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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.

2 days 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)

4 days 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!

4 days 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 two 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

michelcolman 60, 85 or P85? (73 comments)

The same power as 17 Teslas in a golf ball, I wonder what range you get out of one of those.

about three weeks ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

michelcolman Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

At times when the renewables production spikes, the electricity is "sold" at negative prices - i.e. whoever takes it, gets paid.

Why would suppliers provide electricity at negative prices? Can't they just waste it somehow, just install a bunch of resistors in a big swimming pool and run the excess electricity through there?

Of course storing it for later use, for example by pumping up water that can be routed through turbines later, would be even better but would also require a serious investment. But certainly from the provider's point of view, simply wasting it is better than selling at negative prices?

about three weeks ago
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Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

michelcolman Re:Easy (78 comments)

Yes, that's a different law: if a headline ends in a question mark, the author of the article got everything backwards.

about a month ago
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Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

michelcolman Re:Easy (78 comments)

If the sound makes sense as words in some language then it is playing forwards.

Except for certain Prince songs.

about a month ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

michelcolman Re:This is the final nail in the coffin of Fuel Ce (216 comments)

It will be 800 km in "extended cruise mode", meaning constant low speed, the way car manufacturers used to measure range before better standards were invented. In other words, they're cheating. Actual real world range will be about the same as a Tesla S 85.

about a month ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

michelcolman Re:Why does the post fail to mention the real pric (216 comments)

Only just: a model S 60 is $69,900. And I imagine refilling with hydrogen at a gas station will cost a fair bit more than plugging in at home, making the Tesla cheaper and much easier to operate.

The S 60 has 2/3 the range of that concept FCV (208 miles vs. 300 according to Wikipedia), certainly way more than a fifth as stated in the article, and for $10,000 more you get an S 85 with a 265 mile range.

about a month ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

michelcolman Re:Why does the post fail to mention the real pric (216 comments)

Actually, it goes about the same distance. When they say "5 times the range of an electric car", they are probably comparing with their own abysmal electric carts. According to Wikipedia, the Toyota FCV concept will actually have a range of 480 km (300 miles) which is pretty close to that of a Model S 85 (426 km according to the same Wikipedia article, assuming it uses the same method of range measurement).

And you can't fill it up in your own home, and a refill will cost more, etc...

Nope, I'm not getting one.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

michelcolman Re:Bad idea (275 comments)

But as long as you keep more than 50% of the shares, you still have full control of the company, right? As long as you don't mislead the shareholders (which might lead to lawsuits) and make it clear from the start that this is a long term company which is just taking shareholders along for the ride without them having anything to say, what are the risks for SpaceX?

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

michelcolman Re:Bad idea (275 comments)

What I don't get is: who cares about hedge fund managers? Just do an IPO for the general public, small investors all over the world are more than eager to pour their money into SpaceX, they are literally asking him for it! Sure, it's a risky investment, and Elon's primary objective doesn't seem to be profit, but why say no to all that crazy excited volunteer funding? Unless he really has all the money he needs right now and wouldn't have any efficient use for more?

about a month ago
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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

michelcolman Re:Wind chill on a space suit? (110 comments)

Maybe the blood doesn't actually boil, but you may get the bends (vapour bubbles forming in your blood) which will probably be lethal.

about a month and a half ago
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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

michelcolman Wind chill on a space suit? (110 comments)

Wind chill works because of evaporation on the skin, right? I don't think anyone is going to be walking around on Mars outside a biosphere, in a T-shirt. If you're wearing a space suit, wind chill is totally irrelevant or am I missing something?

about a month and a half 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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