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How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

Ksevio Re:Just stop it with the 'zero emissons' claims (49 comments)

But that's pointless and misleading. I don't say my kitchen blender has emissions or my cellphone.

Gasoline has emissions because when you burn it, it releases CO2 (and others). There are also emissions when the gasoline is produced at the refinery.

Electric vehicles produce no emissions when the electricity is used. In some cases, generating electricity does produce emissions.

The advantage is large powerplants can control emissions much easier than a car and even better - they can be replaced by a cleaner source. Cars usually produce more emissions as they get less efficient with age.

Obviously we're not going to replace everyone's car overnight so we have time to improve our infrastructure.

2 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Ksevio Re:CODEC (126 comments)

Here in the real world, when players collaborate on something for everyone to use, we call that a "Standard"

4 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

Ksevio Re:No more "Cloud", please (60 comments)

You're probably not the target demographic for this product - it's aimed at "Chromebooks" which are ~3lb cheap laptops. Similar to terminals connecting to mainframes in the past except smaller and with WiFi.

If it helps, you can replace "Cloud" with "Server cluster".

5 days ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Ksevio Re:Why? (119 comments)

I think your very last point is one of the biggest ones - the inability to cheat is a big reason why lots of games are pushing parts online. It has the downside of requiring a more powerful server (and puts full trust in the server), but it can prevent many cheats right off the bat and makes it easier to block others. Players like this because cheating sucks.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Ksevio Re:Here's an idea! (585 comments)

millions of people that suffer with convulsions and insomnia

Would those people have a problem with their drugs being blue or having some koolaid powder mixed in?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Ksevio Re:Not at all (191 comments)

I have a crank radio/flashlight thing that just as a button on the side to make an annoying noise. Probably the same deal since it's an easy add on that uses little power

about a week ago
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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

Ksevio Re:Not news (67 comments)

Well it's our one month warning. We need time to plan the Mars Orbit Entry Parties.

about a week ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Ksevio Re:who writes the simulator? (173 comments)

Presumably Google would also run the non-simulator tests and report the results, so there's no real difference there.

about two weeks ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Ksevio Re:The problem with simulation is ... (173 comments)

Would that happen in 100,000 miles of normal driving? The advantage of simulation is it can simulate once in a life time events like a 3 year old tossing a sandwich out the window into oncoming traffic.

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Ksevio Re:People should leave. They Don't. (257 comments)

It's so far removed though - the gas at the Shell is probably in part coming from BP wells anyways

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Ksevio Re:Customer/product (257 comments)

No, that's not true. If they piss you off, then their advertisers don't get views and also get pissed off. You're paying them - just in screen space, not dollars.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Ksevio Re:god dammit. The Numbers (521 comments)

Cats do love killing birds, but I can tell you anecdotally that my cat has never brought in a raptor.

about two weeks ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Ksevio Re:good ideas (61 comments)

The design devotes a whole room to 3D printing, but I agree underground would be better than depleted uranium. Thick layer of martian ground is much easier to get than 2cm thick walls of DU.

about two weeks ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Ksevio Re:Microsoft is a spent force (142 comments)

I'm convinced this is just an underground effort by bing's PR team to get the Internet to like it for something

about two weeks ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Ksevio Depleted Uranium? (61 comments)

Depleted Uranium is very heavy - where are the people going to get enough of it? Shipping it there would be extremely expensive

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Ksevio Re:Why compete with free? (426 comments)

Well it's number 3 now (after Yahoo) so I'm sure they pay some money for that position

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Ksevio Re:"not my job" - It is *Microsoft's* job (426 comments)

Back in the IE6 days this was more true - you had to create a site that worked in all the browsers, then create a site that worked in IE. Every release since then it's been getting better. Partially it's that the IE market share dropped so MS had to get their browser back up to working with sites, but they've done a lot of work to make it closer to standards and not include non-standard extensions. These days I can pretty much code one site and just review it in IE to make sure it works fine (though libraries like jquery have helped that on the javascript end).

I still wouldn't use IE, but at least I don't have to spend as much time in it testing.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Ksevio Re:Why compete with free? (426 comments)

They could pay the other browsers the same way Google does

about two weeks ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

Ksevio Re:Chrome (OS/Browser) and Android (68 comments)

That's true if you're the conspiratorial type - from a realistic/business point of view there are multiple customers. There are the customers that provide money: the people wanting to sell ads, and the customers that provide screen space: the ones that view the ads. If Google doesn't appease both, their business would fail. In some cases, it's in Google's best interest for people to have free/cheap access to web-capable devices. The easier it is for people to get on the web, the more people that will give Google screen space, and the more companies will give Google money to fill that space.

about two weeks ago

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