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Comment: Is this really much of an invention? (Score 1) 190

by rssrss (#48606741) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

I bought a 2014 Honda Accord a few months ago. It has a camera in the trunk lid, that gives an image of what is in back of the car on the center panel display when the transmission is in reverse. When you turn on the right turn signal a camera in the right hand mirror housing displays an image of the right side of the car and the adjacent space. There is no such camera on the left side. I assume this is because they don't want drivers moving left to look to their right towards the center panel display.

I believe that many current model cars have similar cameras and displays.

A 360 display would be a step further in the evolution of these displays. But, I am not sure they are totally necessary. Vision forward and within the front 180 degrees is really not much of a problem. The A pillars are small and it is easy to look around them with very small head movements. Only the areas to the side and back and below the trunk lid are obscured. The back up and right turn cameras cover those areas, the only real blind spot is to the left and back.

BTW: Car talk has a detailed explanation of how to position your side mirrors to minimize your blind spots.

Comment: Coke vs Pepsi (Score 2) 400

by rssrss (#48422861) Attached to: Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

If you run a restaurant, and you serve soft drinks, you can serve Coca-Cola Products or Pepsi products.

Many years ago (before 1997) some restaurant chains objected to Pepsi products because Pepsi owned restaurant chains including Pizza Hut and KFC, and cross promoted its drinks with the restaurants.

Back then Pepsi would pay restaurants to use their products in stead of Coke. So they were able to overcome some of the competitive objections to using their products. Coke never paid.

In the late 90s, Pepsi solved the problem by a corporate separation of the restaurants and the drinks. The restaurant company is now called Yum! Brands. I assume they stopped paying restaurants to take their products.

To me Google vs Yahoo resembles the Coke vs. Pepsi situation. And, it is just as important.

Comment: Re:Ninety Three Years (Score 1) 495

by rssrss (#48267121) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

"Average life expectancy has actually been going down recently, at least in the US."

That is very interesting. Can you cite a source for your statement.

Here is what I read recently:

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY 3:54 a.m. EDT October 9, 2014:

Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years - a record high.

That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Comment: Of course They Do. (Score 1) 268

by rssrss (#48234107) Attached to: Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

As Umberto Eco wrote:

"G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: "When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing. He believes in anything." Whoever said it - he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.

"The "death of God", or at least the dying of the Christian God, has been accompanied by the birth of a plethora of new idols. They have multiplied like bacteria on the corpse of the Christian Church ..."

Comment: Lottery is the only fair way. (Score 1) 389

by rssrss (#48074369) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

The more information you add to the process and the more people who review the information the more subject the process is to manipulation by the operators. Not that the current admissions system completely in the hands of the colleges who play how ever they like for whatever their goals are -- which are mostly to keep the system running with lots of rich kids who can pay the freight.

A lottery subtracts all information and leaves very little room for manipulation. Unqualified kids in the lottery? They will go home after English 101 and Calculus, and be replaced by a new group.

The lottery does not discriminate by race, sex, religion, or national origin. It is completely fair.

Comment: Are You Sure About Germany? (Score 1) 444

by rssrss (#47889031) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

"Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good" By SPIEGEL Staff on 09/04/2013:

Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.

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