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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

stu72 Re: Awesome (283 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

stu72 Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

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 5 months ago

Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

stu72 Re:Large homes (220 comments)

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"

about 5 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

stu72 Words != Actions (544 comments)

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

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.

about 6 months ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

stu72 Re:What's so Hard to Understand? (192 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

stu72 Re:But this price rise is artificial.... (1205 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago

Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

stu72 Carrier Subsidy (291 comments)

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.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?

stu72 Re:Interesting... (349 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

stu72 Re:what progress? (769 comments)

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)

more than 3 years ago

$30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok

stu72 Re:Vulnerable (386 comments)

They generally have a backup inertial navigation system to fall back on if GPS is unavailable.

more than 3 years ago

French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

stu72 Insanity (112 comments)

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.

about 4 years ago

PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

stu72 Re:Oh happy day (449 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Can Large Scale NAT Save IPv4?

stu72 Re:NOOOOOOO (583 comments)


With this logic, you would be against any sort of more efficient process ever developed.

more than 4 years ago

BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

stu72 Re:The myth that they want to "collect the oil" (593 comments)


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.

more than 4 years ago

Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

stu72 Re:No need (586 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Getting Beyond the Helldesk

stu72 Re:That is your job. (474 comments)

too bad he was wrong about the sunscreen.

more than 5 years ago

ARIN Letter Says Two More Years of IPv4

stu72 Re:I want IPv6 support, but ... (266 comments)

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

more than 5 years ago

Automation May Make Toll Roads More Common

stu72 warned? (585 comments)

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

more than 5 years ago

Diet of Fast Food and Candy May Cause Alzheimer's

stu72 Re:Obvious? (224 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago



Conversion Error costs AXA $242 Million

stu72 stu72 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stu72 (96650) writes "TFA only explains, "an error" discovered by a junior programmer and subsequently covered up by senior management. However the SEC report is here: http://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2011/33-9181.pdf and it gives some more details:

"Some Risk Model components sent information to the Optimizer in decimals while other components reported information in percentages; therefore the Optimizer had to convert the decimal information to percentages in order to effectively consider all the information on an equal footing. Because proper scaling did not occur, the Optimizer did not give the intended weight to common factor risks.""

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