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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

HockeyPuck This is 'Murica.. (116 comments)

If we want noise we go watch NHRA and 163dB of pure pain...

Nothing quite like the sound of a 2300lb vehicle using a 7000hp engine that requires 600hp alone to drive it's supercharger...

about two weeks ago
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Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

HockeyPuck It's yelp's "recommended reviews" (63 comments)

My neighbor runs a small mom/pop type restaurant and he gets called about once a month by a yelp representative. He's got plenty of positive reviews on Yelp, but what they tell him is that if he pays yelp, they'll move the negative ones to the "not recommended reviews" list. Normally the only way to see this list is to scroll to the bottom and see a light grey link.

How is this any different from what the mafia did with it's "Pay for protection" schemes...?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

HockeyPuck tests and coverage? (312 comments)

the relevant tests and having the appropriate insurance coverage

While I've never used Uber/Lyft, I'm hoping some of you have and can shed some light on it.

Have any of you actually asked for proof of insurance or a valid registration before getting into the car? Does Uber/Lyft do any checking to make sure that stuff hasn't expired?

One other question: If I'm getting a ride via Uber and we get in an accident, and I get hurt, regardless of who's fault it is, do I go after the Uber driver, Uber company or do I have to file my insurance claims against the other driver? I would hope that Uber would handle this form me so I can deal with a corporation and not two individuals (my driver and the other driver).

about two weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

HockeyPuck Move a broken down vehicle? (506 comments)

If a driverless car has no manual means of steering, and if it broke down and you had to push it, how could you control it?

about three weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

HockeyPuck Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill... (161 comments)

I've seen this before at a company in California. My company would only reimburse for work related calls.
You couldn't just submit the entire bill for reimbursement, as if you called your wife and kids 50% of the time you couldn't get reimbursed for that.

We were required to take the physical bill and cross out those calls which were personal so you could demonstrate what % of the bill was work related vs. personal. Doing this for what could be hundreds of calls per month caused people to just not reimburse their usage as it was too much of a pain to do.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

HockeyPuck V2V like the "baby on board" sticker (475 comments)

We've all seen those "baby on board" stickers/signs, with the intention being that you should keep your distance or take extra caution.

If I've got V2V enabled, I'd want to broadcast that my vehicle that is bigger than it really is. Or you could screw with people and spoof their car to tell other cars that the semi-truck is really a miata.

about a month ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

HockeyPuck Just like Frank... (391 comments)

He's no more of a Genius than Frank Dux is a Kumite Champion and responsible for the popularity of MMA...

about a month ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

HockeyPuck Blackouts in the Bay Area.. (216 comments)

I live in the SanFrancisco area, home to two teams (niners and raiders)... and the blackout rules are killing me...

*There's two primary time slots on Sundays when the majority of teams play (not including the Sunday night game).
*The NFL will never schedule both teams to play at the same time.
*If the game isn't sold out, it's not televised.
*The NFL will not allow another game to be shown on TV if a local game is blacked out.

If I lived in Nebraska, I would have the option of watching four games (2 early games and 2 later games). However, I've had more than enough Sunday's whereby both the niners and the raiders didn't sell enough tickets and thus BOTH slots were blacked out.

I'm not going to watch a game at the Oakland Colesium and having visited the new Levis Stadium, I won't be going there either (transportation is a disaster). They'd get my advertising dollars by watching them on TV tho.

about a month ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

HockeyPuck He takes off using the prosthetic leg... (175 comments)

If you watch the jump carefully you'll notice that he takes off (launches) from the prosthetic leg. I wouldn't be complaining too much if he took off from his real leg.

Look at the kangaroo, a kangaroo has a very long Achilles tendon. This allows them to be very efficient in jumping buy storing up so much energy when it stretches out like a rubber band enabling them to jump very far with very little effort. Humans on the other hand, have very short achilles tendons and therefore do not have this mechanical advantage.

When landing, the impact force and weight of the this guy is absorbed by active elastic stretch of the prosthetic. When he jumps, the weight is accelerated by a recoil force due to elastic recoil of the the prosthetic. This recoil force is much greater than that of what our our achilles tendon plus the active contraction of our calf muscle can do.

This guy has the equivilant of a 15inch long achilles tendon. As if you look at the video when he actually makes the jump, you'll see the prosthetic "foot" is bent 90 degrees from it's normal angle. The human achilles tendon is a) not 15in long and b) doesn't bend 90 degrees.

As a side note, I would assume there is no "fatigue" or decrease in "springiness" of the prosthetic between his first, second and third jumps. He could always show up to an event with a brand new prosthetic.

He's cheating.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

HockeyPuck Re:Needs functionality (381 comments)

In the old days (1980s), my laptop would go weeks without a battery charge.

I guess if you didn't turn it on, and I'm calling BS.

As someone that worked on the Original Thinkpads (IBM 755cx and the 701C (butterfly), I guarantee you that no laptop in the 1980s could run for weeks without a charge, unless you claimed systems that were more calculator than laptop (intel 386/486 type CPU).

Note that the 755CX sold for about $6000 back then.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

HockeyPuck Physical design (139 comments)

Two things stand out:

How do you fit it into your front pocket? Maybe if you were overalls it'll fit into that massive chest pocket, but for regular jeans/slacks/pants, I doubt it.

Sharp corners... if it already barely fits in your pocket sharp corners are going to make it even harder to get out.

about 2 months ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

HockeyPuck Where have I seen these claims before? (203 comments)

Every few years we come across one of these articles where some teen claims an amazing breakthrough

16yr old and Encryption

17yr old nuclear bomb detector Note that he claims he built a nuclear reactor when he was 14..

Can I get an article if I write a blog when I discuss some unsubstantiated claims that my golden retriever has found a way to increase the aerial density of a HD by 100x based upon chew marks in a shank bone?

about 2 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

HockeyPuck Re:Problem #1: Usage Cap (184 comments)

Unfortunately thanks to Netflix and Amazon, I'm barely staying within my usage cap with Comcast as it is.

What the hell are you downloading? Raw uncompressed blu-ray images? According to Netflix's usage page, the highest quality streams use HD: 3 GB per hour, 3D: 4.7 GB per hour, Ultra HD 4K: 7 GB per hour.

For a HD stream, it would take you over 80 hours to reach 250GB. 40, 2hr HD movies. Wow. Just Wow. The average American watches 2.8hrs of TV per day. If you download 100% of only HD content from Amazon/Netflix every month you'll be about at the 80+hrs / month of usage. Still a lot of downloading, given that you can't watch live events (sports/news broadcasts). Btw, even the World Cup isn't broadcast in 1080p like on broadcast/cable TV.

The current caps are from 250GB to 350GB depending on your service area. In fact, if you look at your data usage, you'll notice that they've suspended the 250GB cap enforcement.

You do realize that you fall into the .000001% of consumers who should be on a business plan if they want to download 50TB/month.

Remember no business caters to the .0000001% of consumers regardless of their business. You should vote with your dollars, find a provider that will give you unlimited usage with higher bandwidth. I'm sure there's plenty of ISPs that would be willing to drop an OC48 (2.4Gb) into your house for a quite a few grand a month. Or a Comcast business solution that has no cap.

Surely a 150Mbdown 20Mb up with no caps for $250/month is enough for you and your entire family to watch HDs every minute of every day until your eyeballs rot. Just think, with 150Mb/s down you could consume about 65GB/hr, or 20 HD movies per hour 24hrs per day, 7 days per week...

Right tool for the right job. Obviously you want Commercial Services at Residential Pricing and you don't meet the requirements of the typical Residential user, so switch to Commercial Services and be happy.

about 3 months ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

HockeyPuck Comcast's X1 STB (394 comments)

The new STB which replaces the big grey monstrosity cannot be turned off via the remote control. You can only turn it off by pushing the button on the front.

From what I understand the new X1 box is just a micro PC with a PCcard in it.

about 3 months ago
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Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

HockeyPuck Lose your front teeth... (85 comments)

So with the two riders so close to each other, if you hit a bump or have to stop suddenly, the rear rider's head may hit the back of the front rider's helmet.

If you're in the back, you might want to wear a mouth guard...

about 2 months ago
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Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?

HockeyPuck Re:Does it really matter? (99 comments)

Uh, people generally get their lives improved by being provided with food, shelter in general, and means to make a living.

FTFY.

But I guess internet access is more important.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

HockeyPuck Re:What About Electricity? (337 comments)

Ever heard of Rolling Blackouts? Back in 2003 in California, many parts of California suffered these. However, I live close to a hospital and for hospitals and other specific facilities power could not be shut off.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

HockeyPuck XP... (187 comments)

Because I haven't figured out what platform to migrate my mother to.

about 3 months ago
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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

HockeyPuck Re:I did a contract there briefly (166 comments)

Damn I hated working with [SGI] UNIX. You couldn't wipe your ass without them wanting to charge you for it.

Guess you never worked with Banyan Vines... you couldn't do anything without a hardware dongle attached to the parallel port on the back. If you wanted to enable multiple features, you daisy chained multiple dongles off each other. I recall seeing servers with 5-6 dongles hanging off the same parallel port like some sort of unicorn horn.

about 3 months ago

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What to do with old CompSci/Engr Textbooks?

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "I'm cleaning out the house in preparation for a newborn, and I've come across boxes of old (mid 90s) college engineering/compsci text books. Most used books stores won't take them and I'm hoping to avoid having to put them in the recycle bin. I'm not a developer so EE or programing books are useless to me and shipping books to a Books for Africa depot is too expensive. Anybody within the /. crowd have some ideas?"
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Sony Announces the End of the Floppy Disk

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  about 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Although selling almost 12million of the computer accessories, Sony has announced that it will nolonger be manufacturing the floppy disk. The decision is the final nail in the coffin for floppies, which since they were first developed in 1971 have helped consumers store documents, pictures and data on an easy to use format. Floppy disks will continue in popular culture thanks to them being used to illustrate the "save" icon in most computer programmes. How long will it be before a company decides to use a picture of a USB stick instead?"
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Era ends for The Blue Cube

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Before a color guard and the wife of a hero, they said goodbye Wednesday to a famous artifact of space and the Cold War — Onizuka station (aka Sunnyvale's "Blue Cube,") — named for pioneering Asian-American astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger crash. The windowless blue box that housed secret operations for four decades. In its first 25 years, the people at the center did critical work as a global antenna for military and civil satellites. In many ways, it is a monument to technology long since supplanted. The Cube was built to house big mainframe computers, which demanded temperatures in the 60s. Even now, the rules of classification forbid the Cube's veterans from talking about most of what they did, but they can tell a few fond stories of how they did it."
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Ant Tribes, Chinese struggle to find jobs.

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Liu Jun sleeps in a room so small (180sq ft), he shares a bed with two other men. It's all the scrawny computer engineering graduate can afford in Tangjialing, China (a city on the edge of Beijing). It's so expensive that the average white-collar professional can't afford to buy a home. "Unlike slums in South America or Southeast Asia, these villages are populated with educated young people as opposed to laborers or street peddlers," says Lian Si, who teaches at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Liu is one of millions of engineers struggling to find a job to pay the bills in which there are more graduates than jobs. These are the ant tribes.""
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Space Junk Getting Worse

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "According to Space.com the amount of 'space junk' is getting worse. tracking information supplied by the U.S. military, as well as confirming German radar data, showed that a spent upper stage from a Chinese rocket and the European Space Agency's (ESA) huge Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft would speed by each other at a nail-biting distance of roughly 160 feet (50 meters).

ESA's Envisat tips the scales at 8 tons, with China's discarded rocket body weighing some 3.8 tons. A couple of tweaks of maneuvering propellant were used to nudge the large ESA spacecraft to a more comfortable miss distance.

But what if the two objects had tangled?"

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Inmate loses privilege to play Dungeons & Drag

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "A man serving life in prison for first-degree intentional homicide lost his legal battle Monday to play Dungeons & Dragons behind bars. The inmate was told by prison officials that he could not keep the materials because Dungeons & Dragons "promotes fantasy role playing, competitive hostility, violence, addictive escape behaviors, and possible gambling," according to the ruling. The prison later developed a more comprehensive policy against all types of fantasy games, the court said. The appeals court said the prison's policy was reasonable and did not violate Singer's rights."
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UK bans fraudulant "Bomb Detector" cards

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Following an investigation by the BBC's Newsnight programme which found that one type of detector made by a British company cannot work. "These are the cheapest bit of electronics that you can get that look vaguely electronic and are sufficiently flat to fit inside a card," said Dr Kuhn a scientist at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory. These appear nothing more than a laminated card with a few wires inside, a modern day dowsing rod. Turns out that Iraq paid up to $40,000(UK) for each card."
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HP uses 3rd party to sell printers in Iran

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "The prevalence of American-made goods in Iran has led US officials to crack down on the cottage industry of smugglers in nearby Dubai who purchase everything from iPhones to Bratz dolls to sell in Iran. HP printers have become a top seller here, despite a comprehensive 1995 embargo that prohibits the California-based company from sending its products to Iran. Despite the crackdown on US companies who sell their products in Iran, some American firms whose products are sold through third-party distributors like Redington Gulf have so far avoided scrutiny. http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2008/12/29/hp_uses_third_party_to_sell_printers_in_iran/"
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Google Drops from Top 20 Most Trusted Companies

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Google Inc. fell out of the top 20 of an annual survey ranking of companies most trusted on privacy by consumers. American Express was ranked No. 1 and eBay Inc. at No. 2 in the fifth annual survey ranking by information security research company Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe.

While the financial services sector slipped amid industry-wide woes, the technology sector showed marked improvement as eBay Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and HP all bettered previous rankings. Also of note, Facebook moved into the top 20 for the first time, signifying an increased trust in social networking as a mainstream communications tool. Full list is here:
http://truste.org/about/press_release/12_15_08.php"

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longer fingernails and iPhone don't mix

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes ""Since the iPhone's touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. The claims is that Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn't consider womens' fingers and nails when designing the phone." http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/29052"
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Teens forced to apologize for prank on youtube

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "After a group of teens filmed themselves throwing a 32oz drink at a woman working at a fast food restaurant http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080609/NEWS01/806090325, the judge then ordered the teens to apologize for their actions on youtube. Police and prosecutors point to the increasing nationwide problem of young people who film violent or lewd acts and cruel pranks and post them online in a bid for fame. This is just one example.

Apology Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3njSrIa2PVU

The beating of a 12-year-old Brevard, Florida girl was posted last year on the photo- and video-sharing site Photobucket.com. This spring, Polk County officials said six girls and two boys filmed the beating of a cheerleader so they could post it online."

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Website defacement cause physical damage

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "In a rare example of an attack apparently motivated by malice rather than money, hackers recently bombarded the Epilepsy Foundation's Web site with hundreds of pictures and links to pages with rapidly flashing images. The attack happened when hackers exploited a security hole in the foundation's publishing software that allowed them to quickly make numerous posts and overwhelm the site's support forums. Within the hackers' posts were small flashing pictures and links — masquerading as helpful — to pages that exploded with kaleidoscopic images pulsating with different colors. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080507/ap_on_hi_te/techbit_epilepsy_foundation_hacked"
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IBM Ships fastest CPU on earth.

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "The 5-billion-instructions-per second Power6 processor from IBM would beat such rivals as the 3.73 gigahertz Pentium Extreme and the 2.4 gigahertz UltraSparc T2 from Sun. "Hold your index finger out in front of your face," Meyerson said in a telephone interview from IBM headquarters in New York. In less time than it would take a beam of light to travel from your knuckle to your fingertip, the new IBM chip would complete one task and start looking for the next, he said. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/BUBI10258F.DTL"
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Fire guts Historic IBM Building

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "IBM's Building 25 at it's Cottle Rd San Jose, CA facility — the focus of preservation lawsuits and a planned big-box retailer [Lowe's] — was destroyed in a Saturday fire, leaving a charred husk of a structure that preservationists had hailed as the precursor to modern high-tech campuses and where the forerunner to the hard drive was invented. It was here IBM researchers invented the flying head disk drive, which allowed real-time online transactions such as airline reservations. When Soviet Communist Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States in 1959, his hosts took him to Building 25. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8511428"
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Microsoft to drop HD-DVD

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray. Microsoft said Saturday it would continue to provide standard warranty support for its HD DVD players. Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida last week estimated about 300,000 people own the Microsoft video player, sold as a separate $130 add-on for the Xbox 360. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080224/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_hd_dvd"
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