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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

stewsters car metaphor (152 comments)

This is Slashdot, please explain this article with a car metaphor.

about a week ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

stewsters Re:People need to start with the scale (392 comments)

Its unlikely that they would send people like that, or that they would survive on a planet after adapting to 120,000 years worth of space travel.

They would construct a spacecraft that can accelerate at around 10 m/s^2 over hundreds of years, midway though the journey they flip it around and decelerate at the same pace. If the target planet is higher or lower gravity, they can ramp up or down acceleration to aclimant people to the change.

This way they are used to gravity and maintain a minimum time to arrive for the cargo carried. What kind of engine or power source would be necessary to do this is currently far beyond us, but may be possible one day.

They would also probably have to send robotic construction facilities ahead of the colonists to start building shelters. They will need to be able to harvest and construct additional robots and shelters without human intervention, as it is to far to remote control.

If we ever get the technology to do a full test-tube baby, perhaps we could freeze the genetic material and send it. Or possible chemically make it with our DNA stored as blueprints. We wouldn't actually 'travel', we would be generated on the planet. This is all high science fiction for now.

about two weeks ago

GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

stewsters Re:IPX (145 comments)

Speaking of ipx, does anyone know how to get Diablo 1 lan to work on recent versions of windows? Back in xp you could enable ipx and get it to work.

about two weeks ago

Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

stewsters Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Go sit in the bathroom until after they count?

about two weeks ago

Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

stewsters Do you want Reavers? (150 comments)

Do you want Reavers? Because that's how you get Reavers.

about two weeks ago

ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

stewsters Are they the only one? (173 comments)

And this is why Twitter does not need to be profitable to be in business. The investors are shell companies working for other governments, hoping they will cause a US spring.

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

stewsters Thats bad for science. (291 comments)

That's unfortunate that we loose scientific abilities because of political reasons. Science in this country already suffers from enough political religious groups and budget cuts. Hopefully SpaceX or the airforce will be able to fill the gap until it stabilizes.

about two weeks ago

Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

stewsters Re:Forbit all HFT (246 comments)

That sounds good, but what will happen is that the big trading firms will build software to give each other hints as to when they will be buying and selling the the next 30 seconds. There will still be algorithmic trading, it will just have to move toward out of channel cooperation rather than pure speed.

about two weeks ago

DOJ Pushes to Expand Hacking Abilities Against Cyber-Criminals

stewsters This will be used against everyone (49 comments)

If you give an agency the ability to hack, they will want to hack all US citizens. See the NSA for a recent example.

Letting the FBI change things on computers of people it is investigating is a recipe for disaster. How long before they too get a general warrant that allows them to hack any computer in the world? Remember, these are just people suspected, not people found guilty. If you don't think they could get that warrant, then you have not been following the NSA revelations closely enough.

What can they not get from the average criminal by just confiscating his computer when they arrest him? With the ability to upload and download files to people's computers, they will be able to blackmail anyone they want. If they want to eliminate a senator who is trying to cut their funds, they just hack into his computer, make some racist/sexist comments on his twitter account, and he wont be re-elected. Or they could add evidence of other activities, that even if no one can prove, would still would destroy them politically.

about three weeks ago

Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

stewsters Re:Close button on OS X (256 comments)

Tabs are on the right in the Linux version too. The rest of my system buttons are on the left. Also it doesn't work well in the command line. I guess I will just have to go back to lynx.

about a month ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

stewsters Re:Slow (140 comments)

Import your main project, then import your sub projects as modules.
You can then include them by adding dependencies. File->project structure->modules->dependencies -> green arrow to select one of your sub projects and add it.
Click the checkbox in the export column if you want to export that library when you export.
Not sure about the maven management of the projects, but I have used gradle to import maven artifacts.

about a month ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

stewsters Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

Intellij supports both, I used a non-gradle build last week. Not sure about the Android Studio version, but I can imagine it's possible, just not the default in the basic project setup. That being said, gradle is nice if you have a lot of dependencies in maven.

about a month ago

Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

stewsters Age is not all they are looking for (137 comments)

Just read the competition, and thought I should point this out:

participants will be asked to classify the author of a set of tweets as journalist, politician, activist, professional, client, company, authority or citizen, since the fact of belonging to a certain category could determine the importance of the user's opinions.

If you submit a solution, know that it will be used to classify journalist and activist communications.

about 2 months ago

Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

stewsters Nice try NSA (137 comments)

You are going to have to pay me more than 300 euro for that. ~400 should do it.

about 2 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

stewsters Caprica (241 comments)

Caprica. Watch it. Doesn't end well.

about 3 months ago

IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

stewsters Web devs dislike IE. (390 comments)

So what I see is people who go to their web development site (likely Web Developers) don't use IE. Never knew a web developer to prefer it. I am actually surprised that number is so high.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

stewsters Revenue != Profit (289 comments)

Taking in money doesn't necessarily mean anything unless you can actually make money.

about 3 months ago


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