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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

David Gould Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

For the benefit of the non-MBAs among us, could you explain all that by means of a car analogy?

No problem: It's like if Musk were to Open Up the Tesla Supercharger Patents, To Spur Development.

about 3 months ago

ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

David Gould Re: Improvement (232 comments)

Also, even with all the perpetually shifting estimates, it really does appear to be getting closer. It's not a case of "always 50 years away": 50 years ago, it was "50 years away"; 20 years ago, it was "25 years away"; now, it's "15 years away". That is actual progress -- not as fast as we'd like, or as was once expected, but progress.

about a year ago

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

David Gould Re: wrong two words (740 comments)

> (Or should I be expecting a Whooshing sound any minute now?)


> I suspect the answer is: the "Chicago Exchanges" have nodes on the low-latency Wall Street network.

No doubt they've got the most expensive, premium, low-latency network connection money can buy; you're right that far. But did you seriously mean to suggest that money can currently buy a faster-than-light connection? That they have negative latency?

about a year ago

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

David Gould Re: Too little too late (496 comments)

"Win7 is mediocre."
"Win7 is by far the best OS Microsoft has ever made."

A prime example of how two different statements can be true simultaneously.

1 year,22 days

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

David Gould Re:I've heard this before (397 comments)

Well yeah of course I could let you add a negative Debit for an Asset but your accounting department will come at you with sharpened coffee mug or something.

If you're very, very lucky.

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

David Gould Re:Wow, this is stupid. (629 comments)

Ah, but see, the point of the article is that, unlike all the rest of us, this guy actually is smart enough to predict exactly how our 1000-times-smarter hyper-advanced post-human descendants will think.

about a year ago

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

David Gould Re:with frickin' lasers! (402 comments)

What makes you think they won't name the series of Laser gunboats after sharks?

ITYM Sea Bass.

about a year and a half ago

Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

David Gould Re:Point? (43 comments)

If you RTFS, you might notice that it mentions "replicat[ing] the energy-efficient nature of jelly movement". Any task that's useful to perform in water can be done better by making the vehicle more energy-efficient. Other properties of the design will no doubt make it more suitable for some tasks than for others. That'll all shake out as the technology becomes available to designers of machines for all sorts of purposes. Adding another mode of locomotion to the toolkit available to such designers can only be useful.

about a year and a half ago

Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

David Gould Re:Potential Military..... (43 comments)

There's a definite machismo pecking order in the natural scientists

As opposed to the real scientists? *ducks*

about a year and a half ago

Apache CloudStack Becomes a Top-level Project

David Gould Re:Historic (43 comments)

Just wait a while and see which comments percolate to the top: they will contain the essence and seeds of knowledge which you seek.

Essence and seeds perhaps. But look Ye not unto Slashdot for answers, for Ye shall be told both Yea and Nay.

about a year and a half ago

Sunstone Unearthed From Sixteenth Century Shipwreck

David Gould Re:Iceland Spar (114 comments)

Ah, my kingdom for a mod point! Well done.

about a year and a half ago

Physicists Discover a Way Around Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

David Gould Re:Schrodinger would be happy (153 comments)

You know, from the cat's point of view, it's the physicist who keeps cutting his probability of existence in half every time he performs the experiment. She might wonder why he commits this series of half-suicides. If she cared.

about a year and a half ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

David Gould Re:Questions (1774 comments)

Are you an asshole when you delete a program you wrote?

In most cases, no. But if you've achieved true "Strong" AI, and the program is a sentient entity, then yes, yes you are.

about 2 years ago

Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business?

David Gould Re:No - Reasonable is... (287 comments)

1. Find an engineer who has dealt much with tech patent licensing issues. (I haven't myself, but I've performed this experiment and the results were fascinating.)
2, Get a couple of beers into him.
3. Be prepared to duck for cover.
4. Ask him about the phrase "Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory".

about 2 years ago

Laser Powers Lockheed Martin's Stalker Drone For 48 Hours

David Gould Re:Power it from above (129 comments)

Good to know I'm not the only one who has that dream.

more than 2 years ago

Laser Powers Lockheed Martin's Stalker Drone For 48 Hours

David Gould Re:Power it from above (129 comments)

But think of the amount of popcorn they could produce in remote locations...

The Crossbow Project
There's no defense like a good offense.

more than 2 years ago

Programming Error Doomed Russian Mars Probe

David Gould Re:Contradictions (276 comments)

The summary is so contradictory because it quotes from 2 articles, and each of them is completely different.

" A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, (Emerson)

"Look Ye not unto Slashdot for Answers, for Ye shall be told both Yea and Nay." (seen in a sig some years ago)

more than 2 years ago


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