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Comment Re:What? Why? (Score 1) 152

Common sense (via sense of self preservation) is that the larger vehicle always has the right of way, regardless of what the rules say. They're harder to maneuver and require more distance to stop. Or you can choose to be dead right, either way the driver of the rig / bus / truck will be fine, and likely so will the vehicle they are operating (which often isn't theirs anyway, so no skin off their back if it gets a few dings).

It's one of the advantages of learning to ride a motorbike: they drum it into you from early on that you have to assume not only that cars/trucks don't see you, but that they're actively trying to kill you.

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 1) 152

Tesla's Autopilot functions at almost exactly the same level as an aircraft autopilot. Perhaps even better - an aircraft will not automatically detect and avoid other aircraft, only mapped obstacles. A Tesla will automatically brake for other vehicles moving into your lane.

I do agree that "Copilot" would be a better name, but only because people are idiots, not because it's a bad name.

No, "autopilot" is a stupid name, both for the aircraft and car versions. The difference is that airline pilots know what the system actually does and so the name is irrelevant.

But the average car driver is only going to think one thing when he sees "autopilot".

It's just a typical marketing-led balls-up.

Comment Re:Eh, was this necessary? (Score 1) 175

Depends on the nature of the "disability". We judge disability by how well people function in society as it currently exists. It doesn't mean that they can't function in an artificially engineered society (e.g. one consisting of autistic spectrum people).

And just think of the great parties they'd throw!

Comment Re:EC will punish US Teachers (Score 1) 206

European Commission will punish California Teachers? You don't believe it?

If a tax ruling is made, irrespective of appellation process Apple stock will take a hit. A big hit. Huge bite to capitalization.

One of the largest Apple shareholders is Vanguard Funds, and Vanguard Funds are owned by multiple 401k and pension plans in USA. Bottom line is that not only teachers, but many in the middle class will lose a boatload of money because European Commission, directed by unelected president Junker TOLD Ireland to change treatment of Ireland's laws and to extort more money.

Every time those bureaucrats try fixing and every time there will be unintended consequences, they always fuck up.

If appeals are not successful and a precedent is formed, then expect Ireland to become much less desirable manufacturing location. There will major job and investment losses.

Expect eventually Ireland to leave EU

If a pension fund can be seriously damaged by what happens to the stock value of one company in its portfolio, then that pension fund is not being run properly.

Comment Re:Ain't just Apple (Score 1) 206

I don't think the words "morally" and "taxation" belong in the same sentence. No matter how you think a society should be run, the forced confiscation of private property using a threat of violence is not moral. I am not proposing an alternative, but a lack there-of does not make extortion in any way "moral".

The alternative to taxation would be an anarchistic network of individuals freely co-operating, or complete corporate fascism, depending on your view of human nature.

Comment Who? What? (Score 0, Flamebait) 43

1. Similar domain names have been a scam vector for so many years, if Bleep Whatever is so popular as to attract the ire of these assholes, maybe they should have been proactive years ago and bought up those domains? It's not a huge cost.

2. To be honest, I've never heard of either of these to groups, though the Scam Wear folks seem to be on a suicide mission. On the other hand, when Bleep Whatever vanquishes them, they will just show up under a different brand.

Comment Re:Emergency service call costs (Score 1) 213

In the worst case, they could just unscrew the wires from the thermostat and clip the bare ends together with a clothespin to turn on the furnace. That would at least keep the pipes from freezing and cost $0.

"Smart" thermostats ofter communicate with the furnace / cooling via a cat-6 or some other type of communications cable, they are rarly just a switch. On the other hand, you can often buy them at Home Depot / Lowes, and just install a new one yourself and then maybe reset the old one to factory.

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