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Comment: Re:Will believe Elio it when I see one (Score 1) 144

by bsane (#46520203) Attached to: Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive

Those are pretty crazy sales targets they have, but my first thought when seeing a $6800 car that gets 84mpg is: I can buy one with the money I currently spend on gas when commuting. It'd be a no-brainer, a much better investment than a 50k Tesla that I'd be putting 30k miles on a year.

Comment: Re:SpaceX is so cheap (Score 1) 131

by bsane (#45595545) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Achieves Geostationary Transfer Orbit

I'm sure there is a liability factor there too- nobody wants astronauts to die in a spacex/dragon launch. If this was 100% NASA it'd be a loss and PR disaster and as bad as the hit would be, they'd move on. If it happens in the first couple (dozen?) dragon launches it will sink the company and with it the falcon and the possibility of cheap launches.

Comment: Re:Orson Scott Card (Score 4, Interesting) 732

by bsane (#45349491) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

Yeah, I don't get the hate for I, Robot movie... their wasn't a coherent story in the first place. Just a bunch of related shorts, none of which were long enough for a movie.

The movie took one of Asimov's later realizations as its main point: eventually the 3 laws go wrong. If they're rigid laws and they're smart enough robots, then you get the 0th law and they protect humanity at the expense of the individual. If they're flexible they see themselves as the greater good and the expense of humanity. Asimov wrote both ways.

Comment: Re:How safe? (Score 1) 947

by bsane (#45225429) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

Miles traveled alone would be the wrong metric- unless you're comparing the same routes/types of trips. If you're computing accident rate on short range commutes, then fine. Comparing short range commute accidents per mile vs accidents per mile that includes interstate driving it wouldn't be valid.

Comment: Wrong assumptions (Score 1) 871

by bsane (#45059531) Attached to: Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

I think you missed the whole point. If they're interrogating you they 'know' you're guilty and will do whatever it takes to convict you.

In other words, if you're arrested, suppose the cops really are so dumb and/or evil that they would quote your "I never liked the guy" out of context to try and get you convicted.

They're not dumb or (in their minds) evil. They 100% convinced that you're guilty of the crime and want you convicted. The DA has the same motivation, if he thought they were innocent you wouldn't be prosecuted.

Comment: Re:Revocation (Score 2) 233

by bsane (#44969031) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

Firefox checks and updates when you run it. On OSX Chrome creates a launch service that keeps a daemon running that constantly communicates back with goog- even if you never open chrome again. Delete chrome? Background daemon continues to talk to goog- it doesn't go away until you use the CLI to remove it.

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