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Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 247

by jordan_robot (#47388437) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
What? The labor associated with AL fabrication is generally less than steel for production runs. Generally a machine shop that can work steel can and will work aluminum. It machines much quicker and is easier on tooling. Welding can take a bit longer than steel, but generally only when done by hand -- and I imagine they're reducing the number of welds to as few as possible. On a project like that you'd cast most of your complex parts or do fastened assemblies rather than welding. That said aluminum material costs more lb per lb than steel, and you'll need more AL material to match a functionally identical steel part. You'll also probably spend more engineering time on aluminum, but that's more of a 1-time fixed cost anyways.

Comment: Re:won't matter for 90% (Score 1) 192

by jordan_robot (#46905761) Attached to: How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

Data lines are always sold at a loss.

So they're being dishonest. You sell me a car that you say drives at 150 mph, I expect the car can go to 150 mph. I understand that it won't run at 150 mph every second I'm driving, but there are a lot of people that never see the speeds advertised.

You don't have to feel sorry for us in the telecom industry, but we're certainly not raking in huge profits at your expense as many seem to think. My industry is dying.

Bullshit. Looking at the past five years of financial data, I see that the big cable companies' value and returns have increased in leaps and bounds.

+ - Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Remember the safety issue with Toyota vehicles causing them to accelerate uncontrollably while not allowing the drivers to turn them off? The one caused by killer firmware? Seems they have now been dinged for $1.2 billion for lying about it. From this article on the CBC:

Under the agreement, announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2-billion financial penalty under a "deferred prosecution agreement."

The article also said, "the payments are unlikely to hurt Toyota's finances much." It seems even if the government has decided to punish Toyota, the consumer hasn't."

+ - Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences 7

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Like something out of the movie "Inception," Rhiannon Williams reports in the Telegraph that Dr. Rebecca Roache, in charge of a team of scholars focused upon the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment, claims the prison sentence of serious criminals could be made worse by distorting prisoners' minds into thinking time was passing more slowly. "There are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people’s sense of time, so you could imagine developing a pill or a liquid that made someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence," says Roache. Roache says when she began researching this topic, she was thinking a lot about Daniel Pelka, a four-year-old boy who was starved and beaten to death by his mother and stepfather. "I had wondered whether the best way to achieve justice in cases like that was to prolong death as long as possible. Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying. And so I thought, why not make prison sentences for particularly odious criminals worse by extending their lives?" Thirty years in prison is currently the most severe punishment available in the UK legal system. "To me, these questions about technology are interesting because they force us to rethink the truisms we currently hold about punishment. When we ask ourselves whether it’s inhumane to inflict a certain technology on someone, we have to make sure it’s not just the unfamiliarity that spooks us," says Roache. "Is it really OK to lock someone up for the best part of the only life they will ever have, or might it be more humane to tinker with their brains and set them free? When we ask that question, the goal isn’t simply to imagine a bunch of futuristic punishments – the goal is to look at today’s punishments through the lens of the future.""

+ - US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists-> 1

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested by the NSA under a 2008 surveillance law occurred with the knowledge of the companies – both for the internet collection program known as Prism and for the so-called “upstream” collection of communications moving across the internet."
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+ - UK to create Alan Turing Institute

Submitted by kc123
kc123 (3513107) writes "The UK goverment has announced plans to create the Alan Turing Institute intended to tackle problems in Big Data. The government will provide £42m over five years for the project. Turing was a pivotal figure in mathematics and computing. His codebreaking work led to the cracking of the German "Enigma" codes. In December 2013, after a series of public campaigns, Turing received a posthumous royal pardon, for a conviction of homosexual activity in 1952."

+ - Liquid Cooling Will Get Inside Chips ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Liquid cooling can be delivered up close to the processor, running through chips which are built in a 3D layers, according to researchers at EPFL university in Lausanne. The idea, under development for some years, requires fluid running in tiny micro-channels across the chip, some of it will boil, creating efficient "two-phase" cooling. The researchers are working on creating a two-phase where the cooling effect is not ruined by turbulence and hotspots."
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+ - FTC Chairwoman Speaks on Growing U.S. Patent Problem->

Submitted by ectoman
ectoman (594315) writes "In a recent policy speech, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicated that the FTC might be preparing to seriously address patent abuse in the United States. Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, has reviewed Ramirez's remarks, calling them "some of the most direct and specific to date from a senior US Government official regarding 'harmful PAE [patent assertion entities] activities.'" Bohannon writes that the FTC's proposed roadmap for patent reform "is both ambitious and doable," and he discusses how the agency could make its potential contributions to reforms most effective. The piece arrives one week after Bohannon analyzed other patent reform efforts currently ongoing in Washington—in a piece Slashdot readers have been discussing."
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+ - Gut Bugs Could Explain Obesity-Cancer Link->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Why does obesity raise the risk of developing cancer? A new study suggests that the wrong mix of gut bacteria could be to blame. Researchers report that obese mice carry altered communities of intestinal bugs, which produce DNA-damaging acid that leave the mice more susceptible to liver cancer. The findings hint that bacteria help drive cancer development and may eventually help scientists better predict and prevent the disease."
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Comment: Re:Scare tactics (Score 3, Insightful) 407

The poster I responded was essentially arguing that the US should not be engaged in military action to defend itself as long as disease killed more people. It was a nonsense argument whether you apply it to national defense or law enforcement, which is what I was demonstrating.

Whoa, whoa. Don't you put words in my mouth; I never said anything of the sort. Full stop.

All I did was re-print some fatality statistics that showed the numbers argument is worthless when justifying the war on terror. I didn't think my brevity would be taken to mean so much more.

Honestly, you can blast the shit out of [actual] terrorists and I'll cheer, go get em & godspeed. But to state that the reaction to 9/11 and other terrorist attacks is proportionate to the amount of lives and money lost is just not true. If it were, at least some of the other more significant causes of fatalities and monetary loss would have more of a reaction than 9/11. Its not about the numbers, it is about the reaction to being violated. Its about revenge, and making the disproportionate response known... the cost of such future attacks outweigh any benefit.

And the putz thing was a bit too much. My apologies, I'm sure you're not a penis.

Comment: Re:Scare tactics (Score 4, Insightful) 407

I can't let this go.

Estimated US deaths due to alcohol: 80,000... per year. The estimated economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption (in 2006) were $223.5 billion

Lets look at some other numbers from the CDC on deaths in 2010...
Heart disease: 597,689
Cancer: 574,743
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
Diabetes: 69,071
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

Homicide: 16,259.
Motor Vehicular-related: 32,885

So don't go on about how the Afghanistan campaign is proportionate. You look like a putz.

Comment: Re:Fun fact (Score 1) 78

by jordan_robot (#43808011) Attached to: Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheels Show Damage

Really look at the wheels; they are actually a very well designed machine component. The main design strengths are graceful degradation (inherently long working life), and an excellent balance of material conservation/functionality . A breakdown follows:

1. The center ribs of the wheel are the first structural element, transmitting the forces exerted on the wheel to the hub.

2. The treads are thicker material that provide several functions: provide traction, transmit the forces from the wheels' skin to the center ribs, and lend structure to the center ribs.

3. The skin of the wheel looks to be slightly cambered. Bending the skin of the wheel in such a manner actually creates a suprisingly stable structure that is also slighly flexible. That slight flex means the wheel will survive impacts better a very rigid arrangement. The thin skin also reduces weight. As the wheel skin is dented and punctured, it actually will provide better traction as time goes on. Even when the skin finally begins "fall apart" the arrangement of the tread ribs and center ribs will continue to work as a fully functional "wheel".

These wheels would work even if there weren't any skin on them, they just wouldn't work as long.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe