Recode: Tempe police have released new video rom inside the Uber self-driving car involved in a pedestrian death.

Related, I see another problem here. Overdriving your headlights. Lowbeams are traditionally focused about 200 feet out. You know what speed you'd have to be driving to stop safely, once you saw an object?


I would assume they were using some other detection technology than just a mere camera - but that is obviously not a safe assumption.

Dazed: A self-driving Uber car has killed someone.

As the New York Times reports, the car was in autonomous mode when it struck the woman who was crossing the road. She was taken to hospital where she died from her injuries. A human safety driver was behind the wheel.

Obviously, some bugs need to be worked out. These autonomous driving companies really should be pooling info, if human lives are at risk, don't you think? Open source it. I know, I know ... competition, trade secrets ... but someone's died. How much corporate profit is worth even a single life?

c|net: Geek Squad staff paid by FBI to be informants, documents show.

Good lord! This is equivalent to having the milkman spy on you in the '50's. Apparently this circumstance is covered in the Best Buy fine print when you agree to service? Child porn, I know, I know. But inviting someone into your home and having them report you for what they find on your computer? I see this as a law enforcement slippery slope.

Later: More. "Although one of the documents uncovered by the EFF showed handwritten FBI notes stating employees were never "directed" or "asked" by Best Buy to search for child abuse images, $500 is quite an incentive when you're paid on a per-hour basis."

Code Without Rules: Only code at work? That doesn’t make you a worse programmer.

This is like the argument against Liberal Arts degrees. Monomaniacs don't necessarily do well, and markets turn against specializations rather brutally at times.

Then again, I try to imagine the truck driver who goes home and decides he wants to drive his pickup around all weekend before he gets back out on the road on Monday.

Does it make him better or sharper? Or just deplete a finite resource?

I have an unshakeable belief that time away from work brings better results. So many times I'll have an intractable problem in code, and getting away allows my subconscious to keep chugging, figuring out an elegant solution that I bring back to my desk later.