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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Spectre Re:No shit? (221 comments)

Agreed, breaking encryption systems is one of the two primary reasons the NSA was formed in the first place ... this is the NSA doing what they are supposed to do!

about a year ago
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New Superconductor Theory May Revolutionize Electrical Engineering

Spectre Re:magnets (92 comments)

Stick them together this way (along their sides):

[N==S]
[S==N]

about a year ago
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Tesla Planning an Electric Pickup Truck, Says Elon Musk

Spectre Re:Convince the Truck Buyers (293 comments)

a price tag to compete

This is Tesla we're talking about, their price will be competitive with other ultra high end luxury trucks if there are any.

2014 Chevy Silverado "High Country", MSRP $44,000 (from Chevy's web site).
That might even be reasonable to get a comparable price point from a Tesla truck ...

1 year,12 days
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Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020

Spectre Re:Taxi Drivers and Truckers (333 comments)

Freight hauling would be a great use-case for these ... no mandatory rest periods which means much more effective use of time getting from location to location. If larger roads had dedicated freight lanes where the effective speed limit could be lower, then the extra "drive time" could be used to conserve fuel and road damage by operating freight vehicles at something a bit lower than typical highway speed.

about a year ago
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Tesla Faces Tough Regulatory Hurdle From State Dealership Laws

Spectre Re:There Some Reason (309 comments)

There are real advantages to having a dealership in your state. Especially if your product is novel enough that it likely can't be serviced easily by existing shops.

Very few people are interested in buying a car that they have to ship out of state for repair.

Fortunately, this isn't a problem for current Tesla owners. Tesla will bring you a loaner, leave it with you while they take your car to one of their (many) service centers. If anything, having a Tesla serviced is less of a hassle than most other cars.

I doubt they'll be able to continue this service model once their volume of sales is substantially higher, sadly.

about a year ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

Spectre Re:Not only citations but accidents I'm sure (507 comments)

The "Yellow phase" - is actually a fixed 3 second Amber period in the UK.

No matter what the roads are like? It would be 3 seconds for both of these:

a 30mph (~50kph) road with 7 lanes (3 each direction of travel plus 1 for cross-road turning), intersecting a very similar road.
(and)
a 60mph (~100mph) road with 2 lanes (1 each direction of travel), intersecting a very similar road.

You would have to have nearly perfect reaction time to even stop a vehicle from 60mph in three seconds ... and, yes, both of these intersections are real examples from around my home town ...

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Magistrate Rules That Fifth Amendment Applies To Encryption Keys

Spectre Re:Last Sentence (322 comments)

In other words, if the law enforcement had a reasonable suspicion you have incriminating data of a particular kind (perhaps a list of the prostitutes you pimp for, whatever) and a reasonable person would assume that data is on the encrypted media, they could go through channels (subpoena, search warrant, some form of judicial writ) that would require you to decrypt the media for a search for that specific data.

If law enforcement merely thinks you are a criminal (because you are living "above your means") and wants to go searching through all of your data just looking for "something illegal" ... that would fall afoul of the fifth amendment.

At least, that is my interpretation.

about a year and a half ago
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Why It's So Hard To Make a Phone Call In Emergency Situations

Spectre Re:Simple answer: (179 comments)

Simpler answer: Economics.

about a year and a half ago
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How to Get Conjurer James Randi to Give You $1 Million (Video)

Spectre Re:Discrimination! (219 comments)

I think you are discriminated against in this case (and in politics as well) because you are honest.

about a year and a half ago
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Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed

Spectre Re:How hot does it get? (48 comments)

what is tdp?

Thermal Design Point - When the device is in it's worst possible power use case (maxed out CPU, GPU, drive usage, etc) ... the device should be able to dissipate all of the heat it is generating without going above the safe operating temperature of any of its components. That is notoriously difficult in small form factor devices unless you use components that are all designed for minimal power use ... which this is not using.

So either this has some incredibly amazing method of heat dissipation*, or it will overheat when in use, leading to reliability issues and shortened component life.

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

Spectre Re:rocket up and down video (167 comments)

Elon Musk is a visionary. He isn't looking to just do what others do, or limiting himself to what can be done next year, he's looking several years ahead. One of his goals is manned travel to Mars and return. That means being able to land a rocket in a non-destructive fashion and more efficiently than was done for Apollo. He's taking logical steps toward that goal.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

Spectre Re:Electricty has made daylight savings obsolete (646 comments)

Since 'most' people work 9-5, significant daylight time after 5pm is a pretty attractive concept.

I'm guessing you work on one of the coasts, probably the east coast of the US. Those are the only places in the US where a working day is commonly 9-5. In the central and much of the mountain time zone, the working day is 8am-5pm (break time isn't counted as part of "work time" so that amounts to an 8-hour work day).

Once you leave the US, I'd hazard a guess that 9-5 is even less common ...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Spectre Re:Don't try it, it's illegal (328 comments)

This. Right here. Is the answer. I don't know why it is that some people HAVE to watch TV at all let alone a particular show. If we all ignore them they will go away and we'll be better off for it.

... but we have to protect their business model! How will we know that this year's model of the Gluttonous Seats 9 Suburban Assault Vehicle has automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers if we don't watch Some Stupid People on TV and view the advertisements?

Obviously the answer is to tape everyone's eyeballs open and put a TV-glasses on them so that people will be properly indoctrinated^W educated on these issues.

about a year and a half ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

Spectre Re:ITFA (853 comments)

.. a ban on all forms of pornography in the media and on the advertising of sex tourism.

So, it seems that live sex shows advertised locally would be just fine.

about a year and a half ago
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Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

Spectre Re:most salt is not real salt anyway (308 comments)

If you live nowhere close to a coast, most of your table salt is almost pure NaCl ... trace amounts of iodine are added to it, as it is next to impossible to get that iodine from "natural sources" (almost exclusively fresh seafood - which residents of, say, Kansas don't have).

I don't think that is what the GP is talking about, though, I think (s)he's just spouting nonsense. It would take fairly a fairly sophisticated set of tests to find anything other than NaCl in a typical store bought container of Morton Salt (even Morton Salt Iodized).

about a year and a half ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Spectre Re:How to be off by a factor of 1048576 with 1 let (433 comments)

16KB - seriously? It's not like anything today is still measured in KB

The bandwidth of my effing Time Warner Cable "broadband Internet" connection ... When my neighbors are home, KB is the only way to effectively measure it without using negative exponents.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Spectre Re:It's temporary (433 comments)

As I read this I was thinking to myself "why not both". I guess the obvious answer is "cost", but that's never stopped Apple fans before. With an Android device you can have multiple accounts and keep most of your data "in the cloud" which makes it easier to share devices in a family.

Two points:

1) Cost? Not an object, tablets are virtually free. Less than half a day's wages if you are in an office job, a full days wages for Joe-middle-class. Granted, I work in IT, but for me a MacBook (either) would be barely above the price point of "impulse buy", any tablet is priced below that point.

2) "With an Android device ... and keep most of your data "in the cloud" ..." - why did you specify with an Android device? My documents are in the cloud and accessible on whatever device I happen to use (iMac at home, iPhone wherever, MBA or iPad in meetings). Work documents I keep on my employer's "cloud", personal documents of one type on my Apple account iCloud, personal documents that I share with my ex are on my Google account. Multiple accounts are easy.

A tablet is a smartphone in an easier to view and manipulate form factor, a smartphone is a tablet in an easier to carry form factor. OS is next to meaningless, except in my experience, Apple does a better job of making the same documents also perfectly functional on a laptop/desktop computer ... So the integration between home, workplace, and on the road is seamless. I'm guessing others will be getting there soon, probably the next group to get there will be Microsoft with the abomination that is Windows 8, provided they can get the awkwardly unwieldy UI and hardware trimmed down to usable.

about a year and a half ago
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Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

Spectre Re:Doesn't work (369 comments)

Every year the licensing for enterprises gets more complicated. If you have a few hundred users on Windows computers, all of whom need licenses for OS, Office Suite, access to corporate SQL servers, and varying levels of access to Dynamics CRM, some users need access to Dynamics GP, ...

Talking with one MS rep you get one answer for the licensing you need.
Talking with a different one and you get a completely different answer. ... for the same people with the same usage profile, for the same period of time.

If Microsoft's VAR's can't figure it out deterministically, and Microsoft's own employed reps can't figure it out, it is too effin' complicated.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Declares War On Robots

Spectre Airplane/Photographer hobbyist (387 comments)

There was a fellow who had as his hobbies being a private pilot and amateur photographer. Part of how he funded these hobbies was taking a nice camera with him on flights, photographing farms from the air, then selling the framed prints to the farm's residents. It was a bit of an odd business model, as when he was taking the photos he had not previously contacted the residents and had no idea if they would be willing to pay for the photos ...

The way some of these bits of legislation are worded, that business model would be illegal. So that is a bit of an unintended consequence.

about a year and a half ago

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