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Comment liability is the key (Score 1) 250

For the auto maker to be found liable for an accident their vehicle would have to be the cause of the accident.

By their very nature self driving cars are roadcam powerhouses, every possible angle is accounted for and recorded, so not only will a self driving car never willfully make a decision that could cause them liability they would _always_ be able to prove that the other driver was at fault in an accident, by virtue of having every moment of the accident caught on video!

Self driving cars could even get a reputation for being vicious prosecutors. If you cause an accident you'll find your insurance notified before you can call them. The police too. In the case of a hit and run the car could report you to the police before you even turned the corner with pictures showing that you were texting.

If you have a habit of cutting autonomous cars off, perhaps they will begin lowering your rating as a driver. You may find that they often swarm to passively box you in and force you to behave on the freeway. What are you going to do about that? An AI swarm could be the king of malicious compliance.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 2, Insightful) 384

Do you make those sort of foul remarks in regards to anyone who has a vasectomy before having children? Do you consider doctors unethical for allowing anyone to voluntarily sterilize themselves? Do you realize that there are other goals in this world besides creating ones own biological children?

The primary concern currently preventing Manning from having a family is prison, not whether she continues to exist with intact gonads.

Just because you have a hangup doesn't make your opinion fact. Cosmetic surgery exists and is a viable alternative to being brainwashed into living the exact same life that you would choose for yourself.

Comment Re:Don't Be Evil (Score 2) 432

I'll never buy a self driving car. That's ridiculous! I will pay for a subscription service and let someone else worry about whether they need maintenance or upgrades.

The vast majority of the time I don't even need a car. Really I need my car AT MOST about an hour a day, the rest of the time it just sits there slowly falling apart.

Comment Re:CSB time (Score 4, Informative) 502

Hate to break it to you dude, but that guy was either misinformed or pulling your leg;

The GAU-8/A ammunition is linkless, reducing weight and avoiding a great deal of potential for jamming. The feed system is double-ended, allowing the spent casings to be recycled back into the ammunition drum,[12] instead of ejected from the aircraft, which would require considerable force to eliminate potential airframe damage.

Comment Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

I kind of think we're going to see a lifestyle emerge of people having no residence other than their truck cab. Think about it; get to hang out in a car all day every day, stop whenever you want anywhere you can find cargo to run, and more or less screw around or work a programming job. Someone stops a rig like that to rob it they're going to get an ass full of buckshot from someone who doesn't have to worry about keeping on the road.

You know, it'll all be on camera, any hijacking attempt would be immediately filmed and broadcast to the police, even in an unmanned vehicle. A single guard could cover a whole convoy of automatics, but frankly I think the whole hijacking thing is probably going to happen as much as high-stakes train robberies happen these days.

Comment Actually banned, authors went to prison. (Score 3, Informative) 410

The Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.

This book was a factual record of the results of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, started by Lyndon B Johnson in 1969, which concluded that pornography was not harmful to consenting adults. Both Democrats and Republicans joined together in rejecting facts in favor of prejudice and roundly censured the report.

Two men gathered the results of the report, including the image material used of more or less every kind of porn in existence, and published about 100,000 copies of it before being pulled into court for publishing obscene materials. They both ended up serving time in jail.

Huffington post has an excellent article about it; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

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