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Comment Re:Nah (Score 5, Informative) 103

First para. of Tesla's blog entry of today with the announcement; emphasis added:

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 623

Tesla Models S and X read speed limit signs with with a camera mounted near the rear-view mirror.

In the car's settings, the driver can specify a default offset to the speed limit that will be applied when the engagement stalk is pulled rearward. If the stalk is moved vertically, the current speed is applied.

Comment Re: By far... (Score 1) 485

"Autopilot" is an unfortunate marketing name that has been adopted by the Tesla and its owner community to designate the combination of Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC, based on radar) and Autosteer (lane following based on a camera), two of the features included in the Autopilot Convenience Features purchase option. Tesla tries to convey that this is far from autonomous operation -- with great success based on owner comments in dedicated forums, but much less success among the curious public.

The term "Autopilot" appears in the Owner's Manual only to designate the purchase option package and the associated hardware. In discussion of usage and cautions, the individual feature names (e.g., TACC, Autosteer) are used.

Comment This is not a self-driving car (Score 1) 242

It's fine to use Tesla's new software release of (what it calls) autopilot features as a basis for discussion of future possibilities, but this release is far from providing autonomous driving or a self-driving car. This is beta software of certain limited features; it requires constant vigilant attention to the road and surrounding conditions by the driver and is intended for use only on divided limited-access multi-lane highways. Indeed, it could be said -- as some users have -- that it requires *more* vigilance than conventional driving because the user is a beta tester.

Somewhat separately, at low speeds it will find and maneuver into parallel parking spaces.

Comment Re:Smelling more fishy every day. (Score 1) 227

if the bank made a copy of a one of their coins to service an apparent withdrawal, but that copy was never 'spent' then the original is still good.

Hmm? What's an "apparent" withdrawal? The bank's transfer to a depositor is the same as the bank "spending" the bitcoins. The transfer is a transaction that will be confirmed by bitcoin's peer-to-peer protocol. After the transaction the "original" is not "still good" and cannot be spent or transferred, i.e., will not be confirmed by the network.

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Thief Posts His Photo To Facebook Victim's Account 222

An anonymous reader writes "Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher discovered his house had been burgled; money, a winter coat, an iPod and his son's laptop were stolen. Imagine his surprise when Facebook friends of his 15-year-old son reported that a photo of the apparent thief, wearing Fisher's coat and holding a wad of notes, had been uploaded to his son's Facebook account. How addicted do you have to be to a social network to post a status update and upload your photo *while* you're burgling someone's house?"

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