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Transportation

Apple, Tesla Ask California To Change Its Proposed Policies On Self-Driving Car Testing (reuters.com) 29

Tesla and Apple have asked the state of California to change its proposed policies on self-driving cars to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human back-up drivers, among other things. Reuters reports: In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, Ford Motor Co, Uber Technologies Inc, Toyota Motor Corp, Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. Apple said California should revise how companies report self-driving system "disengagements." California currently requires companies to report how many times the self-driving system was deactivated and control handed back to humans because of a system failure or a traffic, weather or road situation that required human intervention. Apple said California's rules for development vehicles used only in testing could "restrict both the design and equipment that can be used in test vehicles." Tesla said California should not bar testing of autonomous vehicles that are 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg) or more. Tesla also said California should not prohibit the sale of non-self-driving vehicles previously used for autonomous vehicle testing.
Government

FCC Announces Plan To Reverse Title II Net Neutrality (theverge.com) 201

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. FCC chairman Ajit Pai called the rules "heavy handed" and said their implementation was "all about politics." He argued that they hurt investment and said that small internet providers don't have "the means or the margins" to withstand the regulatory onslaught. "Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return to the light touch framework that served us so well during the Clinton administration, Bush administration, and first six years of the Obama administration," Pai said today. His proposal will do three things: first, it'll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it'll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven't thought up yet; and third, it'll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules -- like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites -- that were implemented in 2015. Pai will publish the full text of his proposal tomorrow, and it will be voted on by the FCC on May 18th.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

One of the problems with actually doing rather than saying is that reality makes things complicated. How does it "sense" you're done with it? What if someone's using it to heat something and it needs to remain on and immobile? Unless you could make it telepathic, having it ask you if you're done seems like a great way for it to find out.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

I haven't heard of internet connected irons...

Actually, there's a use case to be made there. You're driving in to work and you get a text that your iron has been on for 45 minutes and would you like it turned off?
Sort of related: NEVER wash your fiberglass embedded ironing board cover with your underwear. You will rue the day.

Transportation

Cadillac's Hands-Free Driving Option Also Nags Inattentive Drivers (theverge.com) 68

Using LIDAR sensors, Cadillac mapped 160,000 miles of U.S. highways "within five centimeters of accuracy" to give its hands-free-on-the-highway cars the ability to better anticipate the roads ahead -- and to know when a human driver should take over. An anonymous reader writes: "The car can see farther than the sensors on the car with the map..." says the chief engineer for Cadillac's new "Super Cruise" hands-free driving option for highways, "so if we have a sharp curve, we can anticipate that." The system also gives Cadillac's vehicles a safety check not available to Tesla, which can't stop drivers from using Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot even when they're not on a highway. "We know where the car is because of the LIDAR map and the other data in the car," says a product communications manager at Cadillac. "Therefore we have the ability to geofence it."

In addition, The Verge reports that if drivers look away for more than 30 seconds, "the car will know thanks to an infrared camera attached to the top of the steering column. Eyes closed? The car will know and start a sequence of alerts to get the driver's focus back on the road. It can even see through UV-blocking sunglasses." While the camera doesn't record or store data, it will flash a strip of red LED lights embedded in the top of the steering wheel "if the driver is caught not paying attention."

Cadillac plans to create and transmit an updated map every year, and will also regularly update its map by "constantly" checking the database from the Transportation Department, and deploying own trucks to draw new maps of construction areas.

Comment Re:I would read the Qur'an (Score 1) 259

So why the downmod? Did the AC have wrongthink about the religion or is the Koran not a book?
If you wanted to know more about a religion and that religion is based on a book, reading that book seems like an excellent place to start.
I'd go even farther.
Read the Bible! Witches, talking donkeys, genocide, slaves (how to buy and acceptable beating of), rape (how to do it right), gods, devils, angels and one zombie. It also tells you things like how it's bad to murder and steal, in case you haven's already worked that out for yourself.

Comment Re:Source of the data? (Score 2) 356

So GWXerog posts some verifiable facts going back to the source material, and your argument is that these facts should be disregarded because GWXerog appears to be a man who has views on feminism different from yours. Can you get past your bias enough to realize what a weak argument this is?

Comment Re: IOT good. IOT + forced shit BAD! (Score 1) 421

I really don't understand all the hate if the devices aren't talking to a corporate server.

Unfortunately, that's how they monetize the "service". The app on your phone connects to the same server as your thermostat and you pay for that. Surely they won't create another revenue stream by tracking the use of your devices, that wouldn't be nice, would it? What happens to your hardware when they go belly up? Are you certain there are no security issues that could give someone control of your stuff? Maybe just watch when you turn on your lights and turn up the heat, thus knowing when you are home?
Think it through man!

Comment Re:Potential Damages? (Score 1) 318

At which point you have to consider the value of the missile vs. the value of the material...

The problem, he said, wasn't effectiveness... the issue is economics.

Let's posit that the "ally" doesn't care how much the missile cost to make because they didn't pay for it. Its cost at that point is very low (it still has to be manned and maintained). From the allies' perspective then, they are comparing that low cost (and maybe opportunity cost) to the value of taking out the drone.
Sometimes things get much simpler if you just don't give a shit.

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