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Comment: Re:Thrift Store (Score 1) 185

by nitehawk214 (#47740171) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

What he means is, that department store telescopes are shit; and department store telescopes given as gifts to people who do not care about astronomy will be shit treated in a shitty way. No better way to discourage someone from astronomy by giving them an entirely non-functional telescope.

Besides, there was no advice in your post about what kind of scope to get. Picking up any random thing is exactly what the poster was trying to avoid.

My suggestion, contact a local astronomy club to find out if they have any spare telescopes for sale. They usually have small ones that a member has fixed up and collimated. As an added benefit, they will be happy to teach you how to use it properly.

Comment: Re:Wrong way to do it... (Score 1) 53

by nitehawk214 (#47726297) Attached to: NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

This is what doomed the Shuttle. It was designed for a totally different mission profile than it was used for. It had unused polar launch capability (from Vanderburg AFB) and large cross-range ability that was not necessary at all to reach the ISS. This caused the shuttle to be heavier, with less range and more expensive than it could have been for the missions it was used for.

I have no doubt that SLS will become the same disaster, as it is going to be designed to do "every mission" and end up doing them all for far more money than it could have.


How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site? 190

Posted by samzenpus
from the power-up dept.
cartechboy writes Tesla's Superchargers are the talk of the electric car community. These charging stations can take a Model S battery pack from nearly empty to about 150 miles of range in around 30 minutes. That's crazy fast, and it's nothing short of impressive. But what does it take to actually build a Tesla Supercharger site? Apparently a lot of digging. A massive trench is created to run high-capacity electric cables before the charging stations themselves are even installed. A diagram and photos of the Electric Conduit Construction build out have surfaced on the Internet. The conduits connect the charging stations to a power distribution center, which in turn is connected to a transformer that provides the power for charging cars. It took 11 days to install the six charging stalls in Goodland, Kansas. If you thought it was a quick process to build a Supercharger station, you were clearly wrong.

Comment: Re:War diving? (Score 1) 110

by nitehawk214 (#47644345) Attached to: Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Looks like Timothy is trying to drown his cat.

Be careful. I insulted Timothy once and my Aunt got cancer. Coincidence? Maybe. But I'm not going to take that chance again.

My aunt got cancer and already beat it and I have not yet insulted Timothy. Better fix that now:

You're a jerk, Timothy... A complete kneebiter.

Comment: Stupid title and article. (Score 3, Interesting) 109

It might as well have said "People that can afford rift can also afford laser surgery."

As someone who had a $3000 laser surgery done recently. I suggest everyone that qualifies (not all conditions can be fixed) and can afford it to get it. It really is the best money I have ever spent in my life.

I am an amateur astronomer, so one could say about me: "Man buys $3000 laser surgery to enhance $2000 telescope experience." Am I a dope because I spent more on my eyes than my telescope? I get a hell of a lot more use out of my eyes than the scope. Every waking moment vs. that once a month it is actually clear and dark out.

It also enhances my exercising experience, my playing hockey experience, my driving experience, and my swimming experience. I think it helps me not get headaches when staring at a computer screen for hours at a time at work. (though that last one is highly subjective, the rest are true)

Comment: Re:Sure, but... (Score 2) 502

by nitehawk214 (#47611773) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Don't even start on the solar powered roadways thing. Driving on solar panels is just not a thing that is currently possible, no matter how much kickstarter wants to make everyone believe.

That being said, there is a ton of effectively useless (undriven-upon) land where solar panels could go. Just the strips of land where the electric lines are could do it.

Comment: Re:Soda can... (Score 2) 163

by nitehawk214 (#47585983) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

What it means is you will be constantly cut off by other drivers, at least on every single multilane highway in the US that I have been on.

Even if you are in the slow lane you can expect to continually be cut off. They even do it to trucks in heavy traffic which is just freaking suicidal.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 419

by nitehawk214 (#47562061) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

it is up to the cashier to hold the card, read the number and call it themselves

It is up to the cashier to call THEIR OWN BANK.
They are not supposed to call the number on the back of the customers card -- for reasons that should be pretty bleeding obvious.

What good would that do? Their bank doesn't know if the customer's credit card is valid.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis