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Comment Re:She won't be president (Score 1) 361 361

I think you're right about Hillary's likability which partly explains why her policies seem to be an awkward attempt to be right, smart and popular all at the same time.

I think you underestimate her as a candidate, though. Depending on who runs against her, she may stand or fall based on her likability, but that assumes someone gets a fair chance to run against her. Politics isn't an equal access contest, and you can be damn sure her connections and decades spent raising money for the DNC have bought her the kinds of favors and brass-knuckled leverage that might dissuade potential challengers from making a run at her.

I think she got a little blindsided by Obama in 2008 but also was willing to cede to him for both semi-principled reasons involving party loyalty but also for strategic reasons knowing she could resurrect her campaign easily in the next go-round.

This is her last shot now, and I think she's willing -- and able -- to call in all her markers, twist every arm and squeeze every dollar she can to get into office. Lousy personality or not, nobody else in the Democratic party has the juice to challenge her, no matter how likable they may be.

Bernie Sanders is a side show, hitting all the progressive talking points but can never attract the donor dollars for that reason. It would be hilariously fun if he would take it just a little crazier and at least feint a touch of right-wing populism on guns or immigration (the latter I think he did recently with regard to immigration and wages). I think there's an awful lot of tea partiers who hate wall street but love their guns more who might find a little honest Yankee common sense appealing.

Trump is just a clown indulging his ego. He probably believes his own bullshit, too, but he's like a sports-loving millionaire who buys a pro team to indulge his ego. Trump is just spending money to promote Trump. I also think he's potentially dangerous -- you don't do what Trump did in NY business and real estate (with Trump's personality to boot) without some brains and a lot of balls. Trump is a survivor in a city of pretty heavy predators, from Wall St. to Gracie Mansion to the unions and the garbage and building trades. He's got a zillion dollars with no strings attached and if he's not afraid of the city, the Gambinos or pretty much anyone else.

Comment Re:Google did it (Score 1) 66 66

Isn't this basically Google Voice? Google records the message, transcribes it to text.

I doubt the people living outside of the USA are going to care about that ... considering it's been 6 years since Google Voice launched and not even a subset of that functionality has made it over the Atlantic Ocean.

As far as we'll be concerned, SpinVox did it first and then (hopefully) Apple did it.

Comment Re:Good move Nokia (Score 2) 53 53

I'd see this less as a chance to charge more than a means of charging less.

With all smartphones offering great real-time navigation, it's a lot harder to upsell an expensive nav package for most cars. Even cars without nav seem to have basically the same touch screen even if the nav software is turned off. It's just economies of scale in production and assembly.

I think makers are looking to both improve what they have and make it cheaper and/or standard. And considering the consortium that bought them, they're mostly in the market segment where they have to offer nav on everything but the stripped down model nobody wants. Offering better maps for less licensing cost merely helps them get a tech edge over competitors in the same market segment.

Even among otherwise less luxury marques, the in-cabin technology package is almost the differentiating feature set.

Comment 4-bangers less anemic than they used to be (Score 4, Insightful) 272 272

As much as I dislike the NY Times trend towards posting videos, it was interesting to see their review of the new Volvo XC90 with a 4 cylinder engine that's supercharged AND turbocharged. IIRC the review says its rated at nearly 300 HP.

It's a large and fairly heavy car, so I don't think combined mileage was more than 25 MPG but it's definitely an improvement over the 4.4L V8 (my S80 with the same engine gets about 17 combined).

The only thing I'd worry about is if they're extracting Fast and Furious style horsepower from 4 cylinder engines is that they'll get Fast and Furious levels of engine life.

Frankly, I don't think Tesla needs to play the bootlegger-and-baptist game with fuel economy regulations to be competitive with ICE carmakers, they just need to be price and performance competitive within their model segments. At the oligarch country club where I do some work, I've seen a lot more Teslas and a lot fewer new S550s and my guess is that most of the drivers don't give a shit about the fuel cost or environmental impact of what they drive. They want performance and look-at-me status, and if it gives them an environmental cachet with their daughters' bohemian ivy league friends, so much the better,

The bigger challenge will be providing a car the plebes find competitive at the $30k mark. For tofu-eating yoga types, this won't be hard. They would drive a Prius or a Fit anyway. It's the Honda Pilot or Santa Fe buyers they need to appeal to and provide a competitive alternative.

Comment Re:interesting experiment (Score 5, Insightful) 209 209

"You can't steal what is given away, and the law says that if you leave stuff lying around on purpose, that you're in a grey area. Specifically, by leaving it on the side of the road without any sort of permit, you're littering"

And this my friends, is why it survived in canada and europe for months but NOT the usa for more than a few weeks.

You talk so much mr poo, that you give away the real truth with your comment without even realizing it. That is why it was damaged in america in short order, because americans think exactly like this comment.

Comment Re:What AI are we talking about? (Score 1) 232 232

I heard an interview with a professor on the "concerned" side and he made some interesting points about AIs. The "non-risk" side of the debate seems soley focused on the strong, human-like AI while ignoring potential risks of weak AIs that are increasingly used for things like stock trading.

Another one was that potentially dangerous AI doesn't necessarily need full autonomy to do damage. A senior banker that gets analytics/reports from trading software may be the actual actor why the danger comes from assuming the machine generated advice is the right advice. It's not hard to assume that human could be misled into performing actions that have bad outcomes because it believes the advice was right or accurate.

I wonder, too, if its possible that there could be a meta-AI. That is,an AI that isn't a single/clustered system under the control of a common piece of software, but AIs whose effect is cumulative because their knowlege inputs and actions span a common environment and allow for a feedback loop among them. Stock trading is a great exmaple because you have a common market, each AI knows something about the other AIs positions in the market and they all know about the overall status in the market.

I also wonder if our obsession with strong, HAL9000-style AI appearances will mean we won't be able to recognize many potentially dangerous emergent AIs because they don't fit the image of a strong AI.

Comment Re:MPTCP vs MLPPP? (Score 1) 49 49

It sounds, though, like it requires the client to use an upstream proxy to make it work, otherwise the endpoints would need to be enabled for this, too.

Even in the SMB world, it's becoming common for clients to want multiple ISP connections. Usually this gets implemented within the firewall or with a link balancer device that allows for various failover or balancing schemes. Any one client TCP session stays on one link, though, so two 10Mbps links never delivers 20 Mbps to any one TCP session.

I'm not sure this would be that much of a benefit on a phone, since most are single-app focused and most apps rely on a single stream, which is I guess why they use multipath TCP.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 1) 368 368

The fact that they even wasted time thinking about doing a listening test is enough data I need to know they don't know WTF they are doing.

That's absurd. If something claims to be awesome at doing X then the best way to disprove it is to test it doing X. You then publish the tests and the results.

Saying "well that's clearly stupid so I'm not going to test it" doesn't prove anything because you haven't actually debunked the claim - however right you might be.

Comment Gee, 12-13 year olds worried about sex somehow? (Score 5, Interesting) 377 377

Doesn't sound like a porn plague, it sounds like puberty.

12-13 year olds going through puberty, their hormones turned up to 11, obsessed with sex in some manner or other? Unsure of feelings they have about sex, worried they think about it too much (or not enough), all the anxieties of youth and social/sexual roles?

This is somehow new and driven by online porn?

When I was that age we were obsessed with porn, too. Everybody knew whose dad had a skin mag, some had their own secret stash. My friend and I on our way to junior high in 1978 found 3 porno mags in the street. Two were issues of Hustler and one was called "Double Cunt Fucker", a hardcore mag that had penetration, a 3-way and jiz shots. Probably average for what's online.

The problem with porn is that it's only appealing because society can't get a grip on sexuality.

Comment Re:Why did it only happened on Samsung's SSDs? (Score 2) 181 181

Perhaps competitive prices coupled with perceived quality (and good experience on other platforms) led to these drives being selected by more knowledgeable or performance oriented people.

These drives then got pushed harder or in ways more likely to expose the bugs, leading to a perception that they were unreliable under Linux.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 239 239

All the HVAC techs I've ever talked to have told me that it's better to have the compressor run continuously than it is to short cycle it.

I had new AC put in about 10 years ago and if cleaning the A coil is something that's supposed to get done, they sure don't do the sheet metal like its something that's supposed to be done.

My A coil failed (I think they used a non-R134a coil) after two years and the guy had to do a lot of sheet metal surgery to get the new coil in.

Comment Re:A much more efficient air conditioner, too? (Score 1) 239 239

It'd be interesting to know what Sharp plans for the power input. I would suspect the market starts to shrink dramatically for input voltages over 48V because pretty much all battery arrays are 48V or lower and AFAIK (which isn't very far) only the newest solar installs run at high DC voltages.

I'd guess that this would be a 24-48V system (highest common DC voltage in battery arrays) and lets say you have 6 hours runtime after dark (pure battery load), you're burning 4000 watt hours of power or 80+ amps @ 48V and 160+ amps at 24v.

The daily use PowerWall is only 7kw and I'd guess a summer of that kind of use would put a serious dent in its lifespan.

The only thing I can think of is that the Sharp DC A/C is designed for sucking direct from larger solar panel installs during the sunny days and really isn't practical to use for night cooling without some kind of other prime energy source (generator, grid, etc).

Comment A much more efficient air conditioner, too? (Score 1) 239 239

Is this not just a change in power input but a substantially more energy efficient air conditioner, too?

I've seen small A/C systems for cars and marine applications that can run off DC power, but they're usually pretty small which helps cut the overall power consumption. In marine applications they also have the advantage of being able to use sea water to move the heat versus a fan and coils in open air.

One of Sharp's smallest split system units has 8500 BTU of cooling with an EER of 13 which is roughly 650 watts. That's about 14 amps @ 48v, 27 @ 24, and a battery sucking 54 amps at 12v (run with welding cable).

8500 BTU might cool a room reasonably well, but its not going to provide whole-house cooling, either, and would require a pretty large battery array to run off battery. It might make sense for some kind of supplemental cooling setup where it ran direct off solar panels.

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