Bitcoin has seen some concentration of decision power in the hands of the Chinese where the biggest coin farms reside so this could be a problem. Or not since there is nothing to farm.
Nothing to farm? If anything, the incentive is exponentially greater here.
Bitcoin is a fraud-plagued mess of a fringe currency experiment that's losing more and more prestige with each passing day. But put something of real value on the line, like the security of the fundamental infrastructure of the Internet, and you paint a massive target all over the entire system!
As I said above, there's a reason it's a thought experiment (as you acknowledge) and not a case study: because it's a ridiculously contrived problem that does not occur in real life, due to being ridiculously contrived.
Agreed. The one time I've actually been in a rear-end collision while in the vehicle that did the rear-ending, my friend (who was driving) was unaware that his brake pads had rotted away, and he was distracted by the music on the radio and hit the brakes too late. Had either factor been different, we wouldn't have hit them.
The over-riding fact is that the safest thing to do with a land vehicle, safest for all parties, is almost always to stop it.
Almost. Assuming the threat is directly ahead of you.
A few months ago, I was speeding up an on-ramp, which of course is the whole point of having an on-ramp, when some stupid teenage kid with a bicycle comes out of nowhere and makes like he's about to cross right in front of me. (This was at least 100 feet beyond the point where there are supposed to be no pedestrians, so I wasn't really paying attention to the side of the road when I had more important concerns to focus on in front of me and in the other lane.)
In this scenario, if I had braked, and he'd stepped out, I'd have ran him down and probably killed him, because there wasn't space to decelerate very far. If I had sped up, on the other hand, and he'd stepped out, he'd have hit my car from the side, which would have injured him a whole lot less.
Instead, I hit the horn and swerved to make a collision less likely, and he checked himself right at the last second and didn't step out into traffic after all. But this is one case where braking would have been the worst possible result.
It doesn't help that the Olympics have lost tons of legitimacy in the last couple decades. Ever since they managed to hold the Games--which are supposed to celebrate the dignity of mankind--in the infamous human rights cesspool that is China, a lot of people just stopped caring.
Stupid stunts by the IOC and broadcasters in subsequent years are just nails in the coffin.
1) Chatham's right. There's a reason the Trolley Problem is a thought experiment, not a case study. 2) In a world of imperfect computer security, there's only one possible right answer: always protect the people inside the car, period. If you build functionality into the car to kill the people inside the car, that becomes an attack vector that hackers will end up using to kill far more people (even if that number is never more than 1) than a legitimate Trolley Problem dilemma ever will. (See point #1.)
Mine (Ford Focus) can play music from my phone two different ways. I can connect over USB and it recognizes the phone as a music player, or I can connect over Bluetooth and whatever audio is playing on my phone gets redirected to the car stereo.
Wow, I remember that song. back when it came out, all the radio stations played it zillions of times. Not quite as ridiculously over-played as that horrible thing from Titanic, but... yeah.
Despite that, between the singer's tendency to mumble and the intelligible parts being a big jumble of word salad, no matter how many times I heard it I never did attain the slightest idea of what the song is actually about, beyond "gimme your heart, make it real, or else forget about it."
There we have it, folks, the DMCA in all its glory, working as designed.
There's a reason why, in any other context, the law requires the accused to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Look at the long history of DMCA takedowns being used for censorship (as designed!) to see what happens when we turn that important piece of jurisprudence on its head.
This is why we need to repeal the DCMA and replace it with something sane.