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Comment: Re: Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 3, Insightful) 226

by CreatureComfort (#49752663) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone
Or, just possibly, there is a long period large body that transits the oort cloud approximately every 60 million years, sending large chunks of debris into the inner solar system on just the type of semi-clockwork periodicity you seem to think the universe lacks?

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 2) 284

by CreatureComfort (#49718389) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
As people under 25 get older, their cars will become automated. At that point, the only thing they will care about is pointless shiny and interior infotainment.

HP and muffler growl will go away as concerns. Even exterior looks will fade as a point of care as car sharing and on-demand ride services take over from individual ownership.

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 2) 284

by CreatureComfort (#49718361) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
Amen to this. My Audi is going on 3 years old, and my one disappointment with it is the poor Multimedia interface. My son just bought a Mazda and we were looking at Volkswagen for him as well. Both have far superior in-dash systems for music, navigation, and vehicle information. What's really sad is that Volkswagen owns Audi, so you'd think they would put the better media system in the more upscale vehicle line.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Interesting) 507

by CreatureComfort (#49690635) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
I've got to agree with JohnFen. As a Program Manager, while Waterfall techniques could frequently end up with late or over budget, or both, projects, at the end of every project (I oversaw 5 multimillion dollar projects using Waterfall methods) we at least had a working application that met the original specifications.

Now, after two similarly sized Agile projects, all I can say is it seems to be an excuse for developers to skip QA/QC procedures "because we're already into the next scrum" and end up with a mess that doesn't come close to matching the original specification at the end blaming changing requirements and "developmental issues" during the scrum process. I just turned down a contract that explicitly required Agile coding because I don't have any confidence that the end user will be satisfied with the results.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 164

by CreatureComfort (#49621583) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Over most of history spying has saved lives more than taken them.

*Citation needed*

I'm fairly certain that while spying by "our" side has probably saved many of "our" lives, it has also probably been used to take many of "their" lives. As well as spying by "their" side being a root cause of them taking many of "our" lives.

Fit any of your own designations of who "our" and "their" are into that sentence, and I'd bet it holds true.

Comment: Re:Economy of Scale (Score 1) 83

by CreatureComfort (#49579395) Attached to: Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service
Every analysis I've seen, even independent analysis by skeptics, say that an Uber driver can expect to earn $19-$30 per hour, after taxes and expenses.

Not quite pennies, especially in today's limited job market. The most dedicated drivers I know, after the first couple of months using their own car, use their profits to buy a just-young-enough semi-beater to take all the depreciation and save their own car for strictly personal mileage

*full disclosure* Not a rideshare driver, but I sure have been considering it.

Comment: Re:Yet another makes the same mistake. (Score 4, Insightful) 79

by CreatureComfort (#49330895) Attached to: Better Disaster Shelters than FEMA Trailers (Video)
Bingo!

All this does is provide emergency shade/shelter from rain. It completely fails to provide: 1) potable water containment, 2) grey/black water containment, 3) cooking facilities, 4) sanitary facilities, 5) perishable goods storage, 6) personal goods storage, 7) any form of even temporary privacy, 8) any form of air conditioning or even ventilation, 9) any form of power for receiving news , maintaining contact, or even doing useful work outside daylight hours.

This would scale less well than tents, for equivalent protection/amenities, and in no way be a long term housing solution for families waiting for an area to rebuild, as many of the FEMA trailers turned into.

Comment: Re:NOT "network timekeeping", just timekeeping (Score 3, Funny) 166

Plus, self-driving cars, in particular, will be using the time stamps from GPS, which is about as accurate as you can get outside of a lab these days, and far more accurate than anything the vehicle will need it for.

Now what time source my IoT toaster will use, to brown my bread for exactly 23.5439263 seconds, starting at precisely 13minutes and 4.5098 seconds after local dawn... THAT I am concerned about!

Comment: Re:Or, it could be unrelated to actually extending (Score 2) 286

by CreatureComfort (#49266591) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

a service to have charging trucks come out to you to you should you run out of charge (maybe even heading to the point where you would run out of charge before it even happens so that there's no wait)

Hmm... I wonder if there is money to be made with some sort of "in air refueling" type scheme. huge truck consisting mainly of batteries or charged super caps pulls up behind a Model S, extends a rigid charging plug (appropriately penis shaped), and inserts it into a port mounted in the center of the rear trunk. Rapid charge exchange, credit account is debited, and the truck pulls away to go to the next customer. All performed at highway speeds...

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