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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

ZankerH Re:carbon offsets (151 comments)

Have you bought your indulgences for the week, comrade? Pay the carbon tax and your sins against Gaia are forgiven!

about two weeks ago
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Putting the Wolfram Language (and Mathematica) On Every Raspberry Pi

ZankerH Re:That's a bold claim. (99 comments)

In my experience with university mathematics and engineering departments, students, TAs and anyone who can get away with it use pirated copies. For analytical maths, there's just nothing better than Mathematica.

about 5 months ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

ZankerH Re:Why the moon? (237 comments)

>(which I believe that would run afoul of an international treaty) Not really. The Outer Space Treaty says anyone is allowed to settle other celestial bodies and use their natural resources, it just prohibits signatories from annexing or otherwise claiming sovereignty over extra-terrestrial territories. Signatories are also not allowed to drag nuclear weapons along, and that's the gist of it. It's for the best, really - why bother colonising space if we're just going to use it to prolong capitalism, nationalism and hate?

about 10 months ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

ZankerH Re:Start here (1145 comments)

"Metres", colonial scum.

about a year ago
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North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

ZankerH North Korea... (636 comments)

What a bunch of seoulless, warmongering scum.

1 year,6 days
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

ZankerH Re:Apple is over (239 comments)

No, you need to stop giving your money to shit carriers for shit service bundled with vendor lock-in.

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

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

The video in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=2Ivr6JF1K-8

This rocket (the Grasshopper RLV) is just a test article. It's a mass simulation of the first stage of a Falcon 9, which has been launched to orbit successfully 5 times in a row. The idea is to test and prove the re-usability concept on the Grasshopper RLV before adapting it to the first stage of the Falcon 9. They've only done small hops so far, but the plan is to continue launching the Grasshopper RLV with more and more fuel until it can replicate the trajectory of the Falcon 9's first stage and safely return, at which point they'd be ready to begin adapting the Falcon 9 first stage for a safe return and landing.

about a year ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station

ZankerH Re:Nice work ... (89 comments)

It's really a misnomer to call the space shuttle reusable. "Rebuildability" is more like it. The things had to spend months after each flight being torn apart and having every part inspected over and over and a big chunk of them replaced.
The key to economic space flight is full and rapid reusability. Payload launchers need to become as reusable as passenger aeroplanes for space flight to become routine.

about a year ago
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SpaceX Pressure Hammers Stuck Valves; Dragon's ISS Mission Back On Track

ZankerH Re:Anyoe else sick of this guy? (170 comments)

NASA was still operating it and flying the missions, though. SpaceX has its own mission control centre and its own astronauts.

about a year ago
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al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

ZankerH Re:sounds like a great mythbusters episode... (303 comments)

>3. But make sure the civilians aren't brown/muslim men "of military age", because that means they're eligible for free entry in the US indiscriminate murder program. FTFY

about a year ago
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Russia Says Next-Gen Spacecraft Design Ready

ZankerH nope (59 comments)

Just another powerpoint rocket from Putinist Russia. Like Kliper, Parom, MAKS, Rus', etc, it'll never make it into production and service as long as the official policy towards Russian rocket scientists is "the beatings will continue until morale improves".

about a year ago
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LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

ZankerH no (311 comments)

Dammit, stop selling me longscreens and get back to making good 4:3 monitors.

about a year ago
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How Do We Program Moral Machines?

ZankerH Re:Obvious Answer (604 comments)

How thick are you? Pretty much all of Asimov's works dealt with how ambiguous and incomplete the three laws were and how many horrible failure modes fall well within the domain of an intelligent machine following them to the letter. That was a warning not to oversimplify AI and machine ethics in general, not a blueprint.

about a year ago
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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

ZankerH Re:Exactly (513 comments)

Go back to your fallout bunker, paranoid moron.

about a year ago
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Coffee and Intellectual Property

ZankerH Re:When are people going to learn (198 comments)

Exactly this. I refuse to recognise the concept of owning ideas. If you want to protect your intellectual property, keep it in your head (and keep your head away from fMRI scanners). Once it's out in the open, it's no longer "intellectual property", it's free information.

about a year ago
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Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine

ZankerH Re:Next Valve Game (88 comments)

They could just release a new Orange Box with all of them and call it "Valve's 3: The Game".

about a year and a half ago
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Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters

ZankerH Re:Don't watch it (515 comments)

It never "went viral" until the delusional morons started acting butthurt over it in public, and possibly not even then. Outrage went viral, not the video itself.

about a year and a half ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

ZankerH Re:Disaster (356 comments)

Helium is an inert gas. You're thinking about hydrogen gas.

about a year and a half ago
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How Long Do You Want To Live?

ZankerH Re:What's the half-life of non-aging humans? (813 comments)

For today's safety standards, yes. Once we recognise the fact that 150 thousand people ceasing to exist every day is, in effect, worse than any war or genocide we've ever witnessed and decide to do something about it, people just might live safer lives after realising practical immortality is within their grasp.

Take extreme sports as an example. I've weighed the utility of living another 80 odd years against the probability of hitting the ground at terminal velocity, and decided I should try parachuting. If several million/billion objective years of my mind running perhaps thousands of times faster than today were at stake? Not a chance.

about a year and a half ago
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How Long Do You Want To Live?

ZankerH Re:Three answers (813 comments)

Serious answer: Long enough to see the last star in the observable universe burn out.

Half-serious answer: Forever, if it turns out to be physically possible.

Pure comedy answer: There's nothing comedic about ceasing to exist. I'd very much like to postpone it as far into the future as possible.

about a year and a half ago

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