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Comment Re:He's totally right (Score 1) 268

Literally exponential, or hyperbolically exponential? :)

Joking aside, I agree with you and with Musk. I look forward to seeing a majority or self-driven cars to be on the road, or at least for mainstream cars to adopt the sensors and driving aids that Teslas have now, so I can get back to enjoying motorcycling.

It will be interesting to see how insurance companies, car manufacturers and the legislators will address AI driving aids. Will these devices become mandatory in the same way that seat belts have? Sounds like a good way to push for replacing "legacy ICE cars" with less polluting vehicles.

Comment Re:So the bureaucrats have solved all the problems (Score 1) 296

Have they thought of the implications this has on the trucking industry?

Probably they did.

Have they thought what this might do to low-income or fixed-income individuals who can't afford a car and suddenly left without transportation?

Yes they probably did. Even if the question shows only that you didn't read the article properly.

Where is the electricity or energy to create hydrogen fuel going to come from now that they've banned nuclear and don't want fossil fuels?

With those two options discarded, obviously has to be in renewable sources.

What will happen to the jobs of independent gasoline retailers and distributors and other people involved in that part of the economy?

Probably those jobs will be made obsolete. The guys who put whale oil in the street lamps will be happy to have someone to chat.

And what about the total cost of ownership for a vehicle with comparable range?

What about it? Is there a specific objection or just FUD?

Why should anyone in Germany or elsewhere frame the comparison using the criteria of 2016 (well, 1966) when the law is about not building new ICE vehicles from 2030 onwards? The transition from ICE to electric is not about getting a car like you can buy today, but better ("a faster horse"). It's about getting a car that does not produce the emissions that petrol/diesel do. It will look different and drive different. The maintenance is different. The range and re-fuelling are different. Parking, owning and self-driving might work in different ways as well.
The auto industry is huge and very sophisticated, they will figure out how to be competitive, and someone will have to be the first to cannibalise their ICE sales. Germany is the HQ of many of the important european car manufacturers, they will do well to lead this transition otherwise some competitor will be taking sales from them.

Comment Re:Battery size doesn't matter (Score 1) 292

You are not alone. What surprises me is that I don't see more people carrying a feature phone and a tablet that takes SIM cards. Take the calls on the phone, use the tablet for apps (apper, apps, luddite, etc.). With carefully chosen bluetooth gizmos you might manage to use the same headset for both devices so you can listen to music and make phone calls just by telling the BT device to switch source. One of my colleagues had a Samsung device that did that. Years later I tried the same with a Nokia BH-121 and it's not good enough for quick transitions.

Comment Re:A gift to the anti-vaxxers (Score 2) 249

A few notes (to waste on an AC thread):

The population of the Americas is now 1Bn but wasn't so 40 years ago. The reduction in number of cases to what the Americas have now is significant also because there are more people that could have been affected and are not, thanks to the efforts in eradicating the disease. A more useful measure would probably be morbidity in % of population, to show clearly how big the overall problem was then and is now.

I point out "morbidity" because death is not the only possible effect of catching this disease. While it is a useful thing to measure mortality, measles is linked to pneumonia and encephalitis, which can have significant consequences such as blindness and deafness.

To say that everything would be OK without vaccines because post-facto the disease is not killing a lot of people does not tell the whole story. If there's any obfuscation or misunderstanding of the real situation it is on the side of those who overlook the needs of a growing and mobile population.

Interestingly I've seen this sort of presentation before by someone who thought that polio eradication would have been "naturally occurring" in the USA, overlooking that in the chart she was showing the date range was one where the USA population had doubled (baby boom and huge inbound emigration after WW2). I can't imagine what side effects she was worried about that would lead to going without such strong prevention measures, even if the data shows that the reduction of cases of paralysis was big, and in terms of % of population as actually a very significant and sudden change when the polio vaccination programme started.

Comment Re:Trump, Inc. should own it (Score 1) 65

Salesforce (how on earth does Twitter have anything to do w/ Salesforce)?

Among many other things that SFDC and Microsoft Dynamics CRM are used for, handling customer service communications is one that has in the last few years been expanded beyond email and IRL interactions.
I don't know the SFDC world, but I work in the MS camp and one addition from a few releases ago was the ability to measure "customer sentiment", by searching through Twitter, RSS and Facebook feeds. IIRC Linkedin was in a walled garden and could not be read.
What some Microsoft Partners were doing, for example in the charity and higher education field, was to look for any signals that students/random people were so depressed or desperate that they used social media to announce their suicidal intent. There are other more conventional uses for this customer sentiment, related to avoid or contain customer service faux-pas that could become viral and therefore more expensive than to settle individually with one aggrieved customer.

The rationale for this sort of acquisition could include having more communications channel to what the CRM system can use (ticking another box for enterprise customers); ensuring that social media networks with 100,000,000+ users are not walled gardens beyond the reach of the graph and search facility of SFDC/Office365/etc.; Getting more behaviour and geo data for Azure/Google/SFDC/etc. to get better with their AI.
All else failing, just put loads of adverts under Bing management rather than Google's. IDK :)

Comment Re:A real Windows (Score 1) 177

While it's clear that Win RT bombed, it was IMHO a step in the right direction: Make Windows simpler, make it work more like the smartphones and tablets that have been such a sales success since the last decade.

Trouble is: how to deal with the legacy applications (cue the appy app guy). Getting everyone to use the MS store looked to me like a good idea, as long as there was something there worth getting. Yes, other software houses would be annoyed with paying MS a cut of the sale, yes they would be forced to develop according to some sort of valid standard... but that's exactly omitting these things that makes the Win32 ecosystem of the XP era such a PITA and a great environment for malware and bad quality applications

I thought that in the same way that Apple kept on a solid and worthwhile market share with a few select partners and their own multimedia applications, Microsoft can/could do the same, with Office and a few good games for Windows and Xbox.
The way RT was made and marketed, it looked like MS was taking things away from the userbase without giving much back. Yes, ARM SOCs and battery life were interesting but not unique; Windows 8 UI was well suited for that device, but hated by the userbase that is happy to experiment with Android, Linux, Mac OS and iOS, but are vocal about everything and anything that MS changes in their core product lines. This relationship status is "it's complicated"

For now, it looks like Lumia goes to the pile of brands that disappear, and Windows is just Windows 10, on whichever device you might want to use it. In the same way that certain apps won't download from the Google Play store if your device is not compatible, you'll find the same when trying to run apps for Windows 10 mobile that were actually just made for Windows 10 desktop/x64/whatever. It will probably work out well if MS can make their 1st party apps good enough to hold on to some sort of valuable market share (and that's probably got to be xBox & gaming related otherwise iOS and Android gaming will also leapfrog MS in that arena, while everyone is busy comparing Xbox with PS4 and Nintendo). The difference between this time and the 90s is that this market share will be of rent/licence paying customer, not a 90% of a market with a smaller % of people actually spending money. So here's to hoping that the Surface tablets, the xBox with universal appps (aka headless imac), the Surface phone and Surface AIO have something worthwhile to run on them, besides Office and a browser.

All that is to say that IMHO, running X86 Windows applications on a yet smaller form factor scores a big fat meh from me.

Comment Re:DON'T PANIC â" Hans Rosling showing the fa (Score 1) 150

Saw that a while back. The maths makes sense but does not consider whether 10-11Bn people is sustainable, how, and whether it is even desirable to have so many people on the planet. Considering how a scarce millions migrating to Western Europe from Syria/M.E. lead to political paralysis and chaos, it won't be easy to deal with many millions relocating as resources like drinking water become hard to get in India/China, or many areas in Europe and Africa that look likely to become more like desert as the global climate crisis progresses.

Comment Re:Trump will reverse it (Score 1) 163

It does have the effect of making a country's leadership look bad if they do not join the majority or joining, if they fail completely to make improvement.

Like the other guy posted, Donald Trump can be seen an example of someone who if elected does not intend to work towards the goals in this Accord. How does that make him look? Like a conspiracy loon, on top of other things.

Comment Re:Collusion is illegal (Score 1) 585

Truekaiser for president!

In my book, "unsupported" means: "if it doesn't work, don't make warranty claims. Here's our list of supported products, save everyone's time and take your pick from there".

Now, if people want to experiment, hack, mix & match, MS won't send their armed goons to your home address to take your PCs, trample on your flowers and leave you with a 486DX4 running Windows ME (I hope).

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