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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

mythosaz Re:3 minutes is slow? (90 comments)

There might be 1440 minutes in a day, but people who want their battery full-charge want it to happen probably only in a small portion of those minutes.

The faster you can do it, the more effective you can be.

It's not about getting it done in 3 minutes, it's about being 3rd in line at 7:20am with 35 minutes left on your drive to work.

7 hours ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

mythosaz Interesting... (90 comments)

n.b. The cars in our house are currently a Leaf and an Energi.

When I first scanned the title, I assumed Tesla was providing a battery replacement type swap for degradation. A few lines in, I realized I was looking at a Tesla quick-fill "gas station."

I have to assume that Tesla, should they go wide with a service like this, would be refurbishing batteries as they rotated into and out of the quick-change locations. They'd have a dozen or so, "in stock," charged and charging, and some percentage of those taken in below a certain threshold of remaining charge would have to be refurbished before they could go back out.

You can afford to take your pristine battery into the swap-shop and get one that's only got 88% max potential charge on it. Maybe you only go "pay for a tank of premium gas" when your battery degrades, and you hope for a better one in return :)

8 hours ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

mythosaz Re:Sure... (288 comments)

Costs would increase and quality of care would decrease.

You're clearly onto something here.

8 hours ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

mythosaz Re:What percentage... (83 comments)

0.5C this year? Next year?

Every year?!?

8 hours ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

mythosaz What percentage... (83 comments)

...what percentage of the earth's oceans are currently ship wake?

One millionth of a percent?

8 hours ago
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Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

mythosaz Re:The Legit Bay (74 comments)

I'm sorry that it's only worth about $1 to you, but it's not being offered at $1, so fuck off, you don't get to watch it.

9 hours ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

mythosaz Re: So which building will they blow up? (288 comments)

Oh, then you are just as stupid as these guys who think capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn't live their day to day lives under the possibility of execution, and their executions are a lot less dainty than ours and tend to take place without the bother and expense of due process. So, my friend, if you want to start using American military strength as the arm of the Lord, you can do that. We're the only superpower left. You can conquer the world, like Charlemagne! But you better be prepared to kill everyone. And you better start with me, because I will raise up an army against you and I will beat you!

9 hours ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

mythosaz Re:Sure... (288 comments)

No, foo. It's called basic common sense -- keeping confidential medical records, SSNs, and personnel files in paper format only, and not allowing them to be scanned or placed in a system connected to the general business intranet, or "the cloud".

Oh man, you had me going there for a second. I almost thought you were serious.

Let's all go back to using a typewriter to file our taxes, and when my small-town radiologist wants a consulting opinion on my X-ray, lets have a courier drive it into metropolis for him. He can use a quill to write down his diagnosis and seal the letter with wax and a stamp from his ring.

9 hours ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

mythosaz Re:About Fucking Time (423 comments)

But that's like saying (since you mentioned the Swiss) that you know a Swiss guy living in North Dakota that makes watches just as good as Swiss watches, so clearly Switzerland ain't all that great at watches... But there's certainly a cultural interest in Switzerland of making fine watches, and a long and storied history of them doing so.

To be fair, I'm saying that before someone put up a fence around Switzerland, the best swiss watchmakers escaped, and took their manufacturing equipment with them, and took up making watches in the same latitudes and climates. While there would certainly be differences between the new Finish watches made by ex-Swiss watchmakers on Swiss-made equipment, they'd be largely indistinguishable from the "new" Swiss watches.

You could certainly develop a preference for Finish or Swiss "Swiss" watches.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

mythosaz Re:About Fucking Time (423 comments)

...the "mostly by Cubans in exile" is the important part.

As someone who occasionally orders Cuban cigars from the Swiss, I can tell you that they're simply not any better than the same cigar from the same company from their Dominican or Nicaraguan plants. ...especially since the same seeds grew the tobacco. Cigar Aficionado likes to perpetuate the mystique. They benefit from it.

2 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

mythosaz Re:882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

Gross tonnage is ship volume and is THE measure of ship size.

The Titanic's GT was 46,000.

The top two Royal Caribbean ships are 225,000 and most of the rest of the pack weigh in at 140-150.

The're pretty much 4x or 3x the size (volume), and 20% longer.

Displacement is a different factor altogether, but even then...

Gross tonnage normally is a much higher value than displacement. This was not always the case; as the functions, engineering and architecture of ships have changed, the gross tonnage figures of the largest passenger ships have risen substantially, while the displacements of such ships have not. RMS Titanic, with a gross register tonnage of 46,329 GRT, but a displacement reported at over 52,000 tons, was heavier than contemporary 100,000 – 110,000 GT cruise ships which displace only around 50,000 tons.

Emphasis mine.

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

mythosaz Re:It's required (166 comments)

False.

CALEA only requires the backdoor to exist if it's technically possible. TFA is pretty clear that other manufacturers and carriers have chosen to implement end-to-end encryption that doesn't have the ability to be backdoored, and as such, there's no need to provide the (non-existent) backdoor to the feds.

3 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

mythosaz Re:882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

You could probably fit 8-10 titanics in the AVERAGE modern cruise ship.

You probably couldn't, since their gross tonnage is only 3-4x larger.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

mythosaz Re:this is ridiculous (437 comments)

Seems a fair distinction, and one worthy of a judge reviewing it, and something I can see going either way. ...which is why we have judges :)

Thanks.

3 days ago
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

mythosaz 882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

At 882 feet, the modern 1100 foot super cruise ship doesn't kill it.

In gross tonnes, however, they're 3-4x larger.

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

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

mythosaz Re:Ignorance of the law is no excuse. (437 comments)

The problem with Law in the United States is that it's based not on the SPIRIT of the law but the LETTER of the law, so if some lawyer happens to get some weird ruling then it's on the books and then it's citable as law... and so the system grows on itself.

The laws are Byzantine and increasingly unimportant, it's all about who can pay for the best representation, even basics like Civil Rights are virtually non-existent.

Watching this decline is disturbing and saddening.

Criminal law, I find, is pretty straightforward at the local and state level.

I'm amazed anyone can do their taxes, however.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

mythosaz Re:this is ridiculous (437 comments)

It is now cost effective for governments to micromanage EVERYONE'S life.

The cameras may be next-to-free, but the cost to review their video and type up laborious transcripts isn't...yet.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

mythosaz Re:this is ridiculous (437 comments)

You don't 24/7 videotape a petty drug dealer to catch a petty drug dealer.

You do it to catch a much bigger criminal.

Do the police need a warrant to set up shop in the building across the street? If my neighbor is already recording the street in front of his house with his home security system, and volunteers to turn over angles that cover my house, do they need special permission to look at that? If my house is next to a traffic camera, can they look at all the background photos captured when someone runs a red light without getting a warrant?

I'm asking.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

mythosaz Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

I have a condo downtown by the ballpark, and parking on the streets behind it all have "neighborhood parking, by permit only" on them.

The particular neighborhood I was referencing is at 7th avenue and McDowell. On the corner there they built a plaza with 5 trendy "fast casual" restaurants in it. Jersey Mike's, Five Guys, How Do You Roll, Chipolte, and a ZOYO. Directly across the street they built out the plaza to include a NYPD Pizza and a PotBelly in the old "My Florist" building.

There's 65 parking spots for the small plaza. It's not enough.

The residents on Lynwood St petitioned to get "no parking 11am-2pm" signs posted as soon as lunch visitors spilled over into their neighborhood. I understand WHY they did this (NIMBY, MOTHERFUCKERS), but I assume they'd just prefer that corner go back to check cashing.

4 days ago

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