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Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 1) 633

It's the equivalent of losing a contest and then continually shouting "I want a do over!"

But that's what our politicians do all the time. Vote down a bond issue and they just keep pitching it until people get tired and vote for it.

I think the people should vote again. But only after some time has passed. Let the UK run on its own for 5 or 10 years and then let the people decide whether they made a mistake. Some damage may be irreversible. Multi nationals are moving to the mainland and might not come back even if the UK rejoins. You know whet they say about "Fool me once ....". London may never regain ts place as Europe's financial center. It'll be like the coal mines under Thatcher.

And if the UK votes to rejoin at some future date, the EU might expect stricter terms. Say goodbye to your BS 1363 plugs.

Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 3, Informative) 633

Reporter on public radio was saying that Google UK search terms on 'what is Brexit' and 'consequences of Brexit' jumped AFTER the vote. I think a lot of people listened to the activists and voted based on emotion. Now they are thinking "What the f*** did we just get ourselves into?" Some accounts of the British vote had a primary reason for Brexit as fear of the refugee crisis in the EU. But Britain is not part of the Schengen Area and has maintained independent control of immigration and visas.

Pretty much the same thing hapens in our town. Politicians don't like something, so they scare the shit out of the public and it gets voted down. OTOH, if it's something the pols want to do, they sell it and even if it's riskier and more expensive, the public votes it up.

Comment Re:I'm facing a similar problem... (Score 1) 198

The use of RFID tags would work, but then you have the issue of potential theft of said tag.

The theft problem is diminished if the tags are used for facility access control. 'Lose' your tag and you've got to stop by security for a new one (and have the old one deactivated). Actual theft by miscreants attempting unauthorized access has been handled in an innovative way in at least one place. Tags gone missing are 'deactivated' but still work to open one door in a man trap. Then the holder is stuck, having to explain himself to (armed) security. Not willing to go that far? You can still get a photo of the interloper.

Comment Social Security (Score 5, Funny) 262

This is what it's all about. Someone has to pay into the system when all the meatbags retire and are replaced by robots. I don't know about the EU, but this would break the concept of social security in the USA. It is supposed to be a program you pay into with the anticipation of receiving support payments once you retire. But robots don't retire and receive a pension. It's off to the recycler for them. So in the EU you will be setting up a class of worker to pay into a system from which they derive no benefit. I'm sure the robotics union organizers will have something to say about this.

And there's another thing: My copy of Windows 7 is protesting vehemently against forced retirement and replacement by Windows 10. And my Linux system is applying for SSI disability benefits for having been infected by systemd.

Comment Re:a Smart Car would have prevented this (Score 1) 221

Actually, some cars already have a related safety feature. Open the drivers door and they automatically shift into park.

A mechanic was complaining about backing a late model BMW onto a lift. He starts to back up and opens the door to stick his head out and line up on the lift pads. BRRRRT! as the parking pawl tries to engage.

Comment Re:Neutral (Score 1) 221

Modern auto transmissions can't anticipate upcoming conditions that I can see. So I can always beat an auto by downshifting before reaching a downhill. Or not upshifting if I see the need to apply power coming up. The whole 'autos can shift faster' vs dual clutch paddle shifters is meaningless for daily driving anyway.

On the track, I sure as hell don't want an auto to decide to shift just as I'm at the apex of a turn and at the limits of my tires' traction. I need to shift in anticipation of applying power. Not when the computer says, "Oh boy! Throttle down! Lets jerk the car."

Comment Re:Jay Leno's take (Score 1) 238

A lot of car enthusiasts really don't think the Tesla counts as a "real car".

But look at the alternatives. The Google car was designed with the electric golf cart paradigm in mind. Small, cramped. No room for passengers, luggage or groceries. This is the epitome of the "I hate cars" school of design. At least Tesla went for the traditional car look, and the high end of the market at that.

Sure, Tesla (and others) are computers on wheels that take away the 'fun' of driving. But then so are Jeeps. But these vehicles preserve the traditional car (or truck) amenities and don't try to push people to accept the 'car as a transportation pod but nothing more' concept. Tesla, in particular, brought some of the traditional car style and fun to electric vehicles (remember the Tesla roadster). And the 'pod people' thought the electric car platform would demonstrate the inevitability of their vision. And Tesla went and ruined it for them, so they are pissed.

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