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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

valkraider Aluminium (187 comments)

"In the mid 1880s, aluminium metal was exceedingly difficult to produce, which made pure aluminium more valuable than gold.[51] So celebrated was the metal that bars of aluminium were exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1855.[52] Napoleon III of France is reputed to held a banquet where the most honored guests were given aluminium utensils, while the others made do with gold." http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki...

about a month and a half ago

Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

valkraider Re: 2 Questions (294 comments)

Can't believe that to be the case, because that would mean the people in charge of Tesla's Marketing Department are complete morons - never has a new car salesman tried to "steer" a potential sale to their competitors.

Remember - most dealerships sell multiple makes. If one of their makes gives the dealership more kickback - the dealership pushes that make. Also, dealerships sell many models. They push the models they want - instead of simply answering questions, informing the consumer, and helping the consumer into an appropriate configuration. Finally - dealerships make a ton of money on "add ons". If a particular model has fewer available after sale add ons available - a dealership will avoid that model. This is all before considering the profits they make on service. Can't sell oil changes to Tesla buyers - so let's push the BMW or Porsche instead... Look. Tactics like these laws are simply fear. Dealerships suck. Everyone knows they suck. The only people I know who defend dealerships are people who work there.

about 3 months ago

The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

valkraider Re: Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

"At that time Ford and the other US car companies were still building in Detroit," My 1973 Chevy was made in Canada. Manufacturing in Canada started in the early 1900s. For the "US" car industry - Canada was just considered part of the Midwest. I know people who lived in the US and worked in a Canadian plant and vice-versa. So calling anything that crossed a border an import is not as easy as it sounds... In my opinion "closing" the borders up there had had as bad an impact on the US states as it has on Ontario..

1 year,19 days

The Price of Amazon

valkraider Re: NEWS FLASH (298 comments)

MSRP is a recommendation. That's what the R stands for.

Actually the "R" is for "Retail". You were looking for the "S": "Suggested". Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

about a year and a half ago

Syrian Malware Servers Survive, Then Die

valkraider Re:Speak to tweet? (23 comments)

I don't like Twitter either. But a single tweet can reach hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people. When you call a person, you reach - well - that person. I say we need Speak to Slashdot. ;)

more than 2 years ago

RIM Offering Free Voice Calling In Attempt to Remain Competitive

valkraider Re:Who needs free voice? (134 comments)

There are still lots of places with voice cell service but practically no data.

As we found out in the Presidential election, there are not many people there.

Wait, there is possibly a correlation to be had!

There are not many people using BlackBerry.

Therefore my conclusion is that rural residency causes BlackBerry use.

**Yes, I know this poor attempt at humor is US centric. Forgive me, I will work on my international humor for my next appearance.

more than 2 years ago

US Is Finally Cleaning Up Agent Orange In Vietnam

valkraider Re:That's nice (277 comments)

But what about our fathers who also had this shit sprayed on them and told to fuck off and die of cancer?

Or their children who were born with birth defects...

Add one more tally to this category - our family has had essentially the same exact story as the other folks are describing here...

more than 2 years ago

Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

valkraider Re:Horrible Summary is Horrible (164 comments)

I have been doing user firmware and operating system / feature / Gracenote updates on my Mopar "MyGig/UConnect" infotainment system since 2008.

I download a CD/DVD image, burn it, put it in my van and it reboots, installs/upgrades, then I am good to go.

The only thing owners can't do (easily) is update the Navteq maps because they (Mopar) want like $200 for that (hello smartphone!).

more than 2 years ago

Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

valkraider Re:It's convenience and security. (835 comments)

Ever heard of PGP? I have put my PGP fingerprint on my business card, now every person that I meet is able to send me email, encrypted with my public key. That's as easy as it gets, and PGP is 100% safe and more than a decade old. No, you cannot have a man in the middle attack thanks to the fingerprint which you are supposed to manually check. If you add to this a web of trust and signed signatures, then it's a pretty good system. It's really trivial to listen to a fax and print it, since there is absolutely zero encryption. Don't think that this is reserved for the high profile government organization, phone wires are most of the time quite accessible, and putting a device to listen to it is fairly easy for those who know a bit about them. Absolutely all telecoms employee working on the physical infrastructure will know how to do that.

I know what PGP is.

My real-estate agent, doctor, school business office, and parents do not.

(Aside from that, PGP is *not* easy to use, especially when you have people who may have Macs or Windows or whatever, with varying tech abilities, corporate polices, access rights, software versions, etc etc. A fax machine has one standard implementation that is guaranteed to work no matter what, and all it takes is at most 12 button presses that everyone since 1980 has been accustom to using - 1 503 555 1212 [SEND])

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

valkraider Re:No iPhone/iPad app (360 comments)

Probably the biggest problem is I can't upload pictures from either of my iDevices. There isn't a Google+ app in the App Store so one of the things I do (upload pics) isn't available. I am on it since my daughter is using Google+ more than Facebook.


Google+ by Google

more than 3 years ago

Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

valkraider Re:Sad, but not unexpected (523 comments)

As for economy and TOC, I'm staying on what most people consider the less than green side. I have a sports car that gets 26mpg. It gets me and up to 3 passengers and luggage or groceries from Point A to Point B quickly. MSRP was around $38k, and I paid $25k one year used. Now at 11 years old and 120,000 miles, if it were a EV or hybrid, it would have likely required two battery swaps and who knows what other changes. What's MTBF on the motors they use? How do the electronics stand up in hot climates? As a good old fashion IC motor, it's required 2 water pumps, an alternator, and 2 new batteries, and a few other little things

(emphasis added by me)

"Consumer Reports decided to do a re-test a 2002 Prius, with 206,000 on the clock, and found that it delivered 46.3mpg, compared to 48.6 in the original test with a new car. Lower? Yes, but not bad for 206,000 miles."

I had a headlight fault in my car. It seems the ground wire to the headlights broke internally. 15 minutes and $5 in parts later it was fixed in the auto parts store parking lot. A friend of mine has a Prius. Hers has a headlight fault, where the headlights will just turn themselves off or flash, due to an overheating controller. It costs hundreds of dollars, and serious work to just get the light out. Google around for replacing a Prius headlight, and you'll see plenty of pictures where you have to take the front bumper off to accomplish it.

First, you seem to concentrate headlight bad luck around you, anecdotally.

Also anecdotally, I have a friend with a Subaru Tribecca that also has to remove the bumper to replace a headlight bulb. And since my friend didn't know that - he actually ended up causing $1000 in damage trying to do it without removing the bumper, but it still would have cost him $200 in labor to get it done. Now he knows what needs to be done and how to do it so he can do it himself without breaking things, but it is still a pain in the ass.

So I guess that negates your "green cars are bad because a prius headlight is hard to fix" argument.

I also read horror stories about the first generation of the VW New Beetle that required pulling the engine to replace a headlight assembly (I read in a forum about someone who lost one to a rock). Some times a design makes it hard to fix something. It has nothing to do with if it is a hybrid, or electric, or magic ferry dust, or powered by grinding up puppies and kittens. A bad design is a bad design.

My second car is a used full size SUV. That's my spare vehicle, in case the first one is down for some reason, and for transporting anything larger than my car will carry. I dare anyone to consider doing home renovations driving a Tesla Roadster. :) You won't even fit a stack of bricks or a few sheets of plywood in a Prius. :) The mileage isn't great, but if I can accomplish in one trip what would take 4 in a smaller car, the effective efficiency is better. And sometimes there is just no substitute for an urban assault vehicle. :)

Since your SUV is your second car you can still get a hybrid or electric car for your primary car for your daily use, and still have that SUV to haul those bricks and plywood. :)

more than 3 years ago

Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops

valkraider Re:Good. (254 comments)

Actually Insurance companies wont be involved in re-engineering the medical coding. They just get the bill.

Not true. The insurance company I worked for had a 3 year project to implement ICD-10 and it went relatively smoothly, and was not any more difficult than any of our other IT projects. It's just a project like any other project. Planned, budgeted, executed. Nothing to see here.

What TFA and other commentors don't seem to get is that the health industry is *massively regulated* and beurocratic. They have to deal with things like this *all the time*.

Between Medicare/Medicaid requirements, HIPAA, Health organizations (like Blue-Cross), HMO requirements, Drug laws, and every damn state having different Insurance commissions and regulations - EVERY YEAR insurance companies and hospitals and providers have to make massive system changes for one reason or another.

The pain in the ass is that most every law change always takes effect January 1. Which makes IT in the health industry suck between November and February. I wish they would some times pick different quarters to implement things in so that we could spread out the workload a little better.

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution

valkraider Re:What is wrong with this bill as written? (735 comments)

This is slashdot, no one actually clicks through and reads details before they post (although we violated that rule).

The bill as written is actually pretty good.

Here is the link to the actual bill:

Tennessee HB 0368/SB 0893

Just like guns, automobiles or iPhone jailbreaks: I am sure this bill could be misused. However, it appears to be a good bill - and it is sad that we even would need a bill such as this.

more than 3 years ago

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

valkraider Re:No. (1486 comments)

Science is demonstrable, repeatable and self-correcting. Most importantly: Science Delivers. Not understanding the intricacies doesn't make it "faith". Faith is an idea with no evidence to back it up no matter how adept the 'experts'. Even more important, the 'experts' often don't agree on even the basics. Witness all the various religions and factions thereof.

+1000 "absolutely true"

Science has brought us actual physically verifiable objects, even though I personally might not understand all of the details which led to the object's existence. Even scientific "theory" is based on data that we can verify - and science is willing to accept when it is wrong and make constant adjustments to get more accurate over time.

Has a Christian "expert" ever actually turned a river to blood, resurrected someone who was dead for three days, or created a woman from a rib bone?

more than 3 years ago

Feds Help You Find Your Fastest Internet Service

valkraider So wrong, yet still perfectly wrong. (163 comments)

Wrong in every city I know about. Massive FAIL. It even tells me the service I am using currently to post this doesn't exist.

more than 3 years ago

Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

valkraider Nope on 3D (535 comments)

I had a 32 inch Sony CRT which we used for 10 years. Then we replaced it with a 57 inch rear projection TV - used that for 10 years and just gave it away and purchased a new 47 inch LED LCD. Didn't even look at the 3D tv models. I have no interest. And now we won't be buying another TV for years - maybe a decade based on past patterns. Coincidentally, the 32 inch Sony CRT is still in use as the primary TV of the friend we gave it to. 3D sucks. Probably will never be one in my house...

more than 4 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

valkraider Re:My numbers are different (630 comments)

To be fair, they didn't say they worked in the English department...

more than 4 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

valkraider Flashblock (630 comments)

I was blocking flash before there ever was such a thing as iPhone or iOS. Between my household and office computers I have it blocked in 7 browsers. But all 7 of my browsers are counted in that "97% of web surfers have Flash installed" statistic.

more than 4 years ago


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On the eve of war.

valkraider valkraider writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Here I am, all set to start my /. journal. What am I opening myself up to?

Well, I will not harp on the topic of war, since that is just about all that anyone is talking about lately. As if all of our other problems have instantly become non-issues. I don't know about your town, but ours still has school funding issues, potholes in the highways, and seniors with no healthcare.

But I digress.

What is wrong with America when the government ignores 50% of it's people? Now I am not even beginning to ask which side of the war debate is the right one, because there is no such thing. And whether or not you agree or disagree with me, that doesn't make your opinion any less valid.

My issue is that it genuinely seems like government of late really just doesn't care. If 50% of our population in the United States can agree on ANYTHING it should be acknowleged. Even if it is just which Survivor is cutest...

So we are invading Iraq because we want to overthrow a tyrant, and install freedom 0.4b (we all know that it is a beta version that will likely crash a lot and need some revisions before it will be a successful product).

Why? Well, because they have an evil dictator who doesn't respect the will of the people and does whatever the hell he wants despite their opinions. Sound familiar?

WHOA there Tex - I am not saying that Saddam is like Bush. Well, maybe a little - but what Bush lacks in mustache he makes up in ears...

My whole point is that 50% of our nation feels that we should not go to war. That should be enough to at least make our government hesitate. HESITATE. Maybe not radically sway the course of history (only textbook publishers can do that). So in at least that respect, how then is Bush any better than Saddam?

Why are we criticizing people for having opinions? Like Dixie Chicks for example. Usually people criticize the record company manufactured "glitzy and attractive but not much else" artists for being too much fluff, and not enough substance. But the instant one of the Dixie Chicks states a completely valid opinion, that many many people agree with, and that has deeply rooted origins - everyone jumps on them and boycots their sponsors.

We can't have it both ways. Either we have freedom or we do not. Either we have a government of the people by the people for the people - or we do not.

It seems like we are leaning toward the not, and it is entirely disturbing. What ever you believe, no matter who you support, no matter what music you listen to, or if you even read slashdot - wake up!

It is due time that we took our nation back.

Each and every one of us. The Rush Limbaugh's and the Ralph Naders. The SUV loving terrorists and the compound camping cults. We all have a lot at stake here.

If 50% of the people agree - the government should at least pay attention to it.

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