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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

matfud Re:Texas? (172 comments)

DU is only a slightly radioactive heavy metal. It is pretty safe and easy to handle. Sort of like lead is.

That is until you shoot it at someone and it burns and fragments and does all sorts of nasty stuff to spread itself around. :P
(sorry I just had to add to your comment; in that is is mostly safe but as with most materials it depends on what you do with it)

about a week ago

California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

matfud Re:Texas! (172 comments)

California did have lots of oil and to some extent does but there are reasons why they do not want the crap load of problems it caused

about a week ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

matfud Re:So who pays who? (234 comments)

For a company like L3 it won't matter much either way as the data providers that they link to the data consumers are spread around thier network and peers. So thier data haluage is probably fairly well balanced. Thier peering with consumer ISPs is highly biased but also distributed pretty well around thier network in most places.

about a week ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

matfud Re:So instead of "free" why don't they say "covere (309 comments)

In the US if you use a bar or cafe or reasturant you ARE expected to pay the waiting staff separately from the cost of the product you purchase (Tip). In many other countries a tip is for good service (above and beyond). Not part of the staff wages.

about two weeks ago

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

matfud Re:haha. they call if "charging the battery" (363 comments)

Yep I have no idea what the cost would be. Processing ores is expensive. recycling Al is much cheaper.
But the current cost of Al gives an upper bound on the costs of "recharging" this battery.
  It is not that expensive as a raw material.

Maufacturing it into the battery will cost more but the cost vs enery required to make it is pretty good.

about 2 months ago

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

matfud Re:haha. they call if "charging the battery" (363 comments)

It is $240 ish dollars to buy 100kg of billet aluminium so less then $240 dollars worth of electricity to make that (and lots of that will come from ore not recycled aluminium)

about 2 months ago

Tiniest Linux COM Yet?

matfud Re:Java (76 comments)

iButtons still seem to be popular in Point of sales systems (for staff authentication. But those are little more then a unique id in iButton format.

I have a couple of TINI's around here somewhere. Lots of IO options. Even ethernet (albiet very slow) not bad for a decade old 8 bit microcontroller (with some 32 bit internal extensions)

A lot of smartcards of almost any kind run java. Mostly beacuse of dumb mobile phones with enabled apps on the smartcard (not what you would call apps nowdays:). Orginially written in C for a variety of sim based processors they moved to standardise on java.

Most C&P bank cards have had them for the last 5 years

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

matfud Re:I don't understand what is so difficult about i (483 comments)

That is not ironic. That is a sad state of afairs.

A) people who know how to execute people with life saving drugs do not want to.
B) people selling those drugs want to make money (and perhaps even help people) and can't if they have to jump through hoops to stop the drugs being used for executions.
C) It reall does not look good if the state buys said drugs on the black market to ensure they keep on schedule.

D) so now they have less qualifed people and less knowledge and are making mistakes? well no shit. Perhaps they should stop until they figure it out.

E) Mandating the electric chair if drug supplies are not tennable seems to be unbelivebly warped.

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

matfud Re:I don't understand what is so difficult about i (483 comments)

Not quite correct. Companies in the EU can not provide the drugs if they can not show that they are not being used for executions.

The last american company that manufactured thiopental manufactured it in Italy. They could no longer make that guarentee so they stopped making it. It is still manufactured by other companies although it has mostly been surplaced by drugs that are not quite so difficult to manufacture and store. It does still have uses in induced comas though (and as a truth drug in yet other countries)

It is not banned from being imported to the US. It just has to be very carefully tracked and cannot be sold for the purpose of exeution.

It is one of the drugs used for Euthenasia in some countries.

about 2 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

matfud Re:Proposal - (584 comments)

Back then a rag tag bunch of well armed citizens were no such thing. They were well organised militias and were getting soundly thrashed by bristish forces.
That changed when France and Spain openly joined the war in 1778ish (rather than just supplying weapons and training to the americans as they had previously been doing)

And it was more than just a war for american independence it was a world war in many respects as it involved the dutch, french, spanish and british empires.

It followed on after a breif haietus from the Seven years' war and the Anglo Spainsih war that also involved most of the european empires and were also contested in North America.

So no "The patriot" is not historically accurate.

about 2 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

matfud Re:Proposal - (584 comments)

Warped view of american history 101?

about 2 months ago

Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

matfud Re:selling ads are a separate issue (465 comments)

Well that is a big part of it (The US has an "equal time" rule I belive)
Another part of it is that you can not run overtly negative advertising against anyone. Party politial broadcasts can to a certain extent diss thier opponents but only within thier own claims. And there is that guarenteed right of reply. Third parties (not politically associated), as we do have legitimate third fouth and so on parties, can not make adverts for or against anyone. If they do they end up being billed to the pro party or in court to find out who funded them to discredit the offeded party (yes this can take a long while to be sorted out but it can be very damning and, as I said earlier, media do not want to be tangled up in that so they only marginally break the rules behind this.

Well they could. It just ends up in court a long time after it is relevant.

Now that does not hinder the press as they can and do pick up on things and tell everyone they know about it in print and on the internet. Even on the news and talk shows.

But It leaves parties and canditates very skitish as they could be billed with the cost of whatever happened and that will be auditied as part of thier election campaign.

Convoluted? Yeh. But this is the UK so Most things are and it sort of acceives its goals. Cant say if those are good goals as the bribry is now hidden but the election funding is there to see.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

matfud Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (702 comments)

It is working then as it is proudly saying that it is not working. Try wiggling the SIM or a different SIM.

I never got any of mine to say that. They just did not break (apart from the plastic covers flying off (clip them back on or buy a new bling set for pennies)

You may actually have broken one. I am humbled Sir as that is quite an impressive feat.

about 3 months ago

Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

matfud Re:12 years of Clinton in the White House got us h (465 comments)

I live in the UK.
Campain financing is regulated and audited. Also adverts in any media can be examined and used for procecution.
It is sort of this.
Any advert promoting a candidate or party must be credited to that candiate/party and hence on thier books for money. Any advert credited to a party MUST be given a right of response (If your whatever can fork out the money you must be given equal advertising to respond no matter which candidate/party you are running for).
If you or anyone else runs adverts that diss the opposition then the producer may end up in court (negative advertising is not allowed).

It sort of works for mainstream media (TV/Radio) and oddly is not often abused. It is terribly complex though. Thankfully it does not cover local drives. The internet is handled on a case by case basis with nothing done for blogs and what have you.

As I said it is not a great system but as mass media (TV/Radio) became popular it was deemed that the owners of those media could not be allowed to block parties/candidates from the ability to respond to any "Party political broadcast".

about 3 months ago

Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

matfud Re: 'Bout time (210 comments)

Yep I've seen the same silly argument.
Europe wide the only thing that has changed is that the retailer is now responsible for any fraud using C&P cards if they are not used as C&P (say just swiped as that is the normal fallback). Non C&P cards (such as amerians visiting) are still the liability of the card processor/bank.
The client has never been responsible for fraud. Although I think there is a lower limit for credit cards they normally wave it unless the item was very expensive. But that is a slightly different set of liabilites then you have with debit cards.

about 3 months ago



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