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Comment: Re:Premature (Score 1) 479

by dargaud (#49791857) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage
Yes, and if you want examples of low voltage DC, you can look at the RV industry. Having recently bought a tiny RV wired in 12V, I saw how difficult it is to find, not equipment, but quality equipment for it. Power devices like hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, etc, simply don't work well. Not enough power.

Comment: Re:Anyon else see the construction? (Score 1) 96

by dargaud (#49791755) Attached to: Making the World's Largest Panoramic Photo

"Real Programmers don't play tennis, or any sport that requires you to change clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, and real programmers always wear their climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up in the middle of a machine room." -- Real programmers don't write specs

Ahem, so, do you climb in those parts ? I'm not very far...

EU

EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US 154

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-it-don't-spray-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The European Union recently published plans to ban 31 pesticides containing chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility. Those potential regulations have now been dropped after a U.S. business delegation said they would adversely affect trade negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. "Just weeks before the regulations were dropped there had been a barrage of lobbying from big European firms such as Dupont, Bayer and BASF over EDCs. The chemical industry association Cefic warned that the endocrines issue 'could become an issue that impairs the forthcoming EU-US trade negotiations.'"
Businesses

The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers 494

Posted by samzenpus
from the riddle-me-this dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the ground up. For developers and engineers, getting a job at SpaceX is difficult, with a long interviewing/testing process... and for some candidates, there's a rather unique final step: an interview with Musk himself. During that interview, Musk reportedly likes to ask candidates a particular brainteaser: "You're standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" If you can answer that riddle successfully, and pass all of SpaceX's other stringent tests, you may have a shot at launching rockets into orbit.

Comment: The next trend (Score 1) 71

by dargaud (#49724173) Attached to: UK Criminals Use Drones To Case Burglary Prospects
With all this recent drone paranoia, it's only a matter of time before some bozo comes up with a tiny laser system mounted on an accoustic/optical detector combination that shoots them out of the sky, or at least fries their cameras. Hell, you can purchase 4W laser 'pens' over the Internet. The rest is not that hard to do if safety is not a requirement !!!

Comment: Re:Plasma 5 is far from complete (Score 1) 60

by dargaud (#49710465) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5 Becomes the Default Desktop of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
Yeah, and I'm one of the victims. Sleep mode wakes to a black screen. Some windows (kate, konsole...) don't reopen in new sessions; all others reopen on the 1st desktop. 'flat' icon styles are not distinctive enough (all grey). If you use the ATI driver there's no more console and you can't unlock the screen... and more. It's usable, but those things are annoying and unpolished. Particularly after years of very smooth Kubuntu upgrades.

Comment: Re:Allowing your mind to close. (Score 1) 361

by dargaud (#49696109) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

In your teens and early 20's you're partying hard with friends, getting laid, and making lots of good memories.

Whoah, we must be living on different planets. In my teens I had zits, I couldn't talk to a girl to save my life, parents and teachers kept telling me I sucked, I had no money, no transportation and I could never do anything I would have wanted to (too dangerous, too expensive, too far, etc). Maybe it's the reason why I still seek new bands in my 40s... (scandinavian metal rules!)

Comment: Re:I know that happened to me. (Score 1) 361

by dargaud (#49696093) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
Well, as might as well asked this here: I'm looking for a very simple mp3 player for a small kid. Only requirements are: no more than a few (real) buttons (play, stop, next), and an integrated speaker. There used to be walkmen with speakers, but I've been unable to find a small mp3 player with one (or they are full on boomboxes).

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