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Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 06:20:53 PM »
Definitely a setback

Uber stops all self-driving car tests after fatal accident

the car had a human operator behind the wheel but was in autonomous mode. A woman walking on a crosswalk was struck by the car

Every time anyone is killed in a traffic accident is it a terrible tragedy. Sadly, human drivers kill over 5,000 pedestrians a year in the U.S. alone. Autonomous cars will not eliminate this terrible tragedy. All we can hope for is to reduce the number. I expect a certain luddite to jump in here any time now with his refrain that if an autonomous car kills just one person they should all be banned. (But 30,000 dead on American roads from human drivers every year is perfectly okay because... well, I never have figured out why he thinks that's okay.)

Condolences to the victim's family.
Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by Billzbub on Today at 06:06:20 PM »
This is interesting, though not related to the accident:
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 05:49:57 PM »
Good question on Killmongers mom, I am VERY sick of the daddy issues that seem to be a requirement for almost every action story at this point.

With Shuri- she is pretty young and the country was super high tech when before she was born, so I dont know if what she was achieving was a result of her own uber genius or jus a person who was very adept with the tech she grew up with who was able to make little advances.
Again though, Im sick of the heritable greatness trope. Every generation of her family in history has just been 'better' than anyone who challenged them? Give me meritocracy or monarchy. But try to tell me they are the same and I call bullshit.

For his education though, I see no reason why a well educated person may not see through the system they live in and percieve the monstrosity that drives it.
Especially if he had set his goals prior to enlisting and just passed his courses as a way to gain opportunity.

I recently heard a fantastic discussion with a yale educated idealistically anarchist but practically socialist professor of economics who has a tenured position at NYU (or some NY university at least...)
People can come to all sorts of conclusions given circumstance and perspective.
From the Friendly Atheist, AKA Hemant Mehta:

Richard Dawkins Will Soon Offer Free Downloads of His Books in Islamic Nations

Richard Dawkins‘ The God Delusion is arguably the most popular atheist book of all time, selling about three million copies since its release over a decade ago. (I say “arguably” since, if we’re talking about books that led people away from religion, the Bible’s gotta be right up there.)

But one of the more surprising aspects of the book’s success is that an Arabic translation of the book has been downloaded (for free) many, many more times online — approximately 13 million times, though it’s not easy to track the files so take that number with a huge grain of salt.


Dawkins tells me the books will be translated in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Indonesian. He can’t offer PDFs of books that have legally published translations. However, the books that aren’t being released by local publishers will have his stamp of approval, including River Out of Eden.


In countries where being openly godless could very well be a death sentence, it’s next to impossible to sell copies of a book promoting atheism. What if someone finds it? By making his books free for people to download in their native languages, there’s a much better chance people in those countries can explore these ideas without fear of getting caught.

This is great news! I can't see anything bad about this. Could potentially weaken theocratic hold and lead to greater interest in and support for science in the region.

Hopefully more languages will eventually be considered. For example Uzbek, Amazigh, Kurdish, Somali, and Pashto.
General Discussion / Re: Translate an Idiom
« Last post by fred.slota on Today at 05:42:24 PM »
I'm going to go powder my nose -> ?
(as in, i'm leaving to do some minor personal care, but I'll be back. Also illicit stimulant use cheekily implied: when I come back, I will be energized)
(do ladies still powder their noses as part of a make-up routine in the bathroom? Also, no one does cocaine anymore.)

They're not going to powder their noses or fix their make-up. It's a polite way of saying they need to urinate or defecate  :)
But, it's a circumlocution  by way of referring to a separate, socially acceptable activity, and not a by making a double entandre.

How 'bout "I'm just gonna fire off a tweet"?

Doesn't really work as an invitation for other XXers to join in, though.
I'd say the title and article are related to the research paper in the same way that the Frankenstein monster movies are related to the book. It isn't nothing but it sure ain't much.
General Discussion / Re: Why Do People Hate DST?
« Last post by Tassie Dave on Today at 05:28:34 PM »
Yes, go to work an hour early.  You've got to admit its a little odd that employers seem to need to start work at some arbitrary time.  Instead of changing the clock we really should be able to to just go, hey, lets all just go to work at 8 instead of 9.  We are strange creatures. 

If you can set your own hours, fine. That would be a perfect world. But life doesn't work like that for most of us.

Not all workplaces can set arbitrary work schedules. A service industry has to be open when service is expected. It's no good shutting at 3 in the afternoon if the other businesses that need you, are open until 5. The laws of supply and demand will mean that your competitor will stay open later to get the extra work.

That is why DST is, at a minimum, statewide. So most work schedules line up.

General Discussion / Re: Translate an Idiom
« Last post by brilligtove on Today at 05:27:02 PM »
What!?! This is outrageous!
I just knew bathroom stuff was going on in there! 
Well technically it's toilet stuff, innit Gov?
Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by wastrel on Today at 05:25:59 PM »
I would be curious how many human driven cars hit pedestrians in the same amount of time, how it shakes out to automated miles driven / pedestrians struck vs human miles driven.  Given the amount of cars on the road in Phoenix/Tempe, humans may actually be winning (but maybe not).
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