Tesla Model S Software Update v6.0 arrived!

evstories:

[From Tesla Blog]

The Software v6.0 update introduces traffic-based navigation and commute advice, provides an in-car view of daily schedules, enables location-based air suspension settings, and allows owners to name their Model S and start it remotely using their mobile phone.

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This is the future

Words of Wisdom For a Happy Successful Life.

Integrity – Your integrity is really the only thing you have that is worth anything. Having integrity means other people believe you and trust you. In order to have integrity, you should be honest and truthful in everything you do, do what you say you’ll do, don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Do Your Best – Always to your very best, no matter what you are doing, whether it’s homework, or making something, or chores around the house, or just playing tiddly winks. Don’t do it for other people, do it for yourself.  If you always do your best, you can always be proud of what you do.

Respect – If you respect others, they will respect you. Show respect for everybody, especially your parents, your teachers, your sisters, and your schoolmates.

Think Before You Speak – Don’t talk back to people. Don’t say hurtful things. Don’t talk down to people. Don’t interrupt. You can’t take back words that come out of your mouth. Sometimes it’s better to keep quiet.

Don’t Make Excuses – You are responsible for your own behavior. If you make a mistake, admit to it, fix it as best you can, try not to do it again, and move on. Don’t try to blame other people or other things.

Don’t be Arrogant – Arrogance is where you think you’re better or smarter than everybody else. It’s best to be humble. If you are a decent human being and do all this other stuff, you don’t have to tell anybody else about it, it will be self evident.

Be Kind – If you can get through your life without hurting anybody else, you will be a successful person. Be especially kind to old people and small furry things.  They need all the help they can get.

approachingsignificance:

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.
By contrast, there were about 1,530,000 engineers in America last year, 815,000 construction workers, and 1 million high school teachers, according to theBureau of Labor Statistics.

This does not even include the amount of inmates incarcerated in jails, and is missing 3 states because they didn’t get their numbers in on time. 
Something that is missing from this chart: This is the 3rd consecutive year that the prison population is decreasing. We are starting to see inmate populations level-off and decrease for the first time in decades.  
Which states are in the extremes?

In 2012, states with the highest imprisonment rates included Louisiana (893 per 100,000 state residents), Mississippi (717 per 100,000 state residents), Alabama (650 per 100,000 state residents), Oklahoma (648 per 100,000 state residents), and Texas (601 per 100,000 state residents).
Maine had the lowest imprisonment rate among states (145 per 100,000 state residents), followed by Minnesota (184 per 100,000 state residents), and Rhode Island (190 per 100,000 state residents).

Who are the offenders? First and foremost, men. After that it gets complicated.

In 2011 (the most recent data available), the majority (53 percent) of sentenced state prisoners were serving time for a violent offense, including robbery (14 percent), murder or nonnegligent manslaughter (12 percent), rape or sexual assault (12 percent) and aggravated or simple assault (10 percent). About 18 percent were serving time for property offenses, 17 percent for drug crimes and 11 percent for public order offenses, such as weapon violations, drunk driving, commercialized vice and court offenses.
White prisoners comprised 35 percent of the 2011 state prison population, while black prisoners were 38 percent and Hispanics were 21 percent.  The percentage of Hispanic inmates sentenced for violent offenses (58 percent) during 2011 exceeded that of non-Hispanic black (56 percent) and non-Hispanic white (49 percent) inmates, while the number of black inmates imprisoned for violent crimes (284,631) surpassed that of white (228,782) or Hispanic (162,489) inmates.


Probably not intentional, but there is a lot of new research coming out that indicate a school-to-prison pipeline. 

America’s high prison population is its dirty little secret. We have a higher percentage of our citizens in prison than  any other industrialized nation and even more than most ruled by despotic dictators. If our laws are supposed to be a reflection of our social value systems, then this statistic represents a dismal failure of our society in general.

approachingsignificance:

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.

By contrast, there were about 1,530,000 engineers in America last year, 815,000 construction workers, and 1 million high school teachers, according to theBureau of Labor Statistics.

This does not even include the amount of inmates incarcerated in jails, and is missing 3 states because they didn’t get their numbers in on time. 

Something that is missing from this chart: This is the 3rd consecutive year that the prison population is decreasingWe are starting to see inmate populations level-off and decrease for the first time in decades.  

Which states are in the extremes?

In 2012, states with the highest imprisonment rates included Louisiana (893 per 100,000 state residents), Mississippi (717 per 100,000 state residents), Alabama (650 per 100,000 state residents), Oklahoma (648 per 100,000 state residents), and Texas (601 per 100,000 state residents).

Maine had the lowest imprisonment rate among states (145 per 100,000 state residents), followed by Minnesota (184 per 100,000 state residents), and Rhode Island (190 per 100,000 state residents).

Who are the offenders? First and foremost, men. After that it gets complicated.

In 2011 (the most recent data available), the majority (53 percent) of sentenced state prisoners were serving time for a violent offense, including robbery (14 percent), murder or nonnegligent manslaughter (12 percent), rape or sexual assault (12 percent) and aggravated or simple assault (10 percent). About 18 percent were serving time for property offenses, 17 percent for drug crimes and 11 percent for public order offenses, such as weapon violations, drunk driving, commercialized vice and court offenses.

White prisoners comprised 35 percent of the 2011 state prison population, while black prisoners were 38 percent and Hispanics were 21 percent.  The percentage of Hispanic inmates sentenced for violent offenses (58 percent) during 2011 exceeded that of non-Hispanic black (56 percent) and non-Hispanic white (49 percent) inmates, while the number of black inmates imprisoned for violent crimes (284,631) surpassed that of white (228,782) or Hispanic (162,489) inmates.

Probably not intentional, but there is a lot of new research coming out that indicate a school-to-prison pipeline. 

America’s high prison population is its dirty little secret. We have a higher percentage of our citizens in prison than any other industrialized nation and even more than most ruled by despotic dictators. If our laws are supposed to be a reflection of our social value systems, then this statistic represents a dismal failure of our society in general.

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scinerds:

Our bodies are comprised of a vast array of elements, with oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen remaining the most abundant. But there are many other chemical elements present!  The figure above lists each element that has been isolated from the human body in the order of decreasing mass.
This chart is based on the work of Ed Uthman, who derived the data from The Elements, by John Emsley.

So how many of these elements are natural and how many are introduced one way or another?

scinerds:

Our bodies are comprised of a vast array of elements, with oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen remaining the most abundant. But there are many other chemical elements present!  The figure above lists each element that has been isolated from the human body in the order of decreasing mass.

This chart is based on the work of Ed Uthman, who derived the data from The Elements, by John Emsley.

So how many of these elements are natural and how many are introduced one way or another?

1972 Oldsmobile 442 convertible offered for sale by original owner. Un-restored. All original condition. EBAY Number 121135163655.

1972 Oldsmobile 442 convertible offered for sale by original owner. Un-restored. All original condition. EBAY Number 121135163655.

Offered For Sale 1972  442  Convertible, owned by the original owner for 42 years! For sale on EBAY Number 121135163655.

This is an all original, number’s matching car. It has 94,000 original miles. Paint is all original with no accidents and no re-spray. The upholstery is original except for the  bottom part of the seats which were recovered in the late 80’s. The convertible top was replaced in the late 70’s. This car was awarded the  “Best Original” Trophy in the 2005 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. I have a lot of service records for documenting the miles. I have one tire left from the original set that came on the car which we use as the spare tire for show. All purchase documents are included, from the build sheet to the envelope that the new license plates came in. Nothing was thrown away. I even have the knock outs from the original keys. I have been told by appraisers that this is the “best paper trail” they’ve ever seen. All documents have been stored in a scrap book since ordering the car Oct. 22, 1971. I took delivery on Nov. 24, 1971. Contact at cmkostow@comcast.net.

The car was ordered with these options:

#53 Saturn Gold - #37 White Interior

Bucket Seats

Rocket 350 V-8  4 Barrel Carburetor

4267 Convertible top

A90 Trunk lid power latch

M20 4 Speed Floor Shift, Hurst Shifter

N10 Dual Exhaust

N34 Custom Sport Steering Wheel

N47 Power Steering

N67 Wheels Super Stock 3 Color Matching  (got these later)

PK5 G70X14 Wide Oval bias Ply Belted w/raised white letters

T44 Chrome Hood Locks

W25 Fiberglass Dual Intake Hood Scoops

W29 442 Package

U63 AM Push Button Radio

U80 Radio Speakers

U21 Tic-Toc Tach (clock and tach in one)

Y60 Convenience Group

Offered For Sale 1972  442  Convertible, owned by the original owner for 42 years!

This is an all original, number’s matching car. It has 94,000 original miles. Paint is all original with no accidents and no re-spray. The upholstery is original except for the  bottom part of the seats which were recovered in the late 80’s. The convertible top was replaced in the late 70’s. This car was awarded the  “Best Original” Trophy in the 2005 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. I have a lot of service records for documenting the miles. I have one tire left from the original set that came on the car which we use as the spare tire for show. All purchase documents are included, from the build sheet to the envelope that the new license plates came in. Nothing was thrown away. I even have the knock outs from the original keys. I have been told by appraisers that this is the “best paper trail” they’ve ever seen. All documents have been stored in a scrap book since ordering the car Oct. 22, 1971. I took delivery on Nov. 24, 1971. Contact at cmkostow@comcast.net.

 

The car was ordered with these options:

 

#53 Saturn Gold - #37 White Interior

Bucket Seats

Rocket 350 V-8  4 Barrel Carburetor

4267 Convertible top

A90 Trunk lid power latch

M20 4 Speed Floor Shift, Hurst Shifter

N10 Dual Exhaust

N34 Custom Sport Steering Wheel

N47 Power Steering

N67 Wheels Super Stock 3 Color Matching  (got these later)

PK5 G70X14 Wide Oval bias Ply Belted w/raised white letters

T44 Chrome Hood Locks

W25 Fiberglass Dual Intake Hood Scoops

W29 442 Package

U63 AM Push Button Radio

U80 Radio Speakers

U21 Tic-Toc Tach (clock and tach in one)

Y60 Convenience Group

breakingnews:

Asteroid to make close approach to Earth next week
Space.com: An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say.Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head of NASA’s asteroid-tracking program. An object this large only passes this close to the Earth about once every 40 years, and likely only hits the planet once every 1,200 years, Yeomans says.Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

If you are interested in reading more about collisions with celestial bodies check out my latest book “After The Bomb” available from clkostow.com.

breakingnews:

Asteroid to make close approach to Earth next week

Space.com: An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say.

Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head of NASA’s asteroid-tracking program. An object this large only passes this close to the Earth about once every 40 years, and likely only hits the planet once every 1,200 years, Yeomans says.

Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

If you are interested in reading more about collisions with celestial bodies check out my latest book “After The Bomb” available from clkostow.com.

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futurist-foresight:

A quick look at Asteroid 2012-DA14 which will buzz right by earth in 2 weeks time.

spaceplasma:

In Two Weeks This 50-Meter Asteroid Will Buzz Our Planet

On February 15 a chunk of rock about 50 meters wide will whiz by Earth at nearly 8 km/s, coming within 27,680 km of our planet’s surface — closer than many weather and communications satellites.

For those of you more comfortable with imperial units, that’s 165 feet wide traveling 17,800 mph coming within 17,200 miles. But regardless whether you prefer meters or miles, in astronomy that’s what’s called a close call.

Scientists stress that there’s no danger of an impact by this incoming asteroid, designated 2012-DA14, but it’s yet another reminder that in our neck of the Solar System we are definitely not alone.

“2012-DA14 will definitely not hit Earth,” says JPL’s near-Earth object specialist Don Yeomans. “The orbit of the asteroid is known well enough to rule out an impact.”

But with 2012-DA14′s upcoming February flyby Yeomans notes, “this is a record-setting close approach.”

The rocky asteroid will come within about 4 Earth radii, which is well within the orbits of geosynchronous satellites. During its closest approach at 19:26 UTC it should be visible in the sky to amateur telescopes (but not the naked eye), becoming as bright as an 7th- or 8th-magnitude star.

Radar observatories will be watching 2012-DA14 during the days leading up to and following its approach in an attempt to better determine its size, shape and trajectory. NASA’s Goldstone facility will have an eye — er, dish — on DA14, but it won’t be visible to Arecibo. Stay tuned for more info!

Read more about 2012-DA14 on the JPL Near-Earth Object Program page here.

Credit: NASA/JPL, Jason Major/Universe Today

Check out my latest book titled “After the Bomb” to read more about celestial collisions. Available at clkostow.com.

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Excerpt from After The Bomb

The last time it had visited the inner solar system was over 8000 years ago, hence it was unknown to humans and thus it went un-named, unlike comets like Halley and Hale-Bop and Kohoutek that had visited more recently and been named after their discoverers. In the interim it had mostly resided far beyond the furthest planets in a region of space referred to as the Oort Cloud nearly out of reach of the sun’s gravitation pull. It was a dark comet, a loosely bound bundle of space rock and chemical ice approximately ten miles wide, reflecting little sunlight as it hurled through space.

The comet traveled in a retrograde orbit, that is clockwise, opposite the direction of the planets and most of the other asteroids and other miscellaneous space junk that orbit our sun. As it approached the inner planets it was moving at a speed of approximately 22 miles per second or nearly 80,000 miles per hour, substantially faster than a high powered rifle bullet. With the earth orbiting the sun at about 68,000 miles per hour in the opposite direction, the comet’s closing speed with earth was 148,000 miles per hour. It covered the distance from the moon to earth in less than 2 hours. The odds of the comet striking the earth was nearly one in a trillion, but odds are meaningless when it comes to collisions of celestial bodies. What matters was that the comet bore down on the earth, virtually undetected by humans until just less than an hour before impact. Had it rounded the sun first before it zeroed in on the earth on its return trip, it would undoubtedly been detected earlier, probably in time for authorities to have sounded an alarm or issued an alert of some sort, but probably not in time to have done anything much about it.

As it was, it was first detected by a doctoral student in astronomy making early morning observations at a telescope high atop a volcano in Hawaii. At first he didn’t realize what he was seeing, and when he finally figured it out and called the observatory manager who was still asleep at the time, it was too late to even issue an alarm.

As the comet approached the earth from the west at a low angle, friction from the atmosphere broke it into several large chunks and many small fiery boulders. As it approached closer, the hunks of stone got so hot that they exploded into a massive fireball that ionized the atmosphere and encircled the entire planet.

The massive white hot fire ball enveloped the earth in a matter of seconds colliding with itself over the Atlantic coast of South Africa. It swept across the North American continent in a west to east direction, blowing down and incinerating nearly everything in it’s path. The only places spared were a very few sheltered valleys on the eastern side of several western mountain ranges where the fireball essentially skipped over the top of them as it swept across the terrain. Anyone or anything exposed to the ball of fire was destroyed in an instant.