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Comment: Re:Don't be ridiculous (Score 1) 139

by Idarubicin (#46801297) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

They're already unenforcable -- against criminals, who steal them (both wholesale and retail, sometimes even from police evidence rooms) and illegally import them.

I have to admit that I am always surprised by people who confuse and conflate the notion that something is possible with the notion that laws against that possible-to-do thing are thereby rendered unenforceable.

It is extraordinarily easy to acquire an automobile with a top speed exceeding 75 miles per hour. They can be found readily on our city streets, in the garages of our homes, all across America. Millions of such vehicles exchange hands, legally, every year. Shockingly, that doesn't actually render laws against speeding unenforceable--even though every driver has access to technology with which they can speed, available at the twitch of a foot.

Comment: Re:Student Loans (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46799057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

US student loans have various humiliating processes you can use to get some deferments, but if you never actually start making money with or without your degree you still have to pay them back eventually and they never go away and if you have outstanding student loans you can't close escrow on a home, or do some other important things.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46798749) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Luckily Audi has a lot of experience dealing with corrosion, having produced an all-aluminum car in 1994 with the A8. Lots of warnings in all the service documentation about not using the wrong fasteners, about only using tin-plated ring terminals, etc. Unintentional grounding is a problem anyway... but only if you're not intentionally grounded, through a compatible terminal.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1, Informative) 371

by drinkypoo (#46795795) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

The article is sensationalism. You don't have to install at each brewery. Someone builds one processor, and inserts it between the many breweries and the many farms.

So now you want the breweries to pay to have it sent to a processor, and have the cost go up dramatically, even though this stuff is food which was approved for human consumption and it's been boiled, so there's just no reason for that to happen. The breweries can legally make it into bread on the premises and sell it to humans but you don't want it to be fed to animals.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46795743) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

You'd probably want to use a pretty fat piece of fiber, because automotive cables get flexed and abraded and you'd want protection. Ideally, you'd make a loop, and it would be fault-tolerant. On the plus side, you don't need much in the way of data rates; infotainment needs to be on a separate bus anyway. But it's a great idea, for sure. I'd prefer one fat wire for power, though. Everything can ground through the chassis since all the signals are going through the fiber.

Comment: Conditional probability... (Score 1) 168

by Idarubicin (#46794855) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse.

Well, no. That figure only applies if a power outage (affecting both the city power and the building's emergency power, so as to disable the building's tuned mass damper) occurs simultaneously with every occurrence of high winds. Or if the building's owners decide to just turn off the tuned mass damper for giggles, and leave it turned off for a decade and a half.

Far more interesting - and potentially scary - was the fact that even with the mass damper, the building would expect to see winds sufficient to cause toppling approximately once every 55 years. As the building is now approaching its fortieth birthday, there's a better than even chance that it would have fallen by now.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46794651) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

The sad thing is that there's an easy way to save weight on wiring. It's called moving to a higher voltage. Audi is already unafraid to make your battery expensive. A simple regulator provides 12V power to systems that require it, and moving literally all of the lighting to LED solves the lamp availability problem and is long overdue in any case, on any vehicle where it is not present.

Another way would be to distribute networked controllers more throughout the car. This just doesn't have to be expensive any more. It does complicate repairs, but Audi is unafraid to complicate repairs, as well.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 176

by drinkypoo (#46793963) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

But we were talking about mitigating measures. That is almost never patch and recompile, it's things like turning off a service, changing the firewall rules

But we're talking about this in the context of Heartbleed, where pre-patch mitigation involved disabling critical services... A patch is what was needed here, and nothing else would suit.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46793955) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Out of curiosity, what do you think of Audi's recent decision to save weight by switching from copper to aluminum wiring? Every instinct I have tells me not to trust it.

I have found a shitpot of broken COPPER wires on my 1997 A8, in places like the wiring leading to the left side knock sensor which doesn't even flex much since it's attached to the fuel rail. I guarantee you that it will go badly.

Comment: Re:Myopic viewpoint (Score 1) 352

by drinkypoo (#46788553) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Mercedes have produced a few concept EVs over the years, like their all-electric AMG, but nothing serious. They clearly viewed it as a far off technology, much like many of the people on Slashdot who still can't quite accept that it works and actually makes pretty much the best luxury performance sedan you can buy.

Well, as I've stated above, the problem is selling them. The kind of people who buy their cars aren't buying the arguments about electrics, it doesn't matter if they're right or wrong. They're the ones with the money.

If Mercedes became convinced tomorrow that they could sell more EVs than dino drinkers, that's the direction they'd head. If they can make balls-out concept EVs, then they can make an actual car.

I just (yesterday) found a module with a bright sticker that says PROTOTYPEN in the E-Box of my A8... egads!

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