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Central New York Nuclear Plants Struggle To Avoid Financial Meltdown

zztong Re:That popping sound (270 comments)

Deaths per kWh is very interesting and informative, though I would point out the person you replied to seems to have had a larger scope of cleanup costs in mind. I wonder how the facts stack up on that. I tried to google some of those, but didn't have much luck finding something that summarized it. There are plenty of sources discussing the costs of individual clean ups.

about 10 months ago
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Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?

zztong Re:Nissan Leaf (466 comments)

I saw a Tesla S with DC plates on it in Cape Cod over the 4th. While there are certainly other explanations it would appear that it was driven there.

was it towing a diesel generator?

It was all down-hill. :)

about 10 months ago
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Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?

zztong Re:Nissan Leaf (466 comments)

The problem I have with the Leaf is that my 25 mile commute would be way too much for it in the winter where I often get stuck in 2 hour traffic jams at temps from 32 to 0F, if my employer had a charge station it might be enough to risk it but draining 70+% of the battery just for locomotion during ideal temp days doesn't leave enough safety margin for cold weather performance plus heater usage.

Is telecommuting an option on weather days?

about 10 months ago
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Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?

zztong Re:Nissan Leaf (466 comments)

I only drive about 5 miles a day, so an electric vehicle would work for me. The trouble I face is even a Nissan Leaf is too much car. Using the Nissan Leaf web site to compute my savings, for the $21,000 vehicle I would save $138 a year in gas over the fuel performance of a used Honda Accord that cost me $8000. A new Nissan Leaf compared to my Kawasaki Ninja is even worse. The Leaf saves me just $24 a year, though admittedly the Leaf would be useful in snow in rain when the motorcycle isn't.

I'm all for having an electric car, but overcoming the sticker price is the tough part. I need the electric car to be around $10,000 and last about 15 years, otherwise it makes more financial sense to drive fuel efficient used cars.

about 10 months ago
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Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

zztong Patent Pending (225 comments)

Someday I really need to submit my patent for my business process of securing patents for things I have no intention of manufacturing and then attempting to enforce those patents against others.

about 10 months ago
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Curiosity Goes Autonomous For the First Time

zztong Re:But how will it interact with other traffic? (32 comments)

And what if it's going the wrong way across a bridge?

TomTom will recalculate its route. Hopefully NASA payed for the updated maps.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

zztong Contractor? (301 comments)

Could you hire one of the developers on the open source project as a contractor to implement a feature? It could be a modest feature at a generous hourly rate. It could be a feature the developer already had planned and perhaps could consider the feature to have been sponsored by your company, generating good will and a positive public image, in addition to enjoying a needed feature.

about a year ago
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After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?

zztong How about... (293 comments)

A favorite book of mine is "Refactoring - Improving the design of existing code" by Martin Fowler. It's probably best read after you've written code for a little while.

You might find "Head First - Servlets and JSP" kind of fun if you're interested in programming web applications. I'd save JSP for later and focus on servlets if you're just starting out.

more than 4 years ago
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Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access

zztong Bankruptcy (497 comments)

I wonder if their Bankruptcy game will be realistic.

more than 4 years ago
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Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons

zztong Re:But unfortunately... (189 comments)

Not to quibble, but clerics devoting themselves to a concepts/philosophy was possible in any version of D&D. It may not have been specifically mentioned in the rule book, but it was quite common. Some folks even let any/all of the "divine" casters claim they were really just tapping into a different form of "arcane" energy that for all intents and purposes acted like "divine" spells. It's really just a matter of separating the "special effects" of the game from the "mechanics."

more than 4 years ago
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FTL Currents May Power Pulsar Beams

zztong Re:FTL information (236 comments)

Well done. Pretty cool, really.

Now make an analogy using a cow, 5 bags of salt, and the Pacific Ocean. :)

more than 4 years ago
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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

zztong Re:Missed Solution (114 comments)

You're right, plus the article doesn't make any sense. Asteroids just pass through one another.

more than 4 years ago
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Own Your Own Fighter Jet

zztong Re:Pain at the pump (222 comments)

How about putting it on static display in front of your house? Maybe you could park it in the back yard and let the kids play on it.

I always thought it would be cool to bury a WW2 submarine in the back yard as if it were running on the surface.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gaining Market Share Faster

zztong And...? (406 comments)

Maybe I'm missing the obvious, but the story seems to be trying to sensationalize things. Look at the numbers they cite. You can see the following changes from Dec 08 to Dec 09.

Bing +2.4%
Google +2.2%

Yahoo -3.3%
AOL -1.2%
Ask -0.2%

So it looks to me like Bing and Google are just gobbling up market share from the weak. Google grew at approximately the same rate as Bing. Yet the article seized on relative growth, which of course is going to favor growing new services.

more than 4 years ago
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DirecTV Sued By Washington State

zztong Apparently... (181 comments)

Quote: he was surprised DirecTV refused to change its business practices voluntarily

Apparently he has never been a DirecTV customer.

more than 4 years ago
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Self-Destructing Bacteria Create Better Biofuels

zztong Re:Biofuels are the future. (139 comments)

Your vision somehow reminds me of The Matrix.

more than 4 years ago
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Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

zztong Re:Crimes against humanity (531 comments)

Oh phew. I'm glad you didn't say most software developers aren't human.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Create Artificial Meat

zztong Re:I am scared. I am intrigued. (820 comments)

Quote: There might be a few polar bears left if more people wanted one for breakfast.

I'd certainly be willing to try a bear steak. I just have a feeling that on the other end of the supply chain folks aren't that crazy about raising and harvesting the polar bears.

more than 4 years ago

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