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  1. Meh: Boli PC (ENE 16) - They are PSP, but not cranking my tractor. Yeah: Connie A — Simply devine!
  2. JamesKPolkEsq

    In the future ....

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-autopilot-can-now-handle-freeway-interchanges/ Your wife's autopilot can do the very easiest part of her commute: drive on the highway. It can't navigate city streets, or even country roads. The hardest part of the problem is just a glimmer in Elon's eye. Don't believe the hype, we are a really long way away from anything approximating autonomous cars. There isn't even a prototype.
  3. JamesKPolkEsq

    In the future ....

    Consumer Reports among others disagrees with this: https://advocacy.consumerreports.org/press_release/consumer-reports-tesla-must-prove-safety-before-claiming-self-driving-ability/ Tesla's "autopilot" feature is nothing more thanr driver assist features. Elon likes to claim they let the car drive itself while the legal department says NO IT DOESN'T. Getting to 90% self driving is the easy part. The remainder is the part that will take no fewer than 10 years, probably a good deal longer than that. But don't take my word for it, here's Ford CEO Jim Hackett : https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/10/ford-ceo-says-the-company-overestimated-self-driving-cars/ "We overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles," said Hackett, who once headed the company's autonomous vehicle division, at a Detroit Economic Club event on Tuesday. Hackett added that "its applications will be narrow, what we call geo-fenced, because the problem is so complex." If self-driving cars of the fantasy variety were going to work in the near future, or even be close to working, there would be a prototype by now. Not a consumer friendly device. Not "a ready to scale for production device" at non-insane costs. But a machine with 8 billion sensors and 4 tons of computers and whatever else was "necessary" to make it work. We'd have the coast to coast drive that Musk promised 3 years ago even if it took a $100 million decked out car to do it. And they can't do it.
  4. JamesKPolkEsq

    In the future ....

    Hilarious, since self driving cars are decades in the future in a best case scenario. Elon will be pushing up the daisies before self driving cars are ready for primetime in developed countries...
  5. I’m sure it won’t dissuade any Americans who are committed to traveling there. Just diplomatic tit-for-tat.
  6. Here's an in depth look at the relative cost to the environment for electric vs combustion cars.
  7. >Wind and solar is a fad. LOL
  8. JamesKPolkEsq

    Your best cigar of March 2019?

    RASS - was not expecting to be blown away, but it was special.
  9. JamesKPolkEsq

    Your last 90 days "go to"

    Connie A Monte Media Corona
  10. Not too good, not too bad 94.3 to 88.6 - about 6kg However, my running is back on track and I feel great! Thanks Prez for the fun motivational activity!
  11. JamesKPolkEsq

    can someone explain brexit?

    Sheeeeeeee's baaaaaaacccckkkkk...
  12. Keep buying them! You are keeping PL alive!
  13. JamesKPolkEsq

    Are you a GoT lover?

    My money is on the same force that caused the Valarian doom wiping out nearly everything as the end of the series.
  14. JamesKPolkEsq

    Are you a GoT lover?

    The first three books were highly enjoyable, and seemed to have tapered off in quality with the 4th and 5th. I suspect that the 6th will follow the trend (which is why George Martin hasn't released it). The TV series has been great fun to watch, but feels like it will be impossible to have a ending worthy of the whole story. I can't wait wait to see how it all shakes out all the same.

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