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Comment: Re:Last time one was used? (Score 1) 44

by DerekLyons (#49627235) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

I suppose its not a bad thing to have just in case but I don't see the reasoning behind the fixation on it as a design requirement and their ranting about its "importance" in press releases. In almost 300 manned space launches a Launch Escape system has only been of verifiable use in a single incident(Soyuz T-10-1).

My wife and I have owned vehicles with airbags for nearly twenty years. By your logic, we could have gotten rid of them since we never needed them.

Until a week ago.

Comment: Re:Last time one was used? (Score 1) 44

by DerekLyons (#49627215) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

Also, SpaceX has done something rather clever. The abort propellent and engines will eventually be used for propulsive landings instead of coming down under canopy. So their abort system isn't a total waste.

Clever in some respects - but not without risks and drawbacks. (As compared to the toss-it-unused style generally in use otherwise.) Since the spacecraft is (intended to be) re-useable up to ten time "without significant refurbishment", all limited life components (notably the seals) have to last that long. Since it's carried the whole flight, the system has to survive all flight phases. And most notably, it increases the orbited, suspended, and landed weights.

Another consideration is that "traditional" (solid fueled tractor escape motors) were passively stable, while Super Draco very likely is not. "Traditional" systems could also be easily designed to passively steer the vehicle clear of the boosters trajectory, while Super Draco will require active throttling.

I'm not saying anything against the system, only that the cleverness comes with costs that aren't going to be obvious to the untrained eye.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 133

by hairyfeet (#49625689) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

That is not what the Insiders Blog has been saying, they were saying the subscription setting will be called something like "Enterprise" and will only roll out updates on a schedule or when the WSUS rolls them out, that the "Fast/Slow" will still be in WU, it'll just be under "Advanced" with the default on OEM PCs being fast but those that DIY and install or upgrade their own OS will be able to choose at install.

From the talk on the forums the current build IS in fact the RTM, they are now in the "bug fix and program polish" phase and the update speed is as they said currently under advanced, along with which server you want to use for updates (so you can use GPOs to add a domain server) and that works fine for me, IMHO users that aren't willing to even click on the advanced button probably need to be on fast while those that know enough about their OS to use advanced settings can choose what they prefer. Since I have network backups I've been using fast and I have to say I only ran into 1 bug (couldn't launch programs from start menu on one build) and they had the fix rolled out in less than 48 hours so I really don't see it mattering much to power users.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 81

by hairyfeet (#49625603) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Since GOG is the ones selling the games it would be great if they chose a set of ports (like Steam) and just set the games to use that BEFORE they sold 'em. I have been using Galaxy since the AvP Alpha invitation only release and that is a big sticking point over Steam, with Steam it usually works OOTB without requiring the user to futz with ports and firewalls, Galaxy needs to do this as well.

But I have to give the GOG guys credit as other than that sticking point? Finding matches and jumping into game is surprisingly fast, especially when we are talking about a 15 year old game. If they can pull this off with the rest of their library? I think we may have a winner folks.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 133

by hairyfeet (#49624187) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Which is why I don't understand the big deal, as all this does is give that same ability to the common folk.

For those that haven't kept up with the Win 10 Insiders Blog with Windows 10 you have basically two roads...on one road you have "fast" which to make a comparison the /. crowd would be able to relate to? Think of it as the "bleeding edge" branch. That branch will not only get security updates but it will get the "latest and greatest" new features but in return they will have to deal with being on the cutting edge. Then you have the "slow" road, which would be your "stable" branch, those guys will only get the critical to important security patches, no optional or extra stuff, and from what the blog has been saying you'll be able to choose whether to get them when they are released or you can choose which day of the month you want 'em with a few clicks of the GUI.

So I don't see why anybody would bitch when this is EXACTLY what many here have asked for, those that WANT the bling and bells and whistles can choose that branch, and those of us that just want a Windows workstation without the extra crap? Its one simple drop down box away....sounds like Nadella has again actually listened to those that use his product and given them what they want, and you'd think after getting this response from the Linux devs when being told nobody wanted systemd? You'd think an OS listening to its users would be a breath of fresh air!

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 4, Interesting) 296

IBM was a perfect example of how MSFT's many early successes were based on the having the preceding phrase "And then the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid" having been uttered.

Case in point IBM....OS/2 was a damned fine OS, ran rings around the DOS based versions of Windows, and could multitask like a champ even on a weak sauce what happened? IBM did not one but several REALLY fucking stupid things, 1.- When Intel refused to license the 386 for second sourcing IBM refused to buy it, instead sticking with the 286 (which they made) damned near until the Pentium was released. This meant the cloners were not only cheaper they were MUCH faster at a time where every MHZ counted, 2.- Those same cloners, which IBM absolutely had to have if they were gonna launch a mainstream OS? Well they tried to kill them by fucking them on the MCA bus (which caused the cloners to adopt the E-ISA bus which was literally an MCA slot turned backwards) and then if that wasn't enough? By the time of OS/2 V2, a time when the average cloner was paying less than $10 a copy for Windows in bulk? They demanded $200 a copy for OS/2! Needless to say it was treated as plague blankets by the OEMs so even when IBM offered it at steep discounts the OEMs didn't want it.

As for TFA? Its a small PC shop that has a repair guy that is either incompetent, getting a shitload of laptops without the restore discs (as some of the builders...cough Lenovo cough...rig theirs in such a way they won't even restore from the partition without a restore disc...that costs $30 to order) and just using some "Razr1911 Corporate Edition Keygen" or they are being forced by the owner. Don't think that is possible? I've actually gone on interviews and had PC shop owners want to know if I'm familiar with Windows Server and WSUS and when I'd state yes they'd tell me flat footed they wanted me to set up a server so every PC they sold would get updates NOT from WU but from them, one even saying "So we can use this disc" and whipping out the infamous Razr1911 XP Pro Corp disc.

So with that many hits? Its a shop, either a DIY refurbing PCs on the cheap or one of the reasons listed above. You'd think with MSFT wanting everybody to upgrade to Win 10 and this place using Win 7 (one of the 3 OSes that get upgraded) they'd STFU and be happy to have so many new installs ready for Win 10, I guess old habits die hard or some of the Ballmernator's buds are still working in that dept.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 235

by hairyfeet (#49617559) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
Uhhhh Nutscrape 4 was beta in 96, released 97 so sorry kid, your idea of "history" is too damned young. FTR I was using NS before there even was an IE, back when you had to use Trumpet Winsock just to get to your BBS with Windows, so I think I'm a liiiitle more experienced when it comes to ancient OS and browser history than you sonny.

Comment: Re:Backup Generator replacement? Not so much (Score 1) 309

by Waffle Iron (#49614331) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Ok, I'll grant that I could understand your first sentence. However, if it were really a problem, installing a heating loop under the array would fix the problem at the touch of a button. For the DIYer, some plastic tubing, antifreeze, and aquarium pump, and a 5 gallon tank of propane would do the job. I'll also point out that although it snows frequently, that's not typically a disaster. It's also only been 200 years since a mammoth earthquake that would, if it happened today, paralyze this nation for months. That's only three lifespans, so the odds of witnessing that again may not be as low as you assume.

Your entire second paragraph is an incomprehensible bowl of word soup. You seem to be advocating that 50 million people without gas hop in their cars and find a hotel in a different region of the continent.

Your last paragraph disregards the whole point of the damned thread: that you can recharge the batteries indefinitely without fuel. Even when keeping a dangerous amount of volatile gasoline on your premises, you get a couple days max of electricity generation, and as I pointed out, natural gas generators are no panacea either.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 2) 309

by DerekLyons (#49613887) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

It's cash-price is currently at the top-end of the luxury-sedan class

In among all your handwaving about TCO - the above quote is the single relevant fact.

Your example fails.

On the contrary - the grandparent is correct, electric cars are the plaything of the rich because you pay the cash price upfront. TCO is irrelevant to what the bank loans you.

Trust me, ten years from now the only ICEs that may still be on the roads will be classic cars and long-haul heavy-load delivery trucks.

Only if somebody comes out with a wide range of cost comparable electric vehicles fifteen or twenty years or so ago. (The average age of cars on the road in America generally hovers between 9 and 12 years - generally lower in good times, higher in bad times. Currently it's about 11 years and still trending up somewhat.) ICE automobiles are going to be on the road in significant numbers for a long time indeed - and that won't change until the lower income folks can pick up a "junker" electric vehicle for a couple of grand the same way they currently can an ICE vehicle.

Comment: Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 1) 309

by DerekLyons (#49613645) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Even the "leasing" option appears to be a contract to purchase power at a set rate. Going by the blurbs *every* option they offer, other than direct purchase of the panels, is a contract to purchase power. (I suspect that's because that allows SolarCity to keep the tax credits for themselves.)

Did you actually read the page? Or just jump on the word "lease"?

Comment: Re:Backup Generator replacement? Not so much (Score 1) 309

by Waffle Iron (#49612021) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

How about a large earthquake on the New Madrid fault in Missouri takes out most of the gas pipelines in the central US. There could very well be precious little electricity or gasoline available for an extended period of time.

I don't know why everyone who replied is so focused on snow. If the blizzard is that bad, you'll be sitting around with nothing better to do than figure out how to clear snow off a few dozen square feet of slippery surface. If you do a half-assed job with a roof rake, the sun hitting a south sloping roof would generally finish the task quickly.

Most of the country doesn't even get hurricanes. However, if a hurricane has ripped the roof off of your house, then you've got bigger fish to fry than a lack of electricity.

Comment: Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 2) 309

by DerekLyons (#49609191) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Companies like SolarCity basically install solar systems for no money up front, and then lease them back to you for a period. For many houses, even with these fees, the SolarCity systems will save the homeowner quite a bit of money.

No, SolarCity doesn't lease the panels back to you - they sell the power from the panels to you. And they control the rate you pay and have the ability to raise it annually (up to 2.9% per annum).

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 2, Insightful) 235

by hairyfeet (#49608807) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip you not remember your history AT ALL, not even a teeny tiny bit?

Alright boys and girls, time for a lesson from the greybeard society...You took IE NOT because of any bundling, because, just as was the case with many other MSFT early successes the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid. MSFT was able to easily win the browser wars because Netscape (which for the record I bought and used) went and shot themselves square in the face by going "Ya know what? Lets just shitcan our browser that has made us all this money and do a top to bottom rewrite, fuck we don't need a 'plan B' because our shit don't stink and we are super geniuses!" which gave us Nutscrape 4, so called because it would have been less painful to scrape your nuts with a cheese grater than have to use that abortion for any length of time! It was so buggy if you saw 4 websites in a row without crashing the OS (yes not just the browser, it leaked so much memory it would BSOD the OS like it was nothing) it was a miracle, it was a fucking disaster!

So nobody had to "force IE" which just FYI IERadicator was free and would remove IE in less than 30 seconds, which was one of the things they busted MSFT for, the "you can't remove IE" bullshit, you took it because your "choices" was a free and not nearly as buggy IE, a buggy as fuck NS4 for $$, or ad ridden Opera, again unless you ponied up $$ but Opera did things in such a bizarre way that many websites (and yes this was before "works best in IE" existed) just came out all wonked, it was not fun at all in those we took IE, not because it was great, but because the alternatives were MUCH worse. Now that there is choice wadda ya know, we actually choose and no browser dominates anymore...yay!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy