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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

PPalmgren Re:Can carry 20,000 containers (272 comments)

These ships don't work like that. If anything, it will usually carry less than the max. The rating is based off of a arbitrary weight for each container which is about half the max weight per container. If overloaded or loaded incorrectly, they can list or even split. Here's two pictures of things that can happen:

http://www.railroad-line.com/f...
http://shariaunveiled.files.wo...
http://www.marineinsight.com/w...

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

PPalmgren Re:Wait a minute (272 comments)

That paint is really thick, really heavy, and actually quite expensive. The point is to reduce drag in the water, and more importantly, to prevent buildup of barnacles, which ruin fuel efficiency. The cost isn't worth the benefit on cars.

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

PPalmgren Re:Largest in service, not largest ever built (272 comments)

Look up the Emma Maersk. E class and EEE clas are different designs. The E class is around 15.5k TEUs.

Whats really mind boggling about these things is the kind of odd issues you run into engineering them. They've gotten so big that you see bowing in the halls during rough seas becaue the halls are so long. It creates odd engineering issues, having to account for a possible resonance with the wave frequency causing a catastrophic failure and severely reduced lifespan due to stresses on the hull if not designed properly. 14% is a really large improvement when you realize they're sitting on the edge of materials capabilities.

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

PPalmgren Re:Ho-lee-crap (272 comments)

Its no longer economical to build these ships in the West, as you said. Maersk, the purchaser of these ships, actually owned a shipyard (Odense) in Europe which it used to build its original E-class ships. Shortly after, that shipyard was put out to pasture. All of the major cargo shipbuilders are located in Asia, like Hyundai Heavy and Daewoo. These things take a lot of labor to manufature.

3 days ago
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

PPalmgren Re:Or gamblers are masochists. (59 comments)

I buy a ticket about once a year or so just to remind myself how unlucky I am. I've gotten 3 numbers matched in my entire lifetime. I find it helps me appreciate my job and steady income more when I'm getting pessimistic about things.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

PPalmgren Re:2 Questions (294 comments)

Remember, competition in the car sales arena has pushed them to thin margins over the past few decades. The reason for the auto crisis follow-on to the recent recession was because the major manufacturers were using base models as loss leaders and only making money on premium models, addons, parts, and auto loans.

Dealerships often don't make money on the new car sale, but on the financing terms. The second item in that list is service, which dealers make a good penny on. Electric cars require virtually no service and are thus not beneficial in the long-term existence of the current dealership model. If every car was a tesla, the dealership would just be a glorified sales floor with no additional service revenue.

about a week ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

PPalmgren Re:Thank facebook for the next generation of adhd (87 comments)

I'm as much of a lawn guarder as the next guy, but what? The ADHD spike really showed up in the 90's, well before this stuff existed or was commonplace. My stepmother's son has ADHD, born in the early 90's, and she's practically a luddite when it comes to technology.

If anything, I think it would have more to do with a double income household. The uptick aligns more with the lack of stay-at-home parents than with technology. I'm not surprised children don't get the attention they need when mommy and daddy are working 8-5 and burned out trying to keep up with the Joneses.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

PPalmgren Re:Healthy relationship (622 comments)

Incorrect. It indicates respect that the other person, a male, generally has to get off every so often for physiological reasons. Its not about jealousy, its about wanting to be part of your partner's sexual fulfillment. People in love don't go down on one another so that the other will reciprocate, its because we enjoy seeing the other person's exstacy.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

PPalmgren Re:Matter of opinion (304 comments)

I type faster on a membrane keyboard too, I think mainly because the keys are lower. I sit my wrist down on the wrist rest, and the height of mechanical keys tends to cause problems and miskeys for me. I have somewhat small hands, so maybe that's a factor. Arching my fingers a lot can cause me to miss the top row, and I don't rest my fingers on the home row like I should, I 'float' my hands above the keyboard and use muscle memory to do the key travels, with only my index fingers acting as guidepoints.

That said, I do find mechanical keyboards better for gaming. I bought one and was dissapointed with the typing aspect, but could actually tell the difference in the responsiveness over a membrane keyboard because the key registers prior to a full-press. Sound was a concern for me, so I bought one with rubber bumpers so its not unbearably loud.

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

PPalmgren Re:Treat people like people (482 comments)

Maybe you can answer something for me. Why did you focus on those sites? What was it that had you drawn towards them?

I actually find those advertisements for Christian Mingle very off-putting, and it bothers me a lot. I'm agnostic, and looking at commercials that say stuff like 'find god's match for you' makes me feel really upset. First, I find them invoking god for advertising very hypocritical for what they're trying to do. It reminds me of the movie Kingdom of Heaven where the corrupt crusaders incite a mob to do what they want by shouting 'God wills it!"

Second, it seems to condemn me as unfit, even though I stick to my morals and the golden rule far more than most Christians I know. It makes me feel like the site owners feel that being a Christian makes someone a good person, not that a good person is sometimes a Christian.

I find that isolating oneself to a specific group only creates and echo chamber and can heavily distort behaviors because there's no third party 'check' against them, so even an agnostic only dating site would be extremely off-putting to me. I want a good person (I'm currently with one) regardless of beleifs, not a person with beleifs regardless of behavior. In this sense, I find trends like this extremely disturbing. It only makes our country more divisive, and the further people drift apart, the less likely they are to reconcile and meet somewhere in the middle.

What do you think?

about three weeks ago
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

PPalmgren Re:I am an economics nub (76 comments)

This is correct. The business I work for had to do the same thing. We had different divisions that had different core competencies that synergized well, but having them joined at the hip made it impossible to diversify. Customers looked at you with disdain because they thought you'd treat them like a second class citizen to your sister company. Truth was we wanted to diversify because all parts of the business were simply too reliant on the one big customer, and it made the companies worse. Separating our company learn to compete with others in their core competencies more effectively and be less effected by the downswing of one specific division. It also removed preferential treatment.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

PPalmgren Re:It seems to me... (470 comments)

Power and manufacturing limits of today are usually self-imposed on future tech. In the cases of current sci-fi, there's usually a main 'battery' similar to old school battleships. Whose to say they couldn't have an array of 100 lasers of different sizes for different ranges, or have adaptable optics able to change the aperture size? Only the future will tell.

about three weeks ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

PPalmgren Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

They become so invested in their delusions that their delusions are what make up a significant portion of their identity. When they think about themselves, they think about their stance on the conspiracy first and foremost. For them to recant is to recant a portion of their identity. This same behavior happens with severe addiciton and in some cases depression where they grow to embrace their dark/morbid personalities. Its also why its practically impossible to discuss religion with the religious.

The further you go down the rabbit hole, the harder the walls of the echo chamber become.

about a month ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

PPalmgren Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

This is correct. There are laws in place that regulate this, plus as the parent said, a good percentage of ships are now fitted with shore power and the trend is growing.

about a month and a half ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

PPalmgren Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

My company does some business in Argentina, and that's the primary concern. I remember a meeting some years ago where the risk factor in Argentina was so high entirely because of politics. The best comparison would be like doing business in Venezuela. You never know if your assets are going to be randomly seized tomorrow and your company dissolved and turned into public assets.

about a month and a half ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

PPalmgren Re:And now will be working for Apple (152 comments)

Seems like a good switch.

While this is somewhat of a party pooper, he's been apple-focused for several years now, including a pretty significant and obvious bias towards their products. I'm glad he is finally leaving the reviewing arena because he lost his nonpartisan mindset and I felt his staying on was damaging the reputation of the site and indirectly the other reviewers at the site.

I really enjoyed reading his reviews over the past decade. From 2010 on, not so much, but fortunately the site is well staffed now with other reviewers.

about 2 months ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

PPalmgren Possibly a performance related change (174 comments)

I'm curious whether Skype changed to a more centralized service primarily because of the mobile world. Skype used to be a huge connection and battery hog on phones primarily because of the decentralized nature. Skype used to send messages through that were 'pending' to a contact even when your phone was in standby, because it was constantly trying to push the message to the user.

After microsoft acquired Skype, one of the first changes was this was removed, but it made it difficult to send messages sometimes because you had to pop your phone out of standby and switch to the app for it to send messages to people who were offline at the time you sent it. It made for some strange broken conversations. Now it just goes to pending and seems to go through right away, and the drag on phone performance is minimal.

Of course, microsoft has also made some really shitty and annoying changes. I can live with and understand the whole 3-way video chat becoming a premium feature to monetize the service if they're gonna use central servers, but I can't understand the awful UI choices doing their best to remove any possibility of signing out of skype on mobile devices.

about 2 months ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

PPalmgren Dirty Jobs has this problem too (364 comments)

Great show, just running out of stuff to do

about 2 months ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

PPalmgren Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

This is partly influenced by the local climate. Finland is COLD, usually between 70-80 during the summer, and it gets unbearably cold during the winter. Colder environments favor centralized populations. Northern Finland is also a marshy mess of lakes that can't evaporate due to the climate, covered in mosquitos, similar to Canada which also has very desolate northern areas.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

PPalmgren This assumes money = intelligence, nope (382 comments)

Trolls will even pop up in small communities of 20 or less given enough time. All it takes is someone convinced enough in their view, at odds with the majority in the community, and stubborn enough to stand their ground and ignore rational argument (common among people backed into a corner). Human nature creates trolls, ananymity only makes the problem more visible.

about 2 months ago

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