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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Tatarize Ironic and Iconic (276 comments)

Does anybody else want a mini-sd card form factored to look like a mini-floppy disk? I sure do. And now since I've mentioned it, you do too.

about 7 months ago
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Game Tech: How BioShock Infinite's Lighting Works

Tatarize Re:baked shadows (55 comments)

Sounds like burnt. You like burnt muffins.

about 9 months ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Why does it get hot? (179 comments)

The bigger heat issue isn't just the IR though, there's heat produced just by producing more current. More current in a wire means more heat. So you'll need to build the panels in wildly different ways when you're concentrating it. Even if you just filter out the heat with a hot mirror or something (which would typically require it adjust to the suns position), you'll still be left with something that requires more than just a panel on the roof, and then you might well be talking an extra grand or two for the panel and gear rather than a couple hundred which is a steal for an extra mile or so per hour of sunlight on the go.

If I have a specialty car port, why not just have a specialty set of solar panels on my roof and plug the car in. While I'm all for the panel, the car port seems pretty unworkable.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Why does it get hot? (179 comments)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/media/library/intglass

The albedo of anything means you'll lose something but if you can divide out the heat causing wavelengths from the useful light ones, you can just counteract this with more light. So you lose 10%, get 100% more light and you won't notice. It means you need a larger roof or a reflector into it, but still it would be nicely useful. Whether you could use such a thing to divide the heat and the light and use the heat for condensed solar and the light for PV isn't something I care to speculate on. But, it's all generally theoretically possible.

But again, the stupid car moving and running over my cat is going to pretty much a deal killer. Unless your car port moves without the potential to kill fluffy, it's DOA. And even then it seems pretty silly. Just slapping a solar panel on top though is such low hanging fruit that that part is gold..

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Hope it doesn't melt the car! (179 comments)

I'd be shocked to see the carport ever built. I'd be shocked not to see the solar panel on the roof of some next gen cars.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Do not stare at Fresnel with remaining eye (179 comments)

Yeah, and the option to run out of juice and so you leave your car in the lot and go see a movie then drive to the charging station seems pretty nice.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Hope it doesn't melt the car! (179 comments)

Yeah, slapping a solar panel on the roof seems like it would be easy and great. But, the whole special car port thing seems like a pain in the ass. Where am I suppose to put my special car port? And why don't I just have a solar panel and lens charge up some batteries and then use that power. The solar panel on the roof is great, the special nonsense carport seems like it would be mostly pointless.

It seems like the easiest bit is just to have the car have a panel on the roof, and let the chips fall where they may.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Why does it get hot? (179 comments)

But, with this if the heat is an issue you can filter out that bit of the spectrum that would otherwise turn into heat and only lens and allow through the useful bits of the spectrum. We just don't because who cares if your solar panels get hot. In this case, we would.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Tatarize Re:Hope it doesn't melt the car! (179 comments)

You know, you can filter light right. The visual light spectrum isn't very hot. You can filter out the IR and the UV which tends to become IR after hitting something at the lens. You only need to let through the narrow spectrum the panel actually uses. Doing so would actually make it be about as cool as the shade.

And we aren't talking about anything fancy. Even if you still had to charge it, it would be kind of awesome to run out of power but have enough to make it home after a few hours of sun. And it isn't as if nothing on your roof is somehow a more useful use of that area. In fact, it seems a pretty obvious no-brainer. A place where DC current is going to become easy fuel for basically the cost of a solar panel.

You don't really need the silly lens. A day worth of light is going to buy you five miles without lenses or anything fancy. And it's generally not going to cost you anything beyond the initial panel. If you only drove the thing once a week or something like that you'd never need to charge it or buy gas or anything.

The idea that taking the exact same sort of stuff we already have and slapping a solar panel on the roof where there is otherwise just metal is "more ridiculous than most" concept car ideas, is absurd. I'd be shocked if things didn't have this within a few years. It's just a solar panel on the car's roof.

about a year ago
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FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

Tatarize Re:So the FBI hacked servers to find pedos? (292 comments)

They are. I totally love France. They are great. But, just because Bush was actually an asshole about it above and beyond a gentle ribbing. Doesn't mean the standard fair of croissant eating surrender monkeys stopped being a go-to joke. What next I can't make fun of the British's teeth because their health plans added it and they largely have fine teeth now? Or that they boil their food because sometimes they don't?

about a year ago
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FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

Tatarize Re:So the FBI hacked servers to find pedos? (292 comments)

Would it be that conspiracy theorist to suggest the feds just asked them to turn it on.

It shouldn't even be able to be turned on. Like even if people tried. And it shouldn't let you access clear-net either. If you're going to write a bundle with clear security problems, if people do things wrong, you should not allow those things to be done.

about a year ago
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FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

Tatarize Re:So the FBI hacked servers to find pedos? (292 comments)

Actually you'd need to turn scripts on in tor, and use it outside of tor too. Two things you are never suppose to do with tor. In fact, it's a security problem that the tor browser pack even allows either of those things to be turned on at all. It ended up serving malware to pretty much nobody, I'd figure. I don't know how stupid the average tor user is.

about a year ago
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FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

Tatarize Re:So the FBI hacked servers to find pedos? (292 comments)

Maybe there is such a law or court order allowing it and it's just hidden? Do you have security clearance enough to know whether they broke the law?

about a year ago
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Saturn's Tidal Tugs Energize Enceladus' Icy Plumes

Tatarize Re:Out of context... (27 comments)

Really because it sounds pretty easy to make it worse and more overt.

--------- Saturn gives Enceladus a gravitational tugjob causing ejaculations. ---------

The way it's written now, seems far more poetic.

about a year ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

Tatarize Racism isn't entirely about hate. (737 comments)

Generally it's commonly about not thinking you are worth as much or as good as you are or not giving you opportunities.

Misogynists don't tend to hate women, they love women's bodies. They like to take them and lock them up and keep them forever. And there's the problem. The problem is their view of women basically could be replaced with a very sexy looking robot. Feminism is the rather paradoxical notion that women are people. And yeah, even without foaming at the mouth hate, you still have problems when it comes to gender equality and treating people like people.

about a year and a half ago
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Your License Is Your Interface

Tatarize Re:Please do. Do not however release with no licen (356 comments)

Generally I'm talking about situations where code sharing is expected. Without a licenses you can't touch that code. But, I've seen plenty of cases where the intent was that the code was suppose to be useful, but wasn't without a license. But, yeah, point taken.

about a year and a half ago
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Your License Is Your Interface

Tatarize Please do. Do not however release with no license. (356 comments)

If you release it with no license at all, I don't know what the hell to do with the code. Can I have it for my program? Does your copyright trump everything. Absolutely no license is pretty much all rights reserved by default I'd suppose. No license is as bad as GPL. I don't really know what my obligations or permissions are, so I actually forego using the code. If I don't have legal right to use your code, I do not have legal right to use the code. If you don't expressly say I can, I may not be allowed to.

Using a more liberal license than GPL is great, I always do it. But, TFA says "no license" and that's a piece of crap, upload a BSD code fragment for goodness sakes, or oddly enough you completely own the code and I have no right to it at all.

about a year and a half ago

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