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Comment Re:The elephant in the room... err, on the dash (Score 1) 161

And just look at the engine room, err, I mean compartment. How dull and boring, inspiring no emotion or passion. Not awe-inspiring like when I was young, when the steam pistons and drive coupling shafts were hanging off the sides of locomotives, gleaming in the sunlight as they drove the massive drive wheels.

Excuse me, got a bit carried away there. And just listen to the exhaust note - no poorly muffled noise of explosive gas releases echoing off the surrounding buildings and waking the city while driving in the early morning. The sound of an EV is boring and passionless, inspiring no emotion.

Now, what were you saying again?

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 2) 296

They could do significant damage - but "reduce to rubble" is quite an overstatement.
What do you think the expected lifetime is of an NK artillery battery wielding a gun big enough to hit Seoul, after their first shot? The US and South Korea have some very excellent counter-battery radar systems; I would guess that the artillery arrayed on the south side of the border would be most immediately tasked with placing rounds on the origination points of NK artillery rounds.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 3, Interesting) 296

It's entirely possible the 25 million people in and around Seoul care.
Just what do you think would happen when those Tomahawks show up on NK radar? Do you believe that NK doesn't have one or two nuclear warheads on top of short-range missiles with Prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn's address on them? And hasn't let China, South Korea, and the US know?
There's no doubt that, if the US decided to "Desert Storm" the country, they could land hundreds of missiles and destroy all or most of NK's fixed military. Whether or not that would lead to destruction of Seoul, or a nuclear exchange with China, within 72 hours of the first salvo is an exercise left for the reader.

Comment Great exposure... (Score 2) 44

It's bad that private medical information is being disseminated...

It's great, however, in being a window into the information about me that's available to, well, just about anyone with money.

Anyone with an interest in Healthcare (e.g. Health Insurance companies) probably had a copy of this data, acquired "somehow". There's no incentive for a company to only keep records on their customers - database storage is free, so keeping records on EVERYONE who might someday wish to become a customer is just good business sense.

Anyone who has such data would certainly market it to the "big boys". Even if these million records were only worth a thousand dollars to an Anthem or Cigna, there are dozens of health companies and hundreds of scammers who might pay that thousand dollars. And right now, there's no way for me find out what information Anthem or Cigna is keeping on me.

My information was in the Anthem leak - and when I asked Anthem to tell me what was taken, they said "No". So Anthem knows what was taken, and the bad guys know what was taken, and the government knows what was taken, and I'm the only one left in the dark. Leaks like this are the only way available to me to try to determine this information.

Comment Re:Fait Acompli? (Score 3, Informative) 227

Hah, got you beat - still using my LaserJet 6P from the mid-90s. Prints great, toner cartridge is an easy refill, and has a low power standby (unusual for the era). Absolutely problem free, unlike the dozen inkjets I've had in the same timeframe, and the only issue is that some postscript printouts take minutes per page. Why would I bother replacing it?

Comment Smart clocks suck (Score 1) 228

I live in Arizona, which doesn't observe DST, which eliminates me having to wander through the house and reset all the clocks, right?
Wrong.
You see, I like to have my clocks all reading the same time, so almost all the clocks in my house are atomic clocks and keep themselves sync'ed with WWV. And every spring and fall, they dutifully jump forward or backward an hour, so I still end up wandering through the house resetting clocks. Ugh.

Comment Re:Could have mentioned the other two (Score 1) 228

The counties in Indiana switched over to DST ten years or so ago. They provided a unique opportunity to study whether or not DST saves energy, because they were located in and amongst counties that already used DST. As a result, you could correlate energy usage before and after the switch in both areas. That study showed a slight rise in annual energy usage with the switch to DST.

Comment Re:C versus SQL. SQL is understandable, and parall (Score 2) 474

But you don't have to look to future software for this.

ASIC design languages create designs that are explicitly parallel, and they do it easily. Sure, there are synchronizations that have to happen, but that may not apply to much of the design. They are explictly event-oriented, and combinational (When this event occurs, do one of the following things depending on the state of these other two signal). I have sometimes been amazed at how quickly, and in how small a description. and with a full test suite, a good digital designer can implement some algorithms compared with an embedded 'C' programmer.

Comment What we still don't know... (Score 4, Interesting) 25

As someone who was affected by this breach, I'll tell you what I still don't know.
I don't know what information about me and my family was disclosed. I don't know whether they got my name and account number, the list of payments they've made, the list of diagnostics codes for each of those payments. or what. When I called to find out, the answer was "our public statements are all the information that I have to give you". Basically, the bad guys know what they got, and Anthem won't tell me.
It sucks feeling so powerless about control of personal information.

Comment Wrong Target... (Score 3, Interesting) 171

At least my computer and monitor, out of the box, go to sleep after a while.

Please, , let them turn their attention to Cable and Satellite TV boxes that when turned "off" with the remote still pull 20+ watts. Let them turn their attention to items like the Roku 3, which didn't even have the concept of "off" (and which kept a moving logo on the screen permanently to keep your TV from turning off). Let them turn their attention to all the IOT thingies, for whom implementing low-power states is an even lower priority than providing basic security.

Comment Re:Better cost a LOT less (Score 1) 174

Using an off-peak electic rate of $0.044 / kWh, it'll cost me about $2.64 to get roughly 215 miles of range. If I were to use the nationwide average rate of $0.12 / kWh, it'll cost me about $7.20.

Driving my 32 MPG Honda Civic will take about 6.72 gallons of gas to go 215 mile. At current, historically low, gas prices (say, $2.25), that's at least $15.

It's safe to say that electric vehicles are already obscenely cheaper than driving an economy car - anywhere from 1/2 to 1/5 the fuel cost per mile.

Comment Re:Electric cars won't take off (Score 1) 174

Let's talk about average people, not corner cases.

I drive a 70 mile commute every day. A couple of times a year I'd like to visit my family in SoCal from Phoenix. Half a dozen times a year, my son goes camping with the Boy Scouts.

So, for roughly 260 days a year, I get in my car in the morning with a full tank of electrons. I do my commute, get home and plug in. I won't visit a gas station the whole time. And I'll save about $120 / month using electricity instead of gas, even though gas is at historically cheap inflation-adjusted prices and I drive a 32 mpg gas car.

Roughly 6 times a year, I'll probably need a different vehicle to go camping, because the Boy Scouts like to camp a long way from Phoenix for some reason, and there's likely to be no superchargers on the route. That's a drawback.

Twice a year, I'll stop in Quartzsite (conveniently and purely coincidentally halfway between Phoenix and SoCal). It'll take an hour to charge, and my family and I will eat and pee. Then we'll drive into SoCal, and plug in to a probably 120 Volt outlet at my mother's place.

People will quickly figure out that, even driving an economy car using really cheap gas, electric cars are significantly cheaper to operate. Once neighbors and friends have electric cars and love them, most people will realize that they seldom have a need to travel more than 200 miles on backroads. If they're going to travel on highways, an appropriate choice of electric cars will mean that they get delayed (an hour on a 5 hour trip) but that's not such a big deal.

My prediction is that 10 years from now, the vast majority of new cars will be electric despite the minimal drawbacks we see today; the day-to-day utility will completely overshadow the relatively minor inconveniences.

I can't wait for my Model 3 to be ready...

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