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Comment Re:The Real Reason Car Dealerships Are the Worst (Score 1) 253

IANAL, but the part that probably wouldn't go well is insurance; even though Tesla can continue to give it the "new car" warranty which it currently does.

Tesla could make a car used by driving it for, say, 100 km (62 miles)* either on the road or in the factory. And then sell it as a used car to get around the law (if the used car law works that way). Thing is insurance payments would not be as low as for a new car and the insurance coverage would also not be as high. There might also be an issue with the car having a previous owner in order to be considered used. They could somehow make Elon Musk the previous "owner" on paper for all Tesla cars . But once insurance is in the picture, the ins companies probably wouldn't agree to cover it like a new car and other car manufacturers, dealerships and car owners would cry foul over gaming the system that way; which they rightfully should.

* Not sure if there is a minimum legal distance for a car to be considered new. And what "used"-ness factors still keep a car legally new? For instance, if a new car owner returns their new car after a month with no damage or noticable wear (for a nearly full refund?), can that car still be sold again as a new car or does that make it used car?

Comment The Real Reason Car Dealerships Are the Worst (Score 4, Informative) 253

Adam Ruins Everything - The Real Reason Car Dealerships Are the Worst.

Summarising the vid: dealerships have pressured/lobbied Congress (in the US) to pass franchise laws. Which make it so you can only sell new cars if you're a car dealership. And there are dealership "territories" so it's illegal to open a new one in another dealership's territory. So car manufacturers in most (all?) states can't sell directly to customers.

(Though I'm not quite sure how Tesla has been able to sell cars directly to customers in states other than Michigan.)

Comment Reminds me of an EVE online saga a few years ago (Score 1) 216

One faction "A" who were allies with a smaller faction "B", got one of their accounts hacked (or forums) by A's rival "C". One of those was A bitching about how small and insignificant B was to some other allies.

So in the forums, C posted an excerpt of that conversation. Leaders of A panicked and decided that to come out ahead, they should just post their own logs of that conversation, which was apparently worse as it went on. Of course, things didn't look good and other groups got pissed off with A.
Turns out that "C" didn't have much more than just the excerpt but "A" ended up looking worse because of their own full disclosure of the convi.

I'm guessing that with the info that Snowden has, this isn't the case for the NSA and they can confirm he has much more, so they want to dump the info first. (But if they didn't know for sure, it would be a funny likeness.)

Comment Details of the backdoor (Score 1) 576

'linus' is an alias for 'root' on all systems running the kernel since Windo...err, Linux 3.11.
Password for said alias is 'root' (some of the backdoor-accessing programs don't accept blank passwords).

Never know, since it's not possible to look for such backdoors, unless it's open source.

And even IF it was, you'd have to worry about Trusting Trust.

(mostly sarcasm.)

Comment Why is this news? And obvious limitation. (Score 1) 520

Discovery Channel already covered this option, or maybe one of the BBC documentaries. And instead of saying stupid things like "feel each other" they spoke about the "long term gravitational effect, however miniscule it would be" - that's what would slowly nudge the asteroid from its existing path and hopefully not into us.

The massive limitation (no pun intended) is that the asteroid in question needs to be detected when it's really really really far away, to give enough time to
a) launch a spaceship designed for this,
b) have it reach the asteroid and then
c) still have enough time/distance for the gravitational effect of the ship to affect the asteroid significantly enough to have it adequately deviate from its path.

While it's the most realistic option from the perspective of current space technology, it's only likely to be useful for asteroids which we already know are likely to hit many many years from now. It would have been more useful to give some sort of indication of time/distance required to actually have it work, relative to the mass and velocity of likely asteroids.

Comment Re:So we are to believe (Score 2) 135

Examples include a pacemaker that can be tuned remotely, ...

Fear your pacemaker!!! People with heart problems will now have an increased risk of death!!!

Uh. Well you know what I mean. Fear!!!

I think "death by wifi enabled pacemaker" is most likely. It was covered previously, so now it's just a matter of time and effort for someone actually do it. Well, it's also required that someone with a pacemaker is hated enough by someone else who has access to get the serial number, etc. and then go through with murdering him/her or find someone else with the skills and inclination. That reduces your population of potential perpetrators.

Is it possible this will happen? Yes.
In the next 24 months? Yes.
Will it be found or proved? Probably not.

Comment Re:not to rain on anyone's parade.... (Score 2) 271

To make things more ambiguous (along the GPs point), "Interstellar space": Voyager 1 is 17 light hours from us (so under 0.2% the distance to Proxima Centauri). Not sure when or how they decided interstellar space starts before the Oort Cloud (1 ly away).

A justification could be made that astronomically-scaled systems may have plenty of in-between objects that are far enough away to be considered interstellar space. However, when defining an interstellar comet: "At present, an interstellar comet can only be detected if it passes through our solar system, and could be distinguished from an Oort cloud comet by its strongly hyperbolic trajectory (indicating that it is not gravitationally bound to the Sun)." - so if interstellar comets are not interstellar unless they originate from outside the Oort Cloud, I don't see why we consider Voyager 1 even remotely approaching interstellar space when it's still so far from the Oort Cloud.

And reversibly, due to Voyager 1's known one-way trajectory out/away from the Sun, it could be considered not gravitationally bound to the Sun. So is or will be interstellar if not destroyed before.

Anyway, I think 'exiting the heliosphere' is the point of the article. 'Interstellar space' is a sensationalist term in the headline.

Comment Re:How may times can Voyager leave the solar syste (Score 2) 271

well..."The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects." So that happened a while ago.

Between the solar system and interstellar space is the heliosphere (which encompasses the solar system, bordered/demarcated by the heliopause).

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