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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

shadowrat Re:Preferred the Volt ? (267 comments)

The Volt outsells Teslas. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Go ask those Volt owners if they aspired to own the Volt, if they preferred the Volt or if they settled for the Volt?

i'm sure GM is perfectly happy to have people settle for the volt.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

shadowrat Re:It's true (267 comments)

i don't think the gp's post was equating the tesla with a ferarri. The ferrari is an example of a fringe brand. It's not dominating the auto market place in volume. It has it's core customers and is clearly not a failure of a company. "fringe" is simply a car that isn't for everyone.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

shadowrat There are upsides to paying your own way (182 comments)

I've been sent to conferences numerous times by previous employers. It's great and all. I learned a lot and brought a lot of new skills back to my workplace, but there's a downside to it as well.

Conferences are a great place to network with other employers. Maybe you wouldn't feel the same, but I kind of felt bad about talking to other potential employers while i was there on my current employer's dime. Sure i signed something saying if i left my company within a year, i'd pay them back. Still, it sort of feels underhanded to me.

I feel a lot better about job hunting at conferences if i send myself. Of course, if i really love my job, i'd love it even more if they paid my way to the conference.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

shadowrat Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Bono's latest material is a test run of this new technology. I think the strategy is: make it bland enough and the pirates will ignore it.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

shadowrat what is this even talking about? (112 comments)

How can open source software die? the source is there! Anyone interested in the software has had ample time to get the source. All mozilla or google or any other service is doing is providing some hosting for the git repository. clone it and save it if you care that much about the software. Wringing your hands that and crying all is lost just says you are doing open source wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

shadowrat Re:So, a design failure then. (165 comments)

Not only that, but the stories in I Robot and asimov's use of the 3 laws were not about laying an actual groundwork for how robots should function, but to illustrate that there are always unintended consequences to the laws. While the stories are really about the unpredictable outcomes of the interplay of those 3 constraints, it is kind of fitting that someone going down the road of trying to realize just one law would not quite get what they were hoping for.

the real genius of the stories of course, isn't that robots should have these laws. it's that he was able to so accurately describe the process of debugging software right up to that a-ha moment where you realize that it's actually doing exactly what you told it to do all along. the guy wrote that stuff in the 30's and 40's and i'm still having those irobot moments every day.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

shadowrat Re:Time for new terminology (635 comments)

this is the most rational statement i've ever seen presented on the matter. well done.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

shadowrat Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I think the part about other drivers was the dmv claiming that failure to navigate a roundabout is not grounds for failing a human applicant. This report does more to illuminate how low the bar is set for any driver, machine or human.

about three weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

shadowrat Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I don't expect fully autonomous cars on day one. I'd expect to have to pay attention and take control from time to time, and I can live with all of that. Having to upload my planned routes to google for approval a month ahead of time doesn't really live up to my expectations though.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

shadowrat Re:Great news (269 comments)

My hypothesis is the human's genetics will imbue them with more intelligence than the dog's genetics. My prediction is that the human would be smarter than the dogs. Experiments so far have backed me up.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

shadowrat Re:Great news (269 comments)

Clearly genetics has a very large impact on intelligence. Human DNA seems to yield far more intelligence than any other sequence we've yet encountered.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

shadowrat Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

i drew my line at $100 bucks also, but i added another axis, it's got to be rugged and waterproof enough that i would use it surfing and sailing. I'd also like it do do cool stuff without my phone present.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

shadowrat Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

maybe it's just me, but i don't like wearing anything on my wrist for any activity where i bend my wrist. I've tried even low profile devices like the fuel band and just don't like it. maybe for jogging it's ok, but i can't wear it skateboarding, or biking, or lifting weights. it's not that i can't see uses for it. I can. i like racing sailboats, a timing app would be great, but apple didn't say that my $350 toy is going to survive a dunk in the bay so there's no way i'm wearing it for that. Likewise, I can think of more cool uses for surfing and skating and biking, but again, it just seems to expensive and too vulnerable.

about three weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

shadowrat i'm shocked (261 comments)

shocked i tell you that California didn't think to mandate this first! we are slacking.

about a month ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

shadowrat yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (109 comments)

bone density plummets, muscles atrophy, eyes degenerate. Are we telling this to kids that go to space camp? Being an astronaut is as bad if not worse for your health as playing in the NFL. Of course, i find the former more interesting to follow from the comfort of my armchair.

about a month ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

shadowrat Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

They can cut off phone service in this and other countries but the theft is going to china etc that does not care or the be broken down to parts.

The chinese have iphone parts. They assemble the parts into iphones and sell them to the US. the iphones are then stolen from the US and returned to china. They are broken back into parts and it starts all over again!

What an intricate system! If it's not evidence of intelligent design, i don't know what is.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

shadowrat Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

sometimes automation is preferable to human interaction. I bet comcast would be lauded if they had a phone menu with the option of "press 1 to terminate your service."

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

shadowrat Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Offender: [sobs pathetically] "How am I going to pay my rent or car payment or buy food now? I guess i'll have to start mugging people."

FTFY

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

shadowrat Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

No, the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage). It only takes a moment of critical thinking to realize that punishing non-violence with violence is a product of injustice, not justice.

no, the real crime here is a misleading title that implies he was given 33 months solely for the act of filming a movie with a camcorder.

about a month ago

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