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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

hubang Tit-for-Tat (291 comments)

Would have the Russians suspend all ISS related contracts.

Good for the goose and all.

about two weeks ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

hubang I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

No. We do not have a shortage. The US has been shedding STEM jobs, not gaining unfilled ones. For almost 3 decades at this point.

There is a vested interest in driving down wages for those few jobs that remain however.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

hubang Blaming the cables? (476 comments)

I'd think the batteries would be the problem. Running serious current through the wires should keep them warm even in cold weather. Plus, conductivity should go up with colder temperature.

Now the batteries on the other hand.... Batteries don't hold charge very well in the cold. It's been one of the two big problems for electric cars since the 19th century.

about 3 months ago
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$499 3-D Printer Drew Plenty of Attention at CES (Video)

hubang Am I missing something here? (155 comments)

Didn't the Solidoodle come out at $499 years ago? Takes 1.5mm filament on a spool. I'm a little confused by this.

about 3 months ago
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A Makerbot In Every Classroom

hubang As a mechanical engineer... (152 comments)

I'd rather see a shop class in every decent sized high school in the US. Equipped with manual milling machines and lathes. WAY more useful.

about 5 months ago
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MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

hubang Re:Godwinned in One Post (250 comments)

“I plead alignment to the flakes of the untitled snakes of a merry cow and to the republicrats for which they scam: one nacho, underpants with licorice and jugs of wine for owls.” - Matt Groening

about 5 months ago
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Steve Jobs Movie Clip Historically Inaccurate, Says Woz

hubang Re:Historicaly accurate (330 comments)

But they did make a fairly historically accurate version. So accurate that Noah Wyle came on stage as Jobs at MacWorld one year.

And Anthony Micheal Hall was eerily good at playing Bill Gates. John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama) was exactly like Ballmer.

Even Wozniak thought it was fairly accurate."

It was a great movie. I recommend everyone on here see it. But it's a $5 million made-for-tv movie. Not a $too_much attempt to make "The Social Network" with Jobs.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

hubang Re:How is this different from bio-diesel? (419 comments)

Diesel cars aren't AVAILABLE in the US. I bought a new car about 2 years ago. They sell the same car in other markets with a diesel. I would have paid a premium for the diesel. Not even an option.

There are NO compact or sub-compacts sold with a diesel in the US, except for the Volkswagen Jetta (which I didn't want with any powerplant). When American's complained about getting a joke SMART car that got about half the fuel economy the Canadian diesel version got, they stopped selling the diesel versions in Canada, instead of selling the diesel in the US.

I dream about being able to buy an AWD/4WD Hatchback/Station Wagon with a diesel (like the AMC Eagle Turbo Diesel). Someday, it might be an option again. Dare to Dream.

about a year ago
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CIA whacks at Hollywood spy agency myths

hubang And yet... (2 comments)

CIA analysts loved The Hunt For Red October back in the day. And MI-5 guys loved James Bond.

Because it is BS. But it makes them look cool.

about a year ago
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The New Ethanol Blend May Damage Your Vehicle

hubang Re:A clear example of how lobbying hurts everyone (375 comments)

Comparison to MTBE makes perfect sense. Ethanol is the direct replacement for MTBE in gasoline. Both were added to, ostensibly, reduce smog.

about a year ago
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As Fish Stocks Collapse, Overpopulated Lobsters Resort to Cannibalism

hubang Re:So then... (231 comments)

Why is Lobster still so expensive?

I've personally seen lobster for sale in Maine for as little as $2.80/lbs. That's cheaper than hotdogs.

about a year ago
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Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

hubang It was originally a concept car... (51 comments)

It was originally a concept car called the Lincoln Futura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Futura).

So it's like buying two amazing cars in one! A Ghia body worked over by George Barris.

about a year ago
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The Promo Bay Blocked By UK ISPs

hubang This has been the plan all along. (132 comments)

If you were confused by the Napster saga, the big media companies only care about squashing competition. Napster helped their bottom line. ANd taking it down hurt their bottom line. It wasn't about infringement, anymore than the radio is about infringement.

It's about control.

If this succeeds, they're unnecessary. They are the gate keepers. An artist needs them. But they don't need artists. They can take any dancer or model who can't sing and turn them into a pop star.

about a year ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

hubang Re:Good. Start testing the correct thing. (608 comments)

What if you're tired? If you've taken no drugs, but worked twenty hours in a row? You WILL fail an impairment test. But you've done nothing wrong. Maybe you shouldn't be driving. But then, the state SHOULD be providing affordable and comprehensive public transit. Infrastructure is the government's #1 job, not that they seem to take it very seriously.

If you're in Europe, you can tune this out. Even in most American cities public transit is abysmal. In Boston for example, the subways shut down at midnight. For reference, the bars close at 1AM. That's in a major city. Most Americans don't live in the cities. And most suburban and rural areas don't even have taxi services available. In most of the US, rhetoric aside, driving isn't a privilege: Driving is a necessity.

Oddly, American towns and cities did had good public transit a hundred years ago. Back then, even most small towns had trolley services. Then a conspiracy destroyed public transit. It's OK though; after making millions destroying public infrastructure and lobbying against light rail, GM had to pay a $5000 fine. For more details, watch "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" It covers the basic story pretty well. The real life bad guys were a shade more cartoonish than Christopher Lloyd though.

And then there is the question of enforcement. Would the testing be done in the same, "at the whim of the guy with the badge" approach we have now? We don't inspect or enforce pretty much any public health issues in the US. Food safety, Drug safety, traffic safety, etc.: All public safety in the US is set up to assign blame after stuff hits the fan. It didn't used to be like this either.

How do you objectively test for "situational awareness"? I don't know of ANY way to do it, that isn't completely at the whim of the person conducting the test. Most cops should not be taken at their word. Right now, there are huge scandals in Massachusetts over these exact two things. One over a police lab making up evidence, falsifying data and generally doing bad things; for more than a decade. And second a failure to oversee a compounding center, and just generally assigning blame later after many people contracted fungal meningitis from contaminated shots. And the only reason it was exposed was that one doctor took on themselves to track down the cause of an odd outbreak.

The test should be for reactions and situational awareness. If you fail for any reason, then you should be prevented from driving. If you fail and also have been taking drugs that are known to cause this kind of impairment, then you might get some extra penalty.

It's a common brush-off answer. But it ignores reality completely. If you can't balance on one leg and touch your nose, while reciting the alphabet backwards... you fail. If you refuse to walk a straight line backwards in icy, sub-zero conditions... you fail. It doesn't matter that you have artificial hips, knees, or limbs.

about a year ago
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How RapidShare Plans To Avoid MegaUpload's Fate

hubang Is it just me... (97 comments)

Or does this seem like a way to punish free users and play a victim card at the same time.

"It's not us doing it to try and force people into paid plans. It's... um... pirates?"

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

hubang Simple Solution (284 comments)

The solution is simple:

Give a token homework grade (like ~ 10%) for participating and make everything in the final grade else be based on original projects and tests. Make the students use given files.

Then, if they cheat, they only cheat themselves.

about a year and a half ago

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