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Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 67

As someone who evaluated an X vs the competition, the Tesla Model X is a broken car. Too much focus on glitchy, unworkable systems. Take the gas v. electric discussion out of the equation, the Model X just drives horribly for most people. Not to mention the amount of "bugs" (door opening issues, sun visor) I ran into just looking into the feasibility of owning one was very off putting.

If they stripped 90% of the crap out of the car and focused on the drivetrain it would be a different story. But it seems that they have fallen into an "experience" trap, and have driven away a large segment of the population that could care less about an technology based everything.

But your right, complaining about the costs of any 100K+ car is self defeating. Scratch a Jagaurus...

Comment Re: Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

"Mass voter fraud" is just a fairly tale the GOP tells the public so they can justify voter ID laws, which disproportionately target Democratic leaning minorities.

Yesterday I had to show my ID no less than 5 times, and that was just a random day. This equation of ID to discrimination is insane, and ignores many of the real issues like redistricting. I really wish the DNC would pull their collective heads out of their asses and start pursuing real issues.

Comment Re: Again with this? (Score 1) 177

Sorry, but security violations are criminal offenses. Just like adultery in the military is a federal offense. But the "lock her up" mentality is maybe a bit extreme. Usually its just a revocation of all clearances, and blacklisted from ever holding a position of trust ever again. And maybe some fines.

But the fix is in, so no use in arguing over it.

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

The problem is the changeover period that would be needed between self-driving and current meat-sack driven. If we could instantly retool and prepare roads properly, then this could be delivered tomorrow. The problem is standards, and dealing with the unknown.

We have the technology today to accomplish a completely driver free society, but we don't have the economic factors drive this innovation into the common place. And it would not scale well across every road in every location. Driverless cars in the hills of Tennessee? Farm Truck in downtown Metropolis?

Comment Re:Why would autopilot veer? (Score 1) 297

Separate the conspiracy from the facts... There are issues with Tesla cars, and that has nothing to do with Koch / big oil / aliens / illuminati. It may not be as sensational as the headlines, but Tesla needs to learn their lessons in the car arena and spend more QA time on their features. Look at the Model X, it is so chock full of "features" that simple things like doors are issues.

I looked into the Model X when my Allroad decided to eat oil, and I was really turned off by the amount of shiny tech on every aspect of the car. This combined with the lack of attention on the simple things really turned me off of the purchase. Maybe in 5 years when they realize that certain things just need a simple analog component, and not some wizz bang ipad driven button.

Comment Re:This wouldn't even be news (Score 1, Interesting) 268

Yes, your argument sounds reasonable, if you have never been briefed on how to handle classified information. There is NO context that any leaking of any information is ever allowed. If it was deemed mission essential that the information be disseminated, she should have talked with the FSO to properly release the information in question.

Now, did she do something criminal, that is a fair question. Violating a national security policy is typically grounds for dismissal, with some folks let go after walking into a facility with their cell phone too many times. But Clinton is in a special class of people, along with a national security advisor that was caught sneaking documents out in their pants . Typically those people make an oops, and slowly fade into history. The difference is that Mrs. Clinton is not fading, and is attempting to gain access to even more classified information, which she has a proven track record of mishandling in the interest of personal expediency.

If anything, this story shows that Clinton was willingly deteriorating departmental security measures to maintain her ability to control her professional communications. Regardless of the why (Bug, Misconfiguration, contractor incompetence), she valued personal protection over protection of her agency. And this is the basic argument that I have against her current run. Every time she has been "tested," she consistently comes out dirty, but not "legally" responsible.

Comment Re: and we should care? (Score 1) 477

1 - Gitmo - no closure, not even tribunals or due process of law. Just nothing
2 - Drone murders - Earning that nobel peace prize
3 - Universal Health Care - locked in rate increases with minimal benefits. Yeah, insurance companies where totally scared.
4 - LGBT rights where fought without Obama weighing in until the end so he could claim victory.
5 - Financial Crisis - hired the fox to guard the henhouse.

Things not mentioned :
extension of executive powers - Started by Bush, and ramrodded by Obama.
Wars - yeah, we are totally not fighting five wars right now.
Ignoring Humanitarian crisis in Africa - Why no love here.. oh, no oil...
Constitutional Professor - yet completely ignorant of international treaties around crime / POW / etc...
Zero leadership of his party. It's like they intentionally went out of their way to avoid doing him any favors.

I could go on, but the basic gist is the Obama presidency has been just as bad as W's. And Clinton looks to keep the hits coming. And if Trump wins, hopefully the next species to inherit the earth once the Radiation settles can learn from our mistakes.

Comment Re:Disruptive technologies and the S curve. (Score 1) 327

I think that the difference here is that given the current trends, it is foreseeable that mining,transporting,burning,disposing of fossil fuels will out cost renewable sources. If you think back to the 70's, nobody was doing wind efficiently. Now, there are wind farms all over the place. If energy storage / refill becomes easier in cars, you better believe that in 10 years gas stations will be uncommon, if not rare. Sort of like the transition from leaded to unleaded. It may take a decade or two, but I believe that my daughter will never drive a gasoline operated vehicle outside of "fun."

Comment Re:The remaining 1/3 will turn off the lights. (Score 3, Informative) 147

Actually, if HP did go straight to x86, they might have fared better. But they made a huge misstep with IA-64, and hung HP on a more obscure, unstable architecture than anyone else. At that point, they started leaking huge amounts of midn-share, and intel/linux was consistently 1/2 to 1/3 the cost.

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