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Comment Re:Smart (Score 2) 198 198

You are giving a single data point. Perhaps you should provide a data point further in the past to at least give a slope to your assertion? Here let me help. The effective tax rate on the top 1% has been falling since 1995 while for everyone else it is at a historic low. However it is important to keep in mind that the percent of wealth owned by that 1% has increased dramatically: the ratio of 50th to 99th wealth has gone from 0.024 in 1995 to 0.01 in 2013. In particular the 50% wealth level has DROPPED while the 99% wealth level has almost doubled.

Comment Re:Compelling products from Detroit? unlikely (Score 2) 198 198

I find it unlikely Detroit will put out any compelling auto no matter if it runs on electric, gas, diesel.

The current Corvette is broadly considered to be the best deal in high performance... in the world. The new Cadillacs are awe-inspiring and built like they mean it. Even Ford has apparently discovered reliability. You're talking bollocks.

I'll grant you a lot of garbage is still coming from the big three, but look around the world. Everyone makes shit cars.

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 341 341

Wow... that's inefficient. Polling to see if a service is running then restart it.

Wow... that's something that every other operating system's service manager can handle.

And that's the problem with the init scripts - they make the whole thing less efficient. If a process spawns another process, that parent gets notification by default when something happens to its child.

OK, so exec the daemon from your script, whatever. It's not a problem for me. However, not doing this gives you a chance to do more stuff when the daemon dies...

Comment Re:Smart (Score 3, Informative) 198 198

They *are* doing them, but there are several manual steps currently. Go to Teslamotorsclub.com if you don't believe it.

I've been there, and what I saw was a bunch of people who don't own Teslas slapping each other on the back while looking at photos which don't provide any proof that swaps are occurring.

For what it's worth, battery swaps are a dead end.

Sure, I agree. But credit systems are bullshit, too, and Tesla is gaming the credit system on top of that.

Comment Re:Smart (Score 4, Insightful) 198 198

Hey I like Tesla as much as the next guy, but wake me up when a corporation lobbies government in a way that goes against their own self-interest.

Wake me up when they prove that they're actually performing battery swaps, which is required at this phase to get all the credits they're getting. There's no evidence that they can do it, let alone that they are doing it. (If anyone feels differently, let's see some photographic evidence of a swap actually taking place; I am not interested in seeing the pictures of the car sitting in the swap station with nothing happening.)

Comment Re:interesting experiment (Score 1) 202 202

That is why it was damaged in america in short order, because americans think exactly like this comment.

Really? Because I did say I thought it was a douchey thing to do. If all Americans thought that way, it wouldn't have been damaged. QED, you didn't actually read and/or understand my comment before talking about it...

Comment Re:Altered telemetry is a possibility. (Score 1) 453 453

In the video, the telemetry says -49.5 feet after the crash. Thats NEGATIVE 49.5 feet. It must have been very high to drill itself so far underground.

Quadcopters rarely carry radar altimeters, so the altimeter data comes from one of two possible sources:

1) barometric pressure.
2) GPS

The former requires correction for current air temperature and pressure, a process that pilots accomplish by setting a reported value in their altimeter and verifying the displayed altitude against known airport elevation. Quad pilots not operating at an airport with a reported "altimeter setting" are likely to make any adjustment by setting current altitude to "0" (AGL). If you start flying on a hilltop, then any flight that goes below that hilltop will become negative. If you fail to set the pressure altitude to 0 before taking off, you can easily have a negative elevation for the entire time of the flight. The quad flight management will create its own "AGL" by subtracting the starting altitude, but since the pilot may want to know MSL based on a calibrated pressure it won't convert the recorded telemetry.

If it is a GPS elevation, you should know that most GPS 3D data reports neither "MSL" nor "AGL" but "EHT" -- ellipsoid height. That is, the elevation above a reference ellipsoid that approximates the surface of the earth but does not equal it. It is quite possible to have an EHT of -49.5 feet and still be above ground level.

Comment Re: Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 453 453

FAA regs say that over congested areas (cities, towns, etc.)

Almost. They say "over congested areas OF cities ...". The difference is that your version defines "congested area" as "cities..." while the correct version leaves "congested" as undefined but limits the rule to congested areas of cities, etc.

Also, you forgot to include the rules for helicopters.

Comment Re:BDSM convention (Score 2) 341 341

It seems to me that a systemd conference wouldn't be much different from a BDSM convention.

The BDSM convention will have a higher percentage of protected sex, and nearly everyone getting screwed will be doing so consensually. Most of them will have a good sense of humor about what they are doing, heavy D/S tops aside.

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 341 341

Did you ever think, perhaps, that the conference is a way to get commentary and feedback on a project that's thus far been fairly controversial

I think that's a great idea, but how many people do you think they're going to invite to speak who hail from the other camp? The "What the fuck are you doing to everything we love" camp? I'm betting it's going to be a big, fat goose egg. And even if not, we've seen how Lennart responds to critics, it's a big part of why so many of us dislike him so.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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