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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

mattack2 Re: How many really make $140k ? (169 comments)

Quality of life tends to be higher?

Wait, those other places have *weather* and I can't wear shorts all year round.. That's supposed to be higher?

3 hours ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

mattack2 Re:google is a search engine (141 comments)

Who gets to decide what is "better for society"?

Society does. Society makes laws, and people are expected to follow those laws, whether or not they believe in them personally, or face the consequences. If they disagree, they should get the laws changed, and not simply break them.

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

mattack2 Re:"Always on" may be a lie (99 comments)

If you're on iOS, you do realize you can turn OFF automatic app updates, right? (I don't remember for sure if the default is on or off.. Settings->General->Background App Refresh. There's a global on/off, plus you can turn on/off each app.)

10 hours ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

mattack2 Re:Too many discrite components (155 comments)

Does that mean all we have to do is make the next music player out of a million discrete 74xx IC and we will get a write up saying how good our product is?

You'll probably sell a ton to the bozos buying vinyl, tube amps, and expensive cables, because they think they're better.

3 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

mattack2 Re:Value (155 comments)

I'd say that's actually WORSE for the consumer, since now I'm sort of subsidizing the premium model, and not getting the benefit.

I'd expect the lower cost models to cost significantly less to make!

3 days ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

mattack2 Re:All jokes aside (77 comments)

A mushroom walks into a bar.

The bartender says "We don't serve your kind here."

The mushrooms says "Why not, I'm a fungi."

3 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

mattack2 Song (154 comments)

OK, who thought of this song first upon reading the summary?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

(I have no idea which of the versions listed I've heard.. maybe the Muppet show.. but it's one of those songs where I definitely haven't seen the _original_, or at least not in its entirety, but still know the song.)

4 days ago
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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

mattack2 Re:You're reinventing the wheel there hoss (97 comments)

If, however, you're gullible enough to buy a cordless electrical device with a non-user-replaceable battery, when you know perfectly well that the battery will almost certainly be the first thing to fail, well then that's *your* problem.

Many electric razors have a regular consumer rechargeable battery (e.g. AA) *soldered in*. Sigh.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

mattack2 PETA vs Greenpeace, FIGHT! (367 comments)

Let them fight it out.

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

mattack2 Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Tesla is out to prove that EV's are a viable alternative to ICE cars. Which thus far every other auto maker has failed miserably to do.

Absolutely false. I am using an electric car as my car. I do _own_ another car, but the only times I have driven it are a couple of times to make sure it keeps running. I should sell it now that I realize I don't have "range anxiety" like everyone fears.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

mattack2 Re:Awesome (283 comments)

We need electric cars for the masses not the classes.

They already exist. Nissan Leaf. Smart electric. Fiat 500e. Chevy Spark. Probably a zillion more I haven't mentioned. I own one of the 2nd one I listed.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

mattack2 Re:Autonomy (283 comments)

Transporters. Just the standing on the spot and the transporter engineer guy pushing the lever takes a couple of seconds.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

mattack2 Re:Your assumptions are stupid (252 comments)

Solar is already possible, wind is already possible, electric cars already exist... etc..

Just because they're not the majority of energy production/usage today doesn't mean it's not possible to use a lot more of them in the future.

(BTW, I'm probably far more "right wing" than you are in many areas.)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mattack2 Re:Really? (294 comments)

temporarily increasing your bandwidth

So that's different from what they actually advertise, speeding up the first X megabytes or whatever? (I _think_ that's what Xfinity Blast is, but I can't actually find a description on their site at the moment.)

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

mattack2 Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

I'm happy to suspend disbelief for a good show. Scorpion is not a good show. It's impossible to suspend that much disbelief for the junk they threw at us.

The first episode was AWFUL. I think it has gotten better since then, though. It is absolutely not "great", but is a somewhat enjoyable "dumb action show".. I think "Person of Interest" is a better show, but both are completely ridiculous technologically, but they're both enjoyable "dumb action shows".

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

mattack2 Re:Inter-species communication (152 comments)

Actually, that's speculation on your part. Because WE don't understand it, it doesn't mean it's mimicry. Since dolphins do indeed seem to have language, names and definitely can understand sentence structures (as we do), it's more likely your speculation is wrong.

But that doesn't mean that a dolphin can understand the _language_ and _sentence structures_ of whales.. (this story was actually about the reverse, whales mimicing dolphins.. but the hypothesis goes both ways.)

Even if it can mimic the sounds of the other species, it doesn't mean it understands it and can have a two way conversation. If further proof happens that this is possible, that would be awesome.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

mattack2 Re:You don't purchase back leased cars (126 comments)

That is why a car can be repossessed in 5 minutes, a house can take 60 days to a year to take away from you. (among other reasons)

I know you were talking about leasing, but it's been in the news recently about people with cars that were shut off remotely for late payment of car loans have been threatening to sue due to laws in some states about a loan not being delinquent for 30 days, yet the car would be remotely turned off within a few days of the "due date" on the monthly payment.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

mattack2 Re:A lease on a CPO might be interesting... (126 comments)

No, you're not just moving the pollution.

A central power plant can/does have far better air scrubbing technology than your ICE. It can also run more efficiently, putting out less pollution for the same amount of power.

Also, it _could_ (I'm not saying this is actually the case) be in a more remote location, where fewer people are as directly affected, even after the above benefits are still in place. (No, I am not meaning this to be a NIMBY argument, it's an "around fewer people in general" argument.)

Vaguely similar to how compact fluorescent bulbs _reduced_ the amount of mercury in the environment, even though they themselves have a bit of mercury, because the reduced electricity used caused less mercury to be emitted at the power plants compared to the energy required to run incandescent lights.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

mattack2 Re:A lease on a CPO might be interesting... (126 comments)

I actually wouldn't mind owning an electric, price is the primary issue right now.

OK, you're admittedly talking about Teslas here, so you're likely looking for luxury and/or the very long range of Teslas.

However, if price really is the primary issue, and you *don't* need the huge range or luxury, some of the lowest end electric cars are under $200/month (I think some significantly under) for lease price.

I bought my smart electric, and after fed & state rebates, it was about $16500, including tax.

about two weeks ago

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