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Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 349

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) 349

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) 230

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) 887

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.

Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 506

by Cabriel (#47758439) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

And what about for a situation the car doesn't have programmed to deal with? Such as narrowly avoiding an accident that takes up the road in front of it? How does a driverless car deal with that? Just sit there assisting in blocking traffic? What about when an officer on the road is directing traffic? What about when something else is blocking the lane of traffic, like road construction where the workers direct traffic into the lane travelling the opposite direction?

Yes, human error is most likely to cause accidents, but that doesn't mean there's no need at all for a steering wheel for the just-in-case moments that Google didn't think of ahead of time or just can't deal with in software.

Comment: Re:The world we live in. (Score 2) 595

by Cabriel (#47748715) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

One who is aware of this could check up to 10 drinks for their friends. Through effectiveness, that one might be able to convince others. Everything starts with a few who convince others.

Look at Google, for example. It used to be a nerd-only thing (I remember a time before Google was). Now, I can't think of anyone who doesn't understand when someone says "just google it".

But, really, if you want to educate people, teach them to drink only from a bottle and to keep their thumb over the neck when they aren't drinking it. Alternatively, convince them that if they ever take their eyes off of their drink, even for a second, and there are other people within arm's reach, just leave the drink and hit the dance floor for a while then get a new drink.

The only "safe" way to drink open drinks (cocktails/hiballs) is to drink them all in one go over a period of five or ten or fifteen minutes without putting down the drink, then do something else for a while, like dance or get some fresh air or hit the washroom, or just have a conversation with someone. If you're concerned about getting too drunk, a good bartender will not judge anyone, especially women, for ordering water, and if the bartender does give the person a hard time about it, that person should never return to that bartender.

Obviously, the safest way is to not go to the bar, but no one will listen to that advice, so if they're going to go out, they should be well-informed with good advice.

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 465

by Cabriel (#47730393) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

While a download might not equal a loss, a download does not therefor equal an inspired buyer. If even 1/7 of the people who got the film from him didn't see it in theatre, that would by $1million in lost revenue for the movie, but let's be honest, we all know the number of people who watched the pirate-version but not the theatre-version is much higher than 1/7.

Comment: Re:our presidents origin story (Score 1) 115

by Cabriel (#47695369) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

In non-altruistic practice, Public Office is a method for improving one's image and reputation while also making connections to important people in the business world so one can get a great position in an industry after their term is finished. If they're being bribed/illegally rewarded while in office and it amounts to more than they think they'd make for the same effort in an industry, then there's a strong reason to become a career politician--a very different kind from the presumably-good people who actually want to change the world.

Comment: Re:(sigh) what happened to English? (Score 1) 47

by Cabriel (#47665049) Attached to: DEFCON's Latest Challenge: Hacking Altruism

Really? Lulz is where you draw the line? Not "google" (verb), or worse, "irregardless"?

What happened to English is that it's not Latin--never was. It's always followed less-than-static rules. It's a conglomeration of half-a-dozen different base languages. You should stop making idealistic assumptions about what it should be that most people don't share and accept what it is.

People are always available for work in the past tense.