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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

dyslexicbunny Re:FP? (858 comments)

Believing you're the greatest is just plain easier. Why do you think Detroit got its ass handed to them? Or why Microsoft typically struggles in other markets.

If I was truly interested in being the best, I'd look at the competition and see what they are doing right and figure out how to make it work for me. But then again, that process involves not telling people what they want to hear.

yesterday
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

dyslexicbunny Re:Microsoft is a spent force (142 comments)

Google aggressively filters out porn from the results. Bing doesn't. Which is convenient when you want to find porn.

about a month and a half ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

dyslexicbunny Re:Awkward (121 comments)

I was one of the poor saps who preordered Homefront....

At least I got Metro 2033 for free with it! Hell of a game if you haven't played it.

about 2 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dyslexicbunny Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

I would contend that it depends on the subject. I'd seriously consider teaching math or science but given that my friend is making $42,000 with a masters in Industrial Engineering to teach stats and CS, why bother? I can make twice that or more in industry when I finish my doctorate. I'd bet if you were offering $70,000 to math and science teachers, you'd get plenty of talented folks.

about 2 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dyslexicbunny Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

I was a part of the group that did the second engine study to defend continuing the funding for the F136. Since it was cancelled, I'd expect GE to continue funding it internally and when the F135 can't do the job, they show up with an engine that costs significantly more than it would otherwise and they've got Uncle Sam by the balls.

I would actually argue that it's not an R&D problem but rather a requirements problem as well as a military acquisition problem. The former is largely due to the VTOL requirements that the Marine Corps want is largely incompatible with the Navy and Air Force requirements. The problem is that the Marines needed a replacement aircraft and Congress wouldn't approve two aircraft programs so they tagged along. The latter is a far bigger problem in that Congress dictates what systems the military get, which is why we're making tanks that we don't need and sending them directly to the Boneyard.

I personally think the military should be able to establish their own priorities and initiate weapons programs as needed subject to review from Congress. Congress could then insist that the military defend their position but they would not be able to force systems on the military that are unwanted or unneeded.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

dyslexicbunny Re:WUWT (441 comments)

The house I currently live in apparently existed in the early 1900s. It has slowly been improved but it has tons of problems. So many that it would be far more beneficial to tear it down and start over from scratch. But my landlord has no interest in doing that or even having people come in and make minor improvements. Why bother putting that kind of money into a house you're not living in? And there are many houses in the area in the same boat, if not the country. What I would do is come up with a metric that looks at annual energy used vs size of the house and charge a hefty tax on properties that are higher than some particular value (might be a function of residence so some places aren't as penalized). And over time, reduce that value to include more houses.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

dyslexicbunny Re:As a trend (238 comments)

I'm honestly not sure how one should fix it as electric cars become much greater in number. I'd hate to have a hybrid system where gas cars are fuel tax and electrics are per mile tax. But the solution I like is to have everyone pay a per mile tax to cover the roads and then gas cars pay the fuel tax as well with the revenues going to energy research.

about 4 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

dyslexicbunny Re:As a trend (238 comments)

Is the plan to keep the fuel tax and introduce the per mile on top of it, I assume? What a pack of jackasses. They could just increase the fuel tax and problem solved...

about 4 months ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

dyslexicbunny Re:Fuel economy? (119 comments)

Yep. Unlike aircraft, there just isn't a significant desire by the auto manufacturers to really get serious about drag reduction. It's really a shame too since things like wheel skirts are really simple.

I think part of the problem is that they intentionally put them on the most unconventional looking cars just to help ensure they don't sell because people are hesitant to significant change. I'd rather they step up and tell people how much fuel that would save with them on and what that would cost annually. And have it as a package you can put on at the dealership.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

dyslexicbunny Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

Abrams didn't write either of them. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the first one and Damon Lindelof joined them for the second one. But I do concede that if you have Abrams, you get some combination of the rest of them.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

dyslexicbunny Re:There's no money lost... (626 comments)

Are we supposed to feel bad for those towns? Hampton was a 500 person town that pulled in $200k in traffic revenues in 2012. It was done by annexing part of a state highway and lowering the speeds abruptly to cite people. That's utterly absurd.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

dyslexicbunny Why is that a bad thing? (626 comments)

Either move them to other types of crimes or let them go. I don't see why law enforcement should be immune to downsizing. If it's essential to keep these guys on the force, it shouldn't be hard to make the case to the taxpayers.

about 4 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

dyslexicbunny Re:except your products are killing children (584 comments)

Well that sounds like a problem with people not properly securing their guns. Put severe negligence laws on the books (which many states don't have - http://smartgunlaws.org/child-...) and enforce the penalties when they happen and I imagine that the numbers will significantly drop.

Are there cheap, shitty safes that kids can get in? Yes. So let's certify them to some standard and go from there.

about 4 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

dyslexicbunny Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

What qualifications are they looking for? I'm finishing an engineering doctorate in the coming months and am still looking for a job. Not that I think I'm qualified but I'm sure intrigued.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dyslexicbunny Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I read that report when it came out. Those safes look like cheapest of the cheap. That doesn't make their failures excusable but they certainly shouldn't be advertised as safes.

Trigger locks work fine. As does a higher quality safe. Will they stop the most determined of individuals? No but it's enough to stop young children.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dyslexicbunny Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

We shouldn't need "smart" guns for things like children finding their parent's guns. We just need severe negligence laws for not properly securing your guns.

about 5 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

dyslexicbunny Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

Most of those "do this and you'll be fine!" folks are generally out of touch. If you spend all day around smart engineers, it's pretty easy to think that most of them will be able to make a career shift fairly easily. But when you interact with people that aren't so sharp fairly regularly, it's overwhelmingly easy to conclude that those folks are shit out of luck. I think in the next 20 years, many of the repetitive simple jobs will be reduced such that we're going to have a hard time finding things for these newly unemployed people to do.

about 6 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

dyslexicbunny Better Uses? (712 comments)

Couldn't we just use that $50B to improve efficiency across the US? Upgrade plants and transmission lines. Replace older appliances like fridges, air conditioners, water heaters. Change out windows and doors while adding insulation. I feel like that would be just as helpful and probably cost less than buying all the coal.

about 7 months ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

dyslexicbunny Re:problem is (212 comments)

I imagine though that if companies want their games in a physical store (and for some reason they still do), they have to keep the prices the same. Why would I as a retailer be willing to make room for your products when you're selling them for less elsewhere and ensuring I can't get a sale?

about 7 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

dyslexicbunny Re:V2V Developer (390 comments)

Why is GPS being built in as the critical piece to this? I can lose GPS just driving around town in places. Does that mean no car knows where my car is? Why aren't these systems be based using the same inputs that I can use as a driver?

about 8 months ago

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First Draft of Climate Change Bill sent to Congres

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "With both President Obama and the Democrats committed to green energy, it is of little surprised that a bill would be coming to Congress shortly. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 focuses on four principle areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Reducing Global Warming Pollution, and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy. The targets are consistent with various promises made by Obama during his campaign.

Although the bill addresses many of the concerns abroad regarding the lack of commitment by the United States, one concern should be the potential cost of this program that will likely be staggering and how Obama plans to also meet his deficit targets in 2012 as well. A summary of the draft bill can be found here(PDF)."
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Shot Down at the Rockets game

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "I don't really hate people that propose in front of crowds but I saw this and it was too hilarious. The announcer calls it Nostradamus style. Even the mascot can't help but laugh.

http://www.yardbarker.com/backyard/articles/Shot_down_at_the_Rockets_game/168541"
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Putin named Time's Person of the Year.

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "This isn't Russia's Person of the Year but actually Time's Man of the Year. Given the interesting discussion on /. regarding Putin's politics, I thought this could result in discussion of other worthy candidates for Person of the Year as well as thoughts on Putin's win. Should we be concerned that the Person of the Year is one that sacrifices freedom for security?"

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