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NY Times on the Problem of Human Drivers and Autonomous Cars

As someone who marvels at the insanity of Las Vegas drivers, I am looking forward to the autonomous automobile's wide adoption.  It will be much safer once there are enough of these vehicles on the road to start impacting driving habits in humans.

#autonomousvehicles   #googlecar   #driverlesscars  
The cars have been involved in a smattering of minor accidents because they observe traffic laws to the letter — and people don’t.
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I had to be in L.A. for a week back in the 90's and was fearing the worst.  But I actually felt the drivers (then) were better than my home city.  Then I drove in Chicago.  There's a place which could benefit from self-driving cars.

Worst driving conditions in any City in the world are in Calgary, Alberta and I"m white knuckle when on the Deerfoot Trail.  Until the mix of vehicles (between cars with people and cars without drivers) fades and one remains then we will see this problem continue.

I don't expect driverless cars in my lifetime until they can handle the packed ice streets of Canada.
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This interview says a great deal about what is right with America's soldiers. Let us hope our elites can meet this standard of conduct.

#election2016    #france   #terrorism  

http://news.sky.com/story/1539905/us-soldier-how-we-stopped-train-gunman
Alek Skarlatos tells Sky News how he and a fellow US serviceman charged at a heavily-armed attacker on a train heading to Paris.
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Further to Iran Inspecting Itself:  IAEA Claims Report is False

Perhaps we need "open covenants openly arrived at" a la Wilson.  Or, at least, congressional committees having oversight.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Thursday rejected as "a misrepresentation" suggestions Iran would inspect its own Parchin military site on the agency's behalf, an issue that could help
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Financing a College Education:  Private Investors may Foot the Bill at Purdue

While the devil is in the details, this approach to financing college offers an interesting possibility.

#college   #tuition   #innovation  
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Are Jumbo Aircraft Dead?

Boeing may have bet better than Airbus in developing the 787 Dreamliner.  

Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Smaller planes cost less to fly than the stately, four-engine jumbos, which can carry as many as 525 passengers.

quote from http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-aerospace-jumbo-insight-idUSKBN0N70DR20150416

The attached article from the Independent goes into the specifics of the A380.
Toulouse is always beautiful in August. But for staff at the Airbus HQ there, last week was particularly sweet. British Airways and its sister airlines Iberia and Vueling signed orders for 31 spanking new aircraft to add to their fleets.
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Oliver Sacks Passes

A science based storyteller, his writing is lucid and approachable.  A great boon to those who didn't know they were interested in science and neurology until they read his writings.
Sacks told stories with a level of intellectual and emotional depth that most of us can never hope to muster
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Stalinism will thrive with enough computing power

An interesting alert on current thinking among those that don't understand the wonder of free markets.
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It does seem that the computer age has contributed many more tools to the arsenal of the State, for the purpose of controlling and keeping track of its citizens. Many dictators in the past have tried to conquer Europe, and even had dreams of world domination.
   The lowly desktop computer may just be the  key to opening that door for the next megalomaniac dictator.
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Hyperloop "Local" Build to Start in the Coming Year

One has to ask:  why is +Jerry Brown and the State of #California  investing in a bullet train when they could be investing in state of the art technology like the hyperloop which is unlikely to need government subsidies?

#hyperloop    #train  
JumpStarter and Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn discusses developing the technology to power Hyperloop with Matt Miller on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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In California, this project (meaning the bullet train) is widely seen as a boondoggle by most people. A colossal waste of money at a time when the state is completely broke.  
It's also widely understood that its purpose is (other than to line the pockets of the chosen few) to force Californians out of their cars and onto public transportation, a thing that Californians have made perfectly clear is not a desired thing.
There are other movements to this end. Los Angeles, for example is trying to forcefeed so-called "road diets" onto its drivers, where the city cuts traffic lanes in half and replaces them with dedicated bus and bike lanes. They routinely lie about the impact to try to sell it but the motives are crystal clear.
If the Dems are not careful they're going to lose their hold on CA. This kind of stuff is blatant and in-your-face. The kind of thing that sours people on politicians.
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Iranian Inspectors to Inspect Alleged Iranian Nuclear Sites

As President Obama introduced his Iran agreement the Washington Post reported:

"If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it," Obama said.  

It appears that "we" means at least in part Iran.  What could go wrong?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/04/02/u-s-iranian-officials-expected-to-speak-on-nuclear-deal/
VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
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Hillary Clinton:  Nixon Redux?

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday, Woodward compared the controversy over the former secretary of state's emails to Nixon's cover-up of Watergate.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bob-woodward-clinton_55d1f553e4b0ab468d9dbe94 

Adding fuel to the fire, today saw reporting that an additional 300 of the e-mails Secretary Clinton was willing to return to the State Department are being forwarded for review to establish if they contained classified materials.  This leaves open the question of what the approximately 30,000 e-mails she failed to turn over to State contain.

#hillary2016   #hillaryclinton   #election2016  
Up to 305 messages in Hillary Clinton's private email server could contain classified information and require further review, the State Department said Monday.
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The Double Standard:  Exempting Political Elites from Prosecution while Pursuing Civil Servants

Article from Glenn Greenwald on the differences between how Secretary Clinton's security lapses have been handled thus far and the prosecutions of civil servants and those in the military.  Included is a choice quote from Secretary Clinton on the subject.

#hillary2016   #hillaryclinton  
#election2016  
To defend the persecution of Chelsea Manning, the then-secretary of state said classified information "is sensitive ... deserves to be protected and we will continue to take necessary steps to do so."
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