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Comment Re:The enemy of my enemy != my friend (Score 1) 95 95


If this were a turf war, the spoils of the compromise would not have been laid out on the lawn for the world to see. The contents would have been used against the Hacked Team to disrupt their business and then added to the attackers own product catalog. In this scenario the market value of the stolen intellectual property has been nullified.

Comment Phillips not the first with harebrained schemes (Score 1) 279 279

What are all those scientists, engineers and business experts at a huge multinational corporation thinking?

Probably they're thinking, "I really like this paycheck. The product we're developing has no chance of gaining traction in the marketplace, but that's my boss' fault for coming up with this idea in the first place."

Do you really think those people are going to argue with management that they shouldn't have a job developing this concept?

Comment Re:Real Apologies (Score 2) 452 452

Dan's completely accurate here. It makes me wonder if this (avoiding 'I' and using 'we') isn't the type of product that comes from Crisis Management PR firms who are brought in by CEO's in similar situations. As a consultant, their #1 goal is to please the person who signs their paychecks. When they craft apologies like this, the priorities might not be so much to soothe the audience as it is to present the boss with a response that's palatable to the boss. It would be unnatural for them to go into a meeting and kick Ellen Pao in the butt and say, "You need to grovel and beg the internet to take you back!"

Instead, the PR Crisis Consultants wrote an apology that didn't at all make nice with the Reddit community, but it certainly tricked Ellen Pao into thinking it would. Her inability to anticipate these backlash responses to her decisions are exactly why she is not a good fit to lead a community-based organization like Reddit.

Comment Re:Find the source code on GitHub (Score 1) 95 95

They are to explain the reasoning behind the code.

This is a huge purpose for comments. Also, maybe I can interpret the code perfectly well without comments. How well can I depend on everyone else who is modifying the code to be able to interpret it properly.

Well-documented code helps protect it from the introduction of bugs by later contributors.

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688 688

It might be the case that you're not a good candidate for an EV. In my case, I was saving about $75/week commuting in the EV versus my STi. So, at that rate I was saving $3750.00 per year on fuel which easily pays for the insurance for the 2nd car. Take out the amount I'm paying on the lease for the EV and I'm still saving money at that rate. (it's not quite as good now with gas no longer costing $4/gallon) - I would have to do some calculating to see if it's still cheaper.

Another thing I haven't done yet but probably will is that in Massachusetts the insurance companies give a discount if you drive a smaller number of miles per year. The RMV claims if you drive less than 7500 miles you can get a discount of up to 50%. That will make my STi pretty inexpensive as a backup car.

It must be nice to have the spare money to keep multiple cars on the road just for different purposes.

Well, that's not really the reason I leased the car - I leased it because my daughter needed a car when my wife and I were at work, so I needed a third car no matter what. It just turned out that the EV worked really well in my situation. Going forward, as I said, it won't be that expensive for me to keep my STi as my backup car and the EV as the primary car. The STi has 200,000 miles on it and if I were to continue to use it as my primary car it probably would only last another year or two before the maintenance started to get expensive (I've already started hitting the part of the maintenance curve where things are needing to be replaced). So, by using the EV whenever I can, I extend the life of the STi and delay having to purchase another car (and still have a really fun gas car to drive when I just want to go out and have fun). Also, where my wife has a gas car (the Rav4) I think that eventually I'll retire the STi and just drive an EV, and on days when I need to do a long trip I'll plan on swapping cars with her (and for the really unusual case where we both need a long trip on the same day, I'll rent).

Renting a vehicle? You'll see I for one would need a real car several times a month, and that is a ginormous pain in the balls. Costly, and logistically really goddamn annoying to return it, get transport back from the rental place to my home, etc.

I've always assumed that I would just drive to the rental place, leave my EV there while I used the rental car for the long trip, and then switch back to my EV on the way home. I haven't had to do it yet, but I don't see the problem with that. When I first got the EV I assumed that there would be several trips per month where I would need the gas car. I was surprised after a few months when I realized there was only about 1 trip a month that I really needed the gas car, and when I look back at those, almost every one of them could have been done with the EV if it had 200 mile range.

The sensible path for anyone who doesn't have money literally dripping out of their asshole to simply pick one vehicle that covers all their common use cases. And that vehicle is going to be a normal gasoline-powered car for the foreseeable future for the majority of people.

Well, you and I probably won't see eye to eye on this. There are others like you - I talked with one guy who has a sales job, so he drives to work and then has to drive to multiple clients and can easily drive several hundred miles per day, and he doesn't know ahead of time which clients he'll be seeing. So, clearly a gas car will work much better for him. And I think that out west, where people may live 50 or 100 miles from town, they probably need a gas car. And people who tow heavy trailers will probably need a gas powered pickup truck for the near future. But in the town I live in, most families are 2 or 3 car families, so the EV + gas combo like my wife and I will probably work for almost all of them, and as EV range hits 200-300 miles my guess is that all EV will be viable for a large percentage of them.

As I mentioned at the end of my last posting, economics and save-the-planet crusading are not the only reason some of us drive EVs. They're actually very pleasant to drive. When I go into Boston at rush hour and I'm in stop and go traffic, it's a much quieter and more enjoyable experience - it's not just the noise, but also that there's absolutely no vibration from the vehicle, and the instant torque whenever you need it is enjoyable. I know 3 people with Tesla model S (one of them is a P85D) and they love their Tesla. I can't afford a $130,000 car, but I can afford a $40,000 car (that's what my STi cost). So, if Tesla makes a model 3 for $40,000 that handles like a BMW 3xx with 200 miles of range, I'm definitely planning on buying one because I think it will be a blast to own and drive!

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688 688

So, a quick check of shows used Leafs:

161 available from $5,000 to $10,000
881 available from $10,000 to $15,000

I have a Honda Fit EV which is very similar in specs to the Leaf. Yesterday is a good example of how we use the car. I took my daughter to her work (about 10 miles away) and then drove to an airport I had a flight at, and then drove home. Total, about 65 miles, and I used 1/2 charge. Plugged in when I got home, had a bit to eat, and then went out again - by then the charge was up to 75% giving me a range of about 90 miles (of which I used 20).

We're a 3 car family, counting the EV. My wife has a regular Toyota Rav4, I have a Subaru STI, and we have the Honda Fit EV which my daughter tends to drive. However, whenever she doesn't need the car I drive it because of the savings in gas - the STI needs premium fuel so right now gas is running about $3.00 per gallon, but there was a point where it was almost $4.00 per gallon. Yesterday for example I used about $1.60 worth of electricity, whereas the same trip in my STI would have cost me about $15.00. It adds up quick - I figured I was saving about $75/week when I was commuting in the EV.

My daughter will start college next year so I'll be back as the primary driver of the EV. I'll keep my STI as my backup car, but before my daughter was driving the EV I was using the EV as my commuter car and only using the STI when I had a long trip to make. It turned out that I was typically only using the STI once a month because the EV would work for all the other trips I would do. In fact, it can be a problem because the disc brakes on my STI would rust enough during the month that it would sometimes be difficult to get it moving.

I think that for people living close to metropolitan areas the EVs of today work pretty well, and the EVs that are about to start coming out with 200 miles of range will work even for people pretty far from city centers. Certainly the Honda Fit EV gets me to/from Boston (45 miles) without a recharge except in the winter when the range of the EV goes down. It's pretty easy to find a convenient spot to recharge in Boston, but typically I try to plan my trips so that I can make it round trip without having to recharge. DC Fast charging would also help, and I'll be sure to have that on my next EV. With 200 miles of range Boston would be easy trip even in subzero weather.

One thing that a lot of people who haven't driven EVs don't get: They're really nice to drive. Between the instant torque and low noise they're really very nice to drive. When I want to drive fast and make a lot of noise, the Subaru STI is great, but for a lot of trips the Honda Fit EV is really really pleasant to drive and can get up to highway speed quickly for an economy car (it's faster than the gas Honda Fit). The quiet smooth power is a very nice and different experience from a gasoline car.

The Tesla model 3 will almost certainly be my next car, and I won't bother with a backup gasoline car at that point.

Comment Re:How about (Score 2) 268 268

Donated once to the EFF and the ACLU at different times. The incredible volume of spam mail, junk mail, and phone calls that I received from these two organizations convinced me to never contribute to them again, as well as likely costing them more than my donation.

My advice: Donate to a local organization, not a national or international one. They are less likely to have hordes of administrative flunkies to bother you later (and consume donation money), and you'll be helping the community you live in. There are good causes in every community in America.

Comment Re: ssh into kpcli (Score 1) 206 206

anything else i can do?

Modify SSHD config to listen on non-standard port. It will greatly diminish the log traffic you'll see of failed attempts. This could be important if you're using fail2ban as well and don't want your iptables to bloat unreasonably.

Stay away from configuring port-knocking. It becomes a real pita when you want to scp a file at the spur of the moment.

Comment no training?? (Score 3, Informative) 385 385

You're talking about a profession that in many cases has either no training or dubious training.

This is a field that requires a masters degree and certification.

You're probably thinking of faith-based social organizations that attempt to provide counseling services. Those agencies do not provide effective treatment for the ailments you mentioned. At best they might be able to provide some marriage counseling assistance.

Comment Re:Five stars for.. (Score 1) 246 246

I agree with all your examples. However, I recoiled during a couple of moments where the story was being read out loud, perhaps at the demand of a producer, as if the audience needed the plot points fully highlighted and underlined.

Obviously the beginning carries a lot of narration that heavy-handedly prepares the setting for the story. Entirely unlike the first 20 minutes of "There Will Be Blood"-- masterful storytelling by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The big shocker to me was near the end where Max fully explains the strategy of attempting to retake the Citadel while the boss is away, then THE BOSS EXPLAINS THE STRATEGY again. This is in stark contrast to the switcheroo ending of Road Warrior where the audience learns of the clever ruse at the absolute very end of the film. Why couldn't George Miller have Furiosa spontaneously turn around with everyone confused about the agenda? Because the strategy is totally explained to the audience, the last 15 minutes of the film is kind of a foregone conclusion.

Comment Re:Not convinced (Score 1) 408 408

A good point, but there have been studies in the past that show it takes a long time for a pilot who is out of the loop to turn off the automation and hand fly the aircraft. It's probably pretty safe to assume that professional pilots are very attentive during those parts of the flight where it's likely that they may have to take over control of the aircraft from the automation. I'm not sure I trust the average "driver" to do the same. I think that as soon as people start driving in autonomous vehicles they'll be even more guilty than they are today of being distracted by performing other tasks instead of monitoring the vehicle and it's surroundings.

If we allow autonomous vehicles on the road assuming that humans can be trusted to monitor the situation and take over at a moments notice, I believe we're setting ourselves up for lots of accidents. The fact that we can assign blame to the human for not monitoring the autonomous vehicle ignores the fact that they probably would have been paying more attention to the environment if they had been driving by themselves. I think it's reasonable that we require autonomous vehicles to be able to be at least as good as an attentive driver for avoiding accident situations such as a child running out into the street or an unexpected road hazard, before we let them on the road in large numbers.

I'm sure most of you have seen this Google video. It seems like they've given a lot of thought to how to detect other vehicles that need special attention such as bikes and trucks. I'd be curious to hear something authoritative about what they still can't detect autonomously...

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