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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:For something that's actually happening.. (155 comments)

forget it, one big-ass rotor is far more efficient and generates far more lift than a bunch of small ones. that thing has 20 minute flight time, and needs by their words a "range extender" for more than that, a combustion engine. there is a reason basics of helicopter design has not changed in decades, nothing else makes sense.

2 days ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:Not getting funded. (155 comments)

you're not an engineer, are you. Maybe you should think of the weight of the fuel it would take to power eight (one adult one ultralight frame) engines for even 20 minutes at max thrust. Answer, 120 liters, 96 kilos of kerosene. Oops, guess we need another engine to lift that....

2 days ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:I came up with a great idea (155 comments)

I'm not sure your traffic control people should be in the air, maybe they could be in a kind of tower high enough to at least see both ends of the asphalt strips. One problem is that the drivers of these flying cars might anthropomorphize the tower and start addressing it as "tower" when talking over a radio to the traffic control people in the tower. Another would be the difficulty in seeing the license plates on the flying cars, maybe bigger numbers could be painted on the sides of the vehicle toward the tail end.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

rubycodez Re:Nuclear? (423 comments)

I thought the green way was everyone getting a house like Al Gore's that takes the energy of 20+ normal family houses.

2 days ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

rubycodez Re:WOWZA! (235 comments)

You are the one who doesn't understand how money is made with open source software, or even most closed source software for that matter.

You seem fixated on the mistaken notion that paying for software is what drives the business, open or closed. it does not.

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez Re:Five hundred years? (838 comments)

actually, no, I'd agree we have enough data about 1920 till now to talk about average global temperature within a couple tenths of a degree C over 95 years. but that's all. And I do agree carbon pollution is bad for a number of reasons even if climate not affected as much as the agenda-driven IPCC and the big investors influencing their actions would like us to believe

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez Re:Five hundred years? (838 comments)

You are silly, we only have accurate temperature reconds for anything that could be considered a useable "grid" covering the earth for far less than a century.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez Re:more pseudo science (838 comments)

I did, the maths are applied to temperature estimates lacking in necessary accuracy and precision, and so are rubbish

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez Re:more pseudo science (838 comments)

You have it backwards, please point me to the authoritative record of temperatures to within say a quarter of a degree C for the last 500 years.

4 days ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

rubycodez Re:Tmux (136 comments)

at least I tried and used tmux for two weeks before reaching my conclusion, as it is the preferred ware over screen in my favorite BSD server distro

"Saner keys" really doesn't mean much to me, I learn the dozen or so list of keystrokes it takes to do the job, whatever they are. Most of the commonly used "screen" ones do have sensible mnemonics for those that find such things helpful.

As others have pointed out, screen can do sharing.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez more pseudo science (838 comments)

we cannot ascertain the temperatures of past centuries with enough precision to make any such study nor claims

4 days ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

rubycodez Re:Tmux (136 comments)

screen also has split windows, multiple sessions, customizable status bar. For my use cases, I could not find a compelling reason to use tmux

5 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

rubycodez Re:shenanigans (381 comments)

not poverty, instead places where family structure has broken down and subcultures do not instill any respect for human life. I know places where poor people are not killing each other. poverty is no excuse

5 days ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

rubycodez Re:What version does OpenBSD use? (239 comments)

or is if you didn't apply patch they put out the same day

about a week ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

rubycodez Re:How? (70 comments)

many merely coexist with you, eating nutrients carried about by your precious fluids.

about a week ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

rubycodez Re:It's really annoying (303 comments)

not clear at all, the openssl wankers merely defeated the proper protection modern implementations of malloc/free afford with their wrapper because they didn't like the poor performance of said safety nets. there is no curing stupid with language safety

about a week ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

rubycodez Re:Ubuntu (303 comments)

yes sarcasm. restart (not reload).

about a week ago

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Follow-Up Story: Petition to White House to Eliminate DST

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Sign the petition to the White House to move the clocks ahead one last time, then abolish the energy and money wasting nonsense known as Daylight Saving Time forever. This is long overdue in this modern computerized era. Let's use the power of slashdot's huge readership to get common sense applied to the keeping of time."
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Third Nuclear Test by North Korea

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, with the signature of a man-made underground nuclear explosion at a depth of one kilometer. South Korea estimate the yield at six to seven kilotons TNT equivalent."
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Anti-Gun Newspaper that Published Owner Lists Hires Armed Citizens

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The Journal New had published a map showing gun owner's names and addresses, but now in ironic move has hired armed citizens (private security) for protection after receiving much negative mail. As with anti-gun politicians, it seems guns are ok as long as they are used to protect them."
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NASA Press Release Hysteria: Truth Is Greenland Has 150 Year Major Melt Cycle

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Despite the hoopla and hysteria over NASA's press release of "unprecedented" Greenland ice sheet melting, the truth is that the melt is right on schedule and happens every 150 years. It has nothing whatever to do with AGW. NASA should have made a press release saying in the last 40 years of satellite observation, such a melt hasn't been observed."
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No Tachyons for You! Retest of Neutrino Speed Reconfirms Special Relativety

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The ICARUS experiment between CERN and Gran Sasso shows that neutrinos move no faster than light. I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of sci-fi space opera lovers cried out in anguish, and then were still."
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The Fate of the Twinkie

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The fate of the stereotypical geek food Twinkie, with its shelf life on the order of geological if not cosmological timescales (source: Ghost Busters), may be decided soon. With the company Hostess Brand entering its second bankruptcy since 2005, it may liquidate itself this time rather than reorganize as before, with 19,000 jobs gone , The Twinkie brand name (and Ding Dongs and that near tasteless foamy mass known as Wonder Bread) might be up for sale. in our IP minded civilisation, a brand name can outlive a product, be sold like property, and become bound to something else."
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H5N1 Bird Influenza - not a credible threat

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez writes "A 39 year old bus driver has died of H5N1 in Shenzhen, a city next to Hong Kong. But none of the 120 people he had close contact with show any signs of infection with the virus. Usually only those with close contact with dead animals get H5N1, and there are no cases of person to person transmission. In the last seven years, less than 350 people have died from H5N1. Meanwhile, they more common flus that children bring home from school every year will kill tens of thousands. It is time to stop worrying about a rare disease that has killed hardly anyone, and put to rest the hype."
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California to Fight Against the 3,000 Mile Oil Cha

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The quick-oil-change business chains of today repeatedly drill into customer's heads the notion that oil changes must be every 3,000 miles for all cars. This is despite that today's engines have even tighter tolerances, temperature regulation, and superior alloys on rubbing surfaces. Officials of the State of California's Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery are fighting the wasteful beliefs. Their Check Your Number campaign website encourages people to check the manufacturer's specified interval for vehicles, often it is in the 5,000 to 10,000 mile range for late models."
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The 147 Corporations that Rule Most of the Global

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Researchers at the Swiss Federal Technology Institute in Zurich have identified a "Capitalist Network" of well-connected companies that control most of the global economy. They further identified the 147 (one percent) "super-connected" companies that control forty percent or more of the global financial network. If one believes the mega-corporations have most governments of the west in their pockets, does this mean we have a global oligarchy?"
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Possible Habitable Planet 36 Lightyears Away

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "HD85512b, a planet found by the European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile, is at the right distance and of the right mass (3.6 times Earth) to possibly harbor life. It is only the second planet found with the right distance and mass parameters to be a viable candidate for further study for life signs."
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Excellent Opportunity: Default the National Debt

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The mega-corporations and mega-banks have been controlling the lawmakers in most western countries. The deadline for extending the payments on the U.S. National Debt affords an excellent opportunity to bring down an evil system of oligarchs, and an unconstitutional system of producing fiat money. A proper "controlled demolition" (in a purely metaphorical sense) of the Federal Reserve System can liberate the U.S. from mega-corporate control.

The gist of the process is simple, savings and currency of U.S. citizens are transitioned to a New Dollar based on federal metal (silver/gold) and/or federal assets such as land. Domestic production is ramped up, mines and factories are re-opened, our dependence in the short term for petroleum will be met with domestic supplies of oil and coal processed into clean liquid hydrocarbon fuel (we do have such sufficient reserves, look it up). The National Debt, owned to private bankers, is defaulted upon and those holders of U.S. securities (e.g. arab nations, China, etc.) are screwed over, flipped the veritable bird, forcing the U.S. to be self-sufficient for a time as the dollar becomes useless for world trade.

Those in the banking cartel and their minions (e.g. treasury secretary, board of governors of federal reserve, etc) are rounded up and tried for high treason for their actions in supporting anti-american governments, globalist draining of U.S. wealth, plotting against the people of the U.S., betrayal of trust, purposeless wars, terrorism, mass murder; and are given the traditional penalty for high treason. Those foreign heads of banking cartels that colluded with them in their evil activities are classified as enemies of the United States and dealt with accordingly.

Laws will be enacted, to forbid corporations from contributing to campaigns, from lobbying, and even from existing for longer than a set period of time, perhaps 50 years. Stocks must be held for a period of no less than one business quarter; the stock market will be a slow, low-key operation for the purpose of investing in the future of a company only.

Only money based on an asset will be allowed; Congress will control the coining of money as per the Constitution, there will be no central bank, no money based upon debt, no participation by any person, bank, or corporation in the IMF or World Bank or similar global bank will be permitted. Usury will not be permitted, maximum interest for any debt public or private will be capped at five percent.

This will obviously entail sacrifice in the short term, but the reward will liberation from an ever-oppressive oligarchy which has been draining our wealth, stealing our liberties, and causing world wide misery and death."
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WHO. Changes Tune: Cell Phones May Be Carcinogenic

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The World Health Organization has changed its position on the link between cell phone use and cancer, from saying there is no link to instead saying there is possibility of link and that further study is warranted."
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Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "After being thrown out on the streets by Attachmate, the purchasers of Novell, Miguel De Icaza has formed a new company Xamarin to make .NET development tools for Android and iOS. The company will also provide commercial international Mono support. There are those who would say Mono poses a risk of drawing Microsoft patent or other IP litigation for its inclusion in some major Linux distributions, and that these recent events might be the beginning of the demise of widespread use of Mono and other .NETiness in open source software, a good thing."
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Dont Cut the Salt, It's Good For You

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Dr. Jan Staessen of the University of Leuven in Belgium used data from two studies of 3700 Europeans, in which their salt intake was measured by urinalysis for an average of 8 years. Those subjects with lowest salt intake had the highest rate, 4%, of death by heart attack, while those with the highest salt intake had the lowest heart attack rate at one percent. Yet another urban legend of dietary advice bites the dust."
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U.S. DOE to Send Radiation Hardened Robot to Japan

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Some slashdotters have been wondering why Japan, with its advanced robotics technology, hasn't been using robots and remote controlled cameras at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Apparently, they do not have radiation hardened systems that would be suitable, but the U.S. Department of Energy has said it is shipping such cameras and a robot from its Idaho National Laboratory along with a team to train Japanese operators."
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China To Stop Importing Chips for Supercomputers

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez writes "The Tianhe-1A system will be the last Chinese supercomputer to use imported Intel and AMD processors. By years end, China's own 64 bit MIPS-compatible 65nm 8-core 1GHz version of the Godsen (Longsoon family) processors will be used, including 10,000 of them for the "Dawning 6000" supercomputer. Yes, the chips can and usually do run GNU/Linux, but also can run FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD "
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Half of College Students Learn Nothing in 2 Years

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "A study of 2,400 students lead by Prof. Arum of NYU shows students gained no critical skills (critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing) after two years of college, and 36% gained none after four years. The study used the Collegiate Learning Assessment score, transcripts and surveys."
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up "Soon"

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "A wave of 2012 related hoopla has hit the internet, about the star that makes the "right shoulder" of Orion the hunter, Betelgeuse. Astronomer Phil Plait once again puts rumors to rest. The star will indeed explode as a type II supernova, and when it does it will be brighter than Venus on Earth though not as bright as the full moon. It will be visible in the night sky for weeks, as well as possibly be visible in the day sky for a short time. But that event could happen today, or 100,000 years from now or as much as a million years from now. Since Betelgeuse is over 600 light years away, its violent death will not harm Earth in any way, but definitely will provide a huge bonanza of scientific information about supernova. As geeks, we can only hope the core of Betelgeuse undergoes catastrophic failure in our lifetime."
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Milky Way May Have Dark Matter Satellite Galaxies

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Berkeley astronomer Sukanya Chakrabarti has detected perturbations in the gases surrounding our Milky Way and concludes there is a satellite "Galaxy X" 250,000 light years away that is mostly dark matter, but that may contain dwarf stars visible in infrared. She expects many more such dark matter satellites to the Milky Way to be discovered using her technique."
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about 4 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Oracle, having acquired Sun Microsystems including its Unix(tM), will no longer give away free Solaris licenses. Oracle also states that some features of its Oracle Solaris will not appear in OpenSolaris, which means OpenSolaris may start to die."
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