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Comment Re:1-in-64 odds... (Score 1) 634

But...isn't that what we're supposed to do? Read one fluff news story (and in this case 'story' fits well) and jump to immediate conclusions?

When did we ever do any fact checking?

I mean, who even reads TFA these days?

Heck, people can't even read the comments to realize that 6 identical flips are 1-in-32 odds :)

Comment Re:1-in-64 odds... (Score 1) 634

Please...the newspapers (or collectively media) are so incredibly biased ... and people are so uneducated about our own election process it boggles the mind.

Hilary "won" by a hair. If this was the superbowl then sure, declare victor and hand out rings.

It's not though.

Instead, she got 23 delegates to Bernie's 21. All of which is counted towards the overall total, of which there are 4714. Hilary has (drumroll...) 0.04% more of the total delegates than Bernie. BFD

It's like claiming a 100% increase in sales because you sold two bananas instead of one. I know Iowa is typically used as an indicator ... and it'll certainly go a long way to follow theory that when the media is already using words like winner while the difference between candidates is extraordinarily small.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 4, Interesting) 337

He's mad that out of 3000 (or was it 5000) people he was #1344 in line to test drive.

Boo hoo. That means you're still ahead of at least half of the people. Sure, 1000+ people aren't going to get to test drive a car in one night...we get that. Why exactly does he feel that entitled and special that, of all the other thousands of people who put down a deposit, he should be a priority?

I'd bet he is (well, was) the 1344th person to put a deposit on the X.

Folks like to use privilege and entitlement as dirty words these days...well THIS is a PERFECT example. Some peoples business is not worth taking, case and point.

Comment Re: Side Impact Regulations (Score 2) 276

Oh, and the replicas are much, MUCH cheaper too.

You can buy a fully completed one that will beat the pants off almost any modern sports car for ~50K. Granted it has no roof and only seats two ... but to some that's a feature not a problem :)

I've toyed with the idea of getting a Factory 5 kit for a few years now. The lack of garage/build space in brooklyn makes it a bit less practical though.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 276

I had to laugh when 'pretty reliable' is 'astonished and gratified' to a 4-5 hour drive without something breaking.

It's an iconic car and some people will gladly pay for one with all it's flaws. I wouldn't pay $100K for those flaws though. Plenty of others with extra garage space, time, and plenty of extra money apparently will though.

If I could sell 30M in cars built from spare parts I probably got for a song...I surely would too.

Comment Re:Edit to article (Score 1) 243

Disney's labor practices are already disgusting - this is icing on the cake.

Much of their parks are staffed by interns or other 'temporary' staff with no benefits and crummy pay. When things go well the 'promote' you to PART. TIME. Oh, and part time doesn't qualify for much in the way of benefits AFAIK.

For better or worse, its (oh so magical I dreamed about working there as a kid) Disney. People will gladly go be abused...erm work...there for the dream and Disney will gladly take advantage of paying someone peanuts to sell...well peanuts. Oh, and over-priced everything else.

Comment Re:Squeaky wheel. Oil it. (Score 5, Insightful) 243

It's beyond time to eradicate the program entirely.

Something like this case - where disney literally laid off staff in order to directly replace them with H1B workers - should be immediately illegal and stopped before they even brought them in + fines and penalties and so on.

The fact that we're here on the internet complaining about this and the workers are only filing lawsuits after the fact shows just how broken the program is.

The problem is big business buys politicians and votes and then write the laws that best suit their shareholders (i.e. profit). Disney is great at getting away with this - look at the copyright extension that directly follows when Mickey Mouse would otherwise enter the public domain.

Comment Re:Umbrella policies (Score 1) 293

Self driving cars can and will react faster than any person ever could.

Yes, there's definitely some intuition...you see that car and know it's going through the light or that pedestrian is about to sprint across 6 lanes of traffic. However you can program at least some of that in:

Evaluation - clear intersection, green light, right of way
Tracking - other vehicles approaching driving path; current speed and direction is towards this vehicle
Evaluation - other vehicles are required to yield due to traffic signal; evaluate delta-V of other vehicle; evaluate probability of vehicle stopping to avoid collision

Pretty sure this already exists in a more robust form or no driverless vehicle would go through an intersection while someone is approaching the perpendicular red light. There are some interesting things you can do with a driver that's constantly vigilant and has an unlimited attention span.

Comment Re:"a map of 'risk zone' data'" (Score 1) 293

Yup.

Insurance is also discriminatory, legally.

What other industry can legally and directly charge more (i.e. discriminate) based on AGE, GENDER, marital status (which, until recently, was also linked to sexual orientation), education, neighborhood, non-felony convictions (i.e. tickets)?

People flip their lid if a cop decides to search a black person driving an expensive car with tints and a loud stereo through a terrible neighborhood and repeatedly past a known crack house...but an insurance company blithely does their equivalent with every single customer.

Comment Re:trying to figure out how to survive (Score 3, Interesting) 293

Insurance, by design, is a sham and a scam.

Even looking at the most basic premises - you (collectively, over time) pay X dollars, the insurance company pays out Y dollars. If Y > X then the insurance company goes bankrupt.

So by design, premiums MUST exceed payouts. On average it will always be cheaper to pay for things yourself, however people are NOT any good at saving $50K of oh-sh*t money in case they total someone's benz. Much easier for them to pay a $4K premium over 20 years.

In reality, the only thing insurance protects you from that you couldn't do on your own are the extreme situations. You total someone's ferrari and kill three people. Granted, without insurance you just declare bankruptcy.

I won't miss our insurance overlords...but I'm sure they'll pass bills requiring similarly priced insurance on driverless cars or something...by 'expanding' coverage or some 'for the people/children/etc.' reason.

Comment Re:The brief puff of black soot... (Score 1) 496

On a test bed, sure the right amount of urea is dispensed. While accelerating through 24 gears from the traffic lights up hill? there is not a bat's chance in hell that the amount is correct.

The so called "clean diesel" is not only emitting vast amounts of NOx, it is also emitting vast amounts of un-reacted urea.

Why? Why is it not possible that the correct amount of urea can be applied during any combination of RPM, throttle position, air temp, etc. when we can do that just fine for fuel (in diesel or gas engines)?

And vast amounts of urea? You need to do a bit more homework since urea (well, DEF which is urea + H2O) consumption is only ~1/20th the amount of diesel the engine consumes. Take into account that urea is safe anyway (did you forget to google what urea is and what ELSE it's used for?) and this whole point is kind of ... well just plain silly.

VW still cheated but that's another story entirely.

Comment Re:"It's not that hard"? (Score 1) 99

There's tons of existing audit tracking file storage options.

Storage? Amazon or google are easy places to start - you can host the entire thing there. Heck, google can probably provide a youtube type interface for compressing footage etc. If they can handle umpteen billion hours of video then i'm sure they can handle police cameras.

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 99

Sure, until they point to the contract they signed with Taser, etc. with some random stipulations which make it impossible (or at least very difficult/costly) to disclose. Just like the cell tower spoofing which someone was contractually secret even though that should have been overriden by existing laws.

"Ok, let's write this agreement so when things disappear it's no ones fault, no one can request open access, no one can get files they want without lots of hoops and lawsuits, oh, and anything potentially harmful to the IT company is off limits...and *wink wink* we know that you providing footage of a cop committing murder would be harmful."

Comment Re:Old enough doesn't matter (Score 1) 229

Phone contracts are 1 or 2 years typically (though now they're going out of vogue) ...

People 'grandfathered' in to various perks are left alone for PR reasons I assume...that or because many old plans are probably more profitable and it's easier to leave them all alone. There's no reason a cell carrier can't tell someone 'we no longer offer your xyz 'grandfathered' plan; you will need to pick a new one from our current choices.'

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