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  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I see. That particular problem is actually fairly easy to deal with: program the car so that sufficiently forceful pressing on a pedal or high enough force applied to the steering wheel will always override what car thinks is the...
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    "a shell just blew off the back of the car, drive drive drive!" results in a plaintive beeping noise and the "service required" light coming on instead of forward movement Is this some Aussie-nism? Because I read this sentence several...
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    Those are extremely rare edge cases, and edge cases make bad laws. When people act in a blatantly suicidal manner, there should be a limit to how far the laws (and the algorithms) will go to protect them from their...
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    There I said it. I feel a bit better for having got that terrible shame off my chest. I detect certain amount of sarcasm in your post......
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    Also, at least some self-driving cars have sonar and can "see" a child between parked cars, which human drivers cannot....
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    If a young kid runs at full speed from between two parked cars and winds up 5 feet in front of your legal-speed vehicle, I think you and / or the kid are in trouble. I doubt this is the...
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    [incredible eyeroll] Says the glue trap guy. Eyeroll seconded! (Says the cat guy)...
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    I think the correct solution to Trolley problem: Drive in a way which never presents such dilemma to begin with. I am rather amazed how aware my Tesla is of the nearby objects, and how it adjusts speed (when in...
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    "so, how do we get from here to this Wonderful World of yours? Do we take everything away from everyone, and divvy it up, like the beginning of (the game) Monopoly, or do we just start from here, with Bill...
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    This thing in the middle only weighs 200 kg? https://insideevs.com/news/436401/mitsubishi-investment-new-ev-kei-cars/...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "The problem for the US, it seems to me, is that actual people dying isn't a political issue there." That's the hall-mark of a racial society: As long as it is one of "those people" who die, it is not...
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    JBS @ 1256: I have no idea what Army installations are near Houston, if any. You mentioned Houston and Ft. Hood in the same post, so I assumed they are close together....
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    This is a way to trigger a phone call so you can make your excuses and leave without angering him. Or you want to let someone know so they can help, again without letting the dude know. After re-reading the...
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    After reading the web page, I am at a loss as to what is that chip's intended purpose. It can only work while in the vicinity of a smartphone with a matching app, and as far as I can tell,...
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    New hypothesis: Seagull is Trump. Definitely a lot of resemblance. Although you forgot sucking up to Putin....
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    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/water-intake-pipe-pokes-above-surface-at-lake-mead/ Primary water intake pipe for Las Vegas water supply is now above the surface of Lake Mead....
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    The Houston area? No, San Antonio. I was in USAF, not Army....
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    Incidentally, my way of checking whether I needed salt -- I would lick my mustache, and if the sweat on it did not taste of salt, I would eat some. Probably not the best indicator in retrospect, but I was...
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    Yes I was in fact in a greenhouse, in Texas in August. But I was not exactly "active" -- I made sure to move very slowly....
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    Pardon me while I make scoffing noises. I should have said "subjectively". I had been in 90-95 F, near 100% humidity environments, and as long as I kept drinking (and swallowing salt), I did not feel any worse than in...
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    Apparently I am one of very few people who do not mind sleeping while drenched in sweat. I am literally incapable of feeling humidity -- the only difference between 90 F dry and 90 F humid is how much water...
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    I particularly liked one of his earlier series, involving Haviland Tuf & lots of cats ... I like Haviland Tuf stories when I first read them, but in retrospect I no longer do. They rely too much on "the protagonist...
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    Off topic, but a reference to OGH by someone whose views I generally find respectable: https://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2022/04/thinking-about-elon-musks-purchase-of.html I don't see any mention of Charlie in there...
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    A bit like Swiss Family Robinson, then :-) Ducks. Also Gilligan's Island...
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    but they just haven't tried to address them are more annoying, and there are occasional books where the whole thing is just bloody stupid What annoyed me was how Grantvillers always manage to "find" something or someone who they need...
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    Know any literary agents who do sf, I ask, looking at the novel I'm trying to sell right now that I guarantee will piss off libertarians, GOPpers, and probably a lot of the milSF types. Charlie is a better person...
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    Can someone explain to me what is "berropunk"? And is it something one of you guys just made up?...
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    While I agree that "hopepunk" is a contradiction of terms and "noblebright" is just cringeworthy, what DO you call optimistic science fiction? Not utopian, but optimistic -- SF which takes place during transitional period from our current unsustainable economy toward...
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    So we get all kinds of devices whose impracticality ranges from mild to wild, from gramophones driven by a little berro engine with berrovian amplification instead of electronic, up to berro-powered FTL interstellar spaceships. In Asimov's "Foundation" Anacreon had lost...
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    fungus that secretes hydrofluoric acid Can you give us more details? Because this is pretty astonishing....
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