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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

acid_andy Re:No thanks (583 comments)

It doesn't have to just beat the fallibility ratings of most humans though. It really needs to make less mistakes than, say, the top 1% of advanced defensive drivers to be acceptable.

If you believe you are a skilled driver and you make a mistake, I'm willing to bet you'll still come to terms with the mistake (and you can learn from it) much better than if you bought a self driving car and it makes a mistake that you know you wouldn't have.

Any mistakes a self driving car makes will cause media outrage anyway.

Also there are some driving Kobyashi Marus where whichever choice the algorithm takes, the driver is going to think it took the wrong one.

Also driving style is a very personal thing and there are arguably driving ethics. For example it's often taught not to brake or swerve for small animals but I'm sure millions of drivers will be disgusted if the self driving cars are coded to splatter the poor creatures on an empty road with clear visibilty at 30mph. Has this issue ever been addressed by the way? I've not heard it mentioned before.

about 2 months ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

acid_andy Re:Been there. (172 comments)

The other problem (arguably greater in Europe than the States) is increased competition over land. As a local population increases due to a high birth rate and / or net immigration, individuals need careers to make a profit relative to their competitors so they can stake a claim to a patch of land to live on. If human population growth is expected to continue indefinitely, the competition over land will become more and more fierce so working hours and desire for income will not reduce. Population growth is encouraged because that's what fuels economic growth.

In the short term the "powerful people" are a problem too though as they keep the land and property prices propped up and encourage the population growth and competition. In the long term it will increase with or without them though.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

acid_andy Re:FTL Faster Than Light (669 comments)

Shouldn't the phrasing rather be something like "You can ask the frog one question, but every second day it lies, and every second day it tells the truth."

Now it is possible, but non-trivial, to formulate a question that tells you which door to use. (But not if the Frog is dead, though.)

I'd ask the frog "If yesterday I had asked you behind which door are the Riches and Power, what would you have said?" and then go through the opposite door.

Fuck beta as well.

about 5 months ago

Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

acid_andy Re:Beta sucks (135 comments)

Less whitespace.

Smaller headings.

Less bandwidth intensive images.

The old comment system.

P.S. Beta sucks!

about 6 months ago

QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

acid_andy Re:donotwant Slashdot Beta (197 comments)

Thanks very much for responding, Soulskill. I'm pleasantly surprised.

The one thing I can't get my head round is this obsession with increasing whitespace on new sites. I'm assuming it's connected with wanting to space out things people want to click on with their fat fingers on a small touch screen, but just increasing the size of buttons and links should do that.

I noticed even the current (classic) Slashdot site got its whitespace cranked up a lot a little while back, (I think it was sometime last year) around when the icons got redesigned, and people bitched about that even then.

Yes, I'm aware I'm not submitting this feedback through the proper channels. I guess you can put that down to a combination of cynicism, laziness and rebellious protest. I really feel it's something of a lost cause. This is the way the whole web is going.

about 6 months ago

QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

acid_andy Re:donotwant Slashdot Beta (197 comments)

Yeh but the downmodding with no other communication doesn't qualify for my "have the decency and respect for your long term readers" clause.

about 6 months ago

QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

acid_andy donotwant Slashdot Beta (197 comments)

Dice, Editors, your silence is deafening! Slashdot is News for Nerds but no true Nerd wants your Beta. Stop pretending this problem will go away. Maybe you actually hope it will go away, maybe you hope Slashdot itself will go away. Whatever - at least have the decency and respect for your long term readers to give some kind of response to all the negative feedback. Why not keep two versions of the site? If Beta was done properly it would all be a CSS skin with some scripts that could all be swapped out. You already have a mobile site, so it can't be to improve appearence on mobiles, tablets, phablets, touchscreens, etc. Oh sorry, I forgot, that wouldn't keep the advertisers happy. Slashdot was awesome while it lasted.

about 6 months ago

Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

acid_andy Re:Dice just killed Slashdot (110 comments)

Thanks for your honesty but I abhor change for its own sake when it throws many of the great features of an old website. I've seen it happen so many times. Selling out to the mobile / tablet form factor with huge headings and everything spaced out and chunky. I don't blame the developers. They're building things to specification and have doubtless worked very hard. Reinventing the wheel for its own sake though when the new wheel is this unpopular - well sorry, I just have to let my frustration be known.

about 6 months ago

Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

acid_andy Dice just killed Slashdot (110 comments)

Dice have done far worse than kill Slashdot, they've hurt Slashdot and they intent to go on hurting Slashdot. They'll leave it marooned for all eternity in the centre of a dead fanbase ... Buried in whitespace ... Buried in whitespace ... Buried in whitespace.

about 6 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

acid_andy Re:Billions of Androids (511 comments)

I care what he thinks. Apple's existence is actually ruining other platforms and their diversity. Look at how much Unity sucks. That's Apple's fault. Windows 8? Apple!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

acid_andy Re:Laugh tracks (328 comments)

Having said that it makes ME wonder how something created digitally would sound on vinyl!!

Don't you realise there's a whole LOAD of electronic music on vinyl? What do you think DJs in clubs were using? Some choose to do it without the vinyl now but it's still been the definitive medium for underground dance singles.

about 7 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

acid_andy Re:Ungrateful krauts (606 comments)

The thing is when work loathing people like that are forced into jobs, I think in many cases they will actually make their employing company worse off than if the position had remained vacant. An incompetent, work hating rebel can do a lot of damage when they're not being sacked and I'm sure there are thousands in large companies going un-noticed. They can cost the company financially and destroy the quality of the company's products or services. They can end up costing the economy more than the basic social benefits they could have been paid not to work.

about 7 months ago

Program to Use Russian Nukes for US Electricity Comes to an End

acid_andy In Post Soviet Russia (148 comments)

Now Russia can do the same with all America's nukes! They won't mind!

about 8 months ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

acid_andy Re:You need another one? So soon? (263 comments)

You could add an extra 6km or so to that for every kilometre you could raise it off the ground, couldn't you? The tallest building right now is apparently 829.8m tall though I suppose the goal is to get it a uniform height from the centre of the Earth. Of course, raising it up means you have to build more of it versus just digging a tunnel underground.

about 9 months ago

I wish my car could...

acid_andy Re:More Noise (443 comments)

LMAO this is hilarious. Wish I had mod points!

about 9 months ago

Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

acid_andy No unitarity - probabilities not adding up to 1? (600 comments)

The amplituhedron, or a similar geometric object, could help by removing two deeply rooted principles of physics: locality and unitarity.

...And unitarity holds that the probabilities of all possible outcomes of a quantum mechanical interaction must add up to one.

I'm probably being very naive attempting to understand this article that has probably already been massively dumbed down, but, how can the probabilities of all possible outcomes of an interaction not add up to one? Surely they add up to one by definition, otherwise they are not probabilities? For example outcome X having a probability of 1/3 means, on average, you can multiply the number of times you observe the interaction by 1/3 and get the expected number of times you would see outcome X. If the probabilities in your statistical trials didn't add up to 1, doesn't that mean adding up the numbers of individual outcomes observed would give a number bigger (or smaller) than the total number of interactions observed? Obviously it cannot mean that, as that fails basic arithmetic.

I can imagine tossing a fair coin - heads has probability 0.5, tails 0.5, total 1. So now how about a 3 sided coin without unitarity? Let's say the probability of heads is still 0.5, tails 0.5 but it has a third side, bodies that also has probability 0.5 of occurring. That sounds mathematically impossible. It could be a mind-reading coin, where you pick heads and find that then occurs on half your coin tosses. Later you pick tails, and that occurs on half your coin tosses, but when you pick bodies, that also occurs on half of those coin tosses. OK, I give up! Can anyone who really understands unitarity enlighten me please? Is this anything like the uncertainty principle?

about 10 months ago

Un-Un-Pentium On Your Periodic Table of the Elements?

acid_andy !!pentium (172 comments)

I just tried to tag this article !!pentium but they wouldn't let me. It also instantaneously gave me The Contradictor achievement which is kind of cool if it's for being self-contradicting.

about a year ago

Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

acid_andy Bring back the clamshell! (230 comments)

If Nokia hadn't killed their wonderful flagship Communicator platform to jump on the oh-so-dull Crapple rounded rectangle touchscreen bandwagon a lot of their hardcore fans in the western world might not have defected (myself included). The E90 was a beautiful phone and Maemo looked a promising OS for a successor (though the renaming to something as silly as MeeGo was asking for it to die LoL!). A contemporary clamshell phone with dual screens and full QWERTY running Linux or Android would be just lovely for me. The closest thing I could find was the HTC Desire Z (HTC Vision) which was a nice keyboarded smartphone but is now getting dated. I hope this dumb touchscreen only fad dies soon! Nokia were once an innovative icon. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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