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Comment Re: Introduction (Score 1) 207

and a lot of drivers will just schedule there regular service around it. They'll say "ah its been 8mths close enough to a year" so why don't you check my motor software version and brakes while you are at it? The slightly increased frequency of service might be enough to compensate entirely for the expense of ~60s a seat belt giving it a yank and checking if it is bent.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 2) 207

I see your argument but suspect you are wrong in Tesla's case. Don't have it handy but my understanding is that Tesla is barely profitable and at that only profitable because of incentives. ~$20 a car (more if they do as some say and actually drive to you do to the service) might very well be well into the single digits of their profit. They want to scale up which would make them profitable. Better to find and figure out how to fix production issues now with 90k cars in your fleet vs when you are making 90k cars a month. I'll be more impressed if they are still doing this when they are selling 1M cars a year.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 1) 207

+1 for participation rate. I agree. Participation rate might be even lower for them since there are fewer dealers so it is more inconvenient. How about treating owners as somewhat intelligent? They could post a youtube video that shows you what it should look like and say: "if yours doesn't look like this please come in for a complementary expection and (whatever the equivalent is) oil change." I'm sure their is liability issues as the owner that thought they were smart enough to do self inspection would still blame them for trusting them to check if there were 2 nuts not 1 attached or whatever but still. Drivers ed still teaches (like people ever do) that you should do a basic vehicle inspection each time before driving right?

Comment Re: Other car companies have done this too (Score 1) 207

No maybe just tightening a few nuts or whatever. They might have some slack manufacturing compacity so the recall could be ~free to them (already paying someone full time but don't have enough work to keep them busy, plus maybe small fraction of people bother). But regardless; it is a good policy. Especially with such a technology driven device. It isn't just selling more cars to people, what about a new $10k quick charge battery or charger? I'm guessing the opportunities for follow on sales are larger when the owner owns both the "gas station" and a very expensive gas tank.

Comment Re:Not most used, sorry (Score 5, Informative) 249

He did say useful though.

Desktop/laptops are where you get things done. IMO phones and tablets are toys. You can play simple games, check your email, bring your porn with you to the bathroom etc. But the email and phone calls that are work related are about stuff that, guess what, 90% of people need to go to their (mostly Windows) PC to do.

There are exceptions of course but most people do stuff other than communicating all day. Phones are horrible for anything requiring screen space, processing power etc. Phones might have the processing power but the apps that they run are still living in the 90's vs their PC equivalents.

Comment Re:Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

I went to Waterloo. The selling point was that your degree would take you about 8 months longer to get but during your coop you'd earn money and probably be pretty close to debt free when you graduated. The school would help you find positions (job boards only coops can apply to, counselors to help you (not sure what kind of counseling they could give as, pretty much by definition they are an expert in a field that you probably aren't looking to work in). They also pushed that you'd end up ahead because you'd have experience and might get hired by one of your coop placements.

I didn't go the coop route and did find it hard to find any sort of work requiring my skills till I was finished my 3rd year (then did RAs, TAs and such). But I guess that might be the same for coops since a lot of employers are like mine and don't want to waste time with someone that only has their first year done. Similarly getting a non-academic job in my field was hard for me too for about 8 months or so out of school but once I got one I haven't ever been unemployed since and typically if I want to change jobs have several competing options within a few weeks of looking. So I guess: coop forces you to look, gives you access to pool of jobs that the school is trying really hard to scale with the number of coop students and might mean you graduate with the "untested in the market" problem already dusted off of you.

Comment Re:The obvious answer (Score 1) 393

I had a friend in university that admitted herself that she was an affirmative action dream. She came from out of province (not sure if technically an affirmative action issue more of a financial one as out of province tuition is about 2-3x "normal" tuition), was of Pakistani origin and a women. 3 checkboxes in one. Her marks sucked and it took her about 6 years to graduate (though she did end up with dual majors). Time for those policies to go away IMO. For women, the battle is won for education at least if not yet for salary equality, minorities at least in Canada, are over represented in post secondary education, again the battle is won.

Comment Re:Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

Not free and good (for student) salary, something like $25/hr. The way it is potentially exploitative though mutually beneficial too: my company insists on at least a 1 yr coop and 3rd or 4th year student. That typically means we are usually their last employer before graduating and often their only coop experience. I suspect when it comes time to hire them on full time that that kind of pegs their salary expectations somewhat low. Ie going from 25 -> $30/hr sounds like a good deal but is kind of low ball (in my experience anyways). The benefit to the student: they don't have to look for a new coop every 4mths and they have a high chance of getting an offer of a job afterwards. Might knock 10k off your starting salary but removes a lot of stress and the company is otherwise good (good benefits flexible hours, because we hire so many new grads all younger 20-30 somethings etc).

Comment Re:Back in the old days (Score 1) 393

Somewhat wishful thinking. My work for example hires 90% of our employees fresh out of school often after having done a 1 year coop placement with us at some point in their schooling. No schooling, no coop, no coop no hire, or at least very very unlikely. I imagine it is like that at a lot of companies. You put a job posting up and you have at least 10X the applications as the positions, you need a quick way to narrow things down. So: no degree, there goes a few, typo in the resume or too long/short there goes a couple more. Etc. Your degree exists to help prevent you from getting cut out of the stack before even getting an interview.

Oddly enough though, I guess people can kind of figure it out in the interview if you are too much BS, but I have a masters and have done several professional jobs (in different fields) none of which have asked me for my transcript and other form of proof that I actually am "qualified". It is enough to make you wonder if you should just drop out after second year and go right to work. Everyone expects a fresh out of school programmer to have some pretty crappy code for a year or so until code reviewers beat good practices into them anyways so ... Probably could have made another 150k or so in my lifetime if I'd known ahead of time. Oh well, what would life be without nuclear physics and complex analysis?

Comment Re:The obvious answer (Score 2) 393

This is a Canadian study. I'm Canadian and the university experience I had both white and male were the minority (and vastly so in some fields: humanities women, math and CS asians). More women graduate than men. More women than men work in professional jobs. Asians make more than whites on average (ever wonder why they aren't included in affirmative action check boxes in most schools?)

Agreed having a degree doesn't equal qualified. Switching jobs out of your field and taking something else for example. Study music because you like it but then end up working as a social worker instead. Etc. The other thing is fields that cross education levels like IT and programming. I have a masters degree (and got it for my amusement not for any desire to use it for a job qualification) but have worked at places were my colleagues only had college. It didn't really matter, whoever was the more experienced or otherwise better code monkey was more senior regardless of education.

Comment Re:Thermometer accuracy (Score 1) 735

There's an order of magnitude (at least) difference in funding for research on the pro-warming vs against. Hopefully you are right and however disproved man made climate change would win a Nobel prize and be rewarded as a great scientist etc. I'm more synical though. Al Gore got the nobel for a pro warming position. Would the Nobel committee be willing to give someone a prize for doing something they already rewarded on the other side? If so I don't think it could be a peace prize because presumably if nothing is happening then you aren't warning governments about impending doom/preventing resource wars.

The other thing is say the climate is changing but not due (or at least not largely do) to human activity. I could take A LOT more effort to get enough data to decouple things vs the pro side which (not exclusively for sure but often) just says "hey look the last 10 years where hotter than the 10 before it, ipso facto humans". I think it is more scary to them that it could possibly not be human activity and we could be doomed no matter what we do. Easier to blame it on SUVs and become vegan to lower your carbon foot print so you can feel like you are doing something.

Comment Re:Agreed (Score 1) 305

The cost (hopefully) of up front doing the obvious validation means you don't need a lot of manual checking and/or you save a lot of back and forth getting the right data. I think that is why it is linked: the whole point of digitizing isn't to get rid of the paper it is to automatize.

Comment Re:Who measured in pre-industrial times? (Score 1) 735

Unless they have to pay companies aren't going to care how many tanks are needed to guard and/or kill the competition. Heck armies use resources too driving up the price/profit.

No I don't think it will be simple I just don't think we are special. We panic/fear because:

a) someone isn't nice to us
b) someone dies from a disease
c) some nutjob kills a few people in a theater
d) something happens causing refugees

While all aren't good things none of them are new. As they say in Iran Shite happens.

Comment Re:Who measured in pre-industrial times? (Score 1) 735

Well food prices also increase because developing nations are drastically increasing their meat use which requires a lot of crops to go into feeding pigs/chickens/cows. Which I'm okay with because everyone should get to enjoy barbecued animal carcass.

But I agree ethanol is one of the dumbest ideas out there. If you get ethanol as a biproduct of a process you already need to do and use that for fuel, okay. But to turn food land into gas land is crazy. Especially if Billy-Bob needs to drive his diesel all over the place to tend to the crop and spray fertilizer (often generated via fossil fuels). It further leads to a mono-culture which likely screws with things like bees (especially if the seed is Monsanto terminator crops where the pollen has been specifically engineered to be screwed up so you can't replant it) and moves prices so that pretty much everything you by in the store has corn or soy in it. No thanks.

Some global warming might be good for people. Our mean latitude seems to be around 30 degrees but it looks like to me there is a lot more land at higher latitudes which would then become more comfortable.: Will populations need to move away from the current coasts and maybe further away from the tropics, maybe. But people migrate, always have always will.

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