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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

RogueWarrior65 Re:*Yawn* (117 comments)

Perhaps not but all other factors far outweigh a supposedly green alternative. By being able to drive the entire day without recharging, you make up for the fact that it may take the entire night to recharge it. A 700 mile range would be better.

2 days ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

RogueWarrior65 Re:*Yawn* (117 comments)

Well, yeah. With all the limitations of electric vehicles, you're going to have to make them insanely great to get people to buy them over traditional ones. Today's offerings are a joke.

2 days ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

RogueWarrior65 Re:*Yawn* (117 comments)

Actually, I did. Point being that you could fill the tank very quickly (and still can) and that tank can be filled anywhere even in BFE with a spare gas can. Oh, and if you don't use it for a few months to a several years, the tank is still full. Try to remember that most people don't use their cars to commute 15 minutes to work and back home every day. Try to remember that most people don't live within 5 miles of everything they need to get to. Try to remember that most people don't want to live in a huge city packed in like cattle.

2 days ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

RogueWarrior65 Re:*Yawn* (117 comments)

15+ million trucks is hardly a corner case.

2 days ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

RogueWarrior65 *Yawn* (117 comments)

Wake me when it has a 500 mile range, can be fully charged in 5 minutes, and will last more than 5 years. Oh, and it has to work in a non-streamlined vehicle like a loaded F-150 pickup.

2 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

RogueWarrior65 Two questions (161 comments)

A) Why didn't Bose sue Beats BEFORE Apple bought them? That makes this case sound much more about targeting a cash hoard than anything else.
2) Why didn't Apple buy Bose? Aside from the obvious answer that Apple bought branding instead of technology, Bose surely must have something Apple would want. If not, then the Beats acquisition is only about image which doesn't make much sense given that Apple has been pretty good at creating their own image over the last 10+ years.

3 days ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

RogueWarrior65 Time delay (95 comments)

So let's assume the premise of these proposed observations and let's assume that we actually find a planet with a high pollution content and let's further assume that we're only able to detect the type of pollution that can never be created from some naturally occurring process e.g. don't look at Venus and assume that it was once a beautiful place until acid rain formed. Such a planet will be quite a few light years away, perhaps hundreds. So what we would be looking at is the pollution from a hundred years ago. If this civilized planet is smart enough to fix it, they are more advanced than we are. But we may never know. The EPA was created 44 years ago and many people think this planet is more polluted than ever. We might have to stare at said distant polluted planet for more than 50 years to find out if they fixed it. Then again, if the atmosphere clears up in a year or two, then they either are even more advanced than we are or they destroyed themselves and their planet healed itself. Or maybe the indigenous population actually exists because it's polluted by human standards. Or this whole thing may mean nothing.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

RogueWarrior65 Re:So what's the best way to do video on the web? (194 comments)

Not exactly a valid assumption. Government users tend to use IE primarily because they have to access other government sites that were built by the lowest bidder who often only work on Windows and only works on IE. Hell, while most of the world uses Acrobat for forms, the feds contracted with IBM to build some IT stuff and they're using this goofy holdover from their acquisition of Lotus.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

RogueWarrior65 So what's the best way to do video on the web? (194 comments)

Serious question: What's the best way to handle video on the web given a few requirements? First, the content needs to be hosted on the same site as the website. Why? Because sites like Youtube and Vimeo have control over it. They can unilaterally decide to take something down. They will also present related video. For someone trying to market product, you shouldn't make it easy for a prospective customer to find your competitors. Second, the video has to work on both Macs and PCs. Third, the video has to work on Internet Explorer as early as v.8 because too many users don't know any better.

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

RogueWarrior65 *Facepalm* (205 comments)

This ranks right up there with the dedicated chicken nuggets button on some ovens.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

RogueWarrior65 Not a rule (199 comments)

The FAA hasn't issued any "rule" only a policy guideline which is unenforceable. Most people don't know that and the FAA is counting on intimidation to do their dirty work for them.

about three weeks ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

RogueWarrior65 Occam's Razor possibility (304 comments)

Or maybe the entire premise that there is millions of tons of plastic in the ocean was bullsh*t fearmongering.

about a month ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

RogueWarrior65 Can anyone say "grant standing"? (547 comments)

Show us ALL the data and ALL the methodology.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

RogueWarrior65 Barnum was right (448 comments)

And so was George Carlin when he said "You nail two piece of wood together that have never been nailed together before and some schmuck will buy it from you."
Green energy is on a lot of people's minds in far more a religious way than a practical one. A lot of people believe in global warming...I mean global climate change...I mean global climate disruption so much that they will buy anything to satisfy their need to continue believing it in the same way that people keep buying the latest fads in diet and exercise products. I'll make a prediction: in about 4 years, solar power will fade away once the subsidies disappear and people find out that it's really not cost effective if they have to pay for the whole thing.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Re:Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

That's a nice write-up. I tend to question the long-term outcomes of things that have no track record to back them up. What happens if the subsidies get reduced or eliminated by future Congresses?

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Re:Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

I wouldn't even consider leasing them because if it benefited the customer, the solar companies wouldn't do it.
So with an outright purchase, the ROI doesn't seem to be there.

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

I've played around with a few ROI calculators and thus far it appears that I wouldn't break even for 17 years. That's a pretty lousy return on investment particularly if the cells only have a 20 year life. And the performance degrades over time. These calculators don't seem to take that into account.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

RogueWarrior65 On a cliff...with a swarm of bees (310 comments)

One day, I decided to go program in the great outdoors so I drove up to the cliffs of Palos Verdes, CA overlooking the ocean. That day I was working on a tool for simulating flocking behavior. As I was testing it out, bees decided to swarm. :-O It was a Matrix-like moment several years before The Matrix came out.

about 2 months ago

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Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"
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Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  about 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"

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