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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:New Mexico (92 comments)

I think they want to keep it in the United States for tax reasons. And not paying protection money to the drug cartels.

2 days ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (92 comments)

According to Tesla, it will have as much production capacity as all current li-ion battery factories combined.

So, are there currently a billion factories?

2 days ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (92 comments)

Yes, but is it 1000 times bigger or 1024 times bigger? That's the important part!

Thats what I keep telling the USB standards committee.
A micro-B connector should be 15 nanometres wide. But they whine that this would cause mechanical problems.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

quenda Re:Radicalization (834 comments)

Actually, the root of the problem was England and France being quick to give the land back to the Jews after WWII.

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History tl;dr: After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, Palestine became a British Mandate. After WWII, in 1947, the brits announced it was all too hard and they were leaving.
The UN tried to divide it between Arabs and Jews, but the Arabs wanted everything and the Arab nations invaded the day the British mandate expired. When the fighting stopped, the Jews had all of Palestine, except for Gaza and the West Bank. And that became Israel.

Not sure why you blame France.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

quenda Re:Radicalization (834 comments)

Show me another country in the region that has a single Jew or Christian in office.

Iraq's second-in-command was a Christian, before the US invasion. (Tariq Aziz)

2 days ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

quenda Re: A nation of cowards deserves no rights (125 comments)

Fellow Australian here. What rights would they be and in what founding document can I find them?

Those rights mostly existed before the founding of the colonies, let alone the federation of the nation.
The documents are many, starting with the Magna Carta.

5 days ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

quenda Re:So this is how scientists research intelligence (157 comments)

So this is how scientists research intelligence without hurting the feelings of people

No. This is how the commoners discuss scientific results. Scientists have published similar results on humans many times before.
There is a mountain of published data on heritability, and on national, racial, and gender differences.
We might not be able to talk about it in polite circles, but the science is there.

about three weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

quenda Re:Intelligence is not heritable (157 comments)

The capacity to become intelligent is.

Pointless word-play. You could say the same about height or hair-colour.

about three weeks ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

quenda Re:WTF (65 comments)

GCHQ is one of those things known better by the acronym than their full name.
Even their homepage does not tell you what it stands for. I could tell you, but then ... you know.

about a month ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

quenda Re:Putting the "Star" in Starbucks... (192 comments)

Last I heard, it cost around $20k/kg to lift cargo to orbit. Add in the extra weight of beans vs instant, and the world will finally see (albeit from a distance) coffee even more overpriced than Starbucks'.

about a month and a half ago
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Robots Will Pave the Way To Mars

quenda Re:Why do we need pavement to Mars? (95 comments)

You drive on the pavement?!

He must be American. Americans have no word for footpath because they drive everywhere.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

quenda Re:No Way! (261 comments)

But normal TVs give the appearance of 3D just as well, without the stupid glasses or headaches.
Neither TV is truly 3D (holographic), one just adds stereoscopic vision to the other depth cues.

3D would be more useful in still photos, where important motion cues are missing, yet 3D still cameras are still seen as a gimmick.

Not only does 3D have some utility, but most of the time you just turn it off and it does no harm. You can't turn off the curvature of your silly new curved TV.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

quenda Re:Pre-emptive chuckle at the cloth ears brigade.. (188 comments)

Even audio-freq headphones and line-level cables use shielded cable.
Its only for speakers where wire does not matter - so long as the impedance is low compared to the speaker, hence the coat-hanger theoretical example.
Of course the comparison in only in sound quality. There are mechanical disadvantages.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

quenda Re:Beats Streaming Service has 110K Users? (188 comments)

Besides. $3Billion is cupboard change to Apple. I'm betting they make $10Billion off of it in 2 years.

Most of Apple's money is from hardware. $3G is many months gross revenue from iTunes.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

quenda Re:Thank you, Captain Obvious (291 comments)

Dude, did you even read the article?

Did I what!? Welcome to slashdot, BTW.

OK, I did read a bit, but it was so stupid I had to stop. Terrible assumptions. I hope TFA does not accurately reflect the study.

In other news, it is often assumed that men are natural drivers, but if women practice motor racing, their brain is rewired to improve performance. Duh!

Researchers led by Ruth Feldman, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel

This has nothing to do with the US.

I wouldn't say "nothing". US taxpayers have long been propping up Israel to the tune of $billions per year.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

quenda Re:Thank you, Captain Obvious (291 comments)

Now who are the fools who paid for this so desperately-needed research? Oh yeah. My own government. Once again.

The government has no money. It was paid half by taxpayers, and half by US-bond holders.

But yes, kind of obvious. We used to call it bonding.

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

quenda Re:That remind me of the glutamate scare (146 comments)

Yuck. I mean, each to his own.
Tomato, BTW is naturally loaded with glutamate.

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

quenda Re:That remind me of the glutamate scare (146 comments)

No. There *IS* no need for added salt.

That depends what you mean by "need". I once made bread and forgot the salt. Edible, but surprisingly unpleasant, not just bland.
I suppose you could get used to it, but why? Moderation can be both healthy and tasty.
The problem is very high salt levels in processed and take-away food, not the half-teaspoon added to the pot at home.

if you eat a reasonable quantity of ocean fish, is sufficient.

Isn't that for iodine, rather than sodium?

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

quenda Re:That remind me of the glutamate scare (146 comments)

It is not added sodium. Adding MSG to food reduces the need for common salt. So you should end up with less sodium.
As for those people who bury their meal in salt before even tasting it, well, they deserve a heart attack.

about 2 months ago

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