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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

ogdenk Re:Mass produce! (188 comments)

Fine with me.... I used to go swimming not too awful far from the North Anna nuclear plant in VA and I haven't grown a 3rd eye yet.

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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

ogdenk Re:Mass produce! (188 comments)

Not really, nuclear is pretty easy. It could be done NOW if it weren't for insane fear of all things nuclear in this day and age.

The Navy's had nuclear boats forever. The Air Force looked into nuclear aircraft, the Army looked into nuclear tanks, etc.

Most of that was a long time ago and in the early days of nuclear power. Things were a lot scarier back then. Materials science sucked and reactor designs were in their infancy. You could probably very easily make a small enough nuclear reactor to squeeze in a car. Getting it past regulators and getting the public to be accepting of something they were taught would bring the end of humanity is the science fiction part.

2 days ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

ogdenk Re:Mass produce! (188 comments)

While very cool, I live in rural SC. Distances are pretty extreme. I want one to play with, but I couldn't use an electric vehicle as serious transportation until battery efficiency increases quite a bit more. A Tesla would ALMOST be practical but would cost a lot.

I'm very pro-electric but I don't see solar cars being a reality for anyone outside of a well-populated urban bubble.

Electric engines bring some interesting benefits compared to gas engines of comparable size and can keep up with and often exceed gas engines in performance. You won't be able to power such a beastly motor on solar cells. Screw solar, I want a 350mph turbine-electric hybrid.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

ogdenk Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

Two sides of the same coin with different corporate sponsors. Both parties have the same agenda.... lie.... get elected.... f**k the populace... retire rich.... use the cops to keep the unwashed masses out of your sight and away from your neighborhood.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

ogdenk Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

I don't mind conservative women, but you're assuming "Republican" means conservative, it doesn't. I also don't think it takes much to have a high approval rating in Alaska.

Obama *IS* a complete retard that has solved nothing and actually made quite a few things a lot worse. And like Bush, he thinks we're the enemy and that warrantless domestic spying is A-OK. He isn't just continuing the ex-tyrant Bush's insane schemes, he's stepped them up several notches. The guy is evil. And Palin is probably worse. She's an opportunist who would screw individuals as much as possible at the request of large companies, ESPECIALLY if there was a check in it for her.

In short, I don't hate Palin for being "conservative" or a woman. I don't like her because she's a scumbag.

As far as minorities go, your statement is hilarious because everyone I know that's a racist, sexist or discriminates based on religion is a Republican. Especially when it comes to mexicans or women in tech jobs. They also think the "gubmint" shouldn't tell businesses who they can't fire. They think they should be able to fire someone for being atheist and to not be able to is "wrong and immoral".

No, I don't rally behind either of the two primary parties. Either way you are supporting tyranny and both consider you the enemy. If you aren't voting third party, you support their views.

The only thing the republicans have left alone are my second amendment rights, and that's only because they'd lose most of their voter base if they changed stance.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

ogdenk Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

Because such institutions are generally destined to become corrupt, expensive and ineffective anyway. Corruption is rampant all the way down to the postal carriers. I don't agree with his stance on minimum wage but he wouldn't succeed in eliminating it. He's one of the better choices.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

ogdenk Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

We haven't seen any actual progress out of the Obama regime, just further backsliding with more of a smile. The repub and dem parties these days are 2 sides of the same coin with different corporate sponsors. Both of them view you as the enemy, and both of them are out to actively screw you over to make their sponsors money in the name of "stamping out drugs and terrorism".

If you aren't voting Libertarian or Green you are part of the problem and are actively supporting tyranny. Those two parties are the true democrats and republicans these days.

2 days ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

ogdenk Re:Mass produce! (188 comments)

A.) This doesn't mean a solar car is practical.

B.) For much cleaner energy with much higher output, we already have a better option than coal that's been proven effective and safe as long as you don't build them on beaches in earthquake zones. Nuclear power pound for pound is much cleaner and much more efficient than coal and doesn't emit as much harmful radiation directly into the environment like coal. And with fast breeder reactors, the waste can be reused as fuel. And pebble bed reactors are nearly meltdown proof.

Nuclear could be a lot more efficient with even less waste if it weren't for the non-proliferation BS.

C.) Solar cars aren't really practical. I'll take a fission or RTG-powered car though. Decades with no refueling, near unlimited horsepower and if the reactor is designed well and SEVERELY armored, no real risk of mushroom clouds or radiation poisoning during an accident. That seems far more interesting than a slow, inadequately armored, dangerous to drive solar vehicle. I'm not driving a toy just to make people good inside about the planet. As long as a Chevy 350 can be repaired, you will never see me drive a solar car.

2 days ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

ogdenk Re:For those interested... (82 comments)

namely deep embedded (the Arduino environment rnus C++)

You do this for a living? The fact you said "deep embedded" and Arduino in the same sentence kinda made me giggle. With 8-bit AVR's you're probably better off with assembly. With the 32-bit ARM variant, straight ANSI C is probably where it's really at. I really don't know anyone using C++ for microcontroller programming.

"Deep Embedded" would be more like VHDL or CUPL programming.

 

scientific computing, C++ is pretty much the best language out there.

Yep, that's why there's still so much FORTRAN code getting written.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ogdenk Re:North Korea? (120 comments)

Russia probably sold them an old cold war PDP-11 or VAX clone for $75. They had to increase taxes for generations to pay it off.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ogdenk Re:damn (120 comments)

You exactly like an American dumbass, I hope you were just making fun of ignorant partisan morons.

If you voted for either party, you are part of the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

ogdenk Re:Huge setback (445 comments)

It took a long for heavier-than-air aircraft to be able to fly from the US to Europe without refueling. For the Hindenburg this was no problem. It was also much larger and much more roomy than flying coach in a modern passenger jet. I'd actually LOVE to see a true modern take on a full rigid airship. With modern materials science, we could probably do something truly amazing with it.

In WW1, the massive rigid airships were actually just as fast as fixed-wing fighters in many cases. The only thing that prevented the zeppelins from erasing England in WW1 was the fact that high-altitude bomb sights didn't yet exist and high explosives weren't as vicious as the ones that came later in WW2.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

ogdenk Re:Huge setback (445 comments)

A blimp isn't as versatile as a rigid zeppelin. Germany couldn't really use helium because we had the market cornered on it and it was hideously expensive.

Hydrogen is flammable but not quite as volatile and easy to light as one would think. The brits had to come up with fiery phosphorous bullets to take them down effectively.

The only thing that prevented the zeppelins from erasing England in WW1 was the fact that high-altitude bomb sights didn't yet exist and high explosives weren't as vicious as the ones that came later in WW2.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

ogdenk Re: It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

There was a SysV UNIX port for the Amiga as well as the Atari TT030.

The ST should have been a PC & Mac killer. It held its own for a long time but the tech got stale, they didn't dump enough R&D into it fast enough and they fell behind.

The ST had a CPU that could keep up with the 286, built-in MIDI and HDD controller, 512-color palette, half decent sound and a color 100% mouse-driven GUI. For half the price of a Mac and much cheaper than a 286. Good times.

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

ogdenk Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

Seriously? Anyone still masochist enough for that "authentic experience"?

Nope, I either wait for a DVD release or I acquire it through other means if I want HD quality as I refuse to ever own a BluRay player.

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

ogdenk Re:OSX is a hammer without a handle (296 comments)

And yet in spite of all these things you mention that existed in the late 90's, OSX 10.2 still smeared X11 in UI performance. I was a *rabid* FreeBSD desktop user in those days yet my jaw still dropped when I saw Quartz Extreme working the first time.

2D graphics acceleration has been around forever. Early attempts in XFree86 were more similar to hardware QuickDraw acceleration on classic MacOS than Quartz Extreme. Using OpenGL for compositing was introduced in OSX 10.2 and it was some time before that was seen in X11.

So yeah, Macs have had hardware accelerated graphics just as long as Linux, possibly even before Linux existed. This is part of the reason they were so awesome for the DTP and graphic arts fields for a long time. Hell, my Atari 800 had hardware graphics acceleration LOL

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

ogdenk Re:In our college? (296 comments)

EDA apps are kind of a rarity on the Mac but they exist. Now that's a pretty extreme niche market but one that needs more attention. Funny that Xilinx ISE has a Linux version yet no Mac version.... when the market for a Mac version would probably be larger. Hell, it wouldn't take much to port.

In an academic environment VMWare is your friend in those cases because you can't simply run an alternative for OSX and get away with it in class most of the time and you're quite on your own if you decide to and run into problems.

There are various circuit simulators and layout tools however but you'll still probably really want VMWare around for that particular field.

Yes, Intel *helped* Apple gain more market share but people wouldn't be interested anyway if the "overpriced piece of shit" myth was true. In most typical fields, people have been able to "do their work" on Macs since the early 90's and they can coexist in a Windows domain quite nicely if you have a SysAdmin with a clue who isn't afraid to learn something outside of the "MS is god" comfort bubble. You can even manage them with AD.

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

ogdenk Re:Being different was a boat anchor. (296 comments)

Other than that, the people don't pay attention unless it's a hindrance. Which PPC was but Apple thought it was being different back in the 90s for whatever reason.

Not saying the Intel leap didn't make sense at the time but there was nothing wrong with PPC. The PPC601 and PPC604 absolutely SPANKED the early Pentiums. The later G3's were faster than the Pentium II. The G4 was faster than the Pentium III for a long time until the P-III finally got a severe clock speed advantage for a couple years. The G5 obliterated the Pentium IV performance-wise, especially in floating point.

The biggest issue is the PPC manufacturers (Freescale, Motorola, IBM) couldn't/wouldn't dump the R&D dollars necessary to improve power efficiency and they always lagged behind in clock speed except for the initial major CPU releases. Intel is simply "good enough" and fast. That does not make it a great architecture. Hell, even back in the 386/486 days the Motorola 68030 and 68040-based Macs were often faster at lower clock speeds. The PowerPC was a damn good architecture and still is.

I've seen several desktop workstation architectures come and go..... VAX, Alpha, m68k, m88k, PPC, SPARC (arguably not quite dead yet), PA-RISC, etc.... All of them had real measurable advantages over x86. But x86 is very common, thus lots of R&D dollars available to propel it to "good enough" status and let people run legacy x86 crap. That doesn't mean x86 is always better and people should ignore anything else. Personally, I like choice! Especially when the other choices are very innovative and compete on merit rather than existing market presence.

about a month ago

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