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Comment Re:Decades of makware (Score 1) 28

Some could. Amigas (and Macs too I believe?) would automatically pop up an icon for floppies when they were inserted, without needing to do anything else.

While those absolutely are technically "personal computers", everyone understands "PC" to mean "IBM PC or compatible". And yes, both Amigas and Macs had floppy detect. Actually, it was technically possible to do it on the PC as well, and ISTR some programs actually doing it. The solution to the training problem is pathetically obvious (as evinced by the fact that I figured it out while reading TFA which I just google'd) which is to train the system the first time the user successfully reads a floppy disk, and thus you know that there's a disk in the drive. But... Microsoft

Comment Re:Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 428

you need to read closely, the claim is that abortion should be outlawed if and only if, the state outlawing abortion can (without risking the life of the pregnant woman), remove the fetus. Once the fetus is removed, it is then becomes the duty of the state to maintain and grow the fetus using whatever incubator technology they have available.

Sorry, I missed the science fiction premise. I will try harder to remember that this is Slashdot, and not a place to get serious about discussing real solutions to real problems.

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 428

Third, it's possible to push a woman into sex without actually raping her.

For this purpose, I'll go ahead and lump coercion in with rape. But not just empty promises. If you want promises, get a marriage contract. Ideally the state would piss off out of marriage per se and instead there would just be child responsibility contracts. So, barring rape or coercion, what's wrong with the plan is that women are abused by the court system. That's a problem we need to fix anyway. Let's also fix that problem.

Comment Re: APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 210

Live in the UK, never driven an automatic, don't know anybody who owns one.

Automatic gearbox uptake is way up in Europe. More and more manufacturers are ditching the stick and going to CVT-only for mileage reasons. All the top-end cars have dual-clutch transmissions, which are manual only in concept. They are all automatically controlled, and all have an automatic mode. Or at least, so says the automotive press. Mostly I get this stuff from watching Autoline, but other shows factor in as well.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 210

Yeah, I think if you love to drive, then you get the stick. But if you love to win, then you get the dual clutch... if it's available and allowed. Rowing gears is great fun, as long as you aren't required to do too much of it. I like a five speed and some torque, personally, but I wouldn't piss on a six speed for my car either.

If I get enough money out of eventually selling my 300SD, perhaps I will put a 01E gearbox in my D2 A8. But that's a good three grand all told including a good clutch...

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 3, Interesting) 428

Would you argue that if a man decides he doesn't want to pay for a child he helped conceive he shouldn't be forced to?

As long as the woman makes the decision whether to have the child, which she should, the man should not have to pay child support if she chooses not to, unless he entered into a marriage contract with her first. Anything else puts all the responsibility on the man, all of the rights are the woman's, which is just a form of slavery. You're not a deadbeat unless you make promises and then don't keep them. I say this as someone who had a deadbeat dad who cheated on his wife, got divorced, then drank up the child support money. He made a commitment and then failed to follow it. There is reasonable justification for treating him like a criminal; he broke a contract.

Only in the case of perpetrating a rape should the man have to pay child support out of wedlock, and a woman should have the absolute right to decide whether or not she has a child. Anything else is grossly unfair and puts all the responsibility on the man.

ObDisclaimer: I have no children, wanted or un-

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 210

You are a complete moron. Try talking to some Europeans sometime.

Why would I go looking for anecdotes when every car company and car mag has already done that? Your minuscule sample set of avid drivers aside, people buy what they can afford. People buy sticks in Europe because they have massive taxation on large vehicles, and a slush box is a significant percentage of the weight of a small one. It's not because they want a stick. Serious drivers want dual-clutch gearboxes, not sticks. Only kiddies who haven't driven a real transmission still want a stick.

Comment Re:Self driving tech doesn't mean you can't drive (Score 1) 210

ell, Porsche developed a rear drive sports car which is a ridiculous thing to do

What? Who told you that? Rear wheel drive is still best for sports cars. AWD is awesome, I love it, my latest ride is an Audi with old-school Quattro, meaning it has a Torsen center diff and open diffs front and rear with EBD for low speed anti-slip. But nothing beats a well set-up RWD car for tossability. I've owned a 240SX and an Impreza, and flogged them both hard over the twistiest canyon roads available, you know the kind that just look more and more squiggly as you zoom in? The two cars weighed the same, but the Impreza had a problem the Nissan didn't; if you let go of the gas, the car would drift towards the outside, because AWD vehicles understeer off power. Making quick weight transitions is thus faster in RWD vehicles. In addition, you split the jobs up between the wheels; the front wheels can handle just the steering grip while the rears are doing the acceleration. That means there's more grip available for steering, plain and simple. Since acceleration and steering happen on completely different vectors, this makes a substantial difference in traction — even the shape of the contact patch is different.

On the other hand, what does NOT make sense is a rear-engined sports car. It's taken them some 30 years to make a car that will outhandle the competition even though the engine is in the wrong place. They're STILL castrating the mid-engine cars (slightly) to keep them inferior to the 911, because the truth is that mid-engine is superior and they have the proof in-house.

Comment Re:Porsche != 'Luddite' (Score 1) 210

If you actually think that Porsches' position on so-called 'self-driving' cars is a Luddite attitude, then you don't at all get what Porsche is all about in the first place. It's a driver's car, not just transportation.

If all Porsches were "driver's cars" then they wouldn't offer them with all the fruity amenities. There would be no interior option beyond alcantara (it's easier to clean than real leather and it's grippy so you don't slide around on it) and you could have it with or without air con, and that's it. The truth is that Porsche makes relatively light little runabouts and they also make massive land barge SUVs. To suggest that they won't make those SUVs self-driving is ridiculous. To believe the suggestion is even more ridiculous.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 210

And not to forget you need an automatic transmission for that. Real drivers use manual transmission. Does Porsche even deliver automatic transmissions (outside the US, where most "drivers" don't know how to use a manual transmission)?

You are completely ass-backwards. First, only Americans actually give a shit about manual shift any more. Several cars are now getting a manual only for the US market. Second, manual shift is slow as fuck by modern standards. NOBODY can do it faster than a dual-clutch gearbox, but NOBODY. Not even with a dogbox. A well-programmed dual clutch, like Porsche's PDK, won't even upset the car if you shift mid-turn. Even a good slush box is better at shifting than you are. My 1997 Audi's five-speed ZF5HP42 dual-engages gears, shifting into one literally at the same time it shifts out of another. Nine out of ten people will shift sloppier and upset the car more. Under heavy power, like pinning it on the onramp, the 2-3 shift is imperceptible. If twenty year old slush box can shift faster than almost anyone, how much faster can a modern dual-clutch do it? Answer, three or four times faster than the fastest human.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 210

Most modern electronics in a Porsche regarding safety (lane detection, sign detection, speed control, automatic breaking, distance detection, rear and side radar, pedestrian detection etc.) is already bought from third party companies.

The truth is that virtually all electronics in virtually all cars are already bought from third party suppliers. Automakers actually make almost nothing beyond stamping sheet and casting lumps of metal. Everything else is contracted out, even if they designed it.

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