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Comment Re:Why not a motorhome? (Score 4, Informative) 492

Most of the towns in the South Bay have ordinances with prohibitions against motorhomes. You can't live in them, you can't park them on their streets or in driveways. And they certainly don't allow businesses to allow motorhomes to live in their parking lots. So it all has to be on the downlow, it has to look like a regular van and no one has to notice you.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 937

"And if *all* the cars on the road aren't autonomous, then the autonomous ones are mostly a traffic hazard with no clear liability."

There's something missing from your logic leap there. It's more like "And if *all* the cars on the road aren't autonomous, then the autonomous ones are still the cars most likely to react correctly to any hazardous situation."

Comment Re:Nice dodge (Score 1) 189

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson addresses this issue a bit (along with all the other issues).

In those books, the colonists (numbering 100 for the initial batch) are split on whether "contamination" of Mars is acceptable or not. Eventually, a group splinters off, much like the staunch environmentalists we have in the US today.

Comment if you pay $10/mo, you can't really expect damages (Score 5, Insightful) 450

Back when I worked for a web host company, we occasionally (rarely) had some issues where customers got screwed. In the worst case, your VPS is on a box where multiple disks die in a RAID array, and you don't have backups, and that's that.

We were customer-friendly, so we would refund the customer's hosting charges if something went terribly wrong. But if you're paying $19/month, you can't really expect us to refund you more than $19/mo when something goes wrong.

There's a rule of thumb in physical security; you should spend ~5% of the value of the thing to secure the thing. E.g. ~$1000 bicycle means ~$50 bicycle lock. If you're using a $19/mo service to hold $10k worth of value, you better be taking some other precautions. These guys were doing the equivalent of keeping $10k in cash in a $20 lockbox in a public place.

Comment Re:4:3 comes back! (Score 1) 537

You're right, higher resolution (ppi) means that text can still be legible at a slightly smaller size. But that also means that the high ppi is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for the people that also want large font size, so they can have the same exact experience as reading a piece of paper.

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