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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

AikonMGB Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

As a bicyclist you (should) pay very close attention to what's going on in the right turn lane, are they slowing down? Have they seen me? *CAN* they see me? And trust me, I assume that all drivers are idiots playing on their phone will trying to eat a sandwich - having a indication that the driver turning right is absolutely blind and oblivious to my presence just means I can react a second earlier.

Perfect! Since they are playing on their phone, even if their mirrors were intact, they would not be looking at them. Since your assumption of the driver's habits is the conservative one, it doesn't matter whether their mirror is a mirror, a camera, or a shattered piece of useless plastic.

about three weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

AikonMGB Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

How can you spot cars that are long-overdue on having their brakes serviced so that you can be careful around them as well? This is a terrible reason for requiring mirrors on a car. As when driving a car, one riding a bike should always be careful and never rely on other drivers being 100% responsible, regardless of the condition of a vehicle.

about three weeks ago
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Puzzled Scientists Say Strange Things Are Happening On the Sun

AikonMGB Re:Global warming.. (342 comments)

When will people finally realize that anthropogenic solar cooling is a real issue that affects all of us?

about 5 months ago
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How Long Can the ISS Last?

AikonMGB Re:Why not use it as a site to build the next one? (112 comments)

The ISS's inclination is actually as high as it is to allow the Russian launch vehicles to be able to make the trip; the use of the STS merely capped how polar they could go.

about 7 months ago
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Google Play Services Supplants Android As Google's "Platform"

AikonMGB Re:DroidWall (182 comments)

You can turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while in airplane mode if you so choose (possibly NFC as well, but I haven't tried).

about 8 months ago
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Dyslexia Seen In Brain Scans of Pre-School Children

AikonMGB Arcuate Fasciculus (105 comments)

There's a typo in the summary, the correct spelling is "Accurate Fasciculus".

about 8 months ago
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FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

AikonMGB Re:No updates in 6 years? (197 comments)

FLAC is asymmetric; lots of computrons to encode, but not very much to decode. I had an old iPod Video, and the battery lasted longer playing FLAC in Rockbox than it did playing MP3s in the native Apple software (or in Rockbox, for that matter). Despite being done in software, FLAC is just so stupidly easy to decode that it's nearly a moot point.

about 10 months ago
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Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time

AikonMGB Re: Wait for the retraction (364 comments)

He knows.. which is why he corrected himself...

about a year ago
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Researcher Evan Booth: How To Weaponize Tax-Free Airport Goods

AikonMGB Re:WTH does tax-free have to do with the subject o (288 comments)

You missed the point: you can bring in large empty bottles, or small bottles filled with liquid, but not large bottles with a small amount of liquid. The regulations are arbitrary and near-useless.

1 year,13 days
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WebKit Developers Discuss Removal of Google-Specific Code

AikonMGB Re:Good luck with that (92 comments)

The video is for Chrome(ium), WebKit, and now Blink developers, not for the end users or the browser(s).

1 year,16 days
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Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

AikonMGB Re:Sort of pointless (103 comments)

Heh.. Proof right there that you're not affiliated with a US government agency.

That's right, I'm not, and neither are the developers of STRaND-1. I'm not even American. The world is a big place, not all of it is funded by the US government.

about a year ago
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Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

AikonMGB Re:Sort of pointless (103 comments)

Off-the-shelf hardware, though - that would be a bigger deal. It's doomed to failure, but if somehow it could work that would be huge.

Why do you say that? We use COTS hardware pretty much everywhere in our missions. It turns out that the radiation environment isn't really that terrible if you are below the Van Allen belts. Why pay through the nose, both in terms of dollars and in terms of horrendous lead times, for space-qualified parts when commercial, industrial, and automotive parts work just fine?

about a year ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

AikonMGB Re:I can think of a few rea$on$ (573 comments)

Precisely; her comments have absolutely nothing to do with the demand of higher speeds and quality service, but rather the supply. Her argument is circular -- we don't offer good options, so customers don't choose good options, therefore customers don't want good options, thus there's no need for us to offer good options. That's an awesome flow chart you got there, TWC.

about a year ago
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Russian Meteor Likely an Apollo Asteroid Chunk

AikonMGB Re:SG-1 (67 comments)

Do you mean Goa'uld?

about a year ago
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First Dedicated Asteroid-Tracking Satellite Will Be Canadian

AikonMGB Re:Gogo Canada! (49 comments)

I should clarify my first sentence: the prime contractor for SAPPHIRE is MDA, the customer being the Department of National Defense. It is the BRITEs that were developed for Austria by SFL.

about a year ago
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First Dedicated Asteroid-Tracking Satellite Will Be Canadian

AikonMGB Gogo Canada! (49 comments)

Also on the PSLV-C20 launch are the Canadian military satellite SAPPHIRE, and the twin spacecraft BRITE-Austria and UniBRITE, developed in Canada for TU Graz and University of Vienna respectively. ISRO put out a pretty good brochure describing the launch.

You can find some good photos of the stacking and launch vehicle integration here, here, and here. You can watch the launch live on Monday morning here.

Needless to say, we're all pretty stoked around here ^__^

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

AikonMGB Re:Building is easy, launching is hard (117 comments)

Yeah, you can have omnidirectional antenna coverage for both uplink and downlink. Our S-band transmitter is capable of 1 Mbps omnidirectional downlink at 650 km. This is the preferred method if you can close your link and data budgets because it makes the system vastly simpler and inherently fail safe (if it crashes and you lose attitude control, you can still talk to it). A secondary directional downlink may be reasonable if you have very high data requirements (e.g. streaming video or ultra high definition imagery), but generally speaking you never want to be in the situation where you can't talk to the spacecraft if it can't point at you, even in big space.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

AikonMGB Not looking at microsatellites (117 comments)

Generally speaking, microsatellites are in the range of 10 kg to 100 kg. What you are talking about are cubesats, which are generally nanosatellites (1 kg to 10 kg) and picosatellites (< 1 kg). As others have said, the AMSAT programme is a great starting point; next August come out to the Cubesat workshop and, if interested, hang out for the USU Small Satellite Conference; lots of industry, academia, and government representation. We host a booth every year, as do most relevant players in North America.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

AikonMGB Re:Building is easy, launching is hard (117 comments)

A metal cube in low Earth orbit will equilibrate to about 25C if you cover the outside with solar cells and some reflective tape. The radiation environment isn't really all that bad below the Van Allen belts; use automotive grade parts and in general you'll be fine. No need to worry about lubricants because you shouldn't have any mechanical actuators (unless it's part of your payload or you really want to fly a reaction wheel). Good thermal ground planes in your boards and metal bosses tieing them to the structure will move heat away from components just fine. No need for a "point-or-die" solution, just put solar cells on all faces of your satellite; if you lose control authority (e.g. computer crash) you still generate enough keep-alive power. Gravity doesn't really have any impact unless your payload is a mechanical actuator, which again is not very common at the amateur cubesat scale. Leaks -- don't use pressurized gases or fluids; evaporation, just pick materials with < 1% total mass loss and less than 0.1% CVCM (i.e. Teflon insulation on wires instead of PVC).

As it turns out, amateur space isn't all that hard to do.

about a year ago

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RIAA Awarded $222,000 in Copyright-Infringement Ca

AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AikonMGB writes "From Wired:

DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties.
[...]
"This is what can happen if you don't settle," RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think we have sent a message we are willing to go to trial."
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The case, however, did set legal precedents favoring the industry. In proving liability, the industry did not have to demonstrate that the defendant's computer had a file-sharing program installed at the time that they inspected her hard drive. And the RIAA did not have to show that the defendant was at the keyboard when RIAA investigators accessed Thomas' share folder.
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GM Erases Retiree Obligations

AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AikonMGB writes "General Motors has agreed to a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) aimed at decreasing costs and increasing competitiveness with foreign automakers, particularly Toyota Motor Corp. The core of the new deal revolves around the establishment of an independent retiree trust fund managed by the UAW. GM will hand over $35 billion to the trust fund, which will take over responsibilities for retiree obligations such as health care. This will allow GM to wipe these obligations off its registers, which will in turn raise GM's credit ratings and lower GM's borrowing costs."
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AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AikonMGB writes "A young computer science student from Pittsburgh (PA) has come up with an ingenious way to look for a summer job: auctioning himself off on eBay. Andrew Warshaver is appealing to the internet community to bid for his skills as a computer programmer for a 12-week summer job in any major U.S. metropolitan area. The current bid is listed at US $6,100.00, with the auction winner paying Warshaver the total bid amount prorated on a bi-weekly basis as pay. Warshaver posted a copy of his resume along with his ad, and is offering potential bidders a chance to interview him before placing their bid."
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AikonMGB AikonMGB writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AikonMGB (1013995) writes "It seems Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) is trying to cut the wind from ATI's sails, looking to stop all sales of ATI Radeon chips. The suit quotes patent #6,650,327, awarded to SGI in November of 2003. This suit came in shortly before DAAMIT announced its hopes for their new "Fusion" CPU/GPU combination."

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