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Comment: Re:TNG == Social workers in space (Score 1) 476

by x0 (#48917555) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

The writing on B5 was the absolute worst writing I have ever seen on any SciFi series. The dialogue was crap. All the characters were stock archetypes who didn't develop much (Trek characters typical start as archetypes, but they tend to get some depth by Season 7).

In Ambassador Kosh's own words: You do not understand.

Every character - with the possible exception of Zathras (no, the other Zathras) had significant development. From the bickering and antagonistic relationship between G'kar and Lando, Vir's coming of age, and Lennier's eventual disgrace.

Go back and watch G'kar from season one, then check his character out in seasons 3 and 4. You may think the writing was sub-par, but G'kar has some of the best performances of any Sci-Fi character.

Maybe you only watched the first season, but if you didn't catch the arcs of the individual cast members on that show, then we didn't watch the same show.

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Comment: Re:Hardly new (Score 1) 820

by x0 (#48877493) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Years ago I saw a doc on Harley Davidson and a part of the design process was ensuring that the bikes made the "correct" HD noise*. What was interesting for a technical perspective was seeing a bike in an anechoic chamber, which had a robot arm waving around an array of microphones so that they could localize sounds emanating from different parts of the bike.

Years ago, when FI was new to motorcycles, I used to work in a bike shop in Raleigh, NC. One of our customers (with a Ducati 916...) was a developer for the company working on the FI computer and software systems for HD. This would be ~1997/98 or so.

He said that the first systems demonstrated to HD were rejected because the tuning had been smoothed out to the point that the classic -potato-potato- idle had been tuned out and it no longer sounded HD-ish enough.

I don't recall if that was a Weber-Marelli or some other system.

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Power

Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies 461

Posted by Soulskill
from the time-for-some-infrastructure-reliability-investments dept.
JoeyRox writes: The publicized goal of Tesla's "gigafactory" is to make electric cars more affordable. However, that benefit may soon be eclipsed by the gigafactory's impact on roof-top solar power storage costs, putting the business model of utilities in peril. "The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose" comes from systems that include storage, said physicist Amory Lovins. "That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide."

Comment: Re:Well, let's face it ... (Score 1) 390

by x0 (#48498305) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

gstoddart said:

But let's not for a minute pretend this is being done for any reason besides the zillions of dollars Disney expects to wring from this franchise.

I understand your point, but why would anyone think that Disney is doing this for any other reason than the profit? Seriously, no studio is going to make a movie like this for the fan service - especially as a 'loss leader'.

Indie studios may do a movie for the art, but it's obvious that Disney paid ~$4.1B US for a property they think will make them money back in excess of the purchase price.

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Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by x0 (#48372271) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

You can go to any gun show and pick up a crate full of Mosin Nagant pistols for as cheap as 20 bucks each, No background check.

Rubbish...

First of all, a Mosin-Nagant is a bolt action rifle introduced in 1891 in Russia. There is a Nagant revolver, but you aren't going to get one of those for $20/ea. And you certainly won't find 'cases' of them.

Second, if you buy from a FFL dealer, you *will* get a NICS background check, even at a 'gun show'. You might find a private individual who will sell you that case for $20/ea, but that is unlikely.

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Comment: Re:Walmart (Score 1) 651

by x0 (#48039645) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

ThatsNotPudding typed: I saw my first gun-packing meathead in Walmart last week end (why, he was White - how did you guess?). I was very tempted to go up to him and ask :"What are you so scared of, that you have to carry a gun in public?" We all should, every time.

Or you could mind your own business and shut your piehole. Don't want a gun? Don't buy one. If you feel the need to project your own feelings of inadequacy ("What are you so scared of, that you have to carry a gun in public?"), think calming thoughts and repeat to yourself: My feelings are my own, I know nothing about that other guy. I should take up knitting.

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Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 4, Informative) 651

by x0 (#48038417) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Jeff Flanagan trolled But Cody Wilson really is a libertarian nutball. It's an accurate description, not random name-calling. He's disconnected from reality, and thinks that he can bypass laws intended to keep weapons designed to kill a large number of people out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Your post makes it pretty clear that you're one of the deeply-confused gun-nuts who thinks that banning guns designed for mass murder means banning defensive guns.

Apparently, people who don't agree with you are gun-nuts, and it's OK for you to use random name-calling.

Right...

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