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Comment Re:No difference (Score 1) 293

> "I will eliminate regulations and leave it up to the free market."
That is not a accurate representation of Johnson's views, see:

His stance is better than most conservatives, and definitely more progressive than Trumps (granted not by much, compared to Hillary.) He definitely sees a need for strong environmental regulations. And the way I see it, is while it is sad he wouldn't lead on global warming protections, it does look like he would follow. As long as most other countries were taking on the same restrictions, to keep US competitive.

Comment Re:Unreasonable (Score 4, Interesting) 218

>Asking customers to remain alert while the car drives itself for hours on end is unreasonable.

It is also be unthinkable to have your "backup" to evaluate the performance of the autopilot watching only the output. I have hundreds of hours logged in autonomous vehicles, but I would review the data, see all the diagnostics logged, all of the GPS signal lost, or drifted, etc for the week. I thus have never completely trusted them. All of the operators, even when told by engineers of running a beta release with big untested changes would spend all of their time working on their phones. Without knowing when every backup and sensors have failed to read something wrong. You cannot evaluate the maturity just off of, well it stopped the other 5 times someone stepped in front of the vehicle, why would I have to worry about walking in front of them. If you don't know 15 times in the last mile the cameras failed to maintain the road edge monitoring, and 20 times during that same period that sensor was the only thing that kept you on the road. Only dad those 2 events overlapped, which they eventually will, would the failures actually show up in the output.

Comment Re:A real comparison? (Score 1) 286

> By my calculation, I'll save about $1000 / year on energy costs

Curious what prices are like where you live? You do realize Tesla isn't planning on giving Super charger access to the Model 3's? Teslas calculator shows 70 miles on national average $.13 /kwhr will be on a 110V charger $4 to go 70 miles. National average is $2.20 per gallon @ 35 mpg = $4.40 to go 70 miles in the honda. To save $1000 you would have to go through 2500 gallons of gas, so 85000 miles a year. You'll have likely gone through 5 Tesla battery's before you save $10k.

Even at $4 a gallon, your saving maybe $2 a gallon, so 500 gallons or 17,500 miles a year. Well over the national average. You'll be pushing the battery life to the absolute max driving the Tesla 175,000 miles before you save your $10k.

For at least the next 5 years, electric will still be tied to petroleum prices, so it is very unlikely electric prices won't also nearly double if gas does.

Right now I am at $.18 for electric, and $1.85 per gallon. My 40 MPG motorcycle is about $300 cheaper per year for fuel than the Tesla would be (at my current rates.) A Prius would do even better.

Comment Re:How do electricians work on big power lines? (Score 1) 243

You talking much higher voltages than this. 600Volts to 1.35 Kvolts is the medium voltage. Anything below 600 doesn't require special certifications to be around. Those below 600 volts you can touch the insulation on hot wires without risk of shock (assuming no nicks...) Above 600 you start having to use the special poles to check if they are hot. it is more in the 25 kV plus stuff your talking about, where you can get arc flashes that kill you while still several feet of air.

Comment Re:Correct me if I'm wrong, but... (Score 1) 56

> Don't the mileage and emissions numbers come from tests performed by the vehicle manufacturer themselves,

Not sure about Japan, but US does have the manufactures report the tests and results to the EPA, and the EPA reviews, and will then test 15%-20% of the vehicles themselves.

Issue is that manufactures need to advertise cars in advance of when they go on sale, with Fuel economy posted. So they are not production models, but prototypes. So they will change things, remove add extra features, so different tires different weights... So even the EPA tested ones are easily fudged if they specially prepare the vehicle they send.

The EPA does say it has started testing used vehicles, not sure when they started doing that, and what they do with the results...

Comment Re: see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 1) 297

> I doubt that any company's leadership at any point in history has ever said "hey, I'm thrilled that our workers just unionized because this is going to make everything so much better."

I agree, find me a manager that admits their sub par, and then I can show you a manager that would appreciate a unions help.

>Unions do not provide stability. When a union strikes, the company grinds to a halt.

That is anecdotal at best. If you purely take the one point in time when both management and the union broke down, and apply that one point in time and decide that happens at every shop constantly. I know I saw the other side, I worked as a union guy, and saw a company bought out by a company who had management that knew it all, so much they opened a new factory in a new state for tax breaks and were pulling machines from the one I was at and close it over time. They had no idea how to make tires and it immediately failed, never making a sale-able product with the same machines working perfectly before moved. The only reason they had a profit was because the union guys were running the factory, fixing machines, and making improvements together.

Comment Re: see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 1) 297

I have heard the right wing crap before. Basically comes down to thinking workers are so stupid they don't realize they wont have a job if they bankrupt the company. In reality, since they workers have the bigger vested interest in than a company than is about stockholders, or millionaires not working at the factory every day. In those cases, the union typically hires, and knows more about the company, and what it takes to keep it running efficiently than the board.
Union contracts also usually give more stability, not less. You set a cost, and expectations. They have set times to negotiate changes, and know better the local pay scales. It is true, companies that think of employees as necessary evils to attempt to screw over, are generally the ones with unions you hear about. A well run and managed company will have no issues with a union. If the unions run the others out of business faster, it's all good, in my book.

> They served a purpose in the beginning
Since China is in the state where they do not have trustworthy government and regulations, it is exactly like those days now. The people need a voice that can voice the issues and suggest improvements, rather than just quitting or just ending up dead. As the workers are the ones who know best what is happening in the factory, if you can get them involved in a way they can have someone they can trust to talk to, and voice grievances through, it will make everyone's lives better.

A few bad Unions do happen, and I am not happy that most unions in the US are getting more focused on taking care of retirees than actual workers. But I have never seen them kill a company, other than one that was destined to fail anyway.

Comment Re: see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 1) 297

> The only thing a labor union would do here is to drive the business elsewhere

Sorry, you would have to give some reason to back that up. This was a short term push, exactly what a union typically has rules to avoid. If the factory wasn't competitive before this push to lower costs, then it would already have lost the work. When they attempt to cut corners in safety for workers in a competitive factory, union rules and the threat of a walkout absolutely would stop that. Moving the product to a new factory would incur significant costs, and a short term loss in productivity. So with a union trying to lower short term costs at the costs of workers wouldn't work. Without a union, it takes time for workers to find other jobs. So even if no one would take this job, it would take time for the workers leaving to restore protections.
These are not 0 skill jobs, they have to teach skills that take time to learn, and many take specialties, that not everyone can do, due to good sight, good hand eye coordination, often small strong hands.
Also the labor share in China doesn't appear to be on par with the rest of the world. Since labor is 2-3% of costs of manufacturing in china, retooling a factory is going to be more costly than doubling the labor wage.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 146

> I've seen the result of telling someone a coordinate for something and they wind up in the wrong place.

That is not really the most difficult problem, if Uber supplies the app to communicate to them. Because as your likely aware that issue does not apply to the GPS/phone firmware level, only at the application level. For example, The road I live on was incorrect in the county survey. I have used waze to add the road to my house, now my road is in their system. Google had a survey vehicle drive my road and theirs is now correct. Uber can either support a few specific applications like waze to communicate to them. Or you have to install their app to do this. I agree, for the reasons you spell out, they shouldn't allow a verbal or manually entered GPS data to be used for navigation until vetted with a approved verification process.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 2) 101

> you are NOT covered for ANYTHING. If you want coverage for that add option XXX.

FYI, the state I live in (likely true for every state) makes it crystal clear, if a insurer provides auto insurance in the state, they are required to cover accidents, even if they were used for business purposes without the proper class of insurance. They can go after the insured for premium differences, but they have to cover the accident.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

> And if you must watch your phone to be prepared to go at the green light, you're doing it wrong to begin with.

This would be awesome for approaching a red light with few/no cars stopped at it. I don't really want to come to a stop if I don't have to. But I also don't want to slow to half the speed limit a 1/4 mile from a light that I didn't need to slow down for at all.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 3, Insightful) 990

> I spend less of my time charging my EV than you spend filling your car's gas tank.
I am not sure about that, it takes me 3 minutes to fill my truck with 30 gallons about once a month, gets me about 600 miles between fills.
90 seconds / 20 driving days equals about 4.5 seconds per day. I fill up at 5 am in the morning, it is truly stop swipe fill, done. It also lines up with the time and rate I need to clean bugs off my windshield.
I would estimate it takes you double that time, 4 seconds to plug in, 4 to unplug, and also having to have a dedicated parking location, so that would likely more than make up for the 10 minute oil change every 6 months.
Since significant time of the year, I park on the street, it would take me about as much time to run a cord out to the car and back every day as a full fill up.

Comment Re:Almost there, but not quite. (Score 1) 990

> long-haul trips a year, which wouldn't be feasible in even the best electric vehicles.

While on a long haul trip this year I came up with a plan (admittedly stupid one) for that. It was to put a loop on a extending pole on the front of an electric car. I would get it to catch on a semi bumper, then run the car in charging mode having the semi pull me, borrow just 50 hp or so. The loop would have a magnetic release, and the car would have autonomy to increase safety.

Heck with a phone app, willing participants... this could even be made legal. Add in some carbon credits to the truck operators or similar.

I do wonder how effective a tow charge would be for electric cars.

Comment Re:GPS position accuracy (Score 1) 134

>> terrestrial reference point(s) to correct for orbital drift
> No it does not.

OP's assumption is more accurate than your response. What is interesting is you go ahead and explain how the system compensates for drift, after saying it doesn't. Ground based stations correct the satellite's internal position, the satellite then sends that to the receivers. so where those ground based control systems are located is going to be the GPS reference. 2 SOPS contacts each GPS satellite regularly with a navigational update using dedicated or shared (AFSCN) ground antennas"

Then you missed the second place where it happens, maps are in X/Y coordinates, GPS is in lat/long. So a second ground reference point is chosen, and the GPS receiver decides which region it is in to decide which reference point it will use, then converts the GPS position to a local reference.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 4, Insightful) 461

It is really bad etiquette to DOC innocent people. IE you should at least make sure their are not home addresses, SSN, phone numbers, credit card numbers, etc before you release. It would also be polite to remove innocent but embarrassing details: things like sickness, illness, VD's, victims names of things like rape, phishing...

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