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Comment Re:How a tyrant & dictator (Score 1) 250

can unintentionally do the right things: kick Microsoft's, SAP's et al.'s ass.

...and after defeating the nefarious Microsoft, SAP's, et al's. the tyrant and dictator would never replace them with software riddled with security loopholes and backdoors they could exploit, right?

I know it's cool to hate big software companies, but at the very least they have better history of trying to maintain security and privacy than Russia of all places. Be careful who you you side with in this crusade.

Comment Re:Wat (Score 1) 92

This is not correct. Juno is planned to do some limited observation/a> of the Galilean moons. It's a side mission, not central to it's focus (and Juno is anything but optimized for it), but it's one of those cases where, if you're there and you have the hardware...

Concerning Europa (remember that this was before the recent news):

...for Juno to do Europa... This science goal just may not be possible with the large distances from Juno to Europa...the image spatial scale would need to be better than 70 kilometers, at a relatively high phase angle...To achieve resolutions better than 70 kilometers per pixel...JunoCam [needs to be within], 100,000 kilometers...There are just four orbits that have Europa flybys that are closer than 300,000 km...

The information you posted confirms how difficult it would be for Juno to make any meaningful observations of Europa's plumes. Why jeopardize the science Juno was designed for in mid-mission to look for water water on Europa, which was confirmed years ago, on the remote chance it might provide a piece of data that could allow a far-off future mission to confirm extraterrestrial life? Sorry, but only people with heads in a fictional sci-fi fantasy world willing to gamble everything for a childish dream of meeting E.T. would think that's a good idea.

Comment Re:Wat (Score 1) 92

Tomhath's "fake science" comment is flippant, but in fairness, discovering water outside of the Earth is not big news to anyone following the planetary missions for the last decade. NASA announcing yet another "discovery" of water somewhere and connecting it to potential extraterrestrial life is a public relations move as much as it is science. Juno's main mission to study Jupiter could very well be more scientifically valuable than diverting the Juno's limited fuel into a Europa fly-by to confirm water, which we have found evidence of in many other places (e.g. Mars, Enceladus, Saturn's rings, numerous comets, Pluto/Charon, exo-planets).

Comment Instead of re-inventing the wheel... (Score 1) 52

...car manufacturers should just make their info-tainment/navigation systems 100% compatible with iPhone and Android. There are no proprietary in-car mapping systems or digital user interfaces better than what people have on their phones, which already connects to new cars via bluetooth or cable/dock. Car companies need to hand the the navigation and digital interface to the tech-world, so they can concentrate on what's under the hood.

Comment Re:There is Waze (Score 1) 52

We're talking about a service that will be orders of magnitude larger than Waze. In order for Waze to get data the driver has to actively open the app.

I'm finding it hard to believe that 3 German car manufacturers with a relatively small share of the total car market will have "orders of magnitude" more traffic data that what Google is currently processing. Waze/Google Maps (same company) pull data from all Android and iPhones with open Google Maps/Waze and all Android phones with location services on, which send location data to Google, regardless of whether a mapping app is being used. Google also has has years worth of historical traffic data they can use to predict traffic patterns. (Source: http://www.techinsider.io/how-... ).

Prediction: They will cobble together a mediocre system that won't perform any better than Google Maps/Waze, but will be flashy enough convince their older, wealthy, non-tech-savvy buyers (mostly BMW owners) that their over-priced, luxury, info-tainment package was worth the upgrade and monthly subscription.

Comment Re:It's Politics, Not Conspiracy (Score 1) 655

Yeah, which is why it's easier to get people to "go green" by emphasizing smart sustainability that makes your home or business more efficient and cheaper to run in the long-term, reduce dependence on the fluctuating cost of fossil fuels, lower impact from the geo-politics related to fossil fuels, reduce air and water pollution, reduce waste and in turn costs associated with removing/treating waste, support advancement of modern technologies and new job opportunities, etc. You don't have to argue against someone's entrenched beliefs about climate change to come to a common ground on the many real benefits of reducing waste and being more efficient. There's a comic that has been out for years that highlights this: https://goo.gl/images/jo99Cr Also, it may be a surprise to some, but one of the biggest supporters of sustainable or "green" practices in the world is Wal-Mart, and it's not because they give shit about the planet, it's because smart sustainable practices reduces their bottom line costs.

Comment Re:"Debating"? (Score 1) 147

There was a decade when arguing all these technical minutia was something the Unix vendors did, while Microsoft just kept making things easier. Now it's caught up in a really arcane argument over the #pixels - reminds me of when people would be proud of the number of MHz/MB that their computers had

Agreed. This also reminds me of the 3G network Verizon had against AT&T had a few years ago. Technically, Verizon was right that AT&T was exaggerating their 3G network by playing games with their definition of 2G/2.5G, but only the hardcore nerds took any notice or cared.

The vast majority of game console consumers (i.e. not the hardcore nerds on internet forums) do not care about technical details. Most consumers want to know about exclusive titles, services, compatibility/integration, console longevity, community/social features, price, etc. Technical aspects of the machine could effect those selling points, but the marketing emphasis should not be on the technical bits, bops, and terraflops.

Comment Re:Was it Helped? (Score 1) 76

i.e. a supernatural event.

Possibly, but the probability increases from something minute to something marginally less minute. We've never seen any evidence of anything supernatural existing that's held up to scrutiny, so the chance of supernatural things existing is very small at this point.

I personally don't follow any particular religion, but I don't think the tiny little corner of the universe and short time span humans have observed is enough to rule out the supernatural. The more we learn about the universe, the more we discover we don't know, such that denying at least the possibility of the supernatural is as much of a leap of faith in science keeping faith in a conventional religion.

Comment What people consider news.... (Score 2) 95

59% of people don't read the articles they share (which is bad enough by itself), and then a percentage of people like news in their Facebook feeds and/or want more. So, I wonder portion of people consider a reading a catchy headline as the equivalent to reading a full news story? Furthermore, what does it say about the news reading habits of 18-29 year olds [millennials] who are most likely to prefer or want more news in the Facebook feed?

Comment Re:2013 Leaf Owner here (Score 1) 990

...Some cons:

- The endless times I get to hear "resale value sucks for EVs" because an entire industry is unable to factor the $7,500 tax credit new purchases get. . .

- Range. . . though Austin, TX has put in a network of supercharges, so not really the case for me anymore. Range never comes up during my usual driving routine, though.

Resale value... Last year I bought a certified pre-owned 2013 Leaf for ~15K, so I'm not complaining about the resale value. Anyone who complaining about resale value is looking at the "problem" from the wrong viewpoint.

Range... Charging station networks doesn't even matter to me. People are stuck in the mindset of going to a fueling station. My Leaf is a commuter and local errand vehicle only. I have never charged it anywhere other than over night in my garage with 120V trickle. My wife has a ICE (Honda Accord). When one of us has to go further than 70 miles in a day we swap cars to make sure that person has the ICE. In over a year there has never been a time that both us needed to travel more than 70 miles in a single day.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

All I do is point out that for the vast majority of people, there are several things that can make it work. Then you point out that, for the minority, it might be hard. Yay...

What's your definition of "vast majority"? According to the US Census Bureau homeownership is approximately 67% the US population, so that's 1/3 of the US population who will probably have a significant limitation for charging an EV where they live. Furthermore, according to the US Census Bureau ~80% of homes have a garage or carport, so the 67% of US homeowners drops to around 53% of the US population who can install systems like you say you have. It's technically still a majority, but I don't think anyone can call it vast. And we haven't even got into people's financial abilities or who legitimately need the range of an ICE.
http://www2.census.gov/program...

Look, as I said before I support EVs and I own one. What you've been able to do with your EVs is great. But we're not helping EV adoptions by not being realistic about limitations for significant portions of the population.

Comment Re:Beloved why? (Score 1) 65

...A lower movement speed ads tactical dimensions of its own....The lower pace made the games less reflex-based, you had to play more strategically to win.

Tactics are mostly irrelevant when your opponent can just glance a couple inches over at your side of the split screen to figure out exactly where you are, what you have (health, weapons, etc.), and what you are doing.

The level design was better than any other game from the period, both as ‘levels’ and as ‘believable places’. Artistically, considering the hardware it ran on, the games looked much better than other games from the period. (In comparison Quake II looked very ugly...

For ugly and unrealistic looking games Doom, Quake, and Quake II are easy targets, but when GoldenEye was released it was Duke Nukem 3D that had set the bar for level design and realism. Personally I don't think GoldenEye surpassed anything that Duke Nukem had done. Duke Nukem had colorful, realistic, interactive, and destructible environments, and unique [for the time] game mechanics like swimming, jet-packs, hologram decoy, trip mines, etc.

It was easy to play GoldenEye in a party setting, handing over controllers as you died, and the gameplay worked in that environment. And it was fun to play two-player on the couch. Most games had netplay at the time, but nothing quite beats playing together with your buddies in the same room like that... I can recognise a good console title when I see it and I'm not afraid to give it the praise it deserves.

And that's the only reason anyone remembers GoldenEye. Being first console shooter you could play sitting on the couch with your friends is enough for it to get some recognition, but I wouldn't give GoldenEye any further praise.

Comment Re:Beloved why? (Score 1) 65

Agreed. When GoldenEye came out I had already been playing PC games like Doom, Duke Nukem, and Quake and in comparison GoldenEye felt like a big step back in gameplay, graphics, level design, and sound. The only thing GoldenEye had going for it was it was the first FPS you play sitting in the same couch with your friends. Ironically, even that degraded the game experience some because your opponent could just look at your side of the split screen to figure out where you were and what you were doing.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

People don't have gas stations at home either. Building up infrastructure at home, work, and shopping centers can solve that issue. Every powered kiosk for street parking in urban areas can become a paid charging station. I know plenty of workplaces that offer charging during the day. As for people in dense urban areas like NYC, they largely don't have cars.

We have two 240v charging stations in the garage, for our two super-cheap EVs (Chevy Spark EV and Fiat 500e). Our rooftop solar power production offsets approximately 100% of the power we use, including the cars and electric water heating. We have two other cars that rarely get used.

The OP brought up a very valid concern about the millions of drivers who have park on streets, do not have a garage, or any convenient access to home charging; and you respond that they should a) make their city create the infrastructure, b) find a job with a charging station, c) or live in a city where most people don't have cars. Wow. Then you proceed to babble about your garage, your rooftop solar, your two 240v charging stations, your two EVs and two ICE cars. The bubble you live in is clearly very dense if that's your honest response to a straight-forward concern.

Ironically, I fully support EVs and I own a (Nissan Leaf). We should be on the same side here.

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