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Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 218

"Journalism" isn't "what reporters do", but narration of the "facts on the ground". Facts in quotes, since shortly after an event, when the news is hot, we rarely know the truth of anything. (Heck, is Obama a Muslim? I think he's more of a Muslim than Bill Clinton was a Christian: that's a religious group he wouldn't mind political support from, isn't going to actively antagonize, and will occasionally give a nod to in a speech.)

Comments sections often call out mistakes in reporting (and it's basically all mistakes, as you'll know if you've ever been involved in something reported, or especially if you've been interviewed), or add details or contrary points of view. That's journalism.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 218

They have everything to due with free expression, which is ultimately the point of journalism. Given your posting history, I suspect you usually agree with the official narrative the papers generally print instead of the truth, and get upset when people point out that it's all BS, so I can understand your emotional response here. But you should still support free expression, even when you disagree with it.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 93

LOL riiiight, I'm sure they are just lining up when the reviews all say the same thing which is Steam machines are completely pointless as they give you NONE of the benefits of a console and NONE of the benefits of a Windows gaming PC. You are paying MORE money for WORSE hardware and without the entire point of consoles, the ease of use and exclusive titles. I can find review after review and they all say the same things, glitchy controller, bad UI, buggy as a pile of shit in August, its a completely pointless product that will only appeal to the Linux faithful...who won't want to have a fucking thing to do with Steam DRM ROFL!

So sorry to burst your bubble but feel free to bookmark this post and come back in 24 months and see its truth, SteamOS will do about as much to spur Linux adoption as Ubuntu has, that is jack and squat. I mean for Pete's sake you no longer even have the "free as in beer" selling point as anybody can download the Windows 10 Insider release and use it for free.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 38

1) These environmental guidelines are useful for sustaining life on earth.

They are apparently more useful for sustaining life outside of the US than they are inside the US.

2) Moving to Mexico won't help.

It'll help Tesla and Mexico a great deal.

3) If you are worried about not being able to compete with Mexico, argue to your (potential) customers.

Are your potential customers going to adjust US regulations? Or are they going to buy a more expensive product just to save a negligible amount of pollution emissions?

Comment Here's the answer (Score 1) 455

There's a simple one word answer to why car salespeople don't like electric vehicles, options. The car manufacturer sells the car and publicizes a recommended price. The dealerships are thereby very limited as to how much they can charge for the base car itself. Thus, most of their profit comes from everything else that they can sell on top of that base car, the "options". This can be fancy protective coatings, electrically powered systems (brakes, steering, windows), A/C, nitrogen-filled tires, bling hubcaps, fancy service plans, etc.

An SUV with a massive power source can be packed fill of high margin bling and options while a skimpy electric vehicle can't. Bottom line is that car dealerships and their salespeople get much more profit per SUV than they do per electric car. That completely explains the dislike for electric vehicles.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 214

Part of it is simply a matter of dongle-count. Yes, ethernet is absolutely needed; yes, the connector should be right there, physically secure. No, USB dongles to provide ethernet won't ever be on my list of things I'm excited to do.

It would be better - a lot better - if there was actual, reliable ethernet hardware on there, and I'd be more than happy to pay a few bucks for it.

The ethernet on the other PI's is not particularly reliable, and that, in my case, is the downfall of the whole enterprise. I have four pis. They all drop their ethernet connections from time to time. It's beyond annoying.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 329

Oh please show how the present cost of an interplanetary unmanned mission is mostly the access to orbit.

You're trying to say that they would continue to spend vast sums on development of single, small, incredibly optimized vehicles when they could cheaply throw together something much larger, more capable, and a higher number of units for orders of magnitude less money per vehicle?

The space probes and satellites operating in space now had to pay an ante of $5,000-20,000 per kg just to get in space, not just for the spacecraft, but also for any propellant needed in addition. Of course, the designers spent a lot of money to optimize the vehicle so that they got the most out of the vehicle. With free access to space, the need to do that costly optimization goes away.

There's also some engineering rules of thumb right now. Currently, a spacecraft tends to have launch costs around 5-20% of the total value of the vehicle. A higher share of launch costs tends to be on high risk vehicles (like low value, sacrificial packages sent up on the first few flights of a new vehicle) and a lower share for government agencies throwing really expensive probes or spy satellites on a rocket.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 455

Dealers need to step aside and get out of the fucking way of the sale. It's a stupid business model. There is no value in having a middleman in this process anymore.

No value for ANYBODY. If this is really true:

A salesperson "can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf," Deutsch says. "It's a lot of work for a little pay."

Then the commission on a $50,000 vehicle is way too low, and it's time the dealerships were seriously shaken up and kicked in the ass.

Somebody is making a ton of dough, and if it's not the salesmen, then it's the bosses in the backroom. I.e., the "overhead".

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 329

So to cut to the chase. Government opened up new territories, protected them and the trade routes and private business just ruthlessly and very destructively exploited what Government had provided.

Except that's mostly nonsense. Few ships were really "private". East India Company was profitable mainly because it had a Royal charter and was subsidized and protected by the crown. Even most pirates, up to about 200 years ago, were government-sponsored.

Some private enterprise did enter the sail-shipping business in the later years, but the earlier days were almost all government-driven, in one form or another.

Having said all that, I'm not sure I buy that space exploration will follow the same pattern. Government funding is fickle... corporations with smarts are in it for the long haul.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.