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Comment: Re:Crippling exploit in 3...2...1.... (Score 1) 299

by the grace of R'hllor (#49550861) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

By the battery controller he means the bit of electronics that actually controls the battery. If built correctly, it will not be able to harm the battery, regardless of the commands sent to it.

The control software telling the electronics to switch to battery power in the middle of the night, though, could happen.

Comment: Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 3, Insightful) 498

by the grace of R'hllor (#49225355) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Stop in vitro fertilization and medical treatment for everything except accidents too, then. After all, if you get a heart attack and we help you, we're just encouraging people with genes that provide medical risk factors to continue. In fact, we should probably take out your kids.

Depression is an illness, not a choice, and you're arguing letting people die from a disease where it's possibly preventable.

Comment: Location, location, location (Score 5, Insightful) 212

by the grace of R'hllor (#49099867) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

Well, at least the pollution they caused wasn't being ejected into city centers where people would immediately breathe it in, but instead at a centralized location where big bucks could be spent to achieve big gains of pollution reduction.

The main benefit of electric vehicles is the ability to move to an electricity-based society, at which point the problem that would remain is getting clean electricity. Filling a desert with solar power plants would probably do it.

Comment: Re:Limited power to change working situation... (Score 1) 348

by the grace of R'hllor (#48858431) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Interestingly, you're a bit right:

10 grams of eggplant equated to ingesting the same amount of nicotine you would absorb by being in a room with low amounts of smoke. Weird.

Of course, unless you like to snort eggplant, it's not going to do jack to the cilia in your lungs.

Comment: Re:Inevitible (Score 1) 151

by the grace of R'hllor (#48846139) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

That is a silly assumption, that terrorists aren't thinkers.

The suicide guys? Yeah, they're the ones who can be persuaded that dying is worth it. But 'terrorist' by now encompasses such a large group, there are going to be plenty of people capable of planning a complex attack.

One guy with a few drones remotely piloted on a common frequency, say 433MHz, carrying pipe bombs onto school playgrounds cannot easily be stopped. Where this same guy with an AK47 can be stopped with a single bullet.

Comment: Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (Score 1) 393

by the grace of R'hllor (#48843997) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

That depends on your point of view. From the point of view of the unemployment administration, yes. The program works.

From my point of view, it was pleasant as well. I was looking, but not very aggressively. Partly because my previous salary was good enough that I could get by on 70% of it (standard unemployment in the Netherlands). I'd had plenty of rejections without even a meet-up. Being approached by multiple employers meant I had choice, more confidence, and eventually a great job.

Comment: Re:Inevitible (Score 1) 151

by the grace of R'hllor (#48843977) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I'm amazed noone has taken a consumer-grade self-built multicopter, put a pound of plastic explosive on it, and flown it into or next to an important building from a mile away.

Building a quadcopter or such capable of carrying a lethal payload and flying it FPV takes about $250-300.

Chairman of the Bored.