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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

IICV Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

You clearly have never had to deal with the Hell that is PayPal. He's still deep in the Karma hole for that one.

To be fair Musk left PayPal in about 2002, when they were acquired by eBay. The bullshittery started circa 2004.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

IICV Re:That's totally how it works (343 comments)

Even worse is that OP's premise doesn't match the actual statistics.

Workplace stress is up. 80% of US workers work 48+ hours a week. Etc.

That is OP's premise. That we're spending more and more time at work, without making significant increases in productivity. This stresses people out.

about 4 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

IICV Re:Criminal Charges (357 comments)

The problem is that if the improvement were above board - i.e, merely being cheaper - they would have changed the model number and discontinued the old version.

The fact that they kept the original model number and made it very very difficult to tell that there had been any change except for the switch's physical characteristics indicates that something shady was going on.

about 6 months ago
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YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

IICV Re:backup for a minute... (268 comments)

What's funny is that a lot of them end up dying of AIDS for some reason (e.g, Christine Maggiore). Weird, huh?

about 7 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

IICV Re:"Unknown Lamer" is right. (361 comments)

The fact that Slashdot would even consider running such a blatant propaganda piece says a lot about where they're going.

about 7 months ago
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Postal Service Starting To Use Mobile Point of Sale Tech

IICV Re:Competition (75 comments)

... what.

USPS makes money. It makes a lot of money, in fact. The only reason why it appears to be in debt is because of the other parts of the government forcing it to take on debts most businesses don't have to.

And I have no idea why you think "automation" is something the USPS hasn't thought of before. Do you really think a person sorts your mail? As long as it's legibly written in the standard format, your letter is OCR'd without human intervention.

Hell, why do you think those mobile POS thingers are any better for automation? They're exactly the same as a normal table-based register, they're just mobile.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

IICV Re:What to read (796 comments)

I think Marx's Capital has aged somewhat better, in part because it's less a proposal of what to do, and more just a detailed analysis of how capitalism works.

I remember reading somewhere that Marx was a great diagnostician, but a terrible doctor. He had a really good idea of what was going to happen to the working classes and where society was going to go, but his prescriptions for what to do about it were completely unrealistic.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

IICV Re:Well... (796 comments)

First, I don't see why Ayn is expected to not create fantastical characters in a work of fiction. Nobody would read it if it were just a mirror image of society.

Do you really not see the difference between Frodo Baggins and Dagny Taggart? Frodo is a fantastical character - he's a short-statured member of a race of hairy-footed little men who live in hills, have eleventy-first birthday parties and possess a strange resistance to magic. But despite all this, he's understandable as a person: he hopes and struggles, he gives up and sometimes he wins. The actions he takes are ones we could see ourselves taking, if we happened to be in his fantastical situation and under the stresses he's under.

Dagny Taggart is a fantastical caricature - she's a human, but not as we know it Jim. Everything she ever wanted sort of just happened to her, and she just does random insane shit because that's what the author needs her to do in order to move the plot along. It's really hard for an actual human being to identify with her, because she's the barest sketch of one.

about 9 months ago
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The Strange Story Of the Sculpture On the Moon

IICV Re:Good grief... (132 comments)

This misinterpretation of criticism as "shit[ting] on other people's art (figuratively)" is what leads to comments like OP's.

Real criticism isn't just taking a verbal dump on the piece and saying "I'd have been ashamed to admit creating it". It's saying why you'd be ashamed to admit you created it, explaining what's gone wrong with the piece.

This was just seagull criticism - OP swoops in from nowhere, shits all over everything, and disappears. Nobody knows why, nothing is improved by it, that's just how OP rolls.

about 9 months ago
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With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

IICV Re:Even a broken clock is right twice a day. (293 comments)

While I would not buy a current Tesla, it may be possible in the next few years to buy a hybrid that meets my needs and costs less than 25k. ...

Teslas are PROVEN to be very good cars as long as the mileage constraint doesn't impact you.

... what the heck are you doing that you regularly need to travel more than 200 miles in a day?

about 10 months ago
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With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

IICV Re:Unfair treatment? (293 comments)

Actually, it's 30 fires in under 150,000 vehicles - the 12 you're talking about are 12 that made it to consumer's hands. There were a total of 30 that caught fire due to this defect, but a lot of them were still owned by dealerships when it happened.

about 10 months ago
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Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

IICV Re:Fertilizer? (228 comments)

Actually, yes, it does have some electrolytes.

about a year ago
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Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

IICV Re: YOLD! (410 comments)

They were well do e ports, east to install and run, same price as windows games though not what we would call "new" releases.

That's exactly the problem - year old games don't sell systems.

Think about it in terms of consoles - people don't buy the PS3 or the Xbox360 because they wanted the console, they buy the console because there's a specific game they want to play. That's exactly the reason why the WiiU has done poorly so far; there's no system-selling games for it.

Basically, if Valve can release Linux-exclusive game (even if it's Linux-exclusive just for a little while) with wide appeal, it'll encourage a ton of people to actually install SteamOS or maybe buy a SteamBox. The problem is getting your foot in the door, and so far Linux hasn't had anything like that.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

IICV Re:How I see it... (1144 comments)

The worst part is that the Hastert rule isn't even a procedural trick; the Speaker for the House (currently, Boehner) has sole authority over what comes out on the floor. That's the procedural trick: Boehner doesn't want it to happen.

The Hastert rule itself is literally just something Hastert came up with in order to provide a vaguely plausible reason for fucking up other people's legislation when he felt like it. It's got almost no precedent, and there's literally zero reason to follow it; Hastert himself didn't.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

IICV Re:How I see it... (1144 comments)

That's because it's not in the Constitution, much like the Hastert rule which Boehner claims is causing the impasse. The difference is, the House holding the power of the purse is an old and established tradition, whereas the Hastert rule is just some crap that's been disowned by its namer.

Like a lot of government-in-practice, the House holding the purse strings is just something that's accrued over time. Budgets originate in the House. That's what they do, one of their major functions in modern American politics. It grants them a lever against the Senate and the Executive branch, either of which would otherwise outclass them.

The Senate could come up with their own budget and try to pass it, but that would simply never happen - no one in the House would ever vote for a budget that originated in the Senate, because it would be basically agreeing to let the Senate steal some power from them.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

IICV Re:yep (671 comments)

That would be pro-business, and I'm always amazed it hasn't been promoted as such.

It wouldn't be pro-business; it would be pro-small business and pro-new business, but it wouldn't be pro-large business at all; after all, health care is one of the levers they use to press your nose to the grindstone.

about a year ago
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New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

IICV Re:Volume (102 comments)

Since it's made out of carbon nanotubes, there's also none blacker.

about a year ago
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Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change

IICV Re:No change in number, just different wording (490 comments)

Personally, I like how people keep on referring to it as a "leak" - this particular report might not have been published yet, but usually only because it still needs revisions. The IPCC's actual published reports are freely available, and this one will end up there as well once they're sure it's right.

1 year,7 days

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The real story behind James Webb

IICV IICV writes  |  about 3 years ago

IICV (652597) writes "Ethan Siegel, of Starts with a Bang, has done some research on how and why the James Webb Space Telescope's price tag ballooned:

Something wasn't adding up. How could the telescope be more than three-quarters complete after $3.5 billion, but require more than double that amount to finish it? Also, how did the launch date get bumped by three years, to 2018? And how did 6.5 billion become a disastrous $8.7 billion so quickly? So I did a little digging around, and perhaps a little investigative reporting as well, and got ahold of a Webb Project Scientist who's also a member of the Webb Science Working Group.

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