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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:electric golf carts (199 comments)

Also keep in mind that net or gross wasn't mentioned, and in reporter-speak '4 tons' could be anything from 3-5.

The only weight that is valid when talking about vehicle weight is the curb weight. Anything else is just jerking off. Of course, this is modern journalism we're talking about...

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Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

drinkypoo Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (189 comments)

The oldest Leaf is like 3.5 years old now. How could you possibly know that the suspension will require a rebuild before the battery goes?

They didn't just pull this battery chemistry out of their assholes, you know. And the suspension isn't based on new principles either, which is my point. They know that rubber bushings will fail. They also know that polyurethane bushings won't (unless subjected to the kind of abuse that would certainly obliterate a rubber bush) and that's why they don't use them. And by "they" I mean automakers, not Nissan.

The cars are designed to be cheap to build, easy to put together, difficult to service (small and inexpensive changes would make service vastly easier on most vehicles) and guaranteed to disintegrate. Cars are just made to fail, and they're made that way on purpose. We have better designs and/or materials for pretty much everything which does typically fail, which simply aren't used. EPDM breather hoses crack and fail, silicone will last damned near forever anywhere but on the sleeve directly connected to my turbocharger. There's a plastic coolant tube between the engine block an the oil cooler on the A8, about two inches long, which always breaks. There's just no reason for it not to be made of Aluminum. Thousand dollar service job to have the oil cooler pulled out. None of this is by accident.

Personally I'm hoping by the time my leaf lease is up, there will be a Tesla model that has the same sort of affordability, as they do not have a dealership network to try and support with these sort of shenanigans.

No, but you do have to pay your yearly contract fee to Tesla if you want to maintain your warranty.

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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

drinkypoo Re:I am confused on this issue (299 comments)

Now, what if Joe Smith from Arkansas is sitting right next to OBL building IEDs?

You've caught him red-handed. You have plenty of evidence to show that he was in fact actively aiding the enemy. Take a picture before you shoot him, for fuck's sake. Indeed, your gun should do that automatically. What fucking year is it?

Now, lose OBL and it's just Joe the Terrorist from Arkansas in an Al Qaeda camp?

Well, how do you know it's an Al Qaeda camp? Seems like while all this intelligence-gathering has been going on, you could engage in some legal process.

It's supposed to be difficult and expensive to kill people. Ideally, you come up with some other solution to your problems. You're supposed to think, hmm, war is hell, so I don't want to actually come to that pass. How can I avoid getting there? Instead, it has become due process is expensive, so how can I avoid it?

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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

drinkypoo Re:Obligatory (299 comments)

Bullshit. The so-called "drug problem" is 99% caused by prohibition itself [citation needed].

As an anonymous coward, there is no "you", and so "you" don't get to ask for citations, because you don't exist. You do, however, get to provide your own citations which contradict any and all of their points, and then it's up to them to provide citations which contradict theirs. Simply saying "citation needed" when you don't even have the courage of convictions needed to associate your demand with an identity is, for lack of a more accurate term, a complete bitch move.

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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

drinkypoo Re:No answer will be given (299 comments)

My guy? Who said Obama is my guy? I am only pointing out that people who are up in arms about what he is doing were, for the most part, completely silent when Bush did it.

Well, I for one was vocal about Bush, and I was vocal about his father, and I am vocal about Obama. I'm just not as vocal as some of these guys.

What I'm frankly tired of is people who act like the president is the problem. He's just one little piece of the problem. Just one man. He reads from the script like everyone else.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Use the Big Dog instead (199 comments)

If you're going to claim to be thinking bigger than some "idiots", why not really think big and justify the epithet?

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:electric, steam, internal combustion alternativ (199 comments)

Yes, but he also said that his Baker Electric is his absolute favorite. And it's an EV with similar-era styling to the POS discussed in this article.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:30 MPH (199 comments)

You, uh, don't take the bus very often, do you?

WTF?

I haven't seen any public bus, in any city I've lived, with seatbelts, without sideways seats (at least in the back), without standing room, or that stays at less than 30 MPH.

Have you seen any without sides?

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Who cares what PETA says (199 comments)

Frankly, I am surprised they garner as much attention as they do.

They had to resort to taking advantage of naive young women and locking them naked in cages on public streetcorners to remain relevant, so I consider them to be broadly considered to be a lunatic fringe group. Slashdot just likes to mention PETA because froth.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Animal rights? (199 comments)

Funnily, they send the horses to the slaughter in mexico which has zero standards on how the horse are to be treated.

Or they're slaughtered by Mexicans living right here in the US of A. They seem to be willing to mob up and buy property together. We've got several such settlements in my neighborhood. All clean and orderly, no problems. The biggest messes and the most visits from code enforcement are from/to an old entitled white guy who's the scion of one of the old families here.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Animal rights? (199 comments)

Depends on the company. I know of a few companies that take horses whose owners can no longer afford to own them, and train those to pull carriages (so they already have a second lease on life). At the end of their service, they're put out to pasture at a petting/riding farm.

This definitely isn't how all carriage businesses work, but a growing number do.

That's only because economic recovery is a dirty lie, and there's simply free horses available. There was a veritable torrent of free horses a couple years back. I live in the country, so I see these things... And there's still no shortage of free horses.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Animal cruelty? (199 comments)

Most activists hate PETA for the same reason you do, but don't think that there aren't plenty of farm sanctuaries out there that would skip a beat to take care of one of these animals.

In fact, there aren't. All the ones that wanted one already got one in the great horse apocalypse. It's still going on to a degree now, but it's not like it was at its peak a couple years ago when I drove past a trailer store and they had their sign configured to say "FREE HORSE WITH EVERY TRAILER". Some idiots still think their horse shits gold and that they will recoup their investment, but in general you can still get horses for free if you're not too picky.

However, there's lots of immigrants who don't have the same cultural compunctions about eating horse meat that we do, so a lot of those free horses are not going to loving homes. Welcoming, yes. Loving, not so much.

yesterday
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:Animal cruelty? (199 comments)

The ones with big teeth and long claws can do that. Pretty much all the others forage 24/7

It's too bad you don't have a yard in the country, so that you would know what goes on in them. Deer lie down in mine all the time. Well, they did before the coyotes moved into the neighborhood in force.

yesterday
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

drinkypoo Re:electric golf carts (199 comments)

I also like how they make out '4 tons' like it's a big deal - that's 9k pounds, yes, but a plain old passenger van starts out at 7k pounds, for one that only seats 8. 8.6k for one that seats 15.

No, no in fact, it does not. A plain old passenger van starts out at 5,224 pounds. That right there is probably the most popular passenger van in history, that ol' E-150. The E-Series was supposed to be dead by this year, but too many crotchety old fuckers screamed about it for that to happen, so it's still around.

My 1992 F250 Super Cab 4x4 XLT 7.3 with a turbo kit weighs someplace around 6800 wet. 9000 pounds is in fact a staggeringly heavy vehicle.

yesterday
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

drinkypoo Re:Um, 301 and 302 (70 comments)

We already have redirects. They work just fine.

Well, they do when they're used. And mostly they aren't. Which is what I have to say to this article: We already have a mechanism for handling this, and yet nobody is actually handling it. What's sad is that CMSes don't handle it for you automatically. Drupal for example has a module which automatically generates path aliases. But there's no module which produces a redirect for the old alias when the path changes.

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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

drinkypoo Re:What surprises me... (225 comments)

This is clearly meant to be a remote management backdoor for the ISPs, hence the need to secure it but not remove it.

There is no such need.

Such a feature would look very different, probably involving a certificate. This is a back door for cisco etc. Or for the NSA. It's not for ISPs, or the ISPs would have known about it.

yesterday
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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

drinkypoo Re:Rubbing alcohol vs. denatured alcohol vs. drink (157 comments)

That's different from "denatured alcohol", which is usually some combination of ethanol and things that are bad for you, and it's the version that's not food-grade, it's paint-thinner-grade solvent.

I don't even use denatured alcohol for cleaning things. You can buy pure IPA in gallon steel cans (or even five gallon cans!) at most hardware stores. The only time I've gotten it cheaper is in those rare cases when the grocery outlet has 70% IPA, but usually it's only 50% and less than 70% won't adequately clean many varnishes and so on off of the metal surfaces where I tend to use IPA — in automotive applications. I refill my bottles and then add water to make my own 75%-ish bottles for less-demanding jobs.

They've been dicking around with paint thinner, too! Now you often can't get real toluene, they have some kind of substitute. That sucks, because it's got a bunch of specific uses as a thinner for stuff other than paints, like silicone.

yesterday
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

drinkypoo Re:oh (268 comments)

IMO the reason Indians, Japanese, and Koreans do so well is because their culture values work

Do they? Do they really? Japanese values seem to work, right up until they go completely insane and fail epically. Koreans, which Koreans? Indians? Have you seen India?

I don't think the USA is that great or anything, this isn't about that. But seriously.

yesterday
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

drinkypoo Re:It is just so horrible (268 comments)

Largely because better trained staff will demand more pay, or will go somewhere else to get it.

Yes. But guess what? If you hire that talent from outside, you're going to have to pay them more, or they will just quit and go to work for someone else. You have to pay for talent.

There's a fun little space station game called Startopia that is cheap on GOG, where you build in the contents of a station to serve visitors and engage in trade. You hire employees from the pool of visitors to the station. Each employee has three statistics, which are skill, dedication, and loyalty. Each stat can have zero to five pips and each pip raises their hiring cost. As employees age, they increase in ability. Every three pips and they demand another pip in pay; pay is one to five pips. If their abilities exceed their pay for too long, they quit; the lower their loyalty stat, the sooner they quit. There's also a factor of their desires; what you build either appeases those or doesn't. If they don't get what they want, they will eventually quit. If they don't have enough to do, they will eventually quit.

This extremely simple set of rules actually produces a pretty good approximation of employee behavior, albeit in a sci-fi setting. People expect to get paid for what they can do. Some people feel loyalty to their employers, but most people are just trying to appease their own needs. And why not? They wouldn't be working for you, otherwise. You can either pay them and make sure they get what's important to them, or you can watch them quit and wave goodbye.

Now, how applicable the frequencies of action are to actual life is another issue, but the takeaway is that you hire loyal employees, who won't just up and quit on you when times are tough and you're having trouble giving raises because you'll empty your coffers, and you give them some training. You need to hire employees who have enough skill to carry your business forward, but if you hire employees with more skill than you need, you're just wasting money.

The real bitch is that there are three unemployed for every job opening, and many job postings now attract literally thousands of applicants. You can't just count stars when hiring humans, and now there are just too many applications to even go through for many technical positions.

yesterday

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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Journals

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How's that Green Revolution working out for you?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 10 months ago

Not so well, huh? India is usually cited as one of the Green Revolution's successes, but it's easy to watch the ongoing failure.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

OK

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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Anyone know who did UPS' website?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I would like them to be informed that they are douchewaffles. Even the whole sign-in/password recovery system feels like something running on a 3270.

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Why I'm not playing Evochron Mercenary

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The trial is two days, so I didn't want to start it, and now I've removed it for disk space, and probably won't bother to reinstall. Let this be a lesson to you, limited-time trials are for fucking idiots.

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