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Comment: How does the carpooling thing work? (Score 1) 405

by Experiment 626 (#46510151) Attached to: Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road
It's one thing to need 3+ people in a car to use the HOV lane, but how does this promote carpooling if you make ALL the roads in town illegal with 1-2 people in the car? The first guy can't go pick the other up, and at the end of the day if you're down to two passengers, you can't drop either of them off.

Comment: Re:Another Tesla story? (Score 1) 318

by Experiment 626 (#46340097) Attached to: Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

I get the Slashdot love for autonomous cars. Running off of computer, pushing the limits of AI, society having to come to terms with legal and liability issues raised by new technology. Good stuff.

But why should running off of electricity somehow make a car interesting? Because it's "new"? No, people have experimented with electric cars since the 19th century, the main difference now is we have batteries that make it semi-practical. Because storing power in a battery gives it something in common with geeky devices like laptops and tablets? Because some geeks also happen to be into environmental causes? Seriously, what is so exciting about this car that it gets so many Slashdot stories?

Comment: Re:Another Tesla story? (Score 1) 318

by Experiment 626 (#46339829) Attached to: Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle
I have to disagree with you there. The Hennessey Venom GT's 270.49 mph run on the space shuttle landing strip was a far more interesting technological accomplishment than this, and completely ignored by the Slashdot editors. Why should a car somehow count as "interesting technology" because electricity makes it go? So what, golf carts can do that.

Comment: Monopole Magnets (Score 1) 156

by Experiment 626 (#46110283) Attached to: Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

I maintain nonetheless that yin-yang dualism can be overcome.

With sufficient enlightenment we can give substance to any distinction: mind without body, north without south, pleasure without pain. Remember, enlightenment is a function of willpower, not of physical strength.

—Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
“Essays on Mind and Matter”

Time to start building those Mag Tubes!

Comment: Re:How is this disturbing? (Score 1) 291

It is pretty straight forward how it will work.
1) People send in money.
2) After a while the site closes down.
3) Person that put up the site earns a nice profit.

Yes, tick off a community of users whose defining trait is that like to hire hit men, that sounds like a wonderful business plan.

Comment: I'm seeing a pattern here (Score 1) 533

The law seems to love sensationalizing terms relating to weapons.

Semiautomatic rifle with a vaguely military appearance? Assault rifle! (which more properly refers to fully-automatic rifles)
Any fully-automatic weapon? Machine gun! (which more properly refers to big belt-fed weapons and the like)
An explosive device? Weapon of mass destruction! (which more properly refers to a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon)

Comment: Re:Additional extra smart Features - (Score 1) 558

by Experiment 626 (#43864621) Attached to: 'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

So many flaws with this proposal. Why the assumption that no one will need self-defense around "schools, malls and movie theatres"? Who buys a computing device that loses all of its config settings every four hours? Why does your remote disable feature have a loophole for corporate and government owned guns (guns not in the possession of a single owner would seem to be the most likely to get lost and need a remote disable)? How is your friend or foe feature supposed to work?

The most glaring flaw is adding lots of battery-intensive requirements (GPS, broadcasting signals, pinging other devices, and listening for remote disable signals) and adding them to a device used in life-and-death emergencies. When dead battery potentially equals dead user, this doesn't seem like the wisest course of action.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.

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