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Comment Re:Trucks will be hybrids, not pure EV (Score 1) 875 875

There have been electric delivery trucks for a long time - for example, Smith Electric Vehicles has been making li-ion trucks almost as long as Tesla has been around. And they follow up on a long history of electric delivery vehicles on a continuous line dating back to the early lead-acid days. But "existing" doesn't mean "having blown the market wide open". The big question is when that could happen.

You know, though, as ridiculous as it sounds, I almost wonder Tesla's efforts could evolve into a killer delivery vehicle. The Model S / Model X drivetrain is already starting to get into the power range of a big rig, and big rig budgets can afford their high prices. Combine that this potential solution to charging over long distances and you really could have a winner.

So the primary issue for Big Rig trucking is distance.

Drivers often fill up 100-200 gallon tanks, and cover large distances between stops. They might stop for fuel once a day, may be twice while covering 500-1000 miles. Can we build a big rig that has the torque capacity AND the distance requirements? May be.

But then, you also need to be able to manage the batteries well enough too, and be able to recharge quickly.

Battery swapping won't really work. Why? Who owns the batteries? Who's responsible for them? What places are going to swap out batteries?

If the owner of the vehicle owns the batteries, then swapping doesn't work. Someone that just bought the batteries isn't going to swap them for a set of used batteries - that's too expensive.

A network of battery renters could work, but then you have to be able to get to one of their approved locations for a battery swap, so it's not really feasible, though this solution could bring the cost of the big rigs down considerably since they wouldn't have to buy the extremely expensive battery packs with the big rig, just sign up to a renter network.

Even then, who's responsible for batteries when there are problems? Who pays the bill when the battery overheats and blows up? Or who sends out another vehicle to swap batteries when the drain too quickly and the vehicle is stranded?

Yes, lawyers can solve many of the questions, but until that happens in a manner acceptable to the industry then there are problems.

Also, realize that many big rigs are owned by their drivers. Independent truckers are quite common and many trucking companies prefer to use independent truckers over buying their own equipment; often paying barely enough for the guys to be able to maintain the vehicles - it's a very cut throat business. So those buying the big rigs don't necessary have budgets for expensive technology; they just want something that is going to work, work well, be easy to maintain, and be highly reliable - it's very expensive for them to get a tow (loss work, plus the cost of tow and maintenance). So it'll be a very up-hill battle to get them to accept electric vehicles.

For truckers to accept electric trucks, companies will have to get into it first. So FedEx proving that this vendor is reliable with their fleet will go a long way to bringing hybrids to trucking at all levels.

As to the transition of the technology from trains - the really big difference is that for the trains it's generally easy for them to know exactly how much fuel they need for the trip and how much to have in reserve. The fuel tanks are in the thousands of gallons, and they don't have to deal with traffic much. When they do, they'll know how long the wait will generally be and can handle the situation accordingly. It's also relatively easy for them to just fill up the tanks again. Just saying - the two industries are extremely different in many respects; so what one finds acceptable won't necessarily be so for the other.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 875 875

Randomly, the pump will display "please see register for receipt" upon selecting the print option. I've see it being random as the person after me (a friend), had his receipt print just fine. It's a fucking scam to lure people into the store and buy shit.

Why waste paper getting a receipt? Your credit card company has a record of the transaction.

Because if you need to dispute it saying "I always get my receipts and I don't have one for that" works really well. Otherwise, you're at the mercy of your bank/card company to accurate report what you are spending - not a good habit to be in.

Comment Re:Trucks will be hybrids, not pure EV (Score 1) 875 875

And frankly, current ranges on EV's make them pretty much useless for trucks. Who really wants to stop for a couple hours a couple times a day?

You won't see pure EV trucks for a long time. What you'll see is a power train similar to that on locomotives. Diesel engine charging electric motors with a battery bank to deal with the excess. It's very efficient, huge torque and the technology is well understood. I'm kind of surprised we aren't seeing it already.

We're starting to, but not in the big rigs; FedEx was reportedly doing a test on their delivery vehicles with a start up from South Carolina at a cost of $100k/vehicle upgrade. A few more players in the market, and the cost will drop significantly.

Comment Re:restaurants (Score 1) 875 875

what's to stop a Waffle House, IHOP, or similar just having a charging stations outside? I think these "gas" stations or any future derivatives are dead, especially if commercial or environmental regulations are lifted/ nonexistent for electric charging stations.

Nothing; it's actually a perfect business for hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues to get into - put chargers in the parking lots to encourage people to stop in, add a small portion to the bill if they use the charge. They'll very quickly replace the gas stations, which no one really wants to stop at or go inside of.

Comment Re:I disagree with some of these points (Score 1) 119 119

The one that I disagree with is 'Your source builds using something that isn't GNU Make [ +10 points of FAIL ]'. I disagree for two reasons. The first is that it implies using GNU make features, which likely means that you're conflating building and build configuration (which should gain some fail points). The projects that I most enjoy hacking on use CMake and Ninja for building by default (CMake can also emit POSIX Makefiles that GNU Make can use, but I take his point to mean that gmake is the only command you need to build, so the CMake dependency would be a problem). LLVM still more or less maintains two build systems, though the autoconf + gmake one is slowly being removed in favour of the CMake one. If I make a small change, it takes Ninja less time to rebuild it than it takes gmake to work out that it has nothing to do if I don't make any changes.

Agreed. Any cross-platform projects needs to be able to support multiple build systems, whether you like it or not. Tools like CMake/QMake/Qbs/Ninja/etc are just essential.

I'd also disagree with 'Your code doesn't have a changelog' - this is a GNU requirement, but one that dates back to before CVS was widely deployed. The revision control logs now fill the same requirement, though you should have something documenting large user-visible changes.

Agreed. You have version control. That's all you really need. ChangeLogs are generally outdated and for releases (where the VCS won't be available) a dump of the logs in some form should be sufficient, provided you are writing meaningful log messages. IOW, good VCS practices are a must.

Comment Re:Genesis! (Score 1) 153 153

Science also is no "god". It requires not your faith. Quite the opposite, it requires your doubt. Science (at least the kind that deserves the name) is the very anathema of a god. It is testable

Devil's Advocate: Much of evolution, especially around the "origin of species" is completely untestable and 100% reliant on having "faith" in science.

Comment Re:What Experts can learn about reality (Score 1) 112 112

Well, McAfee is definitely more placebo than others; even Norton detects stuff here and there. Kaspersky and ESET are my go-to pair, though Security Essentials isn't the worst scanner in existence, either. Typically, I find that Norton DNS + NOD32 + AdGuard tends to keep the computers of my friends and family clean with a solid amount of consistency.

So aside from the performance hit you take by adding all those applications, you've also increased the footprint of security issues as each of those have issues regarding security that you must now also monitor, not to mention the backdoors that can be taken advantage of.

The open source ClamAV is listed among the best products for detecting viruses last I checked it was one of the top three; McAfee hasn't been on that list in ages. That said, the APIs and drivers they insert into the kernel to work (and interface between kernel and userland) essentially provide big back doors that malicious actors can (and do) take advantage of.

ClamAV for a long-time was a user-space only product - e.g no real-time scanning of the OS, applications, memory - as it was originally (and still is primarily) intended for use by servers to scan traffic going to other systems, namely to desktop Windows users. (Most prominent use is in mail servers.) Recently it's started getting real-time scanning capabilities, enabling it to compete with others on Windows where users still think they need an AV product. ClamAV (and ClamWin) are still probably the best in that respect as they probably have the fewest backdoors of any AV product.

And honestly, I don't advocate to anyone to use an AV or malware preventative product any more, even on Windows, namely because of the issues they introduce. Instead, I advocate the users be more careful with what they do. It's proven quite effective.

Comment Re:What Experts can learn about reality (Score 2) 112 112

Antivirus software is a layer of security

AV software may be a layer of security; but it often adds more security holes than it closes. Overall, AV software generally is more of a placebo than anything else. You can actually solve the issue better by being more security aware and careful to start with.

Comment Re:As a former expert (Score 1) 112 112

while the cost of a security incident is not nearly as measurable and doesn't affect everyone.

Depends on the security incident. Not every security incident will necessarily effect everyone in the company, but many can. It's just matter of which one hits the company first.

And honestly, the security incidents that do effect the whole company only greater for knowledge oriented companies.

In the end, Security Experts have to look at everything as necessarily effecting the whole company because any little security issue could potentially become a bigger security issue - a cascading effect. For instance, a malware that exported data (f.e username/password) via LED flashes to a camera that had view of the LED could provide an outsider access they wouldn't have had otherwise; get the right information that way and an attacker could compromise the whole company.

Comment Re:Not the same at all (Score 1) 152 152

HPV is listed as an STD, and really only becomes an issue when two or more incompatible strains interact - meaning, multiple partners within relatively short periods, again - a lifestyle choice.

Because you can quite easily get HPV sexually, that makes it an STD -- a "Sexually Transmitted Disease." But you can also get it via casual contact. Which you cannot control. Also, and rather finally, as you can't control other people's behavior or contacts, nor promise your behavior or contacts will keep you clear of this, it needs vaccination. Just the numbers alone tell you HPV needs vaccination: A 50% infection rate in the general population. No set of excuses can make that number go away. But vaccination can.

If it were really that bad, then they'd require it of all ages. They don't. Further, the vaccine itself is problematic.

And as I said, the issue is not whether you have any given strain of HPV - the body usually fights it off just fine; it's when you have multiple strains at the same time.

And you can control your own behaviour (it's called self-control, which I know recent generations are abhorrent to do, especially when it comes to sex) - you can control how much sexual contact you have (aside from rape and molestation), and you can control how much you wash, etc; all things that provide protection without getting vaccinated.

Comment Re:Not the same at all (Score 1) 152 152

By "lifestyle", you imply choice, which is an incorrect analysis of threat vectors for HPV. In any case, even if it were only sexual behavior that resulted in HPV transmission (it isn't), sexuality is hardly a "lifestyle." The vast majority of people engage in it, and of the remainder, a large number are trying to or intend to.

HPV presently has about a 50% incidence in the US population.

Combine that fact with the knowledge that HPV 16 and 18 cause about 70% of cervical cancers and that these can be passed non-sexually -- now it is obvious we need to vaccinate.

Actually, it is a lifestyle as in you choose what you do; HPV is listed as an STD, and really only becomes an issue when two or more incompatible strains interact - meaning, multiple partners within relatively short periods, again - a lifestyle choice.

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