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Comment Re:"Breaking news from a conservative viewpoint" (Score 3, Insightful) 136

BeauHD seems to like his hyperbole, and is still quite wet behind the ears. His naivete is amusing at times, but it'd be nice if he did a bit of background work and moderated the tone before posting all these "New law will shore up the USPS by taxing emails" type submissions.

Comment Re:Not feasible, he's shirking responsibility (Score 4, Insightful) 265

Tesla claims you still need to pay attention to the road around. Vehicle autopilot is no different than aircraft autopilot. It is a workload reduction device, and does not replace the driver/pilot. Interestingly this confusion about where the autopilot tasks begin and end is not limited to just cars, even aircraft pilots apparently goof this up. In the case of this Tesla crash the dumb*** was watching Harry Potter on his portable. The driver fracked up, by not paying attention. It's no different than if the pilot crew left the flight deck. Stuff happens and someone needs to be able to take over for the autopilot when it does. This driver's Tesla--which he nicknamed Tessy--saved him from another potentially serious accident of which he documented in his blog. Unfortunately that episode must have given him undue confidence/expectation in the autopilot system.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I've never heard 20% before, seems unreasonably low given reality. The calculation I've heard cast about more commonly is based upon monthly cost and can be used as a comparable to alternatives, e.g. public transportation. The numbers I've typically seen range between 25% to 30% of your take home pay.

Regardless, new cars don't cost $34,000 unless you want them to. This is nothing but ad bait capitalizing on poor understanding of median vs. average. Nice sedans, e.g. Honda Civic, or Toyota Corolla, start around $17-18K and there are econo-box offerings e.g., Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, etc., that start around $13-14K. You'd have to be in a pretty bad way to not be able to budget one of these either on payments or lease. Even then you can get some pretty nice used cars for half that if that's where you're at.

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