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Comment: Pure FUD (Score 1) 351

I'm sure _no one_ at Tesla has gotten someone "on the horn" and planned out their capacity for the next several years. Also of course production cannot be expanded at any battery plant or new plants built, because of the oh-so-precious resource that is lithium, one of the most abundant elements on earth, right behind Carbon and Chlorine.

Why is this trash on slashdot?

Comment: Re:NHTSA pushed a 5 star rating (Score 1) 627

by Mad Quacker (#44621957) Attached to: NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

While I don't think the ratings were manipulated they are artificially high because the Tesla design is able to game the system.

Gaming the system by making the car safer? Next you will tell me they have a "unfair advantage" because it doesn't use gas.

More anti-Tesla vitriol here.

Comment: Re:Let's compare the two (Score 2) 559

by Mad Quacker (#43879087) Attached to: No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV

* Can you power a Tesla Model S with non-polluting renewable energy?
* Can you power a gasoline SUV with non-polluting renewable energy?

One should think about those two questions for a moment before saying that the Tesla pollutes more than an SUV.

I'm not going to let your facts get in the way of my insanity!

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 3, Insightful) 167

by Mad Quacker (#43132339) Attached to: SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

All true but I don't know why rebuttals have to be so complicated:

Broder didn't charge the car to full, charged it less at each charging opportunity, and didn't bother plugging in overnight, cold night or not. Then he hit the road when the car told him he would not make it.

No one that owns a smartphone can say what he did wasn't moronic or malicious.

The Military

Meet DARPA's New Militarized Earthworm 83

Posted by Soulskill
from the that-sure-is-something dept.
derekmead writes "Meshworm is a toughened, robotic earthworm that can crawl virtually silently at a speed of about 5 millimeters per second. DARPA wants to send it into battle. Believe it or not, the Pentagon's been working on building a robotic earthworm for a while. They tried putting one together with gears. They tried with air-powered and pneumatic pumps, but the results were bulky and untenable. Then, researchers at Harvard, MIT and Seoul National University in Korea put their heads together and designed an 'artificial muscle.' It's essentially a polymer mesh that's wrapped with nickel and titanium wire designed to stretch and contract with heat. When an electric current is applied, the mesh mimics the circular muscle system of an earthworm to scoot forward."

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 650

by Mad Quacker (#40643487) Attached to: Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

So where's the data that shows that rich people aren't left lane hogging road raging jackasses like most other people? How about the guy last week in a Z4 that almost caused an accident as he tried to cut me off in the left lane, the only reason being he thought I was going too fast. Anecdotal evidence for sure, but at least I have some form of evidence.

Comment: Re:Lots of failures there. (Score 0) 297

by Mad Quacker (#38640882) Attached to: Could a Dirty Rag Take Out a $2 Billion Satellite?

Assembly failure - leave a rag.
Inspection failure - did not check for rag.
Pre-flight final inspection - still did not find the rag.

Wow, complete failure all the way down the line from assembly to mating with the launch vehicle.

You could say it's 3 failures - but it's not. What it is is that no single person really cares about this launch, it's just a jobs program for many many people. I see it happen everyday - fortunately we don't lose $2 billion dollar satellites, but the same principle applies.

If there was a Orville Wright or a Steve Jobs or even a Jeff Bezos in charge of this satellite, this wouldn't happen. Although this is easier said than done, I'm sure there are many dedicated people who would make it their life and death mission to make sure it succeeded - but they are held in check by everyone else participating in the "jobs program". I have no idea how to fix this, but it's a problem everywhere around the world.

Comment: Re:I agree, *however* (Score 1) 476

by Mad Quacker (#32519464) Attached to: iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged


could you please explain this to me a little more, as you would for, say, your wife (supposing she does not develop mac os' kernel extensions, too)? This is not a provocation, it's just the fact that for the first time in my life, the mouse movements felt "natural" were on a mac machine. I've been using mice since the 80s with a 256x192 screen (a msx: the mouse didn't even had the ball - the wheels touched the surface), and it always felt, don't know how to say, ackward. Windows feels strange to me, linux feels just weird. But OS/2 actually felt a little better.

So I would like to understand the question a little bit better, if possible.

Turn the "Tracking Speed" to the fastest possible. Now to try to use the mouse. You will notice the lower "step" does not change in speed, however when you cross the step boundary, the cursor starts flying (though still not that fast). the step boundary is arbitrary and not something a human can learn by muscle memory. In fact the most precise mouse users (gamers) usually turn off mouse acceleration so that they can have muscle memory for mouse vs screen locations. In the real world however some acceleration is good because you may be trying to pin-point 1-2 pixels, and at the same time want to be able to move the cursor to different parts of the screen without getting visual feedback because it's slow. You want to click a button, move the mouse and click without thinking - it should be natural.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.