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  • 08.22.2017
  • Self-driving cars will save money and lives as they destroy jobs
  • There is not even a reasonable business model for autonomous cars, since not only is the main profit from selling power or handling optional packages that autonomous cars can't use, but makers would all go bankrupt since they would be the defendant to every single accident lawsuit.
  • 08.22.2017
  • Self-driving cars will save money and lives as they destroy jobs
  • Humans have over 100 billion parallel processors, while the most powerful computers we have ever built only have a few thousand, and are far less powerful. Humans have hundreds of millions of times more computing power. It is silly to think anyone would let their life rely on millions of lines of code written by sweatshop programmers, and run on computers that sit outside in freezing and boiling temperature extremes. Only an idiot would ever do that.
  • 08.22.2017
  • Self-driving cars will save money and lives as they destroy jobs
  • @MeasurementBlues, no sane person would ever want an autonomous car. They not only will cost far more, but are will remain totally and completely unreliable. You can't work during commute because you will need to always be ready to brace yourself for the constant emergency braking and occasional collisions. They already have a horrific track record, and have never even been driven on snow. They also won't work at all when sunspots or tunnels crash GPS. Google had to leave CA for testing because they ran into a bus, caused far too many accidents, and ran up hundreds of tickets. There is absolutely no positive indicators at all. They will never be allowed.
  • 08.22.2017
  • Self-driving cars will save money and lives as they destroy jobs
  • Anyone who thinks a computer can driver better than a person is totally incompetent. The most powerful computers we have are still dumber than a single cockroach. So why is it people assume computers are so powerful? It is because they don't really have to do very much normally. They don't have to recognize things out of visual images. They don't and can't parse verbal sentences. They have no idea what anything at all is, or what value anything has. All they can do is arithmetic operations, and we humans have to put everything into equations for them. What the frauds pedaling autonomous cars refuse to admit is that computers can't see anything fast enough, so that in order to by pass trying to recognize things like brake lights and turn signals, all vehicles on the road will have to be networked. And the reason they don't tell us that is because that means all human drivers would have to be banned. And that not only is totally undesirable, but would cost trillions to embed transponder cables down each lane, and install cells of local traffic servers. Once people realize how badly computers can control cars, how much it will cost, how it will prevent any human drivers, and the loses of privacy and security, no one will want them. They are far too expensive and unreliable.
  • 12.07.2016
  • The mythical software engineer
  • Embedded programming is not software but firmware. Engineers do not really do software programming. They don't know how to because the engineering schools don't teach it. You can only learn software programming in computer science schools.
  • 12.07.2016
  • The mythical software engineer
  • Any computer science major that uses the word "engineer" would be an idiot, because engineers don't know how to program and do a terrible job of it when they try.
  • 12.07.2016
  • The mythical software engineer
  • If you think self driving cars are remotely possible or safe in next 50 years, you are not a computer programmer, but an engineer who does not know much about programming. They do not even make sense from a marketing perspective, because is self driving cars were possible, then the people wanting them would not even buy a car at all, but merely rent them on demand.
  • 12.07.2016
  • The mythical software engineer
  • Its very simple really. Good programmers have studied Computer Science. Bad programmers are engineers. That is because engineers are not taught computer science, so don't really know how to program properly.
  • 07.13.2016
  • Despite Tesla accidents, autonomous vehicles are closer than they appear
  • Silly article. Polling people about something that does not exist, likely can never be built, and they likely would never really like once they experienced it, is just absurd. If in the 1950s, you polled people about flying cars, you would likely have also gotten positive responses, but clearly in reality no one would really want flying cars landing in their neighborhood. The article misrepresents because it ignores all the dangers average people are not aware of, such as computer vision being unable to see the center lane under a dusting of snow or in contruction zones. That does not even include things like loss of privacy as networking causes all trips to become public record, and autonomous vehicles being perfect terrorist bomb delivery vehicles.
  • 08.20.2015
  • 8 tips for squashing bugs using ASSERT in C
  • Sorry, but this article is all wrong. Asserts were a fad about 15 years ago, but it was determined that is wrong to differentiate between bugs and errors. Both need to be dealt with at run time, and Asserts don't do that. Programmers should build in a run time logging system as well as a run time recovery systems for any and all possible events. There is no difference if the problem is external or internan. Your program has to deal with it. Asserts do not do that. Actually Asserts do not do anything but waste time and detract from the run time routines you should be handling.