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Comment Re:They aren't revolutionizing shit. (Score 4, Interesting) 397

Well first I'd say that you have to have it for a few days before getting used to the taste. The closest thing I could use as an analogy is VERY thin pancake batter. Very little texture to speak of, just mostly drinks like water and is very slightly sweet. I enjoyed the taste but the liquid part of it set off my reflux :/

Comment Re: They aren't revolutionizing shit. (Score 4, Insightful) 397

I wouldn't shove them into the same category as Tesla myself. Soylent's hype was about taking something existing (liquid food) and retooling it for the masses (basically liquid food but with a different nutrient balance for the non-bedridden). If they had met their promise and actually produced a product that would reduce food costs for the masses and be accessible to the general public on basic food benefits it would have been great, but hey, like you said - hype.

Tesla/SpaceX on the other hand are developing revolutionary technologies that didn't exist previously and building a massive electric vehicle infrastructure available to all EVs as well as opening up their tech to the competition. If they tip the automotive balance over to EVs and help to produce a market of affordable electric vehicles they'll have surmounted a significant environmental and social hurdle to the benefit of the entire planet.

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 5, Informative) 397

The idea was to have foodstuff that is easy to prepare, low-cost, and includes all of your dV of various dietary needs. One of the promises/mission statements by Rob Rhinehart was to reduce the cost of Soylent over the time - there's some consternation in the Soylent community right now because with the announcement of 2.0 they are also increasing the cost of the base powder form of Soylent with no material change to the formula - your standard price hike, quite contrary to the promise of lower costs over time.

Comment Re:They aren't revolutionizing shit. (Score 1) 397

There are a lot of complaints and replies to the announcements regarding pricing. Not only regarding the price hike of pre-mixed Soylent vs the powder, but regarding the fact that the base powdered form is going up in price a fair bit (especially because the subscription benefit for those who buy by the month is decreasing).

Comment Re:Valasek and Miller are assholes and should be a (Score 2) 173

Straw man. There's no reason these exploits couldn't have been executed in a parking lot (where, in fact, the rest of the test was performed). They would hold the same impact without endangering the public.

This is the same reasons that dangerous medical research is performed in negative room pressure clean-rooms and vehicle safety crash tests are performed in controlled environments and not with vehicles on the interstate. You don't expose uninformed, uninvolved, and non-consenting members of the public when performing dangerous work.

As it was, he stalled out on a bridge in heavy traffic and managed to get to safety. It's not much of a stretch to imagine a worse scenario - there he is in a tight turn in heavy traffic when his vehicle is compromised. Imagine he hits a minivan with 5 kids that then rolls. Now it's not a story of a dedicated journalist and two edgy security researchers - it's a story of murder, or at least manslaughter, and all three are complicit.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 5, Insightful) 549

Or at 11 it's still not their fault. Remember, these vehicles are logging 10,000 miles per week - there's a lot more opportunities to be rear-ended by an inattentive driver when one is on the road that much than there are for a typical driver. By way of example, in the video from the article at Medium there were two cars in front of the driverless car that had also stopped at the light - there was nowhere else for the driverless car to go.

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