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

wisdom_brewing Re: OK (268 comments)

Well said

about three weeks ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

wisdom_brewing Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

Interesting view, I guess there you using words instead of letters and greatly expanding your "vocabulary".

about 7 months ago
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How Do You Move a City?

wisdom_brewing Re:Tornadoes (172 comments)

Price - people that live in tornado prone areas build houses effectively of straw... Cheap as hell... Natural light also an issue, guess you could have a huge sunroof with a retractable protective cover for when tornadoes come, but again, price.

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

wisdom_brewing Re:laws change (937 comments)

Define crap/trash/pollution...

Do you know what emmissions will be causing concern in the future? Do you think anyone in the 1500's had a clue what CO2 was?

Seriously... Your point is pointless.

The timescales you are talking on are not in comparison. What advances have we had from 1500-1600? the next centuries?

Technological advance has acceletated due to growing populations and a smaller percentage of that being in agriculture (non sophisticated).

Recently the switch has been more (%age wise) to services, but those also need huge R&D budgets...

Inevitably, sooner or later (and I am guessing sooner - decades scale) we will see a technology that no one but some obscure Sci-Fi writer envisioned (no reference to Azimov obviously, far from obscure).

Either mankind will continue to advance and expand - or we have reached our limit, and THAT is a sad though.

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

wisdom_brewing Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

That really depends on where you live. I know that what you say is true in Germany for example, you insure the car not the driver. In the UK it is the driver that is insured with either:

Third Party, Fire and Theft - YOU are covered on YOUR vehicle for damage done to others or if you car is damaged by fire or is stolen - if the accident is your fault they will not cover the cost of your car - this is compulsory to have by law

Comprehensive - YOU are covered on YOUR vehicle or any other that you are allowed to use (usually a few caveats to this - I can use my mothers car if she allows me as it's less powerful and not much more expensive than mine, but I definitely need the owners permission and other conditions, usually faily loose) - this is optional, but the majority of people who can afford it (basically anyone over 25 years old) buy it.

Funnily enough average Fully Comprehensive prices are cheaper than average Third Party, Fire and Theft prices due to the demographics of who goes for which

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

wisdom_brewing Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

The more powerful the engine the highger the optimal driving speed (taking into account aerodynamics) - id imagine a BMW 7 series 6 litre V12 would do quite well at 90+

I have the same thing with my car - 2006 Merc SLK280 - 3 litre V6, 250ish horses - but here I think it's more the aerodynamics, much smaller footprint - when I borrow my mums car (need something with 4 seats, big boot, whatever, 2013 C250 - 2 litre petrol, just over 200 horses I think, I get much better efficiency at around 55-60 than in mine, but it I take it past that, it drops off. If I take mine past that it keeps improving til around 80 and surpasses the modern, smaller, "more efficient engine" by quite a bit, think turning point is around 65.

Think it's also partly to do with the gearing being tuned for a higher top speed - means much lower revs.

about 9 months ago
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International Space Station Mission Extended To 2024

wisdom_brewing Re:Thanks Big O! (104 comments)

I agree on this topic

An intangible benefit is it has the potential to produce something like this which will make a young kid say "WOW" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

Getting the next generation interested in space is something that I see as nothing but a positive

about 9 months ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

wisdom_brewing Re:What's the point? (73 comments)

"We built lots of things from Lego" - was that hard?

about 10 months ago
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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

wisdom_brewing Re:The best perk (524 comments)

Someday I'd like to at least visit a "we pay lots but it sucks to work here" company, just to see what it's like.

...

as has already been posted much below, go work in finance... I have been a trader (with plenty of coding involved) for just over 7 years.

I took a job several years ago which had the whole "It's a great place to work, but we pay less" within the industry and I took is as a safehaven for several years while a few family issues were playing out (brother relocating to Singapore while father was dying, etc, etc...) only to have the business shut down by someone higher up having no idea what we were doing (we NEVER lost money in any single month).

The thing is, if you go into that type of job you NEED to get properly, and I mean PROPERLY paid for it.

I would love to work for a company where I know the people who run it, but for now my skill set is invalid. Getting there though...

about a year ago
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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

wisdom_brewing Re:Poor summary (468 comments)

Argh, more science please.WE DO NOT KNOW. WE BELIEVE THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO GIVEN THE AVAILABLE KNOWLEDGE is that... There is no - Scientists say X is the case. There can be a case of most scientist agree that X is the most likely case. We have no PROOF of evolution. We have EVIDENCE that suggests that it is the most likely progression of life through the ages. I BELIEVE in evolution. That does not mean that, as a scientist, I would completely discount an different theory if there were facts (observable or otherwise) to strongly support such a theory I would completely disregard is. Confirmation bias is a bitch. I constantly have to force myself to read articles/papers on theories that I suspected were a shut case. Please. We do not KNOW anything.

about a year and a half ago
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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

wisdom_brewing Re:Ice melts. Tipping point. (468 comments)

Can you please stop. Seriously. This is science. In science there is no such this as something which is definitely true. You can only disprove a hypothesis. There is no such thing as a CERTAIN proof. That only happens in mathematics.

about a year and a half ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

wisdom_brewing Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Russia did that this year.

about 2 years ago
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Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

wisdom_brewing Re:Retire at 20 (358 comments)

Switzerland? Singapore? The USA?

about 2 years ago
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Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

wisdom_brewing Re:Retire at 20 (358 comments)

Which lasts you... after inflation is taken into account, what? 25 years? Die at 45. Awesome

I am 27 and recently worked out that for me to keep my quality of life (and adding a hell of a lot of free time (which costs money to utilise)) I would need ~£8 million or so (just under $13 million) to say today "I will NEVER work again".

If you find a hobby-job, that keeps you busy, you enjoy and at least breaks even then it's a different story.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:Oh yeah?? (1052 comments)

Idiot. Know many people that went with the Galaxy Note just because of the screen size (though crappy resolution for that screen size). Fits it suit pocket. Over 50 with sight issues and can READ what's on the screen! Important!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:Oh yeah?? (1052 comments)

Yep, and not only that, they didn't even go with 720p! If they went with 1080 i would have been impressed. And MAYBE bought the phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:meh (1052 comments)

Ok, slightly chunky, but on amazon I can buy a battery for my Galaxy Nexus that last 3 days of active use for $20. If I'm travelling and run out of juice I can swap another one in. Not difficult.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:meh (1052 comments)

And yes, it's possible to run a clean version of Windows. You just need to be fucking careful.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:meh (1052 comments)

Yes, Apple lets through ZERO malware... right... They do care more about malware, true, but they're still not perfect. I have hopes for the new blackberry OS but I doubt it will fly. Having a brain is more or less a requirement for someone who doesn't blindly buy Apple. It's the idiots who allow their machines/phones become infected, unfortunately for us it's the iditots who make up the mass market - this being slashdot I hope that people aren't too offended given that MOST of them are outside of that category.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

wisdom_brewing Re:meh (1052 comments)

like a 720p video at the correct resolution? Seriously? WTF? I know you need the same horizontal resolution to run existing apps without a black box around the entire screen (ONLY on the sides when viewed sideways) but seriously, adopt to at least ONE standard!

more than 2 years ago

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RIM planning iPad competitor.

wisdom_brewing wisdom_brewing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wisdom_brewing (557753) writes "Research In Motion Ltd., maker of
the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer
in November to compete with Apple Inc’s iPad, according to two
people familiar with the company’s plans.
          The device will have roughly the same dimensions as the
iPad, which is a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people
who wouldn’t be identified because the plans haven’t been made
public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless
technology that will allow people to use their BlackBerry
smartphones to connect to the Internet, the two people said."

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