I'm sorry to say to those who think Elon Musk is a real-life Tony Stark, but from the beginning his "full self-driving" has been about one quarter dreamy hope and three-quarters fraud. Since he took out the radar and still refuses to use lidar, the fraud proportion, in my opinion, has grown.
Jason Kottke writes, "12-year-old Jason would have run through a wall to be able to play with something like this" and I'm with him.
Even as someone who spent his career in academia, I find this account of ruthless, petty, nearly insane behavior almost unbelievable.
Some clever and some I had not heard before. Three examples:
Shaker’s Law of Departure – “Those who egregiously announce their imminent departure from an Internet discussion forum almost never actually leave.”
Shank’s Law – “There is no idea so batshit insane that you can’t find at least one PhD scientist to support it.”
John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory – Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad
And one I had and still like:
Brandolini’s Law - "The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude larger than to produce it."
I can recommend, "Eponymous Laws Part 3: Miscellaneous," too.
I'll quibble a bit with Charles Murray and "a lot of others". Of the ones I've read I think A Conflict of Visions is his best book.
My complete ignorance of farming was revealed in how surprising I found it that for the whole Midwest, the answer is soybeans.
I apologize for the delay in my Monday and Tuesday posts. I was, and am, ill. But the rest of this week's posts are done and ready to be put up on schedule using this wonderful Typepad software. I hope for no further (at least no further unannounced) delays.
I think this is pretty well done and if it has the intended effect, good on Arnold.
It's just such a shame. But take heart, Seattle residents: at least you're providing an excellent cautionary example for the rest of the country.