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  • The final cut of TMC Podcast #34 is available now with topics timestamped. We covered Tesla's rollercoaster prices, Toyota pushing junk science, Mike's new Model 3, Optimizing track mode for snow driving, FSD V11 apparently coming by the end of this week, and more. You can watch and check out the chat replay on YouTube.

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  1. linux-works

    Phantom Braking

    completely canceled out by all the negative progress. for this to WORK, it has to be lots of nines. this is not fb or twitter where software can be sloppy and 'oh well!' no one gets hurt. this - people get hurt if you write the software poorly. stakes are high. if you cant get enough nines...
  2. linux-works

    Phantom Braking

    I truly believe that if we add more intelligence and shared knowledge, this can be minimized. I'm talking about v2x. vehicle to anything radio comms. imagine a series of cars that have this and each actually has a different brain (brands) and so their code and object ID algorithm is slightly...
  3. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    remember how elon said it would drive across the country to come get you and pick you up. yeah. about that, elon ....
  4. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    today, I was tailgated by some asshat driving a MB. so close to me, I tried to give him a hint that this was - uhhh - not so bright. I braked a few times to give him the idea but he just would not get it. he insisted on tailgating me. the PB is probably what will push me over the edge and...
  5. linux-works

    Politics - Quarantine Thread

    its quite different. elon rules and no one can argue with him. I've heard from people who worked with and under him. you dont want to be around that guy and working under him. he sets the whole feel of the company and its rotting. its clear. yes, a ceo who is toxic has that kind of effect...
  6. linux-works

    Phantom Braking Needs to be Reported and Fixed

    the solution is to buy 'caution! student driver!!' stickers. I hate that idea, but I see value in it. on a tesla, the car is always in student driver mode if there's any automation going. btw, I just had my first really bad PB event today. I used to say that living in the bay area meant that...
  7. linux-works

    Politics - Quarantine Thread

    well said.
  8. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    how much for a properly VGER'd car? one with the antenna fused to ground? dont give elon any ideas - seeking the creator or otherwise. but more and more, I'm thinking vger had the right idea about its own antenna.
  9. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    when I said 'are doing this' I meant the software guys are writing (or the beancounters are buying) the OTA feature and integrating it. its not a matter of 'if' but 'when' for every single one of them. they see lots of up-side to it.
  10. linux-works

    Suspected repeater camera defect that affects FSD performance

    redundant camera with shutters, ND filters, wipers, heaters and diversity is expensive. elon is a cheap MF. he wont order his minions to use better quality sensors. they cost money, afterall. you guys are being nickle and dimed to death by this company. you do realize that, right?
  11. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    I have to grab hold of something with my hand, on the back of the screen, to steady my hand while the car is in motion, then I can use fingers to select the button on the screen. overall, its NOT IDEAL for driving! well, duh. we all knew this. the largest 'bigliest' elephant in the room -...
  12. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    its not very good, actually. look how long it takes to roll out updates to people. its just barely working and overextended, from my POV. all the vendors are doing OTA. its really not anything special anymore and it will be part of all 'connected cars' as the vendors work out the bugs and...
  13. linux-works

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    given the chevy bolt problem and the fact that GM is now on the hook for billions due to its *contractor* (no matter how large they are) - yes, I find it quite ok to ask to tour and keep inspecting your subcontractor's buildings and work styles. when so much is on the lline? yes. and when...
  14. linux-works

    Suspected repeater camera defect that affects FSD performance

    the idea that you can throw any low res garbage at NN and it will 'sort it out' - that's pure rubbish. low res data in ==> low res outputs. adding junk almost never helps (dither is one case, but this isn't that case). please stop apologizing for tesla. light leaking in WILL affect the...
  15. linux-works

    Suspected repeater camera defect that affects FSD performance

    those look like vias (a via is a plated thru hole that joins pcb layers). so light goes thru a via? never heard of that before. and yes, that's a design defect even though I'll have to say, its an unusual one. and it should be replaced under warranty. the cameras are not for people, they...
  16. linux-works

    Everything wrong with V11 update / user interface.

    it depends, though; in fact, there is no such thing as upgrade or downgrade - its just a firmware flash and optional data-convert. that's the rub, if you 'upgraded' and some structures changed (new fields added or changed) then the upgrade process always has to clear or convert from old to...
  17. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    there's a concept of 'valet mode' where you give limited functionality to valets. I'd like to see that, about dealerships/installers/etc. ie, just because you have access to my lcd display and TS, does not mean you have the RIGHT (by me) to press anything you want. wow, that's a patentable...
  18. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    more and more, I wonder if its time to "go VGER" and short the lte antenna input to gnd via 50ohms. if I could easily clip the write-enable line (lol, there is no such thing, you think this is SCSI?) I would do that, too, to keep my 2 year old UI intact. my radar works, I get no PBing at all...
  19. linux-works

    Everything wrong with V11 update / user interface.

    moving bits around in sprites via 'video card' hardware has has nothing to do with voice recognition and keeping huge dictionaries locally is against their whole 'connected car' push. they need fast video hardware to make the moving bits not take up 'user' cpu time. but there is no such...
  20. linux-works

    Can Tesla add Radar Back at a Later Date?

    IF tesla took vision diversity seriously (redundant and different angled cameras to avoid blinding in sun), IF they had defrosters and wipers on the cameras and if they had ND filters to help with dyn range issues, and ALSO extreme lighting all around to aid the vision, then maybe we could talk...
  21. linux-works

    Can Tesla add Radar Back at a Later Date?

    so far, all I've read and seen about the vision-only cars is: you dont want one of those if you have a choice for a radar equipped car. has anyone found ANY data that shows vision-only is in any way, better? I cant' find even a story online that says the driver found that the vision car was as...
  22. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    I'll tell people what I can, because they should have some awareness about this whole thing. they need to know that vendors are not legally required to disclose a thing to you in terms of their true data privacy. there's no law forcing them and they wont simply volunteer it.
  23. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    I can tell you that some companies are forced to upload footage and audio (and other telemetry) in some countries. you can guess which countries those are. this is a fact although I wont be able or willing to prove it, for many reasons. those who work in the field will know this but no one...
  24. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    no, it means that everyone wants to say they are secure and almost none are. the true default, given how the market HAS BEEN, is to assume that the implementors and also the designers have missed many security holes. it also means that companies have no reason to tell you anything close to the...
  25. linux-works

    $12K for FSD is insane

    its common in the security industry to assume this is a complete and total lie unless you've verified it or someone you trust, has. I seriously doubt that it stays on your car, for all time, no matter what. only lte sniffing would prove it, and that's way beyond what most people can do. trust...
  26. linux-works

    Startled by computer taking over braking [Automatic Emergency Braking]

    I've said this a few times and I'll say it again. if you had a warning light on your car, like an indicator of some kind (an external telltale) that shows other drivers that you are in non-human (mix, etc) mode. that and some driver education and PR campains (even laws, I'd like that, tbh)...
  27. linux-works

    Brad Templeton's F rating of Tesla's FSD

    I once worked at a bay area company in the early 90's that had "alpha ... beta ... codefreeze!" on the group tee-shirt. sort of an inside joke, but its more than just a few one-offs. its becoming the norm.
  28. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    I also used to eagerly wait for updates and then sit in my car very early in the AM, drive to where wifi was at its best near my apartment and then get the update. after xmas 2 years ago, I hesitated and glad I did. since then, nothing useful has been added (imho) and tons of things went...
  29. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    what was that movie - was it a star trek episode - where the robot or radio fused its own antenna. vger, that's what I was thinking of. more and more, sending LTE to 50ohm groundville is sounding better and better ;)
  30. linux-works

    IIHS implementing new safeguard rating for advanced driver assist systems

    good point - WHY does there have to be a hard mode where its ON or OFF? it should just gravitate toward lane centering when it can, like a gravity 'snap'. and if the car is so smart like elon keeps bragging, it should not be hard to know if its supposed to be centering or if a driver is...
  31. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    within 2 years, there will be quite a few good alternate choices to the tesla for ev's. so far, I keep x'ing out of the nags and I have not ever been forced to take an update I didn't want (note, I'm not on the advanced button mode track, so maybe that matters; but I still get downloaded...
  32. linux-works

    How to route ethernet along the outside wall to gateway

    why not use a wireless bridge to connect 2 lan cables (that use wifi to wifi as a link). I use that to cross a room boundary where I can't drill a hole. its called bridging (also other terms but that's the main one). wireless bridge.
  33. linux-works

    Tesla Orlando claiming front license plate mounts can no longer be removed?!?

    when I got my m3 about 2 years ago, the front plate (which is REQUIRED IN CALIF.) was just in the trunk, in a bag, brand new. I never installed mine and its never been on my car in all the years I've owned it. (I dont park in areas where metermaids do their thing and that's the only real worry...
  34. linux-works

    How do you feel about Tesla's 2-5 year prospects in the EV market?

    been in too many hw/sw companies to count and seen it time and time again. rise, peak, hubris, decline. "believe it if you need it, or leave it if you dare"
  35. linux-works

    How do you feel about Tesla's 2-5 year prospects in the EV market?

    all the new electrics will have the feature set that compares to the lane assist and all that. beyond the assist features, tesla is no closer to level 5 than they were, well, ever. game is over and 'assist' is all you can expect until some new breakthru (like v2x, but no one seems to take that...
  36. linux-works

    Tesla Orlando claiming front license plate mounts can no longer be removed?!?

    it wont get BETTER, as tesla gets older. you think its worth putting over $100k into a car, when they treat you like this? walk away. to pay tesla that much and be treated like that - just walk away. some other brand would love your money, more. elon does not care anymore.
  37. linux-works

    How do you feel about Tesla's 2-5 year prospects in the EV market?

    peak tesla has been passed. its all downhill from here. as one fades, others will rise. (then they will fade, over time). its how life is. tesla had a reasonable run but their ego is clearly in their way. they show zero signs of changing or fixing that. always remember: if you stop...
  38. linux-works

    Holiday Update (2021.44.25.2)- A Big Disappointment

    at the very least, I hope this lesson teaches people to be more shy about just taking updates based on manuf. 'trust us' nonsense. perhaps if tesla saw a downturn in their installations from OTA updates, they'd get the message. they wont change, but they'd get the message. what little it...
  39. linux-works

    Suggestions for V11 Rework/Improvements

    given tesla's bad behavior, I'd even want lock-out areas where I can ensure my icons or buttons stay stable no matter WHAT tesla decides, later. almost like - well - I'm claiming some of the space I on my screen - the very one that's inside the car that I BOUGHT and OWN. having to ask or beg...
  40. linux-works

    Holiday Update (2021.44.25.2)- A Big Disappointment

    its why I wont even take my car in for anything less than a major no-drive situation. there are some things I'd want to get done, but I'm holding off. forever, essentially. my warranty ends in less than 2 years and once I get close to that (or maybe before, market dependant) the current tesla...
  41. linux-works

    Understanding The Decline In Tesla’s FSD Take Rate

    are humans discrete or continuous? lets see; elon is rarely discrete and he is known to rant on and on, continuously. I change my mind. proper usage is less, not fewer.
  42. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    they could do this and make it safe (from an api POV but also functional safety) - but they'd have to invest a lot of their staff to this and that might cause some farts or light shows to be delayed for next year. sigh. they wont open it for lots of reasons, some of which I actually agree...
  43. linux-works

    Music randomly blares from speakers at full volume

    a sensible tesla engineer would realize that its range-testing issue that is also being ignored. NEVER would it be ok to have vol == 100. just never. if you see that, just mute it or set it to 10%. setting it low, if in doubt, wont ever shock a driver. the other way, will. its just a few...
  44. linux-works

    Thoughts on phantom breaking after a 5800 mile roadtrip

    it is such a hard problem, to ensure that auto-braking is fast when you need it, but does not trigger falsely, otherwise. I bet you could have a whole company do research on this and they would still have trouble getting it right enough to be good enough for daily use. so many areas are harder...
  45. linux-works

    Music randomly blares from speakers at full volume

    yes, it didn't know me and I had to login again. I never logout of the tesla app and I rarely even reboot my phone. as you can guess, I have a total of like 5 apps on my phone. I dont trust apps and I dont install things I dont 100% need. so yeah, some cred key got deleted somehow (not me, I...
  46. linux-works

    Phantom Braking Needs to be Reported and Fixed

    they claim 'fusion is too hard, we give up on radar'. and things got worse, not better. they had a long time to work on this, too. a REALLY long time and some big ass supercomputer, too, right? more money than god. they can hire anyone they want (well, in theory) so what's the problem...
  47. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    it happens to most of the bay area companies. its hard to retain people and companies don't do themselves any favors in how they treat their hires. so, there is no loyalty (or virtually none) and there is a lot of churn. when the code grows in complexity and the writers are all gone for...
  48. linux-works

    v11 software update SUCKS

    when there was a 'big update' that tesla wanted you to install, I'd get the nag. I'd refuse it (x-out of it) and in a few weeks, it would time out and stop bothering me until the next big update. this is with no wifi creds entered or known to the car. the current nag wont go away, I have to...
  49. linux-works

    did anyone get blasted by bach tocata on entry?

    oh man, in 2 years this finally happened? and, uhm, if you can just wait it out and turn down the volume, what was the point? I wonder what triggered it? again, I do not do updates, so this was not due to *anything*. freaking weird! sorry to keep saying this, but this is absolutely my last...
  50. linux-works

    Music randomly blares from speakers at full volume

    last time I updated the app was easy over a year ago. I just dont update android, pretty much, ever. updates break things. I dont take updates if I can help it (on linux, entirely the opposite)

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