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Researchers Report Super-Powered Battery Breakthrough

LordStormes Somewhere... (244 comments)

... Elon Musk has one hell of a rager over this. This could make electric cars that could go from Florida to New York on one charge, and recharge in similar time to a gas refill, a possibility.

Say you got 500 miles to a charge, which is a reasonable amount if these numbers are to be believed. That's the amount of miles driven by the average US driver in 2 weeks. So if the battery needs to be replaced after 8-10 charges, you're talking once a quarter. If the battery costs $250 and is easily user-replaceable, this isn't a big deal:

My quick, rough math says that if it lost 5% of the original maximum after every charge and the maximum charge of a brand new battery were 500 miles, 10 charges would come out to 3875 miles. If the battery can be produced for $250, that comes out to 15.5 miles to every $1 spent on the battery. Now, consider experiments are in progress to allow free/nearly free recharges, so the cost would really be reduced to just the battery. The current gas price I see out my window is $3.33/gal and my Scion xB gets about 30 MPG.

So, my Scion costs $3.33 to go 30 miles. The Tesla with a $250 battery would cost $2, and not explode the environment.

I'm sold. // of course these costs are pure conjecture until we know more.

about a year and a half ago
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Vote To Name Two Newly Discovered Moons of Pluto

LordStormes Re:Characters from the Underworld? (144 comments)

Kraid and Ripley.
Bebop and Rocksteady.
Palom and Porom.
Mordor and Shayol Ghul.
Orpheus and Persephone.

about 2 years ago
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Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

LordStormes Re:A Portal movie?!?!? (208 comments)

*tosses the Companion Cube into the incinerator* WIIIILSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

about 2 years ago
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To Open Source Obama's Get-Out-the-Vote Code Or Not?

LordStormes The solution is simple... (356 comments)

Let the DNC hire the programmers and keep them on staff. Keep the code closed-source (so the Rs don't get it) and also expand it to work with local races in the House and Senate.

about 2 years ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

LordStormes Re:Automated testing (169 comments)

This.

about 2 years ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

LordStormes Re:Neither did Google (169 comments)

My shop used Rhino (JS running in the same JVM as your Java) to write JS automated test scripts. We've got about 800 of them now, and it's awesome. We've built it to run on multiple machines, aggregate logging, report failures, all built into our nightly build with Jenkins so we sit down in the morning and there's a list of issues waiting for us on all new code builds.

about 2 years ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

LordStormes Re:Residual Y2K Problem (169 comments)

How many people will be using a 50+ year old OS/app in 2050 when it would become a problem?

about 2 years ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

LordStormes Automated testing (169 comments)

My shop has over 800 automated test scripts, all of which have been running on machines that think it's 2013-2014 for over a year, and will be bumped up to 2014-2015 by the end of the month.

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

LordStormes Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Just stop feeding the cat entirely. In about 3 weeks, he will stop bothering you.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

LordStormes Re:iPad 3 (288 comments)

I'm looking for a new one with a warranty, to give as a gift. I'd prefer not to buy a fragile, commonly-counterfeited product out of the back of somebody's van for $500.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

LordStormes Re:iPad 3 (288 comments)

I would have loved them to slot the 3 where the 2 is now, and further lower the price of the 2.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

LordStormes iPad 3 (288 comments)

From the looks of the store, they've completely dropped the iPad 3. Their comparison now shows an iPad 2 vs. an iPad 4. Does anyone know if there will be some sort of clearance event anywhere to clean out stock of 3s? Looking to get one for my girlfriend for her birthday.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple and Samsung Both Get South Korea Bans

LordStormes Re:Thats one way.. (216 comments)

I have a patent on the letter E. Everyone in this thread owes me money.

more than 2 years ago
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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Illustrates Nintendo's Greatest Problem

LordStormes Re:This is barely even a review (146 comments)

Given their tanking financials, it's time they listen to SOMEBODY in the marketplace.

more than 2 years ago
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Record Setting 500 Trillion-Watt Laser Shot Achieved

LordStormes Re:Stellar application potential (252 comments)

Even if you lost 90% of the power, you're still talking about 50 TW. That's not small change, when what you're shooting is made out of ice.

more than 2 years ago

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Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating on HalfLife, Portal Movies

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  about 2 years ago

LordStormes (1749242) writes "THIS WAS A TRIUMPH. JJ Abrams, who apparently plans to direct every movie for the rest of time, is teaming with Gabe Newell and Valve to explore films for both the HalfLife and Portal franchises. No word on HalfLife 3, sadly..."
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Steve Jobs Action Figure Goes on Sale

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordStormes (1749242) writes "For $99, you can get your very own plastic genius. Releasing in February, the foot-tall Steve Jobs action figure is fully poseable, but won't come with little plastic iPads like the promo photos show. Apple fans now awaiting the Steve Wozniak figure, which will be found in the bottom of select bags of Doritos."
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3DS Teardown: Nintendo Making 150% Profit

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LordStormes (1749242) writes "The folks at iSuppli have done a teardown and cost analysis of the Nintendo 3DS. Looks like Nintendo's spending about $104 to make the consoles, and selling at $250. This is easily the best margin made on consoles in a good long while."
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Which Language to Learn?

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LordStormes (1749242) writes "I've been a Java/C++/PHP developer for about 6 years now. However, I'm seeing the jobs for these languages dry up, and Java in particular is worrisome with all the Oracle nonsense going on. I think it's time to pick up a new language or risk my skills fading into uselessness. I'm looking to do mostly Web-based back-end stuff. I've contemplated Perl, Python, Ruby, Erlang, Go, and several other languages, but I'll put it to you — what language makes the most sense now to get the jobs? I've deliberately omitted .NET — I have no desire to do the Microsoft languages."
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Ask Slashdot - Cheap Online Backup?

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LordStormes (1749242) writes "I've been newly hired to run the IT department of a small company with a notoriously cheap CEO. Right now, we're backing up about 6TB of data off 25 servers onto a single NAS in the same data center. I'm worried this isn't good enough. The boss wants me to pick the most critical 1TB and use removable media to take it offsite. I want to protect it all. I'm looking into options like Backblaze.com, but most are either expensive or prohibitive in the way they're structured. A dedicated, hosted server with enough disk would run us about $450 a month, plus more for bandwidth overages. I'm kicking around putting a second NAS in the CEO's house with a dedicated fiber connection and uploading to there, which would cost about $100 a month, but I'm worried I won't be able to do incremental uploads if all I have on the main backup NAS is large backup job files. Please help!"

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Bronx Zoo Cobra Tweeting from the Big Apple

LordStormes LordStormes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ABC reports that the escaped Bronx Zoo cobra has taken to Twitter, to let all his slithery friends follow his adventures
exploring in the Big Apple.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/escaped-bronx-zoo-cobra-joins-twitter/story?id=13246485

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