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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

CaptSlaq Re:Fly by Interocitor (468 comments)

I think the perhaps the majority of the crowd here is too young to get MST3K references, but I thank you for the laugh.

about three weeks ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

CaptSlaq Re:Bah (126 comments)

I was using perl before it was cool.

(I figured a fanboi submission required a hipster response)

Perl was cool? Seems that it's never been since I started using it in 2000.

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

CaptSlaq Re:Excellent (322 comments)

There's a new Battlestar Galactica? Disney came out with their Kimba movie starring Matthew Broderick? Wow, the future is AWESOME! Did they bring back Dr. Who?

They call it Dr. Who, but it's not nearly as campy or funny.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

CaptSlaq Re:Cloud, schmoud! (409 comments)

Just because you don't have your own server doesn't mean there isn't one. Somebody has to actually run the server somewhere. Or is it clouds all the way down?

Something like that...

about 2 months ago
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Federal Car Fleet To Become Test Bed For High-Tech Safety Gear

CaptSlaq Troubleshooters equipment (24 comments)

Was anyone else reminded of Paranoia when they read the synopsis?

about 2 months ago
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Federal Car Fleet To Become Test Bed For High-Tech Safety Gear

CaptSlaq Re:learn to drive asshole (24 comments)

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -- Albert Einstein

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

CaptSlaq Re:Pragmatic, makes sense. (361 comments)

So it's a method to run untrusted, potentially hostile code in a jail to minimize the harm it can do to the user and the host system. (In an open source setting you must assume all closed code is hostile)

Can they do this to other plugins too? Like flash?

All plugins that Firefox uses run in a separate container already. I do not know what the cost of jailing said container would be.

about 2 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

CaptSlaq Re:Funding (664 comments)

2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit, 5.7L/370-hp/395-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8, $30,965

Meanwhile, in an alternate dimension (Norway): Civilian 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L/80-hp $29,116.

Import tariffs?

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

CaptSlaq Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

... it is a historical sociological fact that societies do better when those at the bottom are taken care of (there are limits to the truth of that, but we aren't even vaguely close to them).

[Citation Needed]

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

CaptSlaq Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

Where is money actually the problem in the system? The problem, as I see it, is that the governed no longer CARE enough to do anything unless stirred to a frenzy. When you have a turnout of just over half of the eligible voters, a nearly even split between the two major parties, a system that doesn't allow for a viable third party candidate, and a plethora of people who just vote party lines (including the representatives sent to DC) instead of doing research, I can very easily see how we wound up with what we have.

The money isn't the biggest problem. It's a symptom: The voters don't care enough to keep tabs on their elected representatives to make it excessively painful when they take cash from $INFLUENCE_OF_THE_WEEK. Education, information dissemination, and a general lack of belief that "voting matters" is the problem, from where I sit. How we fix these things is where the focus should be. Make the people care about who they send to DC, their state capitol, and their county seat, and what those people are doing, saying, and voting.

How this happens, I have not sorted out. I hope someone smarter than me can get it solved, before some elected official gets killed and then they get completely isolated from the governed in "the interest of national security". Some say this has already happened.

about 3 months ago
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US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

CaptSlaq Re:NSA hole becomes public (153 comments)

[citation needed]

about 3 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

CaptSlaq Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (398 comments)

1000 times thank you. I've had to repeat the "Volt is a Prius" mantra far more than I care to.

about 3 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

CaptSlaq Re:3 Companies (544 comments)

"He made a load of money from a scam and used his ill-gotten gains to fund toy projects." FTFY

[Citation needed]

about 4 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

CaptSlaq Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

Price? It's priced competitively with other cars in its class (most people don't buy luxury sedans).

Cross-country trip? What about it? The supercharger network reaches coast to coast, and by the end of the year there will be a few more cross-country routes possible.

LA to SF? This was literally the first place they built superchargers.

while technically true, it's only on very specific routes currently. Tesla claims this will be fixed by (effectively) 2016.

Source: http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

about 4 months ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

CaptSlaq Re:PI KERNEL (132 comments)

Yay! We've finally reached that!

And it's delicious.

about 4 months ago
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

CaptSlaq Re:Been there. (172 comments)

We're so productive, but *what* are we producing and for *who*?

Great post. That's the million dollar question, right there. We certainly are propping up an outdated socio-economic system. But powerful people retain their power through this system. That's the obstacle I see. Otherwise we could all be working much less, have full employment and much more time for personal pursuits.

Your "outdated socio-economic system" is someone else's "reality". While we are rapidly eliminating jobs for people on the left side of whatever IQ test you wish to use, we still have to pay people for food and to build stuff. When we automate THOSE jobs, we'll STILL have to pay for the energy production, energy usage, and maintenance of said automation, energy production and energy distribution.

"Powerful people" aren't the problem. Energy and materials science is. Until energy production and transmission is zero cost, or close enough to it that it becomes an advertising expense, the leisure society isn't going to happen. I also don't believe that "Powerful people" are hiding the near zero cost energy production silver bullet. To speculate that it is so leads down the dark hole of conspiracy. Near zero cost energy not going to be in my lifetime, and probably not in my child's either. If the NIF (or any of its analogs) produce a self-sustaining fusion reaction, that will be tipping point. The materials science problem is nearly taken care of, but said materials (Iconel, among others) are too expensive and (again) energy intensive to produce in large quantities.

There is speculation that if we actually get to the zero cost for energy society, mankind will inadvertently self-exterminate. I can see this being a very real possibility.

about 4 months ago

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Signs point to XKCD's time ending

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  1 year,1 day

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "According to the current imagery, it looks like Randal Munroe has finished the story he was telling with the Time series. The long running series that has spanned over 3000 images and spawned multiple methods of viewing and comment appears to have come to an end."
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Infiniti to offer steer by wire next year

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about 2 years ago

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "Fly by wire has long been a mainstay in aircraft, and now Infiniti is ready to try it out for your car. The design is interesting using cameras and other sensors to manage the small stuff, and has a mechanical fail over in the event something goes wrong. If the mechanical fail over could be removed, this would be quite the boon for automotive packaging, as the steering mechanism can be put outside the engine bay, and the steering wheel can easily be put anywhere else inside the car."
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