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Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

supernova87a umm. details? (35 comments)

"...CPU tester modules in a semiconductor manufacturing line at the plant were retrofitted with sensors. They then sent data to Mitsubishi Electric C Controller gateway devices powered by Intel Atom chips. After some filtering, the data were then processed using software from Revolution Analytics. Putting the data results into practice resulted in a reduction in component failures, increased equipment uptime and productivity, according to Intel....."

Could someone who actually knows something about what they did write the fucking article please? I have no idea what was improved using this technique by reading these sentences which are the only concrete part of the entire story linked.

7 hours ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

supernova87a oh, for another golden era of public transport (91 comments)

It is rather pathetic that in the first year of operation, 1967, the shinkansen achieved speeds of 137 mph while here in the US 45+ years later, we have yet to approach this average speed on our fastest line (Northeast corridor).

Admittedly, Japan benefited from a dedicated, grade-separated track, and new-build greenfield infrastructure that made efficiency and continuous improvement possible. As well as concentrated population centers with good local feeder public transport systems that could support expensive high speed rail. And ownership of the rails that allowed them to route and sequence traffic in a predictable and orderly way.

Ok, I admit that's a lot of favorable conditions that helped.

But still, you come back home to the US and wonder how we are still #1 with such shitty, shitty public transport systems, and public policymakers who care so little / are clueless about what it takes.

You take the shinkansen in Japan, or even a suburban line in Munich for that matter, and you have such a fast, quiet, vibration-free ride that you come back embarrassed about USA infrastructure. Try to take public transport to your flight at La Guardia, or the Amtrak Coast Starlight (SFO-LAX, which sometimes involves a bus), or the Boston Green Line squealing like a pig under Park Street like it's being tortured, or run away from the Chicago CTA crashing into O'Hare, and you get a sense of what it's like to be in last place among first world countries. Or for that matter, Chicago selling off it's public street parking infrastructure for 99 fucking years to the highest bidder. What moron was in charge of that one? I would hardly bet on what 5 years from now looks like, and they sold it off for 99 years.

It makes you disappointed in how dim is our current shadow of the earlier greatness that built this country.

8 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

supernova87a Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (215 comments)

I didn't think it was. Interisland/commuter terminal has similar levels of security, despite the fact that the planes couldn't do damage to anything of importance if they wanted to...

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

supernova87a Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (215 comments)

Are you willing to pay $15 on your ticket to fund the small airport screening process then that has to be staffed and trained fully, just for 4-5 flights per day?

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

supernova87a actually Australia does have some sanity (215 comments)

I will say though, that I credit Australia for having some rational procedures regarding security.

For example, there are some regional flights that arrive into Sydney from airports that cannot support full security screening. (on regional jets or turboprops) Instead of causing US-style security craziness and cost, after arrival they dump those passengers directly out into the non-sterile terminal public area (and then make them go back through security if connections are needed).

This in contrast to US security, which cannot be compartmentalized, and forces everyone in every small podunk airport to be screened, at huge cost and bureaucracy / apparatus / unionized idiot workforce creation.

Of course, this is partly because Australia has a few international / regional airports versus the US which has airports and connections galore. But still, you would think that in a place like Hawaii, for example, the US could try this approach and be more sane about applying various levels of rules.

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

supernova87a moron "journalist" (491 comments)

Can we stop quoting articles by Computerworld's idiot writer, Lucas Mearian, and rewarding such a shitty journalist with more airtime?

Gems like this shouldn't be allowed to see the light of day: "For the SW Utility, the all in average retail rate at 10% PV penetration is 23 cents/kWh (1.8%) higher over the first 10 years of the analysis period (i.e., from 2013 to 2022) than it is without PV."

$0.23 is the rate, not the difference in rate. For fuck's sake.

This is the same "journalist" that just the other day was posted here, talking about "The system is capable of producing up to 1,600 cubic liters of water per day"... http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

4 days ago
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Japan's Mt. Ontake Erupts, Stranding Hundreds of Hikers

supernova87a 15 sec (41 comments)

If I saw that cloud erupting, I would basically mentally prep myself for death -- that cloud had the look of one of those fast moving steaming hot pyroclastic flows. So lucky for them it wasn't...

4 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

supernova87a link to a genuine source, not this shitty article (268 comments)

My head is about to explode with the level of pure units stupidity by this article's author. He should be banned from the profession of writing...

about a week ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

supernova87a good news (155 comments)

Good for Tesla. And justly bad for entrenched sleazy car dealer interests.

The auto dealer protection laws were put in place to prevent local dealerships / franchisees from being screwed by automotive manufacturers at one time in history. Now they themselves wield that law to screw automotive manufacturers and the consumer.

Let them be screwed by a more innovative company again, and the tables be turned to the side of the consumer for once...

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

supernova87a Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Well, not that it won't have some of the same pitfalls (and I think this is dangerous territory for them to be getting into), but most delivery companies start by trying to build the infrastructure for a delivery service with no other business to support / justify such an infrastructure.

Here, Uber already has a significant infrastructure that serves a somewhat profitable business, that it's trying to increase the utilization of. Like taxi services offering package delivery (but which you rarely hear about anyone using).

about two weeks ago
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HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division

supernova87a a blip on the way to slow death (35 comments)

HP is a drowning man, desperately grasping for any lead, imaginary or not, that might save them. The leadership bankrupted and hollowed out a solid line of printer products and other devices, in order to prop up stupid, non-distinctive hardware whose design was phoned in to imagine grabbing some market share with no other purpose. Their PCs, laptops, tablets are a joke. The major purchaser of their equipment are corporations who buy because they extract big discounts from a struggling company with little direction on where to make the important investments.

Buying a position in the cloud will be a small hiccup on the way to significant slashing of their portfolio, whether they do it voluntarily or because they're forced to soon. HP is too late to the cloud game, where others have already rolled out products and services that customers actually want. They would have to bring a rockstar team to make this a piece of their business that sets them apart, and invest enough to catch up and turn helpful levels of profit. Otherwise, they just bought a huge commodity business that lets them say that they're "getting into cloud in a big way", which will turn into a quiet side pursuit within 2 years...

about three weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

supernova87a Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Yeah, sure. But most of the people in the military are hardly putting their lives on the line. They're working in warehouses, changing tires, sitting at a desk doing analysis.

I find it amusing / annoying / ignorant when random people go up to someone in uniform and "thank you for your sacrifice". That's part of the brainwashing of the public to believe that military = heroes. For every 1 hero there are 100 normal unremarkable people. Just like in regular life. Why do we treat all the military like they're the 1% ?

about three weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

supernova87a Re:Free? (121 comments)

Does patriotism today only count if you're in the military?

The way we glorify military service over all types of contribution / sacrifice for the national interest is pretty amazing these days. It's like the movies have brainwashed us into believing that soldiers are the only national heroes around.

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

supernova87a why are you volunteering information? (499 comments)

The thing about government checks is that they will take whatever you give them and examine it to death. Just deprive them of information -- by not volunteering things that are not verifiable -- and you will generally avoid getting into these situations. Not that it's reasonable to hold certain things against you, but just save yourself the trouble. Sometimes I think people are a little too honest for their own good.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

supernova87a let's not go crazy here (471 comments)

I for one, am very uncomfortable with all this technology being suddenly rammed down our throats. I need to be eased into it, so I propose: the Apple Pocketwatch. For the 19th century styled gentleman. When you want to find out what time it is or read your messages, you pull out the Apple Pocketwatch, so you don't have to pull out the iPhone.

about three weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

supernova87a Re:legal loopholes? (184 comments)

No, it doesn't interfere with other devices' radio signals. Those signals are untouched. It gives other devices a command that they choose to process and disconnect from the network. That's why it could be a loophole. The FCC statement regards jamming, noise, and analog kinds of interference. I don't think this falls into the FCC's traditional definitions of interference.

about three weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

supernova87a legal loopholes? (184 comments)

Perhaps this device could actually fall through some legal loopholes?

It doesn't interfere with radio signals themselves (per FCC). It doesn't interfere with legally protected phone communications (also FCC). It takes advantage of wireless standards that have been adopted, but that themselves have little legal protection.

All it's doing is sending instructions that devices happen to listen to and obey. Bad on the hardware protocols that they allow any equipment to issue these unverified types of commands?

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

supernova87a cost-benefit (105 comments)

When you compare against all the other assinine things that $58 M have been spent on (to the tune of being merely a drop of the bucket in larger spending bills) within pork programs, we should be jumping to take advantage of helping in this situation. The level of waste in this kind of spending is close to zero.

about a month ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

supernova87a clothes are the problem (182 comments)

Yes, LN2 will run off your skin and generally dissipate very quickly, but I believe you have to be very careful regarding clothing. Because the liquid will soak into and saturate fibers, which then are a real problem because you have a freezing liquid in contact with your skin which can cause burns.

about a month ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

supernova87a Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

I am canadian, and if we are the most scientiically literate. I really pity the rest of you.

If this is what passes for grammar and sentence construction in the most scientifically literate country, I really do pity all the rest of us.

about a month ago

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Cat has uncanny ability to fortell patients' death

supernova87a supernova87a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supernova87a writes "The New England Journal of Medicine has reported on a cat with an uncanny (and perhaps disturbing) ability — the ability to predict within a few hours when a person is going to die. Oscar the cat, has been correct in 25 consecutive cases so far on the geriatric dementia ward where he resides in Rhode Island. The sight of him curled up next to a patient signals the nursing staff to call family to accompany their loved one, as death is imminent. Is it biochemical, feline alertness, or just warm blankets? BBC, local sources, and others have picked up the story."

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