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Comment Re:How many can get updates from carriers!? (Score 5, Interesting) 74

And, to cover any misunderstandings, if the phone has no carrier, it cannot transmit, either.

So... what was your point, again?

You can use a iPhone with no carrier. I do all the time. You just use wifi enabled calling and sms. It's a lot cheaper, much less of a headache, and quite convienent for some people who nearly always have access wifi.

Comment The very least of the problems to solve (Score 1) 146

Reliance on maps is never going to cut it. All maps have errors and the cost of updating to maintain all current details is high and never done. What we need are many advances in AI algorithms like the ability to ask for directions from the occupants and translate that contextually into where the vehicle needs to go, perhaps using street view information and vision algorithms.
Thousands of little problems like this will plague autonomous vehicles and it will likely be two at least decades before they function the way popular perception depicts them.

Comment Ever read a rental agreement? (Score 1) 990

As someone who has heniously violated rental agreements over the years and suffered the consequences I'm aware of the many things you can't do with a rental or it violates the rental agreement. Rentals are not an alternative as good as some people lead you to believe. Typically you CANNOT:
1) drive the car out of state - driving across to another country is a great way to get a cavity search in addition to violating your rental agreement. This can get you deep into legal issues in some instances.
2) drive the car on dirt or gravel roads
3) rent it at all if you are under 25 years old
4) actually use it to tow a trailer
typically when you rent a vehicle you DO get:
1) a big hassle trying to get every last dent and scratch signed off on rental on so you don't get massively screwed
2) soaked on the price of gasoline and bogus fill charges when you try to return it
3) pay a huge fee for "insurance coverage" which is basically bullshit laws that don't insure drivers but instead the vehicle just to line the pockets of the insurance industry.
4) didn't get that attendant over there on return day and sign of on every little scratch and dent? Expect a massive bill screwing you over.
5) unlike a Eula you will be held responsible nearly 100% of the time in court for signing the rental agreement.

Between all the caveats in the agreement and the additional charges that aren't in those low quotes you see online rentals are almost never as cheap or convienent as one is led to believe.

Comment Ever read a rental agreement? (Score 1) 990

As someone who has heniously violated rental agreements over the years and suffered the consequences I'm aware of the many things you can't Do with a rental or it violates the rental agreement. Rentals are not as a rosy alternative as some people lead you to believe.
Typically you CANNOT:
1) drive the car out of state - driving across to another country is a great way to get a cavity search in addition to violating your rental agreement
2) drive the car on dirt or gravel roads
3) rent it at all if you are under 25 years old
4) actually use it to tow a trailer
typically when you rent a vehicle you DO get:
1) a big hassle trying to get every last dent and scratch signed off on rental on so you don't get massively screwed
2) soaked on the price of gasoline and bogus fill charges when you try to return it
3) pay a huge fee for "insurance coverage" which is basically bullshit laws that don't insure drivers but instead the vehicle just to line the pockets of the insurance industry. 4) don't get that attendant over there on return day and sign of on every little scratch and dent? Expect a massive bill screwing you over.
5) unlike a Eula you will be held responsible nearly 100% of the time in court for signing the rental agreement.

Between all the caveats in the agreement and the additional charges that aren't in those low quotes you see online rentals are almost never as cheap or convienent as one is led to believe.

Comment Re:Probably a flawed analysis (Score 2) 990

Ever read a rental agreement? Much of the time you aren't even allowed to drive out of state, and nearly all of the time you are not allowed to drive on gravel or dirt roads. There goes a trip to grandma out of state or camping. Want to drive to another country in a rental? You can't that is illegal. Further you can't make an argument for rental only on the long parts of trips as renting a car, if it's even possible, as typically you need the rental for the entire duration or you have no viable transportation.

Rentals tend to be very expensive and highly limiting.

Comment We are 5-10 years out from a breakthrough.... (Score 1) 254

That's the same place we were 5-10 years ago. Any improvement in battery technology is far more likely to be incremental than revolutionary. Even when lithium based batteries became mainstream about 12-14 years ago it was an incremental improvement and nothing anywhere close to an order of magnitude or more which would place thier energy density more on par with chemical fuel sources.

Comment Interesting but so little is known it's conjecture (Score 1) 250

Not much is known about these brown dwarf systems. They tend to have quite a bit more solar flares and solar wind in the habitual zone, wich is far closer to the star than in our own system. These may strip atmospheres away before life has a chance to exist. Further the planet forming mechanisms are not well known as current theories do not have the data to back them up with emperical evidence and in fact our theories changed significantly once these modern techniques were employed. It's an interesting paper but it's basically pulled from a very dark region of space at the moment. It will be quite interesting if it turns out to be plausible, which we may possibly know in our lifetimes.

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