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Comment: who's car fills up in under 3 minutes? (Score 1) 123

by electrosoccertux (#48641887) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

the opportunity cost is that you're taking 90 seconds to fill up with gas anyway, so you're just waiting another 90 seconds.

this is what journalism has come to: Tesla has everything else worked out with such finesse and perfection that this is the only thing the writer can come up with to complain about.

And it's the only thing that can generate slashdot comments.

Comment: Re:So the question is... (Score 1) 54

by electrosoccertux (#48641855) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

...what ruffled THEIR feathers?

According to TFA, they sensed low level harmonics in the atmosphere long before the storms arrived...

The most likely tip-off was the deep rumble that tornadoes produce, well below what humans can hear.

Noise in this "infrasound" range travels thousands of kilometres, and may serve as something of an early warning system for animals that can pick it up.

so why don't we start listening for it with our warning systems?

Comment: modded up without sources? (Score 3, Interesting) 525

by electrosoccertux (#48504321) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

To the third power actually.

Someone didn't take thermodynamics.

I've been tracking the data myself with torque. Fuel consumption per unit time increases with the square of speed because after 65mph drag does.
But since you get there faster it's just linear increase in consumption per unit distance.

Personally, I discovered my AFR drops from 14.1 to as low as 11.5 any time the engine produces over 400 grams CO2/mile for more than about 3 seconds. On a completely flat road this works out to about 85mph or so, I can do slight inclines at 80, and if I don't ever want to have to touch the cruise control, 75-76mph.

at 55mph I get 34mpg, at 70 I get 32, at 75 I get 29.5 and at 80 I get about 27.

If I want to get there I go 75.
If I kinda want to get there I go 65.
If I don't really care or I'm feeling cheap I go 55.

Comment: enslavement of the poor (Score 2) 74

by electrosoccertux (#48341605) Attached to: Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

well, we live in a ridiculous time in history where some people can actually make money shooting things into space, or providing internet to people groups that any other sane superpower would have handily enslaved for their laborious productivity (IMF is close but not nearly physically painful enough).

If anyone can do it, it'll be Musk. He does what he Musk, because, he can...for the good of all of us.

Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are still alive.
I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And we're out of beta.
We're releasing on time.
So I'm GLaD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are still alive.
Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe you'll find someone else to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa
Anyway, this cake is great.
It's so delicious and moist.
Look at me still talking
when there's Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I'm not you.
I've experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are still alive.
And believe me I am still alive.
I'm doing Science and I'm still alive.
I feel FANTASTIC and I'm still alive.
While you're dying I'll be still alive.
And when you're dead I will be still alive.

oh, that must have been the beer...

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"