* Posts by erst

10 posts • joined 19 Jun 2017

'There was no one driving that vehicle': Texas cops suspect Autopilot involved after two men killed in Tesla crash


Re: "more of a super-cruise-control"

And car makers also want to save every penny they can, so in fact most cars do not have a sensor in the driver seat - it’s assumed that it will be occupied by an adult when driving.

But I agree with the sentiment that Tesla could do more to prohibit misuse of their “Autopilot”. It’s currently in that danger zone where it can handle enough situations to build some trust, but it’s still bad enough to create many more accidents than a human driver if people actually trust it and relax with the needed supervision.

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?


Re: Programmer's arch-nemesis!

Are you D. J. Trump?

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors


Re: what is linux good for?

Yes, particularly good for old and slow computers. And new supercomputers*. And most computers in between...

*Is there any computer cluster on the top500 list that doesn’t run Linux?

Remember that blurry first-ever photo of a black hole? Turns out snaps like that can tell us a lot about these matter-gobbling voids


Re: Perhaps someone can explain something to dumb old me.

This helped me:


Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn


Mass of rings 20000 times the mass of Mercury, or the other way around? I’m guessing the other way around, or else it would truly be upsetting news.

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms


Re: You've missed the scariest parts

Ehh. Volvo uses exactly the same vehicle for testing their self driving tech - the Volvo XC90.

I hope their safety drivers are a bit more alert though.


Re: LiDAR doesn't work in the dark? WTF?

I’m pretty sure the LiDAR registered the woman crossing. It doesn’t rely on the head lights but has its own infrared laser, and it should get returns from a human sized object well beyond 50 m. If I were to guess, I would guess that it’s a logical error in the programming. They seem to be on a freeway or similar where pedestrians are very unlikely to be in the middle of the road, and then the detections were simply considered as noise, and disregarded.

Isn’t it odd that the police publishes the face of the driver like this, before any trial and sentencing...?

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


I appreciate the reference to original patents and lawsuits that the reg includes in the article, as opposed to all other “journalists” copying of Reuters completely uninformative newsflash. Thumbs up!

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK


Re: But.... Does it actually work?

"possibly way out due to GPS's assumption that the earth is flat."

I'm pretty sure there is no such assumption anywhere in GPS. Haven't heard of any flat earth enthusiasts who would be capable of launching satellites in orbit around the world...


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