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Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 75

Google has commitments from all the major carriers to fix this exact issue in the next few months -- and there is major work going on in the underlying layers of Android to enable Google to push out updates without having to loop in carriers (presumably with the exception of updates to the baseband radio firmware, which has to be tested on the networks and approved by the carriers).

Comment Pot (Score 1) 158

Somebody please re-run these experiments specifically for marijuana. Somehow, pot-smokers have universally come to the conclusion that smoking burning cannabis leaves (without a filter) is not at all dangerous to them in any of the ways that smoking burning tobacco leaves (through a filter) is. I guarantee that the free radicals in cannabis smoke are every bit as dangerous as the free radicals in tobacco smoke.

Comment People will die. (Score 1) 80

I respect geohotz, but I don't think a 26-year old kid completely grasps the ramifications of building and shipping a technology whose goal is arguably to "kill fewer people". Even if he does kill fewer people, people are going to die using this or any autonomous driving platform. Is he ready to deal with the fallout from that? Also, we won't know until millions or hundreds of millions of miles have been driven how the technology compares in terms of safety to human drivers. It sounds like he's using low-end electronics, so chances are he's just banking on deep learning solving all the driving problems. This is a very, very dangerous approach to take, when deep learning has a strong tendency to exhibit pathological failure cases (see "adversarial nets"), and when it's usually impossible to fully understand, explain, justify or characterize the strengths and weaknesses of a network trained on a given task.

Comment Artificial value (Score 1) 26

he was mystified by the reluctance of some portfolio companies to avoid a stock market flotation

Maybe some people have wised up to the fact that market valuations are completely artificial -- they are numbers picked out of the air, and being listed on the stock market places you at the mercy of mass psychology, media spin, gross subjectivity, market volatility, and trading algorithms that solely exist to milk profits from the market.

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