Trivial Hacks Disable Driverless Taxi Infrastructure

Calling it their “Week of Cone”, residents of SF reduced the threat to the city from renegade “driverless” vehicles by gently placing a traffic cone to completely shut them down. It had all the hallmarks of the extremely successful SFMTrA movement of 2016. As you may recall, Tesla’s “driverless” software back in 2016 murdered two … Continue reading Trivial Hacks Disable Driverless Taxi Infrastructure

Panasonic Announces Solid State Battery for 2027 Toyotas

Toyota’s recent announcement regarding their solid-state batteries has caused a stir in the electric vehicle (EV) market, with the company positioning itself as a front runner in revolutionizing the industry. The credit for this breakthrough largely goes to Panasonic, as acknowledged by Toyota’s PR team. Toyota is developing the solid-state batteries through Prime Planet Energy … Continue reading Panasonic Announces Solid State Battery for 2027 Toyotas

British Ship Money: 1630s Origins of “Taxation Without Representation”

Where does the popular phrase “no taxation without representation” really come from? John Hampden, who ignited a resistance against the King of England, is arguably the source. The modern belief — a government should not tax its populace unless represented — was developed in the years leading to English Civil War, following Hampden’s very public … Continue reading British Ship Money: 1630s Origins of “Taxation Without Representation”

“If you really need a car, buy an old one and use it as little as possible”

Rowan Atkinson has some brilliant things to say about why nobody should be in a rush to buy an electric car. In terms of manufacture, [modern ICE] cars have paid their environmental dues and, although it is sensible to reduce our reliance on them, it would seem right to look carefully at ways of retaining … Continue reading “If you really need a car, buy an old one and use it as little as possible”