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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

Guspaz Re:I'll believe it when it actually happens. (115 comments)

Or back into the 90s with Starcraft if you consider that DOTA was a port (albeit one with a significant increase in complexity) of Aeon of Strife.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Guspaz Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (131 comments)

Marlin 2 and Falcon XX were hypothetical, and SpaceX didn't go that direction. They're currently building the Raptor, a methane engine with more thrust than the Saturn V's F-1 engines, and the "BFR", which is basically the same idea as Falcon XX.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Guspaz Re:SLS and comparing to spacex (131 comments)

He did state publicly that he promised NASA that he could build a rocket comparable to the SLS on a fixed-price $2 billion contract (meaning NASA would not pay a dime for budget overruns), although that price didn't include any second-stage upgrades NASA might require to meet its needs.

SpaceX is actually going ahead with their SLS-like competitor (Codenamed "BFR", I think you can guess what that stands for), and they're supposed to start testing on the methane-powered engines (Raptor) soon, which are supposed to be both more powerful and more efficient than the F-1 engines used in the Saturn V. However, without any customers paying for the R&D, BFR will take a lot longer to build than it would have if NASA contracted SpaceX to do it.

So, yeah. SpaceX offered NASA a contract to build an entire replacement for the SLS for less than a year of SLS funding.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Guspaz Re:According to Wikipedia (131 comments)

Look at it this way, politicians produce so much hot air that you don't need a life-support system.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Guspaz Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

Battery swaps are unbelievably more complex to swap than switching a standardized propane tank. EV batteries (for long-range EVs) are massively larger and heavier than a propane tank, and in some cases are actually structural parts of the vehicle. Tesla designed an automated system that works for the Model S, which knows where the bolts are on the battery to remove it from the car as well as exactly how much to tighten the bolts. It'd probably also work on the Model X, which uses the same battery packs. But what about the Model S, which won't? Now you've got to handle two different kinds of battery packs, potentially different sizes and shapes, with bolts in different places... And then, handling it for other manufacturers? It's not hard to create a charge station adapter, but handling battery packs that are completely different sizes/shapes? No way. They'd have to standardize to a degree that would be a severe restriction in car design.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Guspaz Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

Tesla is just starting their expansion, sure, but the plan shows three superchargers between Montreal and Toronto alone...

They build them along popular routes, with the plan being to have them ever few hundred kilometers. They're programmed into the satnav, so planning a road trip shouldn't be any more complicated than plugging your destination address into the car and hitting the gas peddle, with the car routing you to superchargers as required.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Guspaz Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

That's a bit odd, no? If I leave my home in Montreal at 9AM to drive to Toronto, I'll stop at noon for lunch. I imagine most people don't drive 6-7 hours without a break.

3 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Guspaz Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

You don't move to AWS if you care that much about budget; among cloud providers, they have some of the highest costs, and lowest performance. They're also one of the most flexible (in terms of what you can do), but there are a lot of mature cloud providers out there that will give you the same performance for a fraction the cost. Just not necessarily the breadth of services.

3 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Guspaz Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

AWS is estimated to represent about $3 billion in revenue to Amazon, it's been a very long time since it had anything to do with Amazon's excess capacity.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Guspaz Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

No, but I certainly wouldn't try to do those 6-7 hour drives in a gasoline car without a break either. If you're going to stop for a bite midway, why not charge up while you're at it? And then you're not increasing the length of your trip.

Battery swaps might make this even less of an issue (a two minute pit stop rather than a thirty minute pit stop), but I'm a bit more skeptical about the practicality of those.

With the charging networks coming along, saying that EVs can't do big trips is (or will shortly be) false. The question is how inconvenient a big trip will be, and I'd argue that as long as your EV can drive longer than you'd want to before taking a break, it's practical.

3 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Guspaz It happened before (212 comments)

In the 80s, Quebec's power grid got taken out by solar storms. It was particularly susceptible because we have a ton of really long-distance runs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

That one was just bad enough to flip circuit breakers on the grid, but it still caused a 9 hour power outage. Some satellites also lost control.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

Guspaz Re:What flyout and back plan? (49 comments)

At the point where the booster separates, it has burned most of its fuel, and weighs a fraction as much as it did at launch. As a result, it requires far less fuel to kill its velocity and put itself on a trajectory back towards the launch site than the initial launch did (far less mass to accelerate on the return trip).

It does still require some extra fuel (hence why they talk about having to use expendable Falcon 9s for missions that are close to the max payload capacity until they can get Falcon Heavy flying), but for small to medium sized cargoes, they have the fuel to burn.

5 days ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Guspaz Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

They're not out $35, it's basically a jammer, and only works while in range of the chromecast's wifi.

A wifi jammer would make the chromecast just as inoperable.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Guspaz Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

*shrug* I don't see why that would be a big deal. I'm Canadian, where in a majority government, the prime minister can basically do whatever he wants for four years. The limitations are what the supreme court says will fly with the constitution, and the knowledge that if you do something too unpopular, your party will lose the next election and somebody else will get to form the government. Or if you go way too far overboard, you might have a cabinet revolt to pick another party leader (and by extension prime minister).

The american system where the leader of the country is at odds with the representatives seems very inefficient to me. Why is the person ostensibly leading the country not the one deciding what the government should do? Why else are they the leader of the country? I don't see how American governments can get anything done without the stability of a leader empowered to make decisions that have impact.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

Guspaz Re:The future turned out to not be so cool (129 comments)

Corporal: Sir.
Dark Helmet: What?
Corporal: We've identified their location.
Dark Helmet: Where?
Corporal: It's the Moon of Vega.
Col. Sandurz: Good work. Set a course, and prepare for our arrival.
Dark Helmet: When?
Corporal: Nineteen-hundred hours, sir.
Col. Sandurz: By high-noon, tomorrow, they will be our prisoners.
Dark Helmet: WHOOOOOOO?!?!?

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Guspaz Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

The American constitution grants their federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce. Laws forbidding an out-of-state manufacturer from selling directly in a state would seem to fall under that category. The constitution does not expressly forbid such activity, so far as I can tell, but it does mean that the federal government has the jurisdiction to override them.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Guspaz Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

Yep, you're right.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Guspaz Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

VR and AR are something, as are things like the Google Glass, but another one is EVFs (electronic viewfinders), which typically use microdisplays.

Then again, these microdisplays already feature pixels FAR smaller than what they're claiming these new "nanopixels" are.. the article is kind of confusing. They seem to be claiming pixel sizes a bit less than half what an iPhone has, but there are already smartphones out there with pixel densities almost double the iPhone (like those phones with 1440p displays), and microdisplays go many *times* more dense than that, so... what's new here exactly?

about two weeks ago
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What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

Guspaz Daikatana (86 comments)

Cliff Bleszkinski's about to make you his bitch. Suck it down.

about two weeks ago

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How to report Linux kernel violations?

Guspaz Guspaz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guspaz (556486) writes "I recently bought an ADSL modem/router (the VersaXpress VER170PR) made by a company called VersaTek (http://www.versatek.com/). When I noticed that the modem ran Linux (2.6.8.1), as many routers do, and that it did not include any mention of the GPL, I sent an email to the company requesting a copy of the source. Their response was that the modem was made by an OEM in China, and that they didn't write any source code, and didn't have any to give.

I've sent them a second message explaining that selling or distributing their modem without a copy of the source or an offer to provide it is copyright infringement. I'd like to report it, but I have no idea how to proceed. Who should I contact to report a violation of the GPL as it pertains to the Linux kernel, and how should I contact them?"

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