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Comment: No great feat... (Score 1) 239

by oic0 (#46086513) Attached to: Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine
Take the average 1400cc 4cylinder motorcycle engine, remove ALL of the transmission and cut that part of the cases off... BAM super light 400hp engine, once you add a turbo. People have been getting that much out of busas and zx14s for ages and they aren't all that unreliable. Also... ask the team if they would drop the entire hybrid system if they could do so without having to add the weight lost back and I bet they would. This is not the future of racing, its more like forcing it into racing.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 1) 635

by oic0 (#46010591) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
There are two theaters in my city. The theater is 21.5 miles away. There is one 7 miles closer but unless I want to go by my self, I have to compromise and meet my friends at the one in the middle of all of us. Not to mention the closer one is more expensive. Anywho, my vehicle is capable of over 20mpg... on the highway... but in my town all the lights are timed so you catch almost all of them red, which leads to tons of traffic and constant stop and go. I think its a conspiracy to get more money from local gas taxes. Also, all of my numbers except fuel are doubled to account for paying for my wife too.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 5, Insightful) 635

by oic0 (#46005603) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
More than just the price of gas, I also costs a lot more to do whatever you are going to do when you get where you are going! 10 years ago an outing might have cost me ~30 bucks gas included. 5 in gas, 15 for food, 10 for movie tickets. Now it costs ~60 with 8 for gas, 30 for food, 20 for movie tickets. I am however NOT making twice as much as I was 10 years ago.

Comment: Some exceptions... (Score 2) 174

by oic0 (#45023559) Attached to: Former NSA Honcho Calls Corporate IT Security "Appalling"
I work for a medium sized financial institution and the level of security is off the charts to the point where you can be fired from walking away from your workstation without first locking it. No computer that is connected or ever has been or will be connected to our internal network is allowed on the internet or to have a flash drive / CD put into it except by approved IT workers (the ports and drives are disabled too).

Comment: Didn't age well (Score 1) 374

by oic0 (#44942693) Attached to: <em>Myst</em> Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?
Sure myst looked great, but modern games have much better graphics. Sure Myst had intriguing puzzles, but puzzle games are dime a dozen in the bargain bin. Sure it had a good story, but lots of games have had good stories. The properties that made it good at the time did not age well and now days the audience for such a game would be minuscule. Perhaps the gaming demographic has changed too. The games that have aged well are the games that allow a sense of advancement or that allow a lot of creativity. Pokemon, Diablo II, minecraft (for sake of argument I am saying it was born old).

Comment: I think some schools are just padding. (Score 1) 656

by oic0 (#43874875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
The school I went to in particular, the CS courses had more math than they had actual computer courses. I think they were just padding the cirriculum to make their degree program and math looked like the most viable option. As an 18 year old it was enough to make me change majors, I can do math but its not my favorite pass time, so a degree that looked an awful lot like a math degree with a minor in computers was enough to scare me away. I regret not looking at other schools.

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