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Comment: Re:bicyclist (Score 1) 162

by torkus (#47966723) Attached to: My resting heart rate:

I did that once though unintentionally. I was at the gym and a friend called to offer some additional/alternate 'exercise' ... so needless to say I wasn't particular about removing my monitor.

It's kind of interesting charging your heart rate during sex if you're enough of a geek to care.

Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 1) 190

by torkus (#47731707) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Not only that...but if EVs were ubiquitous then chargers in parking lots would be (nearly) equally so. Right now there's no reason for big-box stores, parking garages, etc. to equip more than a very small number of spots with chargers (if any at all).

If 10% of the cars that used a parking garage in a major city were EVs you can bet they'd offer to plug them in for the day for a few bucks. Maybe not supercharger speed but even a regular plug for the 8 hours most people work would put some decent charger into the battery.

As the market demands, the demand will be met and some will surely make money off it. That money may be indirect (shoppers in our store get free charging) or direct (swipe your card for $x per hr/wkh/etc) from companies. Anyone who things this one happen doesn't understand entrepreneurship.

Comment: Re:Government selection of connector technoglogy. (Score 1) 191

by torkus (#47662525) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Honestly if the wireless charging standards would get un-stupid we wouldn't need the charging cables to begin with. There's not much reason you couldn't build a recovery method via BT or WiFi instead of wired either.

Heck, I still don't know why someone hasn't done a mag-safe type USB. Oh yah...patent law. See how that's promoting innovation? (sorry, frustration...not troll attempt)

Comment: Re: What for? (Score 2) 191

by torkus (#47662491) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Actually Apple makes a large profit on each device yes there are more relaxed cost constraints but it's not like they're eeking by and just barely making money on these.

The actual savings comes from Apples immense and immensely simplified manufacturing. Not only do they sell eleventeen billion of ONE product SKU (ok, some colors or extra flash but that's NBD). So Apple doesn't order 20% of battery A, 40% of battery B, 10% of C, etc....they order eleventeen billion of ONE battery. At that point they get it custom made to exactly what they want and for a substantial discount...they're well known for buying the entire factory output of a certain product for a given time. That's a big reason why the original iPod was the only device so small...they effectively (and realistically) bought the entire production of 1.8" hard drives.

Yes, they do use good materials and have extremely tight tolerances. Efficiency of scale. It's funny though, some people have chronic problems with connectors and cables - complaining about lightning, 30-pin, mini/micro-USB, etc. I never see to break my cables or connectors. Like...ever. I seriously have no idea what 'these people' are doing. I don't baby my electronics either!

Comment: Re:This gave me a chuckle (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by torkus (#47657171) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

I'm pretty sure at this rate the Falcon 9 beats every other space delivery system in cost by far (both development and recurring) and reliability (so far at least).

Granted they've had the entire history of space exploration as a guide towards their design...but then again any other company in the space game has access to at least the same information. I'm pretty sure the contractors and companies that built the shuttle and other rockets actually have significantly MORE information than is publicly available on top of it.

Yet who do we see actually DOING this? Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. It amazes me that the 'leadership' in the US can't understand that basic axiom.

Comment: Re:Politicians - Ignorant, Stupid, or Conmen? (Score 1) 393

by torkus (#47657109) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

You can thank how easily and readily the news are manipulated for this type of nonsense.

"NASA buys rocket launches from SpaceX with tax dollars. Therefore tax dollars fund SpaceX. Therefore SpaceX should be subject to the same scrutiny as any government-funded project"


Apply the same logic to the other option - buying launches from Russia - and see how hard they laugh. Oh wait...didn't they stop or curtail launches for the US already because we're being assholes?

Comment: Re:You don't say.... (Score 4, Interesting) 393

by torkus (#47657057) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

If the SpaceX rocket is obsolete(or too trouble-prone), all other rockets in the world are also. To make a space rocket which is not already obsolete (or too trouble-prone) requires trillions of dollars*. No one has come up with a way to build a practical space rocket which is not complicated and expensive.

*actually if you build the thing on your own instead of doing things the "right" way per the US gov't you can drop that by a few orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 1) 282

Technically if you have more people competing for a smaller pool of jobs, then H1B shouldn't come into it.

If you're talking about H1B's competing for the job...well the salary should already be set at 'market rates' per the H1B process.

So...US jobs don't get priced lower as a result. Since the job is so critical and they can't find candidates it typically would be at the high end of the cap. They would even pay MORE because the position is for a highly sought engineer.

Right? ...



Oh...right. Sarcasm. This is why H1B needs to just die a fiery death.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 1) 282

Yes and no.

The H1B program means you have to hire a qualified, eligible local person before importing...however it's stupidly easy to disqualify candidates. A rule like this one? Yep...pretty sure it's legit as far as H1B regulations are concerned. Now that's it's gotten some spotlight it might not fly as well...but that assumes the media keeps covering it long enough to matter.

The H1B program has so many loopholes it's laughable. It's a bold-faced lie directly covering up exactly what we all know it really is. If there really were a shortage of engineers...I'd say the last 15-20 years would be long enough to rectify the situation. Hell, if there was REAL demand and that many GOOD paying jobs it'd be worth going back for a 4-year education and changing careers. But no...this is not about actual shortages as we all know.

With that said...aren't the majority of the Nokia folks outside the US anyhow?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 138

by torkus (#47456427) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

All this will increase is torrent traffic.

I can't stand the 'exclusive' bullshit that networks and providers are playing lately. You try to edge out other providers so people 'have' to use your service? Nahhhhhh....

It's kind of funny that Netflix/hulu/etc. won't compete on service or ease of use or price or etc. but instead play exclusivity games. If you want XYZ you HAVE to use us. (ok, they phrase it differently)

Screw you guys, I'm goin home.

Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 78

Paypal was unique and groundbreaking in it's day. I would certainly be proud of it.

Imperfect? Sure. Still is for that matter. How they managed to avoid getting classified as a bank is beyond me (tin hat: backroom deals to provide info to TLAs)

How eBay's using it now is obnoxious and abusive for sure.

Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 78

Agreed. Despite plenty of unnecessary/unrealistic opposition he continues to Get Shit Done.

Oh, Tesla cars ... yah but let's try to make your dealerships illegal.

Rockets? Welllllllll......we *might* let you launch them from your own space. Maybe. might take them out of the country? some some approvals.

I'm not saying give the guy carte blanche but his track record is pretty impressive even despite the artificial barriers thrown up in front of his work. I mean...when he's delivering cargo for NASA that they simply *CANNOT* deliver as they lack the equipment to do so AND doing it for less money AND making some profit in the process?

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. :)

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr