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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

MMC Monster Re:even better (112 comments)

How much dedicated time does the gas station take to make the gasoline? ;-)

Realistically I would assume the solar array would use a storage battery so you don't need to generate the power at the instant the Tesla drives up.

On the other hand, 26-53 Teslas/day may be a bit of a low number. I've been at Tesla recharging stations where there are two or three Teslas parked and charging at the same time. And this was in NJ, not the west coast where there are more Teslas on the road.

On the third hand, no one drives into a supercharger with a completely depleted battery. I would wager that most people are just topping off from less than 50% charge to 90%.

On the fourth hand, a Tesla charging station doesn't have to be run completely off solar panels. Panels can supplement and take some of the base load off of the hard lines.

1 hour ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

MMC Monster 11 Trillion Gallons? (322 comments)

Is that a lot? I mean compared to rainfall over that area.

3 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

MMC Monster It's not just this place he spams... (190 comments)

Looks like he's editing his own wikipedia article. Why is this guy noteworthy enough to have a wikipedia article?

4 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

MMC Monster Re:Imagine that! (191 comments)

Yes. Let's see Yahoo or Bing step up and be major news aggregators in Spain. Or do you think they'll get out as well since no one wants to pay to provide a free service?

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

MMC Monster Re:I don't get it... (263 comments)

I'm on Tribenzor, which is literally just a mix of three regular and cheap blood pressure medicines, but it's 'not generic' so I have to pay a much more expensive rate.

Then you're part of the problem. Tell your physician that you want medications that you can afford without copays and you don't want to fall into a donut hole at the end of the year when you've maxed out your benefits for the year and have to pay full cost for a month or more.

If your doc refuses to change to generic alternatives, there are two options. One is that there are no generics that can treat what you have, the other is that your doc is in the pocket of their local pharmaceutical reps.

BTW, check out http://goodrx.com/ and put in your zip code to see what your medications cost at local pharmacies.

5 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

MMC Monster Re:A step too far? (191 comments)

It's more likely that the news sites would have to pay to be listed.

That is an option. Wouldn't it be lovely if Google offered to bring back the news aggregator only if subsidized by the papers?

5 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

MMC Monster Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

Probably the same reasons anyone would buy a coffee maker where home-brew coffee costs more than 25 cents a cup.

1 - Laziness
2 - Poor math skills
3 - Lack of impulse control

about a week ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

MMC Monster Re:This actually sounds pretty cool. (149 comments)

How does this mesh with the ideas that:
1. shared libraries allow a small memory footprint
and
2. allowing the OS to manage dependencies allows applications to be more secure since all applications that rely on a shared library benefit when a security update of the library get installed

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

MMC Monster X11? (172 comments)

Just to clarify, if we use X10 we're good?

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

MMC Monster Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

What's a CD?

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

MMC Monster Re: I agree, except: (390 comments)

The technological decline was obvious once episodes 1-3 were released. That was the peak of Galactic Civilization. Things have been in decline since. No more shines ships. The Millennium Falcon is still the fastest ship around. No more research into the force, and the little knowledge gained re: midichlorianes was completely lost. And the Jedi devolve from a quasi-science into a cult.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

MMC Monster Re: And... (720 comments)

Agree wholeheartedly.

On the other hand, a couple suggestions/thoughts. Why is your gaming PCI on all the time? (Obvious, since she's complaining about the noise of the computer, not of the games.) Turn it off when not gaming and get a second, much smaller PC for your media player. Look at the nettop size computers.

Other thing is to not spend a significant amount of money on any of this. If it's not important to her, she'll be upset some time in the future, regardless of whether you can afford it.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

MMC Monster Re:Ummm ... Duh? (165 comments)

Hell, the people who make things which are supposed to be connected to the interweb can't get security right. The people who make your fridge? Not bloody likely.

I was going to make a joke about how little a fridge could do to kill you, then I remember something that happened to me and my wife a couple weeks ago.

We were at a local grocery store and she picked up some cheese with an expiration date in November 2016. I told her my doubts (I don't recall any refrigerated cheese ever lasting that long).

My wife's response was that the label said it so it must be true. And this is coming from someone who doesn't believe the medical community much to begin with.

Two weeks later the cheese was going bad in the fridge. My wife didn't believe it and tried to cut away the bad parts. I put the whole thing in the garbage the first chance I got.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

MMC Monster Re:Yes... (145 comments)

Why paint? Presumably we're talking about houses here (unless we own apartment complexes). Instead of white paint, buy light colored shingles or ceramics.

I would imagine the first couple on the block will be eye sores, but as more people get into it, they'll look more in place.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

MMC Monster Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

Just looked again. The top three of those were ads. I can't explain why the first two non-ads were both to mail.com.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

MMC Monster Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

For the same search term on Google (not logged in), 'free email account', with adblock turned off, I get:
mailchimp.com
yahoo.com
gmx.com
mail.com
mail.com (yes, twice!)
gmx.com (again?)
yahoo.com
google.com
hushmail
email.about.com

Seriously. WTF. No Microsoft in the top 10 and gmail is number 8 on the list.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

MMC Monster Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

Can you name some of these services?

Why not give some examples, and we can discuss where those examples rate in popularity vs. where they show up in search results in the various search engines.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

MMC Monster Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

Please give one example of how people are forced to use google products.

My dad's email address is via yahoo. He likely goes weeks without hitting the google homepage. He's not particularly technically literate, either. People with google/Hotmail/Yahoo email tend to use home pages associated with their email address.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

MMC Monster Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

I was kinda thinking the same thing.

If there is any bundling going on, it's exceedingly subtle. The only thing I can think of is the link to gmail and apps on their homepage if you aren't logged in. A hell of a lot less links than on Bing's or Yahoo's home pages.

Come to think of it, one of the reasons Google gained popularity is how sparse their pages are to begin with.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

MMC Monster Re: next gen batteries (293 comments)

Don't know where you got your stats. Never have I heard of a Tesla battery being fully charged (from near-empty) in anything under 90 minutes. And that's on their superchargers.

If you want fast battery exchanges for a Tesla, I hear they got that to around 90 seconds, though. ;)

about three weeks ago

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