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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

CaptainLard Re:sorry (195 comments)

Don't most ships these days have propellers?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

CaptainLard Re:What classes do you take? (391 comments)

But how many people with LA degrees have mastered these?

How many people with B.S. degrees have mastered any of their core competencies*? The vast majority of skills I use day to day as an EE I learned or mastered on the job. Pretty much everyone I knew in college started their careers with lots of training or menial tasks.

*of which there are apparently far fewer of than in LA

about a week ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

CaptainLard Re:A Billion Dollars? (149 comments)

Its not like Nevada is paying Tesla a billion dollars. From the summary it only looks like the state is building a road at their own expense. If all the tax rates stayed in place with the factory, then sure they'd have a ton of extra money. But without the tax breaks, Tesla would have likely chosen some place else so nevada wouldn't get that money anyway.

You're right about the big picture though. I'd really like to see a detailed analysis of tax havens to find out if it really helps out anyone in the country besides a few shady politicians at the top. Last I heard, Ireland, etc, weren't doing so hot economically.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

CaptainLard Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

As an astronaut, I wonder which would appeal to me more? The "Exciting Choice" or the "Safe Choice?"

More importantly, which one is which? Why would Boeing's design be inherently safer than SpaceX? Or by "safe" are they saying that boeing has almost 100 years experience funneling government money into executive bonuses so they are a safe bet to win the contract?

about two weeks ago
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California Blue Whales Rebound From Whaling

CaptainLard Re:See?! (91 comments)

Ha! You trolls are hilarious...and fascinating. So many unrelated individuals all acting pretty much exactly the same. Whats your thought process in posting? "Oh Oh! Let me just type nuh-uh and say names. That will show him good and I will have made my day that much better. I have achieved something today!"

And because I just can't resist you charming little scamps....one could argue that going from over-whaling to NOT over-whaling does indeed constitute a change regardless of the impetus. Would it pick right back up? Doubtful because the market no longer exists, which funny enough, is also a change.

In closing I wish you well in your upcoming sophomore year of high school. Feel free to tell all your classmates about the victory you achieved today.

about two weeks ago
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California Blue Whales Rebound From Whaling

CaptainLard See?! (91 comments)

Its totally possible to make changes in human behavior to minimize or reverse destructive impacts on ecosystems. Obviously every scenario will be different but lets keep it up!

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

CaptainLard Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Lose what? Our attention? Putin will control russia till he dies. Officially, he doesn't control any other countries so if he "backs down" (From what? He's denying russian involvement right??) the only thing that will happen is his cronies will get their foreign assets unfrozen.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

CaptainLard Re:Cash? (61 comments)

And if they did have a dump truck with $970 million, wouldn't that be enough to "give it technology to compete with video-streaming rivals Netflix and YouTube"?

Some observations: 1) Does it really take $970million to write a bunch of web apps? 2) How come developers and engineers aren't getting it? 3) I thought tech companies could only spend their money in units of $Billions 4) Hopefully someone at Twitch got fired for losing out on that last $30million. Losers...

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

CaptainLard Re:Or don't be... (561 comments)

What's the percentage of white male computer-science and technical graduates?

To do anything but hire according to that percentage would be an act of sexism or racism.

Using that criteria is all well and good if your sole market is computer-science and technical graduates or your only products are algorithms. But if you're making general consumer products and are trying to sell to a more diverse market (i.e. the world) its probably not the worst idea to have more cultures represented. In other words, the top tech grads are not necessarily the most qualified applicants to design and sell products to a marketplace as diverse as earth.

about a month ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

CaptainLard Re:Math (141 comments)

They have not shown it is a problem.

Perhaps not but its certainly worth following up on a previously unknown phenomenon that may or may not affect the global food supply. Your math showing an apparently small concentration doesn't take into account the biology of any creature living in the ocean. You haven't shown there isn't a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Confessions

CaptainLard Re:Every single day (234 comments)

We live in an era where people in charge have very little accountability to the masses. "The Mob" no longer puts fear into politicians or business community. As such "maybe I shouldn't do this nefarious yet legal deed because it could end up with guillotine" check is no longer there.

All things considered, that's probably for the best. "The Mob" has a spotty record when it comes to serving justice.

about 2 months ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

CaptainLard Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

The gas powered cars that can break the records set by these gimmicks

Gas powered cars that don't use their engine and are propelled by batteries and electricity alone can break electric propulsion records set by pure EV's? That's amazing! I bet if they took out the heavy gas engines since they're not using them, they'd go even farther.....and by farther I mean nowhere. Apple and Orange, meet troll.

about 2 months ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

CaptainLard Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

Right, because gas powered cars built specifically to break speed/efficiency records are so much more practical...oh wait, they're also worthless for everything but breaking records and look just like this one. Good thing some of that engineering knowledge transfers over to consumer vehicles.

And in case you missed it, several Tesla's have already made cross country road trips. It might take 30 min to charge but 3 years ago it took 12 hours. Why would you want to go to sleep now and miss all the exciting rapid development? Do you sleep through movies to watch the credits?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

CaptainLard Re:Shitpost is shit (272 comments)

Oh come on, this post was clearly written by the CEO of microsoft because they started the layoff ball rolling without knowing where to stop it. We should hold off on discussing this topic until we work out a deal to split the executive board's salary amongst us!

about 2 months ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

CaptainLard Re:A lot of ground to cover (50 comments)

Maybe they're just starting out with proving the design. From what I've read, all recent mars landing sites have been vetted by years of study by competing teams of researches and finally selected by expert committees based on maximum potential of interesting results.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Re:Just stay unemployed (509 comments)

Perhaps I shouldn't have went for subtlety when attempting to burn karma. Nevertheless, I'm amused that /.ers don't know what the world's oldest profession is and at the same time probably need its services more than anyone.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Re:Just stay unemployed (509 comments)

Yeah but this girl actually wants to do something with her life so how about forgetting the latest technology and looking for careers with proven track records. Does anyone know what the worlds oldest profession is? Maybe she can do that?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Mortician (509 comments)

...unless you really bought into Kurzweil's book

about 2 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

CaptainLard Re: The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

I'm repeating a few things others have said in reply to your post but adding on here to help fill up your /. side bar...

1) Like the first guy said, your chart shows sea ice area is clearly near the bottom. The summary says "trending near", not absolute lows. So you proved that point for them.

2)Your temperature graph shows quite a bit of white but on the whole, there is a lot more red tint than blue, especially considering the scale is over +/- 10C. Ask any 5 year old what the main color is for the ocean and they'll say red. Its obviously abnormally warm.

Every now and then I go down your "informed skeptic" rabbit holes to make sure I didn't miss anything in my personal conclusion that AGW is real and a problem, but every time the data YOU present always ends up refuting your point. Whats your game in all this?

about 2 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

CaptainLard Re:Clothes Dryers Re:user error (710 comments)

Oh come on, the "SCIENTISTS ARE ALL MONEY GRUBBING SCAMMERS" crowd is just as big nowadays. And holy smokes! The sun can dry things even in the winter??? I wonder if there are any other strange atmospheric effects happening that you don't (or won't) understand? But hey, congratulations on your mom's sweater.

about 2 months ago

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