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Comment Re:Sure, let's make everything tiered (Score 1) 392

Volvo's new tiered purchase plan: and would you like tires with that? What about brakes? An engine?

Better than the purchase plan for the other big Swede, Ikea.

The car comes in separate components, flatpacked in a box that it almost too inconveniently bulky to transport, and you have to put the whole thing together yourself, in your garage, with only your wits, your hands, a ten-cent Allen key and a manual which only has diagrams, not words.

Comment Re:They're probably correct (Score 1) 273

Rote memorization is very important and is seriously undervalued. Try learning an instrument or a sport w/o rote memorization. Memorizing, and developing the capacity to memorize is important. We need more rote memorization, not less.

Rote memorization is very important and is seriously undervalued. Try learning an instrument or a sport w/o rote memorization. Memorizing, and developing the capacity to memorize is important. We need more rote memorization, not less.

Comment Re:A bunch of nuns? (Score 1) 800

Actually, this raises a more interesting question (at least to me) which your little thought experiment approaches. What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver? For example, what if the car has the opportunity to swerve off the side of a mountain road and drop you 1000 feet onto some rocks to avoid a crash that would have killed far more people than simply you? Is my autonomous car required to act in my own best interest, or should it act in the best interests of everyone on the road?

Also, somebody somewhere will use this 'feature' to commit a murder...

Hack the computer, make it think that it is in this situation, and the vehicle will launch itself over a cliff with the occupants inside.

The crash may also erase all evidence as to what actually caused it, as well, leaving the authorities with mere speculation.

Comment Re:Screw the feedback loop (Score 1) 291

I imagine that when we have really screwd the climate for us, we will have to come up with genetically engineered human beings that will drive heavily modified cars that are working OK when it's 60C.

We're already here and thriving in Australia, thank you very much.

Comment Re:Musk's Hubris... (Score 1) 253

What I find completely unbelievable in this story is that someone in California actually has their car in a garage.

Your garage is where you keep all the stuff you can't fit into the house.

The street is where you keep your car.

Maybe for non-electric cars... maybe the owner for whatever reason didn't want to run a power cord out to an unsecure area used as a thoroughfare.

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