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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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Motard Re:What's the point (353 comments)

In the long run "subsidizing the people who don't take care of themselves" will save money for everyone. Even you. A rising tide lifts all ships and all that stuff.

Really, the best thing we can do now is to make sure everyone is healthy and educated and happy. You just never know where the next Einstein will come from.

Or Hawking. I wonder what his FitBit readings would look like.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:FOOL Cells is what they are (216 comments)

So for $70,000 why would I want to buy this car versus a Tesla Model S? Or two Chevy Volts?

Thanks you for weighing in, Elon. I think I can give you some answers....

1) The Toyota is cheaper.

2) It can be refilled quickly.

3) GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, (and even Hyundai, for fuck's sake) don't agree with you.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

Why do you have to wait for the charge, if you can just replace the battery?

Spoken like a true cell phone user. Who is going to keep thousands of fully charged 1000lb batteries all around the nation so you can visit your site of the day?

You don't think you're gonna pay for that?

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Hydrogen? (216 comments)

I don't assume they're going to put the fuel tanks on the roof of the car?

Why would you think that that would even be a good idea? It would actually be much safer than mounting a gas tank up there (and much lighter)

But Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, (among others) have not found it necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

If there was a high school science fair project that demonstrated some sort of free energy, I would definitely sit up and take notice. If only to debunk it.

But who said anything about Free energy? It could be anything generated by a Bunsen burner or pond pump. In the real world, it could be anything from Germany's solar plants, or Iceland's abundant hydroelectric or geothermal power.

I don't see where you get "Free energy" from that.

We don't ever need to get beyond 'cost effective' - that would be fine. If we could get to 'ubiquitous', it could be a world saver.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

It is a bit fanciful, but every part of it would be demonstrable at a high school science fair.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

Electrolysis may not be the most efficient way, but neither is carrying an extra 1,000lbs worth of batteries to haul around your electricity - as a Tesla does (comparision: Tesla Model S vs. Honda FCX Clarity).

But efficiency may not be that much of an issue. When you think about it, solar power can never be very efficient because the vast majority of solar power never comes anywhere remotely near earth. Yet solar power can still have a significant impact.

Why, let's just take some of Germany's new 22GW solar capabilities and merge them with the hydrogen zeppelin tech they had in the 1930s. These could now be piloted automatically by GPS (a heck of a lot easier than a Google driverless car). The hydrogen already on board could power the craft all the way to a delivery point where the hydrogen (providing a few thousand tankfuls of H2) could be replaced with helium for the trip back.

Of course, by this means of delivery, production wouldn't be limited to sunny Germany, but could utilize all sorts of energy of the sort that's available in places like Iceland. Hydrogen can float itself anywhere in the world. You can't do that with a battery.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Hydrogen? (216 comments)

This is a common, but knee-jerk reaction. But as bad as it looked, I think many would be surprised to learn that most of the people aboard the Hindenburg survived the disaster despite it being engulfed in flames hundreds of feet off the ground.

Imagine if it were filled with gasoline fumes. Everyone on board would've been dead as well as most of the people on the ground.

Toyota was fired bullets at its pressurized tanks. Regular bullets just bounced. 50 cal rounds too chunks out. It took an armor piercing round to penetrate the tank. When that happened, the hydrogen simply leaked out. And, being lighter than air, it just rose up into the atmosphere instead of pooling on the ground.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Fuel cell car for $20k (216 comments)

The future. Perhaps before you can get a $20K Tesla.

Unless you'll settle for a forklift. These are starting to make big inroads on battery powered forklifts in warehouses.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Motard Re:Fuel cells are idiotic for cars (216 comments)

HFC Cars *are* electric cars. Hydrogen *can* come from fossil fuels, but can also come from water, or other sources.

about 2 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 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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