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Comment: kdevelop helped me transition to Linux (Score 2) 46

by caseih (#47904553) Attached to: KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

Back when I was a computer science student just learning Linux, kdevelop was one of the apps that made Linux accessible for me. That and kde itself. Once I got acclimated, I quickly switched to vim and ended with gnome. But I've always had a soft spot for kdevelop and think it's great they've come so far.

Comment: Re:Spock is awesome (Score 1) 896

by caseih (#47899565) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

I guess you watched a different Star Trek than I did. Early on it became apparent that Vulcans do have emotions, very deep ones at that. They just chose to let logic and reason form a foundation for thought and way of life. Star Trek 6 inparticular shows a very different Spock than the one you remember. And frankly I like the evolution. He became a man of wisdom, understanding, loyalty, love, and keen humor. And in their own way Vulcans are deeply spiritual. They meditate, revere their ancestors, and have the idea of a vulcan soul. There is even a deep religious component to Vulcan culture (poorly shown in Star Trek III, and often mocked by Mad magazine). Sarek's love affair with Amanda is particularly poignant, even in the few minutes of screen time it got in the TV series. I love the take on it that A.C. Crispin came up with in with her novel, Sarek. Not canon at all, of course, but it's the way I like to think of Vulcans. Highly recommend that novel. Love, happiness, passion, grief, logic.

I hate the way vulcans were portrayed in Star Trek Enterprise, particularly the way Blalock portrayed her character. Apparently she chose not to study vulcan portrayals in any of the other tv shows and movies, and did her own thing. It stinks. Comes across as just a sullen, maladjusted person (the sociopath that you seem to associate wrongly with Spock). That's not how Vulcans are at all, at least in the shows and movies I've seen.

Comment: Why must it be one or the other? (Score 1) 123

by caseih (#47875965) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

I realize there are a finite number of contracts that NASA can award, but why not have multiple companies with man-rated rocket capabilities? Perhaps that would lead to opening up the manned spaceflight market outside of the public sector, much like how several companies make commercial aircraft.

Maybe Congress will wise up and support the endeavor instead of trying to thwart it. We can dream I guess.

Comment: Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (Score 1) 222

by caseih (#47844659) Attached to: FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

I know of someone that was actually shot down by some yahoo with a hunting rifle. They hit something on the aircraft that disabled it and he had to make an emergency, crash landing. Something that was not his fault at all resulted in an automatic license suspension of five years if I recall correctly.

Comment: Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (Score 2) 131

by caseih (#47734725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Interesting. Usually when I buy from Ebay the results are mediocre at best and the seller demands that I give him a full star review. I don't have the ebay foo or the patience that you have. I've bought cell batteries from a ebay seller that looked very much like what you recommend, and they were junk. I also bought from a random, supposedly reputable dealer on Amazon, and they were junk (brand name, two year old batteries). Went to a local store specializing in batteries and they were junk too (also two year old, brand name, batteries). The problem with a lot of vendors is that batteries have a shelf life. If the new batter is more than a year old, it's not going to perform.

I'm trying Anker now and will see what happens.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by caseih (#47730705) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Until the DMCA, copyright was always a civil offence, as it should be, with the penalties to be monetary in nature, not prison. Remember all the FBI warnings on old VHS tapes about going to prison for copying the video (or heaven forbid public performance)? They were all bold-faced lies. At least until the DMCA criminalized copyright violation. Now you can get more jail time for copyright violation than for violent crime such as rape.

Comment: Re:Nice Summary (Score 1) 133

by caseih (#47709405) Attached to: FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Close... there are still things that require human intervention currently, though in the future combines will be completely autonomous. Right now humans have to watch for interruptions in crop flow, obstacles, etc. Just got in from harvesting wheat all day. GPS did all the steering, the computer took care of cutting height across uneven ground. Though my combine does not have it, many combines can moderate their ground speed as well, changing speed as crop conditions change to make sure the machine is running at 100% capacity.

John Deere, and soon Case, have technology for linking the grain cart with the combine so the combine operator (or the computer in the future) can control the position of the cart to load it evenly while unloading the combine's on-board grain, all while moving through the field.

Pretty much all our machines have GPS steering now. With machines that are too wide to drive accurately without overlap. Everything from planters to cultivators, sprayers, harvesters, etc.

Given the expensive obstacles in my field (oil wells, pivot irrigation systems, other machines, trucks, etc), I do prefer to oversee things currently but I wouldn't say farmers are not wanting this sort of automation.

Comment: The real problem is hooking back to grid also (Score 1) 306

I'm sure if she wanted to she could go off grid and run everything on solar power and no one could say anything. The trouble starts when she wants to connect her house to the utility power grid, and use it essentially as a big battery, and then have the utility company pay her when the meter runs backwards. It's that process that the power companies and government regulations make difficult, and you can understand a little bit why. From their point of view she wants to have her cake and eat it too.

And where I live, it's the corrupt monopoly transmission line company that charge more for the connection itself than the actual power delivered. It make so much money (guaranteed 9.5% ROI a year by tax payers!) in fact that Warren Buffet is set to buy them out.

Between the regulation and the line charges, it's not economical to invest in solar or wind on a small scale around where I live either.

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