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Comment Re:Lack of residential charging infrastructure (Score 1) 468

I guess that an apartment complex without parking spots is unattractive now in the same way that place will be unattractive without recharging outlets in the near future. It won't be an issue in the EU or China, is my guess, because governments will do the math and stimulate EV. Once this actually becomes an issue, it will also become a political issue.

Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 468

Ever heard of solar panels? They work just as well in those areas. In fact, I bet you could have a nice little hydro powered generator in mountainous areas.

Seriously, if they can do this in Norway, which is a lot more rugged country than most of the USA, I bet it's possible in the USA as well.

How about this scenario: a recharging station in the middle of nowhere, fueled by wind and solar power. No need to even send a truck to refuel, because it refuels itself. Seems even better than that gas station.

But don't worry: the EU and China will show our backward cousins in the USA how it's done, and after a while even the most dimwitted will see the benefits. A tad late, but that's just the good ol' USA for you: always a bit late to every party, from world war I and II to a better environment.

Comment Re:Look at the data (Score 1) 468

There are loads of reasons to assume that continually piling on the CO2 will eventually lead to runaway warming, but even if we assume it's not the case, even a mild increase in average global temperature of 4 degrees celsius will be disastrous for large numbers of humans living on this planet due to the extremes of temperature climbing into unsurvivable ranges in areas near the equator.

Tell me: do you think people will stay in places that become unlivable, or do you think they'll move to colder climates? Ready to welcome a few hundred million refugees? If not, you need to show that rising CO2 will not impact the climate that much - good luck with that.

And as far as your argument goes: there has never been a linear relationship between CO2 and temperature in history, AFAIK. So what you think that proves is beyond me.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 468

If you buy second hand cars, you're used to waiting until the models become available as used cars. And when mass produced EV vehicles become widely available, prices will drop and infrastructure will evolve. In densely populated areas, the economic damage caused by pollution just makes it sensible to move to EV as fast as possible.

Take China: installing air filters can take thousands of dollars and hundreds monthly. Per family. And that isn't counting the medical costs incurred. In in N. Europe and W. Europe, the cities are not nearly as healthy as they should be. Damages go into billions each year. So moving to EV is practical. Subsidizing this, instead of oil (which is quite heavily subsidized), just makes financial sense.

Comment Re: Real Stuff (Score 3, Informative) 189

I'm no fan of Oracle, but if they didn't require that the OS can at least be recognized by the support workers, they'd never get around to actually support anything. They're not Linux support, they're application support. And remember, they are actually supporting Linux where they've dropped support for Mac OS.

Oracle is getting pretty long in the tooth, and Microsoft is outstripping them in both performance, features AND cost, so there is some justification to call them shitty. But to call them that because they support the "wrong Linux" and not your pet project just illustrates the problem with Linux: it's a sect, not an OS.

Comment Re:Its not cheating (Score 4, Informative) 406

Using marked cards is cheating, but it's also against the law. Any contract you may sign is void when the deal is illegal under current law. If the casino wasn't told upfront the cards were marked, it would also void the contract even if the law didn't make it illegal to use marked cards in the first place, because the casino would never have gone through with it if they had known upfront.

Comment Re:I'm sorry Millennial Dave (Score 1) 225

True, although usually a professor has his own list of pet projects they like to see done, and those are the ones you get grades for...

But it's likely that someone who wants to program a bit in a new language or environment might like to do something for which there is a need. Matching need with idea, now that's the issue.

Comment Re: Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it work (Score 1) 225

I doubt it. I can change a database that's only used for prototyping and demoing on the fly in less time than it takes to start his code, with a SQL editor. For things that need to enter production someday, I deploy a physical model generated from a logical model. Takes me all of 5 minutes to have a deployable build. With Redgate data generator or similar products you can quickly fill the database.

I fail to see any need for dynamic schemes, unless you want to give a crutch to programmers who don't understand databases. In my opinion, those programmers shouldn't be allowed to change anything in the database at all.

At least, not until they can explain the pros and cons of surrogating keys, the difference between normalization and denormalization, the use of subtypes and supertypes, and why NULL isn't an allowable value in a database - but that's a bonus question :).

Comment Re:Easy... (Score 4, Insightful) 101

Did you use any infrastructure at all to make money? Like roads? Bridges? Encounter any traffic lights? Did you have workers that needed food? Hospitals? Did your valuable income need protection from someone? Did you have business disputes that you want a judge to reside over? And do you think judges are items you can just buy? Did you want a building for your office that didn't come down in the first week, because inspectors made sure it adhered to the building codes? Did you like the wiring in the building? Did you feel safer, knowing there was a fire brigade in the beighbourhood? And that if you fell ill there was an ambulance nearby? Did you like the fact your employees got an education? Or yourself?

Let's make a deal: you stop paying taxes, and you also stop using anything that was paid for by taxes. I'm fine with that. Have fun in your cave.

Comment Re:Confirmation bias? (Score 1) 186

Fun fact: a lot of accidents with moderate damage occur where the driver presses the brakes deeply, then releases because he or she realizes someone might be behind them, and THEN collides with the car in front. Mercedes specifically created an emergency brake system to counter this. It would keep applying the brakes when pressed "vigorously" for a few seconds after the driver released them. Gives you a hell of a surprise the first time you feel it...

Comment Re:No. It didn't "predict" anything. (Score 1) 186

The Netherlands, where this accident happened, have very strict driver education laws. The exams are both theoretical and practical. Most people need about 40 hours of driving lessons to even qualify for the exam. A lot of people don't even get it on the first attempt and have to re-take the exam later.

Even then you still see a lot of folks driving around who should never have gotten their license, or should have returned it. Tesla's and other cars with this software should be a major improvement in road safety.

Comment Re:It's absolutely censorship. (Score 1) 163

Except for those in the household. While I would certainly censor a 10-year old (No ISIS decapitation movies seems like a good start), what about when they're 18? Aren't they entitled to make their own value judgements?

I'm not against this service, and I fully support them in this fight because every enemy of the studios is another head of the hydra they fight (although not necessarily a friendly head). But I don't share their POV.

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