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267 posts • joined 29 May 2012
Cars and aeroplanes controlled by humans are disasters waiting to happen FTFY
The question is how we use technology to reduce the chances of bad things happening. However, as we eliminite some accident reasons, e.g. road rage and distraction, we will inadvertently create others. This trade off bothers people and is sometimes seen as immoral, even if less people die overall. Hence the focus is on the people who died in a self-driving Tesla, rather than the statistical improvement in accident rate.
FFS, we all (apart from the misogynists) know that less stereotyping probably leads to a more successful outcome for society overall. Sometimes that movement needs a nudge in the right direction, which is what this is.
Stop being so fracking alarmist about control. Advertisers know they shouldn't be using cheap stereotypes to sell stuff. So they drag their heels, because it is easy. France recently had a similar thing about underweight models used in advertising. It is just wrong, so they legislated.
Once equal treatment becomes the norm, we can scrap these laws as antiquated. But for now, we need them.
So I agree there way more /good/ TV than you can possible watch as a single person, but consider a household with teenagers. They keep strange hours and watch a lot of TV (bit like me really). Before you flame, both are active sports players and like the outdoors, and do OK at school.
We pay for Netflix/Sky/Amazon, though the latter is only part of prime. Which leaves the duplication of Netflix and Sky - and there is more difference than similarities. We'll be keeping both.
We have an apple tv somewhere, gathering dust; and I agree with the author, apple are too late to the party. Just like they thought Spotify could be toppled, they'll find video content a congested space.
The vitriol here is telling. Tech people are a very conservative bunch - which is really weird as technology, mostly, is at the forefront if not the driver of change. I counted one positive comment about how it could be made to work in some situations.
The problem is that the only viable owner of big data is the the CEO. But that is doomed at the present as they don't understand the potential, and so get bored. Maybe in the next decade we'll see a new class of CEOs for whom data flow is the essence of the company, and therefore big data is in the DNA - and I don't mean the adslingers or so called disruptors, but real companies.
...or does the "blind" appearance of this space plane look very sinister? Yes, I know it's a drone, but we got used to the Shuttle having "eyes", with humans behind them. This one doesn't seem friendly...
I think they call it Uncanny Valley, where something it familiar, yet off.
Apart from search, Google don't have any revenue successes. Diversification, if that is a thing for them, has failed spectacularly. Cars, shopping, news, social network, mail, drones, skynet etc
They ended up with a natural monopoly in search ads (EMEA+US at least), which provides 90% of their revenue.
Obviously Android dominates mobile, but it doesn't buy the lattes.
I hope Germany tells the US to go swivel regarding the German individuals. They have form. I assume you can't be tried for the same offence twice across Germany and the US, so German justice will do nicely.
There was nothing directed at any particular country, just general cheating by VW. So the US has no reason to feel particularly affronted, but of course their courts do.
I have no hope German justice will prevail however, especially now.
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Are you drunk already on a Monday morning? Retired people have all the fun.
No one is suggesting criminals not be punished, or that their children are not affected by it. So whom, exactly, are you arguing with?
The issue at stake is whether we believe education is a basic human need for all children, regardless of their status. We need to swivel our perspective a couple of feet lower and see it from a child's point of view. Now do we think education should be freely available to all children?
For me it's quite simple. The population globally is heading for an age bomb (think Japan, but everywhere). If we don't educate what few little sprites we have, it is not going to end well.
Is not what the general population (yes, massive over-simplification) think it is: the fact that it exists in the first place.
The problem is the growing gap between what tech actually is and does, and the understanding of that among those who are elected to govern.
This is compounded in two ways (probably more):
1) The rate of tech change is speeding up whilst politicians seem to get dimmer for every generation.
2) The current mood is "post truth", i.e. experts are idiots. This does not bode well for dealing with change.
[side note: if rate of tech change is compound like interest rates, we are in for more of this, faster. Where's my Mars ticket?]
I don't get it. The objections to car autonomy are always weird edge cases. When on deity's earth do you choose between an artic and 15 pedestrians... AFAIK the vast majority of accidents are lapses of concentration of the driver and/or over-confidence.
Computer cars suffer neither of these. As others have pointed out, the 'puters only need to be better than the average meatbag for it to reduce deaths. If the auto car gets confused, it'll just slow down and maybe stop, and so will all the other auto cars behind it. No more pile-ups.
Oh, and no road rage deaths/injuries. Ever.
I assume, by lack of definition, by "EU boffin", you mean all and sundry not "English". If that is what you mean, "citizens here" makes no sense what so ever.
It may have escaped you, but all French/German/Danish... citizens are citizens of their own country, just like you are. So stop slandering all 500m by name-calling. Idiot.
A big benefit is in a car park or along a row of parked cars - you can see which cars are running. Cyclists especially appreciate to know which car could drive off, but it helps everyone. Sweden has less fatalities per car, per mile and per population than the UK (at least according to wikipedia), so maybe it works. Both countries are among the safest in the wolrd btw.
A motorbike should occupy the same road space as a car (2/3 from the left of the lane ISTR from the test), so I don't buy this argument against DRL. If they are filtering unsafely, Darwin will rule.
Typical UK perspective comment. It's all NATO and the EU. It's like the UK didn't draw half the map of the Middle East that is now the problem. No, not my problem mate...
The UK does not have a right to cross its arms and "observe" and make smart comments. The Beeb does it all the time and it drives me nuts. We're OK on our island Jack.
Grow some and be part of the solution for once. (No, you can't invoke Godwin's)
As any fule now, a "better" audience is more valuable to advertisers. "Better" can mean more targeted, or more willing to spend, or both. Conversely, if a media outlet's audience quality declines, they have a big problem.
As el Reg commentards are leaving FB in droves, well, small heaps, it indicates FB's audience quality is getting worse. (Pat on the back for commentards).
So, FB is left with friends and family, a very hard bunch to earn money from ("monetize" for merkins).
So they force-feed ads anyway they can, foie gras-style. (BTW it won't be long before we see this from LI. Microsoft?)
It is annoying, or maybe typical, that some people can't differentiate a trade surplus/deficit, with actual trade.
As others have pointed out, a trade deficit is relatively easy to finance, you just need trust. Just look at the US of A. However, a trade deficit isn't a particular disadvantage, but strength/weakness in actual trade is.
I have said this before, but UK sends 38-45% of its exports to the EU, i.e. a lot. Germany and France only export just over 7% of their export to the UK, i.e. not very much.
Some commentard on here said the UK "clearly has the whip hand". I don't think so. However, most countries still in the EU are neither vindictive nor stupid, so a deal may be struck. Free movement of people will be the battle ground above all others.
I can confirm this works. My Honda Civic briefly became a boat/submarine in about 3.2 linguine of water. I gunned it 'cause I was scared and had no way to retreat. Bow wave saved the electrics/intake.
"Saved" is relative, as every single light on the dash lit up like a christmas tree and the car went into limp mode. Oh, and the driver-side window opened. YMMV
A week of drying out sorted everything (I think). Now sold...
Slight amend. There's no way you could remove all bacteria and keep the wannabe astro/cosmonaut alive.
Off topic, isn't about bloody time we have single word for space travellers, instead of country variations? I vote for stellanaut because it's Latin for star and sounds like beer.
It always struck me that the pedestrian lights were hard for the visually impaired to spot and decipher. Yes, I know there are audio signals, but at a busy junction they're difficult to hear.
Also, whether smart phone-impaired or not, you always look at where you put your feet, so ground level is not a bad place for flashing red.
Costly? Maybe. But you'd only bother at busy junctions. And injured humans are very expensive to fix.
You answered your own question. "All things" are not equal over the medium or even short term. As production capacity ramps and becomes more efficient, and new technology comes on stream, prices fall. LEDs will become the new incandescents, i.e. cheap and ubiquitous.
China thought the same way when they strangled rare earths' supply, 80% of the world's capacity IIRC, to drive up prices. It failed because new sources were found and industry switched technology.
Don't tussle with Keynes, or Schumpeter, you will fail. [flame on economics haters]
Reality has a horrible ability to bite Silicon Valley in the behind.
UK housing stock, as an example, does not lend itself easily to be Nest controlled, what with old boilers, poor circulation and so on. A quick gander of the forums will suggest as much.
I wager that each geography/country has other idiosyncrasies, making Nest a typical 'valley bubble attempt at best.
For a more useful UK idea, look up Positive Input Ventilation (PIV). Cheap, cheerful, and based on engineering.
Second that. Ours, well, the one that came with the rented house, is 85,000 l. Close enough to 20,000 gallons.
It was interesting to work out because it's sort of a 90 degree triangle, but the hypotenuse is 'Z' shaped.
But we digress, as already stated, Olympice Size Pools is a safer measure.
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