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Comment: Re:even better (Score 1) 133

by MMC Monster (#48640973) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

How much dedicated time does the gas station take to make the gasoline? ;-)

Realistically I would assume the solar array would use a storage battery so you don't need to generate the power at the instant the Tesla drives up.

On the other hand, 26-53 Teslas/day may be a bit of a low number. I've been at Tesla recharging stations where there are two or three Teslas parked and charging at the same time. And this was in NJ, not the west coast where there are more Teslas on the road.

On the third hand, no one drives into a supercharger with a completely depleted battery. I would wager that most people are just topping off from less than 50% charge to 90%.

On the fourth hand, a Tesla charging station doesn't have to be run completely off solar panels. Panels can supplement and take some of the base load off of the hard lines.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 266

by MMC Monster (#48596585) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

I'm on Tribenzor, which is literally just a mix of three regular and cheap blood pressure medicines, but it's 'not generic' so I have to pay a much more expensive rate.

Then you're part of the problem. Tell your physician that you want medications that you can afford without copays and you don't want to fall into a donut hole at the end of the year when you've maxed out your benefits for the year and have to pay full cost for a month or more.

If your doc refuses to change to generic alternatives, there are two options. One is that there are no generics that can treat what you have, the other is that your doc is in the pocket of their local pharmaceutical reps.

BTW, check out http://goodrx.com/ and put in your zip code to see what your medications cost at local pharmacies.

Comment: Re:This actually sounds pretty cool. (Score 4, Insightful) 149

by MMC Monster (#48560909) Attached to: Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

How does this mesh with the ideas that:
1. shared libraries allow a small memory footprint
and
2. allowing the OS to manage dependencies allows applications to be more secure since all applications that rely on a shared library benefit when a security update of the library get installed

Comment: Re: I agree, except: (Score 1) 390

by MMC Monster (#48491345) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

The technological decline was obvious once episodes 1-3 were released. That was the peak of Galactic Civilization. Things have been in decline since. No more shines ships. The Millennium Falcon is still the fastest ship around. No more research into the force, and the little knowledge gained re: midichlorianes was completely lost. And the Jedi devolve from a quasi-science into a cult.

Comment: Re: And... (Score 1) 720

by MMC Monster (#48491289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Agree wholeheartedly.

On the other hand, a couple suggestions/thoughts. Why is your gaming PCI on all the time? (Obvious, since she's complaining about the noise of the computer, not of the games.) Turn it off when not gaming and get a second, much smaller PC for your media player. Look at the nettop size computers.

Other thing is to not spend a significant amount of money on any of this. If it's not important to her, she'll be upset some time in the future, regardless of whether you can afford it.

Comment: Re:Ummm ... Duh? (Score 1) 165

Hell, the people who make things which are supposed to be connected to the interweb can't get security right. The people who make your fridge? Not bloody likely.

I was going to make a joke about how little a fridge could do to kill you, then I remember something that happened to me and my wife a couple weeks ago.

We were at a local grocery store and she picked up some cheese with an expiration date in November 2016. I told her my doubts (I don't recall any refrigerated cheese ever lasting that long).

My wife's response was that the label said it so it must be true. And this is coming from someone who doesn't believe the medical community much to begin with.

Two weeks later the cheese was going bad in the fridge. My wife didn't believe it and tried to cut away the bad parts. I put the whole thing in the garbage the first chance I got.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie

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