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Comment: American new car companies since WW2 (Score 1) 250

by spaceyhackerlady (#48023347) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

I view Tesla as the best bet for a completely new American car company in a long time.

The U.S. Big Three have been around for eons. After World War 2 Hudson and Nash were hurting, merged to form American Motors, and went bust. Packard and Studebaker were hurting, merged, and went bust. Kaiser/Frazer tried, and went bust. De Lorean tried and got in to all sorts of trouble. Nobody seemed to be able to launch a new car company and make it work.

Tesla, on the other hand, seem to have cracked it. They're selling all the cars they can make. I see lots of them around here (Vancouver).

...laura

Comment: Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (Score 1, Interesting) 308

by bmo (#47989733) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

In contrast, companion planting is mixing your crop (e.g. beans + carrots together) so that they work together.

That's not Kosher according to Leviticus 19:19.

Why aren't there "conservative" christians whining about this?

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BMO

Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 138

by bmo (#47962167) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

It's people like you who encourage the stigma that we're in this mess where people go untreated for decades/lifetime, in spite of the fact that over 1/4 of everyone suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year.

One in four adults - approximately 61.5 million Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17 - about 13.6 million - live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.1

-- NAMI http://www.nami.org/factsheets...

I ask you, where the fuck is the Ice Bucket Challenge for mental illness? That's something I asked last Wednesday at my DBSA meeting. I'm asking it here. Where the fuck is it? We've got the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer, yet more women suffer from mental illness than have ever had breast cancer. But there is pink everywhere.

Unfortunately, NAMI is only there for caregiver support and even for that they are absolutely silent in the media. They do absolutely bupkis for people who actually suffer from mental illness. Support is nearly nonexistent. I don't know of any foundation that supports the treatment of mental illness, raises awareness or even works to end the stigma. And for people who suffer from mental illness, there is not anything in the way of patient support/guidance (like who you should see for what). It's all "fly by the seat of your pants" stuff, and when you are in the middle of a major depressive episode even asking for help from anyone is daunting or even impossible.

I came here to call you a jerk, but I figured I'd say something more informative.

Bye.

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BMO/Dan

"it has to be emphasized that if the pain were readily describable most of the countless sufferers from this ancient affliction would have been able to confidently depict for their friends and loved ones (even their physicians) some of the actual dimensions of their torment, and perhaps elicit a comprehension that has been generally lacking; such incomprehension has usually been due not to a failure of sympathy but to the basic inability of healthy people to imagine a form of torment so alien to everyday experience."
-- William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Comment: Re:Why not stronger punishments for... (Score 2) 138

by bmo (#47954429) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

all of this media that has already ruined the next Star Wars movie.

The only thing that has ruined a Star Wars movie is George Lucas.

http://redlettermedia.com/plin... - the best ever deconstructions of Star Wars that are more entertaining than those movies ever were.

Watch and learn, Grasshopper.

For a shorter version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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BMO

Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 4, Interesting) 156

by bmo (#47942255) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

The dealer shill thus spake:

the local dealer may have overpriced their product so you buy elsewhere, but that local dealer is still obligated to do the warranty service (for which they are paid quite well by the manufacturers).

In no other industry is this true. In electronics, white goods, etc, there are "certified warranty service centers" where you can call up and get them to fix your stuff. For example, you don't have to go to an Apple dealer to get your high-priced computer fixed under warranty - you can bring it or ship it to one of many service centers.

https://www.apple.com/lae/supp...

Please note that the requirement to become a service center does not include having to be an Apple reseller.

Ford, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Chevrolet, etc., should be able to certify garages for warranty work. But no, the automobile industry is the only industry where you have to go to a dealer to get warranty work done.

Leeches, all of you. Die already.

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BMO

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by bmo (#47930159) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

That battery will NOT last forever,

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

and when it needs a new one you'd be better off scrapping the entire car and buying a new one.

Citation needed. Seriously.

How good is that for the environment?

Awesome, actually. The battery can be recycled, and there aren't any heavy metals to deal with either.

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BMO

Comment: People who can think and learn (Score 1) 392

by spaceyhackerlady (#47922291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I'm guided by the experience of the airlines. While you must, obviously, have the right sort of pilot's license, they also want a four year university degree. Not because it necessarily enhances your flying, but because it shows you can learn and accomplish things. If you can learn and accomplish things, and know your way around computers, I'd love to talk to you.

The big problem at most places I've worked is getting promising resumes past HR people who only count buzzwords.

...laura

Comment: Let's be different (Score 2) 93

by spaceyhackerlady (#47920245) Attached to: New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

I've followed Minix development with interest. The internal architecture is different from most OSs out there. Not different for the sake of being different, but different to show different solutions to problems. The way we do things in Linux et al is powerful, but it's not the only way.

I haven't come up with a compelling reason to use it in my work (yet... :-), but I install each new release on a virtual machine and play with it.

...laura

Comment: Wait... wait... (Score 1) 282

by bmo (#47859543) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

You want to take one of the most important advantages of a Linux distribution like Debian, the flexibility, and take it away?

This is one of the dumbest things I've seen on /. and I've seen some dumb.

There are already "specialist" distributions for people who don't know what they're doing or simply want something to plug-and-play. But Debian is not only a distribution unto itself, it is the basis for other distributions, like Kali, a meta-distribution if you will. And the OP wants to basically take this away from Debian or the other large distributions.

This has to be a joke, or the OP is a softie. If not a softie, then a quisling. Certainly not someone playing with all cards in the deck.

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BMO

Comment: Customers going postal (Score 1) 819

The quality of service no longer meets customer requirements, and customers are rebelling. The airlines and airports have done their best to remove any aspect of comfort or pleasure from air travel, and customers, the people who actually pay the bills, have had enough.

Entitled attitudes don't help. I ended up with bruised knees on a British Airways flight from the person ahead of me refusing to negotiate on seat reclining, with the flight attendants refusing to mediate. On a American flight the passenger next to me went ballistic and very loudly demanded to be reseated, because I was wearing perfume.

On my last long-haul flight (Vancouver to London) I did an on-the-spot upgrade to premium economy and had a good flight. I had cashed in credit card points for the ticket, so the extra $$$ was money well-spent.

I think diverting is a lousy way to handle customer disputes, but it scares me that the airlines may start accepting this as part of the cost of doing business...

...laura

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