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Comment: Highway Only to Speed Deployment (Score 1) 142

by OnTheEdge (#47388245) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking
It seems to me that if you were to forgo the complexity of automated driving on the byways, highway-only algorithms and equipment would be much easier to deploy. If I owned a shipping company, either locating my endpoints near a major highway or having a human driver take over at waypoints located near a major highway would still make this option extremely advantageous. I've said for a long time that I would much rather be driving next to an automated vehicle that only experiences an "incidents" once every 100,000 miles or so, verses next to my fellow humans who -- these days -- seem to experience "incidents" every few miles.

Comment: $5 per month that Google would not take (Score 1) 132

by OnTheEdge (#47388185) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later
I've been mostly pleased with Feedly and I even pay them the $5 per month that I and thousands of other's offered to pay Google to keep Reader alive. My motivation is split between an appreciation for a smooth migration of my feeds and decent product and, honestly, partly out of spite that Google would not take my money. Assuming the 24K number is correct and all of those users are on the same plan (do they have more than one plan?), that represents nearly $1.5 million dollars per year, if my math is correct. It still puzzles me why Google wouldn't accept this direct funding and keep Reader going.

+ - Slotted Ignition Keys

Submitted by OnTheEdge
OnTheEdge (136784) writes "When did they start adding the slotted keyholes to car keys; in particular for GM vehicles? I see lots of news regarding the purportedly faulty ignition switches but I haven't seen a single word about the slotted key design. If it wasn't for the slotted keys, you wouldn't have any significant torquing force on the ignition key regardless of the weight attached to it. With the slot you are much more likely to get torque on the key and wear out the switch. I know where I'd be pointing the finger if I was a switch engineer. Of course I suppose a good engineer would have recognized and accounted for the new key designs long before now."

Comment: Re:Hypothetical questions - In the military too (Score 2) 397

by OnTheEdge (#45983287) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US
Great question.

I heard in one of the presidential speeches that the need for foot solders is waning and more highly trained technical personnel is waxing.

So, to take your hypothetical question even further . . . what happens when 20% or even 50% of the workforce is no longer needed to produce what we all need to survive or even thrive? How do the economics work out then?

Comment: Manufacturing Myth (Score 1) 397

by OnTheEdge (#45983243) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US
" . . . just like America's manufacturing has been hollowed out by offshoring and globalization . . ." America's manufacturing "jobs" have been hollowed out more by our automation efforts than off-shoring and globalization. America's manufacturing output is up over the last couple of decades, but for every 100+ factory floor workers you now have a single highly trained technician watching over and tweaking the equipment.

Comment: Re:Stuipd.. (Score 1) 290

by wasted (#45646489) Attached to: New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

If you can't do a burn out with a Ford Mustang, you should probably go buy yourself a Prius or a Miata instead.

I'm thinking that it is pretty difficult to do a burn out in a Prius, but it is pretty easy in a Miata. It varies, depending upon the year, but for older ones, they should be near 140hp in an about 2300lb car with rear wheel drive and a 4.++:1 drive ratio. At these numbers burn-outs are easy to achieve with little problem, even when unwanted. As they say on automotive boards, "ask me how I know" or "don't ask me how I know," depending upon outcome.

Thus, your advice to get a Miata to do burn-outs if one can't do them in a Mustang is probably good advice. I don't think it holds up well for the Prius, though.

Comment: Re:Supersonic [Speeds] (Score 1) 30

by OnTheEdge (#37295446) Attached to: Hubble Shoots Movies of Stellar Jets
The post mentioned "The jets [...] shoot off at supersonic speeds..." While determining supersonic speed requires not being in a vacuum, once you know what speed supersonic-speed is, can it not be used as a measuring stick for comparison? If I'm moving at a snails pace, I'm likely not crawling across the ground, in fact, I could be doing any number of non-transportive activities that could be claimed to be at a snails pace.

10 to the minus 6th power mouthwashes = 1 Microscope