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Comment Re:Fuck off amazon (Score 1) 24

you don't get to try to patent it and lock others out.

It is unlikely that is their goal. Most likely they are collecting SDC related patents to help them negotiate a patent pool with other SDC developers (Google, Uber, etc.).

SDCs will almost certainly lower delivery costs, and will be a huge benefit to Amazon, so it would be silly for them to impede progress by hoarding patents.

Comment Re:Who isn't working on self-driving cars these da (Score 1) 24

won't pan out for at least a decade due to regulations and liabilities.

So far the regulations are keeping up with technology. Tesla Autopilot and other driver assistance and self-steering and self-braking is legal in all states. Many states have streamlined approval for SDC testing. By the time SDCs are available to the public, they will be legal in most places.

The liability situation doesn't change much.
Before SDCs: The insurance company pays.
After SDCs: The insurance company pays.
The big difference will be that, instead of the driver buying insurance, the cost of insurance will be built into the price of the car.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 1) 218

Paying the way for 'one of the good ones' doesn't mean there is not still a huge classism problem in these schools.

Of course. But the problem is NOT that they are qualified but can't afford it. The problem is that they are not qualified. So the solution is not "more aid" or "more loans" but maybe fixing inequality in K-12.

Comment Re:Positive feedback? (Score 1) 218

Smart parents --> high earnings
Smart parents --> smart kids (doesn't matter if you believe that's due to nature or nurture, both are at play)

This is a consequence of feminism. Two generations ago, lawyers were men and they married their secretaries. Doctors were men and they married nurses. Today, lawyers marry other lawyers, and doctors marry other doctors. Smart/rich people pair up, and dumb/poor people pair up. This is causing economic inequality, since it is not individual, but household income that is measured.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 3, Informative) 218

Overly complicated explanation. Poor people can't afford top colleges.

Not true. Top schools have huge endowments, and way more alumni donations, so they can offer more aid for poor students. Most do not consider ability to pay during the admissions process. If you are talented but poor, a top school is likely more affordable than a second tier school because of the more generous financial aid offered.

Comment Re:Work and cars (Score 1) 109

Have you seen the average farmer, who works heavily all day long?

I have. My parents are farmers. They sit on a comfy seat in the air conditioned cab of their tractor. Modern farming has very little "heavy work", and rural people have the highest obesity rates in America.

Comment Re:Work and cars (Score 1) 109

I spend almost as much money on my bicycle a month as I would spend in gas a month.

I bought my bike for $100 on Craigslist 5 years ago, ride it every day, and my only expenses during that time have been a set of kevlar tires and a bell. If you are regularly spending $600 for a new set of wheel hubs, then you are doing it wrong.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 109

Research results are unclear. Some studies have found a link between sitting and bad health, and also found that exercising doesn't offset the sitting. Other studies have found a much weaker correllation, so maybe sitting all day isn't that big of a deal.

Disclaimer: I have a stand-up desk in my office ($39 folding table from Costco with 4 sections of PVC pipe to extend the legs, and a 2 inch thick anti-fatigue mat to stand on), and I use it about 4 hours per day.

Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 126

90% or more of the content available on Netflix is produced by those networks

But, according to the summary and TFA, fewer and fewer people are watching that content. People are mostly watching movies and Netflix original content, not traditional network content, and the proportion of Netflix original content is growing fast.

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks. It would mean less garbage I need to wade through in order to find something worth watching. They could use the savings to make more of their own shows, which tend to be higher quality, since they are designed for viewers rather than advertisers.

Comment Re:liar (Score 3, Insightful) 485

anybody who has defended him at this point is either stupid or naive

We are not defending the man. We are defending the fundamental principle of free expression. Assange is not being persecuted because he "raped" anyone, but because he said things that powerful people didn't like. That is wrong, and isn't any less wrong just because he is a slimeball weasel.

Comment Re: Schitzophrenic Labor Dept. (Score 1) 271

Malaysia isn't in East Asia.

I think most Malaysians would be surprised to hear that. The boundary between "South Asia" and "East Asia" is generally considered to be the Naf River, which is Bengali on the west bank and Burmese on the east bank. Malaysia is much further to the east, and some parts of Malaysia are further east than Hong Kong.

Comment Re:Doesn't work! (Score 5, Informative) 109

If I ever get it to drive 200 miles on a "full 250 mile" charge, I'll wet myself with glee.

I suspect that you are "doing it wrong". My wife has a Tesla, and had the same problem, but when I drove her car, I got even better mileage than the indicator. So I watched her drive, and then I mansplained what she was doing wrong. Since then she has gotten much better milage.

In an ICE car, the "accelerator" pedal controls the rate of power going to the engine. If you push on it with your foot, the car speeds up. If you take your foot off the pedal, you coast. On a Tesla, the "accelerator" controls the SPEED OF THE CAR. If you lift your foot, the car thinks you want to slow down, and engages the regenerative brakes. This feeds power back into the battery, but only at about 60% efficiency, so 40% of the power is wasted. Try driving with the power graph displayed, and watch how often it turns orange (regeneration engaged). Practice keeping your foot steady to minimize that. It will make a big difference.

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 154

How about the price of loaf of bread?

Bread is not a good measure of currency valuations, because it is based on only a single commodity and is mass produced, thus failing to reflect the cost of services that make up a much bigger portion of modern economies.

A better measure is the Big Mac Index. A McDonalds Big Mac contains more commodities, and a significant portion of the price is in the service sector. In the UK, the average price of a Big Mac is 2.99UKP. In America, it is $4.79. So the fair market conversion should be about 0.62. So the pound is currently undervalued against the dollar, and Apple is screwing the Brits.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 173

"Red Bull has lost their way, they are sponsoring sports competitions for Pete's sake!"

That is a bad analogy. Red Bull is a for-profit corporation, and when I give them money it is in exchange for one of their drinks. I have no expectation of anything else.

"Why is a cancer charity sponsoring a marathon race?"

That is a good analogy. If I donated to a cancer charity, with the expectation that my donation was going toward cancer research, and I later found out that they had spent the money sponsoring a marathon, they would never get another dime from me.

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