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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Radak Re:Everything is watching you these days... (208 comments)

Sorry I don't have votes to give you. This needs voted up. It's almost certainly what happened.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Radak Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

buying your way into a carpool lay seems quite WRONG to me, but its how its done, now. the rich aren't like us; they really hate to wait....

The object of the carpool lane is to reduce greenhouse gas emission per capita. Carpools accomplish this. So do electric cars. (This could potentially be argued due to manufacturing- and charging-related emissions, but the electric car generally still comes out "cleaner".) I don't see a problem with allowing cars with lower per capita emissions to use the special lanes, no matter what the source of the reduction in emissions.

Things that do bug me about carpool lanes: Seeing two people riding in a Hummer in the carpool lane while a single guy in a non-plugin hybrid can't be there, and places that actually sell stickers allowing single drivers of otherwise ineligible vehicles to drive in the carpool lane (yes, this does happen some places).

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

I saw that in TFA, but it specifically says "leaky peanut oil", not "leaking". It was unclear to me whether this meant the jars were actually leaking oil, which is certainly indicative of a problem or if it meant that the oil was leaking out of the peanut butter but remaining inside the jar, which isn't a problem and is typical of peanut butter that's been sitting for a while. If that's the case, it just needs a stir.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

That I don't know about. Just commenting about the likely production date. Peanut butter jars don't last very long in my kitchen, but that's just me. :)

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

The company shut down in 2012. These were produced prior to the company's closure. This is probably not safe for human consumption at this point.

According to TFA, the plant shut down in 2012 after the salmonella outbreak, but then reopened, closing again in October 2013. Presumably the peanut butter being landfilled will have been produced in late 2013, which leaves it well within reasonable shelf life.

about three weeks ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Radak Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Aww, you think the original poster's "friend" actually paid for all of his 20 TB of data and therefore has original media? How adorable.

about a month ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

Radak Re:Android compatibility (75 comments)

I haven't tried a whole lot of games yet, as I don't often play games on my phone. The only "large" games I've tried are a few of the Angry Birds games, all of which worked fine. If there's something specific (and free) you'd like me to test for you, let me know and I'll check it out.

about 2 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

Radak Re:India and Russia (75 comments)

They're already shipping to much of Europe.

This. I've got a Jolla in my hand right now (in Europe), and I'm loving it. It's not the world's most powerful hardware by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great attempt at a new approach to UI and it's really nice to see a phone that caters to the geek market at the same time as being very usable to those who aren't so interested in what's going on under the hood. The ability to run Android apps (which it does very well) is the icing on the cake. I'm a very pleased customer so far, and looking forward to what's to come.

about 2 months ago
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What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

Radak Popcorn (143 comments)

I'd make popcorn in Professor Hathaway's house, of course.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

Radak Re:DRM (134 comments)

Last I checked, the Kindle is capable of reading and displaying quite a few non-DRM formats. You're stuck with DRM if you purchase books from Amazon, yes, but nothing about the device itself locks you into DRM.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Radak Re:For the rest of the world (117 comments)

Flight Levels in China and Russia are also specified in meters.

Incorrect. In China, they do not use the term "Flight Level", but merely specify an altitude in meters. In Russia, they use foot-based Flight Levels as of 2011. See here.

Apparently you're full of shit, who'd have thunk it on Slashdot...

You were saying something?

about 3 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Radak Re:For the rest of the world (117 comments)

Interesting point, 300m is a slightly awkward value, I wonder if 250m (~820 feet) would be enough separation with today's more accurate autopilots etc.?

It probably would, but it's still easier to work with muliples of 10. That is, after all, the entire idea behind the metric system. It just happens to work well in this application using Imperial.

It's a bit academic, since we're pretty clearly stuck with what we've got, and it (usually) works. :) Changing over would be a nightmare. I still wonder how Sweden managed to switch from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight without complete chaos. Okay, maybe it wasn't totally smooth.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Radak Re:Geez, it's just a test flight. (117 comments)

The original Spaceship One went something like five or six times higher, so I presume these are just "low altitude" test flights before they try for "space".

You are correct. They're (wisely, I think) taking baby steps to get there, observing the performance of the engine and the vehicle with each increment and making any necessary enhancements and improvements based on returned data. The most recent test was a 20 second engine burn. IIRC, the eventual goal prior to passenger flights is a 90 second burn, so it'll be going much, much higher.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Radak Re:For the rest of the world (117 comments)

That is for passenger convenience/understanding. The pilots are talking to ATC in feet and in English, no matter where they are in the world. I prefer metric for almost everything, but like it or not, this is an accepted side effect of the United States pioneering commercial airplane traffic.

Also, it's actually somewhat convenient because 1000 foot vertical separation for flights in opposing directions is a good distance. There's no metric equivalent that's as easy to compute, so this is a rare example of Imperial actually creating easier math instead of harder.

about 3 months ago
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Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack

Radak Re:its great to be king (190 comments)

You can find information about the functions of the Equadorian Coast Guard (which is part of the Navy) at http://www.armada.mil.ec/fuerza-operativa/coguar/ . Health emergency-related airlifts would fall under the first of their tasks, "Salvaguardar la vida humana en el mar." The map of what they consider "el mar" can be seen at http://www.coguar.dirnea.org/images/stories/guardacostas/mar_ecuador.jpg .

about 3 months ago
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Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack

Radak Re:its great to be king (190 comments)

Airlifting people with medical emergencies from the Galapagos Islands to the Ecuadorian mainland is part of the Equadorian Navy's job description. You'd have received the same treatment and so would I.

Now, the quality of the medical care you receive afterwards might be affected by your wealth or influence, but the airlift is something they do for anybody who needs it, and it happens all the time. The only reason this is "news" is because of the notoriety of the patient, not because of the airlift.

about 3 months ago
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The Geekiest Game Ever Made?

Radak World of Warcraft? Seriously? (87 comments)

FTFA: And any game hoping to top this list would have to beat off strong competition from World of Warcraft, perhaps the best online role playing game.

Yep, you lost me right there.

about 4 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

Radak Re:To bad it's way less secure than chip and PIN (222 comments)

...or you could live in a country where it's absolutely commonplace to use BIC/IBAN to transfer money for all payments, both for bills and for individual-to-individual, and the banks don't charge a cent to do it. The concept of a cheque simply doesn't exist here.

If a friend asks me to loan him 20 bucks, and I don't happen to have it in cash, and don't want to tell him to fuck off, I'll say, "sure, just give me your account number" and it'll be in his account in seconds. Easy peasy, no charges, no Bic to bust out.

Of course, this wouldn't have been so easy before ubiquitous smartphones, but what with the majority of people here having smartphones and dataplans (and my bank having a pretty kickass mobile app so I don't have to use a clunky phone browser), it's really the way to go.

about 5 months ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

Radak Re:Cheap and disposable? (252 comments)

Hahaha. Oh wait, you were serious? Let me laugh even harder.

about 7 months ago

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Confirmation letter and a new brochure

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I've finally received official confirmation of my deposit, in the form of a letter from Virgin Galactic's President, Will Whitehorn.

They tossed in a very nice colour brochure. Scans of every page here: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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Letter from Sir Richard

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 8 years ago Got a lovely letter from Sir Richard today, mailed from Switzerland, thanking me for joining up. It's even personally signed. Big black Sharpie. If I were the Rebel Billioniare, that's exactly how I'd sign things, too. Wouldn't you?

I've scanned a copy and put it here.

Now I'm waiting for my invitation to the Necker Island Pioneers' Party. Come on Sir Richard, you know you want to.

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How nice. New fans. / Virgin Galactic

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I see my post today about Virgin picked up a few fans. I guess this means you're interested. :)

I've never played with Slashdot's journal feature before, but I guess this is as good a time as any.

I'll try to make some remarks in my journal here whenever anything happens. This is a long path, so expect to be here for the long haul. You won't see much, often.

At this point, I don't know much that isn't the same as what's in the articles published about Virgin Galactic and their plans.

I have so far signed a contractual agreement and committed a 50% deposit for my seat. Higher deposit levels get earlier seats, but neither do I feel like I can afford 100% right now, nor do I want to be on the first flight. Let someone else be the guinea pig, thanks.

There are certainly going to be people out there who think this is a giant waste of money, and those who are offended that I'm not spending my money on something like feeding starving children. All I can really say to them is that I believe that spaceflight is the future of the human race, and it's my pleasure and honor to encourage its development in the private sector by funding early efforts. We're all going out there someday, and I want to help make that happen.

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