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Comment: Grain of salt (Score 1) 802

by Unordained (#47930347) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Can we get verification on this? The CNN story doesn't so much as contain a picture of the flier, let alone corroboration that these were really distributed by ISIS. Is this like how, a few weeks ago, they were incorrectly accused of performing FGM? If this one is accurate, we should be able to get some evidence, if not necessarily proof...

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

by Hadlock (#47890711) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

In particular, Reno/Nevada offered this because it was beneficial to the state over the long term. Other states were also competing for this long term heavy industry by offering similar deals. The factory would have gone to another state if they had not offered this deal and then they would not be the national leader in battery manufacturing + all of it's cottage industries. The building the road part is genuinely a good idea as it adds value to their industrial park and is a good long term investment.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 2) 123

by Hadlock (#47873403) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

In the case of the "Exciting Choice", Astronauts will be riding in the same basic design as what Commercial Passengers will use, which means more flights and (theoretically) higher reliability due to a continuously refined manufacturing process, plus the loss of commercial passenger dollars. Going with the "Safe Choice" means you're riding in one of perhaps only four or five of a series that will ever be produced. The loss of commercial dollars is a big deal to SpaceX as it represents a much larger market than Government spaceflight will in the next five decades.

Comment: Re:HALO (Score 1) 368

by Hadlock (#47867603) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

EA tried to buy them for $100 million a couple years ago, they let the CEO in to the office and shortly after showed him out. At that point they'd already made enough to all comfortably retire and it's not surprising that they would turn down a billion dollars (that's what, $100 mil each per employee?) before caving at the $2 billion mark? It's hard to turn down that kind of money.

Comment: Replacable batteries? (Score 1) 486

by Hadlock (#47867555) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

The battery on the Model S is replaceable by robots, surely you could put a rooftop battery on there, and then just swap them out at large bus stations near neighborhood substations for charging? Who on earth builds an industrial grade public bus without swappable batteries in this day and age?
 
Propane and natural gas powered buses have had their fuel tanks on the roof for decades now. With hooks and simple optics it wouldn't be hard to lift an old battery pack off and swap it for a fresh one in under 5 minutes.

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by Hadlock (#47867349) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Imagine you can leverage off of their existing user base, your minecraft character becomes your xbox equivilent of a "Mii", and now you have a 3D avatar in a 3D world you can legitimately interact with. Did you not read Snowcrash? This is Snowcrash. Someone bootstrapped the 3D virtual world we've been promised since the 1980's (and failed at with Second Life) and now Microsoft will own it. And will integrate it in to your living room and cell phone.
 
P.S. Go read Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson

Comment: self defence (Score 1) 134

by darkonc (#47832477) Attached to: After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
You have a bunch of pictures that are KNOWN to have been taken by and stolen from people with enough money to launch some (for anybody else) seriously espensive lawsuits. With a functioning (if often moot) DMCA policy, 4chan is arguably immune from most of those lawsuits.

If the people posting the offending images are willing to defend those lawsuits, it's got nothing to do with 4chan any more.

Comment: Re:...like dash cams. (Score 1) 455

by lakeland (#47771409) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

I agree.

Also the camera could be set to encrypt to a set of keys that only a limited number of people have access to - the officer, their superior, a couple 'court' keys, etc.

That way even if it records everything, that recording is inaccessible without a court order or similar.

Comment: Re:Hydroelectric Dams (Score 1) 521

by Hadlock (#47713443) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

There's two sets of numbers, I'm using the lower set... fish ladders are only useful for going upstream, all sorts of crap gets sucked through the turbine and it's not like the fish can read a big flashing sign that says "FISH LADDER THIS WAY, TURBINE OF DEATH THAT WAY. SWIM TOWARDS THE SURFACE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE". Which is kind of counter-intuitive if you've ever seen an eagle pluck a fish out of the water with it's Talons.
 
Although if fish could read, that would be pretty cool.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln

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