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Comment Re:Good idea, bad name (Score 1) 134

So you are fine with only being informed about the capabilities of a product with a price tag of a car ... AFTER you buy the product?

I didn't buy the car, my wife did. We both fully understood that she was not buying a full SDC for the following reasons:
1. We can read.
2. We can see.
3. We can listen.
4. We can think.
People that can do none of these things are going to have a lot of problems in life beyond believing that their car can drive by itself, and it is unlikely many of them are going to be buying a Tesla.

Comment Re:Wind and Solar are Environmental Disasters (Score 4, Informative) 328

Also, the newer, larger turbines kill far fewer birds.

The big reason for this is that they are higher off the ground, where winds are stronger and more reliable. Most local birds fly low, and most migrating birds fly even higher than than the big turbines.

The "bird" objection to wind turbines has always been stupid and disingenuous (the people making it don't really give a crap about the birds), but it has become even stupider as turbines improve.

Comment Re:Good idea, bad name (Score 1, Insightful) 134

Since these "uninformed" people don't actually own a Tesla, it doesn't matter one iota what they think about the system. If you actually own a Tesla, the capabilities and limitations of the system are very very clear.

And yet from almost the day that the "autopilot" feature became available, videos started circulating online of actual Tesla drivers doing stupid stuff like jumping into the passenger seat or back seat while letting the car "drive."

Whether those idiots are representative of Tesla owners is beside the point. Clearly SOME idiots who actually have access to Teslas have done stupid stuff, and I don't think it's coincidence that this started when the feature named "autopilot" was released.

Also, an autopilot on an aircraft doesn't completely fly the plane all by itself either. Pilots understand that. Do you think they should rename it so the passenger in seat 22C also understands?

Nope. But TERRIBLE analogy. When Tesla drivers have to pass a special exam with the rigor of a pilot's test before operating "autopilot" on their Tesla, then you might have a point. For now, any idiot can drive one of these things... including licensed drivers who aren't the primary driver of the Tesla and may "experiment" without understanding what's really going on.

Comment Re:Good idea, bad name (Score 5, Insightful) 134

To someone who is uninformed ...

Since these "uninformed" people don't actually own a Tesla, it doesn't matter one iota what they think about the system. If you actually own a Tesla, the capabilities and limitations of the system are very very clear.

Also, an autopilot on an aircraft doesn't completely fly the plane all by itself either. Pilots understand that. Do you think they should rename it so the passenger in seat 22C also understands?

Comment Re:Fingers crossed (Score 3, Informative) 113

The voice keeps talking, and I am left w/ no choice but to hang up.

Do NOT hang up. Instead press "1" so that you waste the time of an actual human, and then put the phone on hold. If everyone did that, their business model would not work. If you enjoy annoying people that deserve it, then stay on the line and pretend to be interested, and give them bogus CC numbers until they start swearing at you. But please don't just hang up.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 0) 89

We only spent a couple months at a time making holes in the ocean.

SSBNs stay submerged for 6 months at a time. I don't think the difference between 6 and 8 is enough to matter.

Plus we had a lot more possible social interactions (100+ in a boat, as opposed to six in the dome).

Many subs have had smaller crews, and nearly all of your interactions are with a few people at your work station.

But there is another huge psychological consideration that makes a sub much more like a space flight: You can't quit. No matter what, you are in for the duration. The people in this dome can quit and walk out anytime they want. They likely won't, but the ability to do so makes an enormous difference in the stress level. The absolute worst case scenario if something goes wrong, is that you open the door and walk out.

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