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First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg

First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg
First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg

It's a perfect car for that country. You can get from one side of the country and back on one charge.

I'm guessing that's not a completed version, it looks way to comfy and spacious to be a police car.

That's just european cops being a tiny bit nicer.

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower
AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now ...

AMD has had that on lockdown for years...heats the whole room!

Why not install the pc in your chair to warm your buns?

Do companies still have the server farm that warms your house? I was hoping that's still a thing.

because that would probably burn your ass considering the amount of time people play on computers (unless there's a toggle switch which prevents that)

Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from tuberculosis . . . and where we have a cure for HIV.”

Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from tuberculosis . . . and where we have a cure for HIV.”
Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . wh...

Not sure why there is so much hate on Bill. It's well known he donates a significant amount to various causes regardless if the amount appears small compared to his earnings

I agree. I think people are just disgusted with the super wealthy at this point. But if they were all like Bill Gates, it would be a different world. He's undeserving of the hate.

Let's face it, we're lucky to have Bill Gates. The majority of people would not be near as charitable as him, and he always strikes me as a nice guy. (Although to be fair, you've got to imagine that someone that rich can afford pretty good PR guys).

I would settle with considering a world where staying healthy does not cost you all of your retirement savings.

What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check From the Government? - “With the U.S. facing growing income inequality, a tenuous health-care system, and the likelihood that technology will soon eliminate many jobs, basic income has been catching on again stateside.”

What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check From the Government? - “With the U.S. facing growing income ...

I think people vastly overestimate the number of people who would sit at home and do fuck all with UBI.

I'm a pretty good anecdotal argument for UBI.

I was wounded in the military and as such, I get a check for about $1500 a month from the government. That's enough to live on. I'm not living well, but I'm not poor.. I'm not eating steak and lobster. But I'm not going hungry, I have a roof over my head, and I can pay the bills.

Technically, I could sit on ass and just wait to die. However, you get bored to fucking tears after a while.

So I got a job. It gets me out of the house and allows me to have human interaction.

What more, I'm not afraid of losing my job, so I'm more apt to take risks and experiment with efficiency. Which has led to a huge increase in efficiency in my department.

None of this would have happened if I thought that I would starve to death or be homeless if I made waves at my job.

Look, if you give out free money, you're always going to have the giggling stoner that'll just collect a check and never get off the couch. But that's a small subsection of the population.

I think the more common story will be more like mine. You'll get an entire country of people willing to take risks and could possibly lead to an incredible Renaissance of creativity and innovation.

Honestly I'd rather have the giggling stoner stay home than come in to work and fuck up all the work I've been doing.

I'd also really love it if people weren't afraid to take their damn sick days instead of coming in and getting the whole office sick.

If everyone had money to live on, less people would take shit jobs out of desperation. Those shit jobs would have to raise their salaries to find workers.

Or just automate, which is already happening.

Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum wages rise

Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum wages rise
Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum ...

Protecting cashier jobs is like protecting coal jobs. They were a super viable minimum wage job. They're not going to be. Instead of trying to stop the change, we should be leaning in and planning for it. They are not the most stimulating or rewarding jobs, and the things people do get out of it exist in other more trained spheres. We need to be training the people doing these jobs for jobs that will still be needed, where they can be valued rather than keeping than for something where they are mostly equivalent to, but more expensive than a machine.

We're catapulting into a post-labor model but our economy hasn't figured out what to do when a person's sole value isn't as a measure of units of labor.

The entire fucking point of human progress has been to get more done with less. Ideally we'd see this for what it is: the creation of more leisure time. But the economy has no fucking clue what to do when it doesn't "need" you anymore.

Well, we have fuckloads of people that we don't need doing labor. "Creating jobs" is a bullshit aphorism to pacify morons. But the current economic model is still propping up the billionaires and so they will keep it going until the world burns down.

Fuck, this shit gets me heated.

Edit: fuck me I'm getting a lot of replies. I really want to discuss this more with a lot of you, but I just got off a 12 hour shift laboring (haha get it) to help keep people from dying. I'm gonna try to catch up some tomorrow.

Humans working point of sale retail are going to be decimated once the post-millennial "ipad" generation hits the prime retail 20-30 demographic.

Those kids are going to have absolutely no hesitation ordering from a kiosk or app- and probably will actually prefer it.

The kiosks already exist at newer places in Chicago. I went in to a stir fry place the other day and you ordered from a kiosk. From a software development point of view interactive food ordering systems aren't complex to write. A lot of places already have online ordering and could ad-hoc use similar systems. I think a lot of the delay is companies don't think to do it or don't know how to start. An example would be Chipotle that could trivially use a kiosk ordering, but they choose to take orders by voice and run the card for the customer after ordering.

The only thing that matters at CES is this self-driving Pizza Hut delivery van - “Toyota and Pizza Hut teamed up to announce a partnership that could have the latter delivering hot and fresh pizza to your door without a driver.”

The only thing that matters at CES is this self-driving Pizza Hut delivery van - “Toyota and Pizz...

Just as long as it doesn't run over an innocent pedestrian and lead to an insurance claim that uncovers a murder leading to another triple homicide

My door isn’t at my curb. How exactly would a hot and fresh pizza get the extra 20 yards? Please be R2D2.

I would walk outside my house if only to save the tip.

I have sympathy for your pizza delivery person then.

China built 2000 meter long solar highway with transparent concrete over solar panels

China built 2000 meter long solar highway with transparent concrete over solar panels
China built 2000 meter long solar highway with transparent concrete over solar panels

I'm curious how they expect the concrete to stay transparent.

It seems to me that the bigger story here is the transparent concrete. As in, transparent concrete exists?

It can produce energy but it's far more efficient to just lay standard panels next to the highway instead of making the highway out of panels. This is far more expensive, requires more maintenance, and produces less power with zero benefit other than saving some surface area, which China has in abundance.

Sorry to say but China does things like this often without thinking it through.

So someone is actually trying it. Let's see how it goes.

Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars

Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars

It will change the game for porsche and nothing else tesla already did that not just for electric cars but all cars. Nuff said

If you mean Model S, then no, it won't, at least not in terms of performance.

If you mean the new Roadster, then HELL NO. Porsche E can barely achieve 3.5s acceleration. Roadster's acceleration is almost half that. Model S' is also lower by about a third.

You mean they rival a 5 year old car while falling behind on half the stats? I am truly amazed.

They will surely rival Tesla's new model. Also, unlike Tesla Porsche can deliver it's product in time thanks to their years of experience with mass production.

Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to eco...

I’ve always wanted a Mr Fusion!

That being said, why does anyone need to put the extraneous “the” in front of Ohio State? Is there another smaller one I don’t know about?

pretty much 100% of things i read on this sub never happen or hear about again

That's because it can take 10/20 years for these things to be perfected and ready for mass use. Also every single discovery is important even if it doesn't make it to that point. Science is about building our collective knowledge not just creating products. Back propagation which is used in a lot of neural networks for training was discovered decades after the first generation of AIs was created by two mathematicians working on something completely unrelated. But these two discoveries combined to give us many modern AIs. tldr quit your whining.

Fossil fuel should stay in the ground. If needed, CO2 should be captured from the atmosphere. Hopefully nobody invests in this technology instead of investing in true carbon neutral or better technologies. Wind and solar energy is affordable. I am surprised that there is so litte talk about flow batteries where the electrolyte can be replaced: - Longer battery life time than solid state batteries. - Less danger of explosion or fire compared to solid state batteries. - No need to modify the electric grid to charge solid state batteries of cars. - The electrolytes could be recharged in windy or sunny regions and transported like oil to other regions. AFAIK the only problem is the size of flow batteries.

Try one of these subthreads