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 #49095  by Ronzuki
 Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:07 pm
:lol: :lol: :lol:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrew ... 1c03a67c18

where's the ROFLMAO smiley when ya need it....it just keeps getting better and better....
 #49114  by Ronzuki
 Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:20 pm
poor elan...

https://seekingalpha.com/article/425288 ... _rec=false

Several interesting points of light in the article. One of many I find interesting is: fewer cells in an EV's batteries...that can't be a good thing...for the consumer.
 #49358  by Ronzuki
 Thu May 23, 2019 10:32 pm
https://www.foxnews.com/auto/consumer-r ... ent-driver

Not that I'm a huge Consumer Reports fan or anything, but....
 #49361  by KuroNekko
 Fri May 24, 2019 4:07 am
Ronzuki wrote:https://www.foxnews.com/auto/consumer-reports-compares-teslas-autopilot-to-a-student-driver

Not that I'm a huge Consumer Reports fan or anything, but....


Without a doubt, Autopilot is not a better "driver" than an experienced and attentive human. However, not all humans drive in an optimal state. I'd much rather be driven by Autopilot than a human with a BAC of over 0.08 of which there are thousands on the road at any given moment. Machines will incontrovertibly improve and not get drunk, high, tired, or distracted. As for humans? Walk into any municipal courthouse to get a sense of how so many drive and those are only the ones who got caught.
 #49366  by Ronzuki
 Fri May 24, 2019 7:18 pm
KuroNekko wrote: Machines will incontrovertibly improve and not get drunk, high, tired, or distracted.


Umm... yeah, don't bet on that. When one of our major U.S. automation control component suppliers, just this week, stated to me they wanted to start charging for call-ins relating to the unbelievable increase in their pre-mature failed components for return across the spectrum of their 'programmable' components (you know, to deter people from making claims...just buy another one), you had better think twice about that misguided thinking. You see, I spend much of my day, everyday dealing with this non-sense as opposed to doing something productive and billable. Do you know why? Cheap, cheap, cheap...make it cheaper (and do more). Something has to give.

Here's what happens, in the real world, when automation isn't designed properly, applied properly and/or fails:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfK2KS0aSKY

2,500 pound 'top' running amuck, drilling holes in concrete, obliterating everything in its path.

Automated automobiles will be no different, as are airplanes, trains, or anything else that gets automated...and forgotten about.
 #49464  by Ronzuki
 Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:38 pm
This from my colleague's commercial pilot friend. The guys in the left seats of anti-gravity machines tend to be concerned with these sorts of 'anomalies', as one of our automation suppliers likes to term these ever-increasing incidents...cars, planes, industrial equipment, home appliances, Alexa, your PC, whatever... makes no never-mind, the philosophy is absolutely no different in the end as the guy's last sentence would indicate.

It's not simply a Boeing thing - this is a systemic failure of the current mentality towards technology and automation.
Turns out, it also happened with an Airbus aircraft, as well, although it didn't make the press. Well, the code worked in the lab!
It's hard to believe that we're hearing so many things about bad software where human lives are at stake and very few people think that this is a real problem. Autonomous cars, vertical flight vehicles, airplanes, etc - it's all based on how well the code was written and/or tested (or usually not). The latter is probably not considered to be important - just test it with living human beings. It is a real problem and people are generally stupid or uncaring.

https://www.airlineratings.com/news/air ... -incident/
 #49481  by Ronzuki
 Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:34 am
whoopsie.... hmmm wonder whose GPS devices are deployed in the autono-bot vehicles?
Absolutely LOVE the "fix"...for the 'event'...that was a scheduled 'update' (update is a term for a f**k-up's fix btw).

Pilots, OEMs Dealing with Collins GPS Issue
The GPS signal disruption that has affected certain Collins Aerospace GPS-4000S receivers has caused flight delays and groundings, in part because some of the affected aircraft do not list GPS on their minimum equipment lists (MEL) or some aircraft require two working GPS receivers to dispatch.
Collins described the problem as follows: “The root cause is a software design error that misinterprets GPS time updates. A ‘leap second’ event occurs once every 2.5 years within the U.S. Government GPS satellite almanac update. Our software's timing calculations have reacted to this leap second by not tracking satellites upon power-up and subsequently failing.” A scheduled almanac update with this leap second was distributed on Saturday, “and the failures began to occur after this event.”
Collins is recommending that if you have not powered up your units, leave them off until after June 16, 2019, 00:15Z,” when the next almanac update is scheduled to occur.
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