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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

jordan_robot Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

What? The labor associated with AL fabrication is generally less than steel for production runs. Generally a machine shop that can work steel can and will work aluminum. It machines much quicker and is easier on tooling. Welding can take a bit longer than steel, but generally only when done by hand -- and I imagine they're reducing the number of welds to as few as possible. On a project like that you'd cast most of your complex parts or do fastened assemblies rather than welding. That said aluminum material costs more lb per lb than steel, and you'll need more AL material to match a functionally identical steel part. You'll also probably spend more engineering time on aluminum, but that's more of a 1-time fixed cost anyways.

about 5 months ago
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How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

jordan_robot Re:won't matter for 90% (192 comments)

Data lines are always sold at a loss.

So they're being dishonest. You sell me a car that you say drives at 150 mph, I expect the car can go to 150 mph. I understand that it won't run at 150 mph every second I'm driving, but there are a lot of people that never see the speeds advertised.

You don't have to feel sorry for us in the telecom industry, but we're certainly not raking in huge profits at your expense as many seem to think. My industry is dying.

Bullshit. Looking at the past five years of financial data, I see that the big cable companies' value and returns have increased in leaps and bounds.

about 7 months ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

jordan_robot Re:Depends on if it is in aggregate. (93 comments)

I bet that same TOS also states that FitBit has the right to change the TOS at any time.

about 7 months ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

jordan_robot Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

The poster I responded was essentially arguing that the US should not be engaged in military action to defend itself as long as disease killed more people. It was a nonsense argument whether you apply it to national defense or law enforcement, which is what I was demonstrating.

Whoa, whoa. Don't you put words in my mouth; I never said anything of the sort. Full stop.

All I did was re-print some fatality statistics that showed the numbers argument is worthless when justifying the war on terror. I didn't think my brevity would be taken to mean so much more.

Honestly, you can blast the shit out of [actual] terrorists and I'll cheer, go get em & godspeed. But to state that the reaction to 9/11 and other terrorist attacks is proportionate to the amount of lives and money lost is just not true. If it were, at least some of the other more significant causes of fatalities and monetary loss would have more of a reaction than 9/11. Its not about the numbers, it is about the reaction to being violated. Its about revenge, and making the disproportionate response known... the cost of such future attacks outweigh any benefit.

And the putz thing was a bit too much. My apologies, I'm sure you're not a penis.

about a year and a half ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

jordan_robot Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

I can't let this go.

Estimated US deaths due to alcohol: 80,000... per year. The estimated economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption (in 2006) were $223.5 billion

Lets look at some other numbers from the CDC on deaths in 2010...
Heart disease: 597,689
Cancer: 574,743
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
Diabetes: 69,071
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

Homicide: 16,259.
Motor Vehicular-related: 32,885

So don't go on about how the Afghanistan campaign is proportionate. You look like a putz.

about a year and a half ago
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Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheels Show Damage

jordan_robot Re:Fun fact (78 comments)

Really look at the wheels; they are actually a very well designed machine component. The main design strengths are graceful degradation (inherently long working life), and an excellent balance of material conservation/functionality . A breakdown follows:

1. The center ribs of the wheel are the first structural element, transmitting the forces exerted on the wheel to the hub.

2. The treads are thicker material that provide several functions: provide traction, transmit the forces from the wheels' skin to the center ribs, and lend structure to the center ribs.

3. The skin of the wheel looks to be slightly cambered. Bending the skin of the wheel in such a manner actually creates a suprisingly stable structure that is also slighly flexible. That slight flex means the wheel will survive impacts better a very rigid arrangement. The thin skin also reduces weight. As the wheel skin is dented and punctured, it actually will provide better traction as time goes on. Even when the skin finally begins "fall apart" the arrangement of the tread ribs and center ribs will continue to work as a fully functional "wheel".

These wheels would work even if there weren't any skin on them, they just wouldn't work as long.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

jordan_robot Reality (422 comments)

Just remember that everything you really need... they'll value-engineer out.

more than 2 years ago
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Earth Officially Home To 7 Billion Humans

jordan_robot Solution (473 comments)

I've A Modest Proposal, if you've an ear to listen...

more than 3 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

jordan_robot Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

First, your entire discussion of "dB" is meaningless without an additional "unit". dB, by and of itself, is a baseless unit. It's dBSPL, or dBm, or even the cheat-of-all-cheats, dBu. But NEVER just dB.

You're just plain wrong. In audio plain-jane decibels are useful as a relative measurement of levels. I'm a sound designer and my colleagues and I use them regularly. Even if 1dB and 120dB weren't already defined in an human aural context (which they are, look it up) -- he provides the dynamic range as -90 to 0. All of the sudden the unit-less dB is useful as a comparison of levels in reference to the stated range.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

jordan_robot Re:No rage, just a lost customer. (722 comments)

Frankly, I am surprised that so many of my fellow geeks who are presumably my age or even younger are throwing such a fit over fucking DVDs in 2011.

Clue up buddy. That's probably because many people find the streaming selection to be anemic. Also note the constant swapping of available streaming content (not adding to, but swapping). Netflix knows many people will be split between an instantly available (but crappy selection) stream and slow to arrive (but great selection) dvds. They're betting on more than half keeping both services so that Netflix at least breaks even, I'm sure the goal is that more than half will keep both services.

Myself, I'm quitting NF, partially because of the money, but mostly because they blatently lied when they announced the fee hikes. Fuck that, we've got enough to deal with in life without adding more liars to the mix.

more than 3 years ago
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Digital Generation Rediscovers Analog Wristwatches

jordan_robot Re:Steam-punk appeal (505 comments)

Only women and children lack beards.

I see you haven't met my mother.

more than 3 years ago
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Digital Generation Rediscovers Analog Wristwatches

jordan_robot Re:Steam-punk appeal (505 comments)

If you know how to use them they just may give you a smoother shave than a 5 bladed modern disposable, they do for me (though I've recently switched to a safety razor to save time on upkeep.) Straight razors also cut down on razor-burn and shaving related skin reactions; the single blade doesn't tend to aggravate sensitive skin the way 4, 5, 6 or 7 do. They're also cheaper than disposables in (savings become apparent relatively soon.) Also, they may inspire a manly "screw the corporate-pig-dogs" sort of feeling.

more than 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

jordan_robot Re:Really bad idea. (1173 comments)

Sounds exactly like New Haven, CT.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

jordan_robot Re:Following Google to Stupidity (591 comments)

...they added firefox sync, which is really nice, other than it doesn't work.

Please expound on this. I have no trouble using firefox's sync across over 5 computers, running debian, os x, and windows 7.

Or I could just sum it up with a [citation needed].

more than 3 years ago
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Imagining the CLI For the Modern Machine

jordan_robot Re:GUI and CLUI: Two Great Tastes ... (317 comments)

Agreed. I've been wanting this for a while; sort of like an autocad cli interface for the os (which is imho one of the most efficient interfaces ever). Unfortunately, my programming skills are limited to scripting languages, basic C and lisp. I have very little idea where to start to implement a true system like this. And that's just at the system level, it doesn't even get into making this interface work with other applications. The best I can think is to hack a macro system that sends keypresses to the application in question, but having to change focus back and forth would be a pain. And the most beneficial aspects of this system (specifying specific values for certain commands) would be impractical to send to the application. Add to that many application commands and tools don't have shortcut key equivalents. If anyone else has other thoughts, please let them be known.

more than 3 years ago
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US Ed Dept Demanding Principals Censor More

jordan_robot Re:Ludicrous (493 comments)

People with minds that weak typically do fall quite early...

Wow, you're either trolling, or you're a bigot.

more than 3 years ago

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