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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

sir-gold Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

In Grand Rapids MI (I think it's Grand Rapids anyway) there are several intersections where left turns are not allowed. Instead, they provide dedicated turn-around spots in the middle of the block, with the intention that you drive past your turn, turn around, and then turn right.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Competition For Dollars

sir-gold Disposable rovers (78 comments)

It costs an absolute fortune to sent something to another planet (regardless of weight), so why does NASA spend so much time and money designing and building rovers that are only expected to last 3-6 months?

It's like a person complaining about having a food budget that is too small, when they buy nothing but high-price, pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meals.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

sir-gold Weights and Measures (355 comments)

You definitely need to press your case further with the Weights & Measures people, because this falls squarely into their territory. At&t is clearly selling you a specific amount of product for a specific price, and the main purpose of the W&M department is to test the accuracy of commercial measuring equipment.

If you are actually able to get a live person with relative ease, just keep calling back until you get someone that agrees with you.

If W&M can test the gas pump, why can't they test the internet pump too?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

sir-gold Re:Pure Marketing (92 comments)

It doesn't matter anyway, since China will have hacked the encryption keys within minutes of generating them.

Or the NSA will have hacked them, passed them them on to Israel (NSA gives Israel raw intelligence access), who will then sell them to China in exchange for whatever weapons they can't get from the US.

about a month ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

sir-gold Re:Overstating cat's role? (110 comments)

Cats explore everything. They will eventually go where you want if you wait long enough.

about a month ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

sir-gold New version of an old idea. (110 comments)

This sounds like a modern cyber-warfare version of the Soviet anti-tank dogs or the American bat-bombs.

If a cat collar can sniff wifi, it can run an automated exploit script too.

about a month ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

sir-gold Re:Isn't it the other way around? (225 comments)

It's not necessarily a new form of energy.

It's possible that there is a 5th force that we don't know about, different from the 4 forces that we already know about (gravity, magnetism, strong force and weak force.)

It could be a very weak force with an extremely long range that only manifests when the other 4 forces are beyond their effective ranges.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

sir-gold Re:Option: Linksys WRT1900ac (427 comments)

Does the WRT1900ac still use open-source code in the stock firmware?

The only reason the WRT54G was opened up in the first place was because of the GPL requirements. If the stock WRT1900ac uses entirely closed-source code, then there is no GPL requirement to post the source code

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

The next Tesla model will be a big metal box full of batteries that you park next to your house, and permanently connect.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

My first PC had a 200 watt power supply
The next one was 400 watt
After that it was 650 watt, which lasted until I need PCIe connectors.
Now I'm up to 800 watts, with a PC that also doubles as a space heater whenever I play a game.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

I'm pretty sure most of us lack the tools and materials to build a photovoltaic panel.

However, Solar thermal (hot water solar) is well within reach of anyone who can solder pipes and use a saw.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

sir-gold Sony is too selfish (172 comments)

Sony tries too hard to be completely in charge of every tiny aspect of their products, even when they lack the expertise to actually accomplish it.
They could have partnered with Amazon or B&N right from the beginning, and they would have been a part of something big. But instead they have a tiny part of nothing, all to themselves.

This is what happens when you don't share your toys Sony. Everyone eventually decides to get up and go play somewhere else.

about a month and a half ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

sir-gold Counselling? (61 comments)

How is a child raised by a robot any more traumatized than a child raised by a television (AKA the electric babysitter)?

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

sir-gold Like a Public Library (192 comments)

How is renting a book for a month any different than borrowing that same book from the library for a month (as far as the publisher is concerned)?

As long as Amazon has bought enough "copies" of the book to cover everyone who is reading that book at any given time, then the publisher has already made their money.

It's possible that amazon IS screwing over the publishers, by either paying too low of a price per copy or by not paying for all the copies in circulation, but that has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the rental service itself.

about 2 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

sir-gold Re:Reason I installed addblock. (418 comments)

I have seen video advertisement captchas as well, where you actually have to watch the video (or atleast most of it) to answer a question.

about a month ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

sir-gold Re:Remote areas? (89 comments)

It's easier to fix alien tech if you are living in an alien junkyard.

I don't know about those areas specifically, but there are many extremely poor areas of the world that are drowning in 1st world waste like plastic bottles and broken electronics.
Maybe the solution could use those "resources"

Some of this already exists, like the 20oz-bottle skylight (fill bottle with water and 2 cap fulls of bleach, drill hole in tin roof, stick bottle half-way through, and seal it somehow) The end result is a bright light that fills the area like a light bulb, and lasts pretty much forever.

If this new hydrophobic layer could be cheaply painted onto bottle plastic, it would take care of a large part of the raw material cost, especially if the hydrophobic layer could somehow also be made from whatever chemicals are in those old electronics.

It's cheaper to make lemonade if life hands you free lemons.

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sir-gold Re:Completely useless for me. (204 comments)

Where do you live that they ban gas-flame cooking?

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sir-gold Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

Wouldn't a standard pressure cooker set to sea level pressure solve this problem?

about 2 months ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

sir-gold Secret Copyright (157 comments)

How can you make a DMCA claim, while withholding both the name of the copyright holder and the particular copyrights involved?

If there is zero burden of proof, then what is to stop someone from sending a DMCA takedown notice for EVERYTHING on youtube?

about 2 months ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

sir-gold Only copyright (311 comments)

Since she herself created the images in question, and shared them with at least one other person, does this not count as the creation of an artwork for private distribution?

By this standard Pinkmeth (and by extension Tor) are guilty of, at most, copyright infringement.

about 2 months ago

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