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Comment: It had better be reliable! (Score 5, Interesting) 158

A 100 year old steam car can be kept running. A 70 year old Ford can be a daily driver. What will happen to an electric Tesla when the first capacitor on the control panel CPU craps out in 10 years? Will spare motherboards be available? Will you be able to drive the car when the computer controlling the battery cooler dies? Or will it become a brick? That central panel isn't the radio, it is indispensable to the operation of the vehicle! BTW I've driven a Tesla S Supersport and it is a lot of fun to drive and a worked very well.

Comment: Why do cars get all the negative press? (Score 0) 330

If governments can tell you what car to drive and how much CO2 it can emit, why not tell people what they can eat, how much animal protein, and put a methane tax on cows and pigs? All this concern over cars and driving and global warming but eating meat seems to be worse than driving a Hummer. http://www.scientificamerican....

Comment: Smoking cases more than lung cancer and COPD (Score 1) 401

by olddoc (#46202317) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical
Everyone thinks of lung cancer and COPD/Emphysema. I work as an anesthesiologist and I can tell you one of the biggest problems smokers get is disease of the arteries. They get heart attacks because of blocked coronary arteries. They get strokes because of blocked carotid arteries. They get peripheral vascular disease (PVD) which means legs that become painful when walking due to lack of oxygenated blood. Combine smoking with diabetes and you are guaranteed to have vascular problems in life! So don't imagine coughing up blood and dying of lung cancer, don't imagine COPD and needing oxygen to slowly walk 100 feet. Think of blocked arteries to the brain and strokes, think of blocked arteries to the feet and gangrenous toes, think of blocked coronary arteries and getting your chest sawed open to bypass them. Think of blocked arteries to the penis and (Sorry I can't even bear to think of this!) Smoking is bad mm'kay

+ - How do I insure a consumer RAID array lasts a long time? 4

Submitted by olddoc
olddoc (152678) writes "I am a home user and I back up all my digital pictures, home movies and several computer install images. This requires a few terabytes.
I look for 5 year warranty HDDs but I wonder if I should use motherboard chipset RAID, Windows software RAID, a stand alone box or a major vendor's (LSI, Adaptec) add-on card? In the past I have had a disk in a motherboard RAID5 array fail and I kept the system off until I installed a replacement drive and it worked like a charm with no data lost. How would /. users set up 4-10TB of storage that they could move on to the next system down the line? Would an LSI RAID array be supported or readable 5 years from now if the card died? Software RAID seems like a good solution since if a mobo fails the array will be easy to move. I also have a 4TB drive in a bank safe deposit box and I keep buying SD cards and saving them after a year or a major vacation."

Comment: When the Constitution dies? (Score 1) 165

by olddoc (#45257359) Attached to: NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube
I like his quote, "When people die, those that leaked information should be held accountable... I think there’s irreversible and significant damage to this nation. " But what is more important than people? When does the military send people in to harm's way and maybe even to their death's? They do it to protect the Nation and The Constitution. When The President is sworn in he takes an oath to " preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" Not individuals. So I think that an excellent case could be made that when the NSA kills The Constitution, those that ran the program should be held responsible. I think the NSA has caused significant damage to this country because what makes this country special is the constitutional limits on the engorgement,

Comment: Re:YAY! I'm going diving next month. (Score 1) 255

by olddoc (#45015343) Attached to: Congress Reaches Agreement<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... On Helium
No Trimix (Helium) is to mitigate Nitrogen Narcosis. If you were worried about Oxygen toxicity from breathing air below 60M you could just add dirt cheap Nitrogen. With 80% Nitrogen in the mix, you have significant narcosis after 40M. So add Helium after 40M and cut down Oxygen below 21% after 60M. Interestingly Xenon is an anesthetic. 80% Xenon in Oxygen would cause complete unconsciousness at 10M! Hydrogen works as a non narcotic gas to replace Nitrogen but I'd hate to cause a spark near a tank of Hydrogen/Oxygen! I wonder if it has been studied and if it would be explosive in a mix with 3% Oxygen and say 40% Hydrogen. It sure would save a lot of money at 100M.

Comment: YAY! I'm going diving next month. (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by olddoc (#45001741) Attached to: Congress Reaches Agreement<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... On Helium
I plan to do some deep Scuba dives next month and I will be breathing high quality, pure Helium mixed in with my Oxygen and Nitrogen to prevent Nitrogen narcosis at depth. I'm glad the supply will continue in the future and I hope there is a plan to replace what the US Government has stockpiled.

Comment: Re:If he asks and doesn't take your advice (Score 1) 340

by olddoc (#42306673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?
I agree completely. I have an elderly family member that can screw up a fresh OS install in a week. He will install 3 or 4 antivirus programs, 3 or 4 "registry cleaners", 5 or 6 toolbars, 2 or 3 download optimizers and every free trial nagware that promises to optimize his computer. He WILL NOT LEARN. I got tired of trying to fix his computer which merely consisted of uninstalling crap so I did the best thing I could think of: I cloned his HDD over to an SSD and now his PC will boot in 2 minutes instead of 10. I tell him over and over but he sees a pitch about something that promises to make his PC better or get him free coupons and he installs it. It is some kind of mental disease and I know of no Jedi mind tricks to change him...

Comment: Title should be "US Patent office grants Apple..." (Score 0) 253

by olddoc (#42177691) Attached to: Apple Patents Wireless Charging
I'm disgusted at Apple for trying to patent this, but I am even more troubled by the US Patent Office for approving and granting them the patent. It is the Patent Office that needs to be reigned in here, along with Apple and all the other tech companies trying to patent rectangles and lights placed in PCs.

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