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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

nysus Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

It's 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles.

Death isn't the only risk, however. Getting paralyzed, getting disfigured, etc. are pretty serious consequences that don't end in death.

about three weeks ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

nysus Rule of thumb (122 comments)

If something sounds too crazy to be true without substantial evidence to back it up, it probably is. I take everything I read on the Internet with a very fine grain of salt.

about a month ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

nysus Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

Sorry, I was scrolling up and down the page, got distracted, and copied the answer from the wrong question. Here's what they say:

"How will you replace damaged panels in a highway?

Since our system is modular, repair will be much quicker and easier than our current maintenance system for asphalt roads. We've learned that in the U.S., over $160 billion is lost each year in lost productivity from people sitting in traffic due to road maintenance.

Each of the panels contain their own microprocessor, which communicates wireless with surrounding panels. If one of them should become damaged and stop communicating, then the rest of the panels can report the problem. For instance, "I-95 mile marker 114.3 northbound lane, third panel in, panel number A013C419 not responding".

Each panel assembly weighs 110-pounds. A single operator could load a good panel into his/her truck and respond to the scene. The panel could be swapped out and reprogrammed in a few minutes. The damaged panel would then be returned to a repair center. Think of how this compares to pot hole repair!"

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

nysus Re:So... (311 comments)

The government borrows money from itself all the time. Not a big deal, especially if this is rolled out over a few decades. And clearly, I was exaggerating the amount to make a point.

We just spent $4 trillion on a couple of wars over 10 years. Where there is a will to find the money, there is a way.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

nysus Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

They address this on their website:

"What are you going to do about traction? What's going to happen to the surface of the Solar Roadways when it rains>

Everyone naturally pictures sliding out of control on a smooth piece of wet glass! Actually, one of our many technical specs is that it be textured to the point that it provides at least the traction that current asphalt roads offer - even in the rain. We hesitate to even call it glass, as it is far from a traditional window pane, but glass is what it is, so glass is what we must call it.

We sent samples of textured glass to a university civil engineering lab for traction testing. We started off being able to stop a car going 40 mph on a wet surface in the required distance. We designed a more and more aggressive surface pattern until we got a call form the lab one day: we'd torn the boot off of the British Pendulum Testing apparatus! We backed off a little and ended up with a texture that can stop a vehicle going 80 mph in the required distance."

Not sure how true or relevant this is but they do address it.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

nysus Re:Why? (311 comments)

Cost doesn't matter if they pay for themselves. "If" being the operative word here. But if it's true, it makes no difference how much more expensive they are than asphalt.

Even if they do cost more than asphalt after factoring in the electricty they produce, how do you place a cost on avoiding all the human misery that will come about from climate change?

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

nysus Re:So... (311 comments)

Let's exaggerate the cost $100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Let's also say at the end they pay for themselves and then some. You could take out a loan to pay for them and pay the money back with the energy they produce. So does cost really matter if, in fact, they pay for themselves?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

nysus Mac has superior model (829 comments)

Who the hell wants to be bothered with cumbersome upgrades of an operating system just to get modest and often questionable improvements? Your average consumer is basically left with the option of buying a new computer to upgrade their OS.

I'm so glad I switched to a Mac over five years ago. I'd rather not have to worry about my OS these days. Upgrades are free. Can't beat that.

about 9 months ago
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Chicago Sun Times Swaps iPhone Training For Staff Photographers

nysus Re: Why the iPhone of all thing? (316 comments)

You don't need a wifi hotspot at all. There are SD cards that transfer images directly to the phone instantly. The SD card has a wifi router built into it which the phone can use to transfer the images. Then you use the phone's data connection to upload the image.

about a year ago
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"Terrorist" Lyrics Land High Schooler In Jail

nysus Re:So it goes (573 comments)

So you think bomb threats should be legal now?

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

nysus A reminder of how insecure ALL money is? (388 comments)

Uh, no. Somehow I sleep a little better knowing my money is backed up by the FDIC if I keep it in a real bank.

about a year and a half ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

nysus Re:Cry me a river (812 comments)

Yeah, I'm jealous, that's it.

You know what makes jobs for the middle class? A larger middle class. If you believe in trickle down economics, you are truly a moron.

about a year and a half ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

nysus Re:Cry me a river (812 comments)

Come on. This is a rich guy who can't go fucking sailing this weekend because some paperwork was wrong. Who gives a fuck?

This is the story of a bureaucrat doing their job and inconveniencing someone as a result, not a violation of a basic human right. It's a non-story.

about a year and a half ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

nysus Cry me a river (812 comments)

Little rich boy Mikey couldn't get his boat right away and was made to feel bad.

Fuck him.

about a year and a half ago
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

nysus Re:IPCC politics (605 comments)

This data you link to from NOAA does not refute anything. The rate of rise has accelerated over the past few decades.

You were rightfully moderated into oblivion the first time.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

nysus Freedom vs. Convenience (573 comments)

There are two kinds of people, those who use proprietary software but are ignorant of the freedoms they give up as a result and those who willfully forego those freedoms in exchange for the convenience. I count myself in the latter camp. In some ways I feel badly about it but in other ways it seems impractical. I don't want to spend large chunks of time battling configuration problems and bugs or miss out on all the wildly cool proprietary software that's available. I simply don't have your kind of monkish-like fortitude to use only free software.

What do you say to someone like me?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

nysus Never saw so much ignorance about unions (761 comments)

This question about unions for IT people comes up about once a year on Slashdot. Every single time you see the same damn bullshit from people who have no fucking clue what a union is or how it works.

1) The members (workers) have to vote on the contract. Don't like it? Don't vote for it. And you don't pay any dues until the first contract is negotiated.
2) Think performance bonuses are a good idea? Fine. Keep 'em. It's your contract. You can make the contract read whatever you'd like.
3) All the contract is is a legally binding document that spells out the work rules so management can't arbitrarily change them. If they do break the rules, you've got a legally binding contract to back you up. Imagine, you can keep all the same rules and procedures you have in place now except they could actually be enforced.

Take deep breaths people. If unions get the support and input from their members, they can be one of the best ways to empower workers and and make the company a better and more profitable place.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Prepares To Push Kinect Everywhere Windows Is

nysus I got sucked in by Kinect hype (90 comments)

When it first came out I thought "gimmick." Then I read blogs and new stories for over year after it came out with people talking about how cool it was. I still didn't believe it. But when it came time to buy the XBox for my kid, I decided we needed to have it just to see what it was about. I was actually excited to try it out. We lived our first weekend with the living room in disarray so we could have room to use it.

Of course, the novelty wore off very quickly and all it does now is collect dust and take up space in front of the TV. It's voice control sucks and using it with the menu system with gestures is just annoying. It's far easier to use the controller.

At least I can say I tried it, I guess.

about 2 years ago

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