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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

AvitarX Re:They forget the coolness factor (343 comments)

Currently the leaf is 29k, it'll be interesting to see what Tesla actually ends up with, and where Nissan (and others presumably) are by then, but I would expect a 10k price difference still.

yesterday
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Reinventing the Axe

AvitarX Re:Neat (213 comments)

The wrist! that's exactly what I was thinking, actually, I was coming to post with the exact phrasing as you.

it looked far lower impact than swinging a maul though, so perhaps the increased efficiency makes the wrist not hurt.

2 days ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

AvitarX Re:Yeah, sure. (247 comments)

It's also a way to offer some level of job security in a field with rapidly changing local demand, a field that pays decent, but many of the benefits come in long-term job security and stability.

My ex was a teacher, and tenure was a big deal, the state often would change funding levels, laying off close to 10% of staff (we watched student:teacher ratios vary from 25:1 to 30:1 while class sized got smaller). Without tenure there was no way to plan on staying in the same area for even the middle term.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

AvitarX Re:Of 1000? (466 comments)

I think that's a little extreme (1,000,000 unearned), but agree in principal.

I was pretty upset that the "tax the wealthy" bill was called such, to say that earning $250,000/year makes one wealthy is absurd. Those people will likely become wealthy at some point, but they hardly are wealthy when they start.

I'd say wealthy means you have enough to be getting 6 figures after reinvesting to match inflation, and millionaire would be someone with over 1000000 liquid and disposable.

about a week ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

AvitarX Re:Investing edge... (98 comments)

I imagine it would start to hit a gray area, certainly they can't use their gmail info, because they'd be an insider, but it could be argued that searching could be insider info. I think they'd have a hard time doing it legally.

about a week ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

AvitarX Re:Not a market back then (267 comments)

And size.

A 10 inch tablet, with a good screen is a way more pleasant device than a 13 inch tablet, likely twice the weight and thickness, with a 2001 screen.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

I'm pretty sure property exchange is no longer part of the marriage process, at least in the west.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

Pray tell?

I'm skeptical that one exists that doesn't require procreative marriage.

And we'll just agree that "traditional" is the traditions of the post christian western world.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

AvitarX Re:So? (351 comments)

I assume things were invented, because people were bored. Life is boring, there's only so much leisure one can tolerate with nothing to do.

From that comes creativity and inventiveness, and here we are now.

My friend volunteered in the fringes of Zambia, and they were farmers with nothing but time too, the natives had long absurd greetings, and walked with a slow shuffle, just to fill time.

The Egyptians got bored, and built the pyramids (an early example of a society that managed to get a healthy diet farming).

In the end though, I think it comes to population of the tribe, you choose to hunt gather with 50-200 people, unless God is backing you (such as the old testament), my civilization of 500+ people will crush you. Game theory and non-optimum equilibrium or something...

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

People already were, for not just embracing their same sexiness, but allowing for open and casual relationships too.

Nobody cares.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

I agree with your second quote, if there was an active campaign to prevent his right to say what he wants, the people that contributed to it would be assholes.

But customers get to chose who they do commerce with (businesses don't necessarily, fortunately personhood doesn't extend all the way). The customer base did not want him running the organization, and by searching in the search-box, we are all the customer base (that are users).

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

The issue isn't his beliefs, it's his active attempt to limit the rights of others for no reason except for either religion or he thinks it's icky (I haven't heard any other excuses from anybody, but perhaps he has a different reason).

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AvitarX Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.

Pretty sure it's phrased that way to cover resignations.

I'm more curious about who the alleged employer was that pressured him out? OK Cupid? Random People on the internet? People that are clearly the employee side of the relationship?

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

AvitarX Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

I'm pretty sure that if electrics had double the range as gas cars, people would not complain about charge times (500-600 being reasonable for a modern midsized car last I checked). As it is they are instead half that distance.

When I drove home from Nashville in a car with a 350 mile range, a one hour fill time would have turned a long day travel into a two day trip (2 or 3 fill-ups over 11 hours), I was young, and aside from gas stopped once for food at a rest stop, the electric, assuming optimal location of chargers, would have added 20% to my travel time. 1000 miles on the other hand changes everything.

Also, the 300 mile range is at 55MPH, at 70 (legal or 5 over on much of the long haul drives) you're down to 240 (my 350 was at 70MPH).

Using the non topped off charge technique at a super charger gets you 170 per 30 minutes charge, take out the 20% for actual highway speeds and you're at 140 for 30 minutes charge, that 30 minutes for every two hours driving, a far cry from 8 hours for 16 hours.

Keep in mind that a standard wall outlet take 60 hours to charge current capacity, a 240 40A one takes 9. A standard charge station, so we're still a ways away from charging double the capacity in the 8 hours when traveling, but certainly 8 hours for 1000 miles would work.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

AvitarX Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

And many journeys where the endpoint is more than half the range.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

AvitarX Re:Polishing turds (117 comments)

I don't think Buzz was a turd, as I said, we used it a lot.

Wave on the otherhand absolutely was. I really wanted to be able to use it, to collaboratively post in a discussion style thing, with threaded responses.

It's biggest flaw was they didn't integrate it into mail, Waves should have sat like conversation threads, and bumped back up to the top when updated. The everything real time would be the second.

I think each step has gotten worse. Google plus is exacty what I don't want in another service, in that it's connected to everybody.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

AvitarX Re:Polishing turds (117 comments)

I don't even think Buzz was a failure, I think they thought it would immediately blow up, rather than slowly grow, then blow up with the network effect.

They should have worked on integrating it with picasa, in a non forced down your throat way, but instead allowing picasa to be your place to store photos, and making it easy to post them in Buzz.

Buzz had a few things going for it.

1) not everybody you ever met forever was your friend (I suppose that would fade if it took off)
2) not blocked by internet filters (more places allow gmail than facebook)
3) not full of junk (see 1)

My friends and I used it as essentially our private message board and it worked well for that. Wave was similar, but the realtime aspect of it made it pretty annoying. It shouldn't of sent anything until you hit submit the first time.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

AvitarX Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

This was my biggest fear when I purchased a Chromecast, but actually it works fine in the background.

It doesn't really stream from Phone to Chromecast, what actually happens (I'm guessing based on behavior) is phone sends app to Chromecast when you set said app to cast, then your tablet sends commands to that app loaded on the chromecast, the Chromecast actually pulls the video from the internet itself, not your tablet. You can hit the home button and browse away, with most apps having control buttons in the ongoing part of the status pull down.

In fact, if your device goes away, you can no longer control the chromecast, but what's playing will finish.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

AvitarX Re:Have you considered not going to Burning Man? (273 comments)

I wonder if thats addressed in TFA?

In any case, this isn't my problem, since I took the Burner Express bus in and out of Burning Man and would plan on doing it again.

Yep, it is.

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

AvitarX Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I did until last year when I purchased a Macbook Pro with the 256GB SSD.

It's a work computer that I have total control over. Previously I had a thinkpad, Win7 for Creative suite, PowerPoint, and Trial Director, and Ubuntu for everything else (personal, and petty website work).

The new computer has a small hard drive, and rather than figure out howto:
1) triple boot
2) split it into three pieces

I use Win7 exclusively (I have a small OSX partition that I don't think has been booted since the first week I had the laptop).

Purchased the 13.3 inch for the lightness, and the screen. I can't wait until screens like this hit the PC world, bonus if it's cheaper even! Win7 suffers mildly on the screen, especially CS4, but it's totally work the minor annoyances to have real workspace when I'm off site for weeks at a time.

about three weeks ago

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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