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Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 216

Uh, the Jetta TDI gets 62mpg in practice (someone did a 5,000+-mile trip going counterclockwise, west across the northern U.S. and then east along the southern U.S), while its gasoline counterpart boasts 32mpg on the highway and 27mpg in the city.

1. You're citing MPG from a Volkswagon diesel car? Can we turn off most emissions controls on the gasoline engine too, or is that considered cheating?

2. You're comparing someone's hypermileing adventures in a TDI on low roll resistance tires to EPA estimates for a 2.0L normally-aspirated, automatic transmission model. That's not remotely apples-to-apples. The EPA numbers are 45/36/31 for a Jetta TDI automatic, and the 1.8L turbo has better numbers than you're reporting with 20% more HP than the TDI (180 hp; 37/29/25). So, again, the comparison is crap.

3. Texas fuel cost is also almost half that of California's. 5 cent/kWh electricity is the same as $1.80 regular gas on a cost-per-MJ basis.

Why don't you pick one state, one set of roughly equivalent cars, and one style of driving instead of making crazy claims that not only can you halve operating costs by driving a diesel (no, you can't), but drop them by 87% by driving electric (again, no, you can't).

While diesel is more efficient and electric even moreso, the difference is not nearly so large as you claim. In the meantime, diesel has self-evident problems with particulates and particulate emissions controls, and electric has the minor problem that you cannot deliver that much power to that many people over the existing grid. Once penetration hits 5-10%, you're not going to get 5 cent/kHr electricity anymore if only because of the transmission costs increases that you will see for the next several decades. Many places already risk brownouts on extremely hot or cold days, and now you want to add loads that make AC and electric resistive heating look like someone left their lights on in comparison.

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 2) 216

The Tesla car has higher instantaneous torque and a flat torque curve. The cost for me to drive 300 miles on gasoline is around $25 now; on biofuel, it's around $35; on diesel, it's around $12; on electricity, it's $3. Battery storage loses less energy in conversion than biofuel chemical storage. Electric cars are less complex and require less maintenance than reciprocating piston engines. Superior power, performance, durability, longevity, and cost doesn't seem inferior.

The only way that diesel costs half as much as gasoline on a cost/trip basis is if you treat the whacky CA fuels market as the boundaries of your universe, with $2.60/gal reg and $2.40/gal ULSD.

In most of the US, you're looking at $1.50/gal reg and $2.10/gal ULSD, and then that difference goes away. An engine that has 25% higher energy efficiency running on a fuel that has 10% greater volumetric energy density cannot overcome a fuel that costs 35% more per volume.

In the rest of the universe, you also amortize the cost of the vehicle that gets you there and add it to the energy cost. A vehicle that costs 3-4x as much makes much of that difference go away as well.

BTW: At CA electricity and gas prices you're claiming that a 100% efficient Tesla, consuming only 62MJ of electricity, will make that trip, but a gasoline powered car would require 1180MJ to make the same trip. That is a 5% fuel-to-travel efficiency, not the 14-30% that is known.

All in all, your figures are crap.

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 1) 81

It's a little bit on the bullshit side to claim they had a "brief period of success in the early 2000's" ... they're still a company with multi-billion dollar revenues.

Yeah! They're losing money on almost every sale, but they're making it up through volume...

Comment The usual business doublespeak excuse.... (Score 2) 52

A blog post by Rod Matthews, VP of Storage at Barracuda gives the usual business doublespeak excuse.

You'd rather they simply posted "Take this job [order] and shove it, we ain't working here no more..."?

How about "assaf08 offered us a promotion and 50% more money so here's our 3 months notice..."?

Finally, there's "A monkey could do this job and our skills are being wasted, so before you outsource us to China we are so out of here..."

"[W]e have begun a process to focus our resources on our most strategic initiatives and to drive more innovation and faster growth within those products" is not doublespeak, it means that you are 1. not strategic 2. technologically stuck in the '00s and 3. a black pit of cheapitude. It's not doublespeak, it's an overly polite way to tell you not to let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Comment Re:Logic bombs? (Score 1) 222

I don't think "logic bomb" means what the submitter thinks it means (the stories don't use that term). These were trojans.

I think it means exactly what the submitter thinks it means, and is right.

The first two "multihacks" contained a time-triggered change that caused the user to get banned. It's unclear whether the third only activated when joining an online game or instead unconditionally did something that was only checked by Valve when going online.

Either you don't realize that most of those fall within the definition or you're quibbling about a server-implemented ban versus client-side data deletion. I certainly wouldn't agree with the latter point. I'm also not going to criticize the summary because one of the three might not have been triggered by a condition.

It was a trojan in the sense that any disguised payload, whether logic bomb, RAT, etc., is a trojan. The terms "logic bomb" and "trojan" are not mutually exclusive. Especially where the downloaders intentionally sought out the program and most of its functionality.

Comment Re:Is it the year of the Linux desktop yet? (Score 1) 110

I fully expect to replace my laptop more frequently than every 6 years.

Then you are, literally, an idiot.

I'm trying this on an eight year old laptop with a dual core, 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 processor and a Geforce 9800 GTS. Full HD screen. It can run any app I need it to. It can run most of the games I'm interested. If I really want power, I use my desktop.

For the last two year's I've debated myself about once per quarter because a shiny new laptop would be neat. Yet every time I decide that what my $800-1200 would by is not enough improvement to be worth the money.

No, the days of the 3-5 year laptop replacement cycle are gone. You can stretch out far, far longer and not be running an antique.

Comment Re:Here's something worth crowdfunding. (Score 5, Informative) 96

Notice that it isn't the government acting against him, it is his professional organization.

Lawyer here. You're wrong. The professional organization has no power to discipline or sanction. It actually is the government acting against him.

In most states, lawyer discipline is a bizarre private-court hybrid. A private, bar-association-related disciplinary committe screens the complaint to see if it has potential merit. If it does, the issue becomes public and is referred up. An office of disciplinary counsel will also perform the same function.

After that, everything gets handled by a quasi-judicial body -- a board of professional conduct, an office of disciplinary counsel, or what have you -- that is made up of attorneys appointed or employed by the state's highest court. It's a trial-like process. If you don't respond, it's not good for you. Quasi-trial. Quasi-appeal.

If things go poorly (for the lawer), the determination (actually a recommendation) is referred to the state's highest court. That court makes a determination based upon the recommendation, and any objections by the lawyer, and metes out any discipline.

Summary is this: the "professional organization" can go fly a kite. You do not have to be a member to practice, it has virtually no power over your ability to practice, and its principal use is for education, referrals, networking, and lobbying.

The quasi-judical review body is no joke. The referral to the Supreme Court of [insert state name here] is really no joke. And that body, my friend, is definitely the government.

Comment Re:Only X8 pci-e? (Score 1) 98

I don't disagree with what you're saying, but the type of node that you describe does not need dual integrated 10Gb Ethernet network connections and 14 SATA III ports. The dual 10Gb ethernet ports alone indicate a a combination of high I/O throughput and redundancy, not merely an application node.

Comment Re:Only X8 pci-e? (Score 1) 98

You only need enough I/O to attach a few disks or a controller to attach to a SAN or something like infiniband and x8 is plenty.

Storage controllers tend to be x8 devices, meaning that you'd have to have 2 x8 expansion slots to enable redundant controllers in your small box.

Rumor has it that redundant controllers is, indeed, a thing in that market.

Comment Re:Why are so many moving away from the GPL? (Score 1) 208

So, let me get this straight, you want to choose to do what you want without somebody else dictating something at you... ...but you're dictating to somebody else how they should license code that they wrote?

And if they don't license their code exactly like you dictated to them to do, it's 'tyranny'?

Let me ask you: Do hypocrites understand irony or not?

How did GP "dictate" to somebody else how they should license code? Are there legal consequences if they chose to ignore the instructions? Jail? Fines? A refusal to fulfill some obligation that is owned unless the licensor bows GP's will?

Or have you simply decided that advocacy is a dictat because you need it to be one?

I think you have no real understanding of the meaning of the words dictate, hypocrite, and irony. I thkn that you are merely throwing those words around because you have no better argument to make.

Comment Re:Gymnasiums? (Score 1) 73

Oh yeah sure, lots of churches have gymnasiums.

Obviously your town hasn't yet been infested with mega-churches. Those have at least one gymnasium. It's just down the hall from the coffee bar, past the giant child-care facility, and around the corner from the logo-wear t-shirt kiosk, the artisan bakery, and the acupuncture practice. Jesus isn't the savior anymore, he's the CEO of a retail empire.

Or "infested" with church-run schools. You'd never find gymnasiums in church-run schools. Which oddly, around here, tend to be on the same grounds as the church itself.

BTW, mega-churches exist because people want them. It's a bit presumptuous of you to claim that your town has been infested simply because a facility doesn't cater to your point of view.

Comment Re:Oh give me a break (Score 4, Informative) 349

It's 95 years for corporate authors. Individual authors are life plus 70. If the author died in 2004, then the copyright will expire in 2074.

No, it's really not. You can't apply the terms established by the October 1976 copyright act, with subsequent extensions, to works published before that date. You get to apply the terms established by the 1909 copyright act, with subsequent extensions. It's all horribly complex, but...

For a work registered or first published in the US between 1923 and 1963, and renewed, the term is indeed 95 years after the publication date.

Lawyer ouuuuuuut...

Comment Re:Ugh... no thanks. (Score 1) 216

If you have ever had to care for aged parents or aunts or uncles or grandparents, you quickly realize many can get along just fine as long as the little details of life can be managed for them. You have a choice, you can buy in-home care to do this for you.

...or you can, you know, visit them at least once a week and take a peek in the fridge? Of course there are going to be edge cases where said parents/in-laws live out-of-state, but in the vast majority of cases it would be no big deal to stop by and sort the little stuff out, if it's truly the case that it's all they need done.

... or you can do both, and actually show up with the groceries they need, instead of turning around to leave for another trip to the grocery store after your in-person peek. Check at that odd moment that you think about it but can't go over, check when you're already out shopping, check when bad weather is pending and a call will do unless they turn out to need something but don't have the heart to tell you.

The "nobody on Slashdot should do anything differently than I do, and if they do they're morally bankrupt" attitude around here is truly annoying. Your post didn't go that far, but it shows some of the same lack of investment in viewing technological conveniences as something other than all-or-nothing.

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