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Comment: Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (Score 4, Informative) 220

by MiniMike (#47199895) Attached to: NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

Many of those systems have no (or minimal) idle time. Also, this misuse caused them to consume more power, and increased the wear on the systems components. There was a real impact from this. The $150k indicates a lot of cpu time was consumed for this, but TFA doesn't indicate how much- certainly more than would have been 'spare time'.

Comment: Re:Hm.... (Score 3) 363

by MiniMike (#47171199) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

That's a small detail. If it can use tap water, it can also use water from the condenser coil or filtered rainwater collection. Or they could just add a small reservoir (similar to the windshield wiper fluid reservoir) which gets topped off when they change the battery.

Or they could just fill it up with the "amazing, mileage extending super water" which would be sure to hit the shelves soon after these batteries are released.

Comment: Re:The Real Story Should Be... (Score 1) 286

We'll need a follow up to see if they change the markings back in a year.

They'll probably just find other locations to 'fix' the markings on next month, and probably warn the ticket writers not to make it so obvious.

I'm surprised they haven't started disguising fire hydrants as newspaper boxes or trash cans, in order to increase revenue.

Comment: Re:Infectious diseases ... (Score 5, Insightful) 493

by MiniMike (#47119329) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

You're forgetting that many people can not be immunized- babies, some elderly, people with compromised immune systems, people with other conditions. etc. These are the people who are most threatened. This threat is in addition to those mentioned in the other comments about mutations, and vaccinations not being 100% effective.

Comment: One partial solution (Score 3, Funny) 408

the house is alarmed, but much to my annoyance it isn't always set when people go out for any length of time.

Shock therapy ought to solve this.

You just have to remember to shock them right after they fail to set the alarm, or they won't make the connection between the unwanted behavior and the punishment.

Comment: Re:Adding up braking power. (Score 1) 800

by MiniMike (#46939881) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Adding an additional emergency brake as described would not help, as it would remove equivalent braking potential from the wheels by removing downward force from them. There might be minimal advantage if the e-brake had a higher coefficient of friction, but not likely to be significant.

Comment: Re:Why did he do it - and why didn't they ask? (Score 1) 427

Who should we really be labeling insane here, the man trying to make things safer around him, or society who feels they can text, talk, and drive while attempting to control a ton of steel down the freeway at 80MPH?

Your question is phrased poorly, as those are not exclusive options. The answer is that both are idiots*. The first for thinking that a jammer is an effective and appropriate method for increasing safety, the second for disregarding the safety of themselves, their passengers, and those in cars around them.

* insane may not be the appropriate word here, calling people who drive and text insane is an insult to genuinely insane people.

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