* Posts by JustNiz

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Re: A little OT perhaps

I would have sued their asses.

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Re: Shock, surprise .. NOT!

>> Weird then, how the number of women interested is rising as the apparent opportunities rise and as workplaces become more equalised.

Thats actually not true. There were far more women as a ratio working in science/IT in the 70's/80's than now.

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Re: Sometimes there's good reason.

>> as I (and hiring staff) actively practiced affirmative action

And you're actually PROUD of that?

PeeCee people like you get right up my nose. You dumbasses refuse to see that no matter how you try to hide it with a positive name, "affirmative action" is just yet more institutionalized sexism.

You idiots need to get over yourselves and understand there is no such thing as "good" sexism, so you need to hire people solely on their ability, not give people an unfair advantage (and so oppress others) just because of their gender.

The best and only logica thing you need to do is to make sure your vacancies are EQUALLY available to everyone. Anything more and you are unavoidably practicing some form of institutional bias. Two wrongs don't make a right.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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67P has an orbital period of about 6.75 years. It will be REALLY cool if Philae wakes up again in 2022.

Of course by then there won't be anything left here for it to talk to, other than some dudes with mohawks driving crazy cars through the post-apocalyptic desert.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Even though I am a geek I oficially don't get why anyone would spend so much time/money/space doing this as you can just go out and buy a functionally much better CPU for pennies that would fit easily into a matchbox.

Heck if he just wanted to see his processor design implemented he could/should have just programmed it into a PLD or something.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Thats one heck of a lot of money for what is basically a go cart in a pretty body.

Given it is priced similarly to a base F-type coupe which comes with much more everything, especially luxury, I know which I'd go for if I was in that market.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: One of the reasons I abandoned them years ago

>> the thing ran like crap because it was all software rendered.

You can't blame nVidia for that. There's no way an nVidia GPU would do software rendering of the desktop when its properly configured and is using the nVidia driver. All bets are off if you're using some piece of shit like nouveau (which unfortunately seems to get installed by default by most distros now).

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - A solution for the wrong problem

>> What else would you chose Linux if not for political purity ?

I don't give a crap about political purity. I run Linux because Linux is a lot more professional, controllable, understandable, flexible, secure and a MUCH better tool for pretty much any job than Windows.

Linux is like a good scalpel. Windows is like trying to be productive with rounded plastic scissors.

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Sure it would be nice if nVidia opened their drivers, but to be honest I'm much more concerned that my GPU works stably under Linux with all the features and performance that the Windows version of the driver has. Even if nVidia had open drivers I strongly doubt that I'd ever want or need to be messing with the code myself, so for me at least the point is moot as long as they just work, Maybe I'm just lucky but in my experience the nVidia Linux drivers always have been very stable, certainly much more so than AMD/ATI.

I'm in the market for a new laptop and those are exactly the reasons why I won't even consider any laptop with an AMD GPU, and will only consider one with an nVidia GPU in it. My only issue around nVidia is that there's not that much choice compared to AMD.

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - A solution for the wrong problem

>> What else would you chose Linux if not for political purity ?

Because Gnu/Linux is a lot better operating system than Windows, and unlike Windows, Linux doesn't lock you out of your own computer and feed you shit instead of information.

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> Sigh, the article + headline are fine.

I said nothing about the article, just the headline. which is: Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

I actually am a professional Linux dev and even have a GTX 980 in my PC. I can tell you I'm completely not affected by the lack of source code for my video driver, nor is any of the other Linux devs I work with or even know. I also can't get the source to the bios for my motherboard, the firmware in my monitor, or to the driver or firmware for my Broadcom Wifi chip, or to my toaster, microwave, car and stereo, but I don't see anyone making equivalent noises about those.

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The headline of this article is VERY disingenuous and misleading.

This almost certainly doesn't affect any other Linux developer or user in the slightest, since there is already a better and more optimal nvidia driver out there for free (nvidias own Linux driver). Yes it doesn't come with source code, but that is mostly if not completely a philosophical rather than practical limitation, since who in the real world ever has an actual need or even desire to dive in and modify video driver code?

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Because society still expects men to be the breadwinners and the main financial support for women/kids.

I know this argument is labelled "politically incorrect" by many women, but until divorce courts don't treat men like that, and it becomes socially unacceptable for women to expect men to pay for everything when they go out, or to expect an expensive diamond when they get married, or to expect expensive presents every birthday/anniversary/valentines when all they give is socks, or to use how much men earn as a criteria for whether they are dateable, or to not pay their half of all the bills, their arguments don't have a leg to stand on.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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I will only call them a service when they actually start to serve my interests.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Re: Well that confirms it...

Rudderless? Elop wasn't ever smart enough to be a rudder, he's just another overpaid, useless (w)anchor.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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Re: Just use Linux and be done with it!

>> The thing is, no user cares, any more, what the underlying O/S is.

Bulldust. Don't paint me with that broad brush of ignorance.

I konw exactly what OS I'm using and care very much, because Windows just doesn't cut it for me on any level.

>> And this is where Linux still falls down, flat on its face. Sure, it provides some apps that are said to be "compatible" -

Compatible with what? Why are you assuming Windows is the "standard" here? ...and why should Microsoft get a free pass even though they make little to no attempts at all to make Windows compatible with a bunch of open international standards used by Linux and a lot of other OS's?

The Linux community makes some (actually fairly good) attempts to be compatible with Windows, even though Microsoft still try and keep the details of most of its proprietary protocols and formats secret exactly to prevent that and keep their users locked-in, even at the inconvenience of their own users. So you tell me: who is actually playing nicest in the sandbox, and who is actually showing they care most about their users needs here?

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Re: They won't listen

The only reason they provide Gnu/Linux support in Azure is because its the only way to get the vast majority of potential customers to even consider Azure.

They would drop support for Gnu/Linux immediately if they thought they could get away with it.

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Re: MS and Open Minds

>> Microsoft has turned the corner

No they haven't. Not even close.

They're just trying to do another version of embrace-and-extend because thats literally the only move they have ever learnt or needed.. Admittedly this time its slightly more sublte than Ballmer's throw a chair at Linux approach, since they are at least appearing to buddy-up and play nice, but we're all just meant to take the bait and fall for it.

Notice how Microsoft still never make any contributions to open source or the Linux Kernel that aren't just ultimately another trail of breadcrumbs that transitions Open Source/Linux users into non-standard/proprietary/expensve Microsoft tech.

The sign that Microsoft have actually turned the corner will be when they drop their patent trolling against Linux and help to grow the community in an open-standard/libre way that doesn’t obviously try to convert users to a Microsoft dependency. Don't hold your breath though, It will never happen, because Microsoft and Open Source are founded on philosophies that are diametrically opposed at the most fundamental levels.

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I tell you what Microsoft, how about you first stop attacking the very same community you're also asking for help from?

You start by dropping your troll-like secret patent claims against Linux, then maybe, just maybe, we'll think about helping you.

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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I really thought this had already been officially decided years ago.

I certainly remember some decision around English being the EU common language, and France getting pissy over French not being chosen.

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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I agree Android isn't perfect but its way better than Apple or Microsoft. What other choices are there?

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>> Samsung has made its best phone in years

No it hasn't.

>> – the Galaxy S6 has a sealed battery and no expandable storage.

Yeah thats exactly the reason why it isn't even close to its best phone. I'd much rather have my old S3 just because it has those things.

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Great. Yet more pointless crap that will become standard and add even more unnecessary weight, complexity and cost to your next car.

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Re: The best 4x4 by far complaining about potholes

Yeah what next? Ferraris reporting roads with speed limits that are set too high?

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Unless your grid is entirely coal based

You forgot nuclear, solar, wind farms and wave farms.

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Most cows alive wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for them being bred to produce meat and leather. I claim their right to life trumps these morons right to some sense of arrogant, misplaced self-righteousness.

Anyway, since when did Tesla's mission statement have anything to do with saving animals?

Also how does wastefully throwing away the skins of cows bred/killed for meat as opposed to reusing them to make useful, durable leather goods make any logical sense in any argument about caring for the planet?

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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Re: Bet it won't apply

That was the first thing that occurred to me when I read this.

I can't wait for the end of Microsoft's income from Android. I can't believe that so many dumb companies fall in line and make ongoing blackmail payments to Microsoft, jsut for a vague promise that they won't sue at some unspecified time in the future for merely using some unspecified free/open source technology in Linux, that wasn't even written by Microsoft.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Finally.

Finally, a way to get rid of al those clueless "MS Certified IT Guru" morons that think just because they can open a word doc they know everything about computers.

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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Seriously, this reminds me of when a few years ago some car models came out proudly displaying a "Powered by Microsoft" badge.

A "Keep Away" sign wouldn't have been as effective at deterring me from buying one.

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More and more cars are coming with tons (literally and metaphorically) of mostly unnecessary, expensive, complex, proprietary tech that goes out of date and unsupported by the manufacturer after a couple of years, (long before the car itself is used up), is unmaintainable/unreplaceable by the owner, and more often than not now has compulsory phone-home technology built right in and reporting on you 24/7. I'm calling you out Tesla, Nissan and GM/On-Star, amongst others.

I know we're all meant to blindly trust and enjoy the 'added convenience' of the pretty much pointless features that all this expensive extra non-optional hardware brings, but I am now at a point where I refuse to even consider purchasing any car if it has any of that crap in it. It is getting harder and harder to find any cars without it though, especially new ones. I'll just buy/drive old cars from now on if thats what it takes.

Since nearly all car manufacturers are on thes band wagon, It seems to me there's a real and growing market for a manufacturer of premium cars that don't have any non-optional tech in.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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question I've never got an answer to.

I like the detachable keyboard idea, but it seems only Microsfot are doing it.

Can you upgrade these Microsoft tabletty things to Linux or do they have Windows burned-in/locked down somehow?

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Stupid city folk

Clueles Morons. I'm surprised they didn't call in the TSG to blow it up and protect us poor civilians from it.

Unless this cow is radically different from every other cow in the world, it was almost certainly just petrified by being alone and surrounded by 20 militaristic wankers with high-vis jackets and a bunch of cars with flashing lights.

I'm sure it would have been easy to herd away by someone with an actual clue (ideally the cow's farmer) if they'd have just stopped all their activity and given it time and space to calm down.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: no punishment

> hundreds or thousands of people are flying in identical airplanes right now and could crash the plane using the entertainment system.

If you're going to make such a bold statement you need to back it up with some actual facts. As a senior software engineer that works in avionics I can tell you that this claim is both technically impossible and also utter bullshit. The entertainment network (or anything else) isn't in any way connected to the avionics network and they are VERY careful about that.

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Everything is wrong about this claim.

I'm a senior software engineer working in an avionics company and can tell you not only are they not even on the same network, they're very carefully partitioned in every way.

I remain convinced that there's no way this claim is even possible. Not only is there literally no way to access the avionics network from a passenger seat (short of tearing up the walls/floor to get to the actual cabling). Even if you somehow did theres still no way an unknownunauthorised unit on that network can just issue a "climb" command to an EMC (Engine Management Computer) thats total baloney. Apart from anything else no such single command even exists in the first place.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Expecting a worker that doesn't own any part of the company to personally care enough to work extra hours for free is ridiculous. The employer-employee relationship is a simple business contract between equals. Nothing less or more. Workers exchange hours/talent for money with the employer. When one side abuses that, its time to push back.

You wouldn't phone a plumber then once he's in the door demand he work for nothing, so why do employers think they can do it? The simple answer is entirely because the employees allow it to work. Employers like Musk understand human psychology enough to know that, and divisively use words like "We've gotten soft" and "commitment to the company" just as a way to (ab)use it and make more free money for himself.

Next time your employer tells you to work extra hours for free, try asking them to give you some extra money for nothing and see how sincere THEY really are about "showing commitment".

Sure employees often complain to each other about unpaid overtime expectations but in reality how often do they do something about it? stand together? never. Until you stand up for yourselves just accept you will be treated like the employers bitches you allow yourselves to be, and stop whining about it.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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seems to me the best thing to do would be to allow them to send you a shiny new free toaster (or whatever) then simply avoid ever connecting it to the internet.

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

>> I unplug my toaster after I've finished with it.

I'm assuming its a pop-up toaster so turns itself off when its done. Why on earth would you go to the hassle of plugging/unplugging it every time when Its not consuming any power?

Do you also bother to plug/unplug your TV everytime? At least there's a semi-logical argument for that since unlike toasters, most modern TVs actually do still consume (a tiny) amount of power even when "off".

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Re: Erm....

>> Maybe these devices use a tiny bit more leccy than otherwise? Or what?

Lol no. Bitcoin miners use a LOT of power. (1 to 3 Kwh is normal), so about 50 quid/week in leccy alone. That kind of mining currently gets you about half a bitcoin a month which is worth maybe 75-80 quid.

If they made a unit that used less power, then it would also mine correspondingly less, so 10x reduction in power is only going to mine 7 or 8 quid a month but still cost 20/month to run, assum,ing its running 24/7. If they made it any less power-hungry than that it wouldn't even cover the cost of them giving you the toaster.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Mortgages are go!

Yeah I gotta say I agree with you. There's no way that back in England I could afford the house, cars or lifestyle I have here in Arizona,

I do miss many things about England, but every trip back I see more of the good things have been lost forever, and how the whole country is turning into a slum full of non-integrating immigrants, druggies and pawn shops.

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Re: Flay Otters

As a Brit now living in the US for the last 10 years or so, I can confirm that US roads, especially in cities, are often in FAR worse condition than they would ever be allowed to get in the UK. There's a very good reason why most Americans drive trucks with big wheels and soft suspension.

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Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?

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The single biggest complaint I have about many even popular/mature open source projects (and the one that always instantly puts me off using them) is that you go to the official website and find it completely assumes you've already been using it for years. All there is is some cryptic change list and literally no information about how to start using it or even what it does.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...

Your paranoia is excessive.

Boeing and eveyr other aircraft manufacturer automatically notify the FAA of every and any potential fault they detect, no matter how unlikely in real life. Even if all 4 GPUs failed simultaneously, you do realise the plane also has batteries right?

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Android gaming platform Ouya is down to its last life

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Seems like they were off to a bad start because

a) The demographic for this thing are geeks; the same people that already have a phone or tablet they could equally use to play the same games well enough already.

b) When it comes down to it, most android games are relatively basic and crap compared to console and PC games. If you're into gaming enough to buy something to plug into your tv, chances are a PS4 or XBone are much higher on your list.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Isn't this the one where you can put Clarkson's voice on it?

For me thats the only good reason to own one, since my phone completely replaces it otherwise.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: I'm impressed.

Computer-controlled taxis lorries and trains would likely already come under the definition of a robot.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re: Strewth...!

Are you sure? Looks more like the ugly one to me.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Samsung makes masive marketing mistake

>> there's no reason the phones won't become very popular indeed

Actually there's 2 very big ones:

No SD slot = No Sale. No removeable battery = No Sale.

Samsung have now stupidly removed the 2 most important differentiators that made their phones better than most of the competition. If I wanted a phone without those things I'd have already bought a Nexus phone so that I could also get more regular updates and less bloatware, and better styling.

At the time I chose my S3 several years ago, the upside of an SD slot and removable battery far outweighed the downside of its plasticky utilitarian styling. And its still true. The lack of those things is exactly why I wont even consider moving to an S6, since it would be an obvious downgrade in usefulness from my S3.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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I personally enjoy driving, my hobby is classic cars. I will never accept that I will ever be any safer in a car being driven bty a computer than when driving myself. I will also strongly rue the day if/when there is a complete ban on human drivers. Musk for me is the devil.

Don't EVER expect me to buy a car with this "feature", for at least as long as any other option exists. In fact don't even expect me to ride in a car when it is not being driven by a human.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

>> Let me get this right. You're interested in spooks not being able to even scan everyone's telephone records or emails. .... At some point you're going to have to accept that a certain number of deaths through terrorism are unacceptable

Its uninformed, paranoid idiots like you like you that are the real problem. You have no sense of perspective and are simply buying into the mass hysteria that the NSA are promotoing just to get you to mindlessly comply with their rape of our constituional rights.

The hard fact is that the chance of a civilian located in the US being murdered as a result of terrorism is vanishingly small. Statistically you are 5 times more likely to be struck by lighting than killed by a terrorist. You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist. If you REALLY want to save lives, why aren't you advocating thatt something be done about gunhappy cops, or better yet, heart disease, since You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. Reduicing either of those would not only be far more actually productive, but also don't require people to relinquish theiir constitutional rights.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/youre-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-toddler-than-a-terrorist.html

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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I hope nobody actually buys one of these cars, but I already know the public are so damn stupid that a large enough group of people will actually think this is a good idea.

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