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Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 253

There are numerous public health sites that explain how the immune response functions, how vaccines trigger it using attenuated or fragments of bacteria / virii, and how it trains the body to respond against live infections. Stating it turns people into symptomless carriers is grade A derp. It is not supported by any science, utterly disregards all evidence to the contrary and clearly stems from a subtle blend of paranoia, credulity and stupidity.

Seriously it's such a dumb belief that you should share the gift of your "theory" with your coworkers. It's not often one gets to hear such pure refined kookery first hand.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 253

Utterly and completely wrong. Vaccination allows your body to recognize and attack an infection before it has a chance to replicate and spread to others. I don't know where you got the ludicrous idea it makes you a symptomless carrier, but I suggest you should be reading from a reputable source instead of whatever brain damage site you get your information from.

Comment Re:Bullshit slashvertisement (Score 1) 505

The problem is that to become a competent C or C++ programmer you must write a lot of C and C++. And by implication you make a LOT of mistakes in the course of writing that code. What happens to that code? If you work for a company then it goes into production and is out there. Even companies that mitigate the risk with code reviews, pair programming or whatever still aren't going to catch all issues. Even some of the most heavily reviewed code in the world like openssl has contained serious problems.

Therefore it's not a good argument to say competent programmers. Besides, even competent programmers make mistakes whether they mean to or not.

The argument for the likes of Rust is that it stops entire classes of problem happening by design. During normal programming forget to deallocate memory, or buffer overflow, or call a NULL / dangling pointer because the language stops those things from happening. You can't have two pointers modifying the same data, or have threads sharing an unprotected datastructure because the language stops those things from happening. Things that commonly blow up in C/C++ simply can't happen in Rust without enormous effort, such as throwing the safe checks.

Rust is no panacea since you can still write broken application logic, or cause a panic (a managed termination), but it's very hard to actually cause a segfault or suchlike. The result is better quality code with less bugs and consequently less support, bugfixing later on. Companies should consider this a good thing.

Comment Re: Why am I not surprised? (Score 1) 304

Car brands usually go through multiple design platforms in their lifetime and it is very rare that there is anything common between platforms aside from their name. The Clio would be a case in point - my first car was a Clio and the brand bears absolutely no similarity to the new Clio or even the one before that.

The Zoe shares much of its design with the previous Clio platform, but it has nothing to do with the latest. Chances are when the new Nissan Leaf comes out, that we'll see a new Zoe or other EV from Renault that shares the design with it. Renault and Nissan are in an alliance and have already done this with the 2017 Clio / Micra and the Kadjar / Qashqai. Aside from the trim, logos and entertainment systems, they're virtually the same vehicle.

Comment Amazon better do something about the cold packs (Score 1) 75

Read this about Blue Apron's service. They ship their kits with cold packs which are sodium polyacrylate, a hazardous non biodegradable material produced from hydrocarbons. Amazon had better do something better than this or the problem will get MUCH worse. Even if Amazon / Blue Apron offer a recycling scheme, the majority of it is still going to end up as landfill or down the drain, polluting water tables for decades.

Aside from that, I seriously question people so fucking lazy that they would avail of these services. Is it really hard to go to a supermarket and just buy the stuff to make a meal? What the hell is the difference? Aside from the freedom to eat what you like, when you like for less money.

Comment Re: Why am I not surprised? (Score 1) 304

How many people have rear wheel drive any more? No one has a transmission running the length of the car unless it's an all wheel drive version. Even electric all wheel drive vehicles will have a drive shaft running the length of the car to the rear wheels. If in-wheel motors become a thing then this might be true but there are a lot of reasons why we don't see them in production cars.

Lots of cars have RWD. Not to mention fuel tanks, clutch, transmission, exhaust etc. And no, EVs don't have a drive shaft at least not running down the car. If there is a shaft at all it is a differential between pairs of wheels. An EV can hide the batteries in places in places that impinge far less on cabin or trunk space than a combustion engine. Tesla puts them under the floor pan making it virtually flat. Other EVs put them under the rear seats. Practically the first thing everyone notes about EVs is how much extra space there is for the middle rear passenger and center console.

I was being generous by saying it's a wash. I'm sure some early EVs were bulky and not too smart at hiding their batteries. That is no longer the case.

Comment Re: Why am I not surprised? (Score 1) 304

What's with this with an "existing design"? New vehicles don't use existing designs. It's not a constraint. If a vehicle is intended to be an EV / PHEV the design will reflect it.

In some cases the chassis might even be designed to support different configurations such as happened for the Hyundai Ioniq where the same base supports hybrid, PHEV and EV models. Range in EVs is obviously behind most ICEs but it's clearly improving thanks to higher battery density so I don't even see the purpose of the argument.

Comment Re: Why am I not surprised? (Score 1) 304

Batteries are less energy dense than petroleum but EVs don't need a transmission running up the length of the car, or a fuel tank, or large motor compartment. So it's a wash. Tesla, the Bolt and other vehicles demonstrate that the range is attainable too, especially as battery density goes up and price comes down.

So bollocks in other words.

Comment Good (Score 1) 253

Within Europe 35 people have died and countless more infected from measles in the last year. One child with leukemia died because he was infected by an unvaccinated sibling.

Vaccination should be compulsory unless there is an medical reason not to. And parents who do not vaccinate should be charged with anything from child endangerment all the way up to involuntary manslaughter.

Comment Re: It's Here Now Until ... (Score 1) 235

Cylinders would spread the load around their circumference, the way Magdeburg hemispheres work. The issue I guess is what happens if something smacks into the cylinder, e.g. a crane. Could the cylinder take the strain even with some deformation? And even if it could, there could be pods whizzing through the tube at 400mph and you don't want things protruding inwards...

Any hyperloop system would need to have a lot of sensors watching for shock and pressure events and pods capable of hitting the brakes to avoid collisions at high speeds.

Comment Re:More amateur physics! Yeah! (Score 1) 235

If there were a catastrophic failure of pressure between those two pods then the one in front is going to accelerate and one behind is going to decelerate. Hitting this wall at such speed might well cause the pod to slow so rapidly that it causes injuries. It's hard to say without modelling it. I doubt a smaller pressurization would do any harm.

Comment Hubris (Score 1) 375

Inviting the driver to not pay attention, fall asleep etc. is profoundly dangerous "feature" in a vehicle. I'm sure the legal battle will be interesting in apportioning the blame when one of these cars inevitably smacks into child / pedestrian, runs lights, hits other vehicles / cyclists or causes accidents through erratic or dumb behaviour.

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