top Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S
I can live with people buying expensive toys they find thrilling. Why I can't understand is why they are allowed on public roads. If you want to drive at fatal speeds, be a real free market guy and build your own roadway to drive it on.
top Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
Why is it the problem that one human is going slower than another? Couldn't the problem be the human that is going faster?
Additionally, it's exceptionally easy to keep up with crowded city traffic on a bike. I would say most days you can easily beat it in fact.
about a month and a half ago
top Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners
Of course this is true.
However there is significant strain of, "more is better" in much of North America, and it leads people to mistake wants with needs. People have lived perfectly happy lives and raised great kids in far less space than many suburban North Americans believe is a bare minimum. It doesn't mean you have to accept this for yourself, just be aware that when your local politician/developer/journalist starts talking about "needs" they might really be talking about "wants"
top Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
Lots of people say....
... They want to use less energy , but drive big SUV's ... They want to eat healthy, but stock up on sugary 'health' beverages Etc Etc
Just because your poll suggests a preference, does not necessarily mean actions will follow.
Product design and marketing has to focus on likely actions, not verbal intentions.
top An Army Medal For Coding In Perl
It's hard to understand because..
a) most people probably have little understanding of military awards outside of hollywood and might be forgiven for thinking they are all given for combat
b) most managers, whether in the military or not, seem woefully clueless about the impact of cumbersome poorly designed systems and the payback on well designed ones (or well designed hacks running on top of the poor system) So that someone even noticed he was more productive, didn't freak out because he did something different, didn't freak out because the different thing involved "programming" *AND* gave him a medal... seems pretty remarkable.
top The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
If you don't think the US should sell oil to foreign markets, why do you think Canadians should? Or Saudi Arabia for that matter?
top Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones
I agree with this 100% but I hope everyone realizes that with no ability to force customers to stick around, there will be a dramatically reduced incentive for carriers to offer subsidies on fancy phones. I think this is fine but I wonder if there will be an uproar when $600 iPhones cost $600 instead of $200 + contract and/or lock.
top Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?
This is a problem of expectations, not economics.
Nobody needs a new car every 3 years, nobody needs 1/4 acre and nobody needs 4 bedrooms unless you have about 12 children, which no one on LI has.
Adjust your expectations and I suspect you could live well on 65k, even on LI.
top Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown
Boric acid is to stop the reaction, there is no indication the nuclear reaction is still ongoing. The issue is residual decay heat can be many megawatts and needs to be dissipated. If they can't dissipate it, mother nature will take of that but the results will not be pretty (molten core, possibly breaching reactor vessel, etc etc)
top $30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok
They generally have a backup inertial navigation system to fall back on if GPS is unavailable.
top French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots
Parking spots in most cities in the world are scarce because they are priced well below what they are worth. By letting demand set the price (i.e. raise it dramatically) you deal with several problems all in one fell swoop:
- parking unavailability - people polluting the air and causing congestion endlessly circling for a cheap/free spot - enforcement of time limits currently in place for free spots - using space age technology to detect free spaces
The tech sounds neat but it's just over-complicating an already over-complicated situation.
top PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months
Telco's have no interest in selling new hardware except as a means to attract new subscribers. Most smartphones sold in North America are heavily subsidized by the carrier, meaning they *lose* money every time they "sell" a new phone. The only people in North American telcos who will be upset at the loss of the upgrade imperative will be their marketing department - they'll lose their easiest grab on people's attention.
top Can Large Scale NAT Save IPv4?
With this logic, you would be against any sort of more efficient process ever developed.
top Chatroulette Working On Genital Recognition Algorithm
ok so it's not the car crash evolving but it works out the same:
top BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill
revenue from 1000 barrels of oil they are collecting with their "straw" = $70,000/day
Cost to BP in the last 30 days for cleanup, drilling, etc = $33 million/day (http://blogs.wsj.com/source/2010/05/13/bp-cause-and-effect/)
Cost to BP if they don't get this sorted ASAP and scenes of oil slicked beaches up the eastern seaboard galvanize support to ban offshore drilling = priceless
I'm sorry but the idea that the "straw" is any sort of attempt to goose revenue from this situation is ludicrous.
As poster said, this hole is toast and everyone knows that. It cannot be rehabilitated or repaired.
top Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys
I can assure you that 99.9999% of Windows users have no idea what Control or Alt are for, or that you can accomplish anything at all without a death grip on the mouse.
top Getting Beyond the Helldesk
too bad he was wrong about the sunscreen.
top ARIN Letter Says Two More Years of IPv4
99.99 % of the people on the internet:
- do not read /. - have no idea what end-to-end connectivity means - have no idea they don't have it with ipv4
top Automation May Make Toll Roads More Common
I fail to see why toll roads are a bad thing. The license plate photo idea has privacy and authentication concerns, but the economic case is rock solid.
I drive and I have driven on toll roads. Drivers, including myself, need to pay their way, that means as roads (supply) stay static, and demand (drivers) increase, prices to use those roads should go up high enough to either encourage more supply (infrastructure investment and/or private roads) and discourage demand (people realizing that cars suck).
There is a planned parking change in my city to have variable parking pricing. The price will continue to go up, until 15% of spaces are free at any given time. I think it's fabulous and should be applied to all drivers as some sort of traffic/congestion fee. Based on size of vehicle and continually jacked up until traffic decreases to your city's target level.
Everytime I've driving a toll road it's been a pleasure, as the high price kept traffic down and it was immaculately maintained. I would prefer to see all roads toll roads, it would be the fastest way to:
- reducing / eliminating traffic deaths - reducing pollution - eliminating congestion - eliminating noise pollution - eliminating road rage - increase health/exercise
top Diet of Fast Food and Candy May Cause Alzheimer's
While I agree with the suggestion we should tax/control/ban the shite food, where does the impression that fast food is cheaper come from?
I can't think of single comparison between meals made at home from groceries, where the per meal cost would come in below a fast food restaurant. You could certainly argue that healthy restaurants are more expensive than crap restaurants, but the real issue is eating in restaurants, not the cost of the food.
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