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Comment Re:Time to drop the prices? (Score 2) 249

I paid a premium for an electric car (fully EV, not a hybrid) and put up with the slight limitations it comes with in terms of range and recharge time. So yeah, I went zero emissions even though I was not legally obliged to.

I sometimes spray some weed killer on the public pavement outside by house, that's a public service I'm not required to perform.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 249

For calculating compensation costs in the event of liability for death the individual's lifetime earnings that have been lost are usually considered, so it varies a great deal. There may be other punitive costs on top, depending on the cause of death. If the person was a business owner, for example, others might able to claim for lost earnings too.

It's a very complicated area.

Comment Re:Time to drop the prices? (Score 4, Insightful) 249

UK power is expensive for a variety of reasons. We pay a ridiculous amount for nuclear, and don't make good use of our excellent wind resources. The big energy suppliers do the minimum possible to meet their legal obligations, in an attempt to force the government to pay them to build new capacity with tax money and bill increases.

Comment Re:FUCK OFF DICE (Score 1) 592

Only where it makes sense for academic reasons, not just because some guy has no social skills and can't interact with other people without screaming expletives at them.

So yeah, segregated bathrooms, changing rooms, introductory CS classes, fine, there are clear reasons and no-one is disadvantaged. Segregated software projects so some guys can be brogrammers, fuck no.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 5, Insightful) 249

It's almost impossible to compare because figures for the externalized costs of coal and gas are very hard to calculate. It's difficult to evaluate the value of health and a human life, or how much damage can be attributed to energy production and not other things.

In any case, as wind gets cheaper its capacity factor is rocketing up too.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 382

In the EU it would be illegal for Google to provide that data to insurance companies. I really doubt they would violate a very clear, unambiguous law like that.

Specifically, data protection rules require clear opt-in for such a scheme, and insurance rules do not allow insurers to penalize people who don't opt to supply the data. We have been here with driving monitor black boxes before. Much as the insurance companies would love to force everyone to have one, they can't.

Comment Re:That's not the answer! (Score 1) 186

There are easy and effective deterrents to murder that can be realistically enforced.

Realistically we can limit drones in certain ways. Limit range from the transmitter, limit the flight time and size being sold in shops. Allow for enforcement in certain areas where there is already enforcement to stop people getting in, e.g. airports. But unless you are willing to ban flying children's toys and search packages coming from China for them you can't really enforce "no flying over residential areas". Tracking a drone back to its operator with enough evidence for conviction is going to be extremely difficult.

It's the same with lots of other things, e.g. lasers. Realistically we can't stop people owning high power lasers like we can with firearms. The genie is out of the bottle, and everyday consumer electronics contain very powerful laser diodes.

Comment Re:No, just no. (Score 0) 592

Can you even name 1 single barrier faced by women trying to get in tech ?

Being told that girls are not interested in CS by teachers and parents. The "resume test" (identical applicants, one with female name and one with male name). Unwanted attention and comments in the workplace. The kind of bullshit we see on the LKML, that even some men won't put up with. The wage gap (yes, it's real, even after you account for absolutely everything). Brogrammers. I could go on.

Comment Re:stop (Score 0) 592

It's a lot like Health and Safety. It gets a bad name because idiots abuse it, but if you check the actual rules and objectives they are all perfectly sane, sensible and not in the least bit objectionable (unless you enjoy occupational injury).

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 2) 382

What they are really worried about is people being able to install apps that diagnose problems with their car automatically. No need to buy and fit a cheap OBD-II dongle, just head over to the app store and download an app. They are probably also worried about things like emission data becoming common knowledge. The car has sensors, it knows how bad its exhaust is, but most people never see the data from them.

Comment Re:That's not the answer! (Score 1) 186

If you expect to be able to keep aircraft out of the airspace over your house, you are going to be extremely disappointed.

Even if the rule was "no aircraft under 300m over private property", the cost of cameras that can capture clear images of your nude sunbathing is falling rapidly. Even if you somehow stop that, there is always the danger that a satellite will photograph your house from space on a nice clear, sunny day.

There seems to be little point in trying to hold this tide back.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.