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Comment: Re:Expert. (Score 1) 113

by afidel (#47945135) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Um, no, he's much, much less an expert than Dre is. As a respected producer at least Dre has some validity as a good ear, and he can evaluate the results of different parametric curves on tone signature, Bono can claim no such expertise in container formats unless he's gone back and studied CS while the world wasn't watching.

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 2) 43

by afidel (#47944625) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Uh, we're getting chips over the next 12 months, next September is when the liability shifts to the merchant if you have a chip card and they accept it as a swipe so every issuer is going to be sure to have cards out there by then and every large merchant is going to have the ability to use them. The one thing is in the US we're mostly going to be chip and signature, not chip and pin.

Comment: For Orbital Mechanics and Astrophyiscs (Score 1) 207

by Prien715 (#47940801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Check out Kerbal Space Program. You can build rockets, send them into orbit, land on the moon, and learn about concepts like apoapsis, retrograde burns, orbital transfers, and learn astrophysics -- plus it's simple enough I've seen multiple dads who have a blast playing with their kids. It runs on Linux/Mac/Windows and has a good free demo.
 
...but does it really teach orbital mechanics? Oblig XKCD says yes;)

Comment: Depends on your definition of "terrorist" (Score 1) 174

by Prien715 (#47939115) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Before "terrorism", there was communism. Before communism, there were anarchists who assassinated an American president.

The FBI once called Martin Luther King Jr. "the most dangerous man in America" (and given death threats). Sartre wrote about suicide bombing as terrorism in the 40's (and thought it was going out of style! page 80).

Tyrants in the US government have always used name calling in the name of "national security" to justify whatever inhumanities they wish to commit. "Terrorism" is not new; its use as a boogey man to scare the citizenry into the creation of a surveillance state is.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 144

Well, I think we can expect to hear a "Look we caught a terrorist, this is why we needed all those powers" justification for running roughshod over everyone's right to privacy in the next few days. That's pretty on-topic for here - this is just the front-runner of it.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 379

by afidel (#47935983) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Correct, I was just pointing out that even the best of the competitions offerings still fell well short of price parity, the fact that the fuel for the more efficient vehicle is more expensive just exacerbates the situation. Another factor swaying the per mile cost in favor of the electric is the fact that you're highly unlikely to reach the EPA rating in southern California traffic so real world numbers will be even more skewed.

Comment: Re:A few things... (Score 1) 535

by Yunzil (#47933291) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

1. Really? I want the exact opposite of that. I don't give a crap what's going on under the hood or what the filesystem is doing. Pull a blanket over it, I don't want to see it.

2. OK

3. If they allow it you'll get people here posting "Windows is so dumb, it let me copy an mp3 to my phone that it couldn't play!"

4. See #3.

5. OK

Comment: Re:The real action will be elsewhere. (Score 1) 379

by afidel (#47932173) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Nissan Leaf would go from 25K to 18K
Or, much more likely it would be available for $18k with the current range or $25k with double the range. In fact Nissan is seriously talking to existing owners about how much they would be willing to pay for a model with double the range as they see Tesla coming down range at them.

Comment: Re:What they dont tell you ... (Score 1) 379

by afidel (#47932097) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

VS what, a car from the 1970's? Everything from the mid 80's on is a complete fender replacement in the case of an accident. It's the price we pay for fuel economy. Heck, many fairly minor accidents result in the vehicle being totaled due to crumple zones, that's the price we pay for safety. In both cases it's a minor percentage of the total cost of the vehicle fleet.

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