* Posts by niio

16 posts • joined 15 Aug 2015

Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream


99% of scientists blame solar system warming

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour


Of course the wheel is vertical so you have to skewer der wieners. The same thing horizontally couldn't possibly work.

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more


The "idiot" that pulled out in front of the Honda that hit the Waymo van was actually entering the intersection on a green and had the right of way. The Honda which "had to swerve" was running a red light.

So human driver: 1) runs red light, 2) swerves to avoid a car in its rightful place, 3) jumps the median, 4) crosses two lanes of oncoming traffic so that it could 5) crash into a self driving vehicle.

Human "Director of Consumer Watchdog"?! calls for national moratorium on self driving cars!!!

I built a self driving vehicle fifteen years ago for DARPA and I thought the tech might never be really ready, but the more I see of how badly humans drive the more I think the sooner the better. Humans kill 30,000 people on our roads every year. How could self drivers (other than Uber's) be worse?


Clickbait headline

The headline juxtaposes "Waymo crash" and "Self driving cars suck", but doesn't say that humans suck harder. The article doesn't know who is a fault but the video clearly shows the human driven car jump the median and cross two opposing lanes of traffic to hit the Waymo van. The humans that suck in this case weren't just driving the car.

FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab



So the FCC has a $9bn fund which pays all intended recipients with $1.5bn a year. Maybe they should quit collecting the money for six years.

Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private


An article that says everyone is thinking wrong but never states what is correct?

PCs were more and less expensive in Q1 as shipments stalled


"slower replacement cycles"


My desktop gets the heavy use. It is a 16gb 4770i7 with a couple of SSDs and nvidia driving a 55in 4k hdtv. It is 2.5yrs old, nearly silent until I start up the engineering simulations, as good as anything I'd consider buying and does everything I need. The PC boots faster than the TV.

Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?


Re: Jaywalking

I'm not saying right or wrong that a pedestrian has to yield outside a protected zone, but it is Arizona law.


Re: Jaywalking

"crossing the road" but not in a protected area like a crosswalk and must yield to vehicular traffic.


You are obviously unfamiliar with the Velodyne unit used by Uber. Here is a somewhat dated link that will still help you visualize what that unit should have seen. Note that shadows appear behind large objects and very close to the vehicle, but that coverage is 360deg from a couple of meters to beyond the area depicted. The concentric rings are from the Velodyne.



Should have seen the pedestrian

The lidar in question should easily have seen a person walking a bicycle in the middle of the road. There was some failure that wasn't caused by the lidar manufacturer's "not enough lidars" excuse. Maybe a dog right next to the car might be obscured by a fender, but not a five foot tall person walking a five foot long bicycle on a flat road sixty feet away.

There is also confusion about sensors being turned off. There are two sets of sensors: Uber's self drive sensors which are being tested and Volvo's proximity and braking sensors which are not. You can't test Uber's system if the Volvo system constantly interferes, so the Volvo system is shut off. The supplier of a Volvo system component is just pointing this out, so that their product does not get tarnished by Uber's mistakes.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian


Re: bike or not

The confusion was due to the fact the pedestrian was walking a bicycle, which was laden with shopping bags. I don't know if it is the case here, but this is one way homeless people move their stuff around.


Re: @Yet Another Anonymous coward

Not true, though they often behave that way.

"Vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians at plainly marked crosswalks and at intersections where stop signs or flashing red signals are in place. Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection." ncsl.org

FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter


So 30k emails from the original server can only be released in sets of thousands spread over nearly a year so State can review them (we still don't have them all) but the FBI finds 650k emails innocent in a couple of weeks? Right...

So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?


Axe ag and sci, here are the four best inventions of all time

I disagree with agriculture and the scientific method, so I'm not even close to accepting your third place candidates. Here are the four best inventions in history, and they are inventions not just concepts:

The first great invention was paper, providing the means to preserve knowledge through means other than storytelling.

The second great invention was the printing press, providing the means to broadly disseminate knowledge throughout society.

The third great invention was the telegraph, providing the means to communicate knowledge rapidly across distance.

The fourth great invention was the integrated circuit, providing the basis for all the automated processing of information we now enjoy.

What do you think?

Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley


Need More Housing

200 apartments sounds like a better use of land than 100 mobile homes. Housing is expensive because the anti development crowd artificially restricts supply. Every city should be required to have as many housing units as they have jobs. No city in Silicon Valley does and neither does San Francisco. If they did there wouldn't be cities trying to spend half a million dollars to keep dirt under what is really just a large trailer.

Take the $55m and help the community.

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