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by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

True, those attack vectors will never go away. Although, I'd argue that it will be fairly quickly reported and fixed similar to how Wikipedia vandalism is handled. Yeah, we'll just roll back the edits on that auto accident... Seriously, this "but eventually it'll work!" mantra is just hil...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Because we've done such a bang-up job of implementing appropriate network security everywhere else...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Want to learn assembly through C.
Replies: 17
Views: 13191

Re: Want to learn assembly through C.

Fairly, yes, but it's still not a particularly great way to learn assembly language. A supplemental learning aid, maybe, but not a main course of study.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Want to learn assembly through C.
Replies: 17
Views: 13191

Re: Want to learn assembly through C.

Studying compiler output isn't a good way to learn assembly language, because compilers don't always generate terribly sensible or efficient assembly language. You'll do much better to just find a good tutorial and working at it.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1126440

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I like labeling where it is a matter of accuracy. Listing ingredients correctly to avoid allergic reactions and stuff, rock on. But it should have actual meaning. Requiring GMO labeling is roughly on par with requiring homeopathic claims on every bottle of water. It's not conveying legitimate info,...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Allocating on the stack: re- vs. pre-
Replies: 7
Views: 3340

Re: Allocating on the stack: re- vs. pre-

General-er-er rule: avoiding basic, straightforward algorithm cleanup because on a hypothetical level you can't be 100% certain that it won't confuse some lunatic "optimizer" that is designed to turn bad code into good output into generating suboptimal output from good code is just silly. ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Allocating on the stack: re- vs. pre-
Replies: 7
Views: 3340

Re: Allocating on the stack: re- vs. pre-

General rule: unambiguously specifying a more optimal design is always better than hoping the compiler will do it for you, especially when it's such a trivial change to the code.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do fiction writers co-write an apparently seamless book?
Replies: 11
Views: 3600

Re: How do fiction writers co-write an apparently seamless b

Lots and lots of cross-referencing and a good editor, I'd imagine.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Self-driving cars as spies

Sure, noone's saying the future doesn't involve trade-offs. People are going to have to be more careful what they post to facebook, or what they do out in public, because it'll be potentially searchable by employers, as you say. But, in return for information being so freely indexable, I get amazin...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

'Spying' is a pejorative term. Any time you go out in public, everyone is looking at you. That's all Google's cars are doing. Mostly they simply don't care about you - just like everyone else. Yes, it is pejorative, because it's a practice I intend to pejorate. And I'd be a lot less skeptical of th...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

And the answer to one company obtaining a lot of power has always been the same throughout history: Break it up and diffuse the power. I don't want more, smaller companies doing less coordinated spying on me, I want nobody spying on me. And to anybody who says that privacy doesn't matter/is irrelev...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

It's still safer than what meat-piloted cars do if their driver is incapacitated, or swallows a bug, or spills coffe in it's lap, which is even less predicatble than a sudden stop. I'm sorry, but "it's probably safer than human drivers are in the worst possible circumstances for human drivers&...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

People text, and read, and eat, and do make-up while driving cars now , so it's ludicrous to be saying "but if you have autopilot they may not always be paying attention to the road!" unless you can provide data . It's not "they may not always be paying attention to the road," i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Suggest a metric defining how good directions have to be to meet your standard. Easy: it doesn't take me to where the place I want to go isn't. And as far as I know Google isn't selling Google Maps. You are using it because it's free. Right. But when Google starts selling cars that drive themselves...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

The point was a bad point. People already do all of those things simply because they feel confident from muscle memory. Show me the data of a driver in an autopilot car actually doing these things more frequently than your average driver, or stop making up groundless horror stories. Given that the ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

People keep repeating "humans are bad at this and that" with the implication that computers are necessarily better at it, but do we have any reason to believe that to be the case? As has been noted, the majority of the testing on this stuff has taken place in essentially optimal conditions...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:10 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux equivalent of Windows's calc?
Replies: 6
Views: 6151

Re: Linux equivalent of Windows's calc?

galculator is the best equivalent I've found in my various *nix dabblings - it's a lightweight (as in actually lightweight, not just "says 'lightweight' in the description because the application itself is 30KB of Perl/Python/etc. even though it requires 500MB of libraries you don't have insta...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

You do realize this is a you problem and not a Google one don't you. The world tottered along without the benefit of Google for centuries. Maps have always been outdated as they were printed, since new streets go in almost daily. The world isn't static and sometimes the person who is suppose to che...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Tyndmyr wrote:Humans already are the default navigator, or were, until we invented GPS.

For myself, sure. But nobody else has to rely on my sense of direction or knowledge of area geography. It'd be a different thing entirely if I were, say, working as a navigator/driver for somebody else's car.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Except that nobody's proposing making me the default navigator for anybody.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

gmalivuk wrote:Wow, you have an anecdote about one person giving you directions one time Google messed up. That's definitely what KrytenKoro was talking about.

All I know is, it woulda saved me half an hour of frustration and hair-pulling if Google knew the area as well as J. Random Clerk did.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I would be overjoyed to meet the human who could tell me where I should be going with the accuracy that GPS accomplishes. Assuming we read "Google Maps" for "GPS," I'll direct you to the clerk at Goin' Postal in Superior, Wisconsin, who helped me figure out that the FedEx proces...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Pastrychef, I think you asked me earlier why the freedom to drive is artificial. It's artificial in that it's a social construct built to get you to spend money. I liken it to love symbolized by diamonds. It's impact is real, but artificially implanted into your head. Feh. This is just another vari...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Yeah, I will admit that that's a statement of opinion - but it's one I'll stand by. Looking at your chart, notice how sharply the fatalities-per-distance measure drops off between ~1910 (when cars were almost exclusively a plaything of the rich) and 1950 (when they had become, in the aftermath of WW...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

If by "bad driver" we mean "not a perfect driver," I suppose so. (Thing I learned from this conversation: good driver-hood is like getting into Heaven: one sin, ever, and you're out.) But then, automated cars are quite terrible by that standard (but they'll totally get better Rea...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Most people (that drive cars) are actually at least passable at driving cars. It's the outliers that are terrible. And again, I mostly just doubt that we're going to prove to be any better at programming computers that drive cars.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Are the parameters different? Sure. But the basic skills themselves are largely the same. We've been driving carts practically since the beginning of recorded civilization, and we've been doing all that other stuff literally since before Homo sapiens was a thing.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

It has nothing to do with trust. I mean...do you trust those same people to drive? Because that's happening right now. Yes I do, because the skillset for driving primarily depends on things that humans have aeons of adaptation towards being good at (spatial reasoning/judgement, an instinctive under...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

If you don't trust the concept as a whole, then yeah, that's pretty equivalent. If you have specific concerns over an implementation, that's different. I don't trust the implementors (i.e. human beings.) I'm not saying it's a technical impossibility, I just don't think that we're likely to be good ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

I like how anybody who doesn't trust automated navigation to handle the complexities of real-world driving situations is just blanketly anti-technology and probably into homeopathy. That's definitely how that works.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Also, the comparison to aircraft autopilots is quite misleading. The sky has a whole lot less stuff in a whole lot more space (even accounting for the much greater speeds that airplanes travel at,) almost no actual navigational obstacles, and the majority of the potential hazards are tracked by the ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

On the other hand, you're not endangering your own life and the lives of others by making toast.

(And yes, I know that technically a toaster could start an electrical fire. But if you're making toast and you pay so little attention that you don't notice it happening, that's your problem.)
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Humans can't maintain the kind of focus that's really necessary for safe driving. Computers can. So, what, the huge numbers of people who drive daily and don't get in accidents or endanger others just don't exist? And concentration isn't the issue with computer-driven cars. The extremely poor adapt...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Grop wrote:Your avatar is all about milk and egg. Of course you would be male.

Or it's, you know, relating to being a pastry chef.
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

HungryHobo wrote:Also as others have mentioned your car likely already relies almost totally on computers.

Hey-o!
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by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

You're welcome - it's a classic ;)
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 46300

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

There are safety reasons for the requirement that in today's cars there must be direct, mechanical linkages between the steering and the wheels and the brakes and the wheels. If my driverless software suffers a glitch, then without any manual backup I'm roadkill, or someone else is. Big solar flare...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2590027

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I'll consider trusting Google to drive a car at some point after they learn to stop screwing around with their UI, worsening compatibility, and increasing system requirements with basically every revision of every one of their services this side of the 8.8.8.8 DNS server.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 25840

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

Consider who started XKCD and consider who posts here. This place can produce a subtle belief that everyone is as competent as the people here. Of course not everyone is as competent at Science X as everyone else. But you don't get to exclude them from discussion just because they don't have a degr...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12528

Re: 1539: "Planning"

That's interesting because the American understanding of schadenfreude is exactly the same as the original meaning you gave; I haven't looked in too many dictionaries, but it's odd that they would neglect that key point.

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