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Comment: Re:It's still his parts collection, regardless. So (Score 1) 3

by digitalunity (#48043977) Attached to: Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.

It's sort of unclear from the article how the ECU was disabled. Was it damaged during the crash or did the insurance company disable it when they sold the car?

In any case, it seems to me he has some recourse against the seller of the vehicle. On the other hand, the laws should address this scenario. California law already strongly protects consumers from insurance forcing shops to use second-rate parts. If that is a good idea, and I think it is, we should have some requirement that also forces manufacturers to make replacement parts available under non-discriminatory terms to consumers, parts stores and anyone else who wants them.

It's not for Tesla to decide what car is roadworthy. This was a business decision and Tesla knows it. It has nothing to do with actual liability and more to do with their stock price every time a Tesla driver goes off the road and t-bones a minivan.

Comment: Re:Internet of Stupidity (Score 2) 37

by Animats (#48042005) Attached to: Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

This story has pretty much nothing to do with the "Internet of Things" they are trying to sell us.

Right. It's ordinary industrial automation. It's also strange that Intel would have CPU testers that weren't networked and reporting to some machine aggregating statistics and looking for process variance. It's pretty much routine in factories today to network the machines. That's been going on since the 1980s.

The Mitsubishi C Controller mentioned is just a CPU board packaged as a Mitsubishi Electric industrial automation module for convenient mounting in industrial automation cabinets. "It includes two Ethernet ports, an RS232 port, a USB port, a CompactFlash card slot and a 7-segment display for debugging and diagnostics. The (Intel Atom) CPU comes with the Wind River VXWorks real time operating system pre-installed." It's programmed in C.


Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics 443

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-us-in dept.
mi writes Attorney General Eric Holder called it is "worrisome" that tech companies are providing default encryption on consumer electronics, adding that locking authorities out of being able to access the contents of devices puts children at risk. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said at a conference on child sexual abuse, according to a text of his prepared remarks. “When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”

Comment: The clearest picture yet of global warming (Score 1) 207

by rs79 (#48038987) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Because this is clearly inferior. Play with it a bit. Play spot the warming.


1) 1998 - 2015
2) 1880 - 2015
3) 1978 - 1998
4) 1947 - 1957 - this is when all that sea ice grew.[1]

Odd is was so cold at a time of peak smog.[2]

[1]"In the early 1920s and 1930s, temperatures were high, similar to that of the present, and this affected the glacial melt. At the time many glaciers underwent a melt similar or even higher than what we have seen in the last ten years. When it became colder again in the 1950s and 1960s, glaciers actually started growing," says Dr. Kurt H. Kjær - in


Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 495

by Loki_1929 (#48037387) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

When Musk claimed he was going to start a new and successful American car manufacturing company when nobody else has managed to do so in the past half century or so and American manufacturing was considered a sick and dying animal, it was easy to label him a snake oil salesman. When Musk claimed he was going to start building rocket ships and launch stuff into space and make deliveries to the ISS at a fraction of the cost of anything done by NASA, it was easy to label him a snake oil salesman. But he just went ahead and did those things, successfully, at great personal risk because he's both driven and incredibly capable.

If there's one lesson we should all have learned by now, it's not to bet against Elon Musk. He's a risk taker with dreams greater than just about anyone alive, but I think the worst you can claim about him at this point is that his reach exceeds his grasp. Calling him a snake oil salesman is demonstrably unfair. All the other crazy things he's set about doing are happening before our eyes. Creating a self-sustaining colony on another planet may seem beyond our will our even beyond our capability at this point, but Musk's view that it must be done for the survival of humanity is a view shared by Stephen Hawking and many others. If there's anyone alive today who can make it happen, it's Musk.

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