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Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 3, Insightful) 433

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...

Comment Re:This is why Uber is toast (Score 1) 171

> Tesla is doing all the hard work and running the cars seems to be just going 5% extra.

I think your selling that short to say it is 5% extra. You need chargers, parking, inventory, insurance, maintenance, advertising.

It did seam obvious Tesla is wanting to manage fleets of rentals, and include owners cars in them. But Uber has the app, the advertising, the eyeballs, the insurance all in the works.

Comment Re:New kind of pickup truck? (Score 1) 171

>Well, since their current electric cars way out-perform current gas cars (comparably priced ones), it wouldn't be a shocker at all.

That is a bit of a misnomer, they can out accelerate performance cars; all those cars out brake, handle, higher top speed, and have more range.

Other than that, they can out range cars costing half as much.

They beat everyone to the cruise system, but now need to play catchup to Ford and GM, in that their systems detect drowsy drivers, and force their customers to keep their hands on the wheel.

They pushed the envelop of electric cars, but they are mostly just doing a better job of out hyping them at the moment.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Thanks, that is a good one. A little short on details, since it was never prosecuted...

Since he was about to plead out to a misdemeanor, with this one and the other ones referenced above do point to that she did get a executive privilege of not being formally charged. But even without this it would have likely been a small fine, as she had left the job already, and little else (of course she would also be pardoned after she wasn't running anymore.)

Of course that path would have likely ended her campaign...

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 5, Insightful) 1010

Don't all of those articles support the Clinton decision? The lawyers in each of the cases basically say, the normal punishment: "almost always dealt with through what the military calls "nonjudicial punishment" or Captain's Mast. Those involved were demoted and docked some pay, but didn't face a felony record or the prospect of years behind bars, the retired sailor said."

Petraeus was trading confidential information for considerations, nothing of the same was shown for Hillary. In both of the military examples the people were shown to have lost control of the information because those who shouldn't have had access, did access the information, that couldn't be shown for Clinton. For her another had access, but found no evidence anyone accessed any information they weren't allowed.

Comment Re: There had to be a first case... (Score 3, Insightful) 379

Sounds like this was at the top of a hill. The problem Tesla identified is one that happens because radar doesn't identify the road. So the radar could (sounds like it did) tell them (for example) the object is 15 foot above the cars elevation, but they would have no way (with radar alone) to know if the sign is past the crest of the hill, IE the car was climbing a hill, so when a 100 feet away the radar hit was likely 20 foot above the tesla, but because the tesla was going up the hill, when it was 50 feet away, it could be 12 foot above, but at 20 foot from the car, it had to know that it only had 4 feet. Sounds like Tesla had categorized this return, and because it never moved, Tesla never re-evaluated it, or it would have at least hit the breaks in the last few feet.
Lidar also maps the road, so the moment it got a scan of the road surface under the truck, it could calculate the height of the "sign" from the road, and know if it was going to impact. We ran both lidar and radar, the lidar has issues with rain/snow/fog, the radar with these issues, and a lack of precision (misses smaller dark objects) But in this case, the lidar would know the road height, so even if the truck had been all black, the radar hit would have been combined with the lidar, to know it's elevation wasn't far from the road surface.

Comment Re:No fault insurance (Score 1) 299

> So the owner is still responsible whether he allows his neighbor to drive, or himself, or if it was stolen or whatever.

Responsible was not correctly used here. The important part about having to show financial backing is that if something goes wrong the money is immediately available to start fixing the problems before assigning blame. If I loan my car to someone without insurance and they cause a accident and are at fault, they are still responsible (legally and financially). It is just setup so that the insurance companies involved will be the one to pay the bills, that insurance company is then responsible for suing and collecting from the truly responsible. This minimizes the harm to the victims, they don't have to find lawyers and sue everyone involved. For minor cases my insurance company will likely find it cheaper to eat the cost than to sue, but that doesn't change the fact that legally the one who caused the harm is still responsible.

Comment Re: Good for them (Score 1) 67

Thousands of people have built working electric drive cars. The idea is had each of them learned from the others, then the cost to develop a better version is not a billion or even millions more, but thousands. Musk spent millions developing manufacturing, and the processes and methods likely more than on the car it's self. If the improvements of all can be shared, he stands to better compete with conventional autos, his real goal.

Comment Re:On liability (Score 1) 154

This likely isn't a selfless move, If the auto maker takes responsibility they expect to make a profit off that liability.
>Really, who else could be liable?
those who provide the map, the maintenance, the inspections, the tires, the route... So all of those will need to be provided by someone willing to take the liability. So basically Google or Volvo will likely require they are paid to provide all of these processes. Of course not all directly, but they will be the authority, that certifies those allowed to provide all of these services. Fixed the car yourself, your responsible. Wait how do we prove that, well we justified DRM on every component by taking responsibility.
This is probably the best route, even with the obvious down sides. I for one hope their is a reasonable way to get a developers license to be able to get affordable insurance, yet still be able to make modifications. (For things like adapting the tech to new vehicles/functions like offroad applications, not triciking the car into going faster...)

Comment Re:Coronation my ass - Hillary!'s public execution (Score 1) 239

>far less serious security violations than Queen Hillary and were prosecuted and punished.

Any reference to someome being prosecuted, for "far less"? So far their is zero evidence that any intellegence was compromised. So a single prosecution, beyond simple administrative action like losing security clearence, where no compromise actually occured, and no intentional disclosure was intended in their actions.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 830

>You don't count (almost) all the other countries on the planet being metric as a huge push?

I don't think a single country has gone full metric. A good example is minutes and hours are not metric, so any country using Km/hr or anything besides m/s or km/s isn't full metric. Most have other exceptions, be it PSI for pressures, F for temps... For most things non scientific, like building with wood (houses, etc) the Imperial system is well designed and the long history figured it out better. numbers divisible by 2, and fractions of inches just works. So nice that you can get 4'x8' sheet of plywood, and because of the conversion of 12" to a foot, I have nice even stud distances of 12, 16, and 24" will all line up with the dimensions of both ends of the plywood being on a stud. the metric equivilent lumber all ends up with odd numbers to mess with, and basically a non standard outside the US when it comes to building. Similar with bolts and nuts, the US system is much more standardized, be it the markings on the head, and the size of the head to bolt diameter, is all much more standardized than the metric equivalent.

Comment Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

>But: Free Speech should protect companies as well.

Sure, but for profit speech must be accurate and follow local laws. I can proclaim snake oil as a cure for cancer, but I cannot sell it as a cure for cancer. I also cannot be legaly paid, or otherwise make a profit for selling snake oil as a cure, without some proof. You cannot have businesses profiting from illegal actions and hiding behind free speech. If you are sold a product for a purpose, you expect it to be safe, effective and legal. If it is not; you should be able to report it, and the government should be allowed to stop that company or person from continuing in that activity.

Comment Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

I do think their is often a misunderstanding of what protected free speech is. Free speech has never meant (in the US) no cost to speak, and it has never meant that all locations and media are protected from private interests impeding on all speech. At least constitutionally protected free speech is only guaranteed for individuals from government intrusion (and civil court judgments are generally not counted as government intrusion). It especially hasn't meant that commercial speech is protected (citizens united rulling excepted.)

In your example, Google does have the ability to post copyrighted works, but not without cost. Especially since that is commercial speech for profit, it may be free speech but it is not protected free speech. So they do need to pay the creators of that value, and avoid contributing to criminal acts, if they don't want to be sued out of existence.
You as a individual should be able to post a link to a torrent, without fear of criminal prosecution. But google as a commercial for profit company can be required to not host your free speech. Just like I don't have to allow the Jehovah Witness into my house to talk about his beliefs, I don't have to give him a platform, but if he provides his own platform (his temple) then while their I cannot stop him.

Comment Re:What happened before the tazing? (Score 1) 219

> They showed a police car driving right up to the kid
I was curious about that one. No one would think that was a good idea. I was wondering if the driver was still looking for the suspect, and wasn't aware he was driving right up to him. Or if the driver saw it correctly as a kid with a toy, just pull up and yell at him for being stupid, but the cop in the passenger seat panicked.

The Ferguson one was even worse in that respect. How the F* does a cop, without backup end up trying to tackle a robbery suspect of that size (who was with a accomplish), when the cop had a safe barrier to start with (the car.) And it doesn't appear the suspect was a major flight risk. (IMHO) I am guessing the large officer and badge was historically intimidating enough that he dropped solid technique long ago (or never practiced.)

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