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Author Topic: I'm Confused  (Read 2783 times)

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I'm Confused
« on: January 30, 2011, 01:56:52 PM »
Future cars detect drunks to stop driving:

http://www.newsy.com...etect-drunk-drivers/

Blind man drives Daytona:

http://www.nydailyne...ational_speedwa.html

I'm not sure which is worse. Driving blind or drunk.

Do they cancel out?

Can we safely automatically drive cars if we're blind drunk?

:D
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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 03:13:30 PM »
Can we safely automatically drive cars if we're blind drunk?

Yes, but only if the dog says it's ok.

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 11:27:47 PM »
"Minority Report" beginnings! Now if they could just detect the murderer, the rapist, the gunman, or hey, how about the thief about to steal the car!

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 09:10:36 PM »
How about if they just perfect cars that drive themselves and then it won't matter if you're drunk or blind or a dog, you'll be able to get where you want.


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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 09:14:32 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 09:51:04 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

But what a boot!


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Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

And I bet Granny's miffed.

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 10:21:31 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

Hahahah~! :D

I suppose gas for Linux cars is free, but you need to refine it yourself...
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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 10:25:04 PM »
How about if they just perfect cars that drive themselves and then it won't matter if you're drunk or blind or a dog, you'll be able to get where you want.

It would get even better than that, as Rodger Zelazney noted in his 1965 Nebula Award novella He Who Shapes.

It would allow us to blindspin...

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Blindspin.

A single name of a multitude of practices centered about the
auto-driven auto. Flashing across the country in the sure hands
of an invisible chauffeur, windows all opaque, night dark, sky
high,  tires  assailing  the  road  below  like  four  phantom
buzzsaws and starting from scratch and ending in the same
place, and never knowing where you are going or where you
have been it is possible, for a moment, to kindle some feeling
of individuality in  the  coldest brainpan,  to  produce  a
momentary awareness of self by virtue of an apartness from all
but a sense of motion. This is because movement through
darkness is the ultimate abstraction of life itself.

At least that's what one of the Vital Comedians said,
and everybody in the place laughed.

Actually now, the phenomenon known as blindspin first
became prevalent (as might be suspected) among certain
younger members of the community, when monitored high-
ways deprived them of the means to exercise their automobiles
in some of the more individualistic ways which had come to
be frowned upon by the National Traffic Control Authority.

Something had to be done.

It was.

The first, disastrous reaction involved the simple engineering
feat of disconnecting the broadcast control unit after one had
entered onto a monitored highway. This resulted in the car's
vanishing from the ken of the monitor and passing back into the
control of its occupants. Jealous as a deity, a monitor will not
tolerate that which denies its programmed omniscience; it will
thunder and lightning in the Highway Control Station nearest
the point of last contact, sending winged seraphs in search of
that which has slipped from sight.

Often, however, this was too late in happening, for the roads
are many and well-paved. Escape from detection was, at first,
relatively easy to achieve.

Other vehicles, though, necessarily behave as if a rebel has
no actual existence. Its presence cannot be allowed for.

Boxed-in, on a heavily-traveled section of roadway, the
offender is subject to immediate annihilation in the event of any
overall speedup or shift in traffic pattern which involves
movement through his theoretically vacant position. This, in
the early days of monitor-controls, caused a rapid series of
collisions. Monitoring devices later became far more 'sophisti-
cated, and mechanized 'cutoffs reduced the collision incidence
subsequent to such an action. The quality of the pulpefactions
and contusions which did occur, however, remained unaltered.

The next reaction was based on a thing which had been
overlooked because it was obvious. The monitors took people
where they wanted to go only because people told them they
wanted to go there. A person pressing a random series of co-
ordinates, without reference to any map, would either be left
with a stalled automobile and a "RECHECK YOUR CO-
ORDINATES" light, or would suddenly be whisked away
in any direction. The latter possesses a certain romantic appeal
in that it offers speed, unexpected sights, and free hands. Also,
it is perfectly legal; and it is possible to navigate all over two
continents in this manner, if one is possessed of sufficient
wherewithal and gluteal stamina.

As is the case in all such matters, the practice diffused
upwards through the age brackets. Schoolteachers who only
drove on Sundays fell into disrepute as selling points for used
autos. Such is the way a world ends, said the entertainer.

End or no, the car designed to move on monitored highways
is a mobile efficiency unit, complete with latrine, cupboard,
refrigerator compartment, and gaming table. It also sleeps two
with ease and four with some crowding. On occasion, three can
be a real crowd.
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« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 10:30:01 PM by 40hz »

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2011, 10:26:06 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

Hahahah~! :D

I suppose gas for Linux cars is free, but you need to refine it yourself...

And allow anybody else who wanted to use it to do so.  :P

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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 11:14:52 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

Hahahah~! :D

I suppose gas for Linux cars is free, but you need to refine it yourself...

And allow anybody else who wanted to use it to do so.  :P

No, anyone who wanted to clone it to do so :), you get to keep your copy. And if you come up with a wicked new navigation or nitro system, you have to share its specs so others can clone it :)
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Re: I'm Confused
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 11:57:07 PM »
Imagine a Microsoft car! Takes 15 minutes to start  :Thmbsup:

Then again, I'd rather have that than the Apple car, where you can only fill up at Apple gas stations...

Hahahah~! :D

I suppose gas for Linux cars is free, but you need to refine it yourself...

And allow anybody else who wanted to use it to do so.  :P

No, anyone who wanted to clone it to do so :), you get to keep your copy. And if you come up with a wicked new navigation or nitro system, you have to share its specs so others can clone it :)

So far the "refine your own gas" stuff sucks, but the rest of it sounds super-awesome~! :D
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