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Comment: Re:Tesla's taking a cue from Apple (Score 1) 145

by ClickOnThis (#47915171) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

This is only partially true. You have to remember that Apple products used to suck. People did not want them.

In my modest experience with older Apple products, I have found that they were about the same as others in quality. They didn't "suck" any more or less than their competitors.

Comment: Re:Throwback (Score 3, Interesting) 145

by ClickOnThis (#47915025) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops.

This seems to indicate that the same laws were good then & not good now. How?

Back then, Detroit was trying to pressure their own retailers to sell their cars at a lower markup. The law was Good (TM) for the retailers because it protected them from their suppliers. There were plenty of retailers to drive prices down through competition; they didn't need the suppliers to compete in the retail market.

Now, Tesla doesn't distribute to independent retailers, and they want to keep it that way, because they're not keen on having their products in the same showrooms as retailers showing other products. As far as they're concerned, Tesla is revolutionary, and would look queer and out-of-place amongst other vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Tesla doesn't trust retailers to present their product fairly in this context. And I can see their point: if their only contact with the consumer is the conventional auto retailer, you can bet all the other car manufacturers would freak out at having to share the showroom with Tesla, and would put pressure on the retailers to sing their own song.

In short, Tesla doesn't think the market will be fair to them unless they sell their product through their own stores. And since the retailers aren't selling their product, they're not competing with them, and so the law is an anachronism in this context.

Comment: Re:Here in Massachusetts (Score 1) 145

by ClickOnThis (#47914133) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I think part of that is also from a "morality hurdle" mentality. Many religious people don't want the alcohol market to be efficient in order to squelch consumption. It may not merely be old-fashioned protectionism of mom-and-pop stores.

I can imagine that explanation being plausible in a Jesus-belt state, but not Massachusetts.

Comment: Re:Why should it NOT exist? (Score 1) 119

by ClickOnThis (#47898439) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Heck, even certain knowledge is illegal for the general public to own, let alone internalize, like plans to make nuclear bombs.

Designs for nuclear weapons are not too hard to find online. The hard part (thank God) is obtaining the materials to make one, such as enriched uranium, plutonium, deuterium and tritium.

That said, I agree it would be illegal for a member of the general public to possess classified documents of any kind, without authorization.

Comment: Re: This technology *will* exist... (Score 2) 119

by ClickOnThis (#47897363) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

There's lots of cameras deployed without microphones. Also pretty sure sound doesn't make it to geosynchronous orbit strata of the atmosphere...

You're implying we could read lips from GEO. Good luck with that. Even if the Hubble Space Telescope (which is at low earth orbit, not geosynchronous) were pointed at the earth, the best resolution you could manage would be about 30 cm.

In theory it might be possible to read lips at GEO, but you'd need a HUGE telescope, or smaller binocular-configured telescopes with a wide-enough baseline, to get the job done.

And nitpick: there's really no "strata of the atmosphere" at GEO. Contributions there from the Earth's atmosphere are miniscule. It's pretty much plasma and magnetosphere from a few hundred km altitude on upwards.

Comment: Re:Too bad (Score 1) 119

by ClickOnThis (#47897167) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

In the end, I suspect we'll decide that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, and pass laws to protect people from the disadvantages. I'm not saying this will be ideal, but it will be the best we can do.

We have faced, or are facing the same issue with other technologies such as face recognition, profiling, genome sequencing, etc.

Comment: Re:hmmmm (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by ClickOnThis (#47877569) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Freedom of speech. I can say anything I want about anyone.

Within reasonable limits. There are laws that cover libel, slander, nuisance, needlessly yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, etc.

I'm allowed to have an opinion.

Absolutely 100% true. But nobody is obliged to help you express that opinion. And IANAL, but my understanding is that your ability to express an opinion can be affected by any contract you sign, including the click-through contracts these companies are foisting on their customers at the time of purchase.

BTW, I wholeheartedly support what California is doing here. What these companies are doing is unconscionable, but possibly tenable. This law closes the door on it.

Comment: Re:Earth (Score 1) 105

by ClickOnThis (#47857135) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

Unfortunately cores this large, powerful and complex all stand excellent chances of spontaneously self-triggering SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure).

That acronym is a fine example of Onomatopoeia.

But is that really true? GPUs have far more than 42 cores, and they don't SMEF very often, do they?

Comment: Re:Mixed arithmetic in Matlab (Score 1) 727

Do you really want this:

        A = ones(10000, 10000, 'int8'); % 10000-by-10000 matrix each entry of which is 1, stored using the 8-bit signed integer type
        B = 1; % double precision
        C = A+B;

to blow C up into a 10000-by-10000 matrix of doubles, requiring eight times as much memory as A?

Obviously not. But it should be my choice as to whether precision is thrown away, not Matlab's.

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