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  1. 5 hours ago, kiko said:

    Years ago we lost a young engineer to Tesla. A couple of weeks ago I managed to recruit him back. If my uncool company is the better alternative, then there must be something wrong with Tesla. 

    From what I have heard it has always been like that with Musk's companies. They prey on the idealism of young people and exploit them mercilessly. After a few years they are burnt out and leave. Of course, this doesn't work for Twitter, as there is no "good cause" young people want to work for.

  2. 35 minutes ago, kiko said:

    What if those men are considered a net loss to the state? They are minorities, prisoners, poor people from far away. The cynics in Moscow might see getting rid of them while gaining a few square meters in Donbas as a positive effect. Once they are no longer available, they can be a bit more careful with the good Russian soldiers. And if they get their goals done, they have traded 10 Asian looking alcoholics for 1 blonde Russian looking kid each.

    This war looks more and more like population control. Finally the great reset, the rights all over the world are dreaming of.

    As horrible as these losses are, they aren't enough to have a big impact on Russia's demographics. There is another advantage to the Kremlin, though. Dead men don't talk. They have committed and witnessed all sorts of war crimes and know the true situation on the front line. Better get rid of them.

  3. 3 hours ago, Parsons said:

    I've seen some twitter footage of some of the cities. It looks like they've been attacked by Godzilla. I fear the death toll will climb since this is winter and they can't rescue people fast enough. The cold plus being trapped for so long will mean a lot of people are slowly expiring.

    Well, on the Syrian side things didn't look so great before the earthquake. There's an ongoing war and has been for a decade.

  4. On 2/3/2023 at 10:32 PM, Iskaral Pust said:

    I wonder if this is a case of Ford paying a big sponsorship fee to watch over the shoulder of the RB engineers as they continue to develop their existing engine platform (originally from Honda), or if this is a re-entry of the Cosworth engine.  The latter seems a big risk for RB to take (even with fuel changes ahead) while they are champions and have the best racing package, but that’s what makes F1 fun.

    The current engine is still developed by Honda. It's just rebadged. The engine for 2026 is Red Bull's own development. Honda isn't evolved. Honda is developing a new engine, too. They will be competitors from 2026.

  5. 53 minutes ago, mormont said:

    It's wild that the only Royal who actually seems to have disappeared from public view and be perfectly happy with that is Edward.

    ETA - although to be fair, I don't follow Royal affairs enough to know he's actually OK with it. Maybe he's like the Eric Trump of the Royal family, desperately trying to be relevant while the world is like 'oh yeah, there was another one, wasn't there?'

    How relevant is Andrew these days? He was the spare when he was young, and there was a big hype about him and Sarah back in the 1980s, but he has been pushed down in the line of succession by Charles's offspring. Would anybody even talk about him without that scandal? Does anybody talk about Edward and Anne? Or Sarah?

  6. 23 hours ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:


    The delivery of Leopard tanks would apparently tilt the balance significantly into Ukraine's favor, as the Leo is apparently superior to Russian models (weapon range of several KM to 1.5 KM). And like I said, he is afraid of the Russians viewing it as German tanks being deployed. (check previous paragraph)

    I don't think range is a criterion, but fire control, sights, and the probability of actually hitting your target, preferably with the first shot, as that will deny them the chance to shoot back. Western tanks are optimised for this, Soviet / Russian tanks ... apparently not so much. Some of the Russian tank fleet has modern fire control (bought from France) but apparently it's not common. Same on the Ukrainian side. Apparently there even is a a lot of indirect fire, i.e. they don't even see their target. It's the same with the artillery. They shoot a lot, but not very targeted. 

  7. 19 hours ago, Ser Scot A Ellison said:

    When did the Russian death count hit 100,000? I can’t believe how fast this is climbing:


    I think the number hit 100,000 around Christmas. Casualty rates have been on this level (i.e. several hundred dead each day) since late summer. They don't get much attention in the media, though. You have to go to Twitter. Neither do we know the Ukrainian losses as Ukraine doesn't publish them.

  8. The real question now is when will we finally send battle tanks? Infantry fighting vehicles and battle tanks don't make much sense on their own on the battlefield. They need to be deployed together to cover each other's vulnerabilities. As for fighter aircraft, apparently those requires extensive pilot training, so we won't see Western planes in the Ukrainian sky any soon. Of course if we had started training them in spring last year ...

  9. Ukraine was in possession of some nukes but Russia held the keys. Ukraine didn't have the resources to maintain those nukes either, so using them as bargaining chips was the maximum they could get out of them. Russia didn't keep its part of the bargain and annexed Crimea, but nobody recognises their claim to it.

  10. 18 hours ago, Zorral said:

    One of the BBC's favorite stories in 2022 (i.e. it's not a current story -- but hey, it's that end of the year thang in the media!).


    McDonald's naturally doesn't like that it is so green so is suing.


    All Mc Donalds say is they want uniform regulations across the country, not individual municipalities making up their own. As for Tübingen's mayor, Boris Palmer, he was recently re-elected. Running against his own party.

  11. There is also the issue of "full self driving." Tesla has been charging for this feature for years, and never delivered.


    So far they have got away with it, but not much longer, apparently. California has made a law that forbids to advertise cars as fully autonomous unless they really are (Teslas aren't).


    There are also criminal investigations:


    There are also lawsuits from customers. Tesla's defence is ... interesting.


  12. On 12/23/2022 at 5:24 PM, Ser Scot A Ellison said:

    What does it say that social media is generally operating at a loss?

    It isn't. At least Facebook isn't. Market cap is down but the company is still doing well. It's more about expectations than actual business figures. Not sure what exactly those expectations were. More growth, obviously, but where that was supposed to come from is anybody's guess. It isn't specific to Meta (Facebook), though. Many tech companies have seen their market cap evaporate over the last year. 

  13. 16 hours ago, JGP said:


    Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
    Nobody knows my sorrow


    The best thing about that whole "stalking incident" is that the kid that Musk claimed had been stalked is named 

    X AE A-XII Musk. 


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