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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

romanval Sounds like Tesla's Gigafactory can be used (488 comments)

.. to provide batteries at 1/3rd their current cost.. then the bus will have ~100 mile range while costing the same. (Space/weight isn't an issue, since a regular diesel bus already weighs around 75,000 lbs.)

Better yet, have batteries slotted into the bus like a giant laptop battery. A robotic arm can swap them out in seconds.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

romanval Re:WIl they use my tax money? (260 comments)

Tesla is now worth 20 billion dollars, and their battery partners (Panasonic) are also chipping in on building the factory. I doubt they need much help from the public.

about two weeks ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

romanval Re:The Gravity of Evil (327 comments)

I wouldn't say California is overpopulated. Sure the urban areas are pretty tight, but as this factory is solar powered it'll most likely be in the southern inland counties (Kern, San Bernandino, Riverside or Imperial).. these areas which are mostly desert.. some sparsely populated and economically poor.

about a month ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

romanval Reagan: the environmental governor? (327 comments)

It's strange how California's environmental protection law was put in place by the beloved icon of Republican party... the same party who now say it's the reason for companies to stay away from California.

"California's landmark environmental statute, widely known by its acronym CEQA, was signed into law by former Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires state and local government agencies to review development projects to identify potential threats to the environment and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate any potential damage."

about a month ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

romanval Republican "Free market" capitalism at work.. (306 comments) long as their corporate/special interests "freedoms" take priority from the public's interests, everything will be peachy.
    Also see: Tesla vs. State auto dealership associations.

about a month and a half ago

Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

romanval Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (119 comments)

Here's a suggestion: Don't ever listen to research announcements. Just buy the best of whatever exists right now.

Meanwhile the true nerds (like myself) will be excited about it because they give us a glimpse of what may become....

about 2 months ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

romanval Congress write laws???? (382 comments)

Especially laws that would place the interests of the individual ahead of the interests of an established industry cartel? That's a laugh.

about 2 months ago

Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

romanval children?? how about the elderly? (437 comments)

In the next few decades there'll be plenty of elderly that need to get around: They're a huge part of active society, yet for simple physical reasons (eye-sight or limb coordination issues) many of them can no longer drive, and a lot of them are homeowners that live in the suburbs, far away from public transportation. I'd say that's a much bigger market, especially in the next 30 or 40 years.

about 4 months ago

NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

romanval Re:governement approach can waste money trying (333 comments)

It's in California because California has huge historical ties to aerospace/defense-- and there's still a good amount of engineering talent that has never left the state.

about 4 months ago

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

romanval Jobs himself said ... (311 comments)

that the best programmers/software engineers are astoundingly more productive; something like 10 to 25 times faster then average ones. He obviously wanted to do what it took to retain them, since he was knew that his new product developments relied on impossibly fast deadlines.

about 5 months ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

romanval Re:Not a market back then (272 comments)

Microsoft indeed tried to get their Tablet to sell over 10 years ago, but their mistake was in adapting Window UI directly into a tablet without adapting the user interface. A pure hands-only tablet has no stylus, no resizeable windows and must support multiple finger touches + gestures.. which is totally different then WIMP. The genius of Steve Jobs is he figured that out early on and directed his engineers to tackle it appropriately- (hence a totally separate UI interface stack for OS X; hence iPhone OS = OS X core + different UI)

Steve Jobs also had the vision to know that people will accept something they've never seen before... as long as the usability is good beyond a reasonable doubt.

about 5 months ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

romanval Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

Try having cancer with the old system, you'll see how much your insurance company "cares". Even with coverage, entire families would still go bankrupt.
And the thing about cancer is it seems to strike regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is.

about 5 months ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

romanval Re:7.1 million is pathetically low, so ya I believ (723 comments)

Um.. most of US population is already covered though their employers/family plan. They're talking about the 40 million or so Americans who cannot get affordable coverage due to preexisting conditions, income restraints, and the like.

about 5 months ago

One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

romanval Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (286 comments)

I'm not too sure how a no-fly list works since many people can have the same name.
If that's the case, what's stopping someone from legally changing their name to something more american/western-european and re-issuing their passport?

about 6 months ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

romanval Re:Price? Cost? (94 comments)

If you're going to think of it in those terms, even a petrol powered school bus is a "hand-out"... Since a brand new diesel-powered school bus can cost around $100K, and the school district will spend that amount (over its lifetime) for maintenance.

about 6 months ago

Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

romanval Re:Forget cars (131 comments)

The scientific consensus for AGW/climate change was pretty darn clear even before Al Gore's movie: He just made it more popular. The only people making it controversial are the old school energy companies and everyone associated with it.

about 7 months ago

Tesla Updates Model S Software As a Precaution Against Unsafe Charging

romanval DYI electrics... (148 comments)

Now many home improvements can be a DYI project, but wiring a 240V-50A line is NOT one of those things.

about 9 months ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

romanval Re:why can't tesla set up dealerships? (470 comments)

Because Texas law states that auto dealerships must be independently owned and operated from the auto manufacturer-- (a dealer franchise just has an agreement to sell a particular car... but they still have no ties to the manufacturer.)

about a year ago



The inner world of gov-sponsored white-hat hacking

romanval romanval writes  |  more than 3 years ago

romanval (556418) writes "Anonymous leaked emails of white-hat hacker firm HBGary shows how it develops and markets products to government agencies.

Includes information of advanced rootkits, collections of 0-day unpublished exploit vectors (aka "Juicy Fruit"), Amounts that the rootkit typically sell for (about $60K), rootkits with keyboard loggers that disguise payload as ad click tracking data, the usage of social networking bots to investigate a particular group, and lots more."

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