When manufacturers start adding new features to their products–especially “new technology” or “digital”–it is usually wise to let your neighbors buy it and try it out before you buy it yourself.
This is especially true of items that are particularly valuable or potentially dangerous, should some malfunction occur. Remote car starters, for example. Or electronically controlled ovens.
H/T Dave Barry’s Blog.
This week’s poem of the week is “My Creed.” We have selected this mostly for its educational value rather than its standing as art. As hard as it is to believe now, this type of stuff was regularly published in newspapers some 70 years ago. Nowadays, it would be impossible to imagine something like this being published in mainstream newspapers.
Wired has an article that demonstrates why Indy races are–or at least were–lame. The drivers considered it too dangerous to race side-by-side. It is dangerous. If you want to drive safely please visit the public highways. We could always use more safe drivers out there.
Things are beginning to improve. Indy racers now have a power-up button. It is a nifty trick based on telling the engine to stop wasting power on the alternator for a few seconds. The system still needs work, however. Rather than awarding a set number of these power-ups based on timing alone, they need to activate this ability based on a driver passing over a specific part of the track. There needs to also be a chance to acquire the ability to selectively target and slow down another driver. And an electromagnetic accelerator that just takes a car that passes into it and accelerates it another 100 mph or so. And missiles would be cool, tool.
Wired’s article on how to dissappear doesn’t really answer the question, but it does make it plain that the only thing truly difficult is willingly leaving everything that used to be your life behind–permanently.