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Comment Re:The article has it backwards (Score 1) 138

It would be quite interesting to know whether the decision not to install SCR was taken before the optimizations were done. Because that actually would be a plausible theory of why this happened that would jive with my experience of the automotive industry.

If it was basically one asshat manager saying that 'yeah, we're going to do this IN SOFTWARE without using SCR! And save MONEY!", then I can see exactly what happens next. Engineers go "good grief, what an ass, this is going to suck in most cases". Then they get to figure out basically any and every situation you can reduce effect and write logic to accomplish it until they reach required targets. And it just so happens that the idiots designing the benchmarks have produced benchmarks that look nothing like reality so of course they'll get completely different results than what happens when you're not driving the car under specific ideal conditions.

Of course, if that's actually it, then it's not even intentional fraud. And actually using those optimizations would be a good thing as they obviously do reduce emissions in certain conditions where power might not be needed, it's just that they should be using SCR as well. And the benchmarks should be updated to reflect real life situations.

Comment Re:At least I won't have to read about it in Wired (Score 1) 234

People working for social justice are indeed people I have respect for. But the SJW term is mostly used for the (also often bigoted) temper tantrum special snowflakes, and frankly, the reason there's a need for a term like that is because there's an unfortunate tendency within many social justice movement to refuse to call out those who hide the fact that they're asses and bitches behind a social justice label.

I mean, hell, if people like you said that as far as you're concerned, Valerie Solanas was NOT a feminist, she was just a really fucked up head case we should at best feel sorry about, I'd still be calling myself feminist.

And say what you will about MRAs, but I've found that if you actually ask them who they consider good examples of MRAs they tend to come up with decent people like Warren Farrell, with many drawing the line at about Paul Elam, and pretty much nobody seems to consider the PUA/RP people MRAs.

Comment Re: Misunderstanding (Score 1) 403

China, these days it seems. But apparently it was popular in Germany, and of course there were mobile electrocutioners in the US.

Here's an article:

It doesn't detail if the vans are also available on the black market or only the criminals organs. Maybe check AliExpress?

Comment Re:Why now? (Score 1) 234

The jury is not supposed to be a debating club, and if you selected juries on the principle that they should contain people who believe both sides you'd have nothing but hung juries.

A jury must contain only people who do not already have opinions that are strongly prejudicial to the opinion they are supposed to form from the evidence presented to them. Anyone thinking sexism is rampant in tech should be as disqualified as anyone who thinks is isn't. Ie, you want jurors who have no opinion on the level of sexism in tech.

If you want people with opinions on the level of sexism in tech, call them as witnesses.

From what I've seen of Pao and the case, I think the preponderance of evidence suggests she's a narcissistic asshole. Which, I suspect, is why she didn't want to continue the case as, considering the reddit debacle further demonstrated her capabilities, she wouldn't have a chance of winning it without a jury of her closest friends.

Comment Re:At least I won't have to read about it in Wired (Score 3) 234

Well, sounds like he's actually got a case as the businesses he's suing actually seem to discriminate on sex. Pao, on the other hand, seems like she got treated badly because she was behaving like a flaming SJW and made people want to leave when she was involved, which the later stint at reddit seemed to confirm fairly well.

Comment Re:I'm torn.... (Score 1) 663

Hehe, around here I don't expect marijuana to be called medicine even if it was proven to cure cancer.

So, unfortunately, no, that would be mirtazapine instead. Definitely recommended to anyone feeling an urgent need to gain weight, sleep for 20+ hours and take a vacation from stress.

Comment Re:Can't hurt (Score 1) 663

It's already fairly well known how to reduce weight without going the diet route; pretty much any stimulant will do the trick. And as some of them are barely on the level of coffee when it comes to addictiveness and have a side effect profile that certainly would compare favourably to obesity, I have a hard time seeing why they're not used for weight loss more than they are. I can't come to any other conclusion than that it's about still wanting to view obesity as a moral failing to justify not treating it. And I say that as someone on the underweight side of the spectrum.

Comment Re:I'm torn.... (Score 3, Interesting) 663

Frankly, being 'naturally' fairly slim, but having been on medication that first made me gain more than 40 pounds, and then on other medication that made me lose those 40 pounds again and had me basically stuffing as much sugar and fat into myself as I could stand and still losing weight, I have gained some respect for the idea that it might not actually be that easy for an individual to control.

At the very least it's certainly possible for medications to move around the body's perception of hunger from anything between having to basically force things down to not ever being full. For someone stuck at either end it must be a complete horror, and anyone managing to override such an urge through sheer willpower has certainly earned my respect.

Comment Re:Problem with Samsung ... (Score 1) 80

The all-eggs-in-one-basket per company isn't so much a company strategy as an investor strategy. The investors in public companies prefer if the companies divest any non-performing asset, as they themselves don't end up with all the eggs in one basket, but are instead free to move in and out of companies and sectors without getting a lot of overhead in the deal.

Whether it's good for the companies themselves is of course another issue...

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 231

When the signs and lane markers are covered by snow and ice it will just default to using the same markers everyone else is using; the crashed cars driven by idiot humans who thought they could see the lane markers.

Seriously though, no autonomous vehicle would be dependent on lane markers as the sole feature for positioning, you need to use a multitude of inputs ranging from using markers to using LIDAR to map geometry of the area, through projection of probable trajectories and even to using prior knowledge or map data of the road. You have to have a multitude of independent systems cooperating, validating and agreeing on the most likely model for the current reality. Any autonomous vehicle deemed safe enough to actually operate autonomously should be significantly more capable of reliably assessing the situation than the average human. If any climate presents a difficulty for the detection and navigation part (as opposed to purely physical performance limitations) for an autonomous car it should not be allowed into traffic as it's obviously nowhere near capable enough to trust with human lives.

Comment Re:Exodus (Score 2) 692

The logistics of having an exodus making a significant difference are somewhat difficult though. Consider the current birth rate of 350K new humans per day and compare with the lack of orbital launch capacity. Then try to figure out how to reach the manufacturing capability to build hundreds of city sized starships per year. One of the variables is going to have to change in some way or spreading across the galaxy isn't going to do much to reduce earth population.

Well, maybe someone will find a couple of dozen stargates tucked away somewhere.

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