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Comment There are just three things that need to happen... (Score 1) 504

... for EV's to become the norm over gasoline vehicles. Note, in areas where EV's may be currenntly lacking, to hopefully diffuse arguments from people who may want to get defensive over the issue, this list does not represent excuses to *NOT* currently buy an EV, they represent hurdles that I sincerely believe that EV manufacturers and the companies that support them will need to eventually overcome if electric cars are to ever actually become the norm. If an EV happens to work for you or meet your lifestyle currently, that's great and I have no argument with you... but that doesn't mean it's going to work for everybody, or even necessarily most people, which is generally what would have to be achieved for EV's to *really* become mainstream, which is what I'm trying to talk about here.

With that disclaimer out of the way, the three things that I believe need to eventually happen are:

  1. They need to be good. This means having a respectable range. To the best of my knowledge, only one manufacturer, Tesla, has really made any strides in this area. I would consider this problem to be a solved one, because if one manufacturer can do it, then so can others.... at least theoretically.
  2. They need to affordable. This means that they should be priced either at or below approximately what a person would ordinarily pay for an otherwise comparably sized and equipped gasoline car, ideally up front, but if not, otherwise no longer than about 5 to 6 years with the price of gasoline saved.... any longer than that to become cost-effective would mean that you are probably going to be spending more than the money you save on gasoline on your monthly payments on the car, which will mean that it will take longer before the cost effectiveness of the EV because of gasoline savings is realized, unless you lengthen the term of the car loan somewhat, meaning you are spending even more money on the car overall, also causing it to take longer before the cost effectiveness of the EV can be realized. There's some promise in this area.... but we aren't there yet.
  3. Finally, EV's need to be convenient.... ideally, as convenient, or nearly as convenient to own as current gasoline vehicles. That means that if you accidentally forget to charge your car overnight, you should be able to make a 5 minute pitstop at a charging station on your way to work, which should be able to effectively top you up on charge and get you where you need to go. It means that such fast charging stations need to be nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations currently are, giving people who drive them no lack of opportunity to recharge their car at their convenience. The article summary addresses a couple of other factors that negatively impact the current convenience of owning an EV, and I won't rehash them here.

Comment I'm pretty sure it's more than software engineers (Score 1) 479

... to blame for this. The software only lied about compliance, it still required that the hardware was non-compliant. Not that I'm saying lying about it is acceptable, but there's no possible way I can see that the people who built the non-compliant hardware can be any less responsible.

Comment Would that be allowed by the rules as written? (Score 1) 143

Assuming no changes were made to the FCC's rules, and if a router manufacturer were to do this.... that is, they lock down the radio portion of their router so it can't possibly be modified by the end user, but still leave the firmware of their router otherwise ordinarily modifiable as it is currently, would the manufacturer still be in violation of the current rule proposal?

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 153

If the thing has any smarts, it would only report sustained periods over the speed limit, perhaps by reporting whether an average speed over an interval has been excessive, where the duration of the allowed interval is a function of how far over the speed limit one actually drives. If you drive 5mph over the speed limit, the duration may be something like 5 minutes, while if you drive 25 mph over the speed limit, the duration may be something like only 15 seconds. And of course, it should report just how fast the car is actually going, not just simply that the speed limit was exceeded, so the parent can use their own discretion at determining if their kid only needs to be perhaps firmly reminded to pay more attention to how fast they are going in the future, or reprimanded or even having their driving privileges revoked for driving like a maniac.

Comment Re:Or. you know... we could just fucking stop... (Score 1) 694

I'm saying that if we spent as more time each doing our own level best to treat everybody with respect instead of constantly pointing out the facts about how awful life is that it just isn't fair for everyone, we'd be a heckuvalot further along. Each person is responsible for their own thoughts and deeds. and it is those thoughts and deeds that can change the world, not complaining that other people aren't doing their fair share, which is all that pointing these kinds of gender discrepancies is.

Comment Re:Or. you know... we could just fucking stop... (Score 0) 694

And I am suggesting that those articles really need to just stop. News flash: the world isn't fair. Live with it.

Instead of bitching about the world not being as ideal as we want it to be, or clamouring at other people to do what is right, if we each just do our own part to try and make this world better, then in reality, that should be enough. Complaining that the person next to you or somebody else isn't pulling their share of social responsibility doesn't accomplish anything. Just live your life and try to be a good person that is kind to everyone, regardless of gender, race, or anything else. If that's not enough to make the world any better, harping at other people to improve their behaviour sure as hell won't be, which is really all that these kinds of articles do.

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 1) 688

Nope... not seeing it. Sorry.... You made several remarks that have absolutely no substantiation outside of possible conspiracy theories, so either you were trying to be deliberately amusing by satirizing something that I didn't pick up on, or else you are a troll. Really, if you had an iota of proof to back up what you said, you would have already supplied it, but then anyone else could have picked your arguments to shreds. In actuality, I expect the only reason nobody else has bothered to call you on the bullshit is because I was the only one naive enough to not realize you were trolling the whole time.

Comment Or. you know... we could just fucking stop... (Score 5, Insightful) 694

... worrying about whether or not a particular race or gender are underrepresented somewhere, and just fucking treat every human being you encounter with dignity and respect in whatever career path they may have chosen.

If things like gender are to genuinely supposed to not influence our reactions in the workplace, then we need to stop fucking focusing on them and accept people, men and women, for who they are, or whatever interests they happen to have that may, or may not, happen to direct them into a particular industry.

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 1) 688

SX is a fork/mix of early Slackware Linux

You keep saying that, but there is no evidence to support that theory. While Apple had indeed previously worked on a fork of Linux called mkLinux before they released OSX, this was not actually a precursor to OSX (it may have been Apple's initial intention at the time to make it the OS for Macs, but this is not how things ultimately played out). Apple ultimately discarded the mkLinux project and instead evolved NeXTSTEP (also called OpenStep) into OSX near the turn of the century.

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