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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

robot256 Re:Thanks middle class! (200 comments)

"Work harder! Millionaires are dependent on YOU!"

FTFY.

5 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

robot256 Re:What does it mean? (222 comments)

How about, "They had no idea burning all the oil in the ground would make half the species on the planet go extinct in 200 years"? New information demands new choices.

about a month ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

robot256 That was 3 years ago (222 comments)

You can't "invent" cheaper tech--it only gets cheaper if you invest in mass-producing it. They gave up 3 years ago, and since then market forces have actually achieved price parity for renewables in a lot of the world. It wasn't any new "magic bullet" research that did it, but incremental improvements driven by economies of scale. Yes, government played a big role, but primarily as a driver of demand and investor in manufacturing.

The climate does not have time to wait for a new technology to be developed and go through the whole sequence of commercialization and commoditization. The solar panels, wind turbines and batteries we already have can do the job--and the more we build, the cheaper they get.. This is one place I wish market purists would get on board--put a price on carbon, and solutions will come out of the woodwork and plummet in price.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

robot256 Re: This is silly (720 comments)

It's a numbers issue. There are more minimum wage jobs in the country than there are teenagers. Under your premise, the only two solutions are to increase the number of teenagers or reduce the number of jobs paying the minimum wage. Which one of those do you suggest we try? Because the only other option is to reject your premise entirely and raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

robot256 Re:This is silly (720 comments)

"[M]aking sure people aren't free loading" is NOT the problem. The problem is making sure that when "automation will have made our productivity and wealth generation sufficient that we can just provide everyone the resources they need" those resources are actually GIVEN to those who need them and not concentrated in the hands of, quite frankly, freeloading billionaires. The idea that any one person can be so productive that they deserve 1000x more reward than anyone else is absurd.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

robot256 Re:Pay Per View (135 comments)

"They also don't think there's any chance the NFL will move its games to pay-per-view."

ROTFLMAO.

What are they smoking? The NFL will go PPV, ASAP.

Book it.

And as soon as they do, the rest of America will cancel the cable bundles they only pay out the nose for because of the live sports channels, where PPV fees are the straw that breaks the camel's back. The entire cable industry will collapse overnight, and the vacuum in the ISP market will be filled by startups and municipalities with gigabit fiber and competitive pricing. Then the under-served talent in America will finally be productive and solve global warming, and all the polar bears will have yachts and Whole Foods will solve world hunger by giving everyone veggie burgers.

Yup, sounds like the FCC made a good decision to me.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

robot256 Re:Interesting problem with water landing -- wind (75 comments)

The latest models of the F9R boosters have retractable steering fins in addition to thrusters and engine gimbals for guidance control, and the ability to hover in place and translate to a precise landing spot. I'm sure they will have everything worked out by the time they try to actually land on a sea platform.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

robot256 Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

I meant to add, boy is it fun maxing out my 150Mbps connection, getting 15 Mega BYTES per second on a 1GB file.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

robot256 Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

One word: Bittorrent.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

robot256 Re:Use Paper (143 comments)

And have the benefit of only taking half the meeting to get working right, and if it's a really nice one then when it breaks in a month you can go back to using it as a regular whiteboard.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

robot256 Re:Use Paper (143 comments)

Good point, but it sounds like the OP deals with medical devices before they produce any medical information, so there there should only be industrial espionage to worry about...

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

robot256 Re:Redbox Instant (364 comments)

We're talking about Verizon Fios home internet here, not wireless...

about 6 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

robot256 Re:Electric. (659 comments)

And much faster cycle times to refill.

Only if you can fill them at all. If Toyota actually wants to sell these things, they're going to have to pony up the $1 billion for fueling stations the way Tesla has installed chargers.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

robot256 Re:False choice: Electronic != unreliable (765 comments)

I forgot to mention satellites and missile guidance systems, which experience extremes of temperature and vibration. All those problems are technically solvable. The main problem is, as you say, price: Making the perfect smart gun system will be expensive. Regulations would have to ensure that substandard smart guns are unavailable, or just as illegal as dumb guns, if that were the case. Of course, if cheap guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have cheap guns.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

robot256 False choice: Electronic != unreliable (765 comments)

Sometimes cameras can't autofocus. Cable boxes freeze up when browsing the channel guide.

But fly-by-wire airliners, military radios, targeting systems, medical implants, even Internet backbone routers all have absurdly high reliability stats and are all based on electronics, sensors and firmware.

So don't buy your smart gun from a factory in China producing crap for Comcast or Sony. Buy it from someone who knows how to build high-reliability electronics for the military, like Siemens or ATK.

Would you leave your house unlocked all the time because you might lose the key while you were being chased by a mugger? No, because on the other 30,000 days of your life burglars will come and go as they please. It's the same with a gun, where it is easily stolen or grappled from you before you use it, or worse, found by a child.

about 7 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

robot256 Re:lets do this on border gateways (194 comments)

At least a few of you have to work for the internet in some capacity.

Unfortunately, most of those that do would like to continue doing so. But nice try!

about 7 months ago
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Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

robot256 Re:What Level 3 can do (210 comments)

Sounds to me like Level 3 does peer with ISPs, but the ISPs are failing to upgrade their side of the pipes so the peering suffers, just like it did with Netflix. But unlike the Netflix case, the ISP has no "asymmetric traffic" argument as to why Level 3 should pay disproportionately for peering.

about 7 months ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

robot256 Re:Let Me Just Point Out... (272 comments)

Troll fail:

(1) Entitlement spending doesn't make one bit of difference. These days, NASA gets less than 0.5% of the federal budget. The Pentagon wastes more money in a month than NASA spends in a year. The only reason Congress doesn't double or triple NASA's budget is that they see no political gain in it for themselves without earmarking the money for projects that will never be finished.

(2) Don't know how this is relevant. We knew all along that making ourselves beholden to Russia for manned spaceflight was a bad idea, but Bush and the last Congress did it anyways. If Ukraine hadn't happened, something else probably would have sooner or later.

(3) is flat-out wrong. If you hadn't noticed, the NASA Chief Administrator is a former astronaut himself--not some lawyer who was handed the job on a silver platter for ass-kissing. NASA managers are probably the most competent team in the whole federal government (not least because so many of them are actual rocket scientists), which is why we are able to do so many amazing projects in spite of the idiotic budget cuts that get thrown at us.

Thud's response was far more accurate:

(0) is an accurate characterization of the SLS-Orion project, the official successor to the shuttle and informally known as the "Senate Launch System". This is why we had to contract SpaceX to actually build a rocket, as opposed to pretend to build while distributing pork.

(-1) is really the same thing as (0).

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

robot256 Re:lucky me (135 comments)

To resolve your confusion: Time Warner won't throttle *your* bandwidth, they will throttle *Netflix's* bandwidth getting into their network. So even though you have 15Mbps from Time Warner, and they're only trying to push you 3Mbps, if 2 million Time Warner customers all try to get 3Mbps from Netflix through a single 10Gbps pipe, most of them will be sorely disappointed. Netflix would then have to pay Time Warner for a 100Gbps pipe.

And to be straight about this, none of it is about hardware cost. ISPs could perfectly well let Netflix co-locate at Netflix's (presumably smaller) expense and get faster speeds inside their networks without added interconnects. They just don't want to.

about 8 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

robot256 Re:...In all states? (328 comments)

You're right. Tesla's legal team is just trying to keep the doors open wherever they can. There was a bill in Arizona to legalize them but it died. I don't think Musk is going to commit to building his factory until one of them goes through with it.

about 8 months ago

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Windows 7 Download Emails Land in Spam Folders

robot256 robot256 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

robot256 (1635039) writes "Like many users, I pre-ordered Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store months ago for $XX. I waited all day for the download instruction email, only to discover it in my Gmail SPAM folder. A warning to everyone waiting for their downloads: check your spam folder before cursing Microsoft. This is one M$ email you don't want to miss!"

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