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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

kilodelta Re:More Range Needed (117 comments)

A friend has a Ford Fiesta with the 1.6L engine. Probably the same one on Ford's shelf since the early 80's. It gets about 340 miles to a tankful of gas. So 300 miles on a charge isn't a stretch. It's just recharge times have to approximate gas refuel times.

4 days ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kilodelta Here in Providence, RI (507 comments)

All first responders from cops to firefighters all carry Naloxone for heroin overdose.

Which is proactive in my opinion. But the problem exists even here. We've had a number of heroin overdoses the last few years that resulted in death. Now that there's a treatment available people no longer need to fear the first responders so much.

4 days ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

kilodelta Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

Actually where I live it's 250V split to 125V sides.

about two weeks ago

Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

kilodelta All I want to know is (214 comments)

When can I have my flying car. The one with no wings.

about two weeks ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

kilodelta I'll stay here in the northeast (49 comments)

Why - we had our seismic events millions of years ago. That's why. Big old mountains to my north and the city I live in is comprised of many hills.

On occasion we do get little 2-4 range tremblors though. Back in 2011 or so we were in the office and all felt a swaying sensation. We all noticed but after noticing just went back to what we were doing.

about two weeks ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

kilodelta It's because (125 comments)

Windows 8 is a flaming piece of excrement. Even Microsoft sort of admits it by the rumor that support for Windows 7 ends in six months. That's to try to push people to upgrade to Windows 8. It's gonna be egg on their faces because this is now at least 4 times MS has done this to a user community.

And I've seen the sneak shots for Windows 9. The Start button is back bitches!

about two weeks ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

kilodelta Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

Ha - buy a Ford vehicle. That Sync - it's a Microsoft product too. Which explains a hell of a lot.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kilodelta Re:What? (753 comments)

I was thinking along the very same lines. The whole black market economy will either disappear or be willing to be positively identified.

And as it exists at this moment I rarely visit merchants who don't accept plastic. If I have to go out of my way to seek out an ATM to get cash you lose the sale.

And as someone pointed out this makes the criminal economy suffer in the long run.

about three weeks ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

kilodelta Re:LOL @ gullible fools (170 comments)

A pretty good swath of the population of the U.S. is essentially as dumb as a box of rocks.

So it's pretty easy to see how they could be manipulated into supporting something that was not in their best interest.

about 1 month ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

kilodelta Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

Back in the mid 2000's I managed to snag a C Class block of IP's for a government agency. They still hold it now. The reality though even though we had the full 8 bits at the end to play with, we only used about 15 addresses.

about 2 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

kilodelta Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

But here's the thing about the industry in general. The outrageous taxi scheme goes away one autonomous vehicles are predominant. Just whistle up a car and it takes you where you need to go. No more human to have to pay, no more of that.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

kilodelta Re:Liability (474 comments)

You make an extremely important point about infringement. In essence proof goes out the window when any Tom, Dick and Harry can use your access point.

And this is sort of a bad move on the part of Comcast. If my provider, Cox were to do that I'd promptly get toss their router and put my own in with full up protection.

about 2 months ago

Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

kilodelta Re:Cash and checks (117 comments)

I tend to use a business debit card. Has essentially the same liability limits a credit card does. Better yet - my bank is proactive. All I have to do is call and dispute charges and I'm sent a new card a couple days later. Works great.

about 2 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

kilodelta I'm working on a political campaign in RI (626 comments)

I'm the Data Analyst/Advisor. Lately more the latter than the former. I'm working on democrat Todd Giroux's campaign for Governor.

He and I have had discussions about two things - recreational cannabis and autonomous vehicles and the impact it would have on law enforcement and corrections. Plus the tax advantages were RI to legalize recreationa cannabis before our neighbors. I also gave him a simple formula to ensure RI's sales tax remains competitive - take MA and CT rates, sum and average - then subtract 1 from the result. We'll ALWAYS be lower than either of the two states. And even in a race to the bottom - we still win.

about 2 months ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

kilodelta With a couple billion in investment (449 comments)

The copper plant is still usable. Taking the bridge taps off means you can sling data pretty fast and far over a copper twisted pair.

I say if they want to walk away let groups use it for their purposes. For example, it'd be a good backhaul for a little data project I want to do in my district.

about 4 months ago

Aaron Swartz and MIT: The Inside Story

kilodelta I can just imagine (106 comments)

That the MIT IT people must have been frazzled about this. I've been in similar situations and my answer pretty much echoes theirs in that I too told them so.

But the case against the kid did i fact have several exploitable holes in it. That whole guest access thing. I've been in places where we've had to have public access. I made sure that the screws were torqued tight regarding security on those public machines. You could get on the web but you were blocked off from things the content manager didn't like, and you could print. That's it.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used In Targeted Attacks

kilodelta More interesting (88 comments)

Is that Google is the one exposin the flaws in Microsoft office. I've recently ditched all things Microsoft. Went over to the dark side, Ubuntu. Why not? It has all the applications and functionality I had on my ancient XP laptop plus a whole lot more. Plus it comes bundled with Firefox and Thunderbird which I was using on my XP box to begin with. All I had to do was copy over my documents, music and profiles for both and I got everything back. And Libre office has come a very long way. Plus I have my NNTP reader, my astronomy program, it's all pretty sweet.

about 4 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

kilodelta If we had a kid(s) (278 comments)

If we chose to have kids I'd certainly help them. Why? Because during my education I received what I consider a quality education. More in the math and sciences though I do enough editing of manuscripts and such that I could probably get them used to the right way of doing it and have many aruments with teachers.

But on the math side, I'm all over the common standards movement. To the point where I read the standards for math and agree with most of it and also added that we should start in 2nd or 3rd grade teaching kid alternative numbering systems like binary, octal, and hexadecimal. Once you learn the symbols for them it's easy.

about 4 months ago

China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

kilodelta Oh well (131 comments)

They can get the rover to the Moon but they can't get it to work. Meanwhile the United States has successfully put four rovers down on Mars without much issue. Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. All of them deployed successfully and in the cases of Opportunity and Spirit both performed WELL beyond expectations.

And Curiosity is doing a bang up job too. I guess it sucks that the Chinese spies couldn't infiltrate the groups that developed those rovers.

about 6 months ago


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