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Comment: Re:FP! (Score 1) 658 658

1) Range - short range compared to 250 or 300 miles of ICE cars.
2) Price - Why do EVs cost 2x or more compared to ICE cars when EVs have fewer amount of hardware components?

Both of these issues are related to batteries. On the Tesla model S, the battery alone is as expensive as a new mid-range car (about $20-30k) and weights more than a half ton. And this is barely enough for a general purpose car.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 268 268

no, just make it illegal under penalty of long prison sentences for businesses to use public arrest records when considering hiring people. maybe if that hr person was afraid of squatting over a filthy toilet clutching her underwear while looking over her shoulder in fear, 4 times a day for 4 years, she might think twice about denying someone a job for being arrested in a police state. just saying.

No need for a prison sentence. She should simply be arrested and her employer notified...

Comment: Re:While greater security is a benefit for some... (Score 1) 30 30

The tech is mildly interesting, but it would suck to get locked out your phone because of a minor burn or a cut while making a hoagie.

Phone with fingerprint scanners usually have a backup password.
Additionally, their tech seems to scan the underlayers of the skin and fingerprints start relatively deep, this is why they regrow the same way after being damaged. Maybe this can be used to detect the fingerprint even behind small scratches and burns.

Comment: Re:Dopamine RI? (Score 1) 132 132

MDMA, like many recreational drugs, may be an effective medication in some cases.
However there are often practical reasons why they are not used :
- there are non-abuseable or better alternatives
- the effects are unpredictable (the main problem with psychedelics like LSD)
- they are not that effective
- there are too many side-effects
- they are actually used but with a different name (Adderall is "speed") or in an different way (cocaine as a local anesthetic)

Comment: Re:Don't really understand. (Score 1) 81 81

But once your payment has been processed and you walk out of the store with phone in hand, it's no longer "their" phone; it's "your" phone.

Not if you want to keep your manufacturer's warranty. If you don't care about it, then sure, you are free to do whatever you want with it.
And it includes rooting and flashing custom ROMs, something that is easy to do on Samsung and Oppo phones without using exploits.

Comment: Re:Knew it was too good to be true. (Score 1) 161 161

Additionally, there are many people paid to do this. And these people want to keep their jobs.
And you don't want to piss off people who know all of your secrets. Just look what a single guy with apparently good intentions can do. Now imagine dozens of Snowdens with less pure intentions...

Comment: Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 4, Insightful) 834 834

Can you please stop with this $xxx can end world hunger nonsense ?
First of all, people don't eat money. So if there are 10 people and food for 9, you can give as much money as you want and it won't change the fact that one of them won't eat.
Ok, so let's be a little smarter and use this money to better manage our agriculture. Now we have enough rations for everyone. World hunger ended... or is it ?
Not yet, because we also have to prevent local chieftains from diverting this food supply and use it to assert their power. Basically, it means some kind of a police force is needed to make sure food really goes to who is hungry. Now we have food going to people in need. Word hunger ends... for now.
Because, you see, in third world countries, birth rate is sky high, balanced by high mortality. Lower the mortality rate and you get exponential growth, which mean more demand for food, making the "food for everyone" program harder to maintain. So we need to either hope for a rapid transition or use drastic measures like China did with the one child policy.

As for war, it may be the most effective way to limit world hunger : war kills and dead people don't need to eat. A nightmarish reasoning that is hopefully flawed but I think not more so than your pipe dream.

Comment: Re:Authors have never heard of accelerometers (Score 1) 52 52

Yes, you can obtain the speed by integrating the acceleration but with small, consumer-level hardware, the drift will quickly make the results unusable. Even million dollar inertial navigation systems like we find in some military vehicles must be complemented by other sources to stay accurate.

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 228 228

In France cities use taxis as a form of a tax. A taxi license in Paris costs 240 000 Euro

A new taxi license in France is free. 240 000 Euro is what taxi drivers pay to other taxi drivers in exchange for a transfer. The cities don't benefits from these. The state benefits a little because the transaction is taxed but that's about it.

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