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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 829 829

Do you want the seats front facing or rear facing? 10-30lb or 20-50lb? Even then you're going to have to adjust it for your kid, and figure out what sort of bizarre adjustment scheme this particular seat uses. On some seats you have to take them apart to adjust past certain points. Uh oh, the kid always wants to sit behind the driver and the seat is installed on the passenger side.

Who is going to install and remove the seats every time someone calls for one? Are they going to have liability insurance in case they accidentally install a seat improperly and a kid is injured or dies?

And then the parents have to go back and make sure the seat is clean once they're done with the car. Kids are amazing at finding ways of making messes when you least expect it.

I think "have young kids" is one of the ares where the "car as a service" concept does not work. Not unless you drive only very rarely with the kids.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 829 829

People are sick and tired of car payments and insurance payments.

A subscription service has to pay for these too. They're just hidden from you. Plus there is the additional overhead from the subscription service company. Total cost per mile is roughly the same, the savings come from parking costs and not having to deal with age related problems on the cars because you wear them out with pure mileage before they get old.

You don't have the upfront cost of owning the car, but you end up paying more per mile than people who own cars. There's a tipping point where car-as-a-service don't make sense anymore and a lot of Americans are well past that point. In fact most people who live in the suburbs and anybody rural are past that point. If you don't have ready access to good mass transit then you probably need to own a car. If you do live in a city, then you have to weigh the car-as-a-service option against just using mass transit and taxies, and traditional car rental for those rare occasions where you need to travel a good distance from the city.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 2) 829 829

Of course EVs in their current form are almost totally unsuited for a subscription model, since their usage model depends on being parked in places with charging support for a relatively long time and only being used on short to medium trips. They're amazing as commuter cars, but not a good idea for a Taxi. Supercharging is hard on the car and should be used sparingly.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 829 829

Or you know, having to install the kid car seats every time you want to go somewhere would get old fast, especially if it's a different car every time and you have to figure out where the manufacturer hid the bars this time. Or if the car doesn't have the bars and you have to use the seatbelt method. Or the bars are there but spaced differently so you have to adjust the annoyingly difficult to adjust sliders on the seat to make it fit properly.

Comment Re:Really so hard? (Score 4, Interesting) 169 169

Amazingly enough, people that go through with these mass shootings post their plans to social media more often than not. It sounds crazy, but you have to be a little crazy to want to do shoot up a kindergarten or assassinate the president in the first place. The problem is of course the noise level. We had the same problem after Columbine when suddenly all of those teenagers weren't just sullen outcasts, they were potential madmen. Correlation is not causation.

Comment Re:we only hear about the failed attempts (Score 1) 217 217

He wouldn't transfer it into his personal bank account. He would set up a LLC who's sole purpose in life is to distribute the winnings, half of which happen to go to the original guy. As long as he doesn't suddenly start trying to live like MC Hammer and trigger an IRS audit he'll probably get away with it.

This guy was caught because he was an idiot.

Comment Re:Perfect summary of Perl from Larry himself (Score 1) 133 133

One can argue that Perl is more featureful in its implicit behaviors that are massively confusing to people who don't them. In C you generally have to be pretty explicit with what you're doing, but in Perl you can leave out some of the details and let the interpreter figure them out for you. This is the first area where newcomers get lost. Much of the "crazy punctuation" ends up being helpful once you spend a couple of minutes understanding the basics of the language, clearly denoting which tokens are variables and what kind of access the coder wants. Complex data structures are far far less ugly now than they were in the early days of Perl 5 too, and a normal human being can actually make them without trying a thousand different combinations of dereferencing operators to figure out exactly which one they need. I wouldn't call them "good" or fun to use, but it's not like pounding nails through your dick anymore.

If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary. -- Samuel Clemens