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Comment Bullshit ... (Score 2) 27

Aren't there actual mechanical parts of the engine which simply weren't even implemented and then this kludge was done in software?

You can't design this way of cheating without people who know the details of the engine signing off on it.

This is so much bullshit it isn't funny.

A software engineer could not have made the decision to leave off the components which were supposed to make clean diesel.

This is purely about finding a scapegoat.

Comment Re:Shouldn't that be fixed by the vendor? (Score 1) 104

The correct response, rather than locking up the entire OS and driver layer is to handle the low level stuff with a separate processor with it's own flash. The separate processor is almost an absolute requirement since the hardware is unlikely to deal well with a processor delay caused by handling an exception/fault in the OS kernel. The latter is the contentious part. The manufacturer might enjoy saving that dime by having the OS driver verify and load the firmware on init rather than loading it from onboard flash or having the radio processor verify it like it should.

The FCC seems to believe that they'll spend the dime to be compliant. I believe they are being naive and they need to be more specific and force that behavior if that's what they want.

To be more specific, different countries allow different subsets of the channels and different signal strength. Typically, the OS driver tells the radio what regulatory domain is in effect. The FCC doesn't want the end user to be able to change a config file or recompile the driver to select a non-US domain in order to use a forbidden channel or turn the transmitter power up. The FCC thinks the manufacturer will embed the domain in the radio firmware and verify that signed firmware in the radio (creating no problems for Free software). I'm pretty sure they'll leave all that like it is and forbid re-flashing anything at all (Tivoize it)

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 90

"Meat stock, you're revving up a slippery slope. I'm overriding that shit."

Meat stock? That's only after you're in a severe crash, and all that's left of you is soup. Anyway, traction control is awesome. If you have some actual traction to work with, and your TC is four-wheel, then it is ridiculously great.

Comment Re:Don't contact aliens. Don't. (Score 1) 148

ALONG WITH most alien species are completely AFRAID of humans as they know our true potential. They want NOTHING to do with us until we grow the fuck up (spiritually.)

You must be assuming some galactic police force existing too, then, because if they're afraid of us and developed enough to be aware of us they can almost certainly send us a rock that we can't cope with.

Comment Pretty much screwed ... (Score 1) 16

He allegedly encouraged the hackers to use the credentials to âoego fuck some shit up.â

And, really, if that was his attitude, he gets no sympathy.

In terms of the definition of "computer fraud and abuse", that's pretty much it.

Of course, the problem is you could do a LOT of non-digital crimes and do a LOT less time, which makes me ask if these prison sentences are even sane.

Hell, you could probably intentionally run down someone with your car and do less prison time.

Comment Re:MOOC = Massive Open Online Course (Score 1) 71

Bah ... MOOCs are for cows, you're all cows ... MOOC cow ... MOOC ... cower before me and stuff.

Yay cows ... or whatever that cow thing is supposed to say. It's cows all the way down.

MOOC may be used a lot, but so are all other bullshit buzzwords ... Massively Online Ocelots and Cows or something.

It may surprise you that a lot of us don't give a crap about these buzzwords, and don't keep track.

Now moove along.

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 282

I know this is off topic, but now I'm curious. Do people who are incapable of taking the test still impact the scores? Does a 100 IQ indicate the median score of the set of "successful" test takers, or of the set of "functional humans", or of the entire population of all humans?

I believe you're saying that IQ 48 is approximately the minimum required level of functionality required to successfully take the test, but there is obviously a set of people who can't achieve that. And while 48 may be the lowest point on the curve that can be measured, the continuation of the curve is still implied below that point. People below 48 will still fall along some spectrum of abilities, but they're not measurable using the current test. So there may very well be someone with an "equivalent IQ" of 14; it's just the current IQ test lacks the resolution needed to identify that person.

And I'm not saying we should expend any effort to alter the test to measure lower IQs. I doubt that would add any value to society, nor would it be likely to benefit the people who can't take the test today. Such people are already identifiable as requiring a certain level of care, and most of the disabilities at that point are so profound you probably couldn't even use the scores to predict the costs of caring for them.

Comment Re:Define speeding (Score 1) 145

Really? You mean I can tell the officer I was doing 80 in a 50 zone because I was passing someone?

I'm pretty sure I've never heard of passing as an exemption to speed limits. I'm pretty sure they don't write traffic laws which says "you can't go faster than X ever, unless you're passing, then it's OK".

Are you sure it's actually "legal"? Or just something you heard once?

Comment Re:Isn't it widely accepted... (Score 1) 103

It's not that simple. Mercury also has a magnetic field. Which is a real head-scratcher, as it's even smaller than Mars.

Internal planetary dynamics are complicated. To get a dynamo you need fluid flow. But whether something is liquid or solid depends on both temperature and pressure - temperature increasing melt, pressure decreasing it. So there's a very complicated interplay.

Comment Re:Idiots (Score 1) 282

Unfortunately, in the modern context "mentally infirm" is pretty much a design feature, and people feel they're entitled to believe any old irrational shit and that should be OK.

There's a tremendous amount of people who seem to wear their own self-created ignorance as some kind of badge of honor.

"Complete idiots" now probably covers a good portion of society these days ... and we seem to accept this as a fairly normal thing.

Comment Re:Easy to do when backed by the PRC (Score 1) 90

Shanghai stock exchange has an average PE ratio of 70. After 'the correction', It was 100.

Posting this information from China will get you arrested for talking down the market.

That's what happens when you have a real society where the 1% can have the government prop up their bad investments.

China has for decades been managed for a single metric...100% industrial utilization. It might turn out that wasn't such a good idea.

We can only hope the Chinese finally remove the peg from the Yuan. So far we only see it move rapidly when it helps them.

The Shanghai stock market is still at least 4x overvalued and it is not being allowed to move. Keeping that up will require infinite money. Something will give.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 90

Even though they'll take responsibility, in every state in the US you must still have liability coverage. If these companies are to be their own underwriters so to speak then they'd have to jump through hurdles to be approved to operate as an insurance company as well. They could obviously partner with insurance companies as well.

In many states, you do not need insurance, but proof of financial security which can be a surety bond with the DMV. In my state it's only $50,000. The company I work for does this and we are in no way associated with or approved as an Insurance Company.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark