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Comment: Re:Whatsisname is...mistaken (Score 1) 282

by The_Noid (#49520047) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers

Why would they need to sell stuff? Those that own the production facilities can just produce anything they need or want in their own factories. They become self contained in their factory mansions with no need to interact with the 99.999%

What we, the 99.999%, do with our life is up to us. My suggestion would be along the lines of taking over those automated factories, making them state-owned (or taxing the 0.001% with a 99.9% tax rate), and giving everyone a base income.

If everything can be made by robots, there is no need to work any more. Capitalism breaks down. Don't try to apply our current economic models to such a situation. Instead, try to come up with new economic models, and a transition path.

Comment: Re:Why does it need a 5 speed gearbox?? (Score 1) 167

by The_Noid (#49371885) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Yes, and the final drive ratio is ALSO larger than 1 for all cars I've looked at, meaning it only invalidates your statement further.

Why don't you come up with some actual numbers? Let me help you:

Lets assume a rather small wheel size of 50cm. That gives a circumference of 1.57 m.
Lets assume the engine is doing a low 4000rpm, or 240000 rotations per hour.
If this engine was bolted directly to these wheels, the car would be going 376.8 km/h

Most cars are not going 376.8 km/h at 4000 rpm in any of their gears, so apparently the wheels are turning slower than the engine.

Comment: Re:Why does it need a 5 speed gearbox?? (Score 1) 167

by The_Noid (#49370541) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

I can do that too:
Try pulling away from a stop, uphill, in 5th gear, if you don't believe me. (actually legal for you to try, on any public road, unlike your suggestion)

But unlike you I can also come up with actual numbers, easy to find:
M3 Coupe (E36) Automatic: 1:3.67 2:2.00 3:1.41 4:1.00 5:0.74
3 of the 5 gears keep engine rpm up. 1 gear is 1:1, 1 gear keeps engine rpm down.

M3 Convertible (E46) manual 1:4.23 2:2.53 3:1.67 4:1.23 5:1.00 6:0.83
4 of the 5 gears keep engine rpm up. 1 gear is 1:1, 1 gear keeps engine rpm down.

Comment: Re:Why does it need a 5 speed gearbox?? (Score 1) 167

by The_Noid (#49370245) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

A quick google for gear ratios returns ratios of about 3 to 4 for 1st gear to around 0.7 for 5th gears. So most gears on normal cars do keep engine rpm up, and not down.

This makes sense, since when you're driving slowly in 1st gear, your engine is doing around 1000 rpm, but your wheels are definitely not.

Comment: Makes sense (Score 1) 64

by The_Noid (#46722953) Attached to: Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

âoeTell me, and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.â

The safety instructions are mostly just telling, because the showing part is, for most passengers, too far away and happens too fast to be useful. Anything that forces the learner to actually do something with the material himself works much better than just telling the material.

Comment: Re:News for the USA. (Score 1) 274

by The_Noid (#46235831) Attached to: The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

At that point it becomes a matter of scale. The death cap is native to Europe, where it is widespread. (according to a 1974 paper). If something is "native" to 90% of the continent and "invasive" in 10, do you still label it as "invasive to the continent" ? And after which timeframe does it stop being invasive and starts counting as native?

Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score 2) 252

I'm one of the users that still use the old comment system, so for me you didn't change much in 2011. But since you implied that that won't be an option this time, users are not happy...

I would have expected you to make the beta feature complete before pushing it on 25% of the users. Then the feedback probably would not have been quite so negative.

If you wanted feedback on the design aspects I would have expected you to make a story about it, asking for feedback, like last time. But for a second round of feedback I would have expected a changelog, with details of what was done with the last feedback.

You can not get any other feedback from an incomplete site than on the design. If you want feedback on an incomplete site you have to give a big disclaimer before asking people for feedback, detailing which parts are still incomplete, and how they are planned to be changed. You can not just push something functionally broken like that on 25% of your users and expect anything useful.

Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score 2) 252

Sound like minor tweaks to me, but I'm looking forward to the full list. Two questions:

What percentage of active users is still using the Classic Discussion System (D1)?

What kind of response where you expecting when you decided to push a broken, incomplete beta upon 25% of your users?

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