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Comment: Re: Citation Needed (Score 1) 251

by Cabriel (#48015657) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Predictability and adaptability. A backhoe is good for very few things. In the same way, the Curiosity is only good at what it was designed to do. It can't adapt.

Humans, on the other hand can take the tools provide and experiment outside of pre-planned parameters. If something unexpected comes up, we have to build a whole new machine to deal with that and then we have to send it there. IN ADDITION, we can't just send a machine that does just one thing because that's terribly expensive, so we have to wait until a variety of EXTRA test labs can be added to the machine to bring down the cost-per-experiment to reasonable levels.

Comment: Re: Unfortunately (Score 1) 178

by Cabriel (#48004525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

This is actually not often true. It's not one manager reading a report that one guy makes versus one manager logging into a dashboard and sparing one guy some time. It's one guy spending time to make a report so *many* managers can read it in their inbox. It's not one manager spending 30 minutes once to set up the dashboard the way he wants, it's *many* managers having to do it.

In my case, I'm the guy that makes the report every day and sending off one email so that 6 managers above me don't have to each spend 15 minutes messing around with it because their time is better spent elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Third option (Score 1) 420

by Cabriel (#47985919) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

I doubt most people buy it because it's thin. Most people buy it because it's new, and powerful, and new. Because having the hottest new item is more important than what it looks like.

Me, personally? I buy the iPhones because they are solid and even with all the abuse I've put mine through, they haven't broken or bent except for a single crack across the top of the screen caused when I accidentally allowed it to fall face-first onto a large, sharp rock.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 393

by Cabriel (#47930471) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

Wait. If an IC Engine stops working, and it costs $15k-$45k to replace, don't people normally scrap their car and get a new one? Isn't that what's being suggested for the electric cars (in essence) when a battery fails, if it costs about the same as an IC Engine?

Comment: Re:Maybe 40k (Score 1) 393

by Cabriel (#47930401) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

What are the two biggest price-determining factors in a market economy? Supply and Demand.

With Tesla's Giga-factory, Supply should be adequately covered.
With a $35 000 price point, I'm pretty sure Demand will be more than adequately covered.

I doubt drop in the cost of the batteries will remain constant/linear once the Tesla battery factory(ies) start production.

Comment: Re:Not about ease, about authority (Score 1) 231

by Cabriel (#47903209) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

So if a new child comes in and isn't in a class photo, then what? Bring the professional photographer back in at more expense to the school and inconvenience to the class? or worse: What if the cafeteria worker is having a bad day and decides to point at the wrong kid, draining money from the wrong account to punish the bad kid's parents?

Fingerprint readers aren't any more invasive than School IDs but they do reduce liability and responsibility of the staff.

Comment: Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (Score 5, Insightful) 937

by Cabriel (#47898849) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Science is agnostic. It makes no statements about God, gods or Non-gods. Science doesn't need to place value on anything. Atheists don't own science and science is not a religion. By trying to make it the Atheists' religious thing, Science becomes weakened and non-credible.

I'm *not* saying Atheism is weak and non-credible. However, trying to make Science into a religious icon will certain cause all of humanity to suffer.

He's dead, Jim.