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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Demonantis Re:Absolutely - it is filthy (156 comments)

Not all fuel cells require hydrogen gas. There is a significant amount of R&D into natural gas based cells. Everything you said is why the non hydrogen fuel cells are probably going to become the mainstay technology. This would mean the technology will probably never become carbon neutral.

about two weeks ago
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Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Demonantis No magnet links (80 comments)

While its full of nostalgia. They don't have magnet links implemented. The site kind of shows its age.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Demonantis Re:Fight for consumers (211 comments)

I think Kickstarter is going to do more damage to the publishing industry than Amazon. I have kickstarted several where the author gives you a unedited pdf upfront and is using the kickstarter funds to pay an editor and artist. You need to remember that publishers don't have a right to stay in business. They have to keep themselves relevant.

about 2 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Demonantis Re:Keystone XL (411 comments)

That is a fantastic statistic until you realize most other minerals have less assured resource potential. Companies only start exploring for deposits when it makes sense so there is always about 100 years of found exploitable deposits. In the crust uranium is estimated to be as common as tin and zinc. It is a limited amount, but it isn't like you make it seem. Ideally we should be moving to solar power, but nuclear is viable in the current term and is much better than oil or gas for the environment.

about 2 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

Demonantis Re:Stronger? (262 comments)

Trains use regenerative breaking. The power is transferred to a bank of high amperage resistors. It works better since the heat is spread out to an area larger than the surface of the break pads.

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Demonantis Re:The former iPhone user is an idiot. (238 comments)

SMTP has a method for returning undeliverable messages. It would be nice for iMessage to have this. I agree though. The litigation is absurd. You will still get billed if you move without cancelling your cable service. This same thing is happening here.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Demonantis Re:Dangerous (490 comments)

This is the proper mentality. Motorcycle user do this all the time. You drive as defensively as you reasonable can so you don't end up an organ donor. Cars do it around transport trucks. With bicycles I think there a conflict of interests regarding the labour intensiveness of the activity that overrides some peoples safety judgement.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

Demonantis Re:What Level 3 can do (210 comments)

Most tier 2 providers already engage in this activity. I feel like Level 3 thinks they are a tier 1 provider and are finding out they are actually tier 2.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Demonantis Bearer Bonds (404 comments)

Not to be critical, but how would this be different from the bearer bond investing instrument. It went away because it was notorious for money laundering.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Demonantis Re:What ever happened to good old bullets? (1198 comments)

A properly designed hanging also works this way. Hell, build in a safety factor with extra height and the head literally pops off. No funny contraptions or risk of a ricocheting bullet. Lethal injection is probably one of the worst methods of performing the death penalty. It just looks cleaner. There is just too much unreliability in how the individual reacts to the medication.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

Demonantis Reference Letter (245 comments)

When I got my drivers license I didn't have any photo ID. In Ontario there is a vouching system so you use your doctor, dentist, pastor, or other licensed person of notability to confirm your identity. They have to have known you for a period greater than 5 years which is pretty easy with those individuals. I think they risk their professional licensing so the fraud is very low. Hopefully you don't have a party at your house with all the professionals you know and you leave to get more beer when it explodes. Then I have no idea what you would do.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

Demonantis Re:The gap seems reasonable (179 comments)

I think the majority of the problem is that Microsoft stock isn't seen as a risky growing company stock. The stockholders aren't expecting quarters with losses. Taking a loss on the tablets is hurting the shareholders profit margin and they aren't happy about it. I think the same concerns were raised with the initial performance of the Xbox so they will probably see it through and improve the tablet. The stockholders will just sit there grinding their teeth.

about 3 months ago
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Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

Demonantis Re:36% less pain (274 comments)

Some of the pain scales have a procedure for lab animals like this one, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.... I just linked to a list of pain scales since it was simpler. There are a bunch missing for the list too. I could have picked a better link arguably.

about 3 months ago
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Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

Demonantis Re:36% less pain (274 comments)

Pain scales in a lab setting are fairly common and rigorous. They mostly use a physical response that can correlated to pain using a complex apparatus. Of course, it is all extremely finicky which is why it took so long for this influencing factor to be detected.

about 3 months ago
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Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

Demonantis Re:Still need atmospheric pressure to syphon (360 comments)

No that is incorrect. He showed that the atmospheric pressure value dropped out of the flow equations. The flow is caused by the difference in pressure generated directly from gravity acting on the columns of water. From what I understood, this is why the predicted cavitation, and break down of the siphon action, occurred when the pressure, not the pressure difference, at the siphon apex dropped to the vapour pressure of water.

about 3 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Demonantis Re:They're just avoiding liability (332 comments)

In a just world when they catch the person that tampered with the water, they would foot them with the bill. Actions have consequences.

about 3 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

Demonantis Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (341 comments)

My grandfather started pumping gas part time once he retired. He had to stop when he physically was unable to continue working. He fell one day and messed up his shoulder really bad. We, the family, are still convinced he finished pumping for the customer before seeking medical attention. I think it is all about the mindset of the individual. Some people love to work. It gives them purpose.

about 3 months ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Demonantis Re:"The Register has the story as well" (104 comments)

Not to get off topic, but this is a bad move for /.. I wasn't adblocking them, but I am now because the pop up is really annoying. I think they have become increasingly disconnected with the community. On topic, assuming he is guilty, what was this guy thinking? Its like stealing money. Most people know it is wrong. Hopefully, the courts treat him with respect and teach him a lesson without ruining his life. Something like a year probation seems fair and likely considering the charges.

about 3 months ago

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Chromecast: You get what you pay for.

Demonantis Demonantis writes  |  about a year ago

Demonantis (1340557) writes "According to Casey Johnston;

Since the launch and relative flop of Google TV, Google is vastly scaling back its approach to getting video to a TV. Its new effort is as stripped-down as the Chromecast itself, an unassuming HDMI dongle that comes with a small but robust set of capabilities: playing video from YouTube and Netflix or mirroring anything you can pull up in a Chrome browser tab. While it’s far from functionally perfect, enough of the experience is simple and straightforward enough that it bears seeing where Google and its hopefully growing list of partners take this project.

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