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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Motard Re:Article is very very suspicious (564 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Motard Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

I don't think the trajectory can tell us anything. These missiles turn and chase their targets. The point of impact will say nothing about from where the missile was launched.

The good data will likely come from radar signals. The U.S. has already indicate that they know the missile was launched from a rebel controlled area.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Motard Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Transponders and other things already send a bunch of data (in the case of MH370, all of these thing had been turned off).

In terms of the black boxes, there's also another consideration; privacy. Remember that all of the cockpit conversations are recorded and are generally only listened to if the plane crashes. I doubt if pilots would put up with a system that broadcast all of their conversations all over the world.

In this case though, I don't think the black boxes are going to be of much value. They'll show that the flight systems went haywire for some reason, and we already know the cause of that. The pilots may or may not have been aware of impending doom, but I don't see how that information would be useful in any event.

about 3 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Motard Re:For us dummies.... (382 comments)

Most states, prodded perhaps by dealer associations, have forbidden auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public. New York, Ohio and Texas have been among the most prominent battlegrounds so far.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Motard Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

Ah, but here you are mistaking the difference between a corporate entity and a person.

Unless you believe Citizens United the rights of a corporation are different than those of a person.

There really is no difference within this context. If I have a lemonade stand and would like to deliver lemonade by drone I would be subject to the same regulations as Amazon. Just as I'd be subject to health department regulations like Applebee's is.

about 3 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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