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Comment Head coach. Not players. (Score 1) 104

Well, I guess it beats YACA....but these aren't players we're talking about here. But to go with a sports analogy*, imagine if the coaches of the Patriots, Colts and Steelers were among the least paid in the league, but the coaches of perennially shitty teams like the Vikings or Browns were paid over $100 million a year.

*Switched to football as I follow baseball as much as water polo

Comment Isn't that backwards? (Score 1) 104

Offer a high reward for succeeding for drastically increasing a company's business (or saving it), not for just.....showing up. For example, Marisa Mayer has a golden parachute for $50 odd million dollars. Maybe she would have worked a little harder at turning around Yahoo if she had to move in with Liz Homes because she was going to out on her ass, like all the people she laid off?

Combine that with the fact that working stiffs are supposed to work their asses off for as little as eight bucks an hour...sounds a wee bit elitist.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1, Insightful) 241

Forgot to mention. The car instructions say AutoPilot is not to be used where there are crossroads. In the Florida instance in question there were crossroads.

"Not to be used where there are crossroads, trucks painted a light color or other vehicles of any kind."

This is Elon Musk's "You're holding it wrong!" moment.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 242

Tesla is in the process of increasing the capability of its radar to create a sparse point cloud, not entirely unlike lidar. This would give more detailed information about the direction of individual radar echoes, as well their speed relative to the car. This would seem to make crashes like the one mentioned here less likely.

I read that the truck was correctly identified in size and shape, but the case of a low-hanging sign (perhaps by damage) wasn't considered or was considered and rejected as too unlikely. But that the system incorrectly didn't recognize the hazard, while the sensors gathered enough information to identify the hazard. The height angle was correctly recorded, as was the distance. The numbers both were in the acceptable range for a sign, but also calculate a crash hazard. There will be a software update, not too far off, that will correct for this.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 242

No, you don't get it. You don't get to define "autopilot". The autopilot system in an airplane, where the name came from, can't communiate, and doesn't read signs. So how would that be a requirement of an automobile "autopilot"?

It's more of a "tries keep the car in your lane" device.

And since "lane hold" and "lane keep" and other similar names are taken, why not call it something different? Like "autopilot" a system that'll fly you on course, even if that smashes you into another plane.

Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 763

I had neglected those, but under policy at the time, they weren't "foreign" countries, but US administered countries, according to the Treaty of Paris. Most of the precedent set for Presidential acts of war without a war declared were in response to Vietnam, because it wasn't generally done before Eisenhower invaded and seized control of the Vietnam government (whose party later blamed Kennedy for "starting" the war).

Comment Re:Rookie mistake (Score 2) 114

Nope. In this case, they aren't looking at the design of the door, but the guy who pushed "close" while Harrison Ford was under it, and the lack of process to seal off a set while people are building/testing dangerous props. The guy who made the door isn't in trouble, at least as far as the news around this indicates.

Comment Re:Who cares..?? (Score 1) 563

... and elect a ho-hum stay-the-course centrist....

You misspelled "unprincipled sociopathic war criminal" there. Unfortunately it's not a choice of stepping into a dog turd to avoid a bullet, it's falling on a sword to avoid a bullet.

The only thing to do in that situation is use all available means to push the system into giving you more choices next iteration. Vote Green or Libertarian and demand electoral reform.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 1) 91

A corporate side hole would be unknowable until used. You can set it up to remote wipe and all that. And remote background backups and such. So how would a researcher be able to prove that Apple can't take the phone, update the settings for only that one IMEI to turn on background backups, then decrypt the backup server-side? Oh, you can't prove that hole doesn't exist. The only reason we think it doesn't is that Apple says so, and the FBI and Apple worked together for a massive publicity campaign to "prove" it to the world.

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