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Comment It's our duty... (Score 1) 481

We need to trust these guys. They are after all scientists and therefore very smart and careful. I mean really. It's not like these guys would ever make a mistake that could cause this thing to slow too much and enter our atmosphere.

And even if they did, how bad would it really be. Just a crater 24 miles wide and trees 200 miles away would spontaneously burst into flames but hey, there is definitely a small chance that it will kill a lot of people. And after all this thing could be worth something like 25 trillion dollars! Isn't it the little peoples duty to risk and lay down their lives so that extremely rich people can get even richer?

Comment Re:Still not good enough. (Score 1) 248

" I could just about drive all the way across town and back on a charge."

Not just about. You could easily do it. The range you get in a LEAF depends on the speed at which you travel. Just like a gas car.

At 35 mph (city speed) the LEAF's range is around 130 miles. At 60 mph (freeway speed) the LEAF's range drops to about 78 miles. It drops to about 65 if you travel at 70 mph. So as you can see it's a perfect city car and not a bad car to go medium distances. It will be awesome when the network is in place to recharge these vehicles.

Comment Re:Still not good enough. (Score 2) 248

"For the Leaf they give 30 minutes for 30 miles using a faster charger."

No, that is not correct. The DC Quck Charger (The one that costs upwards of $40k but can be had for $16K) will charge the LEAF from flat to 80% in 25 minutes. You can go way farther than 30 miles with an 80% charge.

The Level 2 chargers will charge the current LEAF from flat to 100% in 7 to 8 hours. That will normally be done over night and you would not need to plug in at all to make a 60 mile round trip.

"Not impressed."

I think you mean "Not informed."

Comment There already is a standard (Score 1) 248

There already is a DC quick charge standard that is used on the Nissan LEAF and other EVs. It's called CHAdeMO. There are some stations already installed that use this standard.

This standard is widely adopted in Japan and the UK but the US auto makers don't want it. They are working on a single plug monstrosity. It is believed by many, myself included, that the people fighting the adoption of the existing standard would like to delay or kill the adoption EVs.

Comment Re:Aliens have no free will (Score 1) 534

"Because if they have the same free will, the same free innovation and free thinking free spirited individuals as we do then they would by that logic have the same evil, the same murders and the same exploitation."

Sorry but your "logic" makes assumptions that are not necessarily true. There could be genetic reasons that we, as a race, are a bunch of warlike morons.

Comment Four Point Plan (Score 1) 130

I have a four point plan that I guarantee will eliminate spam once and for all:

1. Find the spammers and kill them.
2. Find anyone buys spammer's services and kill them.
3. Find anyone who is stupid enough to allow their PC to become infected more than twice and kill them.
4. Find Steve Ballmer and Darl McBride and kill them.

Okay its actually a three point plan. I just added Ballmer and McBride because I don't like them.

Comment Re:This is actually reasonable. (Score 1) 219

"I'd rather have the government be involved than have private entities colluding to create their own extra-legal framework. With the government, I have recourse to contest or change the law. With private entities, I'm practically a powerless serf. As messed up as things are in our republic now, I'll still take it over neo-feudalism"

Ummm.... You do realize that the government IS OWNED by these "private entities" right? You don't really believe that what our Congress and Senate is doing is in OUR best interest do you?

The government has become just one of the corporate muscles to be flexed.

Software

Drupal's Dries Buytaert On Drupal 7 55

itwbennett writes "The Drupal community has been working on Drupal 7 for two years, and there are 'hundreds of changes' to show for it, says Drupal creator Dries Buytaert in an interview with ITworld's Esther Schindler on the occasion of Drupal 7 going into Alpha test this week. Most notable for end users are 'some massive usability improvements,' says Buytaert, while site builders will see the greatest changes in the Drupal Content Construction Kit (CCK), which has been moved into the Drupal core. But one thing that hasn't changed is the not-so-easy upgrade path. 'The upgrade path for a Drupal site has never been really easy, to be honest,' Buytaert says. 'We do break backwards compatibility. It's a little bit painful because it requires all of the contributed modules — and there's 4,000-5,000 of them — to make changes.' But Buytaert doesn't think that's all bad. 'Innovation is key. Backwards compatibility limits innovation,' Buytaert contends. 'The rule we have is: We'll break the API if it makes a better API, and if it allows good innovation and progress to be made. Also: The second rule is that we'll never break people's data. We'll always provide an upgrade path for the data.'"
Space

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Comment Re:Dear Mr Murdoch (Score 1) 504

The question here is not "Does professional reporting take resources?" It does. The question here is "Should any individual or corporation have the power to fundamentally change the way in which the World Wide Web works?" I say no. It was designed from the very beginning to freely allow the sharing of information. If Murdoch doesn't like that then he should find some other way to distribute his content. He could for example make his content subscription based. What he should not be allowed to do is to dictate to the entire world how the WWW should be used so that a particular business model that he likes works for him.

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