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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

tommyatomic Dealers may not light how tesla fights back. (292 comments)

Tesla could always attempt to burn the dealer down the dealer industry to spite the dealers.

Massive financial incentives would be the best way. I would love to own a Model S. But really what I can afford is more in the price range of a 3 year old Compact Subaru or a Ford. My financial capacity determines my purchase choice. Therefore if Tesla wanted to spite the auto dealers that don't want to play fair: Telsa could also choose not to play fair. They could generate incentives to reduce the opportunities for dealers to make a sale to a customer that really actually wanted a Telsa. Those incentives could come right out of Tesla's so far as I've seen unused marketing budget. Threatening a dozen heavily subsidized customers per banned-state would be a pretty evil start.

Effectively operating off of a theoretical page out of the art of war. Any sale Tesla in a given state generally denies an autodealer a sale; which denies them funds to fight their irrational war against the future.

In hunting terms its called poaching. Unchecked poachers frequently cause significant ripple effect in herd populations. Likewise the Model S lack much if the service issues that cause people to replace or trade in their cars thus denying many future dealer sales.

5 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

tommyatomic Re:I like... (643 comments)

Yet they can afford armored vehicles and military weapons.

I agree with the point it seems like your trying to make but I'd like to point out that the state and municipal police dept arent buying ANY armored vehicles or military weapons. They are actually being given surplus assault vehicles and military weapons for FREE. They still have to buy ammunition and additional magazines though.

Take an MRAP to a metal recycler and junk it to pay for the cameras.

about 2 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

tommyatomic I'd be more concerned with Kids (435 comments)

A simple motion and heat sensor should prevent passengerless cars carrying bombs. This would effectively make driverless cars with remote slowdown command easier for LEO's to disable than the drivered variety.

about 3 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

tommyatomic More information always better than less. (579 comments)

Due to the layout of my city and neighborhood I am regularly a motorist and pedestrian. Is a pedestrian I find the countdown timers to be exceptionally helpful in deciding to cross or not.

As a motorist I find them even more helpful as in my city we are subjected to random length yellow lights. It is never my intention to run a yellow light however in some intersections if you stop for a yellow light you may find yourself sitting at the yellow for up to 15 seconds. When the random length yellows were initially silently implemented there were a rash of rear-end collisions for vehicles stopping at intersections.

I would propose that drivers are entitled to more information rather than less. Drivers should see a countdown for the length of yellow lights as well as Green and Red lights.

This would allow motorists to make educated decisions. Currently drivers compelling their vehicles in a given direction hoping that the deities responsible for fate happen to be in their favor.

The additional information should come at the cost of zero tolerance. Currently we refer to collisions as accidents inferring that fault may not lay with the motorist.
Giving drivers more information should make them fully responsible. Run a red light = lose your license. Run a red and hit someone = go to jail.

Most people I've ridden with who seem compelled to run red lights seem to do so in an effort avoid intersections that dont perform the function of directing traffic but rather provide the function of blocking traffic:. IE light signals that sit red or turn RED with no opposing traffic or pedestrians. Get rid of broken intersections that punish people for obeying traffic signals and new drivers wont learn bad habits/existing drivers wont have bad habits reinforced.

about 4 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

tommyatomic backup training (387 comments)

So these guys apparently had no training on proper backup policies and procedures.

This is definitely a training issue. Clearly no one taught them how to do proper backups or even what a proper backup policy should look like.

I feel bad for them, but at the point that they have done nothing to protect themselves I cannot bring myself to feel too bad.

Why does no one take their backups offsite anymore or backup to a NAS device that backs itself up to something that can be taken offsite?

Backups Backups BACKUPS!!!

about 4 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

tommyatomic with that kinda money (304 comments)

He really could hire multiple private armies and stage an invasion just to make a token appearance @ their Kangaroo court. But inbetween the border crossing of his choice and the prosecutor's office there is likely thousands of iranian troops that are unlikely to surrender.

about 5 months ago

AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

tommyatomic no law against being an a-hole yet. (449 comments)

In this particular situation what did anyone really expect? All loopholes aside the guy was wrongfully imprisoned. Many of his supporters admit the guy was a bit of an a-hole. I cant imagine him not being pissed about what happened and wanting a little compensation. And everyone likes a little righteous retribution. Especially a-holes.

about 5 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

tommyatomic When someone is exceptionally stupid..... (362 comments)

You should always ask what else do they do a complete shite job on.

Jeffrey Gundlach has a god give right to be a complete uninformed tool and has every right to loudly make proclamations that reveal this fact to all that hear him.

Just as I have every right to take his outburst of stupid as a warning.

I need to contact my portfolio manager ASAP and make sure Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach isnt closely associated with anything in my portfolio.

about 5 months ago

SpaceX Injunction Dissolved

tommyatomic load of crap (98 comments)

I read through the final ruling. Its not a ruling. its a sidestep that effectively undermines the executive orders of the president. Each government agency is basically saying that even though executive order 13661 requires them to in no way do any business or pay any money to the russians that they have decided even though Rogozin controls the manufacture of russian rockets that the assorted government agencies assert that they have to first investigate the company in question and they'll let the court know when they get around to it. probably never.

load of crap

about 5 months ago

As Domestic Abuse Goes Digital, Shelters Turn To Counter-surveillance With Tor

tommyatomic physical shelters need electronic shelters too!!!! (133 comments)

If a woman (OR MAN) is in a shelter for the purpose of protecting themselves from physical abuse the original act of which was psychologically scarring then the folks in the shelters need to be teaching those being sheltered some common sense. Stop using socal networking.

I have had multiple female friends and co-workers who have been properly traumatized by stalkers. The absolute first thing I tell them is to close their damn facebook account and wipe themselves off the internet. Social networking is the defacto #1 enabler for stalkers and pedophiles.

TOR is all well and good. But start with common sense and save people from themselves by training people not to use social networking.

In the old days shelters mainly had to worry that some douchebag would publish their address. Or one of the women at the shelter would tell an untrustworthy friend where they were.

Now you have people who nearly post their schedules online in the form of facebook posts, tweets, and foursquare checkins. I would hope the first thing they do is teach people not to enable their perpetrators. Stop using social networking.

about 5 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

tommyatomic NFC jamming anyone? (1374 comments)

It seems overly likely that this watch "smartgun" combo use some kind of near field communications. Whats to stop someone from jamming NFC like the asshat with the cell jammer they caught the other day?

I for one will probably not welcome our new NFC jamming overlords that will with the push of a button disable nearby Smart guns with a simple jamming transmitter.

Now that I'm thinking this through a Jamming device would prevent alot of police caused deaths. Might be a safer time to take up a life of crime.

Also possible that with an NFC hacking program on a Smartphone a criminal might be able to activate a smartgun stolen from a police officer.

This sounds like a brilliant plan. Almost needs a Florida tag on fark.

about 6 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

tommyatomic Re:purchase time (405 comments)

Or you could go the legal route and buy a cheap car for the days when your primary vehicle cant be driven. Odd or even days respectively.

Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

tommyatomic Re:Paranoia (572 comments)

The legal and regulatory risks in doing this are too high to do this sort of data collection.

Almost every company I have worked for has operated off of the malicious assumption that its easier to violate their employees and issue apologies later. They almost always assume its only wrong if they get caught.

Paranoia is only wrong if it is illogical, irrational or lacks a historical precedent.

about 8 months ago

South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

tommyatomic action comedy movie plot? (467 comments)

How is this not an-already-in production buddy-cop movie about the video return police?

Seriously I would almost switch places with this person just to get the chance to evade arrest when the arrest charge is failure to return a vhs tape to a closed business, 9 years after the fact.

about 8 months ago

Paging Dr. MacGyver: Maker Movement Comes To Medical Gear

tommyatomic developed vs undeveloped (61 comments)

Something to think about. Import/export controls, Taxes and Tarrifs.

These exist for almost everything except software/information (non cryptological) and raw materials.

Alot of the obsurd costs of bringing various products into another country are contrived but the useless bureaucracies in the sending or receiving countries.

There are no such costs involved in 3d printing something onsite. In the 3rd world this is huge. When employed people might only make $10 a week, a 45% markup plus packaging and shipping costs means there are a great number of things we take for granted in 1st world nations that people in the 3rd world have only seen photos of.

about 9 months ago

Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons

tommyatomic Re:Did anyone even read this article? (153 comments)

Say it aint so. A researcher proclaiming that consumer tech is susceptible to interference that it is required to be susceptible to by the fcc.

OH GAWD the humanity; sensationalism in the news!!!!!!!!

Seriously the 1st gen AR.Drone had issues not auto-crashing into walls.

The newest version (AR.Drone2.0) has a module called a flight recorder that is just a usb GPS used to program waypoints on a route or automatically send it home.

Sure you could interfere with GPS. By that same logic you could get people to take the wrong freeway exit if they are too dumb pay attention to where they are going.

I must agree with your point about this:


This garbage article is akin to writing about a new samsung phone and confusing it for a story about autonomous humanoid robots. Android

about a year ago

Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

tommyatomic burning dirty lawyers at the stake (488 comments)

Just as Hacking has ethical (Whitehat and Hardware) as well as unethical (Blackhats and all variations) it seems to me that Lawyers likely come in ethical and non-ethical varieties.

After a Lawyer demonstrates unethical behavior there needs to be a monetary bounty placed on them like fugitives. Clearly there are stupid and uneducated judges and unfortunately there are no laws against being stupid. But it takes an unethical lawyer to take advantage of such a judge. I believe cleansing fire should be applied to such an unethical person.

If it was good enough for Witches in the 1600-1700 its good enough for dirty lawyers.

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

tommyatomic Is it that hard not to take it personal? (871 comments)

People regularly accuse the police of being corrupt and stupid when the truth of the matter is the issue is simple indifference. The actual problem is that they are tasked with an unreasonable job with a contemptible performance metric.

The job of the police is simply to arrest someone. That is how they close a case. In the instance where they have someone in an interview room or stop someone on the street or a traffic stop they are looking for anything that they might be able to prove to a degree that a prosecutor could convict you. It doesn't have to be true. They honestly don't care. The majority of crimes are committed by repeat offenders. If they happen to arrest someone innocent thats ok because the guilty party will eventually be arrested for something else.

The defect in the OP argument is that he fails to realize the performance metric that police are measured by. And he clearly fails to reach the conclusion that sending the innocent to jail or prison is bad for society.

The 5th amendment is one of the sole protections that allows the innocent to protect themselves in a situation when the actual guilty party is not known.
The police and prosecutors lose no sleep regarding getting someone innocent to confess to a crime. Even if there is actual evidence that conflict with statements made in a confession. People like the OP watch too many technical procedural crime dramas on TV. Crime dramas that lead people to assume that the police and prosecutors will only arrest and charge someone if all the evidence in a crime fits the person they decide to accuse.

1 year,14 days

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

tommyatomic Really Sad (636 comments)

Its like they want to be bombed back to the stone age just to see what it would be like. Korea's like a retarded kid poking a bully with a stick to see what would happen.

OR put in automotive terms its a D-bag in a souped up golf cart revving the cart in neutral next to an 400hp arial atom because he doesn't realize how massively outclassed they are.

The US has issues dealin with targets moving in the shadows. But give the combined might of the US Army-Navy-Airforce-and-Marines a fixed target with borders and a Flag and the US ambassador will be busy ignoring a UN resolution against reducing a country to glow-in-the-dark rubble before breakfast. N-K has a huge army. I think like 4th or 5th largest. I feel a great swell of pity for the families of the members of the North Korean army.

about a year and a half ago

Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

tommyatomic Do not mess with John Mclaine (570 comments)

Apparently he will shoot you even if he has to shoot through himself to do it. Clearly NOT an "internet toughguy" like apple is used to bullying.

more than 2 years ago


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