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Submission + - Tesla Presses Its Case on Fuel Standards

An anonymous reader writes: Tesla is preparing their case to leave federal mileage and emissions regulations intact, or make them even more strict. In addition, the company is fighting other car makers from loosening more stringent regulations in California. The WSJ reports: "Tougher regulations could benefit Tesla, while challenging other auto makers that make bigger profits on higher-margin trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Tesla’s vice president of development, Dairmuid O’Connell, plans to argue to auto executives and other industry experts attending a conferenceon the northern tip of Michigan that car companies can meet regulations as currently written. 'We are about to hear a lot of rhetoric that Americans don’t want to buy electric vehicles,' Mr. O’Connell said in an interview ahead of a Tuesday presentation in Traverse City, Mich. 'From an empirical standpoint, the [regulations] are very weak, eminently achievable and the only thing missing is the will to put compelling products on the road.'"

Comment Re:poorly researched article, if at all (Score 1) 510

And it took only actually watching the video to note that it reads -45.9ft when it hits the ground, so if that is to be taken seriously (assuming it isn't damaged), the take-off point was about 45ft higher than the house, and true altitude above ground was over 300ft at the point it was shot.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 510

It is a toy and not an aircraft.

The categories are not mutually exclusive; whether something is or is not a toy has no relevance to the question of whether it is or is not an aircraft. You think the law doesn't apply, the FAA says it does, the courts will have to decide.

Comment Re:80 versus 200 with no points of reference (Score 2) 510

200 feet is still pretty close.

Yes, but if I shoot someone's car who parked is on the street 200 ft outside my property and assert it was my right because he was parked "too close" to my property, the law is not going to consider "pretty close" to be close enough.

Airspace in general is the public domain. At what point it above your property it becomes yours is a legal grey area.

Comment Re:Why does his telemetry show ground being -46ft? (Score 1) 510

So when it hits the ground, telemetry shows -45.9ft which means he was actually over the neighbor's house at 154ft and not the 200ft he claims.

You fail basic math; the difference between 200 and -45.9 is 245.9.

Also, it was well over 200ft at the start. I didn't go frame by frame, but I did manage to pause at very close to the right point and it appears to read 262ft when shot. That would suggest a fall of over 300ft if the -45ft at the end is taken seriously, but I suspect it might just be damaged at that point...

Comment Re:Government knows best... (Score 1) 432

I don't want government restricting options available to me, or restricting those that would provide those options to me.

As a more liberty-minded individual, I don't want anyone restricting me in that manner, be they governments, corporations, "market forces" or whatever, and I understand that regulations are necessary to insure freedom in the market (a truly free market is as free as any anarchy, which is to say, not free at all -- laws and regulations are what protect the freedom of individuals).

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 67

Probably not. FF wheels are heavy, but every wheel I've owned has greater force than the raw weight can hold. Plus, just driving will move it. I purchased a G27 just last week and it has two ways to mount the wheel and shifter. There are plastic clamps integral to the housing that hold it well, and there is also steel internal nuts in the base for bolting to a surface, like a driving chair/stand. I imagine the G29 has a similar mounting. What I don't like about the new wheels is the fact that it's either PS3 and 4, OR Xbox and PC. The G27 I purchased is supported flawlessly on PS3 and PC, which is exactly what I needed.

Submission + - Sourceforge Hijacks the Nmap Sourceforge Account-> 2

vivaoporto writes: Gordon Lyon (better known as Fyodor, author of nmap and maintainer of the internet security resource sites,,, and warns on the nmap development mailing list that the Sourceforge Nmap account was hijacked from him.

According to him the old Nmap project page (located at, screenshot) was changed to a blank page and its contents were moved to a new page (, screenshot) which controlled by sf-editor1 and sf-editor3, in pattern mirroring the much discussed the takeover of GIMP-Win page discussed last week on Ars Technica, IT World and eventually this week Slashdot.

That happens after Sourceforge promises to stop "presenting third party offers for unmaintained SourceForge projects. At this time, we present third party offers only with a few projects where it is explicitly approved by the project developer, or if the project is already bundling third party offers."

To their credit Fyodor states that "So far they seem to be providing just the official Nmap files (as long as you don't click on the fake download buttons) and we haven't caught them trojaning Nmap the way they did with GIMP" but reiterates "that you should only download Nmap from our official SSL Nmap site:"

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Submission + - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 387

We had one of those too, but the one we had was finicky and I think could only do a printout, not digital. So we started photographing the whiteboards. For the past 6 years, all my design work was done in the nearby conference room where the wall is "bumped" inward to form one seamless whiteboard around three walls. The corners are rounded, so you can draw diagrams anywhere. Panoramic images don't work, but normal stills do and are faster to take. My "documents" folder is mostly photographs at this point.

The only person who always got his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.