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Comment Re:Beating the Chicken-or-Egg Problem (Score 1) 230

A Tesla Model S refuels from empty to 80% in 30 minutes from a Supercharger, and they rarely need one because the car is fully charged every morning. I am not very picky about where I charge, as long as the kids and I can stretch our legs a bit after six hours of driving. For a while I used to ask hotels before I booked if they had a power outlet available for my car, but I don't bother any more. They do. They only differ in how fast charge they can provide, but that's usually not an issue when the car is plugged in all night. There is plenty of public parking spaces with fast-ish chargers as well now, and shopping malls with outlets outside to attract customers with modern cars. Tesla owners probably spend less time at charging stations than fossil car owners spend at gas stations. Charging is something which happens when you are doing something else, like shopping. I know, you can shop at many gas stations as well, but not while filling the tank for free.

Comment Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (Score 1) 230

well, smart is relative. This shows him to be pro society.
From a stock holder perspective. it's a very dumb move.

Not at all. Tesla Motors owns a large supercharger network that Tesla owners (the 85 kWh version) can use for free. If other car makers support charging from Tesla superchargers, the owners of other car models would have to pay for use. Subsidizing free power for Tesla owners. And I'm sure no Tesla owner would complain if there are more superchargers availble for them to use, even if they would have to pay to use the non-Tesla superchargers.

Comment Use for space propulsion? (Score 1) 223

A possible use for this is propulsion in space with no fuel. Even ion thrusters need fuel, and eventually run out of Xenon gas. If you can create matter in this way, it would, at least in theory, be bossible to make an engine which use only electricity from solar panels to make electron/positron pairs, and acellerate those in the opposite direction of where you want to go. Enabling satellites to stay in low earth orbit forever, and geostationary satellites to stay in position until it is time to de-orbit. And it would actually be economically feasible to de-orbit them, it will just take a very long time.

Comment Evolution (Score 1) 267

I'm afraid those scientists are 155 years late with their findings. Humans have adapted to their environment as explained by Charles Darwin in 1859. We have adapted to live on Earth, not in space or on the bottom of the oceans. This should not come as a surprise to anyone in 2014. To overcome this we have to gradually start living higher up, and perhaps in just a few hundred thousdands years our decendants will take their first steps in the vacuum of space, breathing sunlight and radiation instead of air.

Or we could just adapt the envioronment in the space ship / space habitat. Probably a lot easier..

Comment Re: It'll be fun to watch. (Score 1) 197

There should be a Drive before Drive 360. And let's not forget Drive 3.11, Drive 95 and Drive XP and ME, and then Drive 7 and 8, which all serve the same purpose. And Drive 2012 Enterprise to make the confusion complete.

At least Microsoft will keep an eye (+ hundreds of NSA's eyes) on what you store there, and delete your account if they don't like it. http://wmpoweruser.com/watch-w...

Submission + - Modern Microsoft Word Does Not Reliably Read Earlier Formats: A 1989 Print Test (blogspot.ca)

badger.foo writes: Prompted by a fabulous rant by Charlie Stross named Why Microsoft Word must Die, Peter Hansteen dug out from his archives the simplest possible 1989-vintage Microsoft Word .DOC document, and has the data to prove that newer versions or Microsoft Word do in fact not reliably read files from earlier versions. Case in point: An ASCII table print test generated and saved as .DOC in 1989.

Submission + - Silk Road closed, Dread Pirate Roberts arrested (dailydot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to Department of Justice documents, Ross William Ulbricht, 29, has been pegged as Silk Road proprietor Dread Pirate Roberts. He was apprehended in San Francisco, along with $3.6 million in Bitcoin.

For several hours this morning, the website displayed the message “'Silk Road is temporarily closed. We will reopen asap.” This has recently been replaced by an FBI notice.

The criminal complaint alleges that 1,229,465 transactions were completed on the website from Feb. 6, 2011 to July 23, 2013 involving 146,946 unique buyer accounts and 3,877 unique vendor accounts. The total revenue generated was 9,519,664 bitcoins, equivalent to $1.2 billion in revenue. Silk Road collected 614,305 BTC in commission, or $79.8 million.

Ulbricht faces charges of computer hacking, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking, specifically heroin, cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamines, among others.

Submission + - FBI seizes underground drug market Silk Road, owner indicted in New York (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finally cracked down on Silk Road, the underground marketplace where users could buy cocaine, heroin, meth, and more using the virtual currency Bitcoin. Journalist Brian Krebs has just published a purported copy of a complaint filed in the Southern District of New York against Ross Ulbricht, who is alleged to be the mastermind behind the site and the handle Dread Pirate Roberts.

Ulbricht is being charged with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. The site, which is only accessible through the anonymizing Tor network, has been pulled and replaced with an FBI notice. The Silk Road forums are still operating, suggesting they were hosted on a different server.

Submission + - Silk Road shut down, founder arrested (orlandosentinel.com)

u38cg writes: Ross William Ulbricht, known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," was arrested in San Francisco yesterday and has been charged with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to a court filing. Silk Road has been shut down and some $3.6m in Bitcoin seized.

The question is — how?

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