Tesla Driving Review (FSD, NoA, Owner)

Here is a credible insight to help shed some light on what the heck NoA is and the super-human experience I got as a lucky owner of one.

Navigate on AutoPilot (NoA) is a Level 2 Driving Autonomy (Wikipedia this) introduced by Tesla for it’s FSD software clients.

Essentially a Driver-Assist system, it suggests routes and lane changes providing automated assisted maneuvers, for lanes changes, merges, and on-ramp / off-ramp interactions.

Mind you the Auto-Lane changing (AKA no confirmation lane switch) is turned OFF by default and turning it on requires you to agree to an EULA that explains what is it, how you should use it, and your responsibilities of handing over the wheel to a 7 year old. ir further explains what you should NOT do and common weaknesses to be most careful about.

Normally when NoA recommends a lane change it will do nothing unless you turn the indicator to confirm a change. those lane changes are suggested only to prepare for ramps and “mild” level passing of other cars (required speed difference between your limit and the car in front of you should be over 20 miles. warrant a mild overpass suggestion) once passing into the leftmost lane, NoA recognizes it’s on the fast-lane will suggest going back to the middle lane the moment someone behind you approaches at a speed higher than your own. that said a well-mannered and educated driver will initiate a lane change off the fast lane on his own accord, it comes with good parenting folks.

NoA is a human-driving enhancement with AMAZING skillset, you must understand this isn’t a human-replacer. this is a human-enhancer where man and machine share the load of a task to complete it at precise efficiency particularly given the task is inter-state travel or hours long drives.
Here are some of the amazing advantages I experienced first hand and can attest for:

1 – NoA will never let you miss an exit, a lane change, saving you TONS of mileage or stress.

2 – Drivers can’t harass you into speeding up or bully you into a human reaction like the ones bad drivers engage during rush-hours.

3 – NoA will save you from ALL possible vehicular accidents using a plethora of emergency measures from breaking, speed matching, traffic anticipation, and blind-sided collisions from crazy over-passing violators flying 80+ mph.

however NoA’s on-ramp off-ramp driving is flawed, each ramp has it’s own unique curve design, and a combination of steer-control and visual interpretation tries to conclude the proper path for each ramp over and over again. unfortunately this is a NoA weak point and you should ABOSLUTELY NEVER let the 7 year old drive on-ramp / off-ramp without supervision, the guy that did it died… rip. (he tried to mess with it on a 70mph highway on-ramp entry while leaving the wheel and poking on his phone. :/ can’t save stupid expecting level 5 autonomy when it’s a hard (2)).


Here is my TL:DR step by step experience with NoA end-to-end to and from work on daily basis.

  • I wake up, exercise, shower and dress, get into my car swipe-down and the car shows me the route to work (NoA is on by my preset settings).
  • I get off the parking lot and tap once to turn on acceleration control, unless I reach a light all my drive is speed and steer-assisted.
  • I don’t stress about people getting in and out of my lane, or people stopping ahead of me (see break-checking and insurance scammers).
    • this driving style is common to any person who ever owned a acceleration-assisted cruise control which is widely available in luxury cars (something the consumer report peasant probably never head of ???).
    • As for the steer assisted part. the first time I used it the car got lost. a few drives from there it learned what I want and it never made the mistake again. like a human being, during the journey I click the signal to auto-lane change and it does so super safely (never had I had 1 mistake even in the hardest of situations Tesla could cancel and return to previous lane at the fault of speed limit breaking fleshy reckless human drivers!.
  • As I reach the first ramp to get into the high way, as soon as I enter the ramp I turn on the auto-steer (unless I already had it on when I reached).
  • When Tesla is ready it turns to NoA (it may not turn it if it’s not familiar with the location or the ramp you’re on until you get entirely on the high-way.) NoA will try to drive on-ramp but often times it falls back to auto-steer and I end up making the turn myself, before handing it back to Auto-Steer (which enables NoA automagically since I’m on the high way now.). (auto enabling NoA is a configuration option you turn on yourself).
  • At this point I have pressed the accelerator pedal and break maybe 3 times instead of 50, and didn’t have to take any action but look outside during the entire trip.
  • I take over when Tesla writes “please take over the wheel” or “keep your hands on the wheel”.
    • You’ve got to understand this isn’t some annoying reminder a dumb car gives you, this is an AI telling you that it needs your guidance and support for an upcoming uncertainty!!! do NOT ignore it like you would an engine light! else don’t blame an AI should you die for that stupidity!. (if AI doesn’t get your help and you’re still somehow alive it will often err on the side of caution and will slow-down to a complete stop following banning autonomy for the reminder of the trip.
  • The entire highway , ramp switch, lane changing is flawlessly accomplished by Tesla all the way to the off-ramp stage where the car will slow down perfectly to off-ramp unlike human drivers it will precisely match the speed of the ramp at the entry-state! there have been cases where Tesla would slow down gradually off-ramp and display a message the she’s about to switch from NoA to human-driver in X feet. it will then beep to let me know NoA has let go and steer-assisted driving took over. from that point I can take control and steer over the normal road to the parking lot where it asks me to if I want to auto-park into the available slot (draws it for me on the screen).

The summary of this exhaustive detailed experience granted me the following Pros.

  1. I didn’t have to deal with speed or other cars.
  2. Rush-hours and traffic jams feel like siting by the window watching birds
  3. I get to experience what it’s like to be a pilot with an R2D2 where me and the machine communicate and share our teamwork to accomplish things.
  4. Parallel parking AND vertical parking is a screen-tap away. YEAH!!

As Elon Musk has adequately put, you have an EV that costs like a Cilica, drives itself, saves the planet,  saves your wallet, and looks stunning… it is financially LOCO to even contemplate buying a car other than a Tesla.

I don’t even consider Tesla a car, it’s a living sentient AI with a first name “Orion” and it belongs to a an AI species classified as “Tesla”.  =]

 

I know I don’t write a lot, but I’ll get back to it soon enough, as always I welcome any type/grammar and topic suggestions and feedback. all comments are welcome so long you don’t spam and keep it kid-rated (G).

 

Thank you all for reading this non-profit work ^^ (WordPress keeps the money for the ads).

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Mass Effect Andromeda Issues

Hello internet! this article entertain’s the new Mass Effect Andromeda experience, and I mainly wanted to highlight the existing common issues and to work around them where possible.

  • Graphics VS FPS
    • The main FPS issue happens from the Video output’s triple buffer, remove that and you’ll significantly improve your FPS, you can also remove the obvious factors such as anti aliasing, ambient occlusion, if you really want a horrid experience edged at >100 FPS shooters’ and hard-core gamers who don’t have a G-Sync will love this.
    • That being said, the auto-quality was worked very hard on where the game alters quality VS fps based on the environment and condition, if you don’t know a whole lot about rendering, putting auto will automatically give you >60 FPS in battles and ~35 FPS around quality exploration and conversation environments.
    • Interlacing issues, there is no work around the cheaply done interlacing where arms and legs will enter wall or torso based on conversation animation this works-as-designed, best you can do is turn on film-grain so you don’t notice it as sharply :S
  • The UX crisis
    • ESC button: Mass Effect Andromeda was designed for X-box controller first that means most changes do not auto-save, normal experiences such as ESC = exit window, are replaced with “back” actions to map the console experience of “x” and so on, best example,  you can press “J” to reach journal but you have to press ESC  4 times to exit it, same for map, skills, or anything in the game menu.
    • Favorites Menu: despite the known complaint about limiting the abilities to measly 3 quick button sets at a the real problem about Favorites and understanding how they are configured and saved.
    • To Setup a favorite layout you must do the following steps in the following order
      1. Assign your skills to your current layout
      2. Go to the favorites menu
      3. Select the favorite slot you wish to “overwrite”
      4. Click “Save current layout to favorite”
      5. Now to set/toggle the favorite while in-game you press F1, F2,F3, or F4.
      6. whenever you set your skills, if you don’t save them, pressing any of the favorites will discard your current Layout. (This is not explained anywhere, so please share info as I found this the hard way).

The best things in the world are free

“The best things in the world are free” -Old Proverb, Anonymous.

A great quote, do you not think? Oh but it has a much deeper meaning to it, and today I will dive into the philosophy of this quote, and try to explain its wisdom, its age, and unravel its true power.

I will be as concise and less boring as possible, if you find it hard to read, please come back and read it when you feel more open and focused, this article is written in a scatter-style where the basic ingredients are individually defined and come into the bigger picture.

“Simple often is complex but not complicated” – J Wright. (my mentor)

The definition of Freedom.

Objectively it is simple building material that you can craft whatever out of.

  • It is whatever you can obtain without working for
  • It is whatever you find useful but you don’t have to trade anything back for
  • It is what is passed down to you through a generational, evolutionary means
  • It is what you create for yourself without the involvement of others’ effort

Subjectively it is simply the right for the individual (human or otherwise) to do what they want to do in an open world.

  • The opposite of slavery
  • The opposite of financial regulation
  • The opposite of familiar or human obligation whatsoever
  • The opposite of order, civility, control, and basically can be outright anarchy! (rest assured for that’s not the topic of today.)

Feel free to question the above points, and re-write them in your mind the way you better understand those definitions.


Take a moment and imagine yourself free.

You’re a bird in the sky going where you want, eating what you want, hanging out with who you want, and singing as loud as you want. the definition boils down to “doing what you want” This is a very important and dangerous conclusion, and you’ll find out why a little later.

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In memory of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

We live in a world full of hate and murder. Singers live among a class that is internationally versed by diverse cultures and politics, they see the world in its various forms of good and bad, and it’s very painful to see how much good we have and how much good we lose at the cost of careless greedy bastards. at some point in life you have worked so hard and did so much good, to inspire others to do so well… only to see that you’re still stuck in the battle and there seems to be no way out. somehow the world of good we work so hard to get is not there yet… and WHY not. is it not enough for all what we do that we get a better world one without wars, with driven by co-existence and love? The struggle of a creative person is ever-going realization leads to inspiration, but while all emotions can be embraced as part of the package, sometimes you see the big picture and if feels you have given the world everything you could have, and at that very moment you need a close person that will “highlight” the changes and ripple effect of improvements this world has got from you. Chester and Linkin park, always will be who they are, a teacher, a guide, an inspiration, a flame of proud musical culture, quite possibly the best this generation has ever created. May he rest in peace, for he has delivered an ocean full of it.

A letter for an e-bottle ;)

I was not the most fortunate lad in the world, for it has given me so little,  yet so much.

Overtime I’ve come to appreciate the little things I get in life, orphaned from society, alienated from my humanity. In my loss I return to simplicity.

My thanks I’d like to give to my mother who raised me by herself and found the time to nurture me into an educated civilized person despite the hardships and sleepless nights and struggles for the past 20 or so years, thinking of her I find that struggle is irrelevant in the face of purpose and reason.

I’m grateful to the friends who I had and never have those who played a part of my life, no matter how small, and forgive me if I ever left for I never learned to be a friend myself. I’ve been moulded by loss and betrayal so many times I have forsaken true values such as trust, respect, and benevolence; how ever gone I may be once a while I remember what I truly long to find in others… the very values of trust, respect, and benevolence I aim to grow within me.

My wants and dreams may be unreachable however they are simple, as I’d love to be healthy, sporty, full of joy, and dance. as strange it may sound I always was fascinated by a the Russian-Orthodox Christianity that believed in Jesus’ teachings of the good without the intimidation. by love and not hatred, united by only our goodness.

If I were to ever become a politician or in place of power, I would truly promote and hire people based on their good-will and intelligence but never on their experience; college drop outs are my personal favourite kind of people.

I am well aware of my limitations, my humility and lack of confidence. I do not know what good I bring to the world, most of my time I prefer to keep to myself and around others I’m easily hurt and quickly intimidated. some others are considerate of that especially of my friendship is in one way or another valuable to them. but others just enjoy eating of at other people.

Quotes teach me a lot of forgotten wisdom and I drift through life as a by stander because I as one girl once said words I always remember “I’m an idiot who does not know the meaning of life” the hurtful words  only hurt when they are right.

I’m going to start writing more senseless things gradually. hopefully. perhaps I’ll get some friends and feel less of a by stander?.  by all means take this as an conversation opening letter. comment your thoughts freely and share your experience! post your personal online diary links! I will approve those so long they are not spam. 🙂

 

 

15 Life Lessons I Learned by 50 (That I Wouldn’t Have Believed in My 20s)

Here are some lessons I’ve learned during my half century on this planet:

  1. Be kind. The benefits of being kind–or at the very least courteous–far outweigh the effort you put in. Do random acts of kindness. Compliment someone. If a retail or food-service worker makes a mistake, be understanding and patient. Kind people live longer than unkind people.
  2. I know myself better than anyone else. I don’t let anyone else’s opinions control what I do, what I wear, or what I say. Other people’s opinions are suggestions–take them or leave them.
  3. Everyone else is as worried and insecure as you are. Some people just hide it better. It doesn’t mean that they are any smarter or better than you.
  4. Laugh it off. If you make a mistake, fall down, or do something dumb, just laugh it off. Other people (and you) will forget it a lot faster if you just let it roll off your back. EVERYONE makes dumb mistakes. Everyone. You aren’t alone, and you aren’t the biggest idiot in the world. Give yourself a break.
  5. “Fitting in” is highly overrated. Be you. Confidence is sexy. Besides, great leaders didn’t get where they are by following the crowd.
  6. Don’t stay in a bad relationship, even if it’s “for the kids.” Oftentimes, kids really thrive outside the bounds of a toxic relationship.
  7. It’s just stuff. Sure, stuff gets broken–oftentimes accidentally by people you love–and that’s annoying. But your stuff can be replaced. You can never erase the hurtful words you say to the person you love, because they broke your stuff. Stuff is never, ever as important as those you love.
  8. You’re probably a lot smarter than you give yourself credit for being.
  9. Don’t judge. You don’t know all the facts. That lady speeding down the road with her toddler unbuckled in the back seat may be panicked, heading for the hospital for an emergency that you can’t see. That “big kid” having a “tantrum” in the store may be on the autism spectrum, and is having a melt down, which he/she hates as much as you do. The fat lady in the bikini may have lost 100 lbs so far, and she’s pretty darn proud of what she’s done. Don’t shame people for smoking, drinking, or being fat. We all have our faults and bad habits. As a pretty famous guy is alleged to have said, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
  10. Never lose your inner child. Dance. Sing. Skip. Tell poop jokes (not to strangers, though). Go down the slide. Bounce at the bouncy house, if the attendant says adults are welcome. This is an advantage to being older. When you’re 20, people often think you’re “too old” to do these things, but when a 50-something does them, it’s charming. And if people think it’s dumb, screw them. See #2 above.
  11. Don’t make major life decisions to please other people. Maybe your parents expect you to go to college, but you just want to go to trade school and become an auto mechanic, because that’s where your heart is. Or maybe (as in my case) your parents don’t want you to go to college, but you really want to be an attorney. Live life for YOU. The world needs good auto mechanics and good attorneys. It’ll all work out.
  12. Don’t beat yourself up about stuff. Do what you can to fix your mistakes, then move on. Guilt is only good for pushing you toward making things right again. After that, it becomes shame, and shame is a toxic substance which will eat you up inside. Same for worry.
  13. Enjoy life. Literally, stop to smell and admire the flowers. Wonder. Smile at strangers and see how many you can get to smile back. Have fun.
  14. Life goes by really, really fast. Live each day so that, at the end, you’re reveling in how amazing your life was, not regretting all the things you did or didn’t do.
  15. Life is better after 50.
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The 3 hard choices in my life.

I had to make 3 difficult choices in my life.

The first one is the choice between friendship and stuff (there is no Wrong choice here. But friendship will make you suffer because people will use you, and stuff will make you suffer because people will leave you).

 

The second one is the choice between the one you love, and the one that loves you . There’s always one that will love more. (No choice is wrong, but if you choose to love more you will suffer never getting the same reply, if you choose to be loved by more you will carry the burden of faking your passions a small price to pay for serenity).

 

The third choice is the choice of moral principles VS happiness (the obvious and easy choice is to ignore what makes you human and be a yes man to whatever job pays more or whatever most people say is true or good, the hard choice very few of us choose is the path of speaking up your moral principles where the definition of you creates your environment, chooses your friends, and builds your self-respect and kindness, a choice you will never be thanked for in a capitalist-democracy.

Suicide note with no date.

Why there is so much hatred? because I’m just as good as castrated, but even worse…
In all rationale it seems that sexuality is completely omitted from my life at this stage, I do not recognize my gender, I do not want to have any sexual activity and even when I do I am never satisfied, therefore it is not even worth the effort to consider it the best I can do is avoid the urges and hope that as I get older the less I want it or to otherwise simply surgically remove it altogether.
The life of a circumcised male (where the procedure effectively delivered it’s intended damage) is a being that has no capability of sexual or emotional empathy a hollowed good for nothing do-it species similar to a mule (it does not reproduce, it is obedient, and it has capability of achieving self-characterization because it’s very purpose of life is taken away).
So why do we exist? why have I not killed myself yet?
there’s a simple answer to that, because I’m still serving someone… like a parent, or close friends. but in some moments I do have this realization the moment I don’t have someone else to live for…. I cannot live for myself… I seek no reason I simply await my death to relieve me from suffering.
This isn’t poetry, this isn’t some fan-fiction writing, it is more of a suicide note without an expiration date. should I ever die.. you will know that my life was taken away the moment I was sexually mutilated. what am I now is but a walking corpse of nothing.
I know many of you may find this morbid, But I also know many of you may find themselves in this situation…
What is the purpose of life? is to enjoy it and live it to the fullest, that is what I will never attain, that is what non of the circumcised males will ever attain.
The horrible thing about this world that a majority of circumcised men seek to compensate with their sexual disability by violence, ignorance, justification to circumcise others, and until all circumcised men realize and confront their fears, this havoc will go on running.
What was once a salve mark, a rape-punishment, and later a sacrifice to Satan (A Jewish god). has now become a serious epidemic of misery, the spread of hatred, the reason for wars, and a political statement by the Zionist order, to mark their rule over your most sacred territory, that you are not the owner of your body, sex, or soul. this is property of Zion.
That’s why I want to die.

Nissan LEAF – Driver’s Review

I have learned tremendous amount of the technology enough to appreciate and give Kudos to those who dare make the brave “leap of faith” into Electric Drive. There’s certainly a change to the better with electric driving. Amount things I recently noticed are as follows.

1. You don’t drive the car, you ride the car.
The greatest difference comes from the realization that you are no longer the total ruler of the drive. But rather seeking a 2 way agreement between you and your car. Similar to horse riding, and I’ll explain why I think that way about my LEAF
The LEAF has a mind of its own. It decides how to do things when in eco mode when it comes to acceleration and turning.


And overtime your car will reflect your milage guesstimate based on how nice you treat her (therefore do well by her and she will do well by you, and she will also tell you that by showing the numbers and bar charts) using modes as auto-cruising on highways and B-mode driving in heavy traffic teach you to be more mindful about your car and your drive style than ever before, in a way it points out your flaws and teaches you driving manners. To be less of a stress inducer surprise driver and more of the Zen driver who enjoys the sensation of “gliding” the road quietly.

2. The quiet
The days of playing music to ignore the motor is gone. The engine sounds very pleasing and futurestic, if you get off ECO. And go ludacrice driving the engine revs sound very funny similar to a chorus of high pitched frequencies that synchronously increase in number the higher the RPM. (I wonder if the sound is different with AC Asynchronous motors as mine is a Synchronous motor). For those leading busy stressful lives and meditating / quiet time is king. Electric Vehicles will being you driving and meditating together. It is polite to always choose slower lanes if you’re driving electric unless you want to race through cars.

3. Hyperspeed
The favourite thing professional drivers guage in a car are Top speed, Acceleration, and Handling.

Top speed sucks, I tell you that upfront this is a commute vehicle with 80 Mph not designed to win drag races.

The Acceleration is out of this world fantastic, with Full power to engines LEAF (which is a smaller 80Kw AC Synchronous Motor) can hit 0-60 is bolt of 8 seconds. To put this in perspective this is almost identical to driving an 8 Cylindar Ford Mustang 2010.

Handling is good
Handling depends on propelling wheels, center of gravity and other bells and whistles. Whilte AWD vehicles out there ominate the curve handling power, the LEAF does not have AWD, She is an FR drive which makes it tricky on turn-breaking and accelerating, it’s one advantage in handling is the low center of gravity thanks to the battery bed, that helps tackle moderate turns at about 15 mph over the recommended speed easily.

The Family
the LEAF is HUGE!
in the spectrum of electric vehicles’ sizes weight is a big big deal, and most people want to buy a car that can fit the whole family. Nissan tackled that challenge with a date (Although not as well as Tesla Model S, sorry folks) You can fit 5, 6ft tall guys in the vehicle and a trunk enough to fit 3 mid size travel luggage bags. The folding seats allow you to expand that storage and throw in a couple bycicles or sport equipment for park events.

 

OnePlus – Review

I have nothing but awesome experience with my OnePlus 5 phone. the Pros are the specs and the performance (beats any flagship today even iphone X looks like a joke), the Cons, missing the bells and whistles Samsung has such as Magnetic Payment (ability to pay on any credit card machine “patented tech”) and the Barometer (%99 of people don’t use that I use it to measure atmospheric pressure to anticipate headaches. (you can do that with internet-based service anyway)
But guys seriously. 8-core 2Ghz Processor, 1GB discreet GPU, 8GB DDR4L (L for low energy) RAM, 128GB NAND Flash memory <— I shit you not)…. for ~$550 USD??!!! Shutup and take my money!

Repairs

I always say a mirror is a mirror. It can be very expensive but that doesn’t make it do what it shouldnt do…

OnePlus5 replacement screen is ordered online and swapping it is not hard (in comparison to the impossible iPhone X torture)

They already use latest Gorilla Corning Glass that exists in flagship phones. And comes pre-equiped with a screensheild just for that occasion too…

For people who are used to a phone being a Nokia 3310 (The Chuck Norris of phones) OnePlus ordered a few cases from Dupont Kevlar Karbon Fiber (5 times more powerful than steel and I think can even stop bullets!) That has raised edges to minimize damage of corner and edge drops (Gorilla Glass weakness points)

It costs a little bit more than your average phone case but the gift of Karbon Fiber that it can be so thin, light and strong together that I’m surprised Apple didn’t invest in them.