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Comment Re: call an ambulance (Score 3, Informative) 153

I happen to own a Model S, so have more experience with Autopilot than most. As someone who has never used it, I understand and appreciate your concern. As someone who had experienced Autopilot over a length of time, your worries are overblown and the bigger concern would be if he passed out before the final stretch. That concern isn't because he would have hurt someone else. It's because without him being aware, he wouldn't have made it the final stretch.

Comment Re:So just rename it then? (Score 1) 330

I'm genuinely curious about your experience because I bought a Model S and took delivery of it two weeks ago. I've used Autopilot a ton, and have been quite happy with it. I've never had it once give up because it got confused, though on somewhat sharp turns it will beep and tell me to put my hand on the wheel (there's a pressure sensor in the wheel, so when it pops the warning you actually have to firmly grasp the wheel as opposed to lightly holding it like I typically do; autopilot or no).

However, I also don't push it to the limits. I notice when the lines are fading and check the HUD to see if the car can see the lines or not; if not, I disengage myself. Likewise, in stop & go traffic (where I think it really shines), I watch for jerks who try to cut me off and disengage if one does so. I've never felt unsafe using the feature. Instead, I actually feel safer because of all the feedback the car gives me about what it is sensing around it.

Comment Re: Yes, definitely assholes (Score 3, Informative) 440

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

* Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014.
* Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people in 2014.
* Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities; at least 846 people died in these crashes in 2014.

Autopilot killed 1 person; ever. And it did so on a location where it was not intended to be used. The safety record doesn't mean nothing, but there is still room for improvement. The difference is now the improvement can be shared to all cars via an update. In a standard fatal accident, the improvements are much harder to act upon. Reference: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHT...

Comment Re:AirPrint (Score 1) 249

Agreed but what I would like to see is printing supported on iDevices properly. Yeah I know about AirPrint but guess what? Millions of printers don't have that (including all of mine) and Apple can't be bothered to make a simple way make existing printers compatible with AirPrint despite it being technologically trivial to do so. It could be done with a simple network attached print server or an app on any macintosh. I get if they don't want to support Windows but it's absurd that my mac can't provide AirPrint services right out of the box.

Yes, if only Apple had been making something like that for the last decade. What a wonderful world we would be living in...

Comment Re:A simple solution to part of the problem (Score 3, Interesting) 105

This. I'm a relatively well off white male, and I have encountered exactly this happening. Twice...

The first time, I was riding in my car with friends. Had we been drinking? Absolutely. But the driver didn't. He was a heart surgeon at OSU Hospital who was on call. He offered to drive the group because of the fact that he could not possibly drink anything. This was back in 2002. Why is that important? Oh, I don't know. Maybe because a few people crashed some planes in a some buildings, and the entire US turned against anyone who wasn't white. See, my friend, who was a well known heart surgeon, happened to look middle eastern. He was sober. Hadn't drank so much as a drop of alcohol... and he was forced to pull over to a parking lot.

In said parking lot, we were surrounded by 6 police cars and 3 paddy wagons. I was in the back seat, behind a window tinted so you couldn't see me. I had 5 other friends with me. An asian, the middle eastern who drove, an african american, and two other white friends. Every... single... minority was put in handcuffs in the backs of the cop cars. Not one of the whites were. I was mildly drunk, which means I was stupid enough to have no fear of what was happening. I yelled at the cops because of how they treated my friends. I scolded them for how my minority friends were treated differently than we were. I was given "fantastic" answers like, "would you like us to handcuff you too?!?!" to which I "smartly" replied, "yes, and lets explain to the courts why."

It turns out an asshole neighbor of mine saw a bunch of minorities getting into a car (my car!!!!), and reported it being stolen. Having nothing better to do, the entire Columbus, OH police department responded to the theft of a 1984 Chevy Suburban that had more rust than metal. They pulled my friends out, at gunpoint, by their necks and handcuffed them in the back of police cars.

Had things gone slightly different, I might be attending a friend's funeral. It frightens me both in how close I was to having a friend murdered by the police, and looking back and seeing how easily they would have justified it. Only because my friends did not assert their rights are they alive, and ironically, only because as a white male who did assert my rights were they freed.

There are bad people out there. There are great cops out there. The problem is, the police unions are so "pro cop" that any / all attempts to remove the bad cops from the force is null and void. They will protect a "bad cop" at the expense of 1,000,000 "good citizens" and won't think twice about it. I did file a report about what happened to my friends and I, and received a response that the police pulling my friends out at gunpoint was 100% justified because random citizen X reported my car as being stolen.

That was the first time... The second time... was even more "unfortunate". I'll simply say, I understand why poor people do not trust the police. I'm fairly well off, and have personally seen the abuses they are willing to do. The only difference is that I'm well off enough to be able to retaliate via the courts, and my friends often are not.

Comment Re: Doesn't anybody double check? (Score 1) 225

Same thing happens by Disney in FL. There's two intersecting roads, both named Celebration Pl (makes the crosswalk buttons fun since both buttons say, "Press to cross Celebration Pl"). Celebration Pl then intersects with Celebration Blvd on one end and Celebration Ave on the other. It's awesome since many GPS systems ignore or won't let you put in the suffix.

Comment In the same lane? (Score 5, Insightful) 410

So based on numerous descriptions I have read, the Google car was in a very wide lane and moved to the right side of the lane to make a right turn. It saw some sandbags blocking the very right side of the lane, so it tried to move back to the middle of the lane. A bus, coming up from behind in the same lane, did not yield to to the Google car and there was contact.

I think it is important to note that all of this happened in the same "lane".

While the Google car could have possibly avoided the accident, I am not sure it is to blame. It seems to me that the bus was attempting to pass a car ahead of it in the same lane.
The blame seems about 80% on the city for not properly marking the lanes, about 15% on the bus for not yielding to a car ahead of it in its own lane, and about 5% on the Google car for not stopping for the bus who was trying to barge its way through.

Comment Re:JavaScript Engine (Score 1) 74

You create a single native interface in Android that takes a JSON string. The JSON string includes class name, method name, and parameters. The native interface decodes that and then executes the call through reflection.

The JavaScript gets updated by an AJAX call & eval, as another poster called out.

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