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Comment Re:Uber? (Score 2) 641

It's a misunderstanding of the units used. In Germany, we measure blood alcohol in "per mille": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So it is normal here to hear something like "he had 0.5 blood alcohol" and everybody knows that this means a slight buzz, because it is "per mille", so the 0.21 (without units) mentioned in the article - to a German - sounds like "she had one beer", when instead it is equivalent to a German 2.1 per mille, which is more like "it's a wonder she was even conscious".

Comment Re: Good idea, bad name (Score 1) 167

Yes, every word has its origin:

auto = word-forming element meaning "self, one's own, by oneself," from Greek auto- "self, one's own,"

pilot = "one who steers a ship," from Middle French pillote (16c.)

so, "autopilot" = "a device which steers a ship/car on its own". So I'd guess that anybody who knows what "auto/automatic" and "pilot" means but who is NOT a trained pilot and does not know precisely what the autopilot on a plane can and cannot do would immediately guess that a Tesla autopilot CAN steer the car fully on its own.

(btw, as for the plane autopilot - there are enough news stories and videos out there about how modern autopilots can even start and land a plane fully automatically, so why would people NOT think that it can do everything in between fully automatically, too? https://www.youtube.com/watch?... )

Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 65

The correct way to do this is with a heads-up display. Projecting images on the road will have all sorts of unintended consequences,
including but not limited to distracting the drivers of oncoming cars ( those people who are so inconsiderately sharing the road
you imagine you "own" ).

While the road projection seems like a dumb idea, some of the other features of these smart lights as shown on their site actually sound really useful, such as intelligently not blinding oncoming traffic by blocking your headlights from projecting light at their faces while still lighting up the rest of the road in front of you.

But that part is not really new, something like that is already in production on many current cars. For example, my VW Golf has "dynamic light assist", which is exactly like that "no blinding" function - the main beam can be left on all the time, and when oncoming traffic is detected via a camera, the main beam is partially masked to avoid blinding: http://en.volkswagen.com/en/in...

Comment Re:Typical Elon Musk bait and switch (Score 2) 174

... according to US tests. In European tests, the Tesla Model S is just a standard car. Here are the Euro NCAP best cars of each class: http://www.euroncap.com/de/bew...

For comparison, here are the numbers for the Model S: http://www.euroncap.com/de/res... and here are the numbers for e.g. a Volvo XC90. http://www.euroncap.com/de/res...

Just look at the numbers, e.g. "safety equipment" Volvo 100% to Tesla 71% or "adult passenger safery" Volvo 97% to Tesla 82%. "Safest car in the history of cars" my ass.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

It will still be years before any driverless car (note that lvl 5 autonomous driving means "no driver needed", i.e. stuff like "summoning your empty car to wherever you are right now") can handle a situation like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... - this is not just about detecting lanes and checking GPS data, the car would need to actually detect that there is a traffic cop actively regulating the traffic and then understand hand signs. Since it would be a bit silly to expect the car to be able to do that, we would need a completely new traffic control infrastructure (i.e. transmitters everywhere - and I mean everywhere, even non main roads) to send information to and from autonomous cars. Or what if this happens and the map data has not been updated yet, will all autonomous cars then drive right into whatever danger lies ahead? http://i.istockimg.com/file_th...

Comment Re:Elon Musk reaction (Score 1) 108

Yup, it shows that Elon Musk apparently is not aware that that "Auto" in "Autobahn" does not mean the same as the "auto" in "autopilot" (German "Auto"="automobile" vs. "auto" as in "automatic"). Just because a word uses the same letters does not mean that, in two different contexts, it means the same thing.

Comment Re:Don't buy a Mac for Specs. (Score 1) 472

I'd hardly call Retina Display merely a cosmetic difference.

I'm not defending the use of old CPU, but the display is a far bigger deal for me.

Well, it's not as if a Retina display is at the forefront of technology these days, either. In the Mac notebook price range, most other manufacturers ship higher resolution displays. Many people just think that "Retina" = "best display on the market", when every standard 3200x1800 notebook display actually beats it in resolution (15" retina=2880x1800, 13" retina=2560x1600).

Comment Worst thing about Amazon right now is the scammers (Score 1) 205

Would not worry that much about Chinese sellers, instead Amazon really needs to sort out their Marketplace and remove all the scammers which pop up recently. It seems to be the New Thing for scammers to put up notebooks/DSLR and other higher price items at prices which go from "very good price" to "omg what a deal", and when someone is dumb enough to fall for such an offer, the scammer tries to handle payment outside Amazon (only to then disappear with the money and the buyer has no Amazon payment protection). If you do not agree to pay outside of Amazon, the item you want to buy suddenly is not available anymore, of course. Sometimes these scammers even use hacked seller accounts. These scam offers ruin any search for items at a normal price because of course only these fake super low prices are shown in the search results. Look e.g. here, this camera normally goes for 3500+ Euro new, see all the "used-very good" results at less than half the price (totally unrealistic prices for this high end DSLR) and the "write to us xxxx@yyyy.de": https://www.amazon.de/gp/offer...

Comment Re:Dangerous and stupid system (Score 1) 485

I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Any system designed to detect and respond to vehicles or objects in your path MUST BE ABLE TO DETECT ALL SOLID OBJECTS DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF ANY PART OF THE CAR, period! To do otherwise is irresponsible, dangerous, and just plain stupid! There have been multiple "accidents" like this already, luckily none had been fatal until this one, but there will be more to come unless Tesla (or, more likely the NTSB, since Tesla is all about denying and covering up flaws and blaming the victims at this point) puts an end to it.

If you're too fricking cheap to put another sensor on the roof, or too focused on "design" to allow it because you think it won't be pretty enough, you are WRONG!

That's why other manufacturers put more sensors on their cars and STILL do not make the same bold claims as Tesla. They know that otherwise stupid people will make stupid decisions. Comparisons of the sensors in the Tesla model S and the Mercedes S class of the same year: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-87qz...

Comment Re:This seems dangerous (Score 1) 482

If you have to be available via phone for your job (e.g. on-call duty) or if you are expecting an important phone call, don't go to a concert or movie or any other place where you would not be able to access your phone without annoying others. Simple as that. Once every five to six weeks, I have a week of on-call duty for our IT department, and it is not that hard to plan ahead and NOT go to a concert or to the cinema or to a fine restaurant where people would consider it rude to answer the phone during that week.

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