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Comment: Re:why so long (Score 3, Interesting) 126

by Thagg (#49624589) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission

It's kind of interesting.

One of the big reasons that they thought it would be limited to 90 days is that the solar panels get covered in dust, and as that happens the amount of energy collected diminishes. They figured in about 90 days, based on previous missions to Mars, they'd be out of juice.

And...for the first 50 days or so, it was going that way. And then, a whirlwind came by, and scrubbed the rover clean. This has happened many many times since. An unexpected good fortune.

Comment: Comcast (Score 3, Insightful) 124

by peragrin (#49616781) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

improving poorly rated customer service runs contrary to the comcast business model of doubling your bill after your 2 year deal is up.

I dropped cable because my $80 a month bill went to $160. There is no other isp in my area, so comcast can charge whatever they want. If comcast wants to improve customer service they first have to stop raping their customers.

Comment: Re:Riiiight. (Score 1) 245

So everyone under 25 is a brain dead moron?.

No, just your average person... the description of the crime fits that narrative. Perhaps you were a genius who understood there were consequences to your actions - science has shown us that's not typical of the under-25 crowd.

So... congratulations on taking the comment completely the wrong way.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 321

by gfxguy (#49608137) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

he did not lose his freedom of speech at all; freedom of speech != freedom from any and all ramifications.

So in your version of the USA, people can say whatever they like, and consequently be (fired | publicly shamed | arrested | executed) and you consider that freedom of speech?

I'd hate to think what you consider to be a LACK of freedom of speech! Cutting-out of tongue at birth?

No, that's not what I said, but thanks for trying. Arrested and executed are functions of government, the government cannot limit your freedom of speech. Getting fired from a private corporation (which is not even what happened, but I'll play along) is not a violation of free speech.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 321

by gfxguy (#49594833) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
I'm only saying that the complaint is about hypocrisy; the public outcry against someone "defending traditional marriage" dwarfs the public outcry against someone supporting same sex marriage (despite popular support in the U.S. being roughly equal), when the fact of the matter is people should just shrug and move on. For the record, I'm not arguing on this guy's behalf because I'm against same sex marriage - I'm not, I really don't care (and as such you could put me in the "supports" category), I just agree with the opinion that the public outcry is hypocritical.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 2) 321

by gfxguy (#49594227) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
I agree... he did not lose his freedom of speech at all; freedom of speech != freedom from any and all ramifications. However, I think the point Anonymous Coward was making is that if it were reversed, and someone lost their job for supporting same sex marriage, you'd never hear the end of it.

Comment: Re:And this is where it begins. (Score 2) 49

by peragrin (#49582259) Attached to: Fetch Robotics Unveils Warehouse Robots

Warehouses are slow to adapt. And run on low margins 20-30 years is more reasonable. Because warehouse rarely move and will require massive overhaul. Hell barcoding is only deployed to 40-50% of warehouses. That alone should tell you how low margin warehouses operate. Barcoding with software and hardware is $10k, another 10k to deploy it, yet most warehouses can't afford that.

Comment: Re:One (Score 1) 301

For security my wifi access point only allows editing settings from the ethernet port. I can't log into the control panel via wifi.

a simple security arrangement that might be hackable, but it does make things harder.

It is the only time my laptop's ethernet port gets used any more.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 2, Informative) 329

by peragrin (#49567433) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Not true. Electricity can wear out. The time frame is much longer but it does happen.

Electricity has resistance. resistance adds heat. The sun adds heat. hot ,cold, hot, cold, that changes the temperance of the metals, making them brittle. Granted it takes a while. but over time electric cables wear out. Then you have the insulation materials which ear out faster, when those break you get shorts.

That isn't even talking about erosion and physical damage from being outside.

So yes solar panels can wear out. You might get 30-50 years out of one but it will happen.

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 2) 160

by peragrin (#49560599) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

If you have to go to a third party community that may or may not have updates then your mode is broken. Xda is nice if you are modding it, etc. however if you want it to work without spending an hour doing so then it isn't the right place. And yes the last time I tried and failed to install an xda android rom my device was trashed. It was my fault I missed one of the 50 perquisite steps required.

Hell there are days when I think it would be faster to compile android from source on the device than use those roms.

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