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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

OFnow Vaporware (426 comments)

I'll believe Bolt when they start shipping to customers. GM has a long history of not delivering what they promised. Will Bolt be like Fiat 500e, loss leader, hence low volume by plan or ??? Going to be interesting to watch.

about two weeks ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

OFnow Better monitors (162 comments)

I want to see better monitors (and GPUs to drive them). Pixel density like good tablets. I'm at 2560x1440 on 27 inch screen and tablets are so much better pixel density.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

OFnow TOS (331 comments)

Violates TOS for many of us. Plus upload speed horrible from Comcast. (and the other posters are mostly right too: this is just a bad idea.)

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

OFnow Re:That's mostly just the US. (786 comments)

RyanFenton: the use of various techniques to discredit aspects of science that suggested companies had to change their behavior began in the 1950's. For example, denying that smoking harmed health. Denying that chemicals were poisoning birds. For the details see "Merchants of Doubt" by Oreskes and Conway.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

OFnow Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

"Natural Effects" is a complete cop-out, since all natural effects involve changes that force climate change. And those forcing effects are measureable (are the deniers pretending the forcing issues unmeasured or unmeasurable?).

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

OFnow Wind (327 comments)

Mounting sllghtly off the roof, to the roof, gets decent solar generation and shades the roof in high summer and ... minilmizes the danger from high winds. Having panels up in the air on one of those rare 50MPH winds is... scary.

about 2 months ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

OFnow backyard light (243 comments)

Currently using an inexpensive single-led backyard white light. 6 inch square solar panel. Small battery hidden somewhere inside. Stays astonishingly bright all night illuminating a rose tree (pointing a bit down, not up at the sky). Way more than enough to read by. Something to free much of the world from darkness.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

OFnow I had a bunch converted and .... (130 comments)

I had a bunch of old home movies converted to CD and unfortunately they are still boring.

about 5 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

OFnow Re:electronic voting is easier to rig. (193 comments)

Any voting system can be subverted. The cool thing with electronic voting is that the subversion will of course make recounting meaningless.

about 8 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

OFnow Re:SSI and SSDI (338 comments)

"Social security and disability checks are why the USPS matters today. They have guaranteed delivery" Maybe they do, but nothing else has guaranteed delivery. Some 1st class mail never makes it here...every month.

about 9 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

OFnow Snowden effect (236 comments)

What Snowden was turn a suspicion into knowledge. That is a big deal. (Hal Berghel pointed this out first).

about 9 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

OFnow Infinite? (235 comments)

I too have worked on projects with seemingly infinite bugs. I concluded that feeling just meant a big (BIG) chunk of code (perhaps the entire project) should be discarded and rewritten from scratch. Not, of course, that the company would ever agree to that...

about 9 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

OFnow Re:Seriously (328 comments)

Sonic.net guesses 14000 feet (will be 18000 if it got measured rather than guessed) There is only one set of phone lines (installed in 1940's) and one physical base station. Long long ago Rhythms (a company) had better modems and we could get 356Kb/s for $55 a month, but company paid for that pitiful service. Satellite is of course pitiful compared to hard line Comcast speeds. At one time (for a few lucky people) there was a microwave link to San Bruno Mountain that gave a few Mb/s for $65 a month but the company lost rights to the spectrum, leaving that business, and anyway few homes really had good line of site (a single tree could block the signal). It is an effective monopoly now, just one service is any good at all.

about 9 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

OFnow Re:Seriously (328 comments)

Comcast works here within 10 miles of San Francisco, but DSL maxes out at 128Kb/S because of old copper wires and 18000 feet to the TelCo office as-the-wire-exists. It's the norm unless you live in a narrow corridor near 101 and El Camino on the peninsula. Just one choice.

about 9 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

OFnow Re:Where are the farmers? (987 comments)

In 2013 (I think) a Fortune magazine article (I recollect) discussed the serious weather changes in the US midwest with farmers there. The farmers know the climate there is changing and are preparing for continuing changes, but the farmers deny it is "climate change."

about 10 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

OFnow Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

Particularly laughable. In the bible slavery, polygamy, genocide are all fine.

Ask True Believers about this, and they reply with variations on "Oh, that part of the bible does not count." Really.

about 10 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

OFnow Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

Senators and Congressmen have threatened to assassinate the people doing the reporting (such as J. Assange). We know about it, but that is not exactly what one thinks of as 'press freedom' when the leaders of a country say they will kill the reporter.

about a year ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

OFnow The Answer. (745 comments)

It's unclear why a simulation would be necessary since Douglas Adams already revealed the answer: 42.

about a year ago

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