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Televangelist Jim Bakker: Christians will start a civil war if Trump is impeached

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Televangelist Jim Bakker: Christians will start a civil war if Trump is impeached


BY JOSH DELK - 08/29/17 01:44 PM EDT

Televangelist Jim Bakker is predicting that Christians would begin a second civil war in the U.S. if President Trump were impeached.

"If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up permanently if we're not careful," he said on "The Jim Bakker Show" in a clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch.

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Government won't allow driverless cars on Indian roads: Nitin Gadkari

Source: Times of India

Dipak K Dash | TNN | Updated: Jul 24, 2017, 09:38 PM IST

NEW DELHI: India will not allow driverless cars to ply on its roads, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.

The minister added that focus of the government is to create more jobs to arrest unemployment. "How can we allow such vehicles when we already have huge number of unemployed people?" Gadkari asked while interacting with reporters at his residence in the national capital.

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The minister also said he has told all overseas electric vehicle+ manufacturers that his ministry won't support any relief from import duty for such vehicles coming to India. "I have told the manufacturers that they can come and manufacture here. There is no question of tax relief," he said.

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Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/auto/cars/government-wont-allow-driverless-cars-on-indian-roads-nitin-gadkari/articleshow/59741458.cms

India will ban driverless cars in order to protect jobs

The country’s transport minister addressed the issue in a statement today.


Mallory Locklear, @mallorylocklear | 2h ago in Transportation

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However, according to statements made by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, India wasn't likely to get autonomous vehicles anytime soon. The haphazard roads and chaotic traffic in parts of the country make it difficult to safely introduce driverless technology onto the roadways. But Indian company Tata Elxsi has been trying to get around those issues by testing self-driving vehicles on a track designed to resemble the roads and traffic of India. Complete with pedestrians, livestock, unsignaled lane merges and lack of signage, the testing track is meant to give driverless cars as real of an experience as possible while still respecting India's ban of self-driving cars from its roads. How today's statement from Gadkari will impact Tata Elxsi's business plans isn't yet clear.

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Uber allows riders to tip drivers via app, matching Lyft

Source: Washington Post

By Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher | AP June 20 at 4:56 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart.

Besides the built-in tipping announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money in other ways too.

Riders will be charged by the minute if they keep an Uber car waiting for more than two minutes. Uber also is reducing the time riders have to cancel a ride to avoid being slapped with a $5 fee from five minutes to two minutes after summoning a driver.

Uber won’t take any of the tip money. The San Francisco company will continue to collect part of ride-cancellation fees, as well as the waiting-time charges.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/uber-adds-option-to-tip-drivers-as-it-heads-in-new-direction/2017/06/20/84ed97c8-55da-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.6a46f5eaf8ca

It's about damn time! Driving rideshare, just like cab, is a stressful, usually underpaid, and highly disrespected profession. Maybe, in Travis's absence, they will start to respect their drivers and passengers, at least a little bit?

Electronic Setups of Driverless Cars Vulnerable to Hackers

Electronic Setups of Driverless Cars Vulnerable to Hackers


By Nicole Perlroth | June 7, 2017

Any part of a car that talks to the outside world is a potential opportunity for hackers.

That includes the car’s entertainment and navigation systems, preloaded music and mapping apps, tire-pressure sensors, even older entry points like a CD drive. It also includes technologies that are still in the works, like computer vision systems and technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with one another.

It will be five to 10 years — or even more — before a truly driverless car, without a steering wheel, hits the market. In the meantime, digital automobile security experts will have to solve problems that the cybersecurity industry still has not quite figured out.

“There’s still time for manufacturers to start paying attention, but we need the conversation around security to happen now,” said Marc Rogers, the principal security researcher at the cybersecurity firm CloudFlare.

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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists


By John Markoff | June 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves. It is simply a matter of how long it will take for the technology to be reliably safe.

But as indicated by Google’s challenges with the so-called handoff between machines and humans — not to mention Uber’s problems during recent tests on the streets of San Francisco — there is a lot more work to be done before self-driving cars are ready for the mainstream. Here are some of the challenges facing technologists.

- The ability to respond to spoken commands or hand signals from law enforcement or highway safety employees.

- Driving safely despite unclear lane markings.

- Reliably recognizing traffic lights that are not working.

- Making left turns into intersections with fast-moving traffic.

- Detecting which small objects in the roadway must be avoided.

- The ability to operate safely in all weather conditions.

- Cybersecurity

U.S. states could not set self-driving car rules under Republican plan

U.S. states could not set self-driving car rules under Republican plan


By David Shepardson | Thu Jun 15, 2017 | 6:37pm EDT

California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday.

The draft legislation, while far from becoming law, still represents a victory for General Motors Co, Alphabet Inc, Tesla Inc and other automakers and technology companies seeking to persuade Congress and the Trump administration to pre-empt rules under consideration in California, New York and other states that could limit deployment of self-driving vehicles.

The industry also opposed an Obama administration proposal last year that raised the possibility of giving regulators the power to review and approve self-driving car technology before it was put into service, similar to the vetting by Federal Aviation Administration of new technology for aircraft.

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Another would declare crash data, other testing and validation reports from automated cars turned over to U.S. regulators to be "confidential business information."

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I support the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Someday, WHEN IT IS READY, it holds the promise to save lives and offer mobility to people who are otherwise restricted by factors such as age, physical disability, anxiety, or licensing issues.

But this surrendering of pre-approval and public reporting of crash data is a massive pile of (mostly, but not solely GOP) bullshit.

Uber emailed former riders to tell them, 'We have fallen short'

Uber emailed former riders to tell them, 'We have fallen short'


Biz Carson | June 16, 2017

Uber wants former customers to know it's aware it let them down — and that it's trying to improve.

In an email sent to riders in New York City on Friday, the new-age taxi company "failed to prioritize" its various stakeholders. And it laid out some of the "radical" changes it's making to revamp its workplace.

"In expanding so quickly, we failed to prioritize the people that helped get us here," Uber said in the email. "Ultimately, the measure of our success is the satisfaction of our riders, drivers, and employees — and we realize that we have fallen short."

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On Tuesday, the crises came to a head when former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his firm released the results of their investigation — a set of 47 wide-ranging recommendations meant to overhaul the company's culture. On the same day, Kalanick, announced plans to take and indefinite leave of absence from the company.

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Senators Release Bipartisan Principles for Self-Driving Vehicles Legislation

Senators Release Bipartisan Principles for Self-Driving Vehicles Legislation

- June 14 hearing will focus on barriers to testing and deployment


Press Release from the ofice of Sen Gary Peters (D-Mich.)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today released principles for bipartisan legislation on self-driving vehicles in advance of tomorrow’s Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing, “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles.” The hearing will explore automated vehicle technology and hurdles for testing and deployment in the United States.

“Self-driving vehicles will not only dramatically change how we get from place to place, they have the potential to prevent accidents and save thousands of lives,” said Peters, a member of the Commerce Committee. “I’m pleased we have compiled this bipartisan framework, which is an important step toward introducing and enacting meaningful legislation that will help the federal government promote the safe development and adoption of self-driving vehicles and ensure the United States remains the world leader in transportation innovation.”

“Self-driving vehicle technology will have a transformational impact on highway safety,” said Thune, who chairs the full committee. “Working on a bipartisan basis, we continue to make progress in writing what we expect will become the first ever changes in federal law helping usher in this new transportation era. These principles underscore our commitment to prioritizing safety, fixing outdated rules, and clarifying the role of federal and state governments.”

“While these principles are just a start, it’s my hope we’ll find bipartisan consensus on legislation that prioritizes safety and advances the technology,” said Nelson, the committee’s ranking member.

Peters, Thune, and Nelson will continue efforts to finalize legislation. No date or deadline for introduction has been set.

Principles for Bipartisan Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles:

Self-driving vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year on our nation’s highways, improve mobility, and spur enormous economic activity. The legislation aims to direct strong federal leadership that ensures safe self-driving vehicles on the road and reduces regulatory conflicts to the safe and rapid testing and deployment of this transformative technology.

- Prioritize Safety: As with conventional vehicles, federal standards will be important to self-driving vehicle safety.

- Legislation must consider both the near-term and long-term regulatory oversight of these vehicles, recognizing that new safety standards governing these vehicles should eventually be set.

- Promote Continued Innovation and Reduce Existing Roadblocks: Currently, there is a body of regulations governing conventional vehicles, developed over decades, that does not directly address self-driving vehicles. Developing new standards takes significant time.

--- Legislation must allow the life-saving safety benefits of self-driving vehicle technology to move forward as new standards development is underway.

--- Legislation must find ways to preserve and improve safety while addressing incompatibility with old rules that were not written with self-driving vehicles in mind.

- Remain Tech Neutral: Self-driving vehicles are likely to take different forms, use diverse technologies, serve consumers with varying capability levels, and follow multiple business models.

--- Legislation must be technology neutral and avoid favoring the business models of some developers of self-driving vehicles over others.

- Reinforce Separate Federal and State Roles: Traditionally, the federal government has regulated the vehicle itself, while states have regulated driver behavior.

--- Legislation must clarify the responsibilities of federal and state regulators to protect the public and prevent conflicting laws and rules from stifling this new technology.

--- Legislation must be based on the existing relationship between federal and state regulators and their current separation of authority, but make necessary targeted updates for new challenges posed by the current regulatory environment with respect to self-driving vehicles.

- Strengthen Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity should be a top priority for manufacturers of self-driving vehicles and it must be an integral feature of self-driving vehicles from the very beginning of their development.

--- Legislation must address the connectivity of self-driving vehicles and potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities before they compromise safety.

- Educate the Public to Encourage Responsible Adoption of Self-Driving Vehicles: Government and industry should work together to ensure the public understands the differences between conventional and self-driving vehicles.

--- Legislation must review consumer education models for self-driving vehicles and address how companies can inform the public on what self-driving vehicles can and cannot do based on their level of automation and their individual capabilities.

Why Companies Like Uber Get Away With Bad Behavior

Why Companies Like Uber Get Away With Bad Behavior



UBER has raised more money than any other tech start-up in history. It has achieved the highest valuation by far, almost $70 billion.

It has also undoubtedly lost more money, in less time, than any other young tech company. In 2016, it reportedly lost $2.8 billion, excluding separate, colossal losses in China, which it exited that year. Amazon, even in its darkest, loss-accumulating early years, was a piker compared with Uber.

If Uber’s investors have the stomach for these losses, that would seem to be their business, not that of the rest of us. Except Silicon Valley is viewed by many people around the world as not just the hotbed of technical innovation, but also as the place to see the most highly evolved business practices, the models most worthy of emulating.

Unfortunately, Uber has the unenviable distinction of being the one Valley company that should be emulated only on Opposite Day. No other company can come close to matching it in lawsuit headaches and embarrassing exposés chronicling maltreatment of its employees, contractor drivers and competitors, and deceiving local law enforcement, tax collection and other government agencies.

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LEAKED AUDIO: Uber's all-hands meeting had some uncomfortable moments

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Uber held an all-hands meeting on Tuesday, during which the board announced that CEO Travis Kalanick would take a leave of absence. Furthermore, management shared recommendations from the law firm Covington & Burling on how the embattled ride-hailing startup can fix its culture after complaints of sexual harassment.

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While speaking, Huffington pointed out that Uber was adding a woman to its board, Wan Ling Martello.

“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” she said around six minutes into the recording.

“Actually what it shows is it’s much likely to be more talking,” Uber board member David Bonderman said.

“Oh. Come on, David,” Huffington responded.

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Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/inside-ubers-hands-meeting-travis-194232221.html

Frat boys will be frat boys!

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