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    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    if i had a car and would be good at driving it, i would take it on long journeys. passing many boarders, taking a ferry every now and then. i'd take the music from this thread with me: http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=4009
    I always imagined that was a bit of an American dream but I guess it's universal: car culture, the open road, setting off to drive "cross country" with windows rolled down and music cranked up, passing through every backwater town, Route 66. then you could collect all your adventures and write a book, "on the road".

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    I'd prefer not to have to drive - I'm quite jealous of my girlfriend, who can walk to work and has the option of buses when it's pissing down - but the only alternative for me to get to work would be a train/bus combo that takes twice as long and costs twice as much. Plus it's great if you want to get rid of bulky waste from home, do a decent-sized shopping trip in one go or travel any substantial distance without using our outrageously expensive and often horribly overcrowded trains.

    Actually the biggest downer of driving is the INTERMINABLE FUCKING ROADWORKS everywhere you go. My work commute has been disrupted for about a year now, with no end in sight, by some imbecilic 'road widening' scheme on a road that as far as I can remember was as wide as it needed to be already. The work site is often empty, with barely a dozen men working on a stretch of road a couple of hundred metres long on a good day, and hardly looks any different from one month to the next. The whole scheme appears to be managed by Franz Kafka and the Marquis de Sade. I honestly reckon the head of a local roadworks firm has got some juicy dirt on a councillor. It's the only possible explanation.
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    I have a Prius!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lichen View Post
    I have a Prius!
    Not gonna lie, my mind automatically inserts an 'ap' in the middle of that word whenever I read it.
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    At the heart of In a Paraventral Scale is “BMW Shuanghuan X5,” a mesmerizing track featuring the sounds of two doppler-shifting BMW engines that are eventually buried under the weight of Gamble’s mechanical synthesis. As the piece progresses, a lush string section mimics the sound of the engines until the two are nearly indistinguishable. Named after a Chinese car replication company, “Shuanghuan” is more than a clever use of texture—according to Gamble, who is the son of a mechanic, it’s a crucial symbol of the project.

    “Cars are symbolic of late capitalism… because a car can relate to Fordism, mass production, the idea of ‘a car for everyone,'” he says. “They can be functional; they can be made to appear masculine or feminine, made to represent nationhood. They’re commodities that are close to environmental change, land grabs, and taxation. Cars fit into the idea of an object of desire that’s always spinning around in front of you, and [are] always being advertised to us.”
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    Never owned a car although I can (just about) drive and have hired cars to move or go on holiday or whatever. No real problems unless I have to park in a difficult place but I usually just drive around until I find somewhere you can just drive straight in and out of. But I lived in London from 2000 to 2017, I didn't have to drive. Now I'm on the continent I kinda want to get a car and drive across Europe Endless etc once you are moving there is nothing to stop you I guess (apart from Brexit). Problem is, I'm shit at the best of times and so very nervous about driving on the "wrong" side of the road, also cars are weirdly expensive here although can probably get around that by going to France or Spain or something.

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    how did you become a bird spotter in portugal idlerich?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    how did you become a bird spotter in portugal idlerich?
    I was always into it when I was a kid (Young Ornithologists Club etc) and kinda always had a very low-key interest. My Dad's family are from Orkney and we used to go on holidays there or Shetlands and also Anglesey (where my Mum's family is from) and we always spent time looking at birds. Since then I've sort of let it slide but rekindled a bit here. From my balcony you can (just about) see the Tagus estuary and we walk down there and sit on the pier with the fishermen and drink beers and look at birds. Had an old knackered pair of binoculars but I thought fuck it and bought a couple of spotting scopes - one is on a tripod and has amazing magnification, sometimes you can actually see flamingos from our balcony, the other is a tiny little portable one - which came to a total of maybe 100 euros. And since I've got em I may as well use them. There is an amazing walk you can do from the next village along through the marshes and stuff and you get all kinds of birds in the estuary. Just got excited again I guess.

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    Default Cars are the last frontier for the Silicon Valley Overlords

    Apparently the car-industry is the next big target of the "benevolent" dictators of Silicon Valley. After they control so many aspects of modern life, they are on their way to monopolize individual transportation, too. The "autonoumous car" - eagerly awaited by many - will possibly do the trick. It's sales pitch is: convenience, safety, no responsibility for the customer. The customers trade this off for independence and high technical vulnerability (the "autonomous" car isn't autonomous at all, rather dependent on an incredibly vulnerable and comlicated technical infrastructure)

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    Driverless cars are a fucking terrible idea. No way I'd want one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Driverless cars are a fucking terrible idea. No way I'd want one.
    Could be good for folk with epilepsy, impaired vision, etc, who might otherwise never get a licence.

    Also, renting a robocar could work out cheaper than using a taxi on holidays. You can sit and drink in the back, and just send it back to the rental office automatically when you're done with it.

    Sadly, they do render the '80s Irish rural game 'Chinese Traffic Lights' obsolete. And some of them have sensors that slam on the brakes if they detect something in the road ahead, which is a pisser if you want to scare old people on zebra crossings.

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    this fascinates me for some reason, raging against the machine

    Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars

    CHANDLER, Ariz. — The assailant slipped out of a park around noon one day in October, zeroing in on his target, which was idling at a nearby intersection — a self-driving van operated by Waymo, the driverless-car company spun out of Google.

    He carried out his attack with an unidentified sharp object, swiftly slashing one of the tires. The suspect, identified as a white man in his 20s, then melted into the neighborhood on foot.

    The slashing was one of nearly two dozen attacks on driverless vehicles over the past two years in Chandler, a city near Phoenix where Waymo started testing its vans in 2017. In ways large and small, the city has had an early look at public misgivings over the rise of artificial intelligence, with city officials hearing complaints about everything from safety to possible job losses.

    Some people have pelted Waymo vans with rocks, according to police reports. Others have repeatedly tried to run the vehicles off the road. One woman screamed at one of the vans, telling it to get out of her suburban neighborhood. A man pulled up alongside a Waymo vehicle and threatened the employee riding inside with a piece of PVC pipe.

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    At least 21 such attacks have been leveled at Waymo vans in Chandler, as first reported by The Arizona Republic. Some analysts say they expect more such behavior as the nation moves into a broader discussion about the potential for driverless cars to unleash colossal changes in American society. The debate touches on fears ranging from eliminating jobs for drivers to ceding control over mobility to autonomous vehicles.

    “People are lashing out justifiably," said Douglas Rushkoff, a media theorist at City University of New York and author of the book “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.” He likened driverless cars to robotic incarnations of scabs — workers who refuse to join strikes or who take the place of those on strike.

    “There’s a growing sense that the giant corporations honing driverless technologies do not have our best interests at heart,” Mr. Rushkoff said. “Just think about the humans inside these vehicles, who are essentially training the artificial intelligence that will replace them.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    this fascinates me for some reason, raging against the machine

    Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/u...a-attacks.html
    Good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Good.
    I guess some part of it is people fighting back against the impending robot takeover, etc., but I love how some of it just seems to be pranking. if I was a teenager in that town there right now, I could totally see myself putting obstacles in the road in front of a self-driving car, just to see what would happen.
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    Not restricted to cars either


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