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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

BradleyUffner Re:pointless scam (173 comments)

On slashdot, there was an article that linked to a video of google engineers describing how their system works. IIRC, they preprogrammed responses to a bunch of situations (like avoiding a bicycle on the side of the road), using heuristics to detect when/where/which situation was occuring. In contrast, humans are in a constant state of intuitive heuristics. While they take longer to react, they're aware of possible consequences long before a computer can be, which puts them way ahead of electronic idiot savants with lightning reflexes.

And yet human drivers still manage to do stuff like this:

about two weeks ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

BradleyUffner Ohh the Humanity (138 comments)

The Pirate Bay will be devastated.

about a month and a half ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

BradleyUffner Re:Why in America? (155 comments)

Your definition of "clearly" is very different than most people's I think... Sure, if you separate the word Aircraft in to "Air" and "Craft" you might be able to argue that one of the words could mean a manned vehicle. But when taken as a single word "Aircraft" has nothing to do with being manned or not. Every definition I can find is basically "A vehicle capable of atmospheric flight due to interaction with the air, such as buoyancy or lift."

Your argument really feels like the kind of games sovereign citizens and other conspiracy theorists play when they find "loopholes" in the law that will make them rich or allow them to not pay taxes.

about 2 months ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

BradleyUffner Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

Oh my god. Imagine the smear it would have left on the side of a building if it hit it!

The problem is more the smear on the sidewalk left when it falls on some 5 year old's head from 400 feet up.

about 2 months ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

BradleyUffner Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

No drone, or "remotely piloted aircraft" in DoD newspeak, should be flown over a populated area.

So would flying them over a large body of mostly unoccupied water be ok? Like perhaps a river that's 2/3 of a mile wide?

You can clearly hear in the recording that it went between buildings. It wasn't constantly over the water.

about 2 months ago

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

BradleyUffner Re:30m (149 comments)

Details like that are only important to the ISP if they actually intend to deliver the advertised speed.

about 2 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

BradleyUffner Blur (215 comments)

Play the game for 5 minutes with the depth of field effect and you will see why that was disabled; the game is unplayable that way. As for the other stuff; no idea.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

BradleyUffner Re:Learning Nav system? (136 comments)

Waze is owned by Google now, but it still uses some strange 3rd party text to speech library instead of Google's superior one. Google needs to start busting some heads and get them using the built functionality that Android has. Other than that minor gripe, I completely agree with you.

about 3 months ago

Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

BradleyUffner Our Universe is Awesome (89 comments)

A place so big and fantastic where anything that is theoretically possible has probably happened hundreds or thousands, if not millions, of times.

about 3 months ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

BradleyUffner Good Movie (208 comments)

I remember this movie; it didn't end well.

about 4 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

BradleyUffner Re:No SD slot == No thanks. (196 comments)

What do you need an SD slot for exactly?

For getting my data off the phone when I drop it and it no longer turns on.

about 4 months ago

Scientist Live-Blogs His Lab's Attempts To Generate New Type of Stem Cells

BradleyUffner Re:Mildly acidic solution (20 comments)

Personally I prefer a light lemon sauce.

about 5 months ago

Wireless Carriers In Huge Washington Lobby Fight Over Spectrum Auction

BradleyUffner Re:re-auction them every 5 years (51 comments)

Wouldn't that cause all kind of chaos with existing hardware? Physical antennas can only receive specific frequency ranges. Changing frequencies every 5 years would force you to buy all new hardware.

about 5 months ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

BradleyUffner Re:Really tired of this... (1038 comments)

honestly, to all the people crying about the barbarism of this situation, suppose the woman was someone that you knew, spouse, sister, mother etc. How would you feel about the situation then?

How I FEEL about something should have no bearing in ANY legal proceeding, especially one that decides the fate someone's life.

about 7 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

BradleyUffner Not Removed (255 comments)

Just position the map in the area you want to search, then type in what you are searching for in the text box at the top left. I will show results in the area of the map you are viewing.

about 8 months ago

Metal-Free 'Rhubarb' Battery Could Store Renewable Grid Energy

BradleyUffner Renewable? (131 comments)

Of course any attempt to store NON-Renewable energy will invalidate the warranty,

about 8 months ago


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