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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

amRadioHed Re:Better safe than sorry (189 comments)

True, but macroscopic species can survive on their own. Viruses need to infect hosts to spread, and many viruses don't remain viable for long outside of a host. From what I can find, it seems like smallpox is such a virus.

3 days ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

amRadioHed Re:NIH, or once-bitten twice-shy? (129 comments)

Google has killed services before that cost them money to continue operating, that's not the same thing as an open source codec at all.

about two weeks ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

amRadioHed Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

Do you have any evidence that self-driving cars are unsafe, or that human intervention has been necessary?

None at all, that's my only point. I'm extremely optimistic that automated cars will be safer than human drivers within the decade if they aren't already. It's not a very high bar to attain, really.

Their record so far is excellent, but the tests are still being done with professional drivers behind the wheel. We don't know what sort of weather conditions the cars have had to deal with, or how much the drivers have needed to intervene. Have they gone out in thunderstorms and blizzards and still have never needed driver intervention? It's possible, I don't know.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

amRadioHed Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

You can't drive on the road now without having a drivers license and insurance. You may call that a bubblewrap mentality that curtains your freedom and volition. You're free to have that opinion, I just want to be able to get from point a to point b without some idiot slamming into me. Reasonable restrictions to that end are fine by me.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

amRadioHed Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

We don't know how many times the driver in the cars have had to intervene to prevent an accident, do we?

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

amRadioHed Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

And... so? None of this will happen until self-driving cars are in fact the safer alternative. At which point, great. Since when do you get to endanger others because you think it's fun?

about a month ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

amRadioHed Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

It's their parents cable subscription, obviously. They watch it on the extra TV in the basement.

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

amRadioHed Re:no (437 comments)

First of all, I didn't say anything about shiny objects so I'm not sure what that's about. Second of all, I'm pretty sure that shiny objects in your periphery attracting your attention is basic human nature. Being aware of your surroundings has always been an important survival skill. It still is, especially when driving.

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

amRadioHed Re:2 basic issues (437 comments)

Why would those everyday situations be something that the car can't handle?

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

amRadioHed Re:no (437 comments)

Education and critical thinking skills have nothing to do with it. How would that prevent humans from getting distracted, or fatigued, or from missing something that is outside their field of vision?

about 2 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

amRadioHed Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

People have these same problems.

about 2 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

amRadioHed Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

A computer controlled car can't do worse than a human in that sort of situation. Most drivers would probably just reflexively swerve somewhere before even seeing what is going on in adjacent lanes.

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

amRadioHed Re: AT&T land line (286 comments)

Maybe because less people have landlines these days, so ever subscriber pays a greater share of the infrastructure costs.

about 2 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

amRadioHed Re:Why it matters (293 comments)

I was wondering that too. Eventually wouldn't a wormhole accumulate enough mass to have a gravitational singularity too? How would that work?

about 2 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

amRadioHed Re:Why it matters (293 comments)

If a wormhole creates an event horizon on both ends then we won't see anything coming out of it.

about 2 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

amRadioHed Re:event horizon? (293 comments)

A black holes event horizon is a consequence of its massive gravitational field, so if you get that a wormhole should also have a massive gravitational field than the event horizon would follow from that.

And from my understanding, it's not the event horizon they are saying is smaller in the wormhole, it is the wormhole itself. So I think it is something like a difference in the tidal force, a more concentrated source of a gravitational field would have a stronger tidal force which can be detected.

about 2 months ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

amRadioHed Re:Recycling (152 comments)

Not where I live. I wish my policy makers were pushing hard for more transit options.

about 2 months ago
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First Transistors Made Entirely of 2-D Materials

amRadioHed Re:getting real sick of this (137 comments)

Electrons are actually considered points by physicists. If they do have a size it is not currently known.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

amRadioHed Re:Ask a Beautifull Mind (800 comments)

In an accident in which a fatality is unavoidable, I don't want my car to agree with the other cars that its best for me to be the fatality

That's shortsighted, you're assuming you will always be on the losing side of this situation. If the cars strategy is to preserve as many lives as possible, even if that means harm to the occupant, you are more likely to be saved by this strategy when it is the other drivers car trying to save you.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

amRadioHed Re:Failed injection. (1198 comments)

Things are legal by default, the question should be why do you think it is illegal for companies to choose who they sell their products to? Is their a specific law that is being violated? Keep in mind the companies are not based in the US so our laws don't apply.

about 3 months ago

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