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Comment Cost... and charging... (Score 2) 688

The big thing is cost (which will go down over time with improvements in battery technology), but you also have to figure out charging as well.

The Tesla Model S has a 85 kWh battery bank. The average price for power is 10 cents per kWH in Maryland (even solar). So that's $1.20 to "fill up the tank" in raw power alone. Plus, it's not a quick fill-up.

That's not economical for a gas station. A rest stop or a restaurant (even a Royal Farm)? Drop in the bucket. So you'll have to dot rest stops with charging stations, seating and a lunch counter all over the place.... instead of gas stations. Well, that's a shift in thinking. And something the gas/oil companies aren't ready for.

Comment Article got it wrong (Score 5, Informative) 101

Almost all the reports are getting the gist of the paper wrong -- any press summation that doesn't go into the paper to understand it will get it wrong. The paper goes into deep detail that Apple has several services that, while protected by several layers of security that could be bypassed, can transfer data in the clear. There are also several services that don't have any obvious connecting software.

It's a rather deep hacker-style dive into iOS.

A good video about this is by TWiT Network. At http://twit.tv/sn465 Security Now ep 465 has expert Steve Gibson explain the actual paper.

Comment The commits are funny into themselves. (Score 4, Informative) 379

A Tumblr site popped up a few days ago called OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage. The blogger there is going through all the commits and posting the juicy funny comments there. This includes killing... and rekilling... VMS support (which reminds me of Maxim 37: there is no such thing as overkill...), stripping out now-stupid abstractions and optimizations of the unoptimizables, and more.

Comment Or, free Mathematica with $35 purchase of a Pi* (Score 2) 99

An offer of over $300 in value! Get yours now!

* Based on purchase of a Model B from direct authorized sellers. Does not include shipping or purchase at authorized resellers. Must be run from a Raspbery Pi computer board. Storage, display, keyboard, mouse, and power supply not included. Model A does not include Ethernet.

Submission + - Hyperloop's Math just doesn't add up (greatergreaterwashington.org)

strredwolf writes: Elon Musk's Hyperloop looks like a winner on the face of things... but if you get down to the details, you'll find that the math just doesn't add up in comparison to California's High Speed Rail. Hyperloop's only 10% capacity of HSR and can't run every 30 seconds safely... and the construction and location details leave much to be desired.

Comment Excellent Service. (Score -1, Troll) 75

I've purchased a RPi Model B via Allied. They have great customer service, and a friendly sales staff. After ordering online, I got a confirmation phone call from their CS department, confirming the order and wanting to know if they could help out with any issues. One issue: Order backlog is high, but they do keep you informed of ETS. +1, would order again.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Living Virtually?

fferret writes: A lifelong Science Fiction fan, the concept of continuing to exist as a virtual copy post-mortem is familiar and desirable. I want to see what the future will be like. Mobile, sessile or otherwise, given the recent developments in brain imaging, understanding the structure of the brain, decoding signals, and the decreasing cost of the electronics involved, how far off are we from adding ourselves to our daily backup routine?

If in any problem you find yourself doing an immense amount of work, the answer can be obtained by simple inspection.