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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Lab Rat Jason Re:Crash-testing & strength? (115 comments)

I've been OK with this for my whole life

...so far.

yesterday
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Lab Rat Jason Re:Crash-testing & strength? (115 comments)

You can't 3D print 1.21 gigawats.

yesterday
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Lab Rat Jason Re:Crash-testing & strength? (115 comments)

I agree completely... I don't know what percentage of time is spent engineering the safety of a car... and I know it's super cool and kitchey to "design your own car" and "3D print it" and stuff, but what happens when someone prints a car that is aerodynamically unstable at 80mph?

"My test drives were all fine... but once I decided to open it up on a country road, I lost control and hit a horse drawn carriage full of people."

There are reasons it takes millions and years to get a car roadworthy.

Also, who's gonna handle the recalls if you share your design with someone else?

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Lab Rat Jason Re:electric car driver here (783 comments)

I don't always fanboi, but when I do, I prefer to do it to a product/company that actually deserves my fanboi squeals of delight. A Nissan GT-R doesn't seat 4. A Nissan GT-R doesn't run silent. And a Nissan GT-R doesn't deserve my fanboidom.

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Lab Rat Jason Re:electric car driver here (783 comments)

I can tell you're really proud of what you've got there... good for you. But you completely missed my point. Speed is not the only comparison to be made here... so when I say I'd stack a Tesla up against any car you care to bring out... I mean stack, not race. Make a fair comparison, and you must realize you've been squarely beaten. We're talking about powerful, and silent here, but you go so far as to state that when you straight pipe your car, that you can set off car alarms... as if that somehow disproves my fart-can statement? You've given me nothing but evidence that I'm right. Your had to make your car loud and obnoxious to gain 100hp, while making it illegal in the process. So congratulations on that. It doesn't make your car better.

Here is the reality that faces you, and of which you are terrified: The reason a Tesla costs $90k is because it is new, it is novel, and it is extremely high quality. You can take all of Tesla's technology, and pack it into a 2 seater that weighs 1/3 less. You can skip all the leather and build a cheap plastic car similar in trim and quality to your beloved WRX. In a few years when the Gigafactory is up and running, and batteries get less expensive, it will be possible to build the every-man consumer grade sports car that will absolutely trounce anything that exists today, and will do it for $30k.

I predict that an electric car will set a world record on Pikes Peak in the next 10 years, and that record will never be re-taken by a gas powered vehicle.

yesterday
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Lab Rat Jason Re:Isn't that how the transporter works? (161 comments)

If that were the case, wouldn't the cloning of a certain star ship captain be more prominently featured as a plot device?

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Lab Rat Jason Re:Yes (161 comments)

It depresses me that it took this long for someone to come up with a sensible answer... I read the article and immediately thought of pump impellers, but everyone above here is still stuck on derezzing.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Lab Rat Jason Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (783 comments)

Does anybody else remember the V10 Viper H-pipe debacle? Wish I had mod points for you, 'cause you are spot on about that. The stupid car was recalled to fix the exhaust design to make it sound better.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Lab Rat Jason Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (783 comments)

Hey that's a great study... but from the abstract, it doesn't look like they controlled for SHIT design factors like poor quartering visibility due to A-pillar design. Have you ever ridden in a Prius? Many hybrid vehicles make compromises in cabin design to gain a bit of mileage, and unless your study is controlling for that, then it's just a whitewash piece.

Additionally, the article didn't control for the self-righteous attitude of most hybrid owners... which certainly must be a contributing factor in auto-pedestrian accidents. /s

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Lab Rat Jason Re:electric car driver here (783 comments)

I'd stack a Tesla against ANY gas powered car you care to bring out...

http://youtu.be/BJJvhiFINsY (warning... some profane language)

Noisy cars are for noisy drivers... I've been arguing this point with my brother for years, every time he buys a louder muffler for his 5.9 Grand Cherokee... it never gets any faster, but it perpetually gets louder and worse gas mileage. I think car owners just need to cop to the fact that they want people to look at them, and what better way to do it than to put a loud ass fart pipe on a WRX?

2 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Lab Rat Jason The thing about new languages... (369 comments)

... is that they need to be better than old ones. Not just objectively better, but measurably better. And not just measurably better, but with enough margin as to offset the cost of learning a new language... I'm not going to ditch C++ just to learn D unless someone is paying me to. Show me the money!

4 days ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Lab Rat Jason Re:Lessons learned (329 comments)

Steam is manythings including spyware, malware, and even a rootkit.

[Citation Needed]

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Lab Rat Jason Re:Which is kind of a shame (314 comments)

I would like to see RS die, and a new store spring up in it's place that sells components, but focuses more on 3D printers than cell phones. XBees rather than pre-packaged RC trucks that break after one use, and Ham antennas rather than TV antennas.... but I doubt that any but the largest cities could even support one of these stores.

In other words, I agree that the maker movement could help... but I seriously doubt there is enough of a movement to support an actual storefront. It's a shame really...

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Lab Rat Jason Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

My local RS still carries a lot of that stuff... they built organizer drawers so they could take up much less space than hanging bags on pegboard, but much was still available. Shame, because sometimes you just need a pack of resistors, or a small transformer, and you don't want to deal with shipping and credit cards for something that should cost $1.50.

I will say though, that I saw the writing on the wall when they started stocking cheap consumer electronics and the employees there didn't know where to find the resistors... at that point I'd just waive them off and say I'll find what I need myself... none of them knew anything about electronics anymore.

To see them die now is more of a relief than a sadness... they were dead 5 years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

Lab Rat Jason So.... (105 comments)

... they have a patent for waving?

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

Lab Rat Jason Re:Maybe it's just me (258 comments)

ha ha ha... I wish this wasn't already modded at 5 so I could mod it up some more!

about two weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

Lab Rat Jason Re:"Firmware"? (135 comments)

So you're asking for "resoluteware?"

about two weeks ago

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Five Things To Know About The Disneyland Measles Outbreak

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  4 days ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "Forbes author Tara Haelle puts the screws to anit-vaxxers with little gems like this-

It’s not undocumented immigrants we should be pointing the finger at. It’s home-grown, upper-middle class, well-educated, mostly white southern California parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children we should be giving the side-eye to.

in an excellent article about why the Measles outbreak is happening, and how we should be looking at the circumstances."
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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about a year ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"

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