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Long In Development, Toshiba 'SCiB' Battery Debuts

Darth Sdlavrot Re:So... (284 comments)

You need 1.3MW...

I thought as much, but it doesn't change much. My electric company still isn't going to provide my neighborhood with that kind of capacity.

And yes, I knew I could trickle charge overnight -- we can do that now. But in an article about batteries that can take a full charge in five minutes, that's rather beside the point, don't you think?

more than 4 years ago
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Long In Development, Toshiba 'SCiB' Battery Debuts

Darth Sdlavrot Re:So... (284 comments)

Not that it is a problem yet.. most households lack the fusing to allow such large loads.. not something I expect to change fast as it requires a lot of expensive upgrades

Comment above says you'll need 1.3Gw.

My 220v 200A service gives me 44Kw, right?

I don't believe my electric company is going to put the kind of capacity into my neighborhood to let me recharge at home like that.

A battery recharging station next to a substation would work. The only problem is that there isn't a substation on every corner, like gas stations.

BTW, how big do the wires have to be to handle 1.3Gw without getting too hot to touch?

more than 4 years ago
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Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

Darth Sdlavrot Re:headline? (423 comments)

ugh, double negatives make my head hurt.

more than 4 years ago
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Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

Darth Sdlavrot hooray (423 comments)

Sudden outbreak of common sense.

more than 4 years ago
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Al Franken's Warning On Net Neutrality

Darth Sdlavrot non regulation -- good or bad? (564 comments)

"Speculating on what the Internet could morph into under the Republicans' preferred lack of regulation,...

Well, just look how well lack of regulation worked with Credit Default Swaps in the financial markets, e.g., these past few years.

Not that I'm necessarily keen on big government, or more regulation.

more than 4 years ago
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Al Franken's Warning On Net Neutrality

Darth Sdlavrot Re:It is Called Competition (564 comments)

Ahem.

It's not about their servers -- how many there are, or how fast they are -- it's about them colluding with the ISPs to throttle other sites.

In a pure capitalist, free market, collusion happens, and I suppose everyone is okay with it.

But the internet was originally built with my tax dollars, and I don't want rich pricks colluding to slow down some content and not others.

more than 4 years ago
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What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

Darth Sdlavrot A file server? Linux? (417 comments)

Seriously? Okay. The OS that probably works best with this machine is --- drum roll -- OS X.

Without hardly thinking about it it'll serve files via AFP and SMB.

Google will tell you how to enable the NFS server on it. (That's right, you don't need OS X Server.)

Streaming video? If there's open source software for Linux to do this, there's a pretty good chance it'll build on OS X too.

more than 4 years ago
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What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

Darth Sdlavrot Re:Like the look of the G5 ... (417 comments)

it may take a little more than a phillips screwdriver to accomplish this.

Yup, you'll need a Torx driver instead.

more than 4 years ago
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India's $35 Tablet Computer

Darth Sdlavrot web browsing in less developed areas (294 comments)

It has a solar power option too, which is important in India's less developed areas,

I predict that the added cost of the satellite phone link up will be a show stopper.

more than 4 years ago
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Buckyballs Detected In Space

Darth Sdlavrot new patent meme (117 comments)

Instead of "on the internet" now we can re-patent everything with "in space."

Buckyballs in space.

ecommerce -- in space.

software delivery -- in space.

etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Ships Infected Motherboards

Darth Sdlavrot Re:What did you expect? (326 comments)

Basically the entire computer's assembled in a sweatshop by barely literate people who are being paid jack-shit to assemble a "rich-boy toy" for some perceived fat cat in the US who sleeps on piles of money.

People talk about Detroit autoworkers exactly the same way. Doesn't mean much, really.

Talk about them that way -- okay; they're not exactly in the same league though.

UAW autoworkers earn, on average, $28 per hour. That's average, some get much more. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070924073107AAuGk8O

Chinese sweat shop labor, e.g. at Foxconn, make about $168-176 per month. http://www.china.org.cn/china/2010-06/07/content_20199987.htm

more than 4 years ago
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China Says Google Pledged To Obey Censorship Demands

Darth Sdlavrot Tiananmen Square (177 comments)

The photo of the student confronting tanks isn't a national security risk.

So they won't have to filter that.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Delays National Broadband For Three Years

Darth Sdlavrot Re:Sexist (140 comments)

A 27 year old _grand_mother!

Are you serious or was that a typo?

more than 4 years ago
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UK Delays National Broadband For Three Years

Darth Sdlavrot Re:This is stupid. (140 comments)

I have nothing against my neighbors wanting a "free," quality, public education for their children, but why should I have to fund it?

(Never mind that my children have already gone through the public school system and are off to college now.)

I thought we understood that governments build infrastructure on the premise that we all benefit in one way or another. Roads, airports, shipping ports, military, etc. Otherwise I could extend your argument to include all those other things and more. I may never drive on the Trans-Alaska highway, fly out of Portland, Maine international airport, but I do believe that by making things better for the people who do use them, we've all receive a benefit. Likewise for me, for the things I use.

And that free public education my children received? If I'd had to pay "the going rate" every year they were in school, I could never have afforded it, so now I'm paying for it in installments through my town or county property tax (or your council tax), and my neighbors will be doing the same, and if not here, where ever I live, or they live. If you look at the big picture it all evens out, more or less.

more than 4 years ago
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First 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito Created

Darth Sdlavrot Re:side effect (261 comments)

I'd go out on a limb and say it's not clear we need malaria-proof anything.

Spraying -- since the end of the civil war in Mozambique -- and distributing treated mosquito nets has greatly reduced Malaria in Mozambique and the lowveld regions of South Africa. Malaria was eliminated in Europe and the US without malaria-proof mosquitoes. (Remember that nasty DDT? It was intended solely for spraying the inside walls of houses in the south. Farmers saw how well it worked and started spraying it on their crops, and the rest is history.)

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Juno, Armored Tank Heading For Jupiter

Darth Sdlavrot Re:Unit conversions (185 comments)

Wow, the British are the weird ones, here! Lets do some exercises:

Exercise 1: What is the area of a triangle with a base of 3m and height of 5m?

Mathematically: (3 * 5) / 2 = 7.5

American: That's 7.5 meters squared

Let me fix this for you:

      That's 7.5 square meters.

British: That's sqrt(7.5) square meters?????

WTF? No, they'd say the same thing we'd say.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Juno, Armored Tank Heading For Jupiter

Darth Sdlavrot Re:Unit conversions (185 comments)

However, most non-scientific things are still displayed in imperial and their sizes fit imperial units (construction materials, household items, baking). Ounces, cups, gallons, 1/4'', feet, yard, etc, are all seen daily by even the starving artist who failed algebra 1.

I think you need to go look at a can of stewed tomatoes or a box of cake mix or a bottle of Coca Cola.

100% of all commercial goods sold in the US have both metric and "US customary system" measurements. No, it's not "Imperial". US fluid measurements are not the same as English/Imperial fluid measurements that use the same names, e.g. gallon, quart, pint.

more than 4 years ago

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