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Comment Re:Peh (Score 5, Insightful) 289

It's not really old data, it's just that the modern author hasn't considered the practicalities of the situation.

Offices *still* have 40 year old men (and 20 year old ones, and 50 year old ones) in them, it just happens they have a bunch of women too. Those men can not remove clothes to become cooler without incurring the wrath of HR (quite rightly). Those women can add clothes to solve being too cold. Simply averaging the temperature people want the office to be set to does not make everyone comfortable, it just makes a bunch of mean sweaty and sleepy, with no way to correct for it.

Comment Re:Smart (Score 2) 281

The thing is, those tiny little 4 bangers turn out not to be any more efficient than the decently sized ones (though substantially better than most V6/V8s).

All that changes is that the guy driving the little 1.1l 4 banger floors it all the time, because he needs all its got all the time; while the guy driving the 1.8T just uses a tiny bit of what's available.

Comment Re:Obvious deflection. (Score 1) 238

I do think there are important differences with computers though
  Computers can potentially be much more efficient and accurate in their slaughter. Such machines may be used in ways not unlike hitler used gas chambers (wooo, godwin there we go).
  With current technology, computers can't make morality judgements like humans can, they can't think "you know what, my general just ordered a genocide, I'm not going to take part".
  With current technology, computers are much worse at distinguishing friend, foe or civilian. We ban land mines for exactly this reason - they don't distinguish who they're blowing up.

There's probably more reasons that they differ, but I can't be arsed thinking them up just now.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 886

Current charge times make "recharge when the driver stops for breaks" impossible.

Not really, no. Current charge rates mean you can get about 100 miles of range in 20 minutes on a standard DC charger. If you're a tesla owner that's more like 200 miles of range in 20 minutes.

Big rigs typically get in the range of 8-10mpg, so they're roughly 4 times less efficient than cars. That implies that you could get about 50 miles for 20 minutes of charging on a tech similar to tesla's. Big rig drivers are required to take 10 hours of break in every 21. That 10 hours is enough to add 1500 miles of range, 11 hours is enough to drive roughly 770 miles.

It seems like even with Tesla's current DC charging tech there's *more* than enough ability to charge a big rig for all its current driving time.

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 1) 173

That depends entirely on whether the item was designed to withstand people attacking it.

A bomb shelter is defective if someone drops a bomb on it (at the designed distance and explosive power) and it collapses.

A skyscraper is defective if it was designed to withstand a plane impact and it does not.

A car is defective if it was designed to withstand people trying to hack it, and it doesn't.

A car's design is defective if it was not designed to withstand people trying to hack it.

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 2) 173

So you're saying it had a defect (the ability to exploit it), but it wasn't defective?

In general, companies don't tend to know about significant defects when they actually ship the item. That doesn't mean that they're not defects.

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 3, Insightful) 173

But anyone sane on the planet would rather have them sit a car in a large, private, open space and demonstrate that they can control all of the controls without endangering anyone's life, especially people who didn't sign up to have their life endangered and were just driving down a public road.

Comment Prison isn't for that... (Score 1) 274

Prison is meant to be reserved for separating people from society who are dangerous until they're not dangerous any more.

The correct sentence for copyright infringement (which does not demonstrate that the perpetrator is a danger to others), is to 1) pay back the person who was wronged (though that's a civil matter), and 2) a fine or community service of some sort.

The reward for working hard is more hard work.