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Comment Re:I oppose the telescope (Score 1) 177

The science that is done on these telescopes is almost entirely independent of hemishphere. They look at objects so faint and far away that there are billions in view of any site.

At this price point, yeah, we should have one. The problem is that "private" scopes like Keck soak up a lot of NSF funds, having run them through the UC system, leaving less for "public" observatories like Gemini. It's using tremendous amounts of public funding to make a toy for very, very few people. It's much easier somehow to get money to build telescopes but running them seems not to be as attractive to the funding bodies.

Comment Re:Only if you use App Cards with APPS! (Score 2) 317

Despite the physical similarity to the European chip&pin system, the US one is different. It's basically the same thing as a magstripe, but different form factor. It's security through obsurity, in that the fraudsters haven't figured it out yet and the equipment to skim and clone a chip card is not yet common. It's a jump ahead in the race, but does nothing to stop the race.

Comment Re:well.. (Score 5, Insightful) 760

I think the point is not for the police departments to get Teh Phat Lootz, but to equalize the pain of violating the rules. The guy in the article makes €6.5 million a year, almost €18000 a day--do you think he gives a single shit about a €50 fine? €1000?

We sort of cover this in the US with points; you can't just drive recklessly and pay for it out of petty cash forever because you'll lose your license. But the day fine concept seems like a decent way to instill the same kind of aversion in everyone, fairly. Points are ephemeral but your money is obvious.

Comment Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (Score 3, Insightful) 181

I don't want to have to go to the dealership armed with "how to not get fucked by the dealer" materials and research from all over the web and my loins girded for battle.
Buying my car was a terrible experience; I walked out of two dealerships because they were such abusive assholes.

I don't want to wonder if I got a good deal. I don't want to second-guess my choice. I want to go to the Tesla store and chat with the associates who know their stuff. Get a test drive. Share the office lunch--Best sliders ever! Thanks, Kat! Configure the car how I want it, get it delivered. Perfect.

No pushing to get me to buy some random car that happens to be taking up space on the lot. No attempting to intimidate us by suggesting that my wife maybe can't do an interest calculation, then getting offended when she drops her astrophysics PhD on the table. Never again. Tesla really has to badly fuck the Model 3 up for me not to buy one.

Comment Re:Sexism and racism (Score -1) 376

Yeah, we white guys have it so hard. So, so hard. Cry more. Cry into that gigantic pillow that your white male privilege gave you.

It really would behoove you to look out of your insulated bubble and try to understand the pervasive pressure that's exerted against people who aren't like you. Just try. It's hard, I know. But we can be better than you are being right now. That's not that hard, because you are being a real dick. But we can get even better than that and be pretty good and inclusive. And we can listen and do better when we make mistakes.

I hope you will.

Comment Re:So that's the problem! (Score -1, Troll) 376

You're a jerk and you're the problem. You are why this program needs to exist. Having you in a programming class is driving interested minorities away. You. You and the very large number of people like you. You are holding society back.

How could you possibly have a problem with this? It's not affecting you. You already have yours. Let someone else get hers.

Comment Re:Canceling out the problem (Score 0, Troll) 376

I don't even know what you're trying to say. How do you propose to fix the obvious and real problem of underrepresentation of over half of our population? Is it to have more classes dominated by white guy brogrammers? Get the one token girl in there, right?

Your attitude is the problem. I'm going to make some assumptions, here: you're a mid- to late-twenties white guy. You've never been in an office full of people who are different than you are. You've never spent any time in a work environment in which you have no peers of your gender. You have _not the slightest clue_ how much privilege you have had and continue to have.

I _am_ a white guy who had a very large amount of privilege globally-speaking, but through various life experiences I have developed the ability to recognize that. You should, too.

People who espouse this attitude are scared that they won't be able to get a job because they're the white guy who showed up. That some woman who is better than they are is going to be allowed to show that she is good, and it's not so easy for you to walk into a job.

I find your dismissive attitude repulsive.

Comment Re:I don't know about this one... (Score 1) 376

Many industries spend decades hand-wringing about "finding out why" and end up doing nothing. This isn't covering up symptoms, it's reaching out to people who are underrepresented in the field.

Make a course that's much less likely to be full of brogrammers and you'll likely get more talented women and other minorities. This is a good thing.

Comment Re:Fixed costs & whining (Score 1) 462

Just a correction, they own (for whatever value of "own" is appropriate in modern business terms) the Fremont factory:
From Wikipedia
On May 20, 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota announced a partnership to work on electric vehicle development and collaborate on the "development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support". This included Tesla's partial purchase of the former NUMMI site, mainly consisting of the factory building,[11][12] for $42 million.

They're using about half of the facility now, with full-time Model S production and getting ready for Model X and building battery packs, etc. They're now the largest auto employer in CA.

I don't think Tesla is interested in licensing deals now; their contract for RAV4 drivetrains is expiring and no one is very sad about it.

I really do think that the other CEOs are having nightmares. They have to know that we hate the dealer model and if Telsa can operate without that middlman, it will accelerate their growth even further. I cannot wait until I click the "send order" button and get one of my own.

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