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Comment: Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (Score 1) 98

by caseih (#47734725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Interesting. Usually when I buy from Ebay the results are mediocre at best and the seller demands that I give him a full star review. I don't have the ebay foo or the patience that you have. I've bought cell batteries from a ebay seller that looked very much like what you recommend, and they were junk. I also bought from a random, supposedly reputable dealer on Amazon, and they were junk (brand name, two year old batteries). Went to a local store specializing in batteries and they were junk too (also two year old, brand name, batteries). The problem with a lot of vendors is that batteries have a shelf life. If the new batter is more than a year old, it's not going to perform.

I'm trying Anker now and will see what happens.

Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 4, Interesting) 136

by swillden (#47734021) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

The problem with simulator testing is that you can't test scenarios that you didn't think of. This is particularly important to find problems arising from multiple simultaneous situations. For example, you might test the scenarios "front camera obscured by rain", "car ahead of you performs emergency stop", and "dog runs into street", but that doesn't necessarily tell you how the car will respond to a combination of the three.

Real life is far more creative than any scenario designer.

Which is why you should do both. A simulation can test millions of permutations -- including arbitrary combinations of events, and in far more variety than could be tested in a reasonable amount of time on real roads -- and can verify that software changes don't introduce regressions. Real-world testing introduces an element of randomness which provides additional insights for the simulation test cases.

Ultimately, governments should probably develop their own simulators which run the autonomous car through a large battery of scenarios, including scenarios which include disabling some of the car's sensors. Then autonomous vehicles from different manufacturers could be validated on a standard test suite before being allowed on the roads, and when real-world incidents occur in which an automated car makes a bad decision, those incidents can and should be replicated in the simulator and all certified vehicles tested. They should also do real-world testing, but I suspect that in the long run simulations will provide much greater confidence.

Comment: Re:Gimme money! (Score 1) 29

by Whorhay (#47733029) Attached to: How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

I'll grant you that the pool of people with spare income was smaller and that getting their attention was much harder but patronage of the arts is how much of the worlds great art came into being. Kickstarter is a variation on that.

Yes, people could possibly starve themselves a bit more and save up the money they need for a big project over the course of twenty years. By then though the time for their idea could have passed completely. Or they may have lost the ability to follow through on the project. Kickstarter is also a good way to guage whether there is any share market for your idea, a project that fails to fund still gives a lot of useful feedback.

There will always be scammers out to grab a quick buck. But that isn't a problem that is exclusive to kickstarter, and from what I've seen isn't even all that rampant. Hell I have much higher confidence in the honesty of any random project on Kickstarter than I do of most any beggar asking for money on the sidewalk.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 332

by Zordak (#47732691) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
The Supremacy Clause does not trump Article 1, Section 8 where the powers of the federal government are specifically enumerated, or the Bill of Rights, which was passed to capture the votes of anti-federalists who feared that the new government would get too powerful if there were not explicit checks placed on its power. Seriously, just read even the Wikipedia article on the Tenth Amendment. This is not some novel, controversial issue to people who have a clue what they're talking about.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 332

by Zordak (#47732615) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

You'd fail law school. 10th amendment is an throw away amendment that holds no legal meaning or legal standard. It's used today to galvanize the states rights / confederate base but there is no sound legal jurisprudence that has ever been accepted by the Supreme Court.

I have a JD and a Texas bar card that say otherwise.

Comment: Where? (Score 2) 215

by LWATCDR (#47732187) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Cable companies are granted "franchises" in most cities. If you want fast internet net you have no choice.
Add to the fact that we have been in a race to the bottom for customer service for a long time. You average slashdot reader calls anything that is available cheaper from china on Ebay over priced.
The constantly want free as in beer software.
And yet complain over bad customer support.
Back in the long dark history of computers I worked in a computer store. We had a large margin on the computers so we took the time help people learn how to use them. Today their is probably $10 margin on your typical PC and yet you wonder why companies farm out support.

Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 507

by LWATCDR (#47731789) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

I am afraid you did not read it.
It was comparing nuclears costs with Natural gas which produces a lot more carbon than nuclear or solar or wind. It is also using the costs of fracked gas. It said that renewables "wind" was becoming competitive with nuclear....
Wind is becoming but isn't yet.
The costs are also based on our aging reactors and does not look at the cost reductions available from mass production of a standardized design. Also does not touch on LFTRs which offer a much lower cost of construction since they do not require a full containment dome.
You are not even reading what you post.
Yes if want co2 and fracking you can not beat natural gas. Natural gas is much cheaper than even coal today much less solar, wind, and nuclear.
So if you are pro climate change dismissing nuclear makes all the sense in the world. Thing is that even fracked gas is not a long term solution.

Comment: I got scared when I started counting... (Score 1) 155

by uvsc_wolverine (#47731573) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

2 laptops, 3 phones, 1 iPad, PS3, Wii (not really allowed on the network anymore since it's 802.11b only), sprinkler controller, 3 Rokus, 2 surveillance cameras, 1 Kindle, 1 Apple TV, Nest thermostat. The cameras, PS3, and one of the Rokus are usually on ethernet, but I move things around occasionally.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 403

by caseih (#47730705) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Until the DMCA, copyright was always a civil offence, as it should be, with the penalties to be monetary in nature, not prison. Remember all the FBI warnings on old VHS tapes about going to prison for copying the video (or heaven forbid public performance)? They were all bold-faced lies. At least until the DMCA criminalized copyright violation. Now you can get more jail time for copyright violation than for violent crime such as rape.

Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 507

by LWATCDR (#47730603) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Cost of solar at peak production? Sure it is cheap. Cost of solar at 6pm in December?
And your sites could not be biased at all since on is called and the other
Puff propaganda pieces but the one from Austin supports my suggestion of solar as an opportunistic source not as a baseload.
As I said that you have so self identified with solar you have gone beyond reason.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman