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Comment: Re:Bullshit? (Score 3, Insightful) 184 184

The difference is that a fighter pilot has been selected for their skills, esp. with multi-tasking and processing a rapidly evolving environment. Few candidates actually make it past the starting gate. Drivers on the other hand are only weeded down to those that can stay in a lane, use a turn signal, and apply the brakes at an intersection. You can be an almost entirely incompetent driver and pass your exam. If you fail you can generally can continue to retake the test until you pass. Eventually the dice will land just right.

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 1) 184 184

HUD who cares about the HUD. I want a robotic arm that slaps the damn mobile phone out of the drivers hand then comes back across their face for good measure. I don't get it. Most of the cars whose driver's have a hand glued to their ear have bluetooth hands free integrated into them. Yet nobody uses it. Even if the car is old/cheap, nobody seems to have heard of "speakerphone".

Comment: Re:Wrong headline.. (Score 2) 214 214

I appreciate cynicism as much as the next person but in this case given present demand, Elon Musk, as well as China's willingness to undercut others that's actually highly unlikely. Within the next few years I think it very likely that we'll see a considerable expansion of manufacturing capacity for batteries.

Elon is managing to change the climate within the auto industry by a sufficient degree that EVs are going to enter the mainstream in the west. China's polution problems mean it has no other choice but to adopt EVs. If the establishment doesn't supply them, then they'll make them themselves--which they're already doing.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 937 937

Yes, that cool thing called quantitative easing. That is, printing money so as to facilitate increased government debt. The citizens get to go along for the ride. The purchasing power of incomes tends to look like an upside down logarithmic curve whereby the poorest lost the most and the wealthiest the least. Don't worry though, it's all going according to plan.

Comment: Re:The most underrated misconception of economics (Score 4, Insightful) 937 937

I think the incompetent wordsmith was trying to communicate the problem embodied in San Francisco real estate. That is, us geeks whom command higher pay squeeze out the demographic currently residing in a given location.

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 4, Insightful) 308 308

Thanks to Tesla among others we're getting closer. There are a number of strategies under active development including battery, flywheel, thermal, and hydro conversion storage. It's an engineering problem. We simply need sufficient economic motivation to solve it.

Comment: Re:This is interesting (Score 1) 163 163

Citation required. I want to see these "studies." They don't exist. Many of these ingredients have been grandfathered in. The assumption being that since no one has provably dropped dead from having eaten them that they do not cause harm. The term is GRAS, Generally Recognized As Safe. An increasing body of these GRAS ingredients have come under suspicion as of late, some provably show to cause harm.

Regarding GMOs, Monsanto and co. prevent ANYONE from testing their seeds. Farmers are contractually obligated put them into the dirt or destroy/return them. Researches are not allowed access. Government bodies do not require independent testing. They are allowed to vouch that their products are safe and we're just supposed to trust them. A common genetic modification is to cause the plant to produce its own pesticide. Specifically Bt-toxin a neat little compound that works by eating holes in the digestive track. Even if we're not immediately dropping dead by this stuff, we're ingesting some pretty f'ed up stuff. GI inflammation continues to receive interest as a contributor to a significant number of health problems. Are these GMO plants contributing? Difficult to tell since there's no mandate for independent safety studies.

It is strangely coincidental that we are experiencing unprecedented health problems, unheard of allergies, whose timeline track rather closely with the inclusion of these so-called GRAS ingredients and GMO crops. I am far too cynical to believe that the calorie companies have my best interest at heart over their own profit. I also seem to recall the tobacco industry telling us similar tales. I will not take their word for it. These ingredients and plant modifications should be subject to same rigor as medications have to prove their safety.

Comment: Re:Throttling phone plans vs Net Neutrality (Score 1) 272 272

To a large extent I think people have bought into the marketing BS/FUD about coverage area. Most people conduct 99.9% of the daily lives inside of T-Mobile's coverage area, but have been conditioned by competitor advertisements to irrationally fear that 0.1%.

Comment: Re:TNSTAAFL (Score 1) 272 272

You are trying to create "rationality" for their lying. These plans are not truly "unlimited" but they are telling everyone they are. It doesn't matter what spew the marketing department comes up with in their advertisements. There needs to be an honest document that details exactly what you get. That's what those asterisks are for in the marketing spew. Unlike the others, T-Mobile is an example of being honest. Their marketing spew uses the term "unlimited data" but define the terms of that "unlimited," a certain chunk of data at full speed, thereafter you get a slower rate. The others didn't do that. Their marketing department sold a product their engineering department didn't deliver.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"