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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:And? (264 comments)

Can it swerve across the side walk when necessary? Can it make a blind turn past an obstacle just having faith that opposing traffic goes slow enough so they can stop in time? Can it turn on a single lane road in unison with lots of other cars when the road is blocked, judging the sides of the road accurately so it doesn't get stuck?

I can go on and on and on, just like any normal person who often drives in urban environments. Even the motorway isn't safe from the sort of shit which would make anything we could program today barf. Something simple like temporary lanes indicated by obstacles and traffic wardens can occur in so many different ways that it becomes impossible to handle. Or lets say we get directed through narrow bits of the shoulder for road works or an accident and the car decides to stop because safety margin aren't met, lets just make hundreds of people wait. Best not have a small car, or some very helpful folks might park your car in the ditch for you once they understand the cause of the hold up.

It's a pipe dream until we have human level AI.

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:Baby steps (264 comments)

He said you would need AI with human levels of improvisation ... he didn't say that kind of AI was impossible. I for one agree, anyone who thinks anything short of human level AI could succeed on the road either doesn't drive much or has no concept of how AI programming works.

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:Baby steps (264 comments)

You're talking like the car stopping isn't a problem ... just stopping the car where you aren't supposed to is dangerous.

2 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Pinky's Brain Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (259 comments)

When I hear someone call that a hologram I instantly know their use of language rules out any possibility they could accurately convey technical information.

2 days ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Pinky's Brain Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (173 comments)

Outside of the US the fast reactors keep leaking and fuel can only be reworked once for only a fractional reduction in waste. Ignoring pie in the sky reactors significant volumes of nuclear waste are still a necessary by-product of nuclear power.

3 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Worked so well for Argentina.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Current account has gone down the shitter though, but can't blame Labour for North Sea gas decline any more than you can praise Thatcher for it's rise and the consequent results.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

I find it funny how much all that sounds like the UK exit "plans" from the EU.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Pinky's Brain Surface Pro is not the problem ... (337 comments)

The standard Surface line, or in other words the "we want to be Apple line" is the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

Pinky's Brain Re:Not surprising (142 comments)

I'm not sure if this is true.

Definitely not for the coherent bit, trying to setup a second equally long beam path to be able to do interferometry would be an absolute pain and a half (needs to be pretty much exactly as long, coherence length of lasers is never going to be large enough to be able to interfere it without path length matching). Much easier to just intensity modulate the laser and measure the doppler shift of the modulating signal.

Not sure about the angle either, the window won't have much diffuse reflection ... but it will have some.

about a month ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

Pinky's Brain Re:Not surprising (142 comments)

If they can place the laser at an angle where they can see more than the ceiling then any rigid object needs countermeasures, not just the outside window.

about a month ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Pinky's Brain Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Easy to play? I guess you guys don't use the initiative rules as written :p

about a month ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Pinky's Brain Re:Please, enough. (590 comments)

Marxist?

about a month and a half ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Pinky's Brain Re:France built something like this back in the 19 (379 comments)

I meant would.

Its not like Germany was really disarmed after WW1 and without occupation the limits on their military could hardly be relied upon. They simply left Germany far too powerful after WW1.

about a month and a half ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Pinky's Brain Re:Ideal PPI (129 comments)

Whatever PPI is necessary to make it invisible.

about a month and a half ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Pinky's Brain Re: What's the point? (129 comments)

Don't even need to get much subwavelength, half wavelength is already enough for a 180 degree viewing angle.

That said, materials which can do this are hardly new ... OASLMs were first used for holographic displays approximately 2 decades ago AFAIK.

about a month and a half ago
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A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

Pinky's Brain Re:RTFA: real engineering is going on (55 comments)

Some real work goes into perfecting the taste of snake oil medicine as well ... doesn't make it any less of a fraud.

about 1 month ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

Pinky's Brain Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

Well Intel still makes microprocessors and Microchip still makes microcontrollers in the US.

If you want ARM ST makes micros in Europe which is an ally, oh wait ... scratch the last one.

about 1 month ago

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