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Comment Re:Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 2) 385

And you wonder why there are so many regulations. It's because of these circumstances that the government has to SPELL EVERYTHING OUT, or business will act like little children and say, "well you didn't say take of my cloths before I get in the shower."


Since this is a technological site I think it's interesting to consider that VW (and all the others as we're now seeing) can't make a clean diesel.

Well, they CAN make a diesel run clean, but only under specific controlled conditions for a tailpipe sniffer test.

The logical conclusion is that when the diesel engine runs clean, it has other undesirable characteristics. This, because, if it COULD run clean AND also have desirable characteristics, they would have it run clean all the time. It's simpler. Why add complexity to the powertrain control modules to have two or more performance modes?

But they don't have it run clean all the time because they can't.

The only logical conclusion is that when it runs clean it has poor performance. No power. No torque. Something bad. Or, they run it so lean that the temps spike and it would hurt engine life. I don't know. They figured out some tricks to fool the sniffer and they couldn't live with it in that mode full time.

The automakers have reached the limits of technology in cleaning the diesel emissions, at least with the diesel fuel available in the USA.

We would be better off to have more diesel out there in passenger vehicles. It has great fuel efficiency, the engines last a long time, lots to like about diesel. I hope this fiasco doesn't kill it off.

Comment Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 5, Insightful) 385

The law says "pass this test" so they pass the test.

How is this different than standardized testing in schools? The state says "pass this test" so the teachers train the kids to pass the test.

Do they actually LEARN anything useful for the real world?

Do these cars actually have low emissions when driven in the real world??

You be the judge.

Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score -1) 956

POTUS already knows about this, and has invited Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House.

Perhaps he'll also write "WTF were you thinking" letters to the chief of the Irving PD, and to the principal of the school. // JADE HELM is over, but Texans still finding ways to look stupid

If one of my kids was in that classroom, and some kid with Mohammed in his name was carrying around some random circuitry in a box, I'd refrain from calling the teacher and the cops stupid. I'd call them diligent. These people were on the ball.

There is absolutely no 100% guarantee that this kid wasn't carrying around a bomb. Even if only 10% of Muslims are 'radical' that means there was a 10% chance this kid wanted to martyr himself that day. Wake up. There are literally millions of radical Muslims in the world who would love to kill you if you don't believe the same way they do. And you think Christians are a problem?

Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score 0) 956

Unfortunately, a lot of the stupid seem to have involved themselves in education.

You're kidding, right?

Someone with MOHAMMED in their name carries wires and a circuit board and a clock display around in a box, and it makes noise to boot, what do you expect people to think?

You call them stupid, why don't you put this scenario in a different setting besides education?

Try carrying crap around like that in an airport.

Change the kid's name to BOB JONES and try it at an airport. Same difference. Make the kid an adult and name him Bob Jones - Same result.

Stop trying to be so politically correct and judgmental. This teacher didn't know what the heck little Mohammed was trying to do. Who knows? Maybe he felt like banging 70 virgins that day and decided to go for it.

You might fanticize that we live in some PC utopia but the fact is there's quite a lot of people in the world who like to blow up other people who believe differently than themselves.

Comment Re:DSL (Score 1) 229


Comcast tried $100 a month with no TV for just Internet??! Talk about highway robbery. My dsl really sucks and feels like it's 2005 rather than 2015 with 7 megs a second. My phone losses calling and email abilities if I run Windows update. Sigh

But at least I have no caps and a $40 a month and not $100 price

And it's likely more RELIABLE than the cable connection, to boot.

Comment Re:Not everyone lives alone (Score 1) 229

at that rate, you could watch HD content for 222 hours straight (9.25 days) before you'd hit your 300GB cap

Divide by the number of people in the house who watch Netflix. And subtract all other uses of the connection, such as operating system and application updates on all devices in the household, downloads of purchased video games, web surfing, YouTube, and video chat with relatives in another state.


Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 259

Very much so. Advertising is a plague and deserves to be eradicated. And don't tell me "it finances content", because so can crime, and apparently the distinction is not entirely clear anymore. There are other ways to finance content, and if you do not qualify, maybe your content was not valuable in the first place.

Uh, because pay walls are so well received?

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 319

People don't account for what is being automated changing.

I try to replace myself daily. I write software specifically to try and replace me so that I can work on other stuff. The job that I did when I came out of college doesn't exist anymore. It's a collection of scripts and programs. Society has always progressed like this. Pretty soon drones are going to be picking my crops.

yeah but you had to write the code.

Just like someone has to program the robots.

Comment Re:Waste Disposal (Score 1) 319

Waste collectors have already dropped by 50% in many places because the garbage can is picked up by a robotic arm. The human drives the truck.

Problem is, though that guy is now 2x more productive, I bet his wages didn't budge an inch. Even accounting for the $10k robotic arm.

I know a guy who threw trash for a living after high school. Made a very solid middle class living. Was financially independent well before his peers who went to college first.

He also did a stint driving truck nationwide but went back to trash. Was home more, paid better.

Why? Because no-one else freaking wants to do it.

Some days.... I wonder if he didn't make the right choice! lol.

To fully replace garbage men with robotics would actually be very hard. The robotic arm driving down the street and picking up the cans is one thing, the inner cities with the dumpsters and the stuff in the alleys with all the other crap and the bums and stuff - no way. It would take vision systems and 'fuzzy logic' AI stuff to do it right and not wreck the buildings and the equipment and actually get the trash without killing people.

Comment Re:If your job can be described by an algorithm... (Score 1) 319

well, obviously, if everything is going to robots then your kids need to get into robotics and automation.

As far as robots taking over, that's impossible unless you can't unplug them any more. Terminator and BSG 'happened' because the robots (and accompanying AI) were let out of the box and were 'given' their own power plants and factories to design and build themselves. But even then there has to be robot controlled mines and refineries and roads and vehicles to bring in the raw materials.

It would be a very long road of mistakes before 'robots' take over. Ask someone who programs robots for a living. Every single movement is programmed, they only do what a human has already told them to do.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison