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Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 157

by Aighearach (#46801397) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

If your premise is that corporate leaders are not people, I can guarantee you I would form a militia and fight to restore American ideals of personal freedom.

Corporations are not people, but corporate employees are. It is none of my business if a politician changes jobs and becomes a corporate employee.

And how would you decide what jobs you'll let former pols do? It is like inverted Fascism; fascism was the merger of the functions of business and State, this would be a merger of the functions of anti-business and State.

Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 157

by Aighearach (#46801359) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Thank you! Thought I'd give a shout-out from another fan of civics.

I also want to point out that here in Oregon we have direct Democracy and also "Representative Democracy." Most laws are State laws, not Federal, and we have real and direct control of those laws; when we want to. And the rest of the time it functions as a Republic, with elected representatives doing the daily work.

The 17th amendment stuff is funny. A bit of submarine attack; you're suggesting it would increase Democracy to remove the right of the People to choose Senators, and return power to State legislatures to appoint them. Given your interest in civics, you surely know that repealing the 17th Amendment would reduce Democracy. It is the current Republican response to changing demographics; if the State legislature chooses the Senators, then you can ensure Republicans get selected by local gerrymandering.

The 17th Amendment is part of the Constitution. This nonsense about the "original" Constitution seems to deny that the "original" Constitution says that the Amendments are PART of it.

I'll give you a B+ for civics, but a C- on propaganda. Your Constitution dogma is self-contradictory.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 111

by Aighearach (#46801273) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

I never got the 50mm hysteria. I always found it either too long or too short when used with 35mm.

At 35mm it works well in a studio setting where the subject is always at a fixed distance and you want to minimize foreground distortion while still giving a sense of depth.

I never did much posed portraits, and in candid or on-site portraits I also tended longer or shorter. Generally an outdoor background provides a better sense of depth so the intermediate length isn't useful.

It can also be a good length for macros.

Here in the western US, for 35mm film if you were to say "portrait lens" it would almost certainly mean 50mm, which now means ~35mm for digital.

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801207) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

sounds like the old fable of pulling yourself up by your own hair.

If your hair is long enough and you have pulleys in the right places, there is no problem at all with pulling yourself up by your hair.

Don't be scared off by the wrong problem, or let people confuse you with hair when you need a pulley. Even worse would be confusing vertical integration with hair, without consideration of pulleys or efficiency.

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801191) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

[M]any dealers charge $200 dollars to transfer your ownership....

What? But the dealer has no legal role in car ownership after the car is initially purchased. What happens if the new (or old) owner doesn't pay? (I've sold two previous cars and never paid the dealership anything.)

You lose the warranty, or service agreement. Generally there are a whole bunch of "free" routine maintenance services that are already pre-paid as part of a service agreement, so that is what you're paying to transfer. Also there might be different prices for service for "members" or however they phrase it.

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801181) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

He better bring her with him to remember the GPS and backup camera, especially if she's not going to let him install it himself. And you really don't want to see what a do-it-yourself sunroof on a new car looks like. If you've done enough fiberglass to do the work, you've breathed too many fiberglass fumes to do the planning...

Comment: Re:Random thoughts... (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801159) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Those are mostly all wrong. And indeed they didn't shelve the idea, the companies that have had hydrogen cars on the road for years and years have had great success with it; they just haven't pushed to build infrastructure, because the needs the different storage devices vary widely and it is still unclear which technologies will be most competitive.

3 is especially funny. Better go tell all those BWM owners their cars start slower than a hand crank... they'll probably laugh at you while turning the key to "on" and driving away.

Hyundai actually has a mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell car (well, SUV) now, and Europe is building out limited infrastructure. Even people who want to build the infrastructure are slightly hesitant because everybody is worried that new technology will be ready "soon" that will make them look silly with the old tech. But the build-out is starting anyways.

The European infrastructure project is being supported on the automaker side by BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, and on the hydrogen supply side by Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, ITM Power, Linde and OMV.

That is actually all news from last spring, kids.

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801117) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

They are most likely adding additional capabilities, and not "shifting" any "focus" at all, in any way.

The real question here is what their attitude towards their EV competitors will be, and if they'll try to retain proprietary batteries, or push towards standards. If they want to stay proprietary, then they'll look to build traditional batteries with their excess capacity; if they want standards, they might just revolutionize the aftermarket and do-it-yourself at the same time.

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 1) 129

by Aighearach (#46801073) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Many high end restaurants do in fact grow part of their own produce, especially if they have important ingredients that are of variable quality in the local market. Often they lease the field and the farmer, and give up the cost savings up front, in order to ensure quality and be "in charge" of that quality if a decision needs to be made.

Even with savings aside, this could really benefit Tesla because the battery market is driven by other industries with different needs.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 111

by Aighearach (#46796231) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Why would I want to ruin large parts of a good image with this effect? It seems just as stupid as adding a large lense flare.

lenses that can achieve a narrower field of focus are the more expensive ones, so there is established artistic value. Lens flare can also have value, and is really difficult to use effectively, so there is probably also a market for that.

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