Wow. A B-25 Mitchell bomber just flew low over my house, followed by a B-17 Flying Fortress. I've lived on the approach to a major airport for years, so I normally tune out aircraft noises. But those big 'ol ancient and obsolete and increasingly rare aircraft made a distinctive enough noise that I noticed them from a long way off.
In the age where Netflix and similar online services dominate the news - and rightly so - this is also the only reason why I notice a story about ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox.
The people who come out the strongest against lawyers are often the big corporations' PR departments. They want the 'common folk' to think ill of lawyers, because the law - as imperfect as it is - is the only equalizer left. And it's being eroded rapidly.
We need a legal system where you can't be bankrupted for *successfully* fighting off barratry. SLAPP laws are a step in the right direction. But we need to demand more from our would-be leaders - turn it into an election issue - rather than joking about hunting lawyers for sport.
Maps have so far been prepared for only a few thousand miles of roadway, but achieving Google’s vision will require maintaining a constantly updating map of the nation’s millions of miles of roads and driveways. [...] If a new stop light appeared overnight, for example, the car wouldn’t know to obey it. [...] Among other unsolved problems, Google has yet to drive in snow, and Urmson says safety concerns preclude testing during heavy rains. Nor has it tackled big, open parking lots or multilevel garages.
Keep in mind that 1,011,338 autonomous miles was almost always in the same small area, over and over and over.
That area is mapped out electronically in far more detail than you find elsewhere. That includes mapping the location of traffic lights so that the car will notice them. Temporary traffic lights are a problem, and the car will not notice a police officer signaling the car to stop.
And with much of the processing done in the cloud, be sure to limit your driving to areas with decent cellular coverage.
The average person won't be able to operate a self-driving car in the next few years, but it IS wonderful progress.
Taxi services will soon be able to use them. The dispatcher can check to see if the pick-up location, destination and points in between are suitable for a self-driving car. If not, they can send one of their remaining human drivers.
I assume that this is Uber's business model. Use humans to build up their business using their own cars. They'll be established in many cities just in time for a self-driving fleet to become practical.
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe was released a decade BEFORE 9/11. Before Jack Thompson made headlines linking video games to real world violence. (Even this week, talking heads at Fox News blamed the Charleston Massacre on video games.) It also helps that it takes place comfortably overseas, rather than with the player attacking American soil.
More importantly it wasn't distributed through the Apple Store. Which bans apps for countless reasons and is constantly adding new reasons in an effort to be family friendly and non-offending.
As you point out, while there are some dark chapters in America's history - as with all countries - the American flag stands for many great things to be very proud of. The confederate flag is associated almost exclusively with a fight to continue slavery. There's no credible comparison.
No-one is outlawing the confederate flag. No-one is requiring "a special permit to purchase" one. It's not being censored.
Saying "I do not want to be associated with it" is a different matter. Companies are welcome to do that. People are welcome to do that. Governments, responding to the people they serve, are welcome - if not obligated - to do that.
It's not the same as the government or anyone else dictating to YOU that YOU can't associate yourself with it. You're still welcome to fly the confederate flag, and no-one will stop you. The same goes for your company.
Of course, other people are welcome to express their opinion of it, opinions you might not like. They may refuse to do business with your company. That's freedom, not a lack of it.
Arthur C Clarke's 1990 book The Ghost from the Grand Banks - set around now - featured a protagonist who had made a fortune writing software to sanitize classic films of offending imagery. Not confederate flags, but smoking.
Star Wars, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation have been re-mastered with new effects, sound and whatnot. No doubt someone will find it worth the investment to use CGI to edit out the confederate flags in the Dukes of Hazard.
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It's possible to appreciate and praise a new business model with being a paid astroturfer. If you disagree, then the obvious response is to question whether you yourself are astroturfing for the traditional taxi services.
France is a country where bossnappings - strikers kidnapping their bosses and holding them hostage - is a time-honored negotiating tactic. Protests by truckers, farmers, students make the Uber one look like a strongly worded memo.
Come back in five or ten years. The Uber drivers will be flipping and burning the self-driving cars that replace them.