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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Bo'Bob'O Re:Splits the community in half (790 comments)

Sweet, then this is a problem easy to solve.

The second set of guys we can give an MP3 of classic cars, they don't even have to be on the road to enjoy it, and leave the rest of us in peace.

3 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Bo'Bob'O Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

I found the real-name policy to be a real negative too. I think it's perfectly reasonable to want a level of privacy on the web. Total anonymity is probably not possible from any sort of social media, and maybe not wholly desirable, but I think it's fully within my rights to have a part of my life that isn't in the view of the management at my work. Or that a teacher might not want her social life being just a web search away from young students. Or hell, maybe there are just things I'd rather not have my grandmother see.

The 'circles' thing was nice, but it's really just not much of a privacy wall.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Bo'Bob'O Re:Try Again Next Time (248 comments)

They don't have stock-holders or congressmen holding the purse strings to try and impress. They don't need to downplay or spin the outcome of a test flight because everyone involved knows that a good testing program will have some failures. And in fact finding new failure modes in early testing is better then not finding them at all.

So while to SpaceX this was a useful test; their stocks would be falling right now, sending bean counters into a panic were they publicly traded.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Bo'Bob'O Re:Try Again Next Time (248 comments)

It looks like they lost a hydraulic pump for one of their thrusters from the photos I've seen. So not quite unscathed, that was probably tens of thousands of dollars of damage, but that's chump change if they can make it work.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Bo'Bob'O Re:This test was a successful failure (248 comments)

Interesting that despite running out of fluid 30 seconds before the crash. It still landed in nearly the exact center of the platform. Is it just that it dosn't take much maneuvering even to cover that distance? Or was the platform moving to 'catch' it I wonder?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Bo'Bob'O Re:Money talks, electric car walks (181 comments)

If buying cars were simply a matter of price vs purely practical specifications, we'd all be driving Toyota Yaris or commercial vans. Nothing wrong with these vehicles, but sometimes people want to pay a little more to get a little something else or extra out of one of the items that is to most people one of their largest personal investments.

Yes, for a small few it might be a choice to seem trendy or fashionable.. but so what? For the vast majority of people interested there are many big picture and pragmatic reasons to want a car like this. Yet, the criticisms and concerns people often express about cars like the Tesla are far less superficial then what seems to be the average criteria most people use to put value on their gas powered cars.

about two weeks ago
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Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe

Bo'Bob'O Re:Cold War calling... (95 comments)

Also, Zarya is actually owned by the US. It was built, launched and I presume operated by the Russians, but it's still owned by NASA.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Bo'Bob'O Re:Airline anaolgy is incorrect (448 comments)

Considering that most channels seem to work under the model of "Get as much to fill the schedule for as little as possible" I'm not sure that very much of value will be lost.

Look at it another way: The Travel Channel hires many different producers for it's shows. If the travel channel goes away, the channels that survive will be eager to snatch up the shows from the Travel Channel people (hypothetically) actually watched while all the filler just dries up. So now you have channels competing with each other to get people to buy their channels (like HBO does now), rather then just hoping people land on their channels for an hour and see a few commercials before moving on.

I have a feeling that channels will probably stick better to their formats, too. If they drift away from what their core wants, they will have to try and re-market themselves for their new format while the original watchers maybe don't renew that channel the next time their contract comes around.

about three weeks ago
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The Billionaires' Space Club

Bo'Bob'O Re:What the hell is this guy smoking (235 comments)

Even space launch economics aside, the dragon spacecraft can return cargo to earth from LEO.

This is a technology that only only a number of countries you can count on your fingers can do. Fewer still with anything actively doing it. Even if SpaceX stops developing tech tomorrow, it's still had an immediate impact the US and the world's ability to do research in space now and for years to come.

about three weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Bo'Bob'O 40 year old engine. (443 comments)

The summery isn't quite correct. The engines aren't based on an engine from the 60s. These -are- the engines built by the soviets in the 1970s. These things are 40 years old.

The RD-180s used by the Atlas-V are built new, despite their relationship to the abandoned Energia/Buran. The NK-33s that are used by the Antares sat for decades in a Russian warehouse.

about 3 months ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Bo'Bob'O Six Missoins Each (188 comments)

It was clarified later that both companies would fly six missions each (not counting the test mission).

I don't know if the director misspoke or was misunderstood, but she said later in the conference call they have the same requirements for the number of missions.

about 4 months ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Bo'Bob'O Re:Successful troll is successful (200 comments)

Indeed. Now that I am writing from the future (IE, after 5pm after this was actually announced). Both Boeing and SpaceX were awarded the exact same contract: certification, a test flight, and then six missions to the space station.

The only difference is that Boeing charged $1.6B more for the same service. Make of that what you will, but I can't say I can blame NASA -too- much for not wanting to put all their eggs in one basket.

about 4 months ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Bo'Bob'O Re:This is the Congressinal Rocket not NASA. (211 comments)

And in it's place we got the commercial cargo and commercial crew programs, which have been highly successful so far. So much so that NASA is now looking to duplicate the process in other endeavors: http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1407/27marstelecom/#.VANoxEi0b0c

Meanwhile the Orion capsule, which was the part of the constellation project that actually put humans on top of those rockets to get them into space, was kept. It's still over budget, under speced and years off from putting anyone in space.

about 5 months ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

Bo'Bob'O People acutaly LIKE the open floor plans? (160 comments)

I work in an office that is packed in with three people constantly talking on the phone, with other people or just otherwise doing their business. I find it incredibly distracting. Sure I can put headphones on and try and blot it out, but depending on my mental state or particular task, music can be distracting too. Be it Metal or Minimalism music isn't always the answer to getting the best mental state for your work. Also having the music cranked means I can't hear the phone when I'm getting a call. I can't even imagine working in a larger room packed with dozens more people.

I'd love to be in a properly lit and laid out office or cubical.

about 5 months ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Bo'Bob'O Re:Alabama (393 comments)

Which just shows how short-sighted this is. With the logistics of launchers and launch services off of NASA's plate, NASA should be more busy then ever looking to go back to it's main business: pushing the bleeding edge of space, science and aeronautics. Something that that center will no doubt play a large part of. Certainly a lot more then just buying all the hard stuff from Russia.

I think it's still just as likely this is really just about protecting the interests of big contractors who find large profits to be made in building disposable, multimillion dollar rockets. Will SpaceX deliver everything it's promising? I don't know. I think it's fair to not just to put all our eggs in that basket just yet, but the government money that has been spent on SpaceX seems to have been a good deal so far. They seem to have a real vision of moving forward and I think that's a risk worth investing in.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Bo'Bob'O Marketing (161 comments)

The fact is that the experiment they Facebook conducted was mild to what other corporations do every day under the umbrella of "marketing".

They use control groups and try every trick they can to manipulate your mood, feelings, impressions of their products. They carefully script interactions to take advantage of your feelings and social norms. Also take the recent example in the past few weeks of the scripts that Verizon's 'account retention' departments use to try and wedge people into keeping their account longer. Those weren't just thrown together, those were made with careful research and years of experiments on customers and focus groups.

The only difference with what Facebook did and the rest do is that they shared their results with everyone. Was Facebook Unethical manipulating people the way they did? I think so, and I'm only less interested in the service after that scandal, but what they got them in trouble was sharing it with the rest of the world in a way that might have also done some honest good. Now they will learn from their mistakes, keep it to themselves, and use that research purely to manipulate people for higher profit and no one will say a thing.

about 6 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Bo'Bob'O Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

"The KGB have used Romeo spies"

Who'd have thought this would end in tragedy?

about 6 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Bo'Bob'O Re:Noteworthy Omission (199 comments)

I posted this below, but yes a thousand times.

I'm even starting to see this on supposedly reputable sites like Sourceforge.

about 8 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Bo'Bob'O DOWNLOAD (199 comments)

Ads that look like a download button. They have been getting better on that, locating it near the content and not having any other text around it except maybe a tiny (outside offer) or something similar nearby, if you are lucky.

It used to be that it was only pretty shady websites you'd see this on, but more and more I'm seeing this on supposedly reputable sites. Even Sorceforge. It's a massive loss of reputability in my mind.

about 8 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Bo'Bob'O Re:Overthinking it. (199 comments)

I hate marketing, I've gotten rid of cable and broadcast TV in favor of Netflix and other ad-free content. Much the same for music.

Yet despite having the option I've never turned off ads here on Slashdot; it's always in the same place, not massive or obtrusive, and generally somewhat relent to the content. I respect that they use the ads to support the site and I think this is one of the few commercial sites that respects me the same which is one reason I still come here after all these years. No massive page filling adds, moving ads, video ads, or any of the crap that is mentioned above. As long as it keeps that way, I won't turn off ads, and I'll even visit the sites sometimes when they are relevant to me.

If it ever changes from that, I'll probably just stop coming. Sure i could use adblock or the built in ad-blocking feature of the site, but if the owners don't respect me, why would I be interested in their services?

about 8 months ago

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