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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

organgtool Re:Volt, not Bolt (181 comments)

I've seen some articles that suggest that Tesla is already producing batteries far cheaper per kWh than any other maker.

Which makes GM's claims about the Bolt very suspicious.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

organgtool Re:Panic way over-blown (496 comments)

I'm not really concerned about previous NASA cuts as some roles will transition to private industry (like SpaceX).

For the most part, the private sector only cares about products and services that can make a profit within the next few quarters. That is not and never has been the purpose of government research. Government research is often done in areas where there is no immediate path to profitability, but the results of that research can be used to generate lots of money depending on what we learn from the experiments.

We used to have a good balance of public and private research in the U.S. but now public research is considered vile and to be avoided at all costs. People honestly believe that the private sector alone should be responsible for performing all research tasks despite its unwillingness to take on big projects that will greatly advance our understanding of the universe such as the large hadron collider. I'm not too worried since other countries seem content with the decline of U.S. research and are using a combination of the public and private sectors to pick up our slack, but as an American it was nice when we had the courage to invest in our future using both sectors to become the leader in scientific research. Maybe we'll eventually come to our senses, but based on the current cynicism against all things government, I'm not holding my breath for that to happen anytime soon.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

organgtool Re:Panic way over-blown (496 comments)

The very fact he;s spoken in favor of NASA before is a GOOD THING.

Talk is cheap and even the summary pointed out that Ted Cruz has voted to cut NASA's budget in the past. Follow the actions of politicians instead of their words because they have a reputation for speaking out of both sides of their ass.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

organgtool Re:And the convertable version will be a... (426 comments)

Don't forget to tip your servers.

That's horrible advice! I just kicked over my server rack and now my boss is furious.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

organgtool Finally! (328 comments)

Now that the tablet market is starting to reach saturation and it's clear that tablets are not going to destroy laptops, can we get back to making good laptops? My 17-inch laptop is 8 years old and I opted to upgrade it rather than replace it because all of the new 17-inch models are either too bulky or don't have a respectable resolution for the size of the screen and price being charged.

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

organgtool It Almost Makes Sense (230 comments)

I find it funny that a movie that is a social commentary on how America does whatever it wants with complete disregard for the consequences of its actions on anyone else in the world is being pulled because a few people in a country that we don't even like are upset. I guess it's appropriate since the themes of the movie apparently aren't as relevant today.

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

organgtool Home of the Brave (230 comments)

I can only imagine what is going through the minds of WWII vets who put their lives on the line to defend this country just to watch it devolve into a bunch of cowardly sissies.

about a month ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

organgtool Let me be the first to say that (110 comments)

This never would have happened if there was an air gap between the DNS servers and the internet.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

organgtool I'm Not Surprised (250 comments)

Sony Pictures Entertainment will have no choice but to hold you responsible

Well, someone has to be responsible for Sony's massive fuckup and we all know it won't be Sony.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

organgtool Alright For Limited Use Cases (567 comments)

The examples shown are mostly for browsing web pages in maximized windows. If that's your primary use case, you could probably get away with using this configuration, or even a tablet. But if you want to use multiple overlapping windows to do things such as side-by-side comparisons, then widescreen is definitely the way to go. But for me, this is a moot point. I try to keep my eyes fixed on a particular spot on the screen and use the scrollwheel to move the content to my focal point. A more useful feature would be having content organized in columns similar to newspapers and magazines since they are easier to read. If that was the case, then you would definitely have a stronger reason for using your monitor in portrait mode.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

organgtool Re:Open Source not a silver bullet (73 comments)

We've seen over the last year many open source, power in numbers projects have critical vulnerabilities waiting to be exposed. Those defects were sitting there for years, yet being open source didn't magically fix them.

I can't deny that - the "many eyes" argument hasn't quite held up over the years. However, the reason I prefer an open source solution is because they tend to acknowledge and fix the issue much faster than their closed source counterparts. Most of the serious security issues in open source software have a fix released within 24 hours. It takes many closed source organizations much longer than that to even admit that the problem exists. Worse yet, some vendors will deny the problem indefinitely or tell you to migrate to their new platform (which is obviously incredibly costly). With open source, you're free to fix the issue in-house or contract someone to do the work if the vendor is uncooperative.

Over the last year, I've learned that the key to internet security is that it doesn't exist.

That's the sad reality and it's completely independent of the licensing model of the software you use.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

organgtool Misinterpretation (50 comments)

I read this headline thinking that shares of a publicly traded beer brewing company somehow became sentient and used the pager "more" to view recipes.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

organgtool Re:depends where you live - some figures (516 comments)

Since not everyone specializes in utilities benchmarking:

SAIDI: System Average Interruption Duration Index (average duration of interruption measured in hours)
SAIFI: System Average Interruption Frequency Index (average number of interruptions each customer experiences per year)

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

organgtool Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (581 comments)

From what I gather, it's not *that* bad - most apps depending on systemd do so for the cgroups support.

That's the case now but soon desktop environments will start using logind and applications may start using journald. As systemd continues to offer more tightly-coupled modules, applications will likely start relying more on these modules until the point that systemd will likely be a requirement for almost all applications and desktop environments.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

organgtool Systemd Is Inevitable (581 comments)

As the tentacles of systemd reach out and penetrate more areas of the system, more applications will inevitably require systemd which means that a Linux installation without systemd will only be able to run a small subset of Linux apps. Even though there are alternatives currently in the works for the init portion of systemd, applications are beginning to depend on the tightly-coupled processes that systemd requires which means that the only viable replacement for the entirety of systemd is another implementation of tightly-coupled procs which defeats the purpose of writing an alternative in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

organgtool Re:Thanks, Backblaze! (142 comments)

Perhaps they are obvious to a System Administrator but to someone who is not an admin, everything in SMART probably looks like an error. In addition to that, the article describes common errors that sound indicative of a drive failure but are actually relatively benign. So there is definitely value in this information.

about 2 months ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

organgtool Thanks, Backblaze! (142 comments)

As someone who is suspicious of a couple of hard drives, this data will help me to determine just how concerned I should be. I don't know what Backblaze gets out of making this information public (except publicity), but it is refreshing to a company release information such as this rather than guard it as a trade secret or sell it.

about 2 months ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

organgtool Re:Whatever (450 comments)

Please speak for yourself. We developers are often horrible at recognizing what users want, but we are often excellent at recognizing poorly engineered software and systemd reeks of poor engineering. I'm all for tighter integration of components in the operating system so long as they make sense, but systemd tightly couples all kinds of components that should be optional and, in general, pisses all over basic engineering principles such as KISS. I started out very neutral in the systemd debate, but the more I learn about how it is implemented, the more I understand why there are so many people who vehemently oppose it.

about 3 months ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

organgtool Maybe I'm Just Cynical (185 comments)

The real use of this software is so that companies can monitor the likelihood of a departure of their critical employees as they slowly cut benefits and stagnate wages across the board.

about 3 months ago

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