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Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

The email Larry sent credits Autopilot, and Elon Musk credits Autopilot. Nowhere does Larry's email assert that autopilot was disabled. If Larry is going to portray Autopilot as his guardian angel, then he should accept his dunce hat. Electrek makes an assumption that autopilot was disabled, without actually contacting any of the parties involved to verify that assumption.

Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

It's also prudent when trying to locate the siren to slow down a little regardless. Emergency vehicles do drive recklessly on occasion. You can't rely on the emergency vehicle to stop at the mouth of a side street. They may pull in front of you and expect you to respond to it. You may also be approaching a dangerous scene before the first responders.

It is likely this guy was blowing down the road in autopilot when he should have had control of his car. Given that the Tesla isn't made to respond to emergency vehicles lights and sirens, this guy is a bit of an idiot. "Here is a situation in which I should have been in control and driving cautiously, but wasn't."

Comment Too long to handle? (Score 1) 42

The internet tells me that human genome weighs 3.59 x 10^-12 grams.
1 gram of dna * 1 complete strand of dna / (3.59 x 10^-12 grams) = 278 x 10^9 strands = 278,000,000,000 strands of dna.

Length of human dna stretched out: about 2 meters
(278 x 10^9 strands) * (2 meters / strand) = 554 x 10^9 meters

I can't conceive of how you can organize that in order to read it.

Then again, I don't know the length of a blu-ray, if you could unravel it and stretch it out straight. Or that of a record.

Comment Meanwhile (Score 2, Interesting) 392

Tesla's coverage of these incidents is a smear campaign.

GM, Ford and Chrysler experienced hundreds of vehicle accidents in the same time span.

In 2014, there were 32,675 deaths by vehicle incident. Not one of those is getting the same attention as these Tesla reports. Why?

Because the media is in the pockets of Big Auto. Every day in 2014, there were almost 90 deaths in all the other car manufacturers vehicles. I'm counting only two accidents in Tesla vehicles. That's actually quite good!

"Autopilot is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times," Tesla said. Advocates of the technology are stuck between praising its capabilities and its potential while also warning that it's not a substitute for being awake, alert, and watching the road.

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