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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Motard Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

But it wasn't really a New World after all. It was the same one. The Europeans just didn't know about that part of it until then. When they found out about it though, they were all over that sucker. Air, water, lumber, animals, seafood, -- everything.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Motard Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

Yes, bronze axes. That's all anyone needs - a bronze axe.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Motard Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

The benefits of every technical achievement went to the rich people first. From the toilet, to electric lighting, the automobile, the iPhone, etc. Every one.

Even military advances. Thanks God that it turned out, starting in the 1600-1700s that private enterprise - working independently of the aristocracies - led to wealth generation outside of the political structure. This gave societies as a whole the power to increasingly influence governments, leading to popular revolutions in America and France, and the neutering of royal power in England.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Motard Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

Walk into a store and buy a fully assembled name brand (Dell, HP, etc) PC, complete with warranty and guarantees, without ANY software preinstalled. You can't. Your analogy fails.

If enough people wanted to do that, you could. But virtually nobody does. The demand is not there. The Italian legal system thinks too highly of itself.

about a month ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Motard Re:Non-story? (112 comments)

Didn't they subsidize your purchase of the phone when you chose to buy it from AT&T?

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Motard Re:Article is very very suspicious (571 comments)

U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fusion reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle.

Don't trust anything you read in this article.

But everything else on the internet is okay, right?

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Motard Re:Performance (283 comments)

Ooops, that should've been 2001. The IRL ran they're first race there in 1997.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Motard Re:the event (283 comments)

where can I watch the hole event and not just some clips?

I dunno, try searching for 'courtney love' on Youtube.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Motard Re:Meh (283 comments)

Or, you drive 4-5 hours, stop to charge/eat and find that there are no available charger spots. Now you may have to wait 30 minutes to charge for 30 minutes. And God forbid there's a line.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Motard Re:Performance (283 comments)

Actually, they hit this point in 1997 in IndyCars (CART). The Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway had to be called off because of G forces.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Motard Re:Awesome (283 comments)

I bought one and put it to work printing another. Then these two will print more - with each new one printing even more.

When I have enough, I'm going to print a planet.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

Motard Re:Practice colony in Antarctica first? (269 comments)

I think that's the point. To see if you can colonize a *less* hostile environment

about a month and a half ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Motard Re:Pipe Dreams (203 comments)

If this thing can drive on roads in Slovakia, that's plenty good enough for me at this point. After all, even if I had the money, pilot skills and desire for such a thing, I certainly wouldn't be the market for the first version.

I'd just like to see someone, somewhere give it a go. And on the surface, the claimed specs of this thing would be adequate to be potentially useful - presuming it's not all bullshit.

That's what I want to know at this point. Do the range and speed numbers even pass a cursory BS test?

about 1 month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Motard Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

No, the bulge was where the U2 album was stored.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Motard Can't Wait! (95 comments)

I, for one cannot wait for the opportunity to purchase a brand new Tesla Giga. I hope it will cost less than the Model S. I also hope it will be a smartphone, because I already have a vehicle.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

Motard I Have a New Technology for This (91 comments)

My new device is designed to accept any amount of data and any rate imaginable. Once stored, the data can *never* be retrieved, no matter what is tried. And this new technology is surprising affordable. Call now for your new StorageBrick 3K!

about 4 months ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Motard Re:My story with those assholes... (113 comments)

Avoid using whois on registrar sites to check availability. It's trivial for them to hijack that info and then allow someone else to see what domains people have been checking, so they can pre-emptively register them.

Seems like a pretty good argument to do *a lot* of bogus inquiries. Let them pre-emptively register to their heart's content.

about 4 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: HIPAA Privacy Compliance in the Snowden Age

Motard Motard writes  |  about a year ago

Motard (1553251) writes "For much of my career, I've worked in organizations subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Among other things, HIPAA prescribes government-mandated regulations regarding the security surrounding Protected Health Information, or PHI.

In smaller companies, where I've been able to talk directly to the equivalent of a General Counsel, it has been interpreted as a requirement to employ reasonable measures to protect the information. In larger corporations — especially those that had found themselves entertaining representatives of The Office of The Inspector General — there are generally dedicated Risk Management or Security officers dedicated to eliminating risk — often without regard to practicality (since that isn't their charge).

So I ask this question: When it is demonstrated that a government contractor can flee to Hong Kong with classified secrets from the NSA (of all things), what chance does 'The Main Street Clinic' have of meeting the requisite data security requirements? At what point to we have to throw up our hands exclaiming "If the freaking NSA can't do it, how can we?""
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DNA Tests Show Six-Inch Skeleton is Human Child - Not Alien

Motard Motard writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Motard (1553251) writes "It was hailed as proof of alien life, a mummified visitor from another planet.

Ten years after the remains of a six-inch ‘space alien’ were first discovered, they have been confirmed as ‘human’ by Stanford scientists in a new documentary film Sirius.

Since the remains of the small humanoid — known as the 'Atacama Humanoid' and nicknamed Ata — were discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 10 years ago there has been much speculation about its origins."

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Green Tech Blossoming From Le Mans Garage 56 Program

Motard Motard writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Motard (1553251) writes "The Garage 56 program was created by Le Mans organizers to showcase new technology at the 24 Hours fo Le Mans by allowing one additional entry to run unclassified (no trophies, no points). Last year's entry, the Deltawing, which goes just as fast as other Le Mans prototypes while using half the fuel, is already preparing to make the transition to a fully classified entry against the formidable Audi e-Tron Quattro hybrids at this month's 12 Hours of Sebring. This year's Garage 56 entry, the GreenGT H2 is slated to become the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to compete in a top-flight motorport event at next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meanwhile, Nissan, the sponsor and engine-maker for the Deltawing's Le Mans effort has announced plans for 2014 for an all electric racer for the 2014 Garage 56 slot."
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Radical New IndyCar Proposal Would be Open Sourced

Motard Motard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Motard (1553251) writes "A group of IndyCar team owners have banded together to create DeltaWing Racing, aimed at producing a radical new concept IndyCar for 2012. "Focusing on safety, efficiency, innovation and cost control, the DeltaWing IndyCar is capable of 235 mph laps using half the horsepower and improving fuel economy 100% over the current generation of IndyCar." A mockup was unveiled on Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show.

The controversial concept is meant to be produced, in whole or part, by licensed constructors. However, the company will be posting all of the designs on their website so that anyone can submit new design tweaks for approval. Quoted in this analysis, "This is a culture change," said Panther Racing co-owner, John Barnes, "we cannot allow a single manufacturer to dictate how we spend our money. We have to have some connection to that. And our sport has to be relevant to the people of today. With the open source way of doing things, it opens the sport back up.""

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