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Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 412

What you're saying is that voting disenfranchises people and removes their ability to exercise self-determination if they either lose, or don't vote.

If the implications of a vote have such broad reaching implications as to change the course of history, to impoverish people or to make people rich, then the system is wrong: it is a system designed to increase inequity, as power always begets power. Yes, democracy increases inequity.

And, to wit, you can't fix a system by being a part of the system, particularly not a dichotomy like our political system. That isn't how the money and vote brokering works. Sorry: you become a part of he system by being a part of the system. It's already happened with Johnson - he's "sold out" the libertarian party, significantly - and it will happen further.

Comment Re:Too Bad He's Shown His True Colors (Score 1) 412

Wrong.

The Dept. of the Treasury can not be eliminated, as it was founded on direction from the Constitution.

The IRS itself, didn't exist until the Civil War (and that should be a very big clue to you as to how legal it is).

The Revenue Act of 1862. Look it up. It's the sole basis for the IRS, and it was unconstitutional as the Constitution REQUIRES taxation to be uniform - which the tax code has never been.

Comment The end of the modern era (Score 1) 203

This is the beginning of the end of the modern era.

It was modern medicine - antibiotics, mainly - which allowed the advances which make modern life possible. Things like space flight, or even high capacity public transit, become untenable when the possibility of fatal bacterial strains being spread in the public: people will shun crowded, filthy public transit for fear of contracting something.

And just forget about manned space flight.

Comment Re:White Noise (Score 1) 130

Virtualized platforms also have a hard time with entropy, as their hardware is emulated.

There are several daemons you can use, eg. haveged or randomsound, or entropyd. You can also use network broadcast traffic to seed entropy (can't recall how at the moment), and various other sources. What's needed, I think, is a means to source all of these to generate entropy so this becomes less of a problem.

Comment Re:More likely... (Score 1) 408

What happened here can be analogous to scenarios such as the following:

* toaster instantly carbonizes toast
* tapping the accelerator causes it to stick, accelerating against the brakes

If a car has a functionality such as 'autopark' (or 'summon', which suggests the user would be able to do it without being in the vehicle), it should not matter whether the person is in the car or not. It should do the right thing, every time, with complete obstacle avoidance - not just when there's no curb or wall in the way.

The exact same thing could happen in the same scenario, taken from the 'official' ad video found on Tesla's site, here:

https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/summon-your-tesla-your-phone

1) Wife goes shopping in her Tesla
2) Husband comes back from shopping with a new canoe, secures to back of garage with hooks suspended from the ceiling
3) Wife comes home, parks in driveway, goes inside
4) Wife uses summon mode to park vehicle
5) New canoe is now implanted in the windshield of vehicle.

Regardless of whether the user accidentally or intentionally activated the mode, the mode performed improperly, resulting in vehicle damage.

Comment Re:It depends (Score 1) 240

Steel > aluminum for sheer strength.

I was thinking roughly along the same lines you were - if the car flipped, it was a ditch endo, in which case it's somewhat terrifying failure mode: the front of the car basically looks like it disintegrated. Look at the rear trunk crumple area (suggestive of an endo flip) - not much damage there, at all, but suggesting it "rolled forward" onto the trunk while rolling. The distance traveled, and damage to the vehicle, all suggests an endo flip - I'd guess single-vehicle involved based on the damage, after going into the culvert at high speeds, bottoming out, catching the nose of the vehicle, and causing it to flip. It really didn't get too far into that field, but it was definitely not moving after the flip, as evidenced by how deep it is into the sod, and the absence of any tire tracks behind it. It flew to the position it was in.

Really disheartening how the front end literally ripped apart. Not what I'd consider a 'safe' crumple zone at all...

Comment Re:It's how Open Data works (Score 2) 74

I think the point here isn't that they're using it and not providing anything back, it's that they're using 'open' technologies without improving them, and getting insane market evaluations for what amounts to marketing bullshit.

It'd like be re-theming RedHat and selling it with a Windows-like or MacOS-like theme, saying it's "Windows and Mac compatible Linux" or some such.

Comment Wrong - this is a slashvertisement (Score 1) 240

Look at the pictures - do you see 'crumple zones' or do you see explosive deconstruction of a vehicle?

Here's a clue: aluminum has a much lower shear point than steel. Most vehicles are still constructed of steel.

The reason why the Tesla does so much better than most cars today is because most cars no longer have a 'frame' - this has been compromised for weight savings, instead you get a folded, tucked, and extruded steel underbody of variable thickness.

By switching to aluminum, and using a rigid subframe, they are able to use a thicker frame and come out ahead on the weight versus a steel subframed vehicle without compromising much. You'll see the same thing when comparing a Tesla to a subframed truck, really - or for instance, the F-150 Raptor. Granted, the Tesla has what appears to be a remarkably good subframe (similar to what people might weld up for off-road buggies), but it isn't anything miraclulous or all that significant. Arguably, it's going to fare notably worse than some I-beam constructed vehicles... from almost 40 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaXlbAcFqYQ

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