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

michelcolman Re:Why the asterisk? (664 comments)

On some internet connections with restrictive filters, pages containing "dirty words" are automatically blocked. Happens to me every now and then when I'm surfing at work, even on innocent sites. I did get them to whitelist Slashdot, though. Other people might not be so lucky.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

michelcolman Re:Linux, a miracle (664 comments)

And how could Apple become as good as it is? Hmmm...

2 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

michelcolman Re: Fair for All (174 comments)

Did you warn them about 9/11?

2 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

michelcolman Re:The finding (124 comments)

What's the use of that, if you have to wait 18 years for her to grow up? Unless you want a future mate for your newborn son?

3 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

michelcolman Re: Data will be anonymous? (124 comments)

And where does the money come from that pays for those ads?

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

I just checked on the Tesla forum: they just didn't update that part of the website, but most current superchargers are 120 kW right now except for a handful of early ones.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:Wow (120 comments)

OK, that little tidbit of information makes all the difference. 16kWh battery, now I'm impressed. I knew there was something missing, the record was way too underwhelming and close to actual production cars on our roads right now.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

Well, they just announced the new battery, they're not actually selling it just yet, but anyway, even if they're just below the record, with an ordinary production car that anyone with enough money can buy, I would expect a university team with a specially built car driving at constant speed to do way, way better.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

That's weird, they keep stating that figure just about everywhere (including at the top of the page, and in the FAQ lower on the page, so I'm not sure whether they are using false advertising or they simply forgot to update that line about "we will soon". It's the figure I was given on my test drive as well. I'll try to find out for sure.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

Even better, Tesla has announced a new battery to retrofit into their old roadster model, which will bring its range up to 640 km (400 miles) EPA rated range. Maybe that's at a lower speed, I'm not sure how EPA rated range is calculated, but certainly close enough to make this new record by a university team rather unimpressive. My first reaction to the summary was "isn't their a zero missing somewhere?".

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

michelcolman Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

No, that's not the future performance of their next iteration of superchargers, it's the actual performance of their current superchargers. They've got more than 150 of them now.

3 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

michelcolman Re:nice job (102 comments)

This "intelligent avatar" thing, however, is probably going to be the worst of both worlds: the slowness of human interaction (waiting for an artificially generated face to actually speak out the words instead of just skimming the text on the screen in a fraction of the time) combined with a complete lack of common sense. And of course the avatar is going to speak as slowly as possible to make sure even the most retarded passenger can understand it, etc...

I really hope they'll at least include a start screen with two options: text based or avatar. But more than likely, they'll be so proud of their incredible technological achievement that you'll have no such choice.

about a week ago
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Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

michelcolman Re:So (59 comments)

Yes, it has a "key fob" to allow anyone to steal your car as long as you are in range with the fob when they drive off (for example if you are standing next to the car). When they get out of range, the car will complain about the missing fob but will still continue to drive until you turn it off (or run out of battery). But you can use the remote control on your phone to honk the horn, lower the windows etcetera while they are driving, hopefully attracting attention to them.

(Note: this is how it worked a while ago, they might have issued an update to fix that particular issue)

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

michelcolman Re:So (59 comments)

They can't even steal it because they have access to the doors and sunroof and despite being able to enter it they can't use the ignition. Unless they can also change the PIN all they can do is to annoy people.

I'm certainly relieved that they couldn't use the ignition: imagine the mayhem the hackers could cause if they figured out how to ignite those batteries!

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

michelcolman Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

It's a new feature on the smartphone app: you could already honk the horn, open the windows and roof, and many other things. Now they added "split in half and eject driver". Very useful, I must say.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

michelcolman Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Are there really more methane-producing animals than there would be if there were no humans? Cows, buffaloes, deer, any other farting animals? I might be wrong, but it seems implausible that we would be responsible for the fact that there are now too many animals on the planet, quite the contrary. I do believe that we are responsible for the disappearance of vast amounts of forest that used to turn all these farts back into oxygen.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

michelcolman Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

In European cities, the beeper may well be 5 meters (sorry, 15 feet) from your bedroom window. So yes, you WILL hear it even while fucking. Of course it's not going to be a problem on American mega-intersections with parking lots on all sides and the nearest home miles away, but some Canadian cities are (fortunately) more like European ones.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

michelcolman Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

1. Increase of cost. Adding a pole for the near side would add cost.

Then add it to the far pole of the other side. Duh!

2. Looking down at the timer when you should probably just be looking at traffic. Alternatively, having the timer on the post with the "walk/don't walk" sign at least has you focusing near your path of travel.

Who says you have to look down? Just install it at more or less eye height so you can see it before you start to cross. Then, while crossing, you look at traffic instead of at the digits on the other side.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

michelcolman Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

And it annoys the hell out of normal hearing people, especially those living close to an intersection. Please, there's enough noise as it is.

How about a very small timer that can be read by people standing next to it, waiting to cross? There's absolutely no need for it to be readable from across the street.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

michelcolman Re:OR (579 comments)

That's a great solution, I wonder why nobody else has thought of that!

about a month ago

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Apple to use LiquidMetal for fuel cell

michelcolman michelcolman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

michelcolman (1208008) writes "Apple has been granted its first patent related to Liquidmetal, a space-age metal alloy. But the patent isn’t for a new iPad enclosure or iPhone antenna, as experts have predicted. Instead Apple’s Liquidmetal patent is for an internal component of a fuel cell. Apple’s new patent describes “amorphous alloy” collector plates for fuel cells, an electrochemical battery that uses hydrogen to generate electricity. Although the patent doesn’t reference the Liquidmetal trademark, the material is an amorphous alloy or “ metallic glass”. Last year, Apple signed an exclusive agreement to use the Liquidmetal Technologies’ IP in consumer electronic products. But of course, the ever-secretive company hasn’t hinted at its plans for the material."
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Order of importance if disaster strikes

michelcolman michelcolman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

michelcolman (1208008) writes "- Loved ones, possessions, data
- Loved ones, data, possessions
- Possessions, loved ones, data
- Possessions, data, loved ones
- Data, loved ones, possessions
- Data, possessions, loved ones"
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Poll: Which would you rather lose?

michelcolman michelcolman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

michelcolman (1208008) writes "Only counting sentimental value, not money, I would rather lose
- All my physical possessions (books, clothes, old teddy bears, house, car,...)
- All my digital data (including all backups, even in the cloud)"

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