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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

mark_reh How "giga" can it be if it's July 2014, (92 comments)

they haven't started building it yet, and it is supposed to be up and running in 2017? They're still talking about financing. Nope, NOT giga, or not ready in 2017.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mark_reh Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (728 comments)

I think it had its roots in the civil rights movement, where the key concept- that racial discrimination is bad morphed into ALL discrimination is bad including intellectual and physical ability, hence the handing out of awards to everyone for participating in an activity and the dumbing-down of school grades in a misguided effort to spare the self-esteem of the less "abled".

In a classic example, right wing Xtian nuts have seized on the recent inability to discriminate against stupid ideas and started pushing ID to be taught along side (and presumably to replace) evolution as if the two concepts were intellectually equivalent.

In this case, a crap result was called out as such. No names were mentioned, so only those who participated in producing the crap (they know who they are) had their self-esteem taken down a notch.

2 days ago

Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

mark_reh uh, (99 comments)

it smell like ASS up in here!

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mark_reh Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (728 comments)

I disagree. Political correctness of the 90s has led to today's "rule" that all opinions are valid and of equal value when anyone with a functional brain knows they are not. Linus is merely saying what ought to be said. Maybe a little public ridicule will be the motivating force to ensure that this sort of thing doesn't happen again.

Would you prefer we hand the developers an award for "participation"?

4 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

mark_reh They learned this practice from the most (281 comments)

experienced and best- Microsoft!

Every time they come out with a new OS, the old one suddenly needs security "updates" at a faster and faster rate, and for some reason, more and more of them require reboots. Likewise MS Office- they change the file formats with each release to prevent compatibility with older versions and especially compatibility with freeware office suites.

4 days ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

mark_reh Re:Cars are fast enough already (138 comments)

The army tests experimental vaccines on soldiers, has made them stand and watch nuclear blasts to see what would happen, and God only knows what else. Do you really think they're going to tell you that you suffered brain trauma?

Human brains slosh around in a bag of fluid inside the skull. That is why people still suffer traumatic brain injuries even when they wear helmets.

5 days ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

mark_reh Re:Cars are fast enough already (138 comments)

The laws of physics are symmetric and apply equally to the people in the car and outside the car. The last thing you want is to stop a car dead at any speed.

OK, so the car has airbags to protect the occupants. Do you really want all the air bags going off every time a car is within striking distance (whatever that means) of a pedestrian or bicycle? There is no airbag between your brain and the inside of your skull. THAT is the real problem that needs to be solved.

I'd say what really needs to be focused on is educating people not to walk in front of cars.

about a week ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

mark_reh The trouble with this is that we'd only find other (95 comments)

species as stupid as we are.

Maybe when they come to earth looking for food they'll leave us alone because we wallow in our own poo.

about a week ago

The Psychology of Phishing

mark_reh How are they outmarketing the experts? (128 comments)

That's easy. They don't care about laws that are intended to protect people from "legitimate" marketers. When you don't worry about the law you can literally do and say whatever you want.

New news:
Bank robbers withdraw more money from banks than they have in their accounts!

about a week ago

Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

mark_reh Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (91 comments)

How long do you think you'll keep your pass phrase secret when one of the government sanctioned torturers tightens the screws on your thumbs?

You can't protect your data from the government any more than all the gun "enthusiasts" in the US can protect themselves from the government with their guns. The government ALWAYS has ways and means beyond what any individual or even any group can muster.

about a week ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

mark_reh I gave up a long time ago. (710 comments)

At this point, considering the inability of congress to get anything done, maybe all those people who believe the scientists about AGW have come to the conclusion that it's too late to do anything about it and have given up. Or maybe they realize that changing their personal lifestyle is nothing compared to the size of the problem.

I lived in Phoenix for a while. Golf courses everywhere. No water anywhere. Billboards reminding me to use less water everywhere. The message I got was that I should feel guilty about every drop of water I used so a bunch of rich a-holes who spend their winters in Phoenix could have more water to dump onto their golf courses. AGW is a lot like that.

The change has to start with the most visible and egregious offenders. Then people will see that there's something going on that they should be concerned about and will modify life style en masse. The only way to deal with the most visible and egregious offenders is via the law. Unfortunately, those offenders have money and use it to keep congress in a perpetual state of suspended animation, because it is through their offense that they make their money.

about two weeks ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

mark_reh Was this article posted by a 12 year old girl? (106 comments)

I don't understand what's "creepy" about any of it.

You want creepy? Seat belts are CREEPY- they touch one of your boobs! Eeeeeeeewwwwwww!

about two weeks ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

mark_reh Re: Scare story (131 comments)

Their "teeths" fall out because of multiple factors. They don't take care of them, they tend to drink a lot of soda and eat a lot of candy bars instead of eating actual food. They are often subjected to violence that results in traumatic damage to teeth. Other than trauma, the damage occurs over a period of months to years and they can see what is happening in a mirror as it happens, but the attraction of the drug is so powerful they can't stop. I occasionally see them and extract some or all of their teeth. Their visit is usually precipitated by pain or by an attempt at rehabilitation.

about three weeks ago

CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

mark_reh Big government at its worst! (89 comments)

The handling of deadly disease agents should be privatized and put into the hands of industry as soon as possible! Let the free market solve the problem!

about three weeks ago

A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

mark_reh WoW! (55 comments)

"A one-second delay can still seem like an eternity for a quantum computing machine capable of running calculations in mere millionths of a second."


Um, last time I looked, most microcontroller chips could make calculations in "mere millionths of a second".

about three weeks ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

mark_reh Re:won't work (155 comments)

I think Amazon's drones are going to stay close to the ground. Limited battery capacity means flights have to be short, especially carrying 5lb payloads. It seems more likely that a truck will pull into a neighborhood, open the doors and release a bunch of drones to drop packages for that neighborhood. They will then return to the truck and be driven to the next neighborhood where the process will be repeated.

Unless they come up with nuclear power, that's going to be the limit of their use.

The problem is that a 5 lb payload traveling at 50mph can do a lot of damage if it hits something, to say nothing of the damage the whirling blades could do. A 5 lb package dropped from 1000' would certainly kill someone.

These drones won't be used in rural areas because of the distance between delivery locations. They won't be very practical in urban areas because of the density of people and other things that could get damaged. They are best suited to suburban neighborhoods where potential delivery sites are close, but not too close, and power lines, etc., are minimal.

I don't think Amazon is overly concerned about people shooting at delivery drones. I'm sure they'd lose a few to gun "enthusiasts", and those stories will certainly make headline news because the press is stupid and gives gun "enthusiasts" publicity anytime they demand it by doing something stupid with a gun, but there are existing laws that cover shooting guns in populated areas and after a few get arrested, others may be discouraged from engaging in unsafe behavior.

about three weeks ago



Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."

How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"



For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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