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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

michelcolman Re: Do the math (334 comments)

I highly doubt they're importing it at 220V. More likely thousands of volts, which are then transformed to whatever voltage they want.

4 days ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

michelcolman Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

New processes? Training and SOPs to tick the (existing) box "enable WPA2" and enter a password?

4 days ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

michelcolman Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

That's like saying "I'm not going to lock my door because thieves know how to pick locks anyway". Very bad argument if you ask me.

Jeez, the system they used actually supported WPA2, all they had to do was tick a box and choose a password. Sure, maybe that will be cracked one day, too. But it will certainly take more expertise than just listening to data that's transmitted in the clear.

4 days ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

michelcolman Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

And how exactly would a simple password result in a higher price?

They are using standard IP software (as evidenced by the fact that the "attackers" could join without the slightest effort), and I'm sure that software has the option of requiring a password to join the network. All they had to do is tick the box, pick a password, and hardcode the password into the traffic lights software. I know, not the best solution, but surely better than using no password at all.

So don't tell me cost was the reason. Basic negligence (and possibly bad intentions, hoping for a new juicy contract for an "improved" system once someone exploits it) are the real reasons.

5 days ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

michelcolman Re:I'd love to be in his class (179 comments)

Sure confirms the old saying: Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

about a week ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

michelcolman Re:What? (131 comments)

I just hope that that article was satirical.

about two weeks ago
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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

michelcolman Re: Playback at 24 FPS. (94 comments)

Would make one hell of an art project, I guess.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

michelcolman Re:Different colors (267 comments)

My two eyes see different colors. This is actually quite weird and I wonder if that affects other people...

Since you asked: no, it doesn't bother me in the slightest that you have this problem.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

michelcolman Re:Musk brilliant engineer, marketing dumbass (122 comments)

The other auto makers already have this technology and are doing practically nothing with it. Elon thought the biggest risk to his company was other companies joining the race and pushing Tesla out of business. The opposite has happened, none of the big auto companies is really interested.

The problem is that, right now, electric cars are incredibly expensive to develop and produce. Lots of new technology is needed to make them efficient enough to have a practical range, and batteries are very expensive. The old auto companies have sure tried to make a few practical, sort of not too expensive small electric cars but few people were buying them because they were too expensive for what they offered. Elon's approach actually made a lot more sense:

1. Develop the basic technology by marketing a toy roadster car for very rich people with undoubtedly an enormous profit margin to pay back the development costs as quickly as possible and pave the way for the next car. Forget about the middle class, they are not going to pay 50% extra just to have an electric car. Rich people will gladly pay this and more for a "toy" to show off to their friends.
2. Using the money and gained credibility from that roadster, make a more practical model which is still very expensive but also desirable for the rich. Again, rich people is where the money is. They also don't care much about teething problems in the early cars because they are much too proud about showing off the technology and the incredible performance of their car.
3. Once you reach enough volume with these cars, start working on an actual, affordable car. With the volume of the earlier models, battery prices have come down and you can even afford building an enormous new battery plant. NOW building affordable electric cars becomes feasible.

In my humble opinion, this was a brilliant way of doing it. As long as electric cars are much more expensive than internal combustion engine cars, the masses simply won't go for them.

about three weeks ago
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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

michelcolman Re:Doesn't surprise me (81 comments)

Well, at least it's one of them. I read they were already going to break ground in multiple locations while waiting for the final decision and approval. So this doesn't mean that the actual factory will be built there. Quite a bold trade-off, actually, wasting some money by starting to build in several places that may end up not being used, just to avoid having to wait for politicians to make up their minds. Elon doesn't like to waste time.

And who knows, those locations may end up housing gigafactories as well, just at a later time.

about a month ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

michelcolman Re:planet (46 comments)

Actually, it should be the off-world driving record for vehicles originating from earth.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

michelcolman Re:Why the asterisk? (739 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.

about 1 month ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

michelcolman Re:Linux, a miracle (739 comments)

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

about 1 month ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

michelcolman Re: Fair for All (175 comments)

Did you warn them about 9/11?

about 1 month ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

michelcolman Re:The finding (125 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?

about a month ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

michelcolman Re: Data will be anonymous? (125 comments)

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

about a month 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.

about a month 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.

about a month 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.

about a month 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.

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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