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Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

Saethan cut peak-hour electricity use by 2 percent (296 comments)

How many Nissan Leafs does it take to power an office building? The answer, it turns out, is six.

cut peak-hour electricity use by 2 percent

So the answer, it turns out, is actually 300.

about a year ago
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How long do your computer mice last?

Saethan One (361 comments)

I've only had one mouse actually fail on me and that was because the cord became mostly detached. Currently using two different logitech wireless mice on my desktop/laptop. I have to replace the AA battery in each every few months or so.

about a year ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Saethan The summary (137 comments)

Re: the summary

Maybe it's because of how I have my settings, but the summary shows up as one big giant block of text. How is this readable?

about a year ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Saethan paragraph (137 comments)

There is a thing as a paragraph tag. Did not read.

about a year ago
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Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

Saethan What the fuck (129 comments)

WHAT THE FUCK. I don't normally give useless responses.. but WHAT THE FUCK. PATENT REFORM NOW.

about a year ago
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Visual Guide – the Making of a DIY Space Capsule

Saethan KSP (40 comments)

Personally, I use Kerbal Space Program to design my re-entry modules.

about a year ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

Saethan Re:I understand how to value (276 comments)

I challenge a million monkeys to retrieve my wallet.dat file for the litecoin mining I did two years ago when the network went live(was getting at least block a minute for the first few hours as the difficulty ramped up.) I'll pay $50,000 for it, as long as all the litecoins remain attached.

Warning: only one copy existed, and it was on an encrypted hard drive with a 27 character key, and said hard drive was later reformatted and re-encrypted with a different key. (at the time litecoins were next to worthless so I had 'better' uses for the drive)

Go!

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Re:I'd lose my job (378 comments)

This is like complaining farmers lose jobs with advancements in tractor technology.

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Re:What if I am not at home ? (378 comments)

Lots of people live in places where we don't worry about somebody stealing packages off our front porch. It's like a welcome-home present when I get home from work and find a UPS package stuck between my main door and storm door.

about a year ago
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Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

Saethan Arduino (129 comments)

More fun to grab an Arduino and a small alphanumeric LCD to read out statuses to you, I say. :P

about a year ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

Saethan Re:Went down, then came back. (110 comments)

Handy that you can sell directly to a coinbase wallet and cash out immediately to your bank account, eh?

about a year ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

Saethan Re:Went down, then came back. (110 comments)

I understand perfectly well. Didn't stop me from selling off all the btc I had sitting around a couple days ago.

about a year ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

Saethan Went down, then came back. (110 comments)

Yeah, btc took a momentary dive, and people jumped on it and it shot right back up above $1k. This all happened while I was asleep so *shrug*

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Re:Only issues (378 comments)

A 1-2ft wide target moving at 45mph 400' above you? (so unless it's -directly- overhead it's actually quite a bit further away than that) I don't actually know of that many people who are willing to risk shooting a rifle into the air in a populated area, anyhow.

about a year ago
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Andy Rubin Is Heading a Secret Robotics Project At Google

Saethan Re:Going to change everything (162 comments)

not everybody will be in the top 1%

In fact, I'd be willing to say about 1% of people will be in the top 1%

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Only issues (378 comments)

The only real issues with eventually getting this to work (assuming they'd be flying in the 300-400ft altitude that is currently legal airspace for hobbyist RC flyers, the max altitude tends to vary based on how close you are to an airport) are running into birds and running into -other- drones. The second could be solved with a standard broadcasting signal similar to what jet aircraft use to notify each other of their position. The birds... well, they need to learn to get outta the way! (really a proper sensor array could detect obstacles and dodge them, multi-rotor aircraft can change direction -quickly-, my quad will go from 30mph to zero before I can say 'shit!' because I dropped the controller)

For most of the drone's flight, it would be well out of range of any but the best marksmen, and do the best marksmen really sit in their back yard looking for something flying 400' overhead to shoot at? That's moving at 30-60mph?

For folks worrying about high winds, I suggest you find somebody that owns an octocopter and check out how stable they actually are. It would take a decent storm to knock them down, and the simple solution is: no deliveries during storms. My dinky quadcopter can hover in place in 20mph winds(not that I'd want to -fly- it anywhere in 20mph winds, but it can hover!), a heavier and more powerful octo capable of delivering 5lb payloads could handle substantially more.

Not saying this isn't just an attempt at publicity for amazon, just saying it's not out of the realm of possibility. If another hobbyist RC flyer would like to offer a counter opinion, go ahead. :)

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Re:Where I work I could order one right now (378 comments)

Lots of people privately own quad/hexa/octo copters, some of which do some pretty spectacular things autonomously. We even have a club in my town for owners/builders. A guy I work with has a GPS on board that he can use to pre-set coordinates (he can use the same GPS for either his quadcopter or his RC airplane - he actually just takes out the whole ardudrone assembly and transfers it between the two) that the drone will then fly to and return to its home position at the end. I think he said the total cost for his quadcopter came in around $500.

about a year ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Saethan Re:"tolerance" (378 comments)

Avengers flying fortress aside(which somehow needed -two- engines to fail to go out of control), things aren't pretty when an engine fails on a quadcopter (ask my AR.Drone). 'Course, Amazon is proposing octocopters, which can suffer a number of engine failures without the thing losing control(unless you lose 2 engines on one side). Luckily making an octo is as simple as hooking up two engines to each output of a quad controller, the controller will generally compensate for lifting power differences when an engine fails.

about a year ago

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Cost of Healthcare.gov: $634 million

Saethan Saethan writes  |  about a year ago

Saethan (2725367) writes "Healthcare.gov, the site to be used by people in 36 states to get insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, has apparently cost the US Government $634 million. Not only is this more than Facebook spent during its first 6 years in operation, it is also over $500 million above what the original estimate was: $93.7 million. Why, in a country with some of the best web development companies in the world, has this website, which is poor quality at best, cost so much?"
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