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Comment: Re:OT: Dogs (Score 1) 435 435

by MachDelta (#49676333) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

They make seatbelts for dogs. Essentially its just a padded chest harness with a short lead that terminates in a standard male seatbelt buckle. Although, with it properly adjusted, fido may have trouble sticking his head out the window. But its a nice compromise between "get in the box" and "come along - and do try not to kill anyone"

Comment: Re: You are quoting losers, so yeah. (Score 1) 950 950

Count me in too. My fiance dislikes diamond centerstones so I went with a pale aquamarine on white gold. It kinda looks like a diamond at first glance, but on closer inspection it's actually a soft sky blue. She likes it, and I paid for it in one installment and not six.

Comment: Re:Holy Stiction, Batman! WTF is hysteresis? (Score 1) 113 113

by MachDelta (#49490407) Attached to: An Engineering Analysis of the Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Failure

It's ok, I have a car analogy for hysteresis:

So, my first car was a 92 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo. It had a (rudimentary) cruise control system that wasn't quite capable enough for a turbocharged engine. The problem was that cruise control behaved as if throttle input was linear, but a 90's era turbocharged car is the very definition of non-linear throttle input. Thus, any time cruise was on and you hit a decent slope, the system would begin to oscillate. When the car slowed from climbing a hill, cruise control would apply more throttle - but then the turbo would spool up and you'd overshoot your desired speed. This caused the system to sharply back off, causing the turbo to slow, power to drop, and thus speed to drop too rapidly. The car ended up stuck in this long loop of "too slow, too slow, more gas more gas more more mooooOOOOH CRAP TOO MUCH TOO MUCH OFF OFF OFF WAY Ooooh that's better, much better this is nice, I'm right on, wait, no no no wait too slow, too slow more gas more more MOOOOAAAAHHHH TOO FAST TOO FAST..." which could sometimes last for miles, unchecked. That's a car experiencing hysteresis. The solution was as simple as very brief and very gentle throttle input right as the system started to back off too much. You could keep the turbo spooled and nail target speed for just a second, and then cruise could simply hold the throttle for you... until the next hill. Fortunately for me, I was young at the time and not quite as interested in cruise control as I was in long 3rd gear pulls while passing people on a two-lane highway.

Comment: Re:Bell Now Determines to Comply (Score 4, Informative) 39 39

Yep. Chase the links and you'll find this tidbit:

Bell Canada says it is reversing its policy on tracking the Internet browsing habits of cellphone customers in response to a report from the country’s privacy watchdog that chastised the company’s “opt-out” approach.

From: www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/privacy-watchdog-urges-bell-to-change-web-tracking-policy/article23822585/

Comment: Re:Wind is (Score 1) 262 262

by MachDelta (#49249983) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

We should just bolt solar panels to the blades of the windmill.
And then bolt copies of that windmill to the tips of an even bigger windmill that's ALSO covered in solar panels.
On top of a hydro dam!
With an underground fission reactor that uses the reservoir lake as a cooling loop!
With natural gas backup generators!
AND LIT BY COAL FIRED LAMPS DEAR GOD I THINK I JUST SOLVED THE WORLD'S ENERGY CRISIS

I... didn't sleep one minute last night. :(

+ - Rightscorp Exploiting Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Canada's new copyright notice-and-notice system has been in place for less than a week, but rights holders are already exploiting a loophole to send demands for payment citing false legal information. Earlier this week, a Canadian ISP forwarded to Michael Geist a sample notice it received from Rightscorp on behalf of BMG. The notice falsely warns that the recipient could be liable for up to $150,000 per infringement when the reality is that Canadian law caps liability for non-commercial infringement at $5,000 for all infringements. The notice also warns that the user's Internet service could be suspended, yet there is no such provision under Canadian law. In a nutshell, Rightscorp and BMG are using the notice-and-notice system to require ISPs to send threats and misstatements of Canadian law in an effort to extract payments based on unproven infringement allegations.
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Comment: 24kt Solo Cups? (Score 1) 191 191

What I'm curious about is how in the hell two disposable cups cost $127.30
Or how 220 gauze bandages comes to $424.60
Or 17 rolls of "pressure sensitive adhesive tape" (read: likely duct tape or equivalent) is $281.69
And a single plastic bag listed at $194.75

Does the US military electroplate their gear with precious metals before selling it, or what? I'm not even a US citizen, but those prices - sans a reasonable explanation - seem obscene.

PS: Taken from the MO Department of Public Safety.

Comment: Re:In Russia, Yandex uses YOU (Score 3, Interesting) 400 400

DDG uses a multitude of sources for it's results, like Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, and others (it will directly pull stuff from Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, etc) including it's own crawler. So no, it's not just a front end for someone else's results, it's more of an aggregator with a focus on privacy/anonymity.

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