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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

dpidcoe Re:Lies (544 comments)

Me neither, and I hate laugh tracks in sitcoms. I'm smart enough to know when to laugh and when not to laugh thank you. I don't need an audience (live or otherwise) prompting me.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

dpidcoe Re:Sounds like (314 comments)

The Tesla Model S sounds like a tank. I needs a tank to traverse these pot-hole-riddled roadways. Where's the ammunition stored?

The combination of low profile tires + being low to the ground just doesn't handle that kind of stuff very well. You'd probably have to raise the suspension a little and replace the wheels with something that can handle higher sidewalls. I have a friend who owns one and he's had to replace two of the wheels (the entire metal wheel, not the tire) due to hitting fist sized rocks in the middle of the road that bent the rim. I'd imagine that a pothole might have the same effect.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

dpidcoe Re:Lego Mindstorms (876 comments)

that just means you need symbols to represent larger blocks. even electronics does this. nobody writes out amplifiers anymore, they use a single symbol now.


about 2 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

dpidcoe Re:Nope (448 comments)

This is like kidnap or a mugging. At no point do I have an actual incentive to give in to such a person's demands. "We won't hurt you / them / your website if you do X". I have *absolutely* no guarantee of that.

I *cannot* win. If I do everything you request, you could still trash my domain / stab me anyway / kill your hostage and there's nothing I can do to stop that.

If he wanted to trash your domain, he'd have already trashed it. Why risk letting you contact customer support and freeze everything until the identity thing could be sorted out. By not wrecking it straight away (and also offering to help secure it later), he was signaling that he was interested in actual reward, rather than just breaking stuff for the fun of it. Plus, trashing it after the fact just out of spite is bad for future "business" for him.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

dpidcoe Re:The unseen enemy (510 comments)

As a resident of california, I'm deeply sorry for the crap we're inflicting on the rest of the country due to constantly re-electing her.

Though in our defense, the districts are so jerrymandered and the politicians have special interest and underhanded politics (redistricting bill has a hope of passing? quick! introduce a fake one that lets us control the redistricting and confuse people with it!) down to such a science that most people have just given up.

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

dpidcoe Re:click-bait? (628 comments)

Empathy clashes with survivalist instinct. I can gnaw on the bones of a cow and feel empathy for it, but that doesn't mean im going to stop eating meat. At the base level, our brains see nothing wrong with killing these animals for food. We are the stronger species, we win. Empathy is evolutionarily expensive.

You don't have to feel bad about eating meat to feel empathy for the animal. Some of the older guys in my boy scout troop got to do some basic SEAR training for a weekend at camp pendleton. One of the things was killing/preparing/cooking/eating a rabbit. No one really felt bad about it, and most described their feelings as something more along the lines of gratefulness to the rabbit for providing them with food that night.

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

dpidcoe Re:Is this a cuteness thing? (628 comments)

I don't even think it's an intelligence thing (lots of food mammals, especially pigs, are "smart"). It's more of the way that the slaughter is conducted.

When we slaughter cows and pigs, great care is generally taken to ensure that not only is the animal is killed quickly and humanely, but that the animal remains calm throughout the process leading up to it. Contrast with the dolphin slaughter: they drive the dolphins into the cove by sticking pipes into the water and hammering on them in order to work the dolphins into a panic so that they run from what to them looks like a wall of sound. Then they're kept in the bay for some time while they hurt themselves trying to escape. A lot of engineering goes into the holding areas for cows and pigs to ensure that they aren't injured while being moved around.

And finally, dolphin meat is rather sketchy as a product for human consumption. Because of the nature of what they eat (dolphins are pretty high up on the food chain), dolphin meat contains significantly higher amounts of mercury than other fish (and apparently doesn't even taste that great to most people).

So now you've got unnecessary cruelty to a cute and intelligent animal for meat of dubious fitness for human consumption. It's basically a slam dunk case with plenty for everyone to object to, from the "save the baby seals because they're cute" crowd to members of the People for the Eating of Tasty Animals club.

about 3 months ago

Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

dpidcoe Re:I remember watching the disaster on television (207 comments)

Even in complete vacuum it takes ~10 seconds to lose consciousness. That's plenty of time to flip a bunch of switches and mess with the controls, especially if you've trained in the procedure 1000s of times.

about 3 months ago

Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

dpidcoe Re:Pie in the sky (3 comments)

Following some of the links in TFA, I think this is just some kind of concept art that got mistaken for an actual product. It talks about a "micro battery" that's several orders of magnitude better than "normal" (whatever that means) batteries, which is used to compress the oxygen into a storage tank (wtf?).

Plus have fun with oxygen toxicity after going deeper than a few meters. There's no way this could work as described at anything more than snorkel depth without being a serious danger to the user.

about 3 months ago

Why Birds Fly in a V Formation

dpidcoe More news at 11? (2 comments)

When I was in school in the 90s I remember drafting being given as the reason birds fly in a V formation. Is there something significant about this study or is it just that they replicated old findings? Both the summary and TFA weren't very good at explaining why this is significant compared to the plethora of other research on bird formations.

about 3 months ago

How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

dpidcoe Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

Luck still has a lot to do with it. The sweat of your brow alone will only get you so far. No excuses for the folks that aren't reaching for better, but there's a reason it's called a "trap"

The luckhard work equation is the same as the moneyhappiness equation. Money doesn't bring happiness and luck doesn't bring success. But in the same way that money can act as a multiplier for happiness, luck acts as a multiplier on hard work.

about 3 months ago

Lasers Unearth Lost 'Agropolis' of New England

dpidcoe Re:long lost civilization (105 comments)

"Long lost civilization" here means 1700s New England farms, it's not a discovery that Native Americans were building saw mills or anything.

I misread the headline as "lasers unearthed in Lost 'Agropolis' of New England and had done even better than mills.

about 3 months ago

Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

dpidcoe Re:Cant be worse (351 comments)

What I was getting at with my previous comment is that americans as a collective don't actually care enough/aren't collectively smart enough to make the government answer to anything. They're more interested in whatever celebrity drama or other thing to be outraged about that the news media feels like manufacturing to get more ratings. The system is stacked towards maintaining the current status quo. If they ever do get riled up enough to do something, it's rarely something that some political sleight of hand can't fix.

To imply that it's a handful of the elite calling the shots is not only nutjob territory, but it makes no sense. If it was a handful of people in the background, we'd see things working a bit smoother. Content people have no reason to revolt and upset the status quo.

about 3 months ago

Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

dpidcoe Re:Cant be worse (351 comments)

Theoretically at least, the US Government has to answer to its citizens


about 3 months ago

People Become More Utilitarian When They Face Moral Dilemmas In Virtual Reality

dpidcoe Re:Utilitarianism is correct (146 comments)

I'm out of mod points :(

about 3 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

dpidcoe Re:Guns don't kill people (514 comments)

Whats the difference here? Surely robots don't kill people, people kill people?

I'm pretty sure that the difference here is that the robots actually will be killing the people.

about 3 months ago

TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

dpidcoe Re:Yeah, that's civilised... (171 comments)

How hard is it for a government to cover up a helicopter attack on its own citizens vs covering up the thug squad making examples of a few people?

about 3 months ago

Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

dpidcoe Re:yuck (102 comments)

Basically the eye becomes the part of the system that moves the mouse

This would be the absolute worst possible way to use the technology for the reasons others have stated. Keep in mind that this thing reported has accuracy in the centimeter range, considering that I routinely click buttons on my 22 inch screen that are millimeters in physical size, this would work out terribly as a mouse replacement.

Where it would be helpful is as an augmentation to provide additional data (something like tooltips being the most obvious and simplistic form) when the users gaze lingers over something. Another great use for it would be to use it to change window focus on your desktop. Also as a fun tool for the DIY/hacker community. There are probably a ton of non-computer related uses for it that people haven't even thought of yet. I'd love to take video of myself gaming (or even driving) and integrate it with eye tracking to see where I spend most of my time looking to find out if there's anything I can do to optimize it.

about 3 months ago

Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

dpidcoe Re:DSL? (189 comments)

Who has that anymore?

People that don't want to give any money to a cable company and want to give as little money as possible to the AT&T monopoly, and would rather have their money go to a friendly CLEC. I gave up my 50mbit Comcast cable internet connection for a 14mbit DSL connection because several times a week, packet loss would go through the roof and throughput would slow to a crawl on the Comcast connection, while the DSL provider has been rock solid.

Yeah, there's no way I'd give any money to the local cable companies in my area. I have 6mbps DSL through a CLEC and it's great. Unlike what I've seen on my friends cable connection, there's no traffic shaping or blocking of common ports. Last time I read the contract it basically said I could do whatever I want with the connection as far as running servers is concerned, this in contrast to the cable company (and also AT'Ts high speed option) that explicitly disallows things such as hosting web or gameservers, and will play whack-a-mole with your ports if they notice.

about 3 months ago


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