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Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 4, Insightful) 279

This is a device that was designed to emit toxic vapours.

Nicotine may be a toxin, but in the amounts in which it's consumed, that's the least concern about the effects upon the body. However, these devices weren't intended to emit other toxic vapors.

It's like saying that fireplaces pose a fire hazard or that an electric outlet carries the risk of electrocution. It's what it's supposed to do.

False. A fire hazard is an uncontrolled fire. A fireplace is designed to control a fire. An electric outlet is not designed to electrocute you. It's designed to deliver power to an appliance. Granted, some of them are not very well designed to explicitly not electrocute you, but that's a separate issue.

The idea of the vaporizer is to deliver as clean a smoking experience as possible. If you put water-based herbal extracts into them, that's what you're doing. What's interesting is that these other things aren't that clean, either. Anyone remember transparent cigarette papers? They were everywhere for a while, I went through a couple of packs myself on the basis that I was already smoking tobacco so who cares, but what was found is that only the center of the cherry is hot enough to burn the combustion byproducts into something harmless, which meant that you were getting a bunch of toxics from them even worse than smoking paper.

Comment Re: Hatchet jobs aside (Score 1) 372

Thank you, this stuff is actually useful. We could sub out most of the article with your comment and be better for it. And yes, I absolutely consider ignoring a safeword during sex to be rape. When you have negotiated specifically what means stop, you have set up an absolute condition which clearly demonstrates nonconsensuality.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Interesting) 126

Tesla ditched Mobileye, and not the other way around. Mobileye's stock went down by 10% after this. Tesla's didn't.

Welcome to slashdot, where the moderators are dumbfucks and the points don't matter. Guess what? Mobileeye ditched Tesla, to spend more time working with other manufacturers. They probably saw the writing on the wall: Tesla wants to control every part of their car internally, and working with Mobileye was just a way to get their foot in the door sooner with a product. Sooner or later, Tesla would have dropped them. While their stock has taken a big hit since the announcement, it's probably best for them in the long run. It's also great for Tesla, since they can deflect some of the blame onto their now-departed partner.

Whose stock dips after an announcement doesn't inherently tell you anything, mostly because the market is not rational.

Comment Re:Aubout AUTOPILOT name (Score 2) 126

Same happenned with Autopilot: in aviation, it is a very precise thing

Who told you that? They lied. There are lots of different things in aviation, all called autopilot. We handle the distinction by breaking autopilot devices down into classes, which are defined by capability. In fact, "autopilot" means many different things, from a simple system that can only maintain a heading to complex systems (and when I say "complex", I don't mean supercomputers, only as opposed to a function you can implement with discrete analog components, as the oldest autopilots did.

The autopilot systems on the newest commercial jets are capable of handling landings unassisted, at least, if everything is working. This is just not that hard a job any more. An Arduino with MultiWii (GPL'd) is enough to take a plane off from a field, fly waypoints and take pictures or drop bombs or what have you and then return to home and land again. And that's without any beacon signal from the ground. So clearly, the word "autopilot" covers a lot of ground.

Elon should have called it "Ship's Commander mode" (as the one which gives orders instead of holding the wheel) sound both mor awesome and a little bit less passive role for the driver.

Do you know what you call a simple computer on a boat which maintains your heading, and does nothing else? Yep, you guessed it, that's an autopilot.

The truth is that you cannot get autopilot even activated without a safety lecture, and if you willfully ignore the admonitions of the creators and then turn on a feature that is dangerous both to you and others if you misuse it, you deserve to die in a fireball and the only tragedy is that you may take others with you.

Comment Re:Wooo AstroTurfing (Score 2) 126

Musk is in some ways similar to Steve Jobs. Early on, trolls would shit over Apple products. Too expensive. Too simple. Then Jobs guided Apple to be the most profitable company in the world.

Those people weren't trolls: Jobs worshipper detected. Your turtleneck is a bit too tight this month. Those people were just wrong. They forgot that stupid people will pay to be fucked over if it gets them ooh shiny shiny.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 1) 372

The problem is that the article is poop. It doesn't explain any of this. If you're going to can someone for something, then people want an explanation more nuanced than what is given in TFA. I think they deserve it, and they shouldn't depend on some random slashdotter to provide it. Frankly, the rest of us need this information so that we can make intelligent choices. If they know he's a shitheel but won't tell us specifically how, then they're doing us a disservice.

They can't tell us "what he did" but they can describe the nature of the claims against him in more detail.

Comment Re: Rule of thumb: believe the man (Score 0) 372

When you start dating you'll understand that you don't get a signed consent form when you have sex. It doesn't generally work that way.

No, it doesn't, and it's sad. The perverts often have something vaguely equivalent: a checklist of things that people are or aren't interested in, which is often handed off before playing with someone the first time. Too bad straights think that's weird.

Comment Re:Let's be certain first,.. (Score 1) 372

Combine this with "sex without condom = rape" and all the other contorted femi-nazi horse shit involved in this case, and you have to be blind to not get that something is afoot.

If you agree to purchase a car on the basis that the transmission works, and it doesn't then you've been defrauded. If you agree to have sex with someone on the basis that they wear a condom, and they don't, then you have been raped. The only question at hand when that topic arises is whether she consented to the act in the moment. If a woman can withdraw consent at any time, it stands to reason that she can also grant it. Regretting granting consent after the fact doesn't make it a nonconsensual act on the part of the other party; it makes it a regretful act on the part of the consenting party.

Comment Re:Let's be certain first,.. (Score 1, Informative) 372

Have you seen how people treated the women who made those complaints against Assange?

I have. At least one of those women was beyond suspicious, both of them withdrew their support for charges, Assange asked if he needed to stay for questioning, was told no, left, and was told to come back, etc etc. Even if Assange is a total shitheel, that whole thing stunk to high heaven. It would be shocking if it didn't make people suspicious.

Comment Re:This is why we shouldn't work with women (Score 1) 372

If he assaulted you, you should be down at the police station with wounds you received defending yourself. If you didn't defend yourself, then quit asking us to take your claims of assault seriously.

So, how many women have you psychologically abused into compliance and then raped so far?

Comment Re:Translating for the rest of the world (Score 0, Offtopic) 113

Unless you're using Kelvin and metric time, you can STFU about metric.

It's worse for everyday use because shit is based on 10 which doesn't divide as evenly as things like 12, 36, 5280, etc.
For scientific use, no one with a brain gives a shit. Units are units. Measure and convert as necessary.

And don't fall for the "significant figures" bullshit, either. Most people get it wrong, including the "authorities" on the matter. The only things you should round due to significant figures are measurements beyond the known precision of the measuring tool. Yet everyone rounds out the results of calculations, and a lot of assclowns do stupid shit like treat gravity as 3.0 X10^1 f/s^2 or convert mm to inches by dividing by 25 despite 25.4 being the exact conversion.

Comment Re:Sheep. (Score 1) 112

Where do you come up with 2/3 of device sales being iPhones? How do those "devices" compare to the "1 billion active devices"? Did the numbers come out at the same time? Does "devices" mean the same thing in both stats? How are "active" devices determined?

Further, your assumption that 2/3 of the devices must be iPhones is erroneous. People keep iPods and iPads far longer than iPhones, many people still replace their iPhones annually.

The simplest math we have is 1 billion sold over 6 generations or so, and plummeting market share in recent years. iPhone historical sales are front loaded since Android has taken over, so the majority of iPhones are older models. Given the lifespan of a cell phone in western markets (where Apple has the bulk of their sales), it stands to reason that the vast majority have been sent out to pasture in some form or another.

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