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Comment Re:$2,500 (Score 5, Informative) 242

It costs $2,500 to unlock this new software feature.

That is not (entirely) accurate. The autopilot feature is currently on the price list as a $2500 option. I'm under the impression that all current cars _may_ have the right sensors (they are generally helpful in getting good collision avoidance ratings--I'm not sure but I assume if you have the hardware and you did _not_ pay for autopilot when it was available as an option, then you may be able to pay now to enable the feature).

However, my car, built in late September, 2014, was not priced under the current pricing model--there was no autopilot option at that time, yet my car (like most cars built in late September, 2014) has all the sensors and autopilot is fully enabled on my vehicle as of the software update I installed this morning. I did pay for other options that are no longer available (as I recall, parking sensors and fog lights), but I did not have to pay $2500 to enable autopilot. -se

Comment Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

it's simple to see that either six months is as much as was legally required (in which case they followed the law) or it is not (in which case they broke the law).

Dodd-Frank and HIPAA both specify at least 5 years (I think HIPAA is 6). Of course, there is no reason to believe that the government would hold itself to anything remotely like the standards that they not only expect, but demand (under penalty of imprisonment) from everyone else.

Comment Re:How about they just scrap it entirely? (Score 1) 429

This is because the care offered by the NHS is already to a high standard. Private providers need to compete in order to make people feel that additional insurance has value.

Apparently feeding & providing water to patients is gold-plated service, far beyond the "high standard" that NHS offers: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2287332/Nearly-1-200-people-starved-death-NHS-hospitals-nurses-busy-feed-patients.html

Comment Re:so..... (Score 1) 343

Luckily, since the infinite wisdom of our congress has instituted a new tax on tanning salons, the incidence of melanoma among US caucasian girls will now go back down a bit. Coincidentally, tanning beds were introduced in the US about 1980, and can triple the risk of melanoma (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/27/tanning.booth.melanoma/).

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?