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Driving Cars

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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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tedder
17 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
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rraszews
17 days ago
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If cars didn't exist and someone said, "Hey, I invented a two ton block of metal that can travel at 80mph and which is controlled manually by human beings with no automatic overrides to stop it ramming things. Let's make 90% of the adult population pilot one every morning when they're half asleep," it would be considered too ridiculous for fiction.
emdeesee
17 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
📌 Lincoln, NE ❤️️ Sherman, TX
Covarr
17 days ago
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As high-profile as accidents involving self-driving vehicles have been, they are still far safer than human drivers. And they don't have to take a test in high school.
Moses Lake, WA
artmoney
17 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
17 days ago
There is not enough available data to be absolutely certain beyond any margin of error, but: https://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=422
Covarr
17 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
17 days ago
Additionally, self-driving cars only get better with each passing year as their technology gets better. Humans aren't evolving nearly as quickly. (sorry for repeat replies; Newsblur doesn't allow me to put paragraphs in my comments with, say, Shift+Enter)
artmoney
17 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
17 days ago
100% of the interest and investment in self-driving cars is for the cost savings. Period. Safety is a sideshow. Once they are "safe enough", we'll adapt our environments to accommodate the self-driving cars. It will be too lucrative not to.
matthiasgoergens
17 days ago
Liability and insurance (and reputation) turn extra safety into cost savings. Human driven cars have also become safer. Think eg of ABS.
benzado
16 days ago
Yes, replacing a human driver with a robot that can't ever sue you is a HUGE cost savings. I'm not saying self-driving cars won't be safer. I'm saying it is at best a minor concern for anyone who is paying to develop them.
llamapixel
15 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
14 days ago
robots don't drive drunk, don't get tired, don't "race" because they think its "cool", don't have road rage and don't try to commit suicide by vehicle. pretty certain before too long that they'll be 100x better than we are at driving.
Covarr
13 days ago
artmoney, llamapixel: It doesn't need to be perfect to be worth it. It just needs to make fewer mistakes than human drivers. Reducing accidents is always better than not reducing them, even if it's not enough to eliminate them completely.
artmoney
10 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
10 days ago
Covarr how does a lawyer fight for a closed source neural net suggesting it is not at fault, when might actually have avoidance systems to reduce crash costs. ?
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17 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
alt_text_at_your_service
17 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!

IMHO

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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
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tedder
20 days ago
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tabs after a period, lolol
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Covarr
20 days ago
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I wholeheartedly cannot bring myself to pronounce PNG as "ping".
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mooglemoogle
19 days ago
What monster does that?
bluegecko
18 days ago
I only just learned that not everyone does. Like in this comment thread. And just for the record, I've been on web since Mosaic was the best browser.
endlessmike
15 days ago
I do
endlessmike
15 days ago
My gf and I had an argument about how to pronounce GIF. I ended it by saying it wouldn't be an issue if animated PNGs had taken off
emdeesee
20 days ago
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HTH HAND
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deezil
20 days ago
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I met someone once who called it SQULL. I should have punched them when I had the chance. Also, two periods.

*edit* And it's always been humble.
Louisville, Kentucky
NielsRak
20 days ago
Only one! Burn the witch!
Lythimus
20 days ago
I've found people who use two spaces will be much less consistent. They will rarely use 1, but 3 seems to be a common scenario.
mooglemoogle
19 days ago
I used to use two spaces. I learned that way. But I got peer pressured into switching to one at some point and it was much easier than I expected to switch. Now two looks weird to me.
digdoug
19 days ago
I started calling it "SQUEAL" long ago. But I also like to pronounce git with a soft-g
bluegecko
18 days ago
I do that, but only with My Squeal. Otherwise it's Microsoft Sequel, Squel Lite, and then just Postgres.
DivinuZ
16 days ago
In my *humble* opinion. Weapons from a more humble time (on the Internet).
alt_text_at_your_service
20 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
alt_text_bot
20 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
XPav
20 days ago
Gotta be faster there a_t_b

Level One Complete

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Oh. Ohhhhh.

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tedder
23 days ago
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yaaaay faye is figuring it outttttt
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auspex
23 days ago
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Love the Tetris game metaphor
mareino
23 days ago
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By 2021, QC was just hardcore robosexual porn, and we were all amazed at how gradual and natural the transition was.
Washington, District of Columbia
rraszews
23 days ago
I, for one, welcome our new bot-bangin' overlords. If Jeph offers a Faye/Bubbles version of the old booty dance shirt, I would gladly buy it, since my old Martin/Dora one disintegrated years ago.

You Can Build Anything Out Of What Is Holding Your 97 Eagle Talon Together

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We all know it, we all love it, and the guy parked outside of the 7-11 covered his car in it. What is it? Polyester body filler, better known by the almost generic trademark, Bondo. There’s a lot more you can do with Bondo than fairing in that sweet body kit, bro, and [Eric Strebel] is here to show you how far you can push the mechanical properties of polyester body filler.

We didn’t always have polyester body filler. In the days before OSHA, auto body workers would use a torch, bricks of lead, and a grinder. You can check out a video of the era before OSHA here. Needless to say, vaporizing and grinding lead in your shop isn’t the greatest idea, and there had to be a better way. This led Robert ‘Bondo Bob’ Spink to invent a much less toxic auto body filler that we now know as Bondo.

For the beginning of the demonstration, [Eric] mixes up a cup of polyester body filler with a few special additions: he’s using printer ink to get his mixture to something other than that one shade of pink we all know. Although Bondo is a bit too thick to cast, he did manage to put a little bit of it in a square mold, a PVC pipe, and applied a little to foam and wood. It’s enough for a demonstration, but for the actual ins and outs of machining Bondo we’re going to have to wait until [Eric]’s next video. Until then, you can check out this introduction below, or look at his previous work on free-form sculpting of uncured Bondo.





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tedder
47 days ago
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My grandfather metalworked the fenders of my '53. He was retired and still had the skill.
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Questionable Contentment

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tedder
106 days ago
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ha, close air support
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The Robot Birds And The Virtual Bees

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tedder
106 days ago
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it's nice to see Pintsize.
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jlvanderzwan
121 days ago
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"If ecstasy becomes your baseline experience, is it really ecstasy anymore?"

Uh... yes? I can say from experience that when happiness becomes my baseline, I'm still happy, and when depression becomes my baseline, I'm still miserable.

Also, some types of drug addiction are all about that shifted baseline causing cravings in their absence, so really none of this makes sense.
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