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Comment: Re:Wow.. imagine if your gasoline car did this. (Score 2) 69

by drinkypoo (#48678001) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

4 years after you bought it, it was up to 500 mile range and getting 50 mpg.

Well, you're not going to get that big an improvement, but you can often chip for efficiency and gain a few MPG at the expense of a few HP. Often it's actually a very good trade. Until recently when the mileage targets surged few automakers have truly pursued maximum mileage. Typically, they're too afraid of customer response to truly go all in.

Comment: Re:Scam (Score 1) 149

by drinkypoo (#48674899) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

Once you understand that "lefties" encompasses all evil dictators and genociders of the 20th and 21th Century AND drug cartels and mafia AND practically all terrorist groups AND most billionaries and CEOs of evil corporations on Earth AND most owners of the big and corrupted media (including MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood and Disney) that control the narrative, you stop listening to their lies, as they serve ONLY to their interests

Wait, really? Are you trolling, or just completely batshit bingo ball crazy?

Comment: Re:Cool, but not as cool as the N9 series... (Score 1) 49

There are millions like me who are waiting for the successor of N900.

Well, you should stop waiting, and get a case with a keyboard in it. Then, you can have the best of both worlds, because you don't have to carry the keyboard around when you're not using it. I understand that the TF series can be a bit big for one's pockets, but there are other options.

Comment: Re:Not that much less (Score 2) 49

When you're making a consumer decision, do you ask yourself, "what do the vast majority of people do?"

Of course I do, and furthermore, the more important the decision is, the more likely I am to follow the herd. If I'm buying a car, for example, I want to know that I'll be able to get parts for it. If it's used and cheap then I can afford some expensive parts, no big deal. If I'm buying a new car, I want something good yes, but also something everyone else is buying so that I know that parts availability will be high, and parts cost will be low.

Of course, the mast majority of people who buy mobile devices buy Android devices, not iOS ones, so the herd is still no argument for Apple.

Comment: Re:3 in lb? (Score 1) 92

by drinkypoo (#48674845) Attached to: NASA Makes 3-D Printed Wrench Model Available

I think that at this point in the technology, materials science in not yet at a place where a metal object built as a composite of liquid or powdered material could take the same stresses that a drop-forged or milled object can.

You can mill an object out of wood, or you can 3d print an object in Inconel. Many cheap tools (notably ratchets!) are just cast, and they work just fine unless a fastener is rusted on, or was grossly overtorqued to begin with.

Comment: Re:power (Score 1) 39

by drinkypoo (#48672877) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk

I'm sure that it will use a lookup table, but it's also going to have to build those tables dynamically because due to the nature of mechanical devices. 1) no two are identical and 2) they wear while in use, especially while running near the edge of materials technology, further exacerbating point #1. You really do need a learning control system if you're not in a perfect world, or doing something hilariously easy — which this isn't.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 185

by drinkypoo (#48672249) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

One thing about your earlier example is that generators are not normally a necessity.

Unfortunately, even the furnace won't function in most places without power, so electricity is a necessity. Most of our equipment is very poorly thought-out like this. When I installed a replacement on-demand water heater in this house, I could get the same model with different suffixes corresponding to three different ignition systems: a plug-in, on-demand spark ignition; a dynamo-based, on-demand spark ignition; or a tradtional pilot, with a piezo igniter. I chose the piezo igniter because I know I live in the boonies and the power can go off here, and I still want to have hot water if that happens. Of course, having flow takes a generator, but it doesn't take a whole-house generator and the pump house is significantly distant from the house.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 185

by drinkypoo (#48671941) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Plus, how do you codify a house able to withstand a high tide 12 feet above normal?

You don't. You just expect it to be washed away, and you don't expect help. And anyone who expects to be able to depend on you in situations with heavy weather is a tool who deserves to fail. We keep propping up idiots and we wonder why the world keeps looking more and more like Idiocracy. Nobody but farmers should be living on a flood plain, and we should be farming it. Nothing but disposable (and once fallen, biodegradable) summer homes should be built on the beach. No flammable structures should be built in wildfire zones. No fragile structures in common quake zones. Yet we still have all of that. Yes, even that last one, California is still building shit-shacks made of nothing. They might not fall down in a quake, but they will slop themselves apart, and they're highly flammable even though this is wildfire country.

In short, we are not even using the most basic common sense when siting and building. It's all for profit, and there is no sense to the system whatsoever. In fact, people who try to do the right thing are usually hampered so as to continue to produce more business for the system, ye olde broken window fallacy in action.

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.

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