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Comment Re:Apple can fill a pretty big pit. (Score 1) 535

They can fill a moneypit OFFSHORE from the United States. A majority of Apple's $200B cash hoard is overseas. They have massive DEBT of $40B+ in the US.
So if Apple is going to build an iCar it will be in China most likely.

I consider Apple's entry into the automobile design realm as some executive(s) wet dream. The biggest problem is they don't know what they don't know.

Anybody remember when able bought the Cray supercomputer back in the 80s so they could use it to prototype next-generation CPU designs?

Can you say boondoggle? I new you could.

Comment What a colossal waste of time and resources! (Score 3, Insightful) 119

If I'm going to support a candidate for the job of POTUS I expect them to get elected and then do the f***ing job for at least four years.
If he says he will be a one term president up front I then applaud him for that. But getting elected so he can resign makes no sense.
Go back to academia where you can play what if. We need a real POTUS committed to the job of running the country.

Comment Re:50% is lost in AC to DC conversion? (Score 4, Informative) 466

No where near 50% is lost these days in modern AC/DC or DC/AC conversion devices.
Solar panel DC/AC inverters run at 95% to 98% conversion efficiency.
Likewise modern AC/DC converters can easily achieve 90 to 95% conversion efficiency.
Unless he uses very bulky low voltage, high current cables, he could easily be losing 3-5% of transmitted DC power in those.

He would be better off keeping his residence on AC and covering his roof with as many solar panels as he can fit.

Comment Re:More than a misunderstanding, it's a fake (Score 3, Insightful) 105

Per the CBS article:

"This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion."

So if the 'hacker' was so sophisticated as to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity then how can they possibly conclude there was ANY 'unauthorized' activity? They would have to find some evidence of it (and they say the did not) to state otherwise.

So I can only conclude the 'forensic analysis team' was spouting pure unadulterated speculation with no basis in fact. Their analysis should really be 'we found nothing to substantiate any hacking occurred' rather than 'the hacking was so sophisticated it left no traces that the system was hacked.

Comment More than just data (Score 2) 113

Preserving the bits accurately is only a small part of the problem. Knowing what the bits mean is critical. Having a bunch of .xlsx spreadsheet files in the year 2050 will be useless unless you also have Excel 2050, and it knows how to read them. Unless you want to basically just 'print' all your data to a format like .pdf (or just plain old .txt) programs to access data are as critical as the data.

Comment Re:From the wikipedia (Score 1) 303

"By mixing surfactants or soap with NaOCl, it was shown that the formation of carbon tetrachloride and several other halogenated VOCs is possible." So every time I do a load of laundry and put bleach into it to make my undies sparking white I'm adding carbon tetrachloride to the atmosphere unintentionally. So time to ban bleach. Or washing machines. Or white undies.

Comment Just doin' business (Score 2, Insightful) 251

Why is this a surprise? Or even 'newsworthy' on slashdot? This is just good business. When I go to a store, any store, they try and sell me more stuff. Ask me if I found everything I need. Have I tried this new brand of drink? When I have a meal in a restaurant they ask me if I want coffee or dessert. If you don't want it, just say no.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison