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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

zifferent Re:Moving away from consumer products (177 comments)

Seriously, if you think MySQL is anywhere near as scalable as MS SQL, you are delusional. I've used all of the database softwares out there and only MS SQL is standard, scalable and fast, Oracle is scalable and fast but not standard by a long shot, killing productivity. MySQL is neither fast, scalable nor standard. I really don't understand what anyone sees in that piece of shit when at the very least they can have PostgreSQL which excels on all accounts and is open sourced. I blame popularity contests.

about 9 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

zifferent The MATH the Media (526 comments)

So I did a little math. I know, a bad habit, but I can't help myself.
In any case, I was curious as to the numbers behind the recent Tesla vehicle fires and how that compares to the rest of the vehicles on the road.

So last year 21,500* Tesla vehicles where sold. To date there have been 3 fires. That makes 21500/3 equals roughly 1 fire out of 7167 vehicles. That looks pretty bad, wow. Tesla vehicles must be terrible. Right?

For comparison, there were 194,000** vehicle fires between 2008 to 2010 or to oversimplify things 97,000 per year. And in 2008 there were roughly 256 million*** vehicles on the road.
256000000/97000 equals about 1 fire out every 2639 roadable automobiles. Doh!

It appears that it is almost three times as likely that any random vehicle on the road will catch fire than any random Tesla. That bears repeating. You are just about 3 times safer from dying by fire in a Tesla.

And yet another sensationalist story that the media is getting wrong.

* http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2013/11/05/tesla-up-9-as-production-hinders-growth/
** http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i11.pdf
***http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_01_11.html

about a year ago
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

zifferent Re:Slashdot beta (161 comments)

Wow, that is terrible.

about a year ago
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Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives

zifferent Re:I like my A4 2T 6 speed (389 comments)

Good point about lawsuits and that would be an issue initially, but all a company would have to do is prove that the self-driving car is safer than a person in a similar situation.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

zifferent Re:How can that be? (550 comments)

"... leaving Microsoft with the image of the company that wouldn't let you do what you wanted with your device."
Ironic considering the comparative walled garden that is iOS.

about a year ago
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Transfusions Reverse Aging Effects On Hearts In Mice

zifferent Re:C. Montgomery Burns (130 comments)

Not to endorse Pope Nazinger, but he's dead yet.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Grow Replacement Human Teeth In Mouse Kidneys

zifferent Re:Grow it in your ovary. (117 comments)

Warning! Do not. I repeat do not do a Google Image search on "Dermoid Cyst" There is not enough brain bleach in the universe.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

zifferent Re:Bad news for Elon haters (243 comments)

Not big at all, because GM is still around and ostensibly still paying taxes, and employing people who in turn pay their taxes, and they are purchasing goods and services from companies that employ people that are also paying taxes, etc. Consider the opposite if GM went out of business it would in the process bankrupt most of their employees, suppliers, and whole swaths of service and goods industries that rely on their employees' patronage, as well as the many local governments where GM manufactures their cars. It's easy to see that propping up an industry temporarily even at great cost can return value to the government many times the cost of the bail-out program itself.

Investments often have paybacks in the wide economy that far outstrip the initial investment. The government is in the unique position to profit off all of it through taxation.

about a year and a half ago
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Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

zifferent Re:Not mentioned in the article... (387 comments)

Boycott apiaries that feed in the winter? My wife started her first hive last spring and left plenty of honey in the hive to last all winter. Problem is the bees move only slowly about the hive and if their stored honey is off in another part of the hive, like one box down far, then the bees can use all their nearby stores and still starve with plenty of honey left in the hive. Sad to see so many dead bees, and simple to prevent by supplemental feeding throughout the winter. Often it has nothing to do with over-harvesting and more to do with hive maintenance. We now have a dead hive and about 10 frames of perfectly good honey.

about a year and a half ago
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Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

zifferent Re:Just What the Criminal Justice System Ordered (350 comments)

Oh this would be infinitely better if it was a one-or-the-other situation. Knowing the system it will be, get this shot, & take these classes. & attend AA twice a week for a year, & go see a counselor twice a month, & visit a probation officer to pee in a cup all the while forcing the person to pay for it all twice what it is all worth. Weee!

about a year and a half ago
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Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

zifferent Just What the Criminal Justice System Ordered (350 comments)

If this works. Expect to see people get court-ordered to get an injection after alcohol-related offenses. The CJ will do anything and everything in their power to make the criminal's life unbearable, rob them of the self-esteem, and keep them in the system.

about a year and a half ago
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Who Owns Your Health Data?

zifferent Hello HIPAA! (99 comments)

Unless they are selling the data in aggregate how is it legal to sell personally identifiable medical data? I can't imagine that their lawyers are on board with this plan to monetize patient data.

about 2 years ago
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Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters

zifferent Re:It's the lack of Smith & Wesson (682 comments)

Philadelphia is currently having issues with flash mobs. So much so that the mayor has issued a curfew. Yet Pennsylvania is third in granted concealed weapons permits. I don't think concealed weapons solve any social issue, much less prevent crime.

more than 3 years ago
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The Truth About Net Neutrality Job Loss

zifferent Re:How can maintaining the status quo cause job lo (187 comments)

May cost actually jobs but ends in a net increase of jobs.

Follow along, you might learn something.

Thought experiment:
Assume that we got rid of min wage, and according to your argument instead of hiring one person at min wage the business could get away at hiring 2 people at half minimum wage (it would never happen in the real world. ITRW a business would just cut wages and keep the employment the same; keeping the resultant increase in efficiency for themselves but whatever) Those two people would be earning much less and could only realistically afford to live in shanty-towns with barely enough money left over to feed themselves, much less add any utility to the greater economy. Hence, the money doesn't move around the economy. Hence, no multiplier; no extra goods bought and sold and importantly no jobs created upstream of the way-less-than-poverty wages.

It might even be argued that wages below a certain level have a negative utility to the economy. The externalities not picked up by the slave-wage employer are passed on to society as a whole contribute to a net-loss of real jobs. Obviously this kind of thing can snowball and pick off previously higher paid jobs as it goes, pushing wages further down as unemployment rises. Creating a real world with haves and have-nots without a buffering middle-class.

Keep believing that the free market fairy will come and magically make things right; leaving goodies under your pillow as you sleep.

more than 4 years ago
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A Look Under Western Digital's Hood

zifferent Re:Dear WD, Could You Help Us End an EMF Debate? (131 comments)

*Sigh* so wrong. A static magnetic field is a magnetic field where the current is 0 (and can be and generally is ignored in the field equations); or said another way, the charge isn't moving, but there is a charge. The reason for the TANSTAAFL is nothing moving. Work isn't being performed. The forces are balanced. Now move that magnet across a wire and a current is induced; resistance to the movement occurs; heat is create; so and so forth.

more than 4 years ago
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A Look Under Western Digital's Hood

zifferent Re:Dear WD, Could You Help Us End an EMF Debate? (131 comments)

Actually, they are. EM stands for Electro-Magnetic because the two are inseparably linked. You can't have magnetic fields without current or current without electricity. How do you think they create large magnetic fields anyway? Friggen AC posters.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA To Propose Commercial Space Initiative

zifferent Re:If done right, this is ideal (151 comments)

An interesting an thoughtful take on the situation. Is this really Slashdot? Obviously, you are an outsider to the US and its space policy, or you would have nonsensical version of the current NASA. For those uninformed, NASA's budget has been cut beyond the quick and the unstaunched bleeding while crusting over is in the continual process of the scab being picked over and over again. As several admissions have substantiised NASA just needs to get beyond the political football and create something of value, and build upon that legacy.

more than 4 years ago

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Zubbles Available for Pre-Order

zifferent zifferent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zifferent writes "Zubbles the painstaking invention of Tim Kehoe and Ram Sabnis where first promised to us in the pages Popular Science in 2005 are finally being produced JAMM Companies, Inc. Zubbles for those that don't know, are the world's first non-staining brightly colored bubbles. After the bubbles have popped, the color disappears with friction, water or exposure to air.
The first offering is a two pack containing Presto Pink and Blazing Blue bubbles for pre-order for $14.95 available at Zubbles website zubbles.com"

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Missing Link Found

zifferent zifferent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zifferent writes "Feast your eyes on what a group of scientists call the Holy Grail of human evolution. A team of researchers Tuesday unveiled an almost perfectly intact fossil of a 47 million-year-old primate they say represents the long-sought missing link between humans and apes. Officially known as Darwinius masillae, the fossil of the lemur-like creature dubbed Ida shows it had opposable thumbs like humans and fingernails instead of claws. Scientists say the cat-sized animal's hind legs offer evidence of evolutionary changes that led to primates standing upright — a breakthrough that could finally confirm Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
"This specimen is like finding the Lost Ark for archeologists," lead scientist Jorn Hurum said at a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/05/19/2009-05-19_missing_link_found_fossil_of_47_millionyearold_primate_sheds_light_on_.html#ixzz0G34o1oLP&B"

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Compuware aquires maker of HyperTerminal

zifferent zifferent writes  |  more than 6 years ago

zifferent (656342) writes "According to the press release and an article in the Detroit News making Compuware the largest the world's largest on-demand collaboration platform for lab and prescription data sharing. This is huge news and should place Compuware Covisint as the front-runner towards a single point for medical data for all Americans."
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Contractor Caught Red-Handed

zifferent zifferent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zifferent (656342) writes "While at work I often have a ssh opened into my home computer so that I can check my email. On this day I had a contractor working on my floor while I was out. I also happened to be tunneling a VNC session when I noticed in my taskbar CPU monitoring tool was pegged. It turns out that firefox was chewing on 98% CPU resources. It's not odd that Firefox would be left running on my home desktop so I killed it, and went back to whatever else I happened to be doing. Well after a bit more of work. I notice firefox back at the top of my top list. So I thought to myself, maybe there is more than one window running. So I killed that process. And two more promptly took it's place. Eventually, I shut down X-Windows and called his home office. Unfortunately he denied everything making me look a bit like a fool. As it stands right now it's this guy's word against mine.
I know I have the shutdown log and the browser history, is there anything else I can do to pin my accusations to this creep? (I run Ubuntu.)"

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