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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Re:Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Actually he figured out the frequency at which the ionosphere would reflect most of it back. Basically the wave length needs to be such that it bounces back and forth off the earth and ionosphere. Some have postulated that his experiments with it in 1908 caused the Tunguska explosion.

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Who said the same thing 100 yrs ago (about a wireless "grid") only to be faced with the reality that energy companies are in business to make money, not supply electricity (kind of hard to do when any good hacker can tap into it freely). A fully wireless "grid" could only work in a communist/socialist society where "the people" are the suppliers.

about a month and a half ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

technosaurus Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

I think he was referring to the war on school lunches, and the war on letting some children get ahead.

about a month and a half ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

technosaurus Former construction/contract manager. (194 comments)

I used to work for NAVFAC, the U. S. Navy version of contract management for construction projects.  Though there was a lot of bureaucracy involved, the planning and design phase always had plenty of experts to ensure the specifications were above most commercial standards (LEED certifications, military requirements, utmost safety requirements, etc...)  Though many aspects of the process used archaic technology (lots of paper forms, area expert controlled word documents as best practices,...), the end result was that most projects ended up being completed on time and on budget (though the start sometimes got shifted so the review could be thorough ... unless October 1 was coming, but that is a different subject - or maybe not, this project had similar time deadlines).  A lot of this success was due to savvy construction managers doing appropriate "horse-trading" with contractors to avoid the lengthy change processes (which could delay anywhere from a day to 12 months).  When you have (non-technical) contract managers who don't know the reasoning behind the requirements, they have little recourse but to go through the official processes to resolve complex issues... _This_ is where you get your delays.  For the most part, a good hour spent in design/planning will yield ~10 in production, but it is important for the project manager to be intimately involved so this wisdom can actually be _useful_.  I can attest to my own anecdotal experience and my observation of others, that coming into a project at production phase is more than just a steep learning curve; some things just have weird historical issues.  Here are a few that I ran into after another CM was transferred elsewhere:
- endangered species in the area
- abandoned toxic waste in the soil
- asbestos
- this site used to be a WW2 bombing range and guess what?...We found a bunch of unexploded ordinance.
- hurricane damage
- tornado damage

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:diversity? (427 comments)

What, is the '++'  a replacement for 'ox'?

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

1 example:
Rather than incorporating the typeof() extension that almost every compiler supported, Bjarn decides, nope, we'll call it decltype()

WTF, WTFWTF, WTF...
Its stupid shit like this that fucks up the whole damn language _extension_.
Use syntax that programmer's already know/use and compilers support rather than making up insane new ones.
At least we have C and Objective C.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

technosaurus Easy fix: homemade faraday cage. (224 comments)

1. get an old cardboard box big enough to fit your xfinity cable modem and put it in there.

2. wrap it with a metal screen and put holes in it just big enough to fit your coax, power cord and an ethernet cable through

3. hook it up and connect the ethernet cable to your own router

4. use all your bandwidth

about 2 months ago
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Sprint/T-Mobile Plan To Buy Spectrum Together May Be Blocked By FCC

technosaurus Should not be blanket banned (28 comments)

It should ban any entities with another spectrum in that location in round 1.  If no bidders then round 2 allow smaller entities with other spectrums in other areas.  ... if still no takers round 3 it should be open to all entities.

This would increase competition in rural areas where there may be no existing infrastructure, but not eliminate the possibility of allowing existing entities to provide service to those areas if no _local_ company wants it.

about 2 months ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

technosaurus I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script (113 comments)

I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script that used curl and the wordnet dictionary to query every possible dictionary name + a random string and log the tried combinations.  Unfortunately the log ran me out of disk space before I could check to see if it worked, but hopefully it got them to register a few useless domains in the mean time.

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

technosaurus At least the "off workers" are getting laid (529 comments)

"Lays 18,000 Off Workers"
I think that beats Jenna Jameson's record.
What a difference a transposition makes.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

technosaurus 3 words (211 comments)

Open invention network.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

technosaurus Easy fix - faraday cage (474 comments)

Just get some metal screen and make a box to put the comcast router in. (you can just line a small cardboard food container with the screen)
Cut small holes to fit power cord, coax and ethernet cable through.
Connect the ethernet cable to your own router and BAM!! you are opted out.

about 4 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

technosaurus Re: What a great idea! (230 comments)

Stirling engine would work just as well but more efficiently... Warm-up times prevented their use in the past but that was before hybrids.  They are more efficient than getting it from an outlet and can burn nearly any fuel.

The future research is mostly in battery but a Stirling engine with a better drive train would be worth looking into.

Think of a maglev train wrapped around a circular track except the train is the tire (actually probably more like a "twheel") and the rail is the "motor".
http://contest.techbriefs.com/2013/entries/transportation-and-automotive/3911

This would make for an incredibly smooth ride, extremely high speeds, independent traction control and many other benefits.

It doesn't even need to be maglev, a simple AC motor where the rotor and stator are swapped and controlled by DC powered SCRs (or whatever) would be fine for non-luxury models.

about 4 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

technosaurus WOW (142 comments)

Over 3 million lines of bugs for what is essentially a database frontend.

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

technosaurus Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

really, How likely?  How many people wait for the cheats before they purchase? vs. How many people can actually get a refund if they don't like it because of the cheating? vs. How many people don't buy a game because they heard there were cheats?
It is just as likely that Blizzard is reaping financial benefit and not sharing it with the creators (which is fine, they were never asked to)
Besides, the code itself does no harm - only when the users actually use it does it do anything at all.  Gunmakers don't go to jail or get sued when someone commits murder with one of their guns.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

technosaurus Re:Protection (408 comments)

does pepper spray also kill bugs?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

technosaurus start the board-a-geek program (408 comments)

Provide a fellow geek free room, board, wifi and mentorship for X-months to develop their great idea in exchange for a share of the result.  The house is never empty and it may even pay off.  Rinse-repeat.

about 4 months ago
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The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

technosaurus What we need is... (158 comments)

A Posix consortium to establish some standards for self standing games that boot themselves and can only interact with specific partitions (intentionally not NTFS, HFS so a game is less likely to mess with them)
If there were better tools for it, game vendors would prefer to build on a single platform that could run on MS*, i*, PS*, etc...
It would be up to them whether they wanted to include anything besides their game (a browser for looking up game hints... ok, ok really to serve ads and do in app purchases)

about 5 months ago

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