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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

CaptSlaq Re:Good/BAd news for science. (90 comments)

The Tetravon wasn't exactly peanuts and it's been shut down.

It was in operation for almost 30 years.

Operational longevity like that isn't peanuts either.

And upgraded several times through that 30 years, including some work less than 2 years before it was shut down.
I'm not saying that "The LHC should be shut down", but claiming that "The LHC won't get shut down because it was expensive" is, in my opinion, a misnomer.
I'll point back to your original statement: "Old does not always translate into worthless", but apparently my understanding of your statement is "at some point, it does".

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

CaptSlaq Re:...an hour?.. (525 comments)

...if they raised the speed limit to eighty-eight, scott could save *years*...

That's assuming he was driving something that vaguely looked like a DeLorean ...

Naa, just needs to have a stainless steel skin. Unfortunately, those are hard to come by.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

CaptSlaq Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

DREEEEEEEAAAAMWEAVER... I believe you can get me through the night....

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

CaptSlaq Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Don't worry, you'll grow to hate him too.

about a month and a half ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

CaptSlaq Multiple CDN contracts? (243 comments)

I assume there's a reason why Netflix hasn't perused the idea of load balancing across CDNs? Yes, it'd be a pain in the ass, but I know both Akamai and Limelight will read from your source to deliver bits to an end user.

It'd be a hell of a lot better than buckling to ISPs. At least you're in control of your costs at that point.

about 2 months ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

CaptSlaq Re:Ive done this (284 comments)

I don't know where home is for you, but when considering the general state of most of the world it would seem that even though you clearly are better off now, and most likely you bring experience and funds back to your home country, an issue does remain.

There exists a real sense of morality, an instinct for solidarity, and foremost a sense of equality among people who are naturally different from each other. Large parts of Western society are wealthy enough to dabble in such philanthropy, and that is probably a good thing. However, philanthropist of any economic background become conflicted when we observe that our unfair treatement is better than what you are accustomed to anyway. It highlights the inequality which is delieated by national borders.

Perhaps the hope that remains is that even though you came for the money, some of the good parts of the culture rubbed off on you. Finding the good parts of Western culture is a tall order in the corporate world though.

What, pray tell, do you consider the "good parts" of Western culture? Since it appears that is the shorter list than the "bad parts".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

CaptSlaq Re:Add internet service at home? (170 comments)

30/10 in a remote location? How the hell is "remote" defined? Best I can get is 6M/512k 35 miles from the closest thing you can call a "metro".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

CaptSlaq Re:Depends on the project (155 comments)

I'd rather write a replacement product then help old software limp along. Also old code tends to be ..........

Mature, debugged, and well documented?

about a month ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

CaptSlaq So... (126 comments)

A base model S for 50k, if you're not afraid of a few miles on it? It'll depend on what they do to the car: if it's "check a bunch of boxes" I'm not so sure I'm interested. If it's "Test the car and repair defects in the drive line and battery", that may be much more interesting.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

CaptSlaq Re:The bigger Problem is their "updates" (577 comments)

It's called the system registry, that buggy plague ridden POS idea that has contaminated windows for decades, remains a continuous problem. Originally done so M$ could pry into what software people are running in one location and prevent undesired software from M$'s point of view from running, an idea that had to be abandoned for obvious reasons but that POS registry crap was still left behind. A brand new clean install more than anything else tidies up the registry and that speeds up boots, shut downs and application launches. The system registry is shite, get rid of it, finally for fukity fuck fucking sake.

Good luck with that. Registry keys are pretty much a staple of most software that's written for Win32. The idea actually isn't that bad: It's a place to stuff data about and settings for software in a standardized way. Thing is that my understanding of it is that the entire thing resides in RAM, so the fatter it is, the less that's available to the system. Someone with more/better information on this would be interesting to hear from.

about 3 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

CaptSlaq Re:Before you even start (261 comments)

People who prefer inexpensive but fast vehicles get a lot of tickets. I have no idea what kind of demographic this might be (young males).

Have you priced a WRX lately? Not exactly cheap, even used.

I wouldn't buy a WRX used anyway unless I knew the owner personally. Cars like the WRX get ridden hard and put away wet FAR more often than something more sedate.

about 3 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

CaptSlaq Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

The real question if why is the FR-S ranked 3rd high but the BRZ ranked 125?

The FR-S outsells the BRZ 3:1 in the states... if for no other reason than "less opportunity", I could see this as being a contributing factor. Seems like there's some deal between Subaru and Toyota on the production of these too, but I can't find anything solid on it.

about 3 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

CaptSlaq Re:The alternative is not a crapware-free phone (427 comments)

The alternative is a phone filled with either the OEM's additions, or the carrier's crappy branded apps.

The cleanest phone you can buy is probably the Nexus 5.

Those of us who want more control will be smart buyers and purchase hardware that is easy to load with custom ROMs, then we can decide exactly how much of gapps we want.

The 2013 MotoX is probably the closest second. I haven't had a look at the 2014 MotoX, but I certainly hope they carried on the tradition.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptSlaq Re: How about protecting the public (302 comments)

some might say that carpet bombing 4chan's servers until they buckle might be doing the intarwebz a favor.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptSlaq Re:How about protecting the public (302 comments)

Ukraine?

To say that was an "insurrection" I believe is patently false. That KGB guy that Russia has as their pres has fingers ALL OVER that situation.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

CaptSlaq Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Implying that "doing good" and "making money" are mutually exclusive... I believe this to be a false assumption.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

CaptSlaq Re:Wrong move. (479 comments)

It's nice to know that Zuckerberg still reads slashdot.

about 3 months ago

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Signs point to XKCD's time ending

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about a year ago

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  |  more than 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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