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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

DeBaas Knight rider (701 comments)

Kitt kumpel, gehen wir

(German dubbed Knight Rider)

about two weeks ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

DeBaas Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

I have literally never had a complaint with an intel motherboard except when it had onboard ATI graphics — Mach64CT, what a POS, you couldn't even trust it to provide a framebuffer without getting the colors wrong.

server mainboards, who cares about the colors? That includes windows.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

DeBaas Any realistic data on battery replacement? (377 comments)

I own a Prius, my second one. And I keep seeing people make a lot of fuss about the battery replacement. Really, does anyone have some real data on this? My dealer said he never experienced a customer coming in and asking for it (and they sold a lot of these cars due to the tax benefits in my country). But I realize that a car dealer doesn' t sound too objective.

At this moment I still believe the vast majority of hybrid cars, at least the Prius, will never have a replacement. At most the capacity in the end will be so low that the fuel benefits are nearly negated, but in such old cars you don't invest in replacing the batteries. Simply keep driving it.

  Up hill: even my previous Prius (which had a small 1.5 liter engine) was the best car I ever drove in the mountains. The aid of the electric part really makes a difference. And down hill was even better as it breaks 'on the engine' much better than a normal car. I am sure it doesn't get close to a a four wheel drive, but it saying it is terrible up hill seems a myth to me.

It's not a sports car, but at least the current model with the 1.8L engine is not slow either. You can't compare it to cars like BMW or Audi or such cars. But take a test drive once.

What is true in my view is that for long distances, the advantages of the hybrid are nearly gone. I get decent mileage if I drive long distances, but that seems to me has more to do with the design of the car rather than with the hybrid part.

So coming back to my original question, does anyone have some realistic data on battery replacement?

about a month and a half ago
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Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

DeBaas Re:How about... (94 comments)

Perhaps NASA can develop a spray paint kind of solution to fully seal the rock. That would probably weigh a lot less to transport to Mars than a structure strong enough to provide proper shelter against dust storms etc. Caves provide less extreme temperatures which might reduce the energy requirements as well.

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

DeBaas Re: Electric. (659 comments)

Why was I buying a $25k car instead of a $8k car again?

Because if you drive 80 miles a day, it may be cheaper to buy a car that uses less gas. Especially if you take into account that it will last you longer, as it is newer, so it will either save you another $8K a few years from now.

It depends on the price of gas (which is high where I live) but driving an old car makes sense if you have low mileage.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

DeBaas Re:Save your breath. (192 comments)

ehm, numbers give them headaches. Use graphs and pictures. And the first slide should be some stock photo with smiling young people that are engaged in something completely unrelated.

Oh and if you report on a project, use a traffic light that is green or use smileys...

about 3 months ago
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Job Postings For Python, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop Way Up This Year

DeBaas Re:Is SQL really such a bad thing? (52 comments)

I'm sure there are a lot of DBA's that would be happy if less people in the company knew SQL...

about 3 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

DeBaas Re:Based on what? (888 comments)

>> European socialist capitalism vastly expanded to the point where no one has to work unless they want to

Yeah...ask the Soviets or Cuba how that worked. (Or Venezuela if you need a more recent example.) Hell,. just ask Europe how that's going. (Looking at you, France.)

And why would you ask Soviets and Cuba or Venezuela how European socialist capitalism is going? They don't/didn't have that.

Better ask the Swedes or the Norwegians. Those are much better examples.

about 6 months ago
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Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

DeBaas Re: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (160 comments)

I have a tip for you then, you probably don't need to go 'no-carb'.

I stopped eating wheat and dairy for bowel problems. I replaced wheat with spelt (different grain) for bread, cookies, pasta etc. And not only did it for me also solve nose issues as well as the bowel issues, I also lost the 20kg weight I had gained since my early twenties.

I personally believe that in stead of no carb, people should go with the right carbs.

about 8 months ago
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Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

DeBaas Re:Well, I'll tell you why I'm not interested.. (332 comments)

I'm part of one of these younger generations, and I'm honestly not interested in getting involved because I've seen how much of a raging asshole Linuz can be. He's a great maintainer, but he could be honest and give constructive criticism in less condescending ways. I'm not as experienced as he is, but that doesn't give him the right to be a complete dick in public theater.

You've managed to asses that he is 'a raging asshole', but now how to properly spell his name?

about 9 months ago
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Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

DeBaas Get on my Lawn (332 comments)

Get on my Lawn!

about 9 months ago
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Healthcare.gov Official Resigns, Website Still a Disaster

DeBaas Re:Recapping an old post. . . (559 comments)

Even if there was load testing, in my experience load and stress testing is within the test community not something that is very well developed. Two days ago I spoke about performance testing on a 4 day conference ( http://www.eurostarconferences.com/ ) and my talk was the only one that dealt with performance.

In my view, this fields needs to be better developed. Tests usually focus just on response times, based on usage profiles that are practically fantasy. Monitoring of the systems is minimal, and the queuing model is usually not even known to the testers.

about 9 months ago
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I wish my car could...

DeBaas KITT (443 comments)

I wish my car could: drive itself, park itself somewhere cheap, come over if I call it via my smart watch, be practically indestructible so it can drive through walls, go under water be bulletproof and drive itself in a driving truck with a hot female mechanic inside. Old geezer asking stupid questions optional.

I want all that, I just don't want to look like Daivd Hasselhof and have the car talk back to me.

about 9 months ago
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Mexican Village Creates Its Own Mobile Phone Service

DeBaas feature, not a catch (110 comments)

However, there is one catch: calls are limited to a maximum of five minutes to prevent saturation of lines."

Every married man knows this is not a catch but a feature

about a year ago
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Omate TrueSmart Watch Stands Alone — No Phone Required

DeBaas Re:The right direction (167 comments)

Nice :-) I'll be following this

about a year ago
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Omate TrueSmart Watch Stands Alone — No Phone Required

DeBaas The right direction (167 comments)

Since 'smart watches' were introduced I've personally believed that they were doing it the wrong way around. I'd rather have a watch that has radio and can do the basics (call/text) and have a mini tablet that tethers with the watch for it's connection.

Now for me for this to become really interesting they'd have to:
- waterproof them
- partner with the better watch maker brands to make the watches look like 'normal watches' (for texting they could use the divers ring as an input device, just turn to right letter and press)
- include car opening remote control (why not)
- include a mini Bluetooth receiver that you can 'un-click' from the watch and hold close to your ear to make the calls less ''knight rider calls kitt'

Great for going to the beach. No longer have to worry about your keys, phone when taking a swim. And no longer a need to carry your phone around all the time as it is around your wrist. There are many occasions I'd rather leave my smartphone at home or in my desk as long as I still can be reached

about a year ago
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My SSID Is...

DeBaas Re:Marvin (458 comments)

Marvin, the depressed wifi.

I provide access to all the information of a planet, and all they ask for is bigboobies.com....

about a year ago
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VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise

DeBaas Re:Citrix Clones (114 comments)

If you read this part of the article:

Despite the statement, Gelsinger also said that OpenStack is an important strategic
initiative for VMware that it is committed to supporting. VMware will work to ensure its products and services work in cloud environments based on the open source platform. And in that sense, Gelsinger says OpenStack is opening up a whole new opportunity for VMware to penetrate the service provider market, which is he says the company has not focused heavily on in the past. “We’re seeing (OpenStack) as an opportunity to extend our position,” Gelsinger said.

You'll see that, despite the remarks on 'not for the enterprise', he is certainly not laughing at OpenStack. Maybe, just maybe, they may even not fight OpenStack!

about a year ago
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Study Ties High Blood Sugar To Dementia

DeBaas Re: diabetes is no joke! (157 comments)

Sounds very logical, however my personal (anecdotal) experience does not corroborate that.
I went slow carbs kind off accidental. I discovered that eating wheat was the cause of gut problems I had. I stopped (replaced mainly by Spelt, which apparently has a much lower effect on insulin production) and within weeks my clothes were too loose. Now two years later I have the same size in my jeans as I had when I was 18.. (lost about 20 kg)

If you look at the total of carbs I get today, it doesn't differ too much from before. Mostly since I never did eat much processed food or food with white sugar in it. Yet all the 'middle aged' fat is gone.

So while it sounds logical, ' you get the same amount' , the body does not work as a simple math equation. So far the best fitting explanation I've seen is the effect of insulin produced. Not even glycemic index gives you the full picture. Spelt has a high glycemic index. Yet it made the world of difference for me. But from what I've read, it does seem however that you produce less insulin.

I think the biggest mistake made is the idea that you can simply count the calories in food and expect that is all there is to it. We are not petri dishes

 

about a year ago

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