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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

RavenLrD20k Re:Rolling roadblocks (459 comments)

There was a social experiment done by GSU a while back that went on youtube, A Meditation on the Speed Limit, that did a rolling roadblock through Atlanta traffic during rush hour and recorded it. If you can get past the BS commentary from the students you can see that it actually created a dangerous situation where traffic volume increased exponentially for several miles behind the block. More cars in close proximity traveling the speed limit is a much higher danger than breaking the speed limit in a lower density situation, particularly when you have human emotions heavily involved. Not to mention said roadblocks are highly illegal, especially now that Georgia passed the "slowpoke law" that will slap $1K fines for obstructing the left hand lane.

yesterday
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

RavenLrD20k Re:Laugh.. (179 comments)

Boot into your Linux Partition, of course. Wait... you mean to tell me that you're cruising /. and don't dual boot or at least have a LiveCD rolling around? What kind of tech are you into again?

about a week ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

RavenLrD20k Re:As the man says... (126 comments)

More like a $100 helmet with $6-800 worth of gadgets and $799-999 worth of Markup value.

about a week ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

RavenLrD20k Re:Full face (126 comments)

Shortly after I started riding about 3 years ago, one of the members of my Rider Group (national group so while I've chatted with him online, we hadn't had the opportunity to meet yet) went over the bars in a wreck while wearing a 3/4 helmet; slamming face first into the pavement. I've seen pictures of his face since the wreck. I wish I hadn't. Especially not right after the dinner I had that night. I was glad, and still am glad, I had decided to go with the full face helmet despite the Georgia heat and humidity. I'm on my second helmet after my first developed a crack in the foam. The only downside that I'm trying to come up with a solution for is increasing the airflow in the helmet while I'm sitting behind the windshield of my full dresser (Yamaha Venture Royale). There's the vented windshield option, but I'm thinking of something that increases the effectiveness of the fairing vents as they are.

about a week ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

RavenLrD20k Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

A well-built car can last 20+ years at the cost of ~$10-20K (maintenance and fuel included, your mileage may vary) and facilitates a larger area with which to look and keep employment, with the option of displaying a sense of style for paying a bit more. In other words, a car can actually reinforce a higher standard of living and often is an optional expense. A long term prescription is often a matter of life and death that is extorted into a forced money sink that you must either pay or die that also brings with it a stigma that there is something quite literally wrong with you...that can also drain your bank of about $10-20K+ over the same 20 year period.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

RavenLrD20k Re: I like it. (306 comments)

So why do the paperback versions of a $15 hardback book generally cost $7 - $8? Paperbacks as well as Hardbacks still need all of the above support personnel you speak of. At $9.99 Amazon is STILL coming in above the paperback price of most books.

I'm sorry, but the arguments that Scalzi puts forth above are absolute shit, and you have the hint of schill about you. There is no reason that the electric format should cost anywhere near the cost of a hardback. Hell, IMHO the electronic format should really be below the paperback price because of the lack of dead leaf being used for its production... but I can understand the industry's desire to hold on to their model and I feel, much as Amazon seems to, that $10 is a reasonable compromise.

If they REALLY want to milk the consumer they should use a similar model for E-books that they use for paperbacks; as in, release the first edition hardback at $15, wait a month for sales to start becoming stale, then release the paperback and E-book at the same time at the reduced rate.

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RavenLrD20k Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

Hell, at the retail outlet I used to work at, manager made a blanket policy that if the POS returned a request for an Auth code we just outright declined the transaction, handed the customer an Experian business card and asked if they had another form of payment. If the customer asked if he could call his bank to get an Auth code (Red Flag) we would say that our business system did not allow for manual authorizations (which was true. The system the manager put in place didn't allow for ManAuths, even if the POS did).

about three weeks ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Ok, insomuch as that, yes, I was wrong and they can extend into the combustion chamber. They still, however, do not provide spark for ignition and other methods can be used to preheat the engine which was the main point.

about a month ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

RavenLrD20k Re:no problem (342 comments)

This guy didn't happen to have a Doctorate in IT, did he?

about a month ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

The glow plug is not even close to similar to a spark plug as it does not go inside the compression chamber and it is not absolutely required for the facilitation of ignition; even on a stone cold engine in Canada in the depths of winter (provided there's at least a block warmer of some kind). It's a wire that preheats the fuel in the injector to ensure that it's of a temperature that when it is injected into the cylinder that the pressure and heat within the compression chamber will cause the ignition. Once an engine is to operating temp, the glow plug isn't needed any longer as the engine itself is generating the heat necessary. Before glow plugs, engines were warmed up by building a fire underneath them to bake them to a point where the internal temperature would be at a level to self ignite. The only thing glow plugs did was to give the process more efficiency and even modern cars with Diesel engines can still be warmed up by baking... provided their bodies are designed to allow for the open flame underneath them without burning parts critical to the other operations of the vehicle.

about a month ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

You haven't worked with Diesel, have you? You know, the engines where ignition is facilitated solely by compression instead of compression and a spark plug? You know... like this?

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

RavenLrD20k Re:MechWarrior (701 comments)

I built an Android app that all it does is play this sound once after the phone booted fully into the home screen. MechWarrior 2's "Incoming Message" is played as my sms notification through the normal phone settings.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RavenLrD20k Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Karma to burn so at the risk of being offtopic to the article, but ontopic to you: We're antiquated relics from a time when the slogan still applied. The beginning of the end can be traced back to the fall of the WTC buildings, but the /. editors still tried their hardest to keep stories to the theme of the slogan for years after. However, ever since that event, Slashdot has slowly moved away from focusing solely on stories that fit the slogan and bringing in stories that have a possible historic and/or "climate" (whether this be political or otherwise) changing significance. The acquisition of /. by Dice just sped up this process. While it is still a large focus of the site you'll probably notice that the slogan "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters" has been removed from the main page*.

*Note: I just checked Beta, and noticed that the "News for Nerds" part of the slogan is part of the logo there... but who visits beta anyway?

about a month ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

RavenLrD20k Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (364 comments)

You stupid sheeple... ready to revolt yet???

"Not tonight... Big Brother's on."

-The American People

about a month ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

RavenLrD20k Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Actually, it's not really proving his point. It's not even part of his point. The question he asked was "do we know who came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?" The answer is simply "Yes we do. It's this guy." The fact that he couldn't bring his vision to fruition alone does not negate the fact that Donkey Kong as a concept was dreamed up solely by Miyamoto. It's actually very rare for a programmer to be the visionary of a project, even back in the 8-bit age. Now, a question that would be better aimed at his point: "Do we know the names of all the programmers who wrote the code for Donkey Kong?" And I would have to say that off the top of my head: No, I don't. The only ones I know of who directly worked on DK are Miyamoto, Yokoi, and Kaneoka.

about a month and a half ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

RavenLrD20k Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Do we know who exactly came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?

Actually, yes we do. Donkey Kong was the first project by Shigeru Miyamoto. In fact, this was also the first appearance of Miyamoto's Mario character that has been continually reused ever since.

about a month and a half ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:Bribery represents the will of the people? (148 comments)

If a congress can be bribed to make an amendment to the constitution that specifies that money, resources, or commodities cannot be equated to speech, then the verdict of the Supreme Court is nullified by the voices that represent the will of the people.

This is as blatantly corrupt a political argument as I have ever heard expressed.

I agree, but I didn't feel like being Politically Correct and calling it Campaign Contributions, Kickbacks, or whatever the hell else is the in vogue term for bribing now. The only way we're going to be able to get rid of the corruption as firmly seated as it is right now is if we work inside the corruption and use the same methods of bribery to get the law pigs enough of a short term reward that they'd be willing to sign anything...even if it screwed them over long term.

about a month and a half ago

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FCC Demands States to get out of the way of municipal broadband

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  about 2 months ago

RavenLrD20k (311488) writes "I hope that Mr. Wheeler has the ability and the stones to actually act on this, but I'm not holding my breath. From the article:

While his recent waffling on Net Neutrality is still cause for concern, Tom Wheeler's recent statements in support of municipal broadband are worth cheering. In a statement posted to the FCC site, Wheeler said that: "If the people, acting through their elected local governments, want to pursue competitive community broadband, they shouldn't be stopped by state laws promoted by cable and telephone companies that don't want that competition."

That's about as strong a statement as one can expect from the head of a regulatory body. Plus, it's a pretty blunt challenge to both the industry he once lobbied on behalf of, and the government officials many believe are in their back pockets. In particular he cited the case of Chattanooga, TN which built out its own gigabit per-second fiber network out of frustration with the options offered by the incumbent Comcast. The trouble is, Tennessee's state government passed a law restricting municipal broadband projects...

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Journals

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The First day of the rest of my days...

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, I suppose I can give this a try. Everyone else and their mother seems to have a blog so I might try and give a go at it. If anyone cares to, perhaps I can get some feedback as to what people would want to know about me...or maybe wonder what in the universe I have to offer.

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