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Comment Re:WTF is this doing on MY slashdot? (Score 5, Insightful) 757

I think you are living in a fact free zone.

The Republicans are not offering real solutions. All they want to do is give tax breaks that will mostly go to their rich cronies and privatise everything, again for the benefit of the richest.

They are in the process of killing the U. S. Postal service by requiring that they fund their retirement system 75 years in advance. They want to sell off our national treasures and they don't mind rigging elections to get that done.

Right now they are enacting voter suppression laws that will primarily suppress voting in areas that would tend to vote for Obama under the guise of preventing voter fraud even though voter fraud has never been a major problem.

They create gridlock like little children throwing a tantrum. Can you say filibuster, filibuster, filibuster? Sure you can! And then claim that Obama can't get anything done. Well no shit Sherlock. Remember that they admitted that their number one priority was to make Obama a one term President! THERE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY! Screw the economy, screw anything else. And they announced their evil little pin head plan right from the start.

The American people cannot afford to allow these cheating low life scum bags to stay in office. They almost destroyed our country during the eight years that Bush and his cronies ran the country and we just can not afford to have a repeat. Oh, and isn't it curious that Bush didn't even really win the election but the Republicans suppressed the recount which later showed that he lost!!

Get ready folks. These bastards are gearing up to steal the election again. They have already voted in Iowa to extend the voting period for Republican leaning counties while shortening the voting period for Democratic leaning counties! That's right! Make it harder to cast your vote if you live in a primarily Democrat county and easier if most of the people would vote Republican!

Is it any wonder people are getting pissed off?

Comment Re:why on earth would they want to do that? (Score 1) 316

So you are accusing the kernel team of unethical behaviour? Really? What proof do you have that they would do something like that? Yes there are purists but it would require someone who had the power to change the API to break things as you suggest and I don't see the kernel team doing that.

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."

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