You don't need the system to be perfect. Here in the US it just needs to avoid some 5.5 million auto accidents each and every year that in turn injured 2.5 million people and killed 30,000 others.

Could some glitch run a car into a wall? Maybe.

But that's one death vs all of the others where dumb, drunk, distracted, texting, road raging idiots drove their cars into walls, other cars, pedestrians, bikes, etc..

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 365

".... but a human will be handling edge cases much better for a long time..."

Assuming, of course, that they're actually paying attention and not talking on the phone, texting, playing Pokemon, fiddling with the radio/cd/mp3 player, trying to each breakfast/lunch, not putting on makeup/clothes/shoes, smoking, dealing with the baby or kids in the backseat, daydreaming, or otherwise disengaged.

Five million accidents, 2.5 million injuries, and 300,000 deaths a year in the US alone pretty much put the lie to "much better'....

Comment Re:No justice (Score 2, Insightful) 801

".... and exposes classified information ..."

As the article indicates, there's no proof that classified information was exposed. It's "possible" that it was, but it's also "possible" that an airliner is about to land on your head.

Further, there's "classified" information and then there's "classified" information. Many things are classified, (in fact, it's hard to find government information that's not), but we haven't been told if it's just classified, secret, top secret, or higher...

Comment Re:racism had been overcome (Score 2) 180

In this case, the more correct term would be "species", not race.

And it might also be more correct to qualify what you mean by "superior". Strength, just to pick a single aspect, may be a gauge to rank Klingons, Vulcans, Humans, and so on, but meaningless if you're interested in relative intelligence or even something as small as eyesight or hearing.

Human "racism", OTOH, is usually claiming across-the-board superiority based on something as insignificant as the amount of pigmentation in your skin...

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