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Doomsday Clock Could Move

SuperBanana reflects political environment, more like it (144 comments)

It's more that the clock reflects the current global political climate.

Ie when Pakistan and India, both nuclear powers, are duking it out, the clock goes closer to midnight.

I strongly suspect that the announcement is due to strong rhetoric from russian leadership - I believe recently either Putin or one of his lackeys declared that they could "raze" the US. There's also been increasingly aggressive "patrols" by Russian bombers along the US and Europe, the recent sub incident in Sweden, and of course the invasion of Ukraine.

4 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

SuperBanana Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (227 comments)

You do realize why that is, right?

Hint: where does the FSF get the majority of its funding from?

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

SuperBanana typical abuser response. (359 comments)

There is an unspoken assumption by abusers that the abusive way they're treating people is normal and that it's just that the person complaining is "too sensitive."

This is literally another form of abuse in and of itself. It's called minimizing.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

SuperBanana strawman; nobody's asking him to be "PC" or "nice" (359 comments)

Linus is playing the "people want me to be PC" card, and mixing it in with some anti-American-ism for popularity.

Nobody's asking him to be PC. Not many people are asking him to be friendly or polite. People are asking him to not be publicly abusive, to not be a bully, and to recognize the impact his words have on others. It is perfectly possible to be an effective manager and leader without being abusive and bullying. Stick to the facts, among other things.

Ie:

"Your code check-in appears to cause a bunch of compile errors, so I've rolled it back. Also, I've noticed that this isn't the first time. We're a large-scale project and it is helpful if contributors extensively validate their contributions."

Not:

"Don't you know how to validate your code? Stop wasting my time! Come back to me when you've evolved past a chimpanzee." ...and also not:

"Hello! Thank you for your code check-in! Now, I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a small problem with your code. If it's not too much trouble...." etc etc.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

SuperBanana why? (490 comments)

"Watch this space for updates."

If only there were places on the web one could go to watch live streaming coverage of event such as this, or liveblogs. Or a service where small messages containing updates could be broadcast to other users, searchable by special keywords called "hashtags"....

about two weeks ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

SuperBanana sigh (190 comments)

"The cost savings is great, but isn't the biggest driver for me, it's mainly the principle that I don't own the device I paid for, and I'm really tired of having cat litter everything in my home."

So exercise your rights as a consumer to research beforehand and not buy it. Or return it. Or modify it, as you have. Or, for god sakes, ask your vet or friends with cats or reddit for advice on having cat litter everywhere (I believe the most common solution is a covered box with fairly high side.) You can also teach your cat to pee/crap in the toilet, believe it or not. There are little "litter box" inserts that reportedly make it pretty easy; the cat goes "oh, another litter box" and uses it for a week or two, and then you remove the insert, and if the cat notices, they go *shrug* and still use it. No more litter, no more stink.

But for god sakes....I was around on Slashdot when the fist inkjet printer companies started chipping their cartridges. I also learned about Gillette in...either middle school or high school. That was a century ago, if not more. The "handle is free, the blades are disposable and we have a very healthy profit margin on them" model is quite, quite old. Why are people surprised? Especially if you read Slashdot, why didn't you do research on it?

Your robotic, do-everything catbox would've cost substantially more if the company were not figuring on a continuing revenue stream. In fact, it might have cost so much that nobody would've bought it.

about a month ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

SuperBanana what's with the fake photo? (197 comments)

What's with the "photo" of the 2nd stage / capsule separation? It looks distinctly like a 3D render, not an actual photo. Or if it is a real photo, how did they get it?

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

SuperBanana except they're almost #1 in highway deaths (525 comments)

"People actually drove reasonably well and there weren't any major issues with it. "

Except for leading the nation in deaths per highway mile...yeah, I suppose?

Funny how the only person I know to be killed in a traffic collision was, in fact, killed by a drunk driver in Montana.

People don't drive "reasonably well" - ever. People have poorly maintained vehicles, especially in a by-and-large poor state like Montana with very little vehicle inspection. People stare at their cell phones, don't keep their windshields clean, don't use sunglasses, drink, spend too much time fiddling with the radio, get distracted by passengers. Our nation devotes virtually zero resources to any enforcement of traffic laws except speeding. Unless Montana starts doing roadside spot vehicle inspections when they are caught breaking some other law...

Guess who picks up the tab for the millions of dollars in medical care when Joe Cowboy slams his pickup truck into a family of four because he was doing 90mph and his bald tires couldn't stop him in time? The federal government, aka You and Me.

about 2 months ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

SuperBanana Re:Wooden bikes are cool (71 comments)

"They're much like normal biles otherwise and I presume exactly as comfortable."

Comfort comes almost entirely from the tire size and pressure relative to rider weight and road conditions. The frame is largely irrelevant, at least for anything made in the last few decades by any half-competent company.

"Getting the bearings and power transmission were apparently the harddest bits."

Getting alignment on these items is the hardest bit. Bicycles require an incredible degree of proper alignment of a couple of key components in order for things to work right, mostly shifting, but also handling-wise.

about 2 months ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

SuperBanana Irrelevant (71 comments)

"I'd guess that yet another disadvantage of a wooden bicycle, at least when sharing the road with motor vehicles, is that it's impossible to trigger a green traffic signal without enough metal surface to disturb the flux in the induction loop beneath the approach to the intersection."

1)Inductive loop sensors are much better than they used to be, and many can detect aluminum bike frames, metal in the wheels (almost all spokes are metal - carbon fiber spokes are very rare; many rims are still aluminum), or the metal in the drivetrain (chain, cables, derailleurs.)

2)A large percentage of bicycle frames are made from carbon fiber; even many wheels these days. No different from wood.

3)Many traffic lights now use camera-bases systems. They're cheaper and easier to set up/maintain, and can quantify the number of vehicles for better decisions regarding prioritization, etc. I think some can detect emergency vehicles, provide traffic statistics, and record video if there's a crash.

Some, but not all states, allow cyclists to go through a light if it doesn't change for them after X minutes. Idaho allows cyclists to treat red lights as stop signs, a law groups are trying to get passed here.

about 2 months ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

SuperBanana absurd generalizations (71 comments)

I'd take your post more seriously if you didn't make absurd generalizations like "steel is very stiff and wood is very flexible." From that alone it's obvious you understand nothing about materials.

about 2 months ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

SuperBanana Boneshakers did not have pneumatic tires (71 comments)

They were boneshakers because they didn't have pneumatic tires. This is not true of a modern bicycle, and we also have far more understanding of mechanical systems and materials, including wood, now.

It is a widely perpetuated myth, mostly by bicycle frame makers who are attempting to get you to spend gobs of money on special designs, frame materials, etc that are "vertically stiff and horizontally compliant" (this phrase is now such marketing cliche it's mocked a lot)...that road bicycle suspension happens in the frame. It doesn't/shouldn't. It happens almost entirely in the tire/tube; when you go over a bump, the rest of the tube+tire stretches slightly to absorb the impact, and then contracts back. Some suspension also happens in the wheel; a wheel is quite strong in part because the spokes and rim both have some give to them.

Just as with cars, the most effective suspension is the one that has the least unsprung weight. So for example, high performance cars often have suspension and brake components made out of high-strength-for-weight materials, but in general, car manufacturers try to keep the weight of the suspension down.

On a bicycle with a properly sized and inflated tire for the rider's weight and road conditions, there is very little unsprung mass

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

SuperBanana Why are you a corporate shill? (111 comments)

http://shameproject.com/report...

Why did you, after college, attend the National Journalism Center, a corporate-funded program created to counter the mediaâ(TM)s alleged âoeanti-business biasâ?

Why, as someone who is half-Jamaican, have you repeatedly associated yourself (and apparently continue to do so) with the white supremacist organization EPPC, which fights activists for economic justice?

Why did you write for American Spectator, which churned out anti-Clinton conspiracy theories?

Why did you recycle tobacco industry propaganda and quote lobbyists for Washington Post articles you "wrote"? Why did Phillip Morris consider you, according to their internal documents, to be a "friend" who could be counted on for pro-tobacco-industry stories?

Why did you clearly promote drugs for treating ADHD in kids, in which you heavily quoted researchers who were paid heavily by the pharma industry?

Why did you cite a pharma-industry cited study and defend the industry when it was attacked for high drug costs?

Why did you blame the victims in the Enron collapse, defending executives who committed gross fraud?

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperBanana already expected to be stowed. (406 comments)

RTFA (or the summary.)

Those items are already expected to be stowed.

The electronic device rule implies that you do not have to stow the devices, hence their objection.

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperBanana already supposed to be put away (406 comments)

Those items are already expected to be stowed.

The electronic device rule implies that you do not have to stow the devices, hence their objection.

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperBanana projectiles are a reasonable concern (406 comments)

I do high performance driver education events, and you're required to empty the car of everything not bolted down to it - everything comes out and goes into a box that you leave in the pits. Video cameras have to be tethered (because tripod mounts in traditional video camcorders are designed to break off if they're stressed too much.)

Anything not bolted down can become a projectile.

Lot of people don't think about this with their cars, but at least then, you're by and large only placing yourself, and a limited number of passengers who chose to ride with you, at risk.

about 3 months ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

SuperBanana brilliant way to hide the genuine bad reviews, too (249 comments)

Pay no attention to the fact that what they're really doing is strongly diluting the actual poor reviews.

Honestly, the FAQ on their website makes them sound like complete fucking assholes. You don't have to bend over backwards for customers, but you really don't need to go around insulting the hell out of them.

about 4 months ago
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Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

SuperBanana One every 8.5 days, actually (51 comments)

There aren't "stories every day" about Tesla, but every time there's a Tesla story, there is someone bitching and moaning about "all" the Tesla stories.

There have been 30 stories since January 1st - that equals about one story every 8.5 days.

You can count yourself, if you like. They do get clustered a bit, probably because when one piece of Tesla news hits, everyone starts paying more attention to Tesla related topics.

http://slashdot.org/tag/tesla

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

SuperBanana "more than a year" = "immediately"? (174 comments)

There's a problem and they're handling it immediately and responsibly,

Uh, these drivetrain failures have been happening for at least a year. Google around and you'll see reports of failures around early 2013.

Edmund's Tesla has had the drive unit replaced FOUR times since they bought it last year.

http://insideevs.com/edmunds-long-term-tesla-model-s-on-fourth-drive-unit-going-up-for-sale/

about 5 months ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

SuperBanana Yes, for repeater modules. 3000-4000VDC (103 comments)

Transatlantic fiber optic cables have repeater modules spaced along the cable to re-boost/time optical signals. They're powered off several thousand volts DC; 3k-4k.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_landing_point

(for example. There are also some cool youtube videos on this subject, I believe.)

about 5 months ago

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student arrested wearing hoax device at airport

SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "According to a report by the Boston Globe, Star Simpson was nearly shot by Logan Airport police who thought she was armed with a bomb. She approached an airline employee wearing a prototyping board with electronic components, crudely attached to the front of her sweatshirt and holding "putty" in her hand. She asked about an incoming flight, and did not respond when asked about the device. Armed police responded. Her actions seem purposefully designed to elicit a reaction from airport security- or this is further proof of the poor judgment of Boston area college students."
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SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "Steve Jobs is part of a small group of California residents who can go without license plates. Instead, they have a small barcode located in the plate area. Not only does this make one invulnerable to tollbooth ticketing systems, but it makes them harder to target with a LIDAR speed gun (police use the highly reflective front plate as a target for the infrared beam.) Not to mention, if they commit any vehicular crimes or traffic infractions, witnesses have no plates to look for. States and the Federal government have numerous safety reasons why we are compelled to have two license plates, but if you've got enough commas in your bank account, you get to drive with no plates at all..."
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SuperBanana SuperBanana writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SuperBanana (662181) writes "Today the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (aka "The T" in Boston, a network of several subway, Light Rail Vehicle, bus, commuter rail, and ferry lines) announced a $466,000 "revamp" to its website by RDVO, allowing features like bus and subway route maps for iPod users (video iPods only), better ordering of regular passes, email alerts, and (at some point) real-time positioning of busses. RDVO's company press release mentions "The new website for the MBTA went 'live' this morning. Initial reviews have been postive, and we're working through some performance problems." That is a bit of an understatement, as the site has been inaccessible since at least lunchtime. Boston.com readers who were able to view the site have not been especially kind towards either the site or the MBTA itself. This is not surprising given the major fare hike coming in January, mandatory bag searches, the T's crumbling infrastructure, poor reliability, and issues with the new RFID-based Charliecard. Apparently, you can't load existing CharlieCards (handed out en-mass recently) with a monthly pass; you need a second pass. I've personally found the system flaky as well: I loaded $2.50 onto a Charlie Card, went through a Green line gate ($1.25), and hopped on a bus at Copley (transfer of 35 cents), where the machine flashed "insufficient fare." Even if it was a full fare (90 cents), I should have had enough money in the card and the card should have had the $2.50 stored in its chip. Amusingly, during my green line trip, the driver had to "reboot" the train twice to get the doors to close. Also: the new fareboxes on busses don't give change; if you put in $1 for a 90 cent bus fare, you don't get 10 cents back. You only get the ability to store the change on a Charliecard or the Charlieticket, a "reloadable" mag-stripe paper ticket soon to be phased out."

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