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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

marcus Bingo! No ethics at all (800 comments)

As is suitable for a car. It already computes the amount of fuel to inject without ethics. It needs no ethics to communicate with other cars for avoidance and if necessary calculate the softest crash.

about 9 months ago

The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

marcus Which brings me to my vote: "other" (405 comments)

The part of the public sector that most needs reform is the part nearest the foundation. That is the legislature, executive branch, and the courts.

Straighten those out and all the rest will sort themselves soon after.

about a year and a half ago

Property Rights In Space?

marcus You got it. (269 comments)

No different from the way it is here.

more than 2 years ago

Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

marcus By the numbers... (397 comments)

At least by my experience...

"Properly" being defined as, the same as or equivalent to the majority, sane."

There are plenty of so-called adults, over 25 years of age in this context, that as you say "can not properly estimate risks, come to a rational conclusion, so on and so on". I am not joking.

I'd say there are way more adults with this sort of deficiency than teens.

Shall we bring up the topic of a citizenship test, even for the native born?

more than 2 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

marcus distributed.net (948 comments)

I've written for that and gotten published through Seti@home, Linux kernel, gcc, leafnode, the list goes on.

You are telling me that none of your itches ever crossed any of the very public and accessible projects out there. I don't believe it.

Just like you, the vast majority of what I've coded has never been published, but some jewels have been. It is very nice to be able to tell the prospective boss to "just google for xyz@yahoo.com and you'll find my *real* resume".

more than 3 years ago

Marlinspike's Droid Firewall Kills Tracking

marcus Total BS (164 comments)

The parent post has zero rational content.
That's all.

more than 3 years ago

Involuntary Geolocation To Within One Kilometer

marcus Agreed (207 comments)

Considering some extremes...

Using the satellite link on my RV, he'd only be able to resolve my position down to a hemisphere(actually you can do better than that, but not by his techniques).

Using the packet radio available to hams, there would also be considerable variation, perhaps even a day-night cycle of delay times.

My friend has a wifi link that spans part of a lake. It's at least a 1000 yards(greater than my laser rangefinder can measure). He shares service with a friend on the other side who, due to the geography, cannot get DSL.

more than 3 years ago

No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

marcus Hahaha (239 comments)

You're funny, pitiful but funny.

Apple would require that you open an account at their I-bank, keep a minimum balance, etc.

Otherwise you don't get to use your phone. ;-)

That's Apple.

more than 3 years ago

No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

marcus You know Apple and the service providers (239 comments)

Don't you?

You know you'd be required to give account information and authorize Apple/ATT/Verizon/etc. to access(withdraw from) your account in order to use *any* feature of your phone.

Hell, they might even require you to open a special account in the Apple I-bank and of course make a minimum deposit, and require that you maintain a minimum balance(which they earn interest on)...the list goes on.

Apple lovers will dive right in regardless.

Other than that, how about if I don't like it, I don't have to buy/pay for it?

more than 3 years ago

No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

marcus Re:Wrong again (239 comments)

Actually it is easier to just walk by and keep moving.

Since most users of the busy metro system don't have NFC equipped phones, there's no reason for NFC to be installed.

In fact, I'd wager my current(non-NFC) equipped phone, that most users of *any* busy metro system don't even know what NFC is.

So...you have to install the "old tech" terminal anyway, or it is actually already there and paid for and revenue strapped gov trans agencies will not want to spend the millions to equip all the terminals with the NFC tech which will currently be used by less than 0.001 % of their users and by less than 10% of their users in 10 years.

In ten years they will have facial recognition and admission/billing based on that anyway. You just go to the trans office, give your contact/banking info, they take a pic, and you're on your way. Then they drain your account as you walk by the terminal.

NFC is a pointless waste.

more than 3 years ago

How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

marcus That's more like it. (559 comments)

Just sitting at my desk within arm's reach there are:

Cell phone
PC with cpu/gpu
PIC32 dev board
laptop with???
NAS box
cable modem
wifi router

Thermostat is just out of reach on the wall...

about 4 years ago

The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics

marcus Really? (630 comments)

How about some citations wise one?

Can you earn that "Informative" rating or just make arbitrary statements?

about 4 years ago

I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

marcus You've got to be kidding (315 comments)

"Good online content can be pretty hard to find."

Billions are spent on online subscriptions every year. It all depends on what you want. What will people pay for "Good Online Content"?

The answer is at your nearest pr0n site. What's the going monthly rate these days for an online porn "magazine", $10/20/30 per month?

about 4 years ago

First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas

marcus New/Used has nothing to do with it. (775 comments)

Omega sold that watch to a distributor.

The distributor sold it to Costco.

Somewhere along the line it was imported to the US. According to this ruling, any of the purchases/sales along the way from the OEM to your wrist can be forbidden if Omega says so.

more than 4 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

marcus Thinking along similar lines (870 comments)

Why do they need to do arithmetic in a college level physics class? All the work in my physics, thermo, etc. classes was symbolic. No one would have thought an arithmetic aid like a simple calculator would have been of any use.

more than 4 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

marcus In the same league (375 comments)

I still have(why???) some 8 inch "really floppies" and some paper tape reels that were once fed into PDP-8s and -11s via teletype, but I no longer have the hardware to read them.

With a different interpretation of timestamp, I just found one of my dad's old child books "What's new in the Aircorps" , copyright 1941.

more than 4 years ago

Foldit Player May Have Created a Useful Protein

marcus That's right, he's 0 for 4 (144 comments)

Anyone using Obama for support, loses.

If you want to win, better 'hope' he doesn't 'volunteer' to support you.

more than 4 years ago

How To Behave At a Software Company?

marcus Duh, mod insightful (842 comments)

If for no better reason than because no one else has managed to post the obvious.

Really, I'd take the pen from the guy break it, and give him a pencil!

I've had people come over to my desk and start writing their notes on my documents, and expecting to walk away with them! Then they are surprised when I stop them.

I get so much more done per hour during off hours, without annoyances and distractions, the boss would freak if he found out.

more than 4 years ago




marcus marcus writes  |  about 7 years ago

marcus (1916) writes "Harhar, you solicit submissions on the front page. Once I get here you complain about folks complaining about rejections. Well, here's one for you: Everything that I have submitted has been rejected, so from now on I am going to reject your solicitations!

It happens, don't take it personally."


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