Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck
I'm no friend of trucks, but I wanted to clarify that 80,000 is the typical maximum weight allowed for a semi-truck. That would more likely be a shorter-haul truck moving gravel or other materials instead of less dense cargo like Walmart products. For the long-haul, materials are transported by train.
I'm a friend of trucks -- pretty much everything you have ever bought made its first and last trips by truck. There's no way modern logistics are feasible -- i.e. you don't get to buy stuff -- without trucks.
The weight being carried is a function of the number of axles on the truck. Each axle is good for about 8 tons, so your 80,000 pound load (40 (short) tons) is a 22 wheel tractor-trailer. You do need to balance the weight properly given the location of the axles, but this isn't rocket science.
There is a good reason for having a generally applied and precise limit on weight per axle: the wear and tear on the road is empirically proportional to the weight per axle to the fourth power. Those overloaded trucks or improperly loaded trucks do a lot of damage to the road, much more than you could ever do with a passenger car.
It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information
For requiring me to take a course on Victorian-era English literature as part of my engineering degree graduation requirements? By forcing me to take the course, they literally filled my brain up with useless stuff which will accelerate the onset of age-related dementia.
As an engineering graduate of 1986, I joined a group of classmates a couple of years ago on a visit to the Dean, who asked us what we would change, looking back, in the curriculum. There were two answers common to all of us: project management and English writing. We are all in management now, not practical engineering, and need words more than we need numbers and formulae. An English writing course should be required for all pure and applied science majors, in my opinion.
And I think you should have paid more attention in your one class: literally doesn't mean what you think it does.
Unencrypted Windows Crash Reports a Blueprint For Attackers
Thanks for sharing your experience, Matt
When I first learned about this, there were two things I didn't understand: Why does Microsoft collect this data (error reports and USB insertions) and why is it sent in the clear? You and others have provided a plausible rationale for the first, but the sneakiness of the USB insertion calls home are disturbing. It still seems completely wrong to send it unencrypted. Very, very wrong in fact. Can you share why was this decision made?
Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate
They certainly identified the problem correctly... but then they had to meddle because there was just too much political hay to be made. Even when this corn ethanol program started, it was already pretty well established that corn was the wrong source material to use for fuel. As I recall, there was already a near consensus among researchers that switchgrass was probably the way to go. But they let some powerful legislators from the midwest shape the program in a manner designed NOT to be good for the country's long-term interests, but good for their short-term political gain.
I don't think it was a boon to farmers so much as a boon to Monsanto and ADM. This program was a monstrous subsidy to a couple of very fat companies, at the expense of pretty much everyone else -- people who pay taxes, people who eat, people who had other uses for the land, etc.
NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware
I confess this is what I can't understand about the whole concept. It's been years since I've had to do a lot of work poking around BIOS settings, but I can't see any reason why BIOS settings would ever need to be writeable by userspace programs, so this attack shouldn't be, well, an attack. What am I missing?
Two Million Passwords Compromised By Keylogger Virus
Google and Facebook offer simple two-factor that works with any cellphone capable of SMS. Facebook also has a keygen built into their smartphone app. I wish everyone did this.
My 2FA from Google stopped working a few months ago, so I had to turn it off. I don't know why, but I no longer got SMS messages when I asked them to authorize something. Annoying.
Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So
U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Zoe vs. Williams (1982).
I'll add that, although it is not the law of the USA, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 13(2) is explicit: "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."
Indonesian Politicians Plan To Quiz Snowden Following Visit By Russians
All this talk isn't about the military, but about the economy. Anything that can be used to give other countries an edge against the largest country's economy is going to be leveraged to its fullest.
I live in Indonesia.
In this case it's not about the economy, it's about politics. Indonesia will have parliamentary elections in May 2014 and politicians of all stripes are looking for ways to distinguish them from their competitors. Since none have any platforms to speak of, and all are disgustingly corrupt, they use chest-thumping nationalism as one way to garner attention and hopefully votes. This has just given them a great opportunity and all are trying to out chest-thump the other parties. Mostly harmless.
Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies
"and spend 20 minutes on Google finding out what they really mean?"
that why. You do not have the knowledge to do that, and the fact you think how they mean to you can be sussed out via google is laughable.
However, I don't see why you could take the results to your Dr.
I completely and totally disagree. You have an inalienable right to the results of tests of your body, whether paid for by you or someone else, whether ordered by a doctor or yourself. You have the right to Google the results of those tests, and even act on your limited knowledge if you are so inclined, even if that is foolish. The medical profession has been able to convince many people that the potential for misuse overrides your basic rights, but it doesn't. You must be free to choose among, say, waiting two weeks for a doctor's appointment or getting the test yourself and doing with the results what you will, assuming the technology exists, which is the subject of this article.
This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I am a type I diabetic and feel much more in control of my diabetes and my life since I moved from Canada to Indonesia. My Canadian endocrinologist was an asshole, but I couldn't go to another one -- all the ones recommended to me were refusing to take on new patients without a referral, and my GP referred his patients to the asshole. Tests could only be done on a doctor's order. Now, I can go to any number of clinics, walk in and get the critical blood test (for me, HbA1C) done in a few minutes for a few dollars. I can store my history over time, and show it to anyone I want, including any doctor I happen to be seeing. I self medicate, yes, using Google, for other conditions. I am in control and my life is better.
Dean living with type I diabetes for 27 years, without complications. And happy.
Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies
The cost-per-test, or marginal cost, is impacted neither by the pharmaceutical company's study used to verify the accuracy of the test nor the FDA approval.
These costs are fixed costs, not marginal costs. That is, these costs do not change dependent on the number of test kits produced.
So technically, no, they don't push the cost-per-test up quite a bit. The company's desire to turn a profit is what pushes up the cost-per-test.
You are so right. I test my blood sugar a few times a day (Type I diabetic). Each test costs around $1, whether I buy test strips in Canada, Singapore or Indonesia. I'm locked into a meter given to me free by Bayer -- that's how much money there is in this business. I would guess the strips cost one cent to manufacture in bulk, two cents at most. The rest is obscene drug store and manufacturer margin. Canadian public health insurance (OHIP in my case) doesn't cover these, nor insulin. Do I believe these should be included in public health care? Absolutely. I haven't checked whether Obamacare specifically includes them, but assuming it does I think it is a huge step forward. Everyone's life includes some random elements, and including some treatments while excluding others from public insurance, or mandated private insurance, strikes me as arbitrary.
Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World
It seems that Tom's post is stuck at 2, and I don't understand why, so let me chime in. He's right. I have managed CSR programs in Indonesia, including one at a firm where they had previously invested around $10,000 to establish a microfinance lender. The lender has grown every year, and now has deposits and loans worth around 250,000. They employ people, but nothing compared to the employment their borrowers create. They are careful about screening applicants, and people pay back -- NPL (Non-performing loans) under 2%. I have had experiences with other projects which have generated much poorer returns, I suspect largely due to poor enforcement of the obligation to make regular payments. This stuff is capitalism at it's absolutest finest.
Banks can't do this stuff because their overheads and cost allocation models tell them it's unprofitable for them. That doesn't mean it doesn't work just fine if you don't have their overhead allocation methods. The only alternative for the rural near-poor (under $2 / day) are loan sharks, who charge 5-15% interest per month, which is a good example of unregulated banking at its lowest.
Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World
Monopolies aren't just businesses. It's possible that because he has so much more cash to throw at problems than everyone else, he could even be doing harm by overwhelming other possible solutions.
It's possible but it's not currently happening. The types of things he's doing are, as he specifically states in the article, complementary to what others, largely governments, are doing. The point he doesn't mention in the article, but which I think is critical, is that some of the problems his foundation is tackling are bigger than anything governments can do. Infectious diseases cross borders, so are beyond the scope of any single national government to solve. The work on malaria builds on, and exceeds, anything a government can do. Philanthropy sometimes gets a bad name, even among those in the CSR field (where I work) but there are some things that can only be solved by huge philanthropic investments. Polio and malaria are among them.
Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized
I agree. I can be a real pedant, but the modern use of "begs the question" clearly fills a need to express an idea which is not as easily expressed in other ways. Circular reasoning already is in the common vocabulary, so having an obscure rough equivalent serves no purpose. In this case the modern usage is superior, and will win out, deservedly.
The Most WTF-y Programming Languages
I remember playing this in 1985, although the code was much older than that, on a PDP-8. I wonder if the code was structured that way to allow blocks of it to be read in from tape, as it wouldn't have been wise to assume a hard drive on some of those architectures.
Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986
Seriously? For ONE year, in ONE place, they choose to raise their children in a way similar to the way they were raised. The children will have many, many years of the experiences of their peers, and one year of different experiences. I think it's a bit like living in another country / culture for a year: the children will be much better off for it.
NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash
It's irrelevant; because the hypothetical proposes a fairly stiff standard of evidence to meet (and would only kick in when both that standard is met and a text-reading driver does something unpleasant enough to get the courts involved)
It's not irrelevant at all. If you are one of the defendants in a suit as a result of a motor vehicle collision, you and the other defendants are all subject to "joint and several" liability. That means that if you are found 1% at fault, and the driver is 99% at fault but dead, you are on the hook for all the damages. This judge knows that, and seems to be an idiot whose version of the law will be not be confirmed by higher courts, but it's a mildly troubling decision.
New Attack Uses Attackers' Own Ad Network To Deliver Android Malware
I guess ... I mean, if you want to use words and definitions and stuff, then yes, you're right.
BTW, this story has some kind of clustersummary. Monkeys and keyboards don't mix.
The other article, linked to in the summary, piles a shitload of hyperbole, unsubstantiated claims and bullshit on top of that, and then gets someone to link to it here. Nothing substantiated about Android, SMS, or anything else. There is no link to Palo Alto Networks, but I googled them. There is nothing about this on their web site that I could find quickly. Nothing.
What we have here is a completely fabricated story posted on Slashdot because someone wanted to post a story, I guess, and the editors didn't even get suspicious about the obviously wrong article and click on the one link there. Slashdot, you are sometimes great, but you would be more consistently great if the editors just spent a few more minutes with the content. Like reading the articles. This was just fucking awful.
20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event
Man, the more I read the summary the more I was thinking that exact thought. Laughed and laughed -- still chuckling.
Examining the Expected Effects of Dark Matter On the Solar System
Then please tell me who has already thought of explaining the expansion of the universe by considering the matter-to-energy conversion occuring within stars and realizing that the disappearing matter reduces space curvature, expanding it. Accelerating star formation and total power output would thus produce accelerating expansion of the universe. Do try to find any astrophysicists who has done these calculations. I'd be very interested to read their papers.
E=MC2 is an equivalence, not a transformation.
Chain Reaction Shattered Antarctica's Larson B Ice Shelf
Oh okay, I'm it's perfectly objective, then.
As long as the guys trying to get evidence of increased CO2 are admittedly excluding 15% of daily data, it's a perfectly objective source.
Or you could report readings that AREN'T on top of a giant CO2 vent. Seriously, you have to REALLY want to believe them if you need to pretend that's credible. Don't you have any interest at all in knowing what's actually going on? I can sort of understand fandom, though I prefer intellectual honesty. Even hardcore sports fans WATCH THE GAME to find out what happened, though. They don't just pretend their team won.
I don't really think you're justified in attacking the character and reputation of the scientists, as despite your claims to the contrary you have completely closed your mind to any facts that violate your "beliefs". You don't prefer intellectual honesty, you prefer to spout half-truths. To wit:
As others have pointed out, they get extremely consistent readings all day and most of the night, except when a temperature inversion when the readings go up. Then they DELETE THOSE RECORDS. If they wanted to get evidence of increased CO2, according to your model they would leave those in. Their readings are consistent with other monitoring stations. Are they all secretly conspiring to push the number up?
I'd suggest you reconsider posting inconsistent and poorly thought out posts on science, here or anywhere else, especially those embellished with attacks on people's character.
In linux just use dd to write 512 zeros to /dev/hda (or /dev/sda or whatever the base drive is) for example
dd bs=1 count=512 if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
That will wipe the boot block clean, then you can use it like a brand new drive.
Or if you want, just zero out the partition table using a seek=446 and a count=64 instead of the count=512