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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

404 Clue Not Found Re:Some math (133 comments)

That's as silly as expecting gas stations to pump the gas out of the ground and refine it right then and there as each customer pulls up. No, you just have the fuel ready to use in a big storage tank that you refill in bulk.

Similarly, in this scenario you'd just have enough spare battery packs lying around to service all your potential customers, and charge the rest when it's not so busy. It's not like there's going to be a steady line of customers every 3 minutes waiting to swap. Charge your battery banks during the day with wind and solar, and keep doing it in the dead of night when electricity prices are lower, and have them ready when customers pull in the next day.

about a month ago

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

404 Clue Not Found Re:The study I want to see... (273 comments)

Nonsense. Grown-ups go into politics not because they think they are smart, but because they know you are dumb.

about 3 months ago

OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

404 Clue Not Found Re:Who cares (145 comments)

Nah, Comcast probably figures it's easier to charge the gov for infrastructure they'll never implement and then use the money to lobby the gov to forget about these things. You'll get 75/75 from Comcast a few months after the rest of the world gets 10Gbps.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

404 Clue Not Found Dammit, just call them channels (112 comments)

Damn it, Microsoft, we didn't need a new term for this. "Cadence"? They're just channels, the way Chrome and Firefox use them.

about 3 months ago

Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users

404 Clue Not Found Re:4G is Losing to Wifi (46 comments)

I don't think you appreciate the value of that unlimited plan. There's even an aftermarket where people sell and trade old unlimited plans. And various tricks, like adding a new line and switching new phone over to your old unlimited line (for $10 a month over 2 years, plus price of the phone, which is still only like $240 to $340 or so depending on the price of your particular phone). That's what I did recently to get a new phone.

I've had a death grip on my unlimited plan and go to great lengths to keep it, and most people who care about that plan to do the same.

I don't even use more than 2-3GB/mo of data, but even then, switching to one of their new plans will cost me a lot more money for a lot less. Verizon is crazy. If they offered a reasonably-priced 2GB plan, I might actually consider switching. As it is, it's still cheaper to just buy a new phone every so often, or get one used on eBay and then activate it with Verizon.

about 4 months ago

Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

404 Clue Not Found Don't leave Earth without it... (127 comments)

Damned straight. We can't go to space without a delicious Pale Ale.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

404 Clue Not Found Chromebook (334 comments)

Egads. You're making this too complicated. Just buy them a Chromebook or an iPad with a keyboard and be done with it.

about 4 months ago

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

404 Clue Not Found Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

That looks terrible.

about 5 months ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

404 Clue Not Found Re:media cos killed it w/compression+Bitstarvation (197 comments)

I learned about people like you in school! They said you could tell apart Monster Cables from coat hangers half the time, you bought both Super Audio CDs released, and your speakers are made of gold particles supersuspended in a quantum magnetic field. Is it true extinct whales sing to you in your sleep?

about 5 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

404 Clue Not Found Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

I'd love to see a single UI that works across 4" phones and 7" tablets with gorilla glass, and 13" laptops and 10" convertibles with membrane keyboards, and 24" desktops with 101-keyboards, and 60" XBox Ones with controllers but I'm not holding my breath.

You probably shouldn't feed your Xbox so much.

about 6 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

404 Clue Not Found Gameplay (215 comments)

It's an Ubisoft game. Ubisoft Game: The Review tells you all you need to know:

By now weâ(TM)ve all heard of Ubisoft Game, and if you havenâ(TM)t, then youâ(TM)ve been living under a rock. Ubisoft Game is the latest in a long line of titles from Ubisoft, and with a bigger budget than ever before and no less than 75 of Ubisoftâ(TM)s 193 global studios working on it, thereâ(TM)s no doubt that this yearâ(TM)s Ubisoft Game is going to be the big one.


Ubisoft Game is the story of Main Character, a gruff or sassy white man who is really good at parkour, killing, and killing while doing parkour. One of the most iconic features of Main Character is the way he dresses â" Main Characterâ(TM)s sense of style and flair really comes across in his tailored outfit, which makes him look distinctive and features a number of clear symbols that can be easily used in marketing and merchandising.

The game takes place in a big open world, with lots of people and maybe even animals living in it. That sounds like it should be a paradise, but itâ(TM)s not â" a Bad Thing has happened and Main Character is right in the thick of it. Or maybe heâ(TM)s the only one who can stop it? The story in Ubisoft Game is a bit uncompelling, but thatâ(TM)s okay, because thereâ(TM)s just so much to see and do.

about 7 months ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

404 Clue Not Found Re:Being nice doesn't make it an ad (59 comments)

That's pretty much Tim's thought process [snip...]

That's giving him an awful lot of credit.

about 8 months ago

Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

404 Clue Not Found Re:Russia (417 comments)

Top Gun is a pretty good analogy for the defense industry, though. Even today we get to pay for their fuel and play with their balls.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

404 Clue Not Found Dasher? (552 comments)

The program Dasher is made to be used by immobilized but conscious patients. It's basically like autocomplete on your cell phone, but instead of typing each letter, you look at it. See their videos, like this YouTube one or the rest on their website, for a demo.

It can be used with an eye tracker, following her eye focus instead of eyelids. You might be able to adapt to a brain sensor headset.

about 8 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

404 Clue Not Found Re:Didn't deserve to die... (450 comments)

I disagree. Why didn't he deserve to die? Why would you want a society where people stole from pharmacies and only received light sentences?

If we jailed fewer people and executed more of them, and streamlined the death row process, we wouldn't need so many overflowing jails. It'd cut way down on recidivism too.

Obviously he didn't value human lives much. Why should we value his?

about 8 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

404 Clue Not Found Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

Are those things really innovations? They seem more like expensive gimmicks prone to maintenance headaches.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love a Tesla, but not for any of those "innovations".

I wish they'd sell a regular, plain-Jane electric car with standard parts. I don't need a $1000 glass cockpit that'll seem like an antique in 5 years, or electric pull-in handles that'll be impossible to find OEM parts for, or even a fancy nav system that my smartphone can just fine with. And gullwing doors? That's like the Rolex of doors, isn't it -- all form and no function? Unless I get bonus points for every cyclist I decapitate with them, where's the benefit?

I get that the Roadster was designed for the obscenely rich and the Model S was designed for the only-super rich. Hope the next model is more generic and able to compete with the Accord and Civic.

about 8 months ago

EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

404 Clue Not Found Re: damn EA.. i hate you (329 comments)

I think a GogNet would be neat too, but there is precedent. When the web first started gaining popularity, there was Kali.net, which let you play IPX games over TCP/IP. It's still around today and even supports games like NWN.

People also use Hamachi, a VPN, to emulate LANs to play with their friends.

Kali had a lobby system but Hamachi does not. In any case, using modern VPNs in conjunction with a gaming lobby for matchmaking and chat would be an awesome project for GOG or perhaps Steam.

about 9 months ago



Give One Get One Redux: OLPC XO-1 now on Amazon

404 Clue Not Found 404 Clue Not Found writes  |  more than 6 years ago

404 Clue Not Found (763556) writes "The One Laptop Per Child project's XO-1 laptop is once again available to the general public via its Give One Get One promotion, where $400 will buy two laptops, one for the purchaser and one for "a child in the emerging world". Having learned from their delivery and fulfillment headaches the first time around, this time they partnered with Amazon.com to handle shipping. But a year after its initial release, the market has become saturated with Eee-wannabe netbooks from every major manufacturer. Can the XO-1's charitable appeal, unique chassis and dual-mode screen compete with the superior performance and standard operating systems of its newer peers?"


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