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SafetySat

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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.
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Covarr
8 days ago
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Am I missing something?
Moses Lake, WA
Technofrood
8 days ago
The normal image is broken, you can see the full one here: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/safetysat_2x.png
Covarr
6 days ago
Thanks. Looks like it's been fixed now though.
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alt_text_at_your_service
8 days ago
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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.
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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.

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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Covarr
12 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
12 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
12 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
12 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
12 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
12 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
12 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
12 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
11 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
10 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
9 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
8 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
6 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
5 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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rraszews
12 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
12 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
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tedder
12 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
Uranus
alt_text_bot
12 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
12 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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Covarr
15 days ago
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I wholeheartedly cannot bring myself to pronounce PNG as "ping".
Moses Lake, WA
mooglemoogle
14 days ago
What monster does that?
bluegecko
14 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
10 days ago
I do
endlessmike
10 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
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emdeesee
15 days ago
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HTH HAND
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tedder
15 days ago
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tabs after a period, lolol
Uranus
deezil
15 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
15 days ago
Only one! Burn the witch!
Lythimus
15 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
14 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
14 days ago
I started calling it "SQUEAL" long ago. But I also like to pronounce git with a soft-g
bluegecko
14 days ago
I do that, but only with My Squeal. Otherwise it's Microsoft Sequel, Squel Lite, and then just Postgres.
DivinuZ
12 days ago
In my *humble* opinion. Weapons from a more humble time (on the Internet).
alt_text_at_your_service
15 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
alt_text_bot
15 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
XPav
15 days ago
Gotta be faster there a_t_b

Evangelism

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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
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Covarr
30 days ago
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People who insist the eagles could have taken the ring to Mordor are pretty far to the right on this scale. They place badly on the "actually read The Lord of the Rings books" chart, though.
Moses Lake, WA
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jprodgers
27 days ago
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I... Uh, wow, so I'm the 3 right most ones. Maybe I am intense...
Somerville, MA
lizamu
30 days ago
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Yes yes yes.
New York, New York
DaftDoki
31 days ago
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I identify with the rightmost two.
Seattle
Ferret
31 days ago
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Bananas from the other end is the clearly superior method!
alt_text_at_your_service
32 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
steanne
31 days ago
one of these was useful, but why is there now a second bot doing the same thing?
wmorrell
31 days ago
Because the first bot was offline for some stretches of time. When the second bot arrived, the technical difficulties of the original were also resolved, and now there are two. For some reason, that makes a few people twitchy every third or so comic posting.
cosmotic
30 days ago
Just add a check if another bot commented. How do both bots not properly decode the html entities? As a software engineer, this situation of redundant bots that both malfunction and both being run by complicit lazy admins that don't care about users drives me nuts.
spongbeaux
30 days ago
Why not write your own, and fix the problems that the... ohhhh. https://xkcd.com/927/
cosmotic
30 days ago
;) Also, someone would need to kill the other bots.
WorldMaker
28 days ago
Or you know, don't have any bots at all? It's easy enough to open the page, add the 'm.' to the web address (m.xkcd.com) and get the officially built means to get the alt text in an accessible manner, and give Randall some well deserved ad eyeball traffic in the process. I liked it when people only posted the Alt Text if they had something to add to it. A bot just posting the alt text doesn't add anything interesting to the discussion.
wmorrell
28 days ago
Many people find the bot(s) useful. Just see the, “yay, it’s back!” replies from the previous times they broke. I am glad you have something that works for you. But it’s a mistake to confuse, “I do not find this interesting,” with, “no one finds this interesting,” or even, “no one should find this interesting.”
WorldMaker
27 days ago
I do not confuse any such thing. Perhaps you mistake my starting my opinion with "or" to offer an option for something other than an opinion? I'm happy to agree that mine might be the minority opinion, but that does not make my opinion invalid.
endlessmike
26 days ago
MORE BOTS FOR THE BOT GOD
wmorrell
26 days ago
ALT-TEXT FOR THE ALT-TEXT THRONE
Cthulhux
32 days ago
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Also, Emacs.
Fledermausland
Brstrk
32 days ago
I think you misspelled Vim. It's ok. We forgive you this time.
Cthulhux
32 days ago
You only need ten keys to master Vim: [Esc] [:] [q] [!] [e] [m] [a] [c] [s] [Enter]
firetech
31 days ago
You only need this command to master emacs: `alias emacs='vim'`
taddevries
31 days ago
Meanwhile nano users are in the corner eating glue
c_dave
31 days ago
Tasty tasty glue
tingham
31 days ago
Wow has it been 15 seconds in this conversation already? :)
sfrazer
30 days ago
I know just enough vi so that I can get networking working then I install nano because I've got better things to do with my day :-)
gglockner
29 days ago
About a month after starting to date the woman who became my wife, I asked her a religious question: emacs or vi. Needless to say, we have a mixed marriage.
alt_text_bot
32 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.

Right Click

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Right-click or long press (where supported) to save!
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Covarr
48 days ago
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"How can I encourage people to visit the actual site without seeming like I'm doing it on purpose?"
Moses Lake, WA
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satadru
46 days ago
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Click through for this one...
New York, NY
Zaphod717
47 days ago
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advent ftw!
The Belly of the Beast
tvaerialsmiddlesbrough
48 days ago
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saved this one
Middlesbrough
alt_text_at_your_service
48 days ago
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Right-click or long press (where supported) to save!
mkalus
48 days ago
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Brilliant, go and visit the image on the site.
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
JayM
48 days ago
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Woah! Pretty cool. Go to the real site.
Atlanta, GA
DuskStar
48 days ago
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Wow this one is awesome! Not one for newsblur though.
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alt_text_bot
48 days ago
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Right-click or long press (where supported) to save!

Conversational Dynamics

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"You should make it so people can search for and jump into hundreds of conversations at once if they want." "Ooh, good idea! I imagine only the most well-informed people with the most critical information to share will use that feature."
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Covarr
50 days ago
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First
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aakashm
50 days ago
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TFW a feed has *two* alt text bots and they *both* have encoding issues...
Covarr
50 days ago
You sure your browser isn't configured incorrectly? Both alt text bots' posts are displaying just fine for me with no visible signs of encoding problems.
aakashm
50 days ago
Ah, must be a problem with the newsblur android app then
alt_text_at_your_service
50 days ago
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"You should make it so people can search for and jump into hundreds of conversations at once if they want." "Ooh, good idea! I imagine only the most well-informed people with the most critical information to share will use that feature."
cosmotic
50 days ago
Please just stop =(
alt_text_bot
50 days ago
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"You should make it so people can search for and jump into hundreds of conversations at once if they want." "Ooh, good idea! I imagine only the most well-informed people with the most critical information to share will use that feature."
macr0t0r
50 days ago
I'm surprised there was no direct reference to the useless bots interjecting into every conversation.
DrGaellon
50 days ago
The bots are only visible on NewsBlur, I think. Randall may not even know they exist.
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