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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

cpotoso Re:Its own editors said so (346 comments)

If you believe that anything in politics can be "objective", I have a bridge to sell you.

about two weeks ago
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Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn't Predict Earthquake

cpotoso Re:They can be tried again, I think? (139 comments)

Good explanation. I think italian food is incredibly better, but the way they treat you in Italy leaves a lot to be desired. I remember in the old days pre-Euro, that we exchanged USD to all sorts of currencies and only in Italy we felt they were trying to always get the best of us... We had similar negative experiences in the Czech republic some 3 years ago.

about a month ago
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Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn't Predict Earthquake

cpotoso Re:They can be tried again, I think? (139 comments)

Have you eaten in Italy vs. in Germany? Enough said.

about a month ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

cpotoso Re:It's time to throw out the entire college syste (389 comments)

You must be smoking some really serious weed. I have yet to see (in the US) any medical doctor who is not in the top 10% of income of the country (at the very least!). Get a specialization and you are easily in the top 2%. All of this "insurers set prices", "having to pay the lights" is complete BS. They see you for 6 minutes because they can... that way they can see 10 patients/hour and make 200-500 k$ salaries. Compare that to any other highly qualified professions (at > 10 years education) and you see that they have a pretty sweet deal. If this were not the case, you would not see so many applicants to medical schools, eh?

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

cpotoso Re:Make SATs optional (389 comments)

Very well said. All this "oh, we want a well rounded education" is BS from the humanities departments and/or covered discrimination. If a kid works hard and has straight A's through HS, he/she deserves a lot of credit for it and should be granted admission. No ifs or buts.

about 2 months ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

cpotoso Re:Boo (163 comments)

Let's see... a tire with a radius of ~0.3 m, in a car traveling at 100 mph ( 45 m/s) experiences a maximum centripetal acceleration of ~6700 m/s^2). A 1 in^2*0.5 in piece of rubber (assuming density to be ~ 1 g/cm^3) experiences a "centrifugal foce" of ONLY ~4.7 pounds! That is only 4.7 psi. So over-inflating by 20 psi MAY BE A PROBLEM.

about 5 months ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

cpotoso Re:Boo (163 comments)

I once put 70 psi on a tire rated for 45 (and designed to be inflated at 24 for normal ops.). Only noticed that a few days later (hey the car is really bumpy, mother said). Never had any other issue :)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

cpotoso xprotolab or teensy 3.1 (172 comments)

xprotolab or teensy 3.1

Check out xprotolab (http://www.gabotronics.com/development-boards/xmega-xprotolab.htm) from Gabotronics. Not too fast or too easy to use but it is very capable and Gabo provides very good support. It is self-contained (small oled screen) but can also send info to PC over USB.

Also, the "arduino" teensy 3.1 could be used to make a USB-based scope for ca. $20 (plus some additional parts) and can have a lot of other cool uses too. Check it out: http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/tee... and http://forum.pjrc.com/threads/....

about 6 months ago
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Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

cpotoso Not "Nature", a lesser journal of the Nature group (360 comments)

The 2012 Impact Factor for Scientific Reports is 2.927. For comparison, that of Nature is 38.597. Still impressive, but please lets be precise.

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

cpotoso Re:Milk that cow! (202 comments)

What are you smoking?? WE pay for the internet service (monthly bill, anyone?). So why should Netflix have to pay on top of that?? The infrastructure? Yes, coming from your monthly bill. Duh!

about 8 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

cpotoso Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Your posting is close to non-sense. Who is saying that every Cessna 172 should have this device? We are talking about AIRLINERS, and in particular those that go transoceanic routes where radar tracking is not possible. On a 767-sized plane (and above) the $100k cost IS negligible when compared to other operational costs (fuel, crew, maintenance, insurance).

about 9 months ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

cpotoso Why aren't big planes PERMANENTLY monitored? (142 comments)

I am not talking RADAR, but rather satellite-linked transponders relaying (at least) once per minute the plane "vitals" (coordinates, velocity, altitude, attitude, cabin pressure and temperature, fuel levels, any error codes or warnings). I mean, this may not be cheap, but it is meaningless cost-wise compared to the operational cost of a plane.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

cpotoso Re:Learn to freaken drive. (723 comments)

4 wheel drive dowes *not** equal 4 wheel STOP.

And I thought all cars had breaks on all wheels... (4 wheel stop). Was I wrong? Maybe I should check my car again.

about a year ago
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

cpotoso Re:Even worse... (408 comments)

What a S T U P ID reply. What is the orientation of the connectors in the back of a computer? In a random USB hub? Why the need to look for the logo when the shape of the connector could convey the correct orientation? (or even better, be orientation neutral). Do they pay you to use your brain in your work, or just brute force?

1 year,16 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

cpotoso Even worse... (408 comments)

Is the fact that the standard USB connection (rectangle) is not really 180 degrees symmetric (despite a shape that indicates it should be), usually takes 3+ attempts to get it in. Damn it, Jim, a spin-1/2 connector!

1 year,16 days

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad (nyti

cpotoso cpotoso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cpotoso (606303) writes "In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems."
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Drop Facebook!

cpotoso cpotoso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

You know that they can track you... more than the CIA... more than the NSA... They follow you everywhere you go on the net via those despicable "Like" and "FB" icons... Time to buy some tinfoil for my hat :)

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