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Comment: projectiles are a reasonable concern (Score 1) 405

by SuperBanana (#48141153) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

I do high performance driver education events, and you're required to empty the car of everything not bolted down to it - everything comes out and goes into a box that you leave in the pits. Video cameras have to be tethered (because tripod mounts in traditional video camcorders are designed to break off if they're stressed too much.)

Anything not bolted down can become a projectile.

Lot of people don't think about this with their cars, but at least then, you're by and large only placing yourself, and a limited number of passengers who chose to ride with you, at risk.

Comment: brilliant way to hide the genuine bad reviews, too (Score 1) 249

by SuperBanana (#47962293) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Pay no attention to the fact that what they're really doing is strongly diluting the actual poor reviews.

Honestly, the FAQ on their website makes them sound like complete fucking assholes. You don't have to bend over backwards for customers, but you really don't need to go around insulting the hell out of them.

Comment: One every 8.5 days, actually (Score 1) 51

by SuperBanana (#47865499) Attached to: Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

There aren't "stories every day" about Tesla, but every time there's a Tesla story, there is someone bitching and moaning about "all" the Tesla stories.

There have been 30 stories since January 1st - that equals about one story every 8.5 days.

You can count yourself, if you like. They do get clustered a bit, probably because when one piece of Tesla news hits, everyone starts paying more attention to Tesla related topics.

Comment: "more than a year" = "immediately"? (Score 1) 174

by SuperBanana (#47686511) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

There's a problem and they're handling it immediately and responsibly,

Uh, these drivetrain failures have been happening for at least a year. Google around and you'll see reports of failures around early 2013.

Edmund's Tesla has had the drive unit replaced FOUR times since they bought it last year.

Comment: Yes, for repeater modules. 3000-4000VDC (Score 2) 103

Transatlantic fiber optic cables have repeater modules spaced along the cable to re-boost/time optical signals. They're powered off several thousand volts DC; 3k-4k.

(for example. There are also some cool youtube videos on this subject, I believe.)

Comment: Cherry picking one's evaluative criteria (Score 1) 409

Cost is not the only consideration. It also by and large doesn't matter - environmental damage does. And build time.

Nuclear power plants can only be built so fast...I believe the chief restriction at the moment is how fast the containment vessels can be manufactured, and there's already a backlog.

What's frustrating is that we're pouring billions into fusion research with virtually no evidence of payout, instead of going with the solutions we have today, and then working on fusion once we've stopped fucking over the planet quite so quickly.

Comment: Re:It wasn't his fault (Score 0) 127

Haruko Obokata was the lead researcher on those, and also the person responsible for fabricating the research results. Sure, his name was on it as a co-author, but that sounds more like the result of office politics than actually believing what she was publishing.

"Who's listed as author and in what order" is full of politics and bargaining. It's extremely common for first author to be a PI (faculty member or head of a group/lab) simply because the research happened in their lab and the actual primary researcher did most/all of the work.

Sometimes one researcher gets "scooped" and in exchange for providing help/data, gets authorship on someone else's paper as a sort of last-ditch attempt to get something out of their work.

Comment: they will not release the note (Score 1) 127

Especially in a country like Japan where suicide is a huge problem, the note's contents will never be released.

Reporting on suicide has serious ethical consequences, and revealing the contents of the note means others will see suicide as a valid way to bring their ideas, grievances, or innocence to public light.

In most cases suicides are not reported, and even if they are newsworthy, generally the suicide nature is downplayed as much as possible.

It's one of those really sucky problems that's hard to deal with. Few really realize how much of a problem it is, but bringing awareness often makes it worse. One of the many things insidious about mental illness.

Comment: Re:Yubikey is the way to go... (Score 1) 113

by SuperBanana (#47563873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

The submitter asked:

"I've been wondering whether there are any feasible and working FOSS and open hardware-based security token generator projects out there"

Is Yubikey open source software and hardware? Because it appears to be neither.

RSA was in the NSA's back pocket. Why wouldn't these people? How can their hardware or software be audited?

Comment: taking things out of context (Score 1) 739

by SuperBanana (#47563441) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
I replied to someone who said that "his manner is coarse." They were speaking of Linus's general manner, not his specific conduct in this particular case. Linus has a long history of name-calling, mocking, ridiculing, etc. So no, I have not "just learned to read recently" (hello, abuse.) You, apparently, are unaware of something called "context"

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1, Insightful) 739

by SuperBanana (#47544867) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

His manner is coarse

It's not "coarse", it's abusive. Namecalling, mocking, ridicule, hyperbole. That's abuse.

you must admit that he's gotten the job done. Linux advances on schedule, patches get incorporated, code gets tested, and all proceeds smoothly.

I sacrificed a chicken yesterday and successfully committed code. You must admit that the ritualistic sacrifice got the job done.

("Getting the job done" does not, and has never required being abusive to others. Getting the job done while being abusive is not proof that being abusive is required or even was part of, "getting the job done.")

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky