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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

overbaud Re:Electric cars... yawn (336 comments)

What he is describing does not sound like a super car. Yes it has advantages but it is not going to produce anything 'super', getting enough energy from a battery to propel a car down the quater mile in a 'super' time is not gonna happen. Getting enough power from a battery to do 'super' sustained high speed runs is not gonna happen. Thousands of years of human existance would suggest cars in general are overkill for daily life. Being quiet vs being loud and noisey is subjective, some people like noisey and loud. EV are not good at speed, perhaps your version of 'speed' and my version of 'speed' are different. You also failed to address any of what I put forward such as the widely available fuels, the fact that there are road driven sub 7 second cars and that all documented races by Tesla are poor... I don't consider any thing running double digits in quarter mile fast. Methanol is a naturally occuring substance that can be made from waste products so it is green as well. So like I said at the very start electric cars... yawn.

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

overbaud Re:Electric cars... yawn (336 comments)

Nitromethane? There are a variety of fuels out there that can be bought in bulk for cars in the seven second bracket... VPImport, Methanol, add good squirt of NOS. How about we switch the argument to range then, how many LeMans cars are running for 24 hours on batteries? Plus the summary (you did read the summary right?) said "electric-powered supercars" how many Lambos, Ferraris, Bugatti do you see being driven to work? How many for grocery shopping? Tesla roadster runs 12.7 quarter... so Subaru WRX times... wow! Street car running sub 7 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwF-kr91uxU http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/22/videos-worlds-fastest-street-car-drives-1-200-miles-whips-off/

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

overbaud Re:Electric cars... yawn (336 comments)

So can sex... but it will never be as good as the real thing. Some new BMW's do this and it is terrible.

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

overbaud Re:Electric cars... yawn (336 comments)

Show me a car sporting these engines you talk of on a track and I'll take back my statement. Hell on a drag strip 400m and sub 7 seconds is all your fancy electric car has to do... no takers? No proof? Didn't think so. All those heavy batteries ruin power to weight.

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

overbaud Electric cars... yawn (336 comments)

Call me when electric cars are making the same power and torque as an 8/71 or 16/71 big block then I'll get excited. Electric super cars? Pfft.

about 2 years ago
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Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access

overbaud Re:Source (255 comments)

And what is wrong with the Australian government representing the best interest of its people and not the interest of corp America? Why when Australia was negotiating the Malaysia solution for immigrants was the US putting pressure on Malaysia to tie any deal to plain packaging of cigarette to suit american tobacco interests? As an Australian I say bugger off to America trying to pervert my country and is purchasing interests for its own selfish / corporate reasons. What about America putting the pressure on New Zealand over Kim Dot Com - a raid that turned out illegal? Your rant completely fails to address my point, that it is entirely possible and probably that in many deals with China FUD is introduced by the US to suit its own interests, or Australia is pressured to create FUD to keep the US happy. What the f*ck are you talking about treasury bonds for? Or China investment? Or F15? It's bad enough our boys are being blown up in US wars (Still looking for the WMD, what was that even about? Oh yeah Oil) But to have the US and US coporate interests playing shenanigans for stock holders is a piss poor effort.

about 2 years ago
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Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access

overbaud Re:Source (255 comments)

The way this works is: 1. Cisco lobby US gov. 2. US gov put pressure on Aus gov. 3. Aus gov create FUD about cisco rival. 4. Aus gov buy cisco. 5. Profit - cisco and US senators.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

overbaud Very very easy to fix (455 comments)

1. Create video that is insulting to muslims and islam. 2. Put this dudes name in the credits and his business address etc. 3. Profit? Crowdsourcing take down. You're welcome.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Telco Causes Minor Panic While Preparing Web Filter

overbaud What do you mean!? (105 comments)

"is probably going to be enough to make me switch to an inferior carrier once my current plan ends." --- ha! Telstra is an inferior carrier, you really should be supporting iiNet. They are looking after their users rights, something Telstra has never done.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

overbaud Re:Why is CP illegal? (714 comments)

Or 15 year olds that are sexting... seriously that is the state of play now. You can be put on a sex offenders list for taking photos of yourself. Under these circumstances please explain who the victim is, the person knowingly taking photos of themselves and distributing them? Or the recent issue in Australia of a well know artist that painted children naked but without their bits showing and all the crazies came out the woodwork completely glossing over the difference between art and porn or even nudity and porn. Or how about Japan and their comics? I bet if real doll (TM) brought out a 12 year old model all the same arguments would be made including "think of the victims" despite there being no victims. Crazies gonna craze!

about 2 years ago
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Testing for Many Designer Drugs At Once

overbaud Re:Not Regulated... (281 comments)

What about anabolic substances? No impairment, hell probably able to stack those boxes faster.

more than 2 years ago
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EU "Clean IT" Project Considers Terrorist Content Database

overbaud Already broken (101 comments)

All that is needed is malware that randomly flags sites. The amount of submissions would create so much noise the system would be unable to serve its purpose. Game over.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

overbaud Re:Define "bug" (384 comments)

So what your saying is the customer failed to roll out changes to a test environment before releasing to production and got burned. For mission critical systems no less, sound like someone needs to be fired, maybe even a whole team. It wasn't your bug and so your entitled to bill for fixing it, so in answer to the slashdot question - yes bill them for bugs.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

overbaud Re:Ok no problem (384 comments)

Tell me what it is you do for a living?

Pshycologist

more than 2 years ago
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China Secretly Clones Austrian Village

overbaud Re:Never a perfect copy (329 comments)

Yeah millions of Chinese stacked on top of each other would produce a lack of isolation.

more than 2 years ago
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US Ordered To Hand Over Megaupload Documents

overbaud Dear USA (242 comments)

Please leave the rest of the world alone. Thankyou.

more than 2 years ago
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The Shortage of Women In IT

overbaud Re:Quick primer on Bell curves (697 comments)

A lot of what your saying is BS. But lets focus on one specific.

This is reflected in the bell curves - women have less variation than men. This is why more boys are born than girls - more boys die because they tend to take chances growing up.

Birth rates are generally pretty close with less than a .1% variance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sex_ratio As for taking chances growing up meaning more boys die... citation please (i expect you have none as collecting data on this would be impossible). What about gender specific diseases such as breat cancer altering that ratio? What about the impact of certain mental illnesses being different between the sexes? Perhaps men have a higher rate of birth (again less than .1%) because they are more likely to be affected by X chromosome health issues and a higher birth rate is a built redundancy.
What biological expense of child birth? Women live longer than men. If women incur a 'biological expense' death rates certainly don't support your argument. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1827162,00.html
Please provide data confirming that women are risk adverse more so than men. Your bell curve argument is hack science and you argument(s) over all are weak. Your 'business requires the ability to take risk and so men are better at it' is long bow to draw as well. Australians richest woman (and one of the richest people in the world) is a woman, same for the PM, same for an ex New Zealand PM and the list goes on.

more than 2 years ago
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The Shortage of Women In IT

overbaud What a croc (697 comments)

"We could not participate in the government’s Women-Owned Small Business program unless there was another female competitor,” -- you can still compete for tenders though, you know as one innovative company against a group of other innovative companies. What is really the issue is you don't want to compete against others... just a small subset. What is really the problem here is that the 'protection racket' only kicks in when there are two or more companies eligible for protection. What ever happend to ROI, competition and most suitable candidate? All this says indirectly is "If you can't beat the boys don't worry dear, we'll make a special playgroud just for you and your girlfriends, no matter how less capable you are. So much for "women doin it for themselves"

more than 2 years ago

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Disney buys Marvel for $4.7 billion

overbaud overbaud writes  |  more than 4 years ago

overbaud (964858) writes "Disney has shelled out $4.7 billion for Marvel comics in an effort to connect with young boys. The purchase raises questions about the potential for loved Marvel characters to be watered down to be more inline with Disneys family friendly reputation. Shareholders were offered a 29 per cent premium to Friday's closing price valuing Marvel at 37 times its estimated earnings for 2009. This caused Standard & Poor, a major credit rating provider to react negatively against Disney."
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