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Comment: Western Electric (Score 1) 673

by Nethead (#46791457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Well, anything by them but specifically the Model 500 telephone set.

63 years old and still works just like it came out of the factory. The only maintenance is a bit of cleaning with soapy water and tapping the microphone against something hard every few years to pack the carbon granules.

Also remarkable is that it will still work on just about any phone system in the world. That's a long lasting communication standard.

Another great line of products were pre-1990 Motorola two way radios. They were build almost as well as the WE stuff.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 791

It all depends on the school. My mother is a substitute teacher at a high school which doesn't take discipline very seriously. At one point she caught a kid with a paintball gun in the classroom and called it in to the office, conveniently leaving out the "paintball" part. Nothing happened for around 10 minutes until the office called back to get more information. Most kids get just a slap on the wrist if anything, so behavior at the school tends to be poor and the administration frowns on teachers who do use discipline because it inconveniences them. Back in the 1970s and 1980s it was a yearly tradition to stab a teacher every year at this school. Sadly this type of thing is coming back. Some of the lower grade schools in the city are just as bad and there are now a lot of problems with gangs.

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 4, Informative) 352

by AaronW (#46783227) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

1. While Tesla may not be able to charge in 10 minutes, they have been aggressively rolling out rapid charging with their superchargers. In their cross country trip they spent 20% of their time charging. In the next month or so they will be rolling out battery swapping between the Bay Area and LA. That takes about 90 seconds. When I drove to Reno from the Bay Area I stopped in Folsom long enough to get a burger. By the time I was done I had plenty of range to reach Reno. The hotel I stayed at had an RV park as well where I was able to plug in.

2. The charging infrastructure is filling out quickly. Regular J1772 chargers are popping up everywhere. Furthermore, the Tesla model S comes with a charging adapter allowing charging at any NEMA 14-50 50A outlet which is quite common at RV parks as well as a 110v plug (which is almost useless since 110v charges so slow).

3. The Tesla model S is priced similarly to other cars in its class. The model E is planned to be priced to cars similarly.

Generally the charging time is not an issue. It takes me 5 seconds to plug in at night and 5 seconds to unplug in the morning. Basically I have a full charge every day (or in my case about 70% since it's easier on the battery).

The existing and planned supercharger stations are shown at

They're first focusing on the major transportation corridors before branching out further. By the end of next year most of the US should be covered unless you're traveling off the beaten path. With the model X going in to production next year I expect them to add more chargers in more out of the way places. Tesla is also releasing an adapter for ChaDeMo and will release an adapter for the combo plug if and when it starts to be deployed (Tesla's signalling is already compatible with the combo plug).

Comment: Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (Score 1) 391

Perhaps, but there is far more reason to think that Putin is lying, because he's been telling bald-faced lies to the entire world as recently as the past couple of weeks (concerning Ukraine). At least in the US, our politicians tell their lies in a gray area such that fact-checkers give numeric ratings to indicate just how untruthful a statement is. Putin just tells outright lies as if he believed them to be completely true and reasonable himself.

Or, phrased another way: In Soviet Russia, Putin fact-checks you!

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 2, Funny) 391

He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous

He wants more than fame, he wants to establish Russia as a global power, again. Problem is, his economy is mostly natural resourced exporting - which means it's pretty weak on manufacturing or services.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2, Insightful) 1581

by ackthpt (#46767859) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

At the time there were limited arms (you took about 2 minutes to reload) vs able to empty a couple clips in that same amount of time, now.

Further, rifle, cannon and naval mines were about all there were. The most literal interpretation of that 2nd amendment means I could possess nuclear weapons, bacterial weapons, chemical weapons, and were I wealthy enough, my own tanks, APCs, fighter jets, bombers, etc. In short, the 2nd amendment favors the rich because they can arm themselves to the hilt, should they wish. Not very equal, is it?

Comment: Re:tie that to K'nect camera (Score 2) 108

by ackthpt (#46762021) Attached to: 52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

and we are one step closer to a 1984 'Big Brother is watching' world....

and active investigations only my ass -they will stockpile this for the rest of our lives and when they find some association 20 years from now they will backtrack all the way to all other associations NSA 'metadata' style with the same deniability.

-I'm just sayin' -we're screwed

o Sunglasses
o Facial Hair
o Make-up
o Big Floppy Hat

These are your weapons, use them wisely.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Nethead (#46744421) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

But then there are the stars:

Kassahun Tsegie was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. His mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old. He and his elder sister, were subsequently adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson, a homemaker.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis