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+ - Mercedes Slams Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential" 1

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "They say you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. Maybe it should go you shouldn't trash talk the company you partner with. U.S. head of Mercedes-Benz, Steve Cannon was just quoted as saying future service of Tesla's vehicles could be "limited," and that while it's great, the market could be more attracted to other luxury automakers once their products hit the market. Cannon also suggests that the current infrastructure isn't up to maintaining and fueling electric vehicles, in particularly Tesla's stores and go-to servicing can't handle high demands. Naturally he said Mercedes has the "whole network" to put customers minds' at ease. Sounds like fighting words to me. Hey Mercedes, where's your Model S competitor?"

+ - The Female Animal That Has a Penis->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Neotrogla, a cave insect that lives in Brazil, has completely reversed genitalia—the first time that’s ever been seen in an animal. It works about how you might expect, if you were asked to wonder about such things. The female has a penis that enters the male, literally grabs the sperm out of it, and returns it to her body. Neotrogla sex lasts, on average, between 40 and 70 hours. The female penis, called a gynosome, is “erectile, basally membranous, and apically sclerotized [hardened]. Its sclerotized part consists of a proximal rod-like extension and penis-like distal prominence. The latter encloses a duct leading to the sperm storage organ,” reports Kazunori Yoshizawa, a researcher at Hokkaido University in Japan. He published his findings in Current Biology ."
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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1431

by GoCrazy (#46772249) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ohters also had available to them.

I assume you don't know about the The 1938 German Weapons Act wherein "Jews were prohibited from possessing any dangerous weapons, including firearms. They were also forbidden from the manufacturing or dealing of firearms and ammunition".

Isn't the entire idea of the Bill of Rights to give inalienable rights to the people from the government regardless of prevailing ruling opinion? I'd find it hard to believe you if you told me the writers never believed there would be a more powerful weapon or a faster way to spread information, and therefore would not be in favor of allowing The People to own them.

I also believe that, since you think that "unrestricted weapons purchases" is a thing, you don't know about the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 or understand the process of purchasing/owning a firearm.

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 1) 584

by GoCrazy (#46757001) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

it is treading into the realm where the risk of bad outcome from the disease is about the same as the risk of bad outcome from the cure.

I was listening to an interview with Andrew Wakefield about his discredited study, and he referenced other studies that replicated his research that came to the same conclusion. I set out to find them, but only found studies such as this and this that found no direct causal links between the MMR vaccine and mental illness nor, as a population study, evidence that there was an increase in autism diagonosis after the introduction of the MMR vaccine to the general population in 1971 or an increase of diagonosis after 18 months of age, when the vaccine is administered. I then found a website that cites 28 studies that defend Wakefield's research. However, each one only talks about the underdevelopment of immune systems in children with down syndrome and the dangers of this preexisting condition.

As it turns out, Wakefield was offered a chance to reconduct his research, but he denied it. Every dead end I've reached leads me to believe he made this up. And it's sad the influence that this type of fraud has on people. I understand that you're suspicious; if I were an adult before this study was discredited I would be too. But the burden of proof is on anti-vaxxers and they have none besides residual suspicion from this discredited study.

Vaccines make it so that having the measles is no longer a rite of passage. That alone outweighs the "bad outcome" of unfounded suspicion.

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 1) 584

by GoCrazy (#46746333) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
Interesting comment. However, I think it's detrimental to entertain "if" situations about her inane accusations, because it creates a hypothetical where she's right.

Let's just keep it at: There is no correlation or medical proof vaccines cause autism, and if you're willing to sacrifice your children because Jenny McCarthy told you so then good riddance to your blood line.

Comment: Re:Why is this so difficult to believe? (Score 1) 721

by GoCrazy (#46724145) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
From the article, it goes something like this:

14 states contribute a total of 2.4 mil
36 states need to contribute 7,.1 - 2.4 = 4.7 mil
(over 6 months)

At the beginning of March, the 36 states were reporting they had 2.6 mil, leaving (4.7 - 2.6 = 2.1 mil) that needed to sign up in one month

7 of 36 states are already reporting a total of 0.59 mil, which means the remaining 29 need:
4.7 - 0.59 = 4.1 mil total
2.1 - 0.59 = 1.5 mil in (1) month

Not impossible, but based on any of the previous projections it's still a stretch:

-2.4 mil in (6) months per 14 states yielding: [(2.4/6)/14]*29 = 0.83 mil

-2.6 mil in (5) months per 36 states yielding: [(2.6/5)/36]*29 = 0.42 mil

-0.59 mil in (6) months per 7 states yielding: [(0.59/6)/7]*29 = 0.41 mil

+ - Internet users spend 1,389 man-years per day just typing passwords->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Article in latest issue of IEEE Security+Privacy has the estimate and lots of other juicy stuff (paywall, but original pdf here Microsoft authors accuse industry of using O(N) solutions (where N is number of users) even when O(logN) or better solutions exist.

“We appear to have lost sight of the original goal. We are pursuing substitute goals, such as password complexity and expiration, as ends in themselves long after it has become clear that they do little for the original problem.”"

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+ - Indie Game Jam show collapses due to interference from "Pepsi Consultant"

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "Would you like to see a half-million-dollar TV show in which four teams of indie developers and Youtube personalities compete to create amazing videogames? Tough luck, because GAME_JAM from Maker Studios has spectacularly imploded. Although a lot could go wrong with this kind of show, the blame isn't being levelled at game developer egos or project mismanagement but the heroic efforts of one Matti Leshem, a branding consultant brought in for Pepsi. After imposing Mountain Dew branding rules that even banned coffee from the set, his efforts to build a gender divide amongst the teams culminated in the competitors downing their tools and the projection collapsing. Accounts from Adriel Wallick, Zoe Quinn, and Robin Arnott are also available."

+ - AT&T's Next Phone Upgrade Plans are a Huge Ripoff->

Submitted by GoCrazy
GoCrazy (1608235) writes "AT&T unveiled its new Next plan today, which allows you to pay a small monthly fee for the privilege of upgrading your phone every year without a down payment. It's an obvious response to T-Mobile's Jump plan, which costs $10 a month and allows for an upgrade every six months. Both plans sound like a great idea: you'll get a new phone much faster than before, without having to pay full price up front or resigning your contract every time.

The big differences with AT&T's Next plan are that it costs anywhere from $15 to $50 a month depending on which phone you buy, and also that it's an absolutely clear ripoff designed to cheat customers into paying full price for their phone without actually buying anything."

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