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Comment Re:The takeaway is that Tesla is right (Score 1) 480

OK, if Toyota built out a nationwide network of retail stores, and staff those stores, and put inventory in those stores, how much per car would that I'll add to the price? I bet it's much more than 1500, because if it were less, they would've done it!

All other reasons aside, they haven't done it because in 41 of the 50 states, its prohibited by law. That renders any economics completely moot...

Comment Re:Salomonic solution (Score 1) 754

In fact, start over from scratch without Poettering.

Then do it. Winners don't ask or expect others to do for them, they do and let others come to them. So far I have seen only one good solution to the literally hundreds of related problems that SystemD solves. Show me the *real* alternative that actually solves all of the same problems and we'll talk.

I find that most of the people, who claim that SystemD doesn't solve any problems, are not programmers themselves, and are only regurgitating the same old untrue crap that other uninformed dolts are spreading. At the end fo the day, those who know what they are talking about are choosing SystemD with remarkable consistency and speed. That alone tells me that it is a better solution than what they were doing before, if not the best solution available.

Comment Re:The takeaway is that Tesla is right (Score 4, Insightful) 480

and other dealerships were really great and spent a lot of time with me.

You as the end consumer paid approximately $70 per hour for the time they spent with you, including the time of *both* people it took to process your loan application, *and* the two hours they stood around waiting for you to arrive. After all of that, they still provided you with less useful information than you could have gleaned by reading the relevant consumer reports issue. I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you, you got swindled and you apparently didn't even know it. All told, that middle man added approximately 8%, which for a Toyota corolla is about $1500. Was it worth $1500 for them to treat you the way they did, and do you still feel that their service was "really great"?

To put that in perspective, $1500 would buy you a night at a Waldorf Astoria with a McLaren MP4-12C rental car for the day.

Comment Re:Power (Score 4, Interesting) 202

Direct democracy doesnâ(TM)t work at any scale. The problem is that any grouping of people will take steps to exclude people from the group. This means that *any* group of people will oppress a smaller group given the opportunity. The problem is worsened when the oppressing group is large enough to offer some degree of anonymity. This has been proven to be an enabler for all of the worst kinds of human behaviour. The United States founding fathers were correct in that the biggest threat to any populace is its own government.

The fundamental goal of any moral government has to be the defense of the rights of the people, even when those right cost the greater whole. When any segment of society looses fundamental rights, no ones rights are safe.

Comment Re:Either this is false or they are idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 202

Edward Snowden is a sainted genius for doing the EXACT SAME THING, only FAR, FAR more and worse.

Snowden is praised because he revealed the mass invasion of privacy against individuals who are not terrorists and have no affiliation with terrorists.

Mass surveillance is bad because sooner or later, the government becomes the terrorist, and the ultimate goal is to lay the groundwork in advance so that removing these tyrants is as bloodless and painless as possible. Mass surveillance, and the disarming of the populace are measures taken to make it easier for those in power to stay in power. We need to take any and all actions reasonable to ensure that those in power remain rightfully fearful of the governed masses. When they no longer fear the power of the people, the corruption begins. It doesn't take very long after that for the human rights abuses, and ultimately outright tyranny in its worst incarnations.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score -1) 418

Excuse me, you get ANY desired message by trying all possible one time pads.

No, you get an extremely small subset of the possible original messages. Of that subset, only an extremely small subset is anything other than gibberish. This is the basic principle upon which all cracking is based.

For a sample size of one message, the probability of successfully finding and verifying the correct message are vanishingly small. As you send more and more messages with the same pad, or if the pads follow any kind of predictable pattern, or god forbid, one of your pads is discovered through other means, the encryption is severely weakened. The problem is compounded exponentially the more redundancy there is in each message, or between them. That is the reason that the only German the folks at Bletchly park needed to know to crack the enigma was "Hail Hitler". It showed in every single German message, and vastly simplified the code breaking.

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 112

250k to develop a commercial electronics product, let alone a robot is a joke. You need way more than that. The only way this could (maybe) work is if this was a reward for bringing any such device to the market, no strings attached. No need to hand it over to them for 250k (haha).

Electronics cost far less than that to produce if you discount the labor. That is exactly what happens with a startup company, which is exactly what this kind of prize is intended to inspire...

The actual materials and tools costs of electronics design is less than 10% of what it was 20 years ago. A good scope for robotics design will run you less than $200. You wouldn't design a processor board, you would buy an off-the-shelf PI or BBB.

Even the metalworking tools needed for robot design have come down in price as metalworking tool manufacturers have realized they need to drop the prices pretty drastically just to compete with 3D printing.

In the end, yes, it will cost 5 to 10 man years of work to design this thing, but a startup has the advantage that those costs are deferred until the company actually has revenue...

Comment Re:False Shortage (Score 1) 241

Japan has had no real economic growth for 30 years, and in in the midst of population catastrophe. Maybe not the best example.

They also have almost no natural resources and a population density almost ten times the USA. Pretty remarkable that they manage to keep a powerhouse economy running at all when they have to import damn near everything.

Comment Re:False Shortage (Score 1) 241

So, no for the big names, it's simply not about employee abuse, it's genuinely about finding people qualified to work at this level of expectation. And once you're past your first few years, almost no one cares where (or whether) you went to school. If 2-year programs broaden the talent pool to more people not following the traditional path, more power to them. Whatever helps those bright enough to make a career of it get in the door is a good thing.

To a large degree I agree, but the basic problem is not that these companies do not pay enough, its that they will only accept the top 5% of applicants. The companies can't be bothered to train employees, so they have to choose between poaching each others employees, or doing without. Back in the bad old days, companies realized that it was typically years before a new employee became productive. Today, if a new employee is not "up to speed" within 6 months, they start getting bad reviews and ultimately will leave. Some companies have understood this and started co-op / internship programs, but most companies cannot compete under these terms, so they do without talent because they cant afford to buy it and have an even harder time trying to grow their own.

Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 4, Informative) 94

and greybeards/hams tend to use obsolete hardware and chant "right tool for the job" because they refuse to learn new things. same guys show up for an interview and wonder why they don't get hired.

Us greybeards would be impressed with these things if there was anything to be impressed about. This thing is far too little far too late. for $10, you can get one of these.

You young uns don't even understand enough to know what to get excited about...

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 67

This severely penalises small content producers in favour of massive corporations, all a publisher needs to do is wait five years and they can leverage their marketing and distribution might to completely own a franchise while the original creator gets nada.

If after 5 years, any producer of content is relying on that content for income, then they effectively have no further value to society.

Another way to say it is that if you haven't made your money on it within 5 years, you almost certainly never will.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 398

You don't even need to replace the brake pads, because regenerative braking means they don't wear out.

Be a little cautious with that one. Regenerative braking requires a large enough battery to handle the charging current. The Tesla Batteries are fine, and you'll never need the actual brake pads. The $30k commuters like the leaf, volt and iMiev, do not have a large enough pack to absorb the full brunt of regenerative braking, so they use the brake pads a lot. It kills their actual range, and burns up the undersized pads they put on those cars. The only way to avoid the problem is to get a car with a large enough pack to do 0-60 in less than 8 seconds (braking is simply that same stunt in reverse...), or learn to drive extremely defensively: begin slowing down 1/2 mile from red lights and expected turns, keep at least 10 seconds following distance, etc...

The reality of the matter is that in order to have real regenerative braking, you need a pack that will give you at least 300 miles range. The only alternative is a design that uses ultra-caps to store some of the energy recovered during braking, a radically new (and better) battery chemistry than anything commercially available, or both.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.