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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid Standardize (128 comments)

For this to work (and it has to for EVs to reach broad appeal) they need to standardize the batteries across all vendors such they can be installed/uninstalled quickly by standard equipment.

In addition to this, it would also make sense to have the battery packs federally-owned and maintained (possibly paid for by an annual tax, similar to a registration tax for those that drive compatible vehicles, or surcharges at the time of a battery swap). In addition to the benefit of no longer having to worry about which battery is owned by who, this would effectively take the costly burden of battery ownership and disposal off the backs of vehicle owners and leave it for the government to deal with.

2 days ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid But what about my burger? (128 comments)

That's a narrow-minded view. In the real world, most people need to get places on time and can't jack around for 30 minutes waiting for their car to recharge. Unless they can make some serious advancements in charging times, some sort of battery or electrolyte swapping solution is going to be mandatory for EVs to reach broad appeal (especially for long commuters and road-trippers).

2 days ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid How can it not be realistic? (128 comments)

I'll do you one better (this is a topic that I've put a fair amount of thought into for years):

Instead of people owning the batteries, standardize them and make them federally owned and paid for by a yearly tax (like an extra fee on your yearly vehicle registration if you drive a compatible EV). Since nobody owns the batteries themselves, nobody has to worry about them other then when they're in your car. Once one starts to go bad (which should be relatively easy to test for during the charging process), it gets decommissioned and sent back to Uncle Sam (or equivalent) for recycling. This takes the burden of battery ownership and recycling off the shoulders of the vehicle owner and lets the government (or whoever they contract this out to) deal with it.

2 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

pak9rabid Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Wait, what?

If your modem is truly set to bridge mode (IE, it's effectively a Layer 2 device) and you're handing the Ethernet port off to your own router, why would there still be an additional public IP on the modem?

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

pak9rabid Good reasons for Swift and Go (161 comments)

Won't comment on Facebook Hack, since it's not clear to me why Facebook itself needs to exist. But to each their own...

My understanding is that Facebook needed a more statically-typed language (while still preserving the familiar syntax of PHP) in order to exploit more performance advantages when compiling their code to the HHVM, which started off as a PHP compiler.

about two weeks ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

pak9rabid But (276 comments)

But can he run Linux?

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

pak9rabid Email is insecure (245 comments)

Email is an insecure medium. Anybody that pretends it isn't is going to have a bad time. Sure we might have some tricks to secure messages along some of the paths it's going to traverse, but if you expect it to be secured end-to-end, you're naive. If you absolutely must send something via email that contains sensitive information, GPG-encrypt the message first and then send it, otherwise seek a more secure medium.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

pak9rabid NdGT (459 comments)

White student: Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't have anything to say about racial diversity in astrophysics.

Black student: Neil deGrass Tyson isn't the emperor of black STEM professionals!

White student: (to himself) He told my father he was.

about a month ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

pak9rabid It's the new punk (176 comments)

The main differentiation is that hipsters are pussies.

Fixed that for you.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

pak9rabid The Fed could stop it easily if they wanted to (588 comments)

If the federal government really wanted to stop the spread of or even regress the legalization of marijuana at the state level, all they have to do is cut federal funding for various things until the state in question made laws making it illegal again, similar to what they did with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act back in the '80s.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

pak9rabid Good luck with that (113 comments)

MS couldn't produce a mobile device that anybody wanted (where ARM makes much more sense). What makes them think they're going to have any success on the server front?

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

pak9rabid Re:Summary (124 comments)

I don't think that would sit too well with the Eighth Amendment.

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

pak9rabid Re:Open social network standard (167 comments)

What you're suggesting means that all of the social networks we're trying to avoid will still get all of our data.

It sounds like you would be a good candidate for the disconnected mode of operation then (IE, don't propagate information on your domain to other domains). The key here is control is being given back to the users, not owned by a single entity with a vested interest in selling your information.

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

pak9rabid Re:Sustainable business model (167 comments)

Eh, I'd see normal users getting more up in arms over this than what Facebook currently does (ads and selling their data).

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

pak9rabid Open social network standard (167 comments)

What I'd like to see in the near future is the concept of social media turned into an open standard (much like e-mail) and built out as a non-centralized, distributed network, with DNS controlling which server(s) power which domains. Your social network domain could either be a stand-alone domain (think an internal site for businesses, schools, etc), or it could be hooked into the greater social network, where status updates, messages, etc could propagate between domains and, depending on who your friends with, you would get those updates to show up on your own feed. I'd really like to see a standard drawn up, and then have there be many implementations (ideally open source) of the actual software used to power each social network domain (like XMPP implementations).

With social media becoming such a huge part in a lot of peoples' everyday lives, it really is about time to open it up and stop having it controlled by any single entity.

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

pak9rabid Sustainable business model (167 comments)

I don't see this business model of theirs being sustainable. Not to mention nobody in their right mind is going to want to acquire them with these restrictions bolted on.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

pak9rabid 6th ammendment? (398 comments)

Couldn't you get most (if not all) of these automated tickets thrown out in court by citing the 6th ammendment (the right to face your accuser), since it isn't an actual person issuing these tickets?

about 2 months ago

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Google Issues Android Anti-Fragmentation Tool

pak9rabid pak9rabid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pak9rabid writes "To address the ever-increasing issue of Android device fragmentation, Google is releasing an anti-fragmentation tool that will be included in Honeycomb, and will be made available for Android developers to include in their own pre-Honeycome applications, that will be supported by Android 1.6 and later."
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The bet is on! Ubuntu vs. Microsoft

pak9rabid pak9rabid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pak9rabid writes "From the thread: This is the deal: I have to use Ubuntu for 30 days. IF there is anything I can't do on Ubuntu (except for games which he reluctantly conceded is Microsoft turf) that I can do on Vista, then I get a brand new laptop courtesy of my buddy. IF on the other hand, I lose, I have to pay for his new laptop."
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