* Posts by Eddy Ito

4346 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: Charter (Spectrum) Scum Rats Don't Offer 'Deals' After One Year

Same rectum Spectrum deal here in SoCal. They upped my rate and when I called because they were offering a special deal they made no bones about telling me to go pound sand and that the special was for new customers only. When I said I could switch to Frontier (dial up, like you fiber stops at the end of the street) for a month and then I'd be a new customer they said nope, I'd be a returning customer and not eligible for the lower rate. In short, they know you're fucked and they have no bones saying it to your face because, "whatcha gonna do?"

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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Re: Cue Elon Musk

I think their first step is to continue integrate Siri to control and automate certain features of automobiles. Sure it can do maps, music, phone, and other iOS apps but they'll want it to be able to control other things like the heater/AC, defroster, seat settings, headlights, fog lights, change to/from sport or economy modes, maybe even automatically operate the directional signals for turns indicated by the mapping app. There's a lot of things left that can be integrated while ensuring the integrity of the basic safety systems. I have a feeling that it will matter who gets there first be it Siri, Google, Alexa, Tesla, or some upstart.

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Work at a startup? Think US military isn't good enough at killing? We've got the program for you

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... allows tech upstarts to obtain contracts with the US government to develop military-focused software and hardware in areas including AI, IT management, and space.

And space? Sounds a little too open ended to me or are they actually looking for code bloat?

The one with Windows ME, Vista, etc. in every pocket.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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... initially recommended those affected should replace their processors.

This is the kind of shit I hate, change them to what exactly? In many (most?) cases that means changing a shit load more than the processor because it's not like one can just drop in a D525 Atom or a Sparc processor into their server/laptop/phone.

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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Re: Opt in

Which brings up an interesting point, is it really "opt-in"? Sure, the whole connecting with messenger or whatever may be opt-in but what about the rest of the data?

... approached several large American banks... looking to sign partnerships where they would share their data in return for Facebook connecting its billions of users to their services.

That sure sounds like they want the banks to hand over their customer's data to Facebook in exchange for Facebook connecting their product users to the banks. As a member of set A (bank customer) and not set B (a FB product user) how am I assured that the only data handed to FB is restricted to A ∩ B? My guess is that I'm not and FB will get all data on set A.

For a moment I was thinking that smart bankers would recognize this as a bad deal because FB is looking to walk away with data on A ∪ B while the bank only gets access to A ∩ B but then I looked back a few years and remembered that they really can't see much farther than a monetary symbol whether it be $, €, £, or other.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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WTF?

I don't see the point of running the scan really. So you've got some open ports, what of it? Are they going to kick you out if you've dedicated a port for something if it also happens to be commonly used by a RAT? It's none of their concern what ports I choose to have open even if it's a dumb idea. Have they put up a policy that says you must have ports x, y, & z closed in order to connect?

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Don't forget the new Wi-Fi card. Hell, might as well go with the whole computer since I'm pretty sure Windows 7 will never support WPA3 and with the lack of serviceability built into laptops today it'll mean replacement or using a USB dongle.

For the router, I've been meaning to move to an OPNsense anyway.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: Like Alexa

Exactly this. The chatty bot is going down no matter what. I have enough chatty folk in the office whom I wish I could at least tune out but they follow when I walk away and seemingly don't notice that I haven't said anything to them other than a polite hello, hopefully in passing.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: Private event on private property

It's actually quite brief and leaves the response door fairly wide open. I also don't see much along the lines of protected class claims since any ejections will likely be because of harassment. Don't harass people and you can stay, harass people and get bounced regardless of any supposed class. The key phrase as I see it:

We reserve the right to respond to harassment in the manner we deem appropriate, including but not limited to expulsion without refund and referral to the relevant authorities.

Essentially a whole lot is left to the discretion of the organizers as to what constitutes harassment and how to respond.

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Boo

Indeed, it's a 14.8 V dive light battery

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Re: Boo

It really needs a pressurized tank with skunk scent and an array of nozzles set about the perimeter triggered by proximity sensors to prevent anything from sneaking up from behind.

Oh, and either a Stirling engine or a flame licker just because they're neat.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: The non-Hispanic whites

Because governments in the US (state & federal) are concerned about the purity of "white folk" which technically and oddly, as I understand it, includes folk from Portugal and Brazil but not Spain and Argentina. In practice it's a basically a Brownness Scale (B.S.) to determine if you're special in some way. Note that there's almost always another box marked "Hispanic (any race)" to double down on the B.S. in an attempt to be more exclusive inclusive.

I used to try ticking a box that I hadn't ticked before but as I rapidly approach the age of dirt I think I've already ticked them all at one point or another so for the last census I wrote in Inuit+Zulu. Let's be honest, they don't really care and they aren't about to call you on it. "Honest, it's what my parents, Akluitok and Anele, told me!"

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Re: A next step?

Having watched all three robot videos, I'm going to call the paper a joke.

In the interest of saving the rest some time here's my summary of the vids:

Bina48: It appears that poor Bina has had a stroke and has a lazy eye. If you're going to present a bot in a video at least present one that isn't obviously broken and ditch the annoying typed questions.

Nadine: I have to say Nadine is only present for about 30 seconds or less than half the video and it's a bit disjointed but then it's by RT so...

Yangyang: Welcome to a trade show in China! The video is completely in Chinese so presumably aimed at a Chinese speaking audience yet they ignored non-English comments.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Not surprising when you consider their stock price just took a 20% hit to the short and curlys and seeing how Twitty's share price got smacked after they kicked off a few names. There was no way FB wanted to double up by saying yeah, we just decimated our perceived product base. They might come back in a few months or a year or price boost of >15% and say, "see what good do-bees we are, we fixed the intarwebs!" but it isn't going to happen too soon.

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Re: New training rule needed

It also seems to pick out facial hair nicely. Only about 6% of congress has facial hair yet there are clearly 8 in this group who certainly have facial hair and it looks like several others could easily have some stubble that may fool the digital filters.

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In other news

TSA's mother TLA, the DHS, has asked Amazon how quickly they could roll out this technology at every airport in the US. The rationale is that this would do preliminary screening of travelers as they arrive at the curb in order to select individuals for extended groping enhanced screening as they pass through security on their way to their flight.

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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... clinging resolutely to your installation CDs of yesteryear.

I wouldn't say clinging but recently, in searching through a box of old computer miscellany for some odd or end, I did run across install cds for OS/2 3.0, NT4, and Win98SE. Not what I was looking for so I just put them back and moved on to the next box.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: WTF!!

Otherwise every glass of water on the planet would contain a homeopathic remedy for every ailment known to medicine, at really powerfully diluted concentrations, for free.

Unless that glass was filled from a tap in my previous apartment. The water from which smelled more heavily of chlorine than did the swimming pool.

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Meh

Comes as no surprise

not.news

/\.news$/ REJECT

or as appropriate.

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Re: FFS

PhD meaning Piled high & Deep I presume.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: User story

Are you saying they should use a digital format such as TIFF?

Oh goodness no! I was hoping for something far more advanced, like WMF or BMP.

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Re: User story

And that's the main problem with FAX, it's the all too often needed analog line. A modern equivalent would allow one to hit a FAX app on your mobile, take a picture of the document you want, and send it to the person in your contact list. How they choose to receive such communications is of no concern to you whether it be on their mobile, desktop, or some digital FAX-like machine. FAX machines either need to catch up and go digital or be shoved aside.

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Stop

Please tell me they at least changed the default password on the Reaper drones.

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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Yes, you wouldn't count people without broadband since it's an average of broadband speeds not average internet speed per capita or some such. The problem is in using the average which can skew greatly from reality.

Consider a sample of 10 speeds, 4 at 1 Mbps, 3 at 2 Mbps, 2 at 3 Mbps, and 1 at 1 Gbps. The average is 101.6 Mbps which is a poor metric of what people should expect, where the median is 2 Mbps which is much closer to a realistic expectation.

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This sounds like one of the typical situations where average has very little bearing on reality since most people are quite possibly below average. What's the median speed?

While we're at it, can we chop up the larger countries into smaller regions since I'd wager that speeds in San Fran or Arlington, VA are probably somewhat higher than those in Winnett, MT or Angle Inlet, MN?

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Did you know? The word 'Taiwan' would crash iOS thanks to a buggy filter for the Chinese govt

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How are the heads of the Foxconn plants in China supposed to phone home to Taiwan?

Oh wait, I suppose the regular POTS line still works.

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Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code

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Re: Consumer protection

Meh, class actions have always been little more than a way to enrich a few lawyers who claim to be suing on behalf of everyone while knowing full well that everyone will still be just as screwed as they were before and stripped of any hope for real recompense. It's a bit like California's Prop 65 law only not as bad since at least the lawyers in a class action actually have to find at least one person who was harmed in some way where Prop 65 suits don't - see Lawyers v. Coffee.

If Apple were smart they should try to get all these class actions into a single suit since they all represent the same class. It would have the added benefit of cutting into the pockets of all the various lawyers since they would each get a smaller cut and it's likely that a single payout would be smaller than the sum of several payouts should they lose.

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The strange tale of an energy biz that suddenly became a blockchain upstart – and $1.4m now forfeited in sold shares

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Re: "an unnamed Hong Kong resident"

Delaware is where many companies reside simply because it offers a better business climate than most other states as some are downright byzantine and that's especially true for publicly traded companies. If I remember the statistic correctly it's something like half of publicly traded U.S. companies are registered in Delaware so it's likely easier to find people to handle the paperwork.

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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Re: What an idiot

In general people don't think well once they've worked themselves into a froth. Case in point, read this horrible verdict against free speech. I'd wager the angry person who used colorful language directed toward an asshole1 never thought much about the possible outcomes before calling the asshole1 an asshole1.

WTF indeed.

1. I make no claims as to whether he is actually an asshole or not; I am merely expressing my opinion that he is an asshole without intending to cause offense.

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It's not that officials are "special" or "demi-gods" it's because they're in a position to set policy. Making threats of violence to that official or their family in order to coerce or extort a policy position is little different from using indiscriminate violence or the threats of same to influence policy. Please note that the latter tactic, typically known as terrorism, is also a felony.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Easy Enough

Sadly Exactis wasn't so much a breach but, as I understand it, more matter of leaving the database accessible to all and sundry on one of their servers. To me a breach is more when one gets past defenses but it assumes that one at least puts the lid on the garbage bin and it doesn't look like Exactis did even that.

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Koh YEAH! Apple, Samsung finally settle iPhone patent crusade

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Re: But, but.....

Nappies? Come now, their kids are probably working on their third phablet.

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Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

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And with the finding that Exactis left their database open online with 320 million exposed my guess is that soon everyone not already pwned in the US is now on the list. Hmmm, seems their website is down at the moment. I wonder why.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

@Pen-y-gors

How do you know she was two feet away? Being two feet away would be a stupid thing because you could easily be hit by door fragments should he bust it open and be within ready reach of the attacker. Natural instinct would be to get as far away as possible and assume a non exposed position so it's more likely that the shots came from across the room. Also as the door was glass and at the back of the house, probably of the sliding variety which is quite common leading to a deck, so she could easily have see him quite clearly. Moreover, given the area is highly wooded it's unlikely a stray level shot from a .22 pistol would make it through the brush.

Lastly, shooting a warning shot at an upward angle is perhaps the worst possible advice since it means that if the bullet isn't stopped by the door, again glass which she apparently shot through, it now has an upward trajectory which only increases the distance the bullet has the potential to reach as it could potentially clear the near line of trees and decreases your knowledge about where it may wind up. Of course with Goochland having a population density of 77 people per square mile it's probably of little concern even if they live only a few minutes from "down town".

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

Now hang on here! The article doesn't specify which way the plane went. Sure, we assume he went the short way but he could have flown much farther than "half way around the world". The wonderful thing about great circles is that one can choose to go the short way but one can also choose to go the long way. Why the flight from Sidney to LA then on to DC traveling westerly would only be about 3000 miles short of twice around the world.

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Re: Seriously?

I haven't seen anyone "back the Russian government" but the simple fact is that it doesn't make sense for Kaspersky to do what he is being blindly accused of. First it doesn't make sense to even ask for a back door simply because it's likely to be found; this is why the FBI asking for back doors in encryption is so bad. It's much easier to simply walk round a few times until you find the back door. Second, Kaspersky is already doing a great job by the Russian government simply by making a good product and that applies doubly as it often finds little tricks devised by the NSA and friends. Finally, about the only thing he could possibly do is intentionally hobble his own software so it doesn't identify the little tricks devised by the GRU but that would simply lead to the CIA/MI6 copying the style of the GRU so the neither's bag of tricks is detected and that would defeat the purpose. To sum up, at best it's a very short term gain to cheat but a very long term loss and with no evidence either way I have no problem running Kaspersky AV on my machines.

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It's an odd question since I think any government would murder my family and myself without hesitation if they thought it would benefit them. It's likely that the only reason they haven't is because the cost:benefit ratio doesn't work in their favor. Likewise I don't see any cost:benefit working against Kaspersky.

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: something missed...

I have to agree I'm becoming a fan of Gorsuch with nearly every decision. In the long run, I'm beginning to think we in the U.S got lucky with all the shenanigans involving former prosecutor Garland and wound up dodging a bullet.

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Re: Orin Kerr is posting on the subject.

I have to admit this one took me slightly off guard. I had figured Alito, as a former AG, was a given pro-cop and maybe Thomas as a former assistant AG but Kennedy was a surprise. Gorsuch, I think, dissented only because he had a good feel for the rest of the court and knew he could afford to dissent in the way he did.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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I can hear Bezos laughing from here. It's now that much harder and more expensive for small bootstrapped start-ups to compete.

Of course the easy workaround is to provide a link to Fedex, UPS, etc. and have the customer arrange their own delivery. That way the sale is local so the seller only has to deal with one tax rate and if the warehouse is in one of the five states without a sales tax it's avoided completely.

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Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN

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Gut and amend

I for one am shocked! Shocked they took so long that is. "Gut and amend" it's the Cali way.

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Yep, it's a civil action not a criminal action so the police aren't involved.

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: do you believe this to be true?

It must be true since as of 2016 there were 273,539 children taken into foster care with 437,465 resident as of 30 September 2016 and 250,248 exiting. Only about 1/3 were in foster homes with relatives.

It is so bad in some places that some are calling for an end of CPS.

Granted sometimes they just throw a parent in jail for letting a kid play or walk to the park alone or even for oversleeping.

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Meanwhile all over the country folks are having their children kidnapped by state agencies because those agencies believe that children allowed to walk a few blocks home from school by themselves constitutes neglect and deserves removing the children to foster care. Oddly life as a child when I was young was far better in terms of learning responsibility and being granted independence even though all the evidence points to it having been much less safe back then. Then again there wasn't someone screaming "stranger danger" every half hour like a cuckoo clock.

Oh, this makes sense now because it's exactly the same thing. Who could be a bigger stranger than a person from somewhere else? Tariffs and immigrants is just stranger danger writ large.

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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: One upside of the OPM network breech

You got one of those letters too! When the envelope said I had already been approved I thought it was just another credit card. Hmm, I get several of those every week, maybe I should check them out more closely and see what they pay. Shouldn't be anything wrong with a little side hustle, right?

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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Re: Some figures

The figure you want is 40,000 people. At $5.29 a head per week that's $211,600 every week or a cool $11M each year. Kinda makes that whole $25k look more like pocket lint than anything.

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Re: If there's a housing crisis...

There is also the burden of red tape. It's difficult to adjust to housing demand when it takes more than a quarter of a year to get an answer for a permit. Plus if it isn't perfect it's to the back of the queue to resubmit and that's provided everything in Seattle is above board and not like some towns in NJ.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

I'm not sure its even that far. At 30mph every modern (this millennium) saloon car will stop in its own length when doing an emergency stop, provided tyres, brakes, and shocks are working. I could see 40 requiring an extra car length, maybe 2, but an extra 3 car lengths sounds too far to me.

I was basing it on simple math given the 40 mph and 2 seconds to stop while assuming constant deceleration. Simply put x = v0*t + 0.5*a*t^2 where v0 = 40 mph (58.67 ft/s), a = -20 mph/s (-29.33 ft/s^2), and t = 2 s which gives 58.67 and I rounded to 60 feet. Sure, I get the braking king is somewhere around 90 feet for a 60-0 stop (that's over 1.3 g deceleration) but those tests are typically done in near ideal conditions and also measure from the instant the brake is hit which takes the wetware out of the equation. I would expect a typical modern car to manage about 1 g deceleration which works out to about 120 feet from 60, 53 feet from 40, and 30 feet from 30 but as you say there are many other factors which impact that and I'm sure Tesla's recommended 45 psi tire inflation pressure is good for range but probably not ideal for stopping.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

It's less than 2s to impact from the stationary car coming into view by my stopwatch, and the nominal stopping time from 40mph with ABS is 2.0 seconds, so do the math; it's pretty much a guaranteed crash situation.

Actually stopping from 40 in 2 seconds only uses about 60 feet or roughly four car lengths which looks to be about what the Tesla has. My guess is that they staged it so that the Tesla would have just enough distance to stop if it starts immediately and in that respect it is right on the edge of being set up to fail.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

After you realised that the car wasn't going to do anything.

What kind of prat waits for the car to decide? This is exactly the kind of complacency that is the problem.

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