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Comment: Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 1) 333 333

Do you have any evidence for the "enourmous numbers of bogus voter registrations"?

Is there any data you can cite?

And a philosophical question: If the situation were reversed, and there were many more republicans without ID, do you think the republicans would still be pushing hard for voter ID laws?

Comment: Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 1) 333 333

There is more to software than algorithms. Algorithms are a tool (e.g. like a printer, etc). The algorithm takes input and generates an output. You can make a printer print out a KKK written word doc, but that doesn't make the printer racist. When I say "I don't know how to make a racist algorithm", it's like saying "I don't know how to make a racist printer". I am open to suggestions.

I am not saying it's impossible that a racist printer could exist. What I am saying is that they must be pretty fucking rare if I (as a printer expert), can't even imagine how it could be done in practice.

And in this respect, I think algorithms are very similar to math equations. I can't imagine how to make a racist math equation. That doesn't mean it can't be done.

This is in contrast to making a racist child who then becomes a racist adult. I don't claim to have a 100% effective way to do it, but I've seen examples of lot's of people succeeding at it. I know what a racist person is. I don't even know what a racist equation, or algorithm, or a racist printer even is.

Comment: Re:Volkswagen Factory Worker Killed By a Manager (Score 1) 269 269

And (wink wink nudge nudge) we're losing a lot of money with this machine out of commission, you wouldn't want us to lose a bunch of money would you?

Unlikely in Germany. As has been noted elsewhere, they tend to be obsessive rule followers.

That being said, disregard of such could be part of what's helping it to national and world news. Because it's so unusual.

Comment: Re:Price is a second order function (Score 1) 284 284

Load up a bunch on a truck and then use smaller vehicles to transport them out to the various sites. If they were built at different sizes, perhaps for a size for an EV freight-hauling vehicle, then those would likely be larger generators and maybe could handle powering a small store, a nursing home, etc... That might be a good bonus.

If you're 'loading them up on a trailer' to take to an emergency site, you're better off just taking cage-style generators. The stores, nursing homes, and such should already have them. It's one of the reasons I'm against anti-gouging laws. If a store spends the money to have generation systems so it can stay in business even with the power outage, it should be able to raise it's prices to cover the generators*, overtime/hazard pay for employees, etc...

I expect it to be expensive (even if artificially and no I do not suspect the market to correct it with any great speed) and something that is not included on lower-end models.

It's about a $3k option. So no, it's not going to be on the cheapest trailers, but it's not 'that' expensive. Especially if U-haul figures out that it saves them money.

Then you get systems like the ford auto-backup. Which IS a vehicle mounted option.

Also, these are people traveling. They are not just people moving. Comparing them to a rental such as U-Haul is intellectually deceiving if not intellectually dishonest.

I'm not comparing people traveling to U-Haul. I'm saying that I see the most common trailer case to be that the trailer is rented, the car is owned, because the people are using the trailer for 1-2% of their driving needs, and don't need the trailer around taking up space and still requiring maintenance when they don't need it.

If they're such an edge case like you, that they'd more or less constantly have the trailer on their vehicle, it's time to ditch the trailer and just buy a hybrid in the first place. Do not mistake me for a 'single solution' type of person, though I will get into the 'weeds' when concentrating on a single topic. Once you remove the people who never go that far(I used to drive from ND to NE to visit my parents. Now that the trip would be from AK to FL, I fly), those that do it relaxed enough that supercharger stations would keep up with them(my parents), those that do it constantly enough that they just buy a hybrid in the first place, etc... There's not a lot of trailers left.

This does not discount the idea of a trailer, it is simply another line of thinking that I have been mulling over since first pondering the trailer idea.

I pondered it myself, but kept hitting a wall at the steering issue. Except for backing, a trailer changing steering less than hanging the weight off the vehicle. Plus, I got 600 pounds by looking up the weight of a 22kW generator. Add in fuel, wiring, etc...

So you're looking at needing a way to lift said attachment to place onto the vehicle - which would not be easy, and moving it around without wheels is a pain. I can move my much larger trailer by hand if necessary when it's unloaded, 600 pounds on wheels is relatively easy.

Some early hybrid designs were to feature a removable motor/secondary battery/storage area, but you run into weight/storage issues there - do you want a motor taking up your trunk space when you're going on a long trip?

As for an example trailer consider this article about one in development. 22kW - right on the money! Barely visible out the rear-view mirror, but yes, wider than I expected.

*which, even discounting purchase costs, fuel costs for the electricity to run the store are going to be substantially higher during the outage.

Comment: New ethical questions arise (Score 1) 269 269

A man falls into a volcano. Who is at fault? The man for not staying a safe distance away from the volcano, or the owners of the property for not properly safeguarding a dangerous volcano.

I don't know who is at fault. It's for the courts to decide using relevant laws and contracts, etc. But this isn't a new problem.

Determining fault is pretty much all courts really do.

Comment: Re:Pearson is guilty of this (Score 4, Interesting) 200 200

One of the last companies I worked for was undergoing a single signon project. In their presentation they made it quite clear that they were actually encrypting passwords with a two way function. After the main presentation I pulled the presenter aside and asked why when hash functions are the industry standard.

His response was kind of hillarious (and kind of sad).... too many IT managers were afraid of the repercussions of not being able to actually recover an executives password if he actually lost it and had used it for something important that couldn't just be reset.

Comment: Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 1) 333 333

I do know what you were getting at. But you apparently did not know what I was getting at, which is that just because something is created by humans does not imply that it can/will be imbued with the racism of that human.

Math equations are a good example of this non-implication. I'm sure lots of mathematicians have been racist and yet there are no racist math equations (at least none that I have seen).

I am a software developer and I'm not even really sure what a racist computer algorithm would look like. If you can give me an example of one, go right ahead.

Hold on to the root.