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Comment Re:This is absurdly incorrect on its face (Score 1) 145

The Linksys WRT54G has the same problem as the Raspberry Pi, in the sense that different revisions run very different hardware and not all revisions are compatible with each other. Which of course is confusing as hell since Linksys links to reuse the same model number over and over for some reason.

Though I would argue that the Pi is a general purpose computer. Sure, many of them end up embedded in some application, but I've seen the same thing done to standard off-the-shelf desktop machines running the regular desktop version of Windows.

Comment Re:Battery life (Score 1) 53

I assume they just never quite fully charge the battery, and also never let it discharge all the way though software. So the battery will likely last longer because it will go through less extreme charge cycles, which could actually result in less warranty costs for the 60 kwh model. Though I'll guess is any savings to Tesla is much less than the price difference between the models.

Comment Re:Yawn. (Score 1) 149

The problem is even if you are paying attention to what's going on, by the time you realize "oh shit, it doesn't see that stalled car in my lane!!!" it may be too late. If I have to pay attention and constantly second-guess what the AI is doing, I'd rather just drive the car myself, possibly with an AI backup that can react if I fail to notice something.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 149

That's my thought too. There's just way too many corner cases and unforeseen circumstances out there. We may eventually get there, but I'm guessing we'll be stuck at level 3 for quite a while, with vehicles that can really only be autonomous in limited, well-defined situations. Even with your ferry loading situation, even if an AI was capable of understanding what it needed to do, it may just be quicker and easier for a human to take control and just do it rather than having to figure out how to tell the AI exactly what it needs to do. On a ferry with dozens of vehicles, all it would take is one car where the AI just doesn't "get it" and refuses to move to cause a big problem. That's one of the reasons I don't see myself ever buying a car that doesn't have a steering wheel or some way for me to manually drive it.

Comment Re:What bugs? (Score 1) 167

The biggest "bug" I can think of is the whole Superfetch algorithm is way too aggressive. It's not technically a bug - it's likely working as designed, but it's also responsible for a lot of the performance complaints in Vista. Microsoft turned it way down in Windows 7, and could have pushed out a patch to Vista to do the same, but never did.

The other big bug is Windows Explorer will randomly hang and shit itself, but it does the same thing in Windows 7.

I guess the other bug is the 497 day bug, which kills the network stack after 497 days of uptime (for reasons much like the 49.7 day bug in Windows 95), forcing a reboot. I've actually hit that one in Vista - yes, my all time personal Windows uptime record is currently held by a Vista box.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

I'm pretty sure he meant the "Home" market. Windows 2000 was the predecessor to Windows XP Pro. Windows ME was the predecessor to Windows XP Home.

You could certainly buy Windows 2000 and run it at home, and running Windows 2000 had huge advantages over 98/ME, unlike in XP where the Home edition is basically the same as the Pro edition except for a handful of features most home users never miss like being able to join a domain. On the other hand, Windows 2000 was expensive (most people I knew running it weren't legit) and the requirements were also much higher. If you had 64MB of ram, Windows 2000 will still run but you'd be better off sticking with 98.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

Exactly. It's not difficult to a keep an out of date Windows machine secure as long as you are smart about it. I've run Windows XP past the expiration date, and if you don't want Microsoft's telemetry in Windows 7/8 you've basically been running unpatched as of last October when they started the monthly update rollups.

Otherwise, I'd try Linux.

Besides, why won't it run a newer version of Windows? I have an old laptop running Windows 10, despite some of hardware only having Vista drivers available. I was actually a bit surprised, but the Vista drivers actually installed in Windows 10 and worked without issue. If the 64-bit version gives you grief, try the 32-bit version, which I have seen accept drivers originally written for Windows 2000.

Comment Re:Given that Google not infrequently flags me... (Score 1) 160

I don't get why anyone would put with a search engine that throws CAPTCHAs at you when you try to use it. Given how lousy Google's search results are nowadays, it seems pretty easy to make the switch to someone else. I've never seen a CAPTCHA using DuckDuckGo, but I imagine even Bing would be an improvement. And if for some reason you like Google's results, there's always Startpage.

Comment Re:Americans believe a lot of stupid things (Score 1) 364

A surprising large number of accidents though don't involve colliding with another vehicles. Losing control, going off the road, etc. SUVs fair pretty poorly in those kind of accidents - they are more likely to get into them due to their heavier weight and poorer handling in the first place, and are far more likely to roll over in these kind of incidents. That balances out the other types of accidents where they do well, like running head-on into a car that's half their size. So in the end SUVs aren't really any safer per mile traveled, and often fair worse against higher-end cars with the most advanced safety features.

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