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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

toastar Re:Google will have their way (291 comments)

Easement laws in the US are a form of eminent domain.

about 9 months ago
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Head of Silk Road 2.0 Says It Will Be Back In Minutes If Shut Down

toastar Re:really (222 comments)

But without the drug war what excuse would you use to lock up all those undesirables?

about 10 months ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

toastar Re:Red state (470 comments)

Well, as a texan, GM != Oil Company Most of our complaints about Tesla is they don't make a truck, Those pansy as electric sedan's are fine for the little woman.

about 10 months ago
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Easily-Captured Asteroids Identified

toastar Re:Is it really that easy? (160 comments)

58 m/s is for the calculated impulse delta-v. With a lower thrust maneuver, your total delta-v is higher. This is the problem with ion drives.

1 year,18 days
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US To Standardize Car App/communication Device Components

toastar Re:Could only be better if: (173 comments)

But that seems less susceptible to jamming.

1 year,20 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

toastar Re:PC is the new Mainframe (385 comments)

The mainframe today is just a bunch of PC Servers that happen to have infiniband.

about a year ago
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Geologists In Norway Are Using Drones With Cameras To Hunt For Oil

toastar Re: Nothing new (44 comments)

Are there companies offering grav/mag drones? I've had surveys delayed months due to the pilot being unavailable.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

toastar Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

unpaid

about a year ago
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World's Most Powerful Private Supercomputer Will Hunt Oil and Gas

toastar Re:So how does it work? (135 comments)

Processing Seismic Data takes a ton of power, There are techniques that are well known that we still can't use due to the lack of computer power. The last big advance was RTM(Reverse Time Migration). This was first done on 2D Data in the 80's, But didn't become reasonable to do on 3D's until about 2008-'09. This improvement in imaging is one of the drivers is subsalt exploration. The next big step is FWI (Full Waveform Inversion) We still don't have enough power to run this mainstream yet, The main idea is the stuff we mute out as noise is actually just data that we can migrate back to the original location. The other Item more power helps us with Is running Migrations at higher frequencies. right now we record at 250Hz(125 nyquest) but only process at 60Hz, This is mainly due to the price of computer time. doubling to 120Hz requires 4 times more computer time. But allows us to double our image resolution from to 50 meters to 25 meters. Considering some of our target reservoirs are as narrow as 20 feet, This type of thing is important.

about a year and a half ago
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A New Approach To Database-Aided Data Processing

toastar Re:Shared RAM (45 comments)

mmm.... Embarrassingly Parallel...

about a year and a half ago
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Paintball Pellets As a Tool To Deflect Asteroids

toastar Re:Too tenuous (153 comments)

Chemical Thrusters don't have high specific impulses, They have high thrust. If you want a specific impulse engine you'd use an ion thruster or a even a nerva.
The issue with any type of engine is first you have to arrest the asteroid's spin.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

toastar Re:CRC Errors (510 comments)

Well with motor death(click of death) you can usually send it off to a clean room to recover pretty cheaply.

about 2 years ago
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Witness In Secret WikiLeaks Grand Jury Hearing Posts Transcript of Questioning

toastar Re:Contempt of Court? (184 comments)

No, He Transcribed the conversation live, not from a recording.

more than 2 years ago
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Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million

toastar Re:Wouildn't his kids inherit his money anyway? (265 comments)

Fucking /.

You mean the private business that safeguarded it for all that time?

You know banks arent charities, right? That they arent safeguarding your money and providing interest for the general good?

They should be making interest on it.

Seems perfectly fair if I agree to hold people's money and take liability for it for many years, and you disappear with no will or anything else, that I should keep the money (assuming no heirs or next of kin) rather than the government-- after all, the government already gets a big piece of the pie, but THIS piece they didnt earn.

The government gets all abandoned property when someone dies. In this case they just don't have the burden of selling it for the funds. I mean if you have a person with no family and no will, where do expect his house and car to go to when he dies? The first squatter?

more than 2 years ago
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Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million

toastar Re:Wouildn't his kids inherit his money anyway? (265 comments)

<quote>

<p>You mean the private business that safeguarded it for all that time?</p><p>You know banks arent charities, right? That they arent safeguarding your money and providing interest for the general good?</p></quote>

They should be making interest on it.

<quote>Seems perfectly fair if I agree to hold people's money and take liability for it for many years, and you disappear with no will or anything else, that I should keep the money (assuming no heirs or next of kin) rather than the government-- after all, the government already gets a big piece of the pie, but THIS piece they didnt earn.</quote>

The government gets all abandoned property when someone dies. In this case they just don't have the burden of selling it for the funds.

I mean if you have a person with no family and no will, where do expect his house and car to go to when he dies? The first squatter?

more than 2 years ago

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