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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

rickb928 Re:Bad idea (206 comments)

Battery technology will ether improve with even more exotic and toxic materials, or some clever chemistry that avoid that. What we see today for battery tech is intolerable for the long-term (decades) development of battery cars.

Combustion seems to be the technology considered a dead-end, whether it is complex hydrocarbons, methane, whatever.

Batteries are, to me a total loser though. Just the raw materials issues doom this. Supercapacitors have potential (!), but they are also bombs in the trunk. I think those are the winners in the end.

2 hours ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

rickb928 Re:next gen batteries (206 comments)

Diesels have ignitions?

2 hours ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

rickb928 Re:next gen batteries (206 comments)

You assume your battery can tolerate that.

Try filling your water bottle with a firehose.

2 hours ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

rickb928 Re:Where do you fill up? (206 comments)

"If there are tax incentives on hydrogen (ie no/little fuel tax)"

There ya go! Tax incentives to encourage alternative fuel development!

Before we fix tax policy in America, we need to fix tax THINKING. The fuel tax was intended to raise revenue to build, maintain, and repair roads. Proportionate tax collection was expected to accommodate demand and maintenance needs. That;'s broken because of fuel economy improvements, but the fix is merely to reset the rate.

BUT, if you think of taxes as a tool to achieve policy results, then you try to use it for all sorts of things. Reduce/eliminate fuel tax for hydrogen, but lose revenue for road work. Sure, increase rates for legacy fuels, but eventually you need to tax these new fuels.

More to my point, though, taxes should be used to raise revenue. Period. We tolerate a lot of government interference in our lives and markets, and we scarcely consider the real impacts. Please, stop using tax policy to try and drive very little policy initiative you have a mind to impose on us. Every one.

If hydrogen is 'the' answer, it will become evident.

2 hours ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

rickb928 Re:Where do you fill up? (206 comments)

That pressure relief valve is the key. It is also a vacuum breaker in most parts of the nation, here in the US.

Steam is unlikely to be generated even when inlet water fails, since that comes into the bottom, and a water level drop requires a real leak, either out the inlet or the tank.

Electric heaters will see failed elements first, as these rarely survive being heated in air. Gas and oil heaters most likely end up venting hotter exhaust, which could be checked by a safety thermostat for all I know.

Now that hot water boiler in the basement, that's a bomb.

2 hours ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

rickb928 Re: As long as... (141 comments)

Just keep hitting Insert until it dies...

2 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rickb928 Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (302 comments)

FTFA:

"The Broadway Hotel's booking policy reads (in small print), "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may not. "For every bad review left on any website, the group organizer will be charged a maximum £100 per review."

I'm betting these nice patrons read that as carefully as you did. The first time.

They may not be able to claim ignorance.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rickb928 Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (302 comments)

This isn't a fraud case. There isn't any reason to shift liability to the processor or acquirer. This is a pure dispute.

Assuming the cardholder isn't trying to claim a deceptive practice. Which doesn't seem sustainable.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rickb928 Re: Not quite true (302 comments)

They may have a harder time than we think. If the hotel can offer their terms and conditions, with disclosure of the potential fine, and prove this was known by the cardholder, these patrons may be denied their claim. Indeed, add on any statements by the cardholders they they knew and made the complaint anyways, and the merchant should press this vigorously.

Mind you, this is sharp practice by the hotel, but that's their business.

5 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

rickb928 Re: The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

It's not semantics. Biking to the train station to sit on the train, and then biking from the stationn to work is NOT the same as biking 50 miles to work. It's multi-modal. That is a distinction any traffic engineer or planner would find significant.

I walk to work. Granted, I walk out to my car, drive to the parking lot, then walk into work, but i walk to work. I walk 25 feet to the car and 300-1500 feet to work plus stairs, but i walk to work. The 44 miles in between is incidental.

Get it?

5 days ago
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Magnetic Field In Meteorite Provides Clues About Formation of Solar System

rickb928 Re: Makes no sense that (26 comments)

I can magnetize a rod of iron by hitting a rock with it.

And you can, too.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

rickb928 Re: Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

No, raise taxes while gas prices are temporarily low, then when prices return to historical levels, as they will, the blame it on the producers, not the government.

Basically, sneak it in. See a pattern here?

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

rickb928 Re: Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

My crap house with most sheetrock and stick is quiet as a morgue. I can't hear my neighbors, they can't hear me, unless we open doors or windows.

You're just incorrect.

about a week ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

rickb928 Re:RCA Spectra (134 comments)

Touch screens.
E Mail.
Chat Rooms
In-app Messaging

And a lot more. PLATO delivered features not found in public systems until decades later.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

rickb928 Re:If he's right, (206 comments)

Turning FB video centric will require more than just users can generate. So they will repost, which is already a lot of what what you see anyways, just more.

And that means more snore video, bleagh.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

rickb928 If he's right, (206 comments)

I won't be using Facebook in 5 years.

First, video is a pox. Most waste time with pointless or awkward intros, fail to make the point, or, -the worst-, communicate a technical point or information by repeating the unimportant stuff over and over and over. Most video should be text.

Second, a predominantly video Facebook guarantees it will NOT be user-created. You're not creating a quick video on the A train, or being stuck on the PCH, or walking to school. Oh, wait, you are. And doing it badly. Point 1 again.

Never mind. Video will still suck.

about two weeks ago

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Cox Coaster, life in the frustrating lane

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So, I've become a participant in the Cox Coaster trial here in the Phoenix area, and I'm wondering if any of you have had a shot at this elsewhere, or if you have some questions about it.

Coaster is Cox's IPTV offering, still being built and tested apparently. As part of the deal, I got a new Cisco router/firewall/wifi hub, the Coaster PC, HDMI cable, and TWO remotes.

And so far, it is an unrewarding experience, but I'm not done trying it out. Verdict pending.

Questions?"

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We're the governent, and we're here to secure you

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So the Pentagon, with their shiny new CyberCom commander and all that, are trying to convince corporate CEOs and "companies that operate critical infrastructures" to let them install monitoring systems on their networks or, quote, "stay in the wild wild west of the unprotected internet".

From the article:

"Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn III, speaking at the Strategic Command Cyber Symposium in Nebraska, said we need to think imaginatively about how to use the National Security Agencyââs Einstein monitoring systems on critical private-sector networks ââ such as those in the financial, utility and communication industries ââ in order to protect us."

Sure sounds good to me. Let the Pentagon keep an eye on your critical network, and they will not only alert you to something going wrong, but they'll even respond to the threat. And if you operate 'critical infrastructure'. you owe it to our nation to opt-in, right? I mean. What could go wrong? It's the Pentagon, surely they know what they're doing, right?"

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Hidden web ads inflate revenues, don't annoy us

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "Well, sort of...

The Wall Street Journal publishes here (Same story, who stole what???) and here:

'Kraft Foods, Greyhound Lines and Capital One Financial have bought some strange ads on the Internet lately. What's so strange about them is that they're invisible.

The companies might not have known about their invisible display ads — the kind that are supposed to appear alongside content on Web pages — if not for Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School who studies Internet advertising.

Mr. Edelman says his research shows that all three marketers, and many others, have fallen victim to Web sites that use such ads as a way to sell more ad space than they have.

The Web sites can get away with it, he says, because online advertisers don't always audit their campaigns for proof their ads are appearing. It isn't clear how common these ads are or how much they cost marketers.

Mr. Edelman and other Internet-security experts say the ads are created with the use of computer code that makes it look to marketers as though their ads are showing up on legitimate Web sites. But consumers who visit those sites can't see the ads because they have been placed on invisible Web pages.

In one example, visitors to a site called MyToursInfo.com saw an ordinary-looking Web page with one ad for Verizon Communications and another for a weight-loss product. But, Mr. Edelman, who studied the site in January, said software code running behind the scenes opened more than 40 Web pages, each including three ads from marketers such as Domino's Pizza and Capital One, which were invisible to visitors.

Mr. Edelman's analysis of the code was confirmed by computer-security experts at Symantec and McAfee as well as online-ad advisory firms DoubleVerify and Anchor Intelligence.'

Sweet. I'm not sure what's worse, these and other companies being cheated out of ad dollars by this latest wrinkle in fraud, or us waiting while these invisible pages load. Not only do we suffer through interminable Flash loads, every geegaw Web trick to tickle our eyeballs and/or ears, but we now can be pretty sure that some of those sites that take so ^*%^ long to load are actually loading up page after page of 'invisible' ads.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Ad fraud, right under our noses, on the Internet? Oh my..."
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The Empire Strikes Back: Broadcast's end run?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rickb928 writes "Is this Television's big step past Cable? USA Today quotes John Eck, President of NBC Network and Media Works:

"If we play it right, it can be a compelling service"

Indeed, if several manufacturers follow suit and build mobile receivers, as LG, Samsung, Zenith, Kenwood, and others disclosed at CES in Las Vegas, this would offer viewers an option to cable, and even to Internet services such as Hulu, among others. Might even impact Youtube...

By offering local news, which normally isn't available from cellphone video services, they could leverage their fading brands even more, and most importantly directly to their audience. And probably preserve advertising views as well, which gives them an advantage with advertisers who pretty much despise Tivo and other services that let viewers bypass ads and get to the good stuff.

From the USA Today story: "At least 63 stations in 22 cities — including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Washington — will transmit news, entertainment and sports to portable devices this year, according to the broadcast industry's Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).

The initial group will include affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, ION and PBS. Each city will have a different mix. Most will simulcast regularly scheduled shows."

Gotta love it. Broadcast TV joining forces with the cellphone industry to take on a common enemy: Cable, which has been intruding on Telephony's turf with VOIP services, and clearly would love to dominate IP Television, may have a foe that can actually hurt them where it counts; in the wallet.

Do we consumers get anything out of this? 'Free' (as in beer) TV, albeit on smaller, mobile screens? On-demand shows? (I doubt that). Local stations on our phones or whatever little device? Smaller pictures of Jennifer Aniston? Is this a good thing?"

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Reporters at Black Hat get bounced for hacking

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So some reporters at Black Hat decided to teach the other reporters in the press room about the importance of securing their connections. They must have been thinking "hmm.. this is Black Hat, so why not hack their ids and passords and stuff, and show them how pwned they are, right?".

Not so funny. At Black Hat, hacking is encouraged. Everywhere except the Press Room, apparently.

So the reporters, from the French magazine 'Global Security Magazine', apparently did the unthinkable — hack at Black Hat:

"The French journalists — identified by organizers as Dominique Jouniot, Marc Brami, Mauro Israel — apparently set up their own server to siphon off traffic passing through the media room's central router."

Once again, hacking is cool. Unless, of course, it's done at you, or where you don't want it to be done.

Right back at ya, Black Hat."

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Gold Digger or opportunist? Sexist or pragmatist?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rickb928 writes "When this story" on my company's internal blog, I had to go read the original. Yep, allegedly a woman posted a personal ad on Craigslist asking how to meet her 'Sugar Daddy' move to New York City, and basically cash in. And this is a reposting of the ad and a response.

Some of this may or may not be true — and that's not my point. But this gets me thinking. And wondering. Among other things;

Was there a line crossed in this posting and response? I mean, the obvious observations in the NYT article include the blatant sexism by both the woman and the responder, and while many will complain that his (and I assume it was a 'he') response was throughly sexist, wasn't it also honest, brutally so? And what about the woman posting? While she's honest, she's probably smart to be anonymous as well. Posting her photo would not make her gym visits bearable, I bet.

What was the most outrageous thing you have read in a personal ad? I read plenty when I was dating, and the ones pointing out that Republicans, ex-military, etc. need not apply always got my attention. And I got plenty angry until I realized that it was for the best that I avoided these women. And many men used the dating sites to troll for sex, pure and simple, and would post ANYTHING to get a meeting. After all, you can't make the sale unless you can meet the buyer. (Was THAT crossing the line?).

But more to the point, it's not about whether or not a woman can seek marriage to a 'rich guy' for no other reason than to be taken care of, or a 'rich guy' to marry a woman for no other reason than to have a pretty girl on his arm and in his bed. It's deeper than that, I think. How can you really know what your fiance really has on their mind? Rich guys, do you wonder about this? And beautiful women, do you also wonder if the attraction really isn't just skin deep?

Of course, does this matter a bit to your average Slashdot reader? Let's find out."

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rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rickb928 writes "Just when you thought it was bad to talk on your cell phone all the time, comes this story about the amount of cell phone affecting your sperm count and quality. And it's all about the quality, isn't it?

The premise is that men who talk on their cell phones for more than 4 hours a day have lousy sperm.

Of course, the first question I have for the researchers is, 'Dude. The phone is out of my pocket. It's in my ear. I'm not a dickhead".

Whatcha think? Hidden danger or the funniest thing since, well, since tighty-whiteys?



-rick"

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Redesign

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

There's a reason Slashdot doesn't redesign the site very often. Same reason I dont lick the stove when its hot.

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