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Comment Re:Why do people think self driving cars will catc (Score 1) 622

If you can make them -convenient- (car sharing never was)

I don't understand this comment. I just checked the app and there are 10 Car2Go vehicles all under a 3 minute walk from where I am right now. If I drive one home I can probably park it outside my house - Certainly within a 1/2 block of my house.

I realize many americans are lazy bastards, but that certainly meets my definition of 'convenient.'

Comment Re:Cars Are Not More Expensive (Score 1) 622

Maintenance should be lower but tends to cost more.

I'm not so sure about that - My 1973 Datsun 510 needed regular "tune ups."

I had to re-gap or replace the points and the spark plugs. The rotor and distributor cap needed regular replacement. An oil change was a *lube* oil and filter where you had to crawl under the car lubricating all the joints. The overhead cam needed regular inspection and adjustment.

On my 2012 Nissan you don't do any of those things, and it had a four-year end-to-end warranty. That Datsun 510 probably had a one-year warranty.

I'd say the difference is that likely in the 70s many more people did that tuneup work themselves.

Comment Re:Why do people think self driving cars will catc (Score 1) 622

Everyone that says people won't own cars in the future is a massive moron.

Anonymous Coward Moron:

Will *some* people still own cars in the future? Yes, of course.

Will *many fewer* people own cars? Yes. Particularly in urban areas. Why would you bother owning one if it's cheaper, easier and faster to get from A to B using a car share?

You're already seeing growth in this year over year in cities with Car2Go.

PS Moron.

Comment Re:Why do people think self driving cars will catc (Score 1) 622

You and everyone else that thinks that is a massive moron.

Thanks for the insight, Anonymous Coward.

Here in Vancouver we already have a variation on this called Car2Go, and a competitor called Evo. The cars aren't driverless, but you just a take a car that's parked nearby, drive it to your destination, park it and walk away. You pay by the minute. Lots of people have given up on car ownership as a result of these services appearing.

Who's the moron now?

Comment Re:Why do people think self driving cars will catc (Score 1) 622

Why do people think self driving cars will catch on?

...because in their eventual form, people won't need to buy cars any more. You call one up on your smartphone and it pulls up at your door. You get in and it takes you where you want to go, then you get out and you're charged for the trip. Much cheaper than owning a car that sits in your driveway 20 hours per day.

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 3, Insightful) 240

Of course the best way is to abolish copyright altogether, and artists get paid for performing their work like the rest of us. Getting paid when a machine plays a recording is ludicrous!

Hey Anonymous Coward, quick question. My brother is an author. How does he get paid for 'performing' his work?

Submission + - Indian Student Jailed for Cheating on Exams

HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Ruby Rai, a 17-year-old schoolgirl in India, has been thrown in jail after cheating on her exams. Ranked first in the Bihar state exams — Rai said in a video interview that her main subject political science was about cooking. After the video went viral, Rai was made to re-sit her exams, and was arrested after she failed and had her original results cancelled. Examiners who retested Rai told reporters they were "shocked" by her performance. When asked to write an essay about the Indian poet Tulsidas, she only wrote "Tulsidas ji pranam (Salutations to Tulsidas)". Meanwhile, arrest warrants have been issued for several other students who performed well in the exams, including Saurabh Shrestha who topped the science stream, but later could not say that H2O was water. Last March as many as 300 people were arrested for cheating in Bihar after the Hindustan Times published images of dozens of men climbing the walls of a test center to pass answers inside.

Comment Re:Religion (Score 1) 359

Star Wars universe is dominated by religious belief

I'm not sure you can all it 'religious beliefs' - Unlike religion here on earth, Jedi powers can be demonstrated, as can Jedi returning in 'spirit form' post-death.

This is further cemented by the fact that once the Jedi are gone, very few people believe in the 'religion' any more...

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