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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Hadlock Re:hahaha (151 comments)

I doubt there are many similar industries, cars are the second most expensive item most people will buy in their lives, after their house. Cars also need specialty tools and parts (and with them a specialty parts warehouse).

3 hours ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Hadlock Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

In particular, Reno/Nevada offered this because it was beneficial to the state over the long term. Other states were also competing for this long term heavy industry by offering similar deals. The factory would have gone to another state if they had not offered this deal and then they would not be the national leader in battery manufacturing + all of it's cottage industries. The building the road part is genuinely a good idea as it adds value to their industrial park and is a good long term investment.

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

Hadlock Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

In the case of the "Exciting Choice", Astronauts will be riding in the same basic design as what Commercial Passengers will use, which means more flights and (theoretically) higher reliability due to a continuously refined manufacturing process, plus the loss of commercial passenger dollars. Going with the "Safe Choice" means you're riding in one of perhaps only four or five of a series that will ever be produced. The loss of commercial dollars is a big deal to SpaceX as it represents a much larger market than Government spaceflight will in the next five decades.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Hadlock Re:No, it isn't Snowcrash (368 comments)

And yet if sales follow their current upward accelerating trend, by this time next year 1% of the world's population will own a copy of the game. What would you suggest hitching your wagon to instead? Second Life? Because that's worked out so well.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Hadlock Re:HALO (368 comments)

EA tried to buy them for $100 million a couple years ago, they let the CEO in to the office and shortly after showed him out. At that point they'd already made enough to all comfortably retire and it's not surprising that they would turn down a billion dollars (that's what, $100 mil each per employee?) before caving at the $2 billion mark? It's hard to turn down that kind of money.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Hadlock Replacable batteries? (486 comments)

The battery on the Model S is replaceable by robots, surely you could put a rooftop battery on there, and then just swap them out at large bus stations near neighborhood substations for charging? Who on earth builds an industrial grade public bus without swappable batteries in this day and age?
 
Propane and natural gas powered buses have had their fuel tanks on the roof for decades now. With hooks and simple optics it wouldn't be hard to lift an old battery pack off and swap it for a fresh one in under 5 minutes.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Hadlock Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

Imagine you can leverage off of their existing user base, your minecraft character becomes your xbox equivilent of a "Mii", and now you have a 3D avatar in a 3D world you can legitimately interact with. Did you not read Snowcrash? This is Snowcrash. Someone bootstrapped the 3D virtual world we've been promised since the 1980's (and failed at with Second Life) and now Microsoft will own it. And will integrate it in to your living room and cell phone.
 
P.S. Go read Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson

about two weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Hadlock Holy Dupe, Batman (68 comments)

This thing left Earth space six hours ago! It'll be closer to Mars than us by the time I make my first pot of Coffee on Monday.

about two weeks ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Hadlock Re:Yeah, so? (143 comments)

What's it like, flunking high school physics?

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Hadlock Re:Hydroelectric Dams (521 comments)

There's two sets of numbers, I'm using the lower set... fish ladders are only useful for going upstream, all sorts of crap gets sucked through the turbine and it's not like the fish can read a big flashing sign that says "FISH LADDER THIS WAY, TURBINE OF DEATH THAT WAY. SWIM TOWARDS THE SURFACE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE". Which is kind of counter-intuitive if you've ever seen an eagle pluck a fish out of the water with it's Talons.
 
Although if fish could read, that would be pretty cool.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Hadlock Re:Hydroelectric Dams (521 comments)

Three humans die each day due to obesity-related health reasons within 3500 of the McDonalds by my house. They say humans are attracted to the site by the brightly-lit golden arches which some say is a food source for the species.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Hadlock Hydroelectric Dams (521 comments)

Mortality rate of fish through the turbine is close to 10%
 
Except fish are slimy, scaly and make weird mouth shapes when you pull them out of the water to look at them. They look pretty awkward.
 
Birds on the other hand, are beautiful creatures flying through the air, truly, beautiful, feathered friends, God's own creations.
 
But if 3 birds die in a 3500 acre site per day, heaven help us all for destroying nature. I can go out in my back yard and shake the six to eight trees on my half-acre and watch at least four birds fly out.

about a month ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Hadlock Re:Yes they are called Netbooks (215 comments)

They're still incredibly useful... it's just that people stopped buying them because Intel stopped making Atom processors faster/more powerful to choke the life out of the 0% profit margin netbook segment... only to have them revived as "Chromebooks" and are again eating up Microsoft and Intel's bottom line. The only reason Netbooks aren't trendy is because Google wasn't a market disruptor when Wintel made the decision to stop updating Netbook hardware. Now Google is.

about a month ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

Hadlock Unity is 64 bit now (127 comments)

Kerbal Space Program (a bleeding edge physics sandbox game built in Unity that includes orbital space travel) had unofficial 64 bit support back in... February '14? And now has official 64-bit support.
 
$500/developer is pretty cheap, did you buy the developers $250 Chromebook "workstations", too?
 
Anonymous poster slamming Unity and praising Unreal 4 right after the Unreal team announces huge cuts due to lack of engine uptake, and Unity flying high right now reeks of ad-placement.

about a month ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

Hadlock Re:Hardware still matters (145 comments)

Yes, but now you have one, maybe two (hopefully super-smart) guys onsite with a deep systems knowledge, instead a fleet of screwdriver wielding guys with an A+ certification who are as likely as not to screw up your system. Once it's up and running you just have to keep that machine and it's backup going, and everyone can build on top of that in software, from anywhere in the world.

about a month ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Hadlock Re:Huh... (183 comments)

Did they retain any of the technology/staff, or did they just buy the toxic OCZ brand? With failure rates for the entire brand above 5%, and approaching seventeen (17%) percent I wouldn't use an OCZ branded SSD at any cost. Imagine debugging a system with a failing drive, and then the labor required to RMA, replace, replace again, and finally buy a quality drive. Screw that.

about a month ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Hadlock Re:A real-world aimbot (219 comments)

Does this set of statistics have any bearing on that 2011 soundbyte that "an estimated 250,000 bullets fired for every [Iraqi] insurgent killed"?

about a month ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

Hadlock Re:So I guess all that Leaves is Alien Swarm (97 comments)

Other than a single "fix all the bugs" patch I don't think Ricochet was ever supported by Valve except as a contractual agreement to keep selling it indefinitely.

about a month ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Hadlock Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

You need a job scheduler to centralize the tasks and knowledge of the processes, so you can bring someone in to run all the automated tasks. Sure you still have a human in the equasion, but now you're down to 1 person, instead of a room of 20.

about a month ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Hadlock Re:Great (175 comments)

Depends on how much you trust your email client

about a month ago

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stillborn

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 8 years ago

i thought i'd go ahead and write one more article in here, since the other article is so blah and that's what comes up when you click on my journal. this slashdot journal system really was a stillborn project; i'm not sure if they keep it around because cmdrtaco and friends still use this thing, or if there's actually people who use this on a regular basis. either way, this is the first post in four years or so from me; i was using lj before, and will continue to do so despite compeitors like myspace. here's to another 4 years of not posting in this.

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life sucks

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 12 years ago

i've run out of new stuff to do. or so it seems. booooored. also slightly pissed off that brian couldn't get me my hard drive today. grr. that's probably what got me in such a pissy mood. oh well. now im off to english where i bs my way through MORE work. sigh. i hate school.

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LC case mods....

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well fuck this. I'm getting my fucking work done; I'm just bored and relaxing. I would have this fucking shit done by now if I hadn't goddamned fucked up with the whochamacalit. Chapter 7 instead of chapter 5. Grrrr. Spring break in like, 3 days. Sigh. Umm what else to talk about? After looking at case designs for my mac, I looked at the case for my mac, and specifically noticed that the fan on the bottom sucks in A LOT of freaking air. Wow. So that limits my positioning of the fan. I guess I could mount the fan as an exhaust fan pressed directly up to the power supply, as the only thing I really need to worry about is the powersupply, it gets fairly warm without any decent airflow. Warm isn't really a problem; but I want things as cool as possible. Maybe mount a heatsink or 9 on it? Hmmmmmmm. SCSI drive is just going to run hot regardless. Put it near the convection vent on the bottom, and let the cool drafts passively cool it. I don't really have to worry much about the motherboard, as it doesn't create enough heat to warrant active cooling. If it's not warm enough for apple engineers, it's not warm enough for me. Hell, it's $5 hardware. Crazy that it used to be worth $1200. Crazy. I really need to go get that $5 LC II from allen, and build a mockup of what I'm going to need to do for my final case design. At least if I fry that hardware, I still have a backup or 2. The only things I'm worried about are my HD and NIC card; the rest are pretty easy to get as salvage. Well I have an extra hard drive, so I guess all I need to do is buy a spare NIC card and I'm set. Some foam on the lid and back would probably provide decent sound insulation. In the final model made of aluminum and plexiglass, I could probably make some metal mounts and epoxy them to the inside of the aluminum cover, and then have the hard drive pressed against the lid. I'd need a slightly longer SCSI cable, so I don't tear up the motherboard when I open the lid? Internal lighting (blue neon light) would be bad-ass. Need to work on a way to run power cables up to the case....hmm. possibly that external SCSI CD rom drive's powersupply; that could potentially power both a second HD and/or a neon light. I could power it off of the LC's powersupply, but that would really just be overtaxing the power supply and a dumb design flaw on my point. I guess the dealy-o (yo), would be be to have a tube of some sort carry the power cable for the LC, 12 DC wires running up from a wall wart, and the RJ45 connection all inside a black or white, possibly light grey flexible tube. I think you can buy this at places like home depot. One idea I've been throwing around recently is that if I'm going to light this case internally, a frosted, or textured type of plexiglass, instead of the really hella clear plexiglass that shows srcapes and scratches really easily. I might have to sand blast my own? Hmm another idea- make the case out of clear plexiglass, and then tape down a cardboard picture of an apple, and sandblast the whole thing, removing the cardboard to give a relief of a clear apple. Kinda cool, but not exactly what I'm looking for. What I want is the front of the server case to look like the back of my powerbook - glowing white apple surrounded by brushed metal. I'd have to get the metal laser cut and then stick in some opaque plastic to be backlit. It'd be tight.

On an unrelated note, you could potentially cool a system with chlorine or argon gas, as they're element numbers 17 and 18 on the periodic chart. Instead of nitrogen, #8, with an atomic weight of 14; while chlorine and argon have weights of 34 and 39.8, respectively. Nitrogen makes up something like what? 72% of the air? 78% according to my envy sys book (I knew it would come in handy for SOMETHING. Sigh. CO2 and O2/3 make up something like 21% of the remainder. Nitrogen weighs the most, at 14, oxygen 12 and carbon not far behind. By effectively changing the density of the air, in theroy, that should increase the heat absorbtion factor. Of course, you can't just buy argon, BUT, you can buy an argon something something canister for your inert gas wielder. My plan would be to create a closed system with some sort of radiator picking up the majority of the heat in a closed system. It seems damn complex though; still requiring a water pump - the only advantage is that you don't have to worry about condensation on the processor, as you'd flush out 95% of the o2/h20.

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perfume

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 12 years ago

i think i finally figured out why i'm constanly coughing when i'm @ program six... it's "summer" now, or one might suspect that from what the girls are wearing on the "not freezing" days and the amount of perfume they wear. that might not be a horribly big problem in a school like PSHS, which is designed to move ALOT of air all the time, but at program six, which is designed for about 60 people, tops, and add another 30, then air problems arise. 15 extra girls wearing perfume can make a HUGE difference in the air quality, and the amount of coughing i do in a day. colonge doesn't help much, either. don't get me wrong, you don't see me coughing when i wear colongne, but you'd cough too if you spilt the bottle on yourself.

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infinite number of monkies and a FINITE amount of time...

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 12 years ago

if you wrote a program that would grab all the words of a specific text into a wordbank database, and then randomly string them together in random sentences, adding punctuation with primitive grammar algorithms.
 
write a program that takes these sentences and strings them together into a screenplay that is a length between x chars long and x sentences (ap strings?) long....say about the length of a shakespeaian play.
 
output this to a .txt file, and write a program that matches the .txt file up against the original document, saving those documents that match up to 75% or higher. would be interesting to read. sounds like a fun project.... or somthing.

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english

Hadlock Hadlock writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Blah. English is an old art form, but doesn't exactly mean it is one that should be learned or practiced for more than 2 years in high school. I'd much rather have an option to take two years of art appreciation instead of my last two years of english. As I understand it, we're learning about t the process of how one reads a book, and then goes out and reads other's views and opinions of that book,, and then eventually decide to write their own review of the book, for others to read. From my (probably) skewed view, reading slashdot isn't too horribly different from this. Someone/some company creates a new techonology or does something extremely creative, that took a lot of combined effort and talent, and shows it off to the world on the internet through pictures and words. On slashdot, this is reported, and many people are allowed to read about this wonderous new techonology or obscure and cheap hobby, then read and write their own reviews (post) about it. It's a community that is constantly feeding itself with new content, providing an outlet for idle thought and time. As with writing, only a small given percentage at any one point is idly working on their "next big project", while fewer are producing a finished product to the community each day. This example is almost mirrored on slashdot, which has a community approaching half a million users (although my guess would be that there are only about 100k active users), where 10 to 12 things per day are posted, and usually about a hundred or so comments are given to each post, while many more people simply read the comments, or "Review/critisisms". There are even two users who regularly do literary things in their comments; one writes haikus, while the other has the user name "grammar nazi". You can guess what he does. I'm already actively parparticipating in a large group that critisizes and compliments eachother's works. Why must another established group's thoughts and beliefs be foreced upon me, especially when I have already been exposed to the culture and clearly don't like it? Taking humanaties 1& 2 in my freshman and sophmore years was far more interesting, and covered far more information of interest. Not suprisingly, english was the least covered in depth. Of course, that's offset by the fact that we already have an ingraied and indeph english progam in most, if not all high school programs around the nation. Still, it's good to not be seeing more literature than I want, and the little you do see, is the eccentric kind and might actually be enjoyed at it's face value, without the complex need to dissect and analyze every small bit. Satire is a favorite of mine: easily recognizable and gets I's point across easily.

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