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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Moof123 Re:Why put a number on it? (454 comments)

Yep. A much better argument would be to encourage people to have clear expectations for old age, and to make options to check out much easier. I would welcome the ability to choose my exit day while I still have the faculties to do so. The US's lousy options are deplorable. Old folks have few options in most states to pull their own plug when they determine the time is right.

In my Grandmother's case she knew it was time a few weeks before she died, but ended up in a lot of misery and humiliating circumstances for her final days due to a lack of legal options. Little has made me angrier at the religious set than listening to my grandmother beg God to let he die, and there being no legal avenue for any of her family to grant that wish thanks to those selfish bastards keeping euthanasia illegal.

yesterday
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Moof123 Why is this on Slashdot? (236 comments)

I mean really, this is a new low for story quality.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Moof123 Re:Proper Science is hard. (732 comments)

Have you met a lot of scientists? Many of them are amazing at jargon and obfuscation, but suck at most everything else. Many of them are very narrow and deep, making their work as obscure as it is hard. So yes, the cutting edge of science is hard, but that is only a fraction of what science is all about.

A lot of everyday science is NOT hard, it is just training yourself to approach the world with curiosity and with critical thinking (asking why, and being open to new answers). Kids are perfect candidates, with lots of curiosity and few hardened preconceptions (schools fix both in short order). You can do a lot of science with the under 10 crowd, so how hard can it be? A lot of people simply have never been given a good framework as to how to be scientific about their lives, and the more they are told it is HARD, the more they reflexively avoid it.

yesterday
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:More importantly (391 comments)

A new Leaf battery will set you back $5500, not $15-45k. That price may drop further in the future.

Tesla's have bigger batteries and go through a lot stress per mile than a Leaf (less percentage discharge for the same number of miles driven), so they are likely to last several times longer than the ~100-150k miles you can expect out of a Leaf's battery.

5 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:More importantly (391 comments)

New battery for the Leaf is $5500, and should be good for at least another 100-150k miles, more if you are in moderate climates. So the second 100k miles on a second battery will only cost you electricity of about $0.03 to $0.04 a mile, and about $0.06 a mile worth of battery cost. Still cheap.

5 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:Still pretty affordable (391 comments)

For a level 2 charger you need 240V and a 20-50 A capacity depending on the EVSE you choose. A fish tank timer just won't do.

5 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:Still pretty affordable (391 comments)

You get about 4-5 miles per kWh. Even in California electricity is only ~18 cents a kWh, or about $0.04 of electricity per mile. Gas is about $4 a gallon, so a 30 mpg car is about $0.13 worth of gas per mile. In almost every state the ratio is about 3-4x cheaper for electric vs. gas. It is possible to put your car on a separate meter and get time of use billing on just the car so you can do a lot better than 18 cents per kWh if you use timers to charge in the way off peak hours.

5 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:Maybe 40k (391 comments)

I'd be happy to chip in my fair share of road tax. At 18 cents a gallon and about 10k miles a year driving, that works out to about $60 per year I ought to be paying towards road maintenance if you compare my Leaf to a 30 mpg econobox. Just don't try and stick a GPS tracker on my car like Oregon keeps thinking is a good idea. Make it part of my registration fees or something similarly simple.

5 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Moof123 Re:Maybe 40k (391 comments)

Also depends on experience. There are getting to be a critical mass of folks who know someone with a Leaf or a Tesla, and for the most part these early adopters are pretty darn happy and are evangelizing effectively against the drone of skeptics and naysayers. It is not dissimilar to the wave of gay support that happened when a critical mass of folks were out of the closet. Almost everyone now knows at least one friend or family member who is openly gay, and it takes the wind out of the sails of the haters.

5 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Moof123 Re:Not really true? (108 comments)

Agreed. Right now I have no good way to vote down the oodles of crap channels, or to really vote up my tastes. Worse yet, the price keeps going up faster than my paycheck inflation. So we dropped it and have no regrets. We watch less total TV, and pay vastly less to get the handful of shows we actually want. Sadly Hulu still has ads, and I am getting close to dropping it too.

I am fine with some bundling, but really want to some option to be able to defund ESPN, QVC, Christian Blab, "History" Channel, TLC, and similar. I would be fine if the model was a handful of ad funded "Free" stations if they wanted access to me (broadcast model), then say a few bucks each for each station I actually wanted with a minimum 1 month buy-in and some base service charge. Tons of stations would wither, others would flourish. Ideally I would be able to stream at will and be able to choose a higher ad-free price tier. All wishful thinking I am sure.

Part of my hope of seeing the likes of ESPN wither, is that it would lead to less funding of professional sports via reduced budget for buying broadcast right. Professional sport are a colossal waste of resource, IMO.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Moof123 Re:It's not horseshit. It's happening. (444 comments)

Or solar panels on houses plus a switch to mostly EV's.

An integrated system of EV's that charged at work during daylight, and could dump a little back into the grid as needed to load level is not out of reach technologically. It is sadly way out of reach politically.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Moof123 What Revision? (194 comments)

I am curious as to how the license works. Is it for a specific revision of software, or does Google have free reign to make large changes to the software without re-testing?

It seems to me that as more of these vehicles hit the road, even in test mode, there should be tight control over how big of a change can be Beta tested on live streets without a re-qualification.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Moof123 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

If you have to be at full driver attentiveness at all times, what the heck is the point? A self-driving car should let you take a nap, read a book, or otherwise tune out from the road. Having to be a secondary driver ready to jump in could be even more stressful than just driving by yourself. And what if you have gone for a few months without touching the controls, can you be reasonable expected to be a competent driver if you only drive for 10 minutes a handful of times a year, and under conditions that are atypical?

I am all for giving Google and other access to the real road for continued development under very strict supervision, but there is a chasm between that and what the headlines say about the capabilities of our new robot overlords. Google is pushing for cars without steering wheels long before the technology is close to ready. It is that apparent dissonance that really bugs me. Little things like rain or a snow flurry blinding the thing, or being unable to recognize a traffic cop are pretty major obstacles to overcome, but their marketing department does not appear to be too keen on waiting for those to be solved.

about two weeks ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Moof123 Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (291 comments)

Way too many fad conclusions come and go in science, and especially with food. Eggs are bad, eggs are good, fat is bad, fat is good, carbs are good, carbs are bad, resveritol cures all, resveritol no better than placebo, Dr. Oz is a genius, Dr. Oz is a pocklining schill....

In the end it seems that if you wait about 10 years almost every headline on health gets contradicted, then thar contradiction gets at least qualified another 10 years after that.

Nothing so far has done better than simply trying to aim for eating plenty of real food with moderation on the highly processed stuff, and moderation on the calorie dense stuff.

The one thing about salt is that it does make stuff tasty, often the highly processed stuff, making it easy to overdo it. Avoiding salt sort of automatically helps one to cut out the heavily processed foods.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Moof123 Re:wow score one for free speech (275 comments)

Yep, but so much more needs to be done to reign in EULA's. Having to agree to lousy binding mediation terms just to buy software or sign up for internet service is such a sham. Sadly we often end up having little real choice thanks to either no competition, or competition that employs the same tactics. There should not be 48 pages of EULA just to download and listen to a song.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Moof123 Huge amount of wasted time (348 comments)

Part of what drives scientists away is that all of these grant proposals are a huge time sink. It takes a very large percentage of time just to write enough proposals to keep funding coming in that actually doing the science becomes secondary.

Stop and think about what sort of scientists you get if the top priority is writing grant proposals and churning out incremental paper after incremental paper. On of my engineering profs fell into this category, it was year after year of publishing correlation "papers" between weather data and recorded satellite signal strength. He lacked in almost all forms of creativity, and was not an inspiration for students, but climbed up to department head on the back of all that publishing (and on the backs of a few perpetual grad students who actually did the work).

about two weeks ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

Moof123 Re:At $281, a bit expensive for a tablet CPU (51 comments)

Intel seems to be a full generation behind ARM in making efficient chips, but has used the 2 generation head start their fab has on everyone to cover that game, and then some now.

The story I got from my friends who work there (circa 1 year ago) is that they are scared to death that the tablet/phone markets escaped them. Desktop replacements have slowed, and they missed the boat on phones/tablets. They suck at being lean and mean, so they have almost always just outgrown their screw-ups. Chips like this make it clear that they really have made strides to close the gaps where they could.

It still stands that they have to push out an entrenched ARM competitor, and they appear to be trying to do so by targetting the 2 in 1 side rather than tablets directly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Moof123 Tell time (471 comments)

Is there even an app for that?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Moof123 Meh. (730 comments)

Still not interested. That is all.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Moof123 Needs to be indexed to Moore's Law (533 comments)

Well, not quite, but the lower limit definition need to ratchet up every year. We are consuming ever more data each year, so shouldn't we expect the minimum acceptable "broadband" definition to adjust accordingly?

Oh well, still jaded after all these years...

about two weeks ago

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