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Comment: Tesla's response (Score 1) 411

by gringer (#47434231) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

We apologise for the inadequacies of our car at high speeds, and are investigating ways to make it even safer. We have designed a flexible partitioning system to take some of the energy from a "car split" incident, and will be implementing it in all new Tesla cars, and retrofitting it to all drivers who want it. Additionally, the car will require that the driver and all passengers are wearing seatbelts when the car is driving at speeds exceeding 70 mph.

Comment: Standards are meant to be broken (Score 0) 178

Microsoft notes that it worked with multiple international companies to secure its version of the standard.

Ah, yes. Once again, Microsoft has their own special idea about how to extend a standard. Said like a true Microsoft employee (or paraphrased by someone with a strong reporting bias -- it doesn't seem to be phrased in this way in the original Microsoft post about encryption and transparency).

Comment: Re:How about just a good thermostat instead? (Score 1) 228

by gringer (#47365221) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

An induction cooktop with precise digital temperature control (SI) and a magnetic stirrer would also be great.

A magnetic stirrer on a magnetic induction cooktop would be... interesting.

We have an induction coooktop with digital temperature control (in increments of 10 degrees). It seems to measure the temperature at the induction coil, rather than the temperature of the pot, so things can boil when it's set to 60C. Also, the PWM cycle of the cooktop (as with pretty much every other one I've seen) is far too long at about 0.5Hz (where I'd prefer a cycle of at least 10Hz, and ideally over 100Hz). Further, the power level can't be adjusted as much as I'd like -- I set it to 800W (or 130C, because that seems to be similar) and it's too cold for frying, but 900W (or 140C) is a little bit too hot.

Sure, I wouldn't change away from induction now that I have it, but I expect it'll be a while before we get a replacement cooktop, because I've become a whole lot more aware of the limitations (and possibilities) in the current technology.

Comment: Tesla superchargers (Score 1) 345

by gringer (#47279615) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

And now that Tesla has freed up the patents for their superchargers, you'll be able to plug an electric bike into something that uses that connection and current (not necessarily the Tesla ones). Given that the motorcycle battery packs are much smaller than the car packs, I don't expect that a 2-minute charge to full would be out of the question.

That might almost be quicker than walking up to a cashier and paying money, and certainly would be quicker if you're not the first person in line.

Comment: American citizens (Score 1) 104

by gringer (#47260539) Attached to: Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

And, of course, they can snoop on American citizens on google and facebook, as well as for all other communications in Great Britain because the Americans are foreigners.

When you have five eyes, and each eye is in a different country, it's quite easy to work around those pesky "no watching yourself" laws.

Comment: Re:Interdisciplinary crossover (Score 1) 57

by gringer (#47234411) Attached to: 545-Person Programming War Declares a Winner

It's extremely confusing to put it nicely.

I feel compelled to tell the world about a more confusing part of NCBI that I'm trying to navigate myself around at the moment: The Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly Sequence Database. Submitting sequences is... a little tricky. Here's a simplification of the process:

  1. Create a BioSample record for the organism that you're submitting data for
  2. Download a sample template tab-delimited file, and fill in arbitrary descriptions about your organism
  3. Upload the template file (using your web browser), and finish the remainder of the BioSample submission process
  4. wait for email confirmation of your BioSample record, after which it will have an "official" ID
  5. Create a BioProject record for your transcriptome assembly project, and link in the BioSample record (I don't think you need to wait for email confirmation to get an ID for that)
  6. Create a Sequence Read Archive (SRA) record for your transcriptome assembly project
  7. Create an experiment record (in the SRA record) for your transcriptome assembly project, one for each different method of sequencing that was used
  8. Get md5 sums of all the raw data files that will be uploaded to NCBI
  9. Create a run record (in the experiment record), and add in the file names and md5 sums of the raw data files
  10. Upload your files to the NCBI servers using an FTP client
  11. Wait for files to be transferred from the NCBI FTP server to the SRA server, after which the run record will get an official run ID
  12. Create a Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly (TSA) record for your transcriptome assembly project, and link in the BioProject and BioSample records, as well as the run IDs from the SRA record
  13. Use a web form to create a metadata file to download to your computer
  14. Use a custom NCBI program to merge the metadata file with your transcriptome assembly
  15. Upload the [large] merged file to NCBI using your web browser
  16. Wait for email confirmation, after which the TSA record will get an official ID

Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of a Transcriptome assembly ID, which you can insert into a single sentence in your research paper: "The transcriptome that was created for use in this study has been uploaded to NCBI (reference ID: GAAA00000000)."

Comment: Re:$5.74 == Wow hardware resources have become che (Score 1) 57

by gringer (#47234081) Attached to: 545-Person Programming War Declares a Winner

$10,000 barely gets you ONE modern well-equipped 20 core server system

I get 4x16 core AMD Opteron 6366HE on a Dell PowerEdge m915 for $5,578.70:

So that's a bit less than $10,000 for 100 cores on a standard issue Dell machine. It's not completely crazy to expect you could increase that to 600 cores without too much extra cash laid down.

Comment: Re:Interdisciplinary crossover (Score 2) 57

by gringer (#47233869) Attached to: 545-Person Programming War Declares a Winner

You need to click on the "Elsevier Open Access" link from NCBI, which is a direct link to the article on the publisher's website (this location is where you click for all PubMed articles, as long as the publisher has provided access in that way). PubMed never displays complete articles.

After clicking through, there's a "Download PDF" link at the top left of the article, just under the green Science Direct header.

Comment: Re:Getting blocked? (Score 1) 218

by gringer (#46671899) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Every day I'm more and more glad that I have never had an account, and never will.

I'm in the same boat, but I'm not deluding myself by thinking that Facebook doesn't have a shadow account for me -- this has been confirmed to have been done in the past. Facebook is probably aware that I exist, and they obtain some benefit from being able to identify me in photos or posts (for example) and tracking my actions.

Comment: Re:I could use it (Score 1) 392

by gringer (#46374619) Attached to: Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

The one I had written in 2003 would randomly change table margins when I add or select something. I mean freaking random where the only experience close is like designing a website in IE 6 where you do one thing and all the elements freak out and go apeshit.

So what makes you think this will look the same on the computers of all those people with Office who view your CV?

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.