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Comment Google's Titan Aerospace did this in 2014... (Score 3, Interesting) 34 34

Google bought Titan Aerospace after their prototype flew for one solid year. In 2014. That was a drone... And then recently there was a 120 hour manned flight from Japan to Hawaii in a manned solar powered plane. They've flown about halfway around the world and plan on finishing the full round the world trip with the plane. 4 days flying time is not even notable at this point manned or drone. Airbus is already building and flying prototype 4 person consumer jets across the english channel.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 0) 550 550

No, this is like bringing up abortion in an economics discussion. It's intentionally inflammatory and only tangentially related at best. Maybe we should be discussing animal rights too, I just have to put it behind a bullet point and a well reasoned argument and it's ok to derail the whole discussion to advance my agenda, right? No. That's stupid. Let him start a newsletter about his issues and people can subscribe to it if they want, there's no reason to drag that topic in here today.

Comment Kickstarter to buy out slashdot? (Score 1) 550 550

What would it cost to buy out slashdot, presuming it was running at a profit with a skeleton crew before it was sold to dice? Form a non profit, buy the site, rights, etc etc. $2 million? Is slashdot even worth that much? Would they take $300,000 in return for perpetual dice.com banner ads or something? Their tax lawyers would be able to write it off as a loss/capital gain and shareholders could swallow it due to the perpetual advertising presence. We could keep the existing staff and just turn it back in to the independent walled garden it was at one point.
If dice.com, an IT jobs site, could not turn a profit with this, and weren't able to monetize slashdot without destroying what little value it had, I doubt the market value is much more than 95% of the current ad revenue they're getting. These sorts of sites aren't really geared towards being sold to the highest bidder, as the community is ready to walk at any point so you're kind of stuck with the revenue it's already generating via banner ads.
Maybe they could just gift it to the community with the advertising condition? We all knew the buyout was a terrible idea, maybe it's time to just give back the site.

Comment Re:Can we maybe fix the memory leaks? (Score 1) 67 67

Yeah you're right, an acknowledged bug directly reproducible by using one of Google's core revenue-generating products (YouTube, you may not have heard of it, it's kind of new) is mostly irrelevant and won't cause issues for anyone else. Sorry to make such a fuss.

Comment Can we maybe fix the memory leaks? (Score 4, Interesting) 67 67

Sometime in the last five releases it feels like the number of memory leaks in Chrome have just skyrocketed. Maybe I'm not the normal use case, but I typically leave Chrome and various tabs open for days or weeks at a time, and eventually causes Windows to panic and close Chrome to recover that memory. My wild-ass-guess is that it's related to HTML5 video but maybe it's something else. I freakin' love chrome, but the memory leaks are seriously making me consider something a little more stable.
Chrome is the only application I use that ever, ever has memory leaks now in 2015.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 351 351

You can't avoid second hand smoke either, but you don't have to pay the clerk at the corner store $10 every two days for a pack of cigarettes. Will you reduce your chances of lung cancer to 0? No. Are you less likely to die of it than a "pack a day" smoker? Yes.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 351 351

Yes to #1, take your TV, throw it out the window. Tune your radio to NPR, install Ad Block, Flash Block, uBlock, Ghostery, etc. on your web browser. You will be shocked - SHOCKED - to find out from your friends when the latest summer blockbuster movies are coming out.
When I moved out of the house at 19 I did not take a TV with me, and I did not miss it. Only at 29 did I buy a TV, and only then so I could watch Netflix on a larger screen, in my living room.

Comment Re:Big truck != Big company (Score 1) 363 363

You can buy a used food truck/UPS van for just a few thousand. You can buy a LOT of truck used for twenty large. Independent delivery vehicles typically aren't bought new. If you're in that market as an independent contractor, you're lucky to have a dedicated consumer Garmin unit. There exists a market outside of the new 18 wheeler semitractor, which don't really fit inside of a city as dense as NYC.

Comment Re:extra paperwork AND extra money (Score 1) 273 273

Delaware is still effective $400/yr. + contracting out a Delaware mailing address ($75/yr?). Texas (I think) does not require any taxes if your corporation's income is below $1000 but their corporation protection laws are not (nearly) as strong as Delaware or Nevada's.

Comment Re:Still don't trust SSDs (Score 4, Informative) 144 144

Their website says 10 Years or 150TBW for the 256GB model and 10 Years or 300TBW for the 1TB model. TBW is "terabytes written". Which isn't the "2 petabytes to failure" marathon test that took 6 months to complete, but 0.3 petabytes written on a 1TB drive is still a lot and way beyond normal consumer usage. My unofficial opinion is that only about 128gb is "hot" and the rest of the storage on a 1TB drive is typically "cold". Even a professional video editor is going to have trouble topping out their warranty.

Comment Re:Still don't trust SSDs (Score 4, Informative) 144 144

First and second gen SSDs were garbage, people are reporting 2 petabyte write lifecycles on them. Samsung just announced 10 year warranties on their consumer models. Intel has been offering 10 year warranties on their enterprise models for a few years now.
That said, if you bought anything other than Samsung prior to about 2013, the "old" OCZ in particular (the "new" OCZ is using the corpse of their brand name for Toshiba manufactured drives now) had failure rates in the 15-20% real world return rate numbers reported by retailers. Failure/return rates for all brands are below 5% for all manufacturers now. There was a dark period from 2011-2013 where a ton of terrible drivers and bad hardware shipped, but they're generally very reliable now. Everyone I know has moved to SSD for their primary drive, and are only using rotational drives for medium length local archival purposes.

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