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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Read speed limit signs (283 comments)

Modded off-topic? It's directly related to the parent.

I didn't say it was a good joke.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Read speed limit signs (283 comments)

Reminds me of the old joke:

Cop pulls over a tesla going too slow. The nun, who was driving, explained to the cop that the tesla was malfunctioning and misinterpreted the I-30 sign as the speed limit. When he notices two horrified nuns sitting in the back seats, the driver explained that they just pulled off of I-369.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

Bill_the_Engineer Re:1996 called (263 comments)

Don't be surprised if your home airport starts paying extra attention to flights from Colorado and California. Stranger things have happened.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Bill_the_Engineer Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

I don't like languages that don't require that you define that variables exist.

If only Python and Ruby offered something similar to Perl's "use strict".

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Bill_the_Engineer Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

I use Python. I have to also work with Python code written by other people.

Autopep8 is your friend and really it shouldn't have to be.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Bill_the_Engineer Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

That can't be it... There are plenty of young and trendy languages that far outrank Perl and Ruby in the known-shithole category. At least they don't depend on white-spaces to define blocks.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Bill_the_Engineer If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

You shouldn't have made Perl and Ruby #1 and #2 respectively. Of course being on dice.com should have been enough.

On the plus side, I didn't waste much time reading the rest of the BS.

about two weeks ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Or you could just... (43 comments)

Do you really need to have the light change colors?

Having a slightly lit room is enough to lower the contrast between the screen and its surroundings.

about two weeks ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

Bill_the_Engineer Or you could just... (43 comments)

You could just purchase a torche lamp with a dimmer control.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Gentoo (302 comments)

If he's like me he stopped going to slashdot for a while, forgot his UID/password, realized the email address that was assigned to that UID no longer exists, and found it much easier just to create a new UID.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Bill_the_Engineer Looks like (179 comments)

Google doesn't like the competition.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Bill_the_Engineer Re:metric you insensitive clod! (402 comments)

I don't understand your problem since looking at the MPG method, I can tell:
1) that the 28 MPG car will go an extra 10 miles per gallon used than the 18 MPG car (an extra 55.6% distance)
2) that the 50 MPG car will go an extra 16 miles per gallon used than the 34 MPG car (an extra 47.1% distance)
3) the percentage saved is higher for the 18 to 28 MPG car than the 34 to 50 MPG.

Knowing the greater percentage gained doesn't add any value to me as a consumer, since with the MPG method I can easily tell that I will go farther with the 50 MPG car than 18 MPG car using the same amount of fuel. Assuming the average fuel tank size for passenger cars is around 15 gallons, I can estimate that the 50 MPH car will go an extra 240 miles on a tank when compared to the 34 MPG car.

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Guns are not the problem (651 comments)

When you do the proper comparison, you find that easy access to guns lowers the mortality rate.

No such evidence exists since you can't prove a negative. This is why pro-gun people assume guns are a crime deterrent and try to back up the claims with faulty statistics like taking pieces of the Harvard paper you linked out of context despite there being a section of the paper that alludes to the following:

Let me introduce a single statistic - intentional homicide. The rate of intentional homicide is greater in the US (4.7) than Greece (1.7), Norway (2.2), India (3.5), United Kingdom (1.0), Australia (1.1), France (1.0), Israel (1.8), and Canada (1.6). I purposely chose these specific countries because they are either similar in cultural makeup or have just as much social-economic pressures that were mention in your single paper. If guns were an effective deterrent to crime and in particular homicide then the US, which values the right to bear arms second only to freedom of speech and religion and has the largest percentage of gun ownership for self defense (as mentioned by the Harvard paper), should be lower than the other similar countries.

Also I find it interesting that some states (Florida in particular) are banning doctors from asking about gun ownership even in cases of spousal abuse. If data would prove the pro-gun lobby's argument then why do they legislate barriers for collecting the data?

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Yes They Do! (907 comments)

The dealer will buy a car at auction for $2000, then offer it for sale for $5000 but you HAVE to finance it through them. They will NOT let you pay cash.

I doubt that is true for most of these dealers. I knew someone in the "low end" used car profession and you'd be hard pressed to find a more unpleasant person. He owned a Ford F-250 with a pneumatic lift used to tow cars. He bragged about how he could sell the same car to three different people by simply waiting for them to not be able to make a payment and simply go reprocess the car and put it back on the lot. All at a profit. The only problem being is that this took time and a lot of work which is only offset by volume.

I purchased a Honda Accord from him that he recently purchased at auction. I was able to buy it from him at a price well below Kelly Black Book. I accomplish this because I had cash, was stubborn, and figured that while he could probably finance some cars during the week it was rare someone could give him a nice profit with little work. Profit that he could use in short order at the next automobile auction.

I figured the worst thing that could happen was that he would say no. If that would have happen then I would have simply taken my cash elsewhere.

about three weeks ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Like LAME (270 comments)

Since they are working with the original source code and simply implementing new code with a different license, I don't think those three terms you gave apply. When I think of "Clean Room Design", I think of programmers who program a different implementation knowing only the API and the expected results of the subroutine, method, or entire Application.

This is probably more of a "wink... wink.. Clean Room Design... cough... cough."

about 1 month ago
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iOS 8 Review

Bill_the_Engineer Re:no wonder apple dropped 16GB machines (216 comments)

They shouldn't cripple the entire user base because some users may do stupid things.

Tell that to Google and HTC. The HTC One and Nexus Galaxy, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 do not have removable storage.

To be honest, I never removed my original SD card. Most of what I needed was online.

about a month ago
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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

Bill_the_Engineer Sink or Swim time. (33 comments)

I like Qt, but being spun off as its own subsidiary makes it easier to shut it down without affecting the parent company's stock.

So I wish them more luck than usual. May Qt not only be a boon for the open source community but also prove that this can not only be self-sustaining but profitable too.

about a month ago
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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Linux-oriented? (33 comments)

Because the majority of their users are running Linux systems?

I think that was just added by DeviceGuru to make the story Linux related to the reader. By all accounts, this is probably correct.

about a month ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Of course you use force control to run fast. (90 comments)

I'm not a rocket scientist so I wouldn't know. ;)

Operationally you have have several things working against you:

1. Lift capacity of the balloon will limit the total weight of both your payload and rocket.

2. Weather conditions have to be right for launch. The favorable weather conditions for balloon launches are more restrictive than rocket launches.The balloon is HUGE and you will want little to no surface winds below 100ft. If there is a little wind (slight breeze is more accurate), you need to have it blowing away from structures and towards the safety corridor.

3. Even if the surface conditions are right, you're most certainly limited to two brief periods during the year called "turnaround". This is when the jet stream is changing direction and the high altitude winds are the slowest. Why? Well you can't have the balloon or it's launch platform begin decent over populated areas (if you wanted to reuse the launch platform). If you don't care about recovery, you could plan to have the balloon go over water outside of turnaround but the speed and direction of the gondola could make reaching your desired orbit somewhat complicated.

I think at least for the short term. It's more reliable to just launch from the ground and because of the labor costs of everyone waiting for favorable balloon conditions probably slightly cheaper too. Especially when you'll have to use balloon control and launch people on the ground as well as rocket control and launch personnel at float. It's easy to focus on the rocket fuel costs and not consider the helium, gondola, balloon, balloon launch costs (labor) in the first phase.

I know there are people working on this. I'm not one of them.

about a month ago

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Bankrupt municipality seeks revenue from speeding cameras on interstate

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "According to the Mobile Press Register a new speeding enforcement program was adopted by the Prichard City Council today that could generate at least $200,000 a year for the cash-strapped city.

The council, with a unanimous vote, endorsed a program that will add four additional patrol officers to monitor traffic speeds primarily along Interstate 165 and 65 within the Prichard city limits.

The program, administered by South Carolina-based iTraffic Safety, is set to start in January and will be monitored for three months before the city determines whether to increase regulations by adding speed cameras along the interstates. "I think we should try the officers first," Ephriam said. "There could be issues on whether the cameras can accurately depict speeders right now. There are things we have to address with potential liability with the cameras.""

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LibreOffice 3.4.2 for enterprise users released

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targeting both private individuals and enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2 fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most enterprises."
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'Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator dies

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "CNN is reporting that David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.

A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer.""

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