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Comment Re:Contact your former client. (Score 2) 480

Actually, bringing up copyright as well could help get things set right. Certainly it's not *his* copyright, but he can approach the company with "this guy is simultaneously fraudulently claiming credit for *my* work and claiming copyright on code that *you* own. Show that you have a common enemy in this developer's behavior, and suggest that they replace the fraudulent headers. Depending on the timber of the conversation maybe even volunteer to fix the problem himself.

Comment Re:version control (Score 2) 480

You are assuming github security is 100% reliable. I don't know how exactly they have it set up, but it seems likely that github employees at least would have unfettered access, plus anyone who successfully gained illegitimate access, or who happened upon it while there was a mis-configured server.

Comment Re:Not A Lie (Score 5, Interesting) 385

Are you kidding? Do you have any idea how difficult it was to come up with "scathing" questions that could be lied to with the technical truth? I seriously doubt any but the most naive in Congress are at all surprised by these events, but obviously they have to *act* surprised on camera or there might be public outcry that could damage their own boat. Meanwhile they also need to give the folks being questioned plenty of wiggle room as a professional courtesy, after all any one of them could be the next victims of some inquest or other. Plus you know, NSA. They almost certainly have career-ending dirt on every major politician in the country, you gotta be sure that in the back-room after-meeting you can make a good claim that you did everything you could to protect them or your own face may feature in the next front-page scandal.

Comment Re:Nice concept (Score 1) 154

Really? There are states whose law protect someone who, say, sells marijuana in a state where it is illegal and then retreats back to a state where it's been legalized? I find that hard to believe. I believe you're confusing that with the idea that you could go to a state where X is legal, do X there, then return without facing repurcussions even if X is illegal in your home state. Which is pretty much the default assumption - you don't have to worry about breaking Arizona law unless you are actually *in* Arizona.

Comment Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 1) 322

By that measure how exactly is a battery replacement any different than a complicated system overhaul? It's all done by magic pixies behind the screen at the mechanic shop for most people. When replacing the single most expensive component of an EV I kind of doubt mechanic-hours is a big part of the expense.

Comment Re: Not-so-accurate source (Score 1) 487

Probably because that's a lot of extra infrastructure to build and maintain (both technical and beuracratic) for minimal benefit since the current system is working fine. Say a whopping 10% of people don't pay the fee, and a wopping 50% of those are dishonest jerks who just don't want to pay. That means you're *at most* going to get a 5% increase in fee revenue, so all the extra infrastructure would have to clearly cost considerably less than that to be worth considering. Plus it would be annoying for the honest users - one more online account to sign into, and maybe not everyone likes the idea of signing their name on everything they watch. Meanwhile the "please don't do this without a license" warning shoos off the honest folk just fine and reminds them what they're missing out on.

Comment Re: Not-so-accurate source (Score 1) 487

Hardly an apt metaphor. You can own a TV just fine, no fee necessary. You only need to pay if you use that TV to access the broadcast TV stations, virtually all of which benefit directly or indirectly from the collected fees. Think of it like Hulu.com minus the "free" ad-supported mode, and with the content protected by a legally mandated fee structure instead of DRM and account logins.

Comment Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 1) 322

Heck, let's push for 1080p, then we can share the screen with standard-resolution outdoor TVs and drive the price down - go ahead and tell me there's wouldn't be huge demand for such a thing among the barbecue-loving sports fan demographic. Plus then we could proceed to re-purpose the TVs as additional monitors.

I've got to insist on the size though, even a 12" screen is painfully cramped to program on at any resolution - either you can only see a few lines at a time, or you have to hunch over to see the tiny text clearly, with your eyes and posture paying the price. Maybe in protrait mode, but doesn't seem like anyone has yet really worked out how to do that gracefully with a laptop. Plus it needs to be big enough for a full-sized keyboard anyway. I can live without a numeric keypad if I have to, but those netbook keyboards are *way* too small for real work unless you have dainty childlike hands (though damn would I have loved one of those as a kid).

Comment Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 2) 322

>cutting the size/weight/and cost by half?
FTFY, assuming cost/pound stayed the same of course.
Now *that* would seriously kick-start the EV market. And start opening up the low end as well if you stuck with current ranges at 1/4 the cost, which are actually quite adequate for lots of people. Not to mention the effect it'd have on more city-friendly transportation like electric scooters, bikes, etc. which are currently right on the edge of widespread feasibility.

Of course that also brings up another factor - size. That's another significant factor in practical EV range, and they don't actually mention that in the article. If these batteries are considerably less dense than current tech (which micro-engineered materials makes a distinct possibility) then their kWh/liter capacity might not be as impressive as you would hope. Now you *could* make the car larger, but that carries a significant social cost anywhere that traffic congestion is an issue. There are ways to counteract that though, personally as gas taxes cease to be relevant I'd love to see them replaced with a milage tax applied to all vehicles, scaling nonlinearly with vehicle size and weight to reflect the specific vehicles impact on congestion (=new construction) and road maintenance costs (road damage increases super-linearly with vehicle weight)

Comment Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 2) 322

Oh *hell* yeah.

Of course what I *really* want is a full-sized (15"+) laptop with a transflective or color e-ink screen, so that I could sit outside wherever I like when working, rather than having to hide away somewhere that I can actually see my screen. It doesn't even need very good specs, your average $300 crap laptop is already overkill for almost everything except games. Just give me a tool that lets me spend the day hiking and working in the woods and I'm sold.

Comment Re:What about other key parameters? (Score 1) 322

Well, 4x the capacity in this case, so only 1200 equivalent cycles. That's not the big issue though.

The big issue is that you are assuming that your usage patterns remain the same. And therein lies the rub - typically you want more battery capacity in order to enable greater use - if your laptop battery lasted 4x as long you probably wouldn't bother to plug it in unless doing so were really convenient, in fact with a 16-hour laptop battery I bet most people wouldn't even take their power cord with them during the day. And so you run through those cycles much quicker.

Comment Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 3, Insightful) 322

>all for a simple battery tech switch

Not so simple, except in terms of the mechanic doing the battery replacement. (which of course is one of the beauties of electric vehicles - really easy aftermarket mods to the power system) Battery tech is *the* bottleneck for electric vehicles, and so far it's proved anything but easy to improve on significantly.

Comment Re:Need to Be Careful (Score 1) 426

Fusion, definitely. Even traditional hot-fusion at that.

The Farnsworth Fusor was an device first built back in the mid-60s. For a while there was great hope for it because it *does* allow cheap, easy fusion. No-one was ever able to reach break-even energy production though, despite getting tantalizingly close. Basically your reactor is two concentric electrodes in a vacuum chamber - a big positively charged spherical shell on the outside, and a much smaller "wiffle ball" sphere in the center - usually just a few loops of wire. Ramp the voltage up to 10,000-20,000 volts, then let in a trickle of ionized deutrium or similar. The ions race inwards down the massive potential well and zoom right through the inner "sphere" to collide in a tightly-focussed point in the center of the spheres with enough energy to fuse. And if they fail to fuse, well then they zoom back up the potential well until they reverse course and try again, all without any extra energy input requirements. The problem is the inner electrode - an ion typically needs many "bounces" before it collides just right and fuses, and with each pass through the inner electrode there's a small chance that it will hit one of the wires and lose all its kinetic energy. Despite years of work in lots of labs nobody was ever able to get those losses low enough to hit break-even, though it does make for a convenient fast neutron and gamma-ray source (deutrium-deutreum fusion being one of the worst nuclear reactions known for # of free neutrons produced per Watt of energy released, far worse than fission)

Dr. Bussard (yes, of ramscoop fame), believed he could achieve net power production by using magnetic fields to steer the ions around the wires of the inner electrode, preventing collision losses and finally allowing net energy production, but at that point the Tokamak-based reactors had pretty much cornered the market on research dollars. He did eventually get some small sporadic NAVY funding for what eventually became known as the Polywell Fusor, but died not too long ago before achieving success. His team is still at it though, and while under a standard NAVY publishing embargo the few sentences in the annual budget report suggest that they may be at the cusp of success, even to the point of having perhaps achieved p-B fusion recently, which is a much more challenging reaction (something like 100x higher input energy IIRC), but releases all energy as high-velocity He4 nuclei meaning minimal neutron or gamma radiation (only due to incidental p-p fusion) of any sort and potentially a simple, high efficiency conversion to electricity without resorting to the crude "steam engines" that all existing nuclear reactors rely on.

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