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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

pixelpusher220 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (136 comments)

my idea is normal mirrors with small moveable cameras at the ends. Fold mirror in and now low drag and camera. If the camera fails then just fold it out again.

2 days ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

pixelpusher220 Re:No excuses left (390 comments)

Impressive way to flip that around. Any restrictions on a person's behavior is equivalent to slavery? Seriously?

Think about what you're saying, that anyone should be able to anything they want? Anything? or should there be some rules governing behavior? Unless you're in favor of wild west anarchy, you're in favor of *some* type of regulation on society and the blessed free market capitalism.

about two weeks ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

pixelpusher220 Re:"Fingers" (77 comments)

Fingers? Those are dildos

and you don't think the *Japanese* have already marked this down as a sex toy possibility?

but seriously, expand your mind. This sort of thing has huge potential, just look at existing robo-skeletons already in use. That this initial prototype is unwieldy and rough? it's how progress is made

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

pixelpusher220 Re:No excuses left (390 comments)

gah...I blame autocorrect...if I was on my phone....double gah!

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

pixelpusher220 Re:No excuses left (390 comments)

Free market capitalism is like a wild horse. Powerful, fast and strong.

Also not terribly productive until you put reigns on it and channel that strength towards useful goals.

Regulations are the reigns by which the power of the free market is harnessed and made productive.

And like reigns...to much is bad, but none is worse. But nuanced conversations like this with 'but free market' morons in the current GOP are next to impossible.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

pixelpusher220 Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

the problem is that Verizon has no competition and the FCC has classified them as an information service so they can't be regulated the way utilities are regulated. Phone services are still regulated, yet the phone service runs over the very same wires as the 'data'. It's all data now and so should be regulated like any other utility.

So yes the FCC is exactly where to complain about this.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

pixelpusher220 Re:why would anyone cancel comcast? (401 comments)

A growing number of people don't live where they can get decent OTA reception. I'm close to 40 miles from the DC stations, not even accounting for terrain issues. OTA isn't viable at the outer reaches of a city...which is now bustling suburbs. I don't know of any stations that have multiple transmitters around major cities so the signal area is relatively fixed.

Or in NYC, just getting a signal through all the buildings is a challenge.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

pixelpusher220 Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (401 comments)

call center employees are being thrown under the bus

but it's a really nice bus that the CEO's are riding...does anything else really matter?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

pixelpusher220 Re:I don't know how they pay (509 comments)

HVAC is either hefty voltage or natural gas. Neither is going to be 'user' plug and play. Electricity *might* get to that point but it's still something a qualified electrician needs to do for the long foreseeable future. Natural gas will always require trained professionals.

HVAC techs specifically are in demand because they must do everything that's required for HVAC: plumbing, electric, gas and minor construction.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

pixelpusher220 Re:Its even worse than we thought (552 comments)

WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!

Well, yes, yes we are. (filter error: 'Don't use so many caps' I'm QUOTING the OP you moronic filter bastard!)

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pixelpusher220 Re:Or (389 comments)

Nobody builds Chernobyl-type reactors any more. That simply can't happen with most reactors.

And you don't think they said that older reactors 'simply cant fail' when they built them?

(b) there was this tsunami that killed twenty-five thousand people going on, disrupting a whole lot of things.

Wait, if the reactor can't fail, why are you bringing up environmental/situational issues? It shouldn't matter...

My point is you can't tell me the issues that will be faced in the future and therefore can't claim a nuclear reactor is 'safe'.

The 'potential' liability of nuclear is far far far greater than anything else. Operational issues are relevant and coal has many bad things about it...but it simply can't fail catastrophically. A plant can blow up, a waste lake can collapse and flood a single valley. Both sites you can safely walk on the very next day. Nuclear can't do that....and won't every be able to do that.

And as I've said in other posts, nuclear is going to be absolutely required for the next century or so...simply because the scale of climate change damage dwarfs even nuclear's problems. Being the lesser of two evils doesn't make it less 'evil'.

about three weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pixelpusher220 Re:Or (389 comments)

Ahead of time, with plenty of warning that it's going to happen. This is an operational impact and while not small is entirely mitigatable. Fair scenarios aren't because by definition stuff has failed and you can't know what will be working or available.

And of course if you dismantle the damn you can also reclaim the land rather quickly.

Need we mention the fishing and recreation industries that now take advantage of the new lakes? There isn't a 'positive' side to a nuclear accident...

about three weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pixelpusher220 Re:Or (389 comments)

the problem is nuclear has risks like nothing else we've ever done; see failure conditions above.

about three weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pixelpusher220 Re:Or (389 comments)

Nuclear isn't safer. It's only 'safer' until something goes wrong. Every reactor built was built 'to never fail' and yet we found ways to make them fail. New reactor designs may be 'more' resilient to our innate ability to screw something up, but that doesn't make it 'safer'.

Coal has massive 'operational' issues. It's failure scenarios are pretty mundane and localized.

Nuclear has some operational issues (storing waste being the biggest) but the failure issues are the big ones. They occur infrequently but unlike every single other source of fuel, render 100s of square miles uninhabitable for decades. Nothing else has that problem.

about three weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pixelpusher220 Re:WhatGoes Around (389 comments)

Nukes are unfortunately the only realistic answer in the short (100ish or so years) to solve this problem. Believe me, I *hate* nuclear, but I'm willing to realize that it's the lesser of short term evils at this point. Considering the massive damage climate change is going to wreak...it's not a high bar to be 'better' than that...

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

pixelpusher220 Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

But you'll need smaller solar panels because the lights use so much less energy.

Manufacturing costs are always less than fuel costs, both in simple cost and effects. One is a fixed one time thing, the other is ongoing.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

pixelpusher220 Re:I've always thought (116 comments)

Indeed they should. but can you imagine the number of password/pin resets the average Joe would then generate?

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

pixelpusher220 Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

That's because the power is generated as close the user as possible.

The cognitive dissonance of complaining about renewables by saying power should be generated closer to the user is stunning....

Doesn't get much closer than my roof :)

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

pixelpusher220 Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

And the cost to transfer all that gasoline/coal/oil? Certainly not negligible.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

pixelpusher220 Re:Ruling doesn't change much. (560 comments)

I haven't RTFR but while yes he's said he's involved, I wouldn't expect he'd have to tell them WHAT his involvement was...that's the prosecutions job.

The ruling (from accounts) seems to be separating the providing of the password from the contents of the drive - which is an unreasonable search. If they already know what he's done from what he's said, they could easily give him immunity for anything else found on the drive except what backs up what he's already said - then there's no 5th violation.

Also generally speaking, the warrant to search a drive has to be pretty damned specific, so if they already know what he did...it seems odd to request access to the drive.

about a month ago

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