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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

jeti Re:Not surprising (200 comments)

SpaceX is no longer a small company. In October 2013, they had 3800 employees. AFAIK they now employ over 5000 people.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

jeti Re:What sort of engine (132 comments)

You could probably print a pneumatic engine. But this car uses electric motors that were not printed.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

jeti First We Take Munich (249 comments)

Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Munich, then we take Turin

PS: No strike tag?

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

jeti Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

Also note that energy hungry factories are exempt from our eco tax on energy.

about three weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

jeti Re:Correction (462 comments)

The price may be that they get a dog to scratch your car.

about three weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

jeti War on cash? (462 comments)

For the police departments, this kind of robbery is just a way to grab some cash. But I wonder if this is accepted on a political level to get rid of non-traceable monetary transactions altogether.

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jeti Re:I need definitions (499 comments)

I was once friends with a girl whose parents were suspected to have helped in a RAF attack in 1968. It never occurred to me to bring this up in a job interview.

about three weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

jeti You'll need a simple telescope (68 comments)

The event won't be bright enough for binoculars, but with a magnitude of up to 12, it should be visible with a simple telescope.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jeti Re:This is huge ... (419 comments)

What about daughter companies like the Microsoft Deutschland GmbH? Are they US companies? Can they be compelled to hand over data stored on their European servers?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

jeti The Orange Box (382 comments)

The Orange Box bundled:
-Portal
-Half Life 2
-Team Fortress 2

Seven years later, all three are still among the best games to have and play.

about a month ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

jeti Re:Dammit! Adam you rolled over... (63 comments)

He should, but he couldn't. Apparently he had already spent more than the $500.000 he had crowdfunded to fight the troll. Not everyone can afford justice.

about a month and a half ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

jeti Re: There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

No. Standard insurance does not cover commercial drivers. They'd have to get a different kind of insurance. AFAIK if someone with standard insurance caused an accident, the insurance would pay the victims and then demand its money back from the insured person.

Uber would certainly need to verify that its drivers are covered appropriately.

about a month and a half ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

jeti Re: There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

1, 2, 3. Insurance, inspections and drivers licenses are strictly controlled in Germany and violations are rare. Furthermore, I'd expect Uber to demand copies of the relevant documents.
1. Uber seems to provide additional insurance to its customers.
2. I think the standards for roadworthy cars are high enough in Germany. If someone wants even higher standards, he can simply not choose to use Uber.
3. With current navigational systems, local geographic knowledge is not very important anymore.
6. The app provides users with knowledge of the drivers behavior towards his customers. That's good enough for me. Giving former criminals an option to earn a living legally seems like a good thing.

I assume that customers of Uber are aware of the compromises they're taking. The rating system in addition to the legal requirements for normal drivers should ensure a high enough safety and quality of service. People who are not content with that can make use of other, more tightly controlled services.

about a month and a half ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

jeti Re: There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

1. In Germany, insurance that covers passengers is mandatory for anyone driving a car.
2. All cars have pass inspection every two years.
3. The tests to get a drivers license are quite stringent and you have to take driving lessons at a licensed school.
4. A drivers license will be revoked quickly if you rack up penalty points.
5. The Uber app should be able to warn users if the driver takes a longer route than necessary.
6. AFAIK, the Uber app provides ratings for drivers and customers and both drivers and customers can be rejected beforehand by the other party.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

jeti Re:Yes. Defenitely. (190 comments)

The German supreme court ruled that any election mechanism must provide accountability in a form that is verifiable without special knowledge. The voting machines in use did not provide this feature. Other implementations combine electronic voting with a paper trail and would be acceptable. In fact we've been using paper ballots in combination with a barcode scanner to count complex elections. We can't verify the software (which is a glorified Excel sheet that allows for manual corrections anyway), but we can look over each others shoulders and we do still have a paper trail that can be verified.

about 2 months ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

jeti Re:Got mine 2 days ago. (57 comments)

And that's all that Oculus claims. According to them, you can implement experiences that make nobody sick with the DK2. The hardware is no longer to blame. But why would an experience that makes you sick in real life not make you sick when simulated?

about a month ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

jeti China likes this (186 comments)

+1

about 2 months ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

jeti Re:Useless (235 comments)

Any kind of unusual light seems to work. I've written a small app (Better Bike Light) to use my cell phone as a rear light. When I use it, cars are considerably more considerate when bypassing me. I'm not sure if they're more careful when encountering something unfamiliar or are just curious, but it seems to work.

about 3 months ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

jeti Re:Just like the DDR or the 3rd Reich never happen (103 comments)

The terms were dictated by the US. They are part of the agreements that regulate(d) the occupation of Germany (see Truppenstationierungsabkommen).

about 3 months ago

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