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Derek McAllister
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I'm one of the grumpy muppets in the balcony!
I'm one of the grumpy muppets in the balcony!

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I'm sorry, but I find it utterly ridiculous that they have some kind of proof that Autopilot saves lives. Did they go back in time having the car drive that same exact path as a human where a life was lost? It's been around for such a short period of time that there's no way they can truly know this.

What is going to come out of this case is that Tesla has all information about what happened during the crash, including whether or not his hands were on the wheel. Since their statement about it is vague, my guess is they were. I would also venture to guess that there's a chance that the data ”isn't available” any longer.

At first I thought it was kind of neat that they could get all information about a crash within minutes of it's occurrence. But, as this article points out, none of the crashes have been the fault of the car in Tesla's opinion. Makes you wonder when they will admit to some kind of fault in their programming or equipment. Which also points to my desire to continue controlling my own vehicle!

I can honestly tell you that this isn't a company that I'm going to do business with...
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Just in case you haven't seen this. I heard about it on This Week in Tech (TWiT.tv) and had a great laugh. On the news tonight I saw something from the hearings where a senator cracked me up. He asked Mark if he would share what hotel he stayed at last night. After a delay, Mark said no. The senator then said something to the effect of how it must be nice to have his privacy. The problem is that Mark thought it was funny which tells me that he just doesn't get it.

Don't get me wrong, Google does do things with our data. The difference (as I see it) is that Google is very up front about it, they allow you to see it, and they allow you to act on it. And that action includes deleting all of it without giving you some kind of sob story about how your family and friends are going to miss you.

I won't tell you to delete your Facebook account, but I will suggest that you take time to determine if the complete and total loss of your privacy to the next company that Facebook allows to do this is balanced by the positive gains that you are getting from it.
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My old buddy +Kevin Tofel (formerly of GigaOM, ZDNet, and Google) has launched a new website all about Chromebooks: http://www.aboutchromebooks.com

Kevin's one smart cookie and knows Chrome inside and out. If you're at all interested in Chrome OS, this is a site worth watching.
About Chromebooks
About Chromebooks
aboutchromebooks.com
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Just another great reason to live in New York, a or of really good beer!

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Watching last night's episode (363) I was reminded of something that I saw once when shopping for a basketball. You were talking about the 'guaranteed might happen' Pixel from Google. I was looking for a leather basketball and found one that didn't quite feel like leather but looked like it. I looked at the back to see if it was and saw "100% Genuine Imitation Leather"...

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Everything old is new again, or something like that.

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This is a great article showing why the tech giants (Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook) supported this bill. It allows them to look at any and all data that you've placed on their service. Any privacy you thought you had had just been removed until this gets to the Supreme Court and is overturned...
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