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Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 82

As as city dweller, I don't want my bill going to subsidize those people in the rural areas.

Yes, you want to live in a third-world shithole. But everyone else recognizes the value of extending communications to a whole nation, which is why we formerly had funding going to spread land lines to rural areas, and why we now have funding going to spread internet access to those same areas. As it turns out, we actually want internet access in those areas when we visit them, so covering the last mile benefits everyone. Unfortunately, there's a lot of short-sighted people like yourself out there who don't comprehend the benefits of a connected populace, and who only care about themselves.

Comment Re: uhm, no.... (Score 1) 82

And televisions + cable boxes are cheaper than the computers that you'll need to watch Netflix with separate people.

You can watch Netflix on a $40 tablet, or on the cellphone you already own. Thanks for playing, though:

People are more likely to watch Netflix on phones in India, South Korea and Japan, but televisions are more popular with U.S., South American and Australian customers. Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia prefer tablets, while some parts of Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe use desktop and laptop computers the most.

So you have kids using tablets, teenagers using their gaming desktops... you don't have to buy a TV for each additional station. But you do for Cable, because you can't watch Cable on anything but a TV, or something more expensive: a PC which can take a cablecard.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 297

Go ask a pilot if they keep their hands on the controls at all times when autopilot is on.

You can remove your hands from the controls in the Tesla for short periods, but you are still responsible for maintaining attention, just as you are in an aircraft:

Â91.13 Careless or reckless operation.
(a) Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation.
No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.

Careless manner says it all. And the operator of this Tesla did it in a careless manner.

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 297

Unless Musk has a trick up his sleeve to bring the cost down to Toyota Corolla prices, and can successfully lobby for charging stations becoming a utility that must be provided by landlords and employers, it's not going to be for the masses.

The Toyota Corolla will come up to Model 3 prices instead, pushed there by ever-tightening environmental regulations which matter not at all to an EV. Probably it will even turn into a hybrid eventually (as in, not available any other way) which will certainly drive up the cost.

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 297

The only problem with the terminology is that there is a disconnect between what the common person on the street thinks the capabilities of an autopilot is versus its actual capabilities.

Ironically, you are experiencing the same kind of disconnect.

An actual autopilot is not much more than an airplane cruise control that maintains a preset altitude, heading, and airspeed, while the common perception is that it is essentially an autonomous robot pilot that can do everything up to and including dogfighting while the human pilot takes a nap.

Sigh, no. Yes, there are autopilots like that. There are also autopilot systems that can handle the takeoff and landing, and the most fancy-pants military autopilot systems can take off, fly waypoints, launch ordnance, and land without human intervention. They can't dogfight, but they can fly. This isn't even difficult any more! A radio controlled plane powered by a 16MHz AVR chip has no problem doing the same stuff.

You're wrong on literally every count, because Tesla won't even activate the feature for you until they've given you a lecture on the limitations of the system, so it doesn't matter what people think of the word "autopilot" in any case; Tesla is quite explicit about what it does and doesn't do, where you are or are not supposed to use it, and what the driver's responsibilities are. This driver clearly shirked his, and paid the price, just like any other driver.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 297

I would also expect the car has no way to know the posted speed limit of the road,

That would be a false expectation. Teslas use machine vision and OCR to read signs. Also, some companies have databases of this kind of info, e.g. Garmin. My GPS doesn't have any cameras in it, but it knows the speed limit most places.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 297

And despite being modded down for mentioning it - the whole concept behind this is the car is supposed to be controlling itself. Giving time for the pilot to go to the lavatory and stuff.

The pilot is required to keep his seat while using autopilot. Having a copilot with a second set of controls is what permits the pilot to get up and go take a dump. If people want that in their cars, it's technically feasible.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 297

That doesn't mean I will break the law when overtaking, and I certainly won't do it just because some mouthbreather behind me wants to go faster and thinks tailgating is his ticket to that.

Wrong. You're already breaking the law by passing when you're going to hold someone else up. It was illegal for you to pull in front of them and block the roadway. Wait until there is room for you to pass without holding anyone up, or you are both an asshole and violating the law.

Comment Re:What have they shown? (Score 1) 49

Farmers aren't all looking for the exact same animal, which is in part why there are so many different breeds of livestock.

True and not true. There may be many different breeds of livestock, but for many of them huge numbers of them are fertilized with semen from a single source. If it has an undetected congenital defect, there is a high risk that it will be passed on to its descendants. And when it gets cheaper to raise cloned animals, then farmers absolutely will be looking to clone the very best individuals and raise them, just as we do with plants today. In the interim, they will be seeking to clone the best breeders, to secure a supply of high-quality semen.

Comment Re: uhm, no.... (Score 1) 82

I hate cable as much as anyone but it seems highly disingenuous to compare the per-person cost of Netflix to the per-household cost of cable.

you can make a direct per-person comparison, but you'll have to factor in the cost of having enough cable boxes for all members of your household, and enough televisions for them to watch at the same time, since a lot of "Television" is now watched on other devices.

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 82

Netflix has pretty cheap hook up costs. Most people already own some kind of device that streams Netflix. If you don't already have something, you can easily get a Roku for $60. Compare that with cable.

It cost me $200 to get internet access installed, you insensitive clod! Because I am in the sticks and have to use a WISP. (There's both cable and DSL within a mile or so, but neither one reaches out to my street, which has exceptionally low population density.) And I am now paying $99/mo for 6Mbps with a 300GB cap and with degradation to 512kbps from 7:30 to 11:30 after the cap is used, because they are even more oversubscribed than cable companies. They're also liars, because they will swear up and down that they are not oversubscribed, when all ISPs are. Shitbags. ("Digital Path")

Comment Re:5.38 hours per day (Score 1) 82

I've tried to break her of the habit because it's annoying and abusive to our bandwidth cap, but my lady puts on the TV while doing other things in the same room, mostly art. Why not a podcast, or some music? But alas, it's a common pattern. I've known lots of people who couldn't sleep without TV, but now Netflix autoplays so that's extra-abusive.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 52

Except none of your dozens of systems has the Mario Franchise on it.

Perhaps not fully legally. But if I go buy the game cart at the flea market, download a dump of the same cart, and play it on an emulator, in practice nobody is going to sue me. And there are good emulators for NES and SNES for basically every platform now, so it's still difficult to see where they are coming from.

Well, actually, it isn't; they are making a portable console with detachable controllers in order to cash in on Game & Watch nostalgia. Does anyone care? I suspect no.

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