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Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 171

by matfud (#47504271) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

DU is only a slightly radioactive heavy metal. It is pretty safe and easy to handle. Sort of like lead is.

That is until you shoot it at someone and it burns and fragments and does all sorts of nasty stuff to spread itself around. :P
(sorry I just had to add to your comment; in that is is mostly safe but as with most materials it depends on what you do with it)

Comment: Re:So who pays who? (Score 1) 229

by matfud (#47503753) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

For a company like L3 it won't matter much either way as the data providers that they link to the data consumers are spread around thier network and peers. So thier data haluage is probably fairly well balanced. Thier peering with consumer ISPs is highly biased but also distributed pretty well around thier network in most places.

Comment: Re:So instead of "free" why don't they say "covere (Score 1) 308

In the US if you use a bar or cafe or reasturant you ARE expected to pay the waiting staff separately from the cost of the product you purchase (Tip). In many other countries a tip is for good service (above and beyond). Not part of the staff wages.

Comment: Re:haha. they call if "charging the battery" (Score 1) 363

by matfud (#47182209) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Yep I have no idea what the cost would be. Processing ores is expensive. recycling Al is much cheaper.
But the current cost of Al gives an upper bound on the costs of "recharging" this battery.
  It is not that expensive as a raw material.

Maufacturing it into the battery will cost more but the cost vs enery required to make it is pretty good.
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Comment: Re:Java (Score 1) 76

by matfud (#47137815) Attached to: Tiniest Linux COM Yet?

iButtons still seem to be popular in Point of sales systems (for staff authentication. But those are little more then a unique id in iButton format.

I have a couple of TINI's around here somewhere. Lots of IO options. Even ethernet (albiet very slow) not bad for a decade old 8 bit microcontroller (with some 32 bit internal extensions)

A lot of smartcards of almost any kind run java. Mostly beacuse of dumb mobile phones with enabled apps on the smartcard (not what you would call apps nowdays:). Orginially written in C for a variety of sim based processors they moved to standardise on java.

Most C&P bank cards have had them for the last 5 years

Comment: Re:I don't understand what is so difficult about i (Score 1) 483

by matfud (#47079589) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

That is not ironic. That is a sad state of afairs.

A) people who know how to execute people with life saving drugs do not want to.
B) people selling those drugs want to make money (and perhaps even help people) and can't if they have to jump through hoops to stop the drugs being used for executions.
C) It reall does not look good if the state buys said drugs on the black market to ensure they keep on schedule.

D) so now they have less qualifed people and less knowledge and are making mistakes? well no shit. Perhaps they should stop until they figure it out.

E) Mandating the electric chair if drug supplies are not tennable seems to be unbelivebly warped.

Comment: Re:I don't understand what is so difficult about i (Score 1) 483

by matfud (#47079401) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Not quite correct. Companies in the EU can not provide the drugs if they can not show that they are not being used for executions.

The last american company that manufactured thiopental manufactured it in Italy. They could no longer make that guarentee so they stopped making it. It is still manufactured by other companies although it has mostly been surplaced by drugs that are not quite so difficult to manufacture and store. It does still have uses in induced comas though (and as a truth drug in yet other countries)

It is not banned from being imported to the US. It just has to be very carefully tracked and cannot be sold for the purpose of exeution.

It is one of the drugs used for Euthenasia in some countries.

Comment: Re:Proposal - (Score 1) 584

by matfud (#47056233) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Back then a rag tag bunch of well armed citizens were no such thing. They were well organised militias and were getting soundly thrashed by bristish forces.
That changed when France and Spain openly joined the war in 1778ish (rather than just supplying weapons and training to the americans as they had previously been doing)

And it was more than just a war for american independence it was a world war in many respects as it involved the dutch, french, spanish and british empires.

It followed on after a breif haietus from the Seven years' war and the Anglo Spainsih war that also involved most of the european empires and were also contested in North America.

So no "The patriot" is not historically accurate.

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