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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

50000BTU_barbecue Solar panels? (286 comments)

I see no mention of anything of the sort in the article. With engine power outputs on the order of megawatts, of what possible use is adding fragile solar panels to an airframe?

4 days ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

50000BTU_barbecue OH no (582 comments)

Who let Elon read Rudy Rucker's Software series?

4 days ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

"no clear counterexamples found yet, therefore forever proven".

I don't think anyone really claims that.

about a week ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

"No, falsifiability means you could at least envision a test by which the theory would fail."

Yeah, how is that different from " that you have to be able to *look* for it!"

Look and envision is pretty much the same thing.

about a week ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

" It is, scientifically, not understood better than "magic""

Considering that magic uses a lot of science to make its tricks work, that's pretty funny.

So are you talking about abiogenesis or evolution?

about a week ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

"And if we find a case where it doesn't behave that way,"

And if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. We haven't found any, so we moved on. Why can't you?

"What is the case in which you would -not- call a biological change "evolution""

Biological change in what? An entire species, an individual, before he reproduces, after? What? Describe your experiment a bit better.

about a week ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

"Your assumption is that "the evidence" is only open to one interpretation. "

And you're assuming there should be more than one interpretation. Why is that better?

Seems like you're talking about abiogenesis vs life appearing from a magic wand, by fiat as it were.

about a week ago
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High Speed Evolution

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

I don't think "falsifiable" means that *will* find any contrary evidence, just that you have to be able to *look* for it!

What about evolution prevents you from *looking* for any contrary evidence? I'm sure plenty of people have. Guess they didn't find any.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

50000BTU_barbecue Re:This is silly (714 comments)

"Correlation != Causation."

Except when raising minimum wage is bad for the economy, then you have it all figured out?

about a week ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

50000BTU_barbecue 1.21$ per hour (286 comments)

"But hey, it's not theft, because those people choose to work at that wage and if they're not happy, it's not like we're preventing them from flying to where the jobs are, right?"

That's how some people think...

about a week ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

"That's not your point at all, because there is a choice. There are multiple choices."

There aren't.

"So what you're saying is that it's not in any way impossible to get a bank account on account of being "too poor"."

Sure, because they first thing a warehouse worker does on payday Friday is fly over to a place where the laws are different... What universe are you in?

"Expensive. But that's entirely different than being "stealing"."

Maybe there's a better word for it, but the whole idea is that we in the West are a post-industrial society, and the best way to make money is to become a middleman to questionable transactions like 15% cheque cashing, or make money off the other rentiers.

Both transactions produce nothing, yet transfer money up. Theft.

"A product or service is worth what its purchaser is willing to pay for it. "

If there's no choice, there's no will. A warehouse worker who can't get a bank account and has to use a sketchy place isn't going to be able to just magically go to a jurisdiction that favors him...

You have continuously wiggled your way out of the truth by using ridiculous counter-examples that apply to no poor person. You will continue to hide your obvious psychopathy and lack of empathy by pretending to be this intellectually rigorous debater when you're just a cunt.

about a week ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

"You will now continue the shrieking tantrum you have been throwing"

Hmmm....

"You will attempt to mask your impotent rage behind a facade of affected amusement, and you will continue to fail miserably."

Hmmmm....

"I did not do that"

You sure did: "They consent to the fee when they choose to cash the check"

They're not choosing. That's my whole point. They *have* no choice. That's the stealing part.

about a week ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Rural fiber (291 comments)

Yeah, except "fiber to the house" in rural Ontario means eating a bowl of All Bran and going to the outhouse.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

"there are ways to get a bank account regardless"

Which I believe I addressed here "people can't afford lawyers and in any case it's hard to do legal research when you're hungry or too tired from a day at the warehouse."

There's a whole ecosystem of systemic poverty that psychopaths can exploit.

Say, why don't you open a business to help people open bank accounts for 14% of their paycheck? Should be simple and very ethical, right?

I love it when well-fed, well-rested, well-educated people pontificate about what poor people should do...

Eh, who cares, let's screw them over some more. I've got a perfectly legal business to run here, it's not like the poor didn't have the same chances you and I got, eh? ;)

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

"They consent to the fee when they choose to cash the check at the place that tells them up-front that there's a fee for cashing the check."

That's my whole point, there is no choice.

" banks don't deny accounts to people for having bad credit."

Banks vary depending in jurisdiction.

" you also described establishing businesses as "stealing from the rich""

What do you call a 250$ shave? Or a 50$ salad?? It's consensual theft, both parties know it's not worth that amount.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

The 15% from a poor person's paycheck. Do you have to pay a 15% service fee on your paycheck?

Read it again slower if it helps.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

Banks don't offer bank accounts to people with bad credit, they have bad credit because they can't get a bank account... Help the people get a bank account, or charge 15% off every transaction?

I think the answer tells a lot about you as a person, and us as a creature.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

Could you emulate his "success"? Of course not.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

No, when you have no choice because the system is rigged against you from the start, it's stealing.

about two weeks ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

That's often how people become rich: first you steal from the poor, then you steal from the rich.

Example: there's a guy in my neighborhood who ran one of those "cheque cashing businesses" for a while. People so poor and destitute they can't even get a bank account. So he charges them 15% or whatever, it doesn't matter because poor people can't afford lawyers and in any case it's hard to do legal research when you're hungry or too tired from a day at the warehouse. (A job where incidentally you need to bring your own workboots and gloves).

Then he just sits there for a few years with his "holdings company" while the money comes in and he pays no income tax...

When he got enough money he brought in a real estate agent and a development team into the same neighborhood and started evicting the working class people that rented there and put in fancy restaurants, upscale hair salons, tattoo parlours, you name it. All the useless shit people with too much money buy.

Here the people willingly go in to spend money.

Ta dah, he's set for life. University? Education? Hard work? No, no, and no.

Steal from the poor so you can steal from the rich.

I'd bet he also made sure that banks didn't have to offer bank accounts to "riskier" people (wait, I thought businesses were all about taking risks? Oh wait, YOU take the risk, they'll take the money! I get it!)

about two weeks ago

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What's on your hardware lab bench?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about a year ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I made a comment a few days ago in a story basically saying the oscilloscope is dead. While that's a bit dramatic, I've found that over the last 20 years my oscilloscopes have been "on" less and less. Instead, I use a combination of judicious voltage measurements, a logic analyzer and a decent understanding of the documentation of the gadget I'm working on.
Stuff is just more and more digital and microcontroller based, or just so cheap yet incredibly integrated that there's no point in trying to work on it. (I'm thinking RC toys for example. Undocumented and very cheap. Doesn't work? Buy another.)
While I still do old-school electronics like circuit-level troubleshooting (on old test gear), that's not where the majority of hobbyists seem to be.
Yet one thing I keep hearing is how people want an oscilloscope to work on hardware. I think it's just not that necessary anymore.
What I use most are two regulated DC lab supplies, a frequency counter, a USB logic analyzer, a USB I2C/SPI master, and a USB-RS-232 dongle. That covers a lot of modern electronics.
I have two oscilloscopes, a 100MHz two-channel stand-alone USB unit and a 1960s analog plug-in based mainframe that is a '70s hacker dream scope. But I rarely use them anymore.
What equipment do hardware folks out there use the most? And would you tell someone trying to get into electronics that they need a scope?"
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What's the problem with tech in Canada?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about a year ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Why is Canada unable to sustain a technological lead? Blackberry, Nortel, the Arrow, we are able to be world-class for a while, but then, nothing. Are we still just happy to be a resource-based economy? Do we lack a certain something, maybe personality traits? What's the deal?"
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What's the most depressing sci-fi you've ever read?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Usually sci-fi provides adventure with happy endings for everyone. But what story have you read that resonates years later because of some insight about human nature or society that's basically cynical or pessimistic? For me it's Fred Pohl's "Jem" with its sharply divided resource-constrained future world driven by politics, and its conclusion that humans are just too destructive to handle contacting alien life, especially if humans have the technological upper hand.

I'm wondering what other stories have stuck in people's minds. It can be a short story, a novel or an entire series of books.

(Sorry, I have no idea what the tags are supposed to do or how they work. I click and it becomes "!politics" or there's a picture of a hat. No matter what I type in "tags" it stays as "politics" with a "x" I can click to make it "!politics". I've rarely seen something so useless be so counter-intuitive. sci-fi doesn't work, but when I type "science fiction" the space bar apparently acts as en enter key so all it sees is science. I think my next submission will be about depressing user interfaces.)"

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Why are old hard drives so expensive?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I was idly daydreaming about how I could build a small lapping/polishing machine when I thought of using an old hard drive as the platform. The mechanics and finish are perfect, just put a lapping film on the platter and power the thing. So I started looking for old hard drives on eBay, figuring the size and heft would be best for tinkering. I was amazed to find that the prices on 20 year old hard drives is staggeringly high. With that kind of markup, there has to be a reason. It's not just one model that could conceivably be of use in old but very expensive medical equipment for example. It's all of them. ST-506, MFM, ESDI, you name it, the prices are insane.
So there's either a market for a universal Flash->ancient HD bus interface (go for it!), or some people know something I don't!
What gives?"

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Fusion power in four years?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "A few years ago I researched fusion as a practical energy source in the foreseeable future for a school paper. I thought I had been quite thorough in finding and describing all the contenders starting with the usual suspects like Tokamaks and Polywell, etc. My conclusion, based on my skepticism was that, at best, real practical fusion energy was half a century away and would likely be just another energy source and not a panacea. Things like peak helium and the need for superconducting magnets really stood out as a problem. Somehow, the folks at General Fusion escaped my attention at the time.

They are proposing a "solid based" system of fusion using a large spherical reaction chamber filled with molten lead and lithium and then using acoustic shock waves to compress the core where all the good stuff will happen. I'm looking for insights and comments from /.ers in the know about the project. Is this viable? Can it produce power? If so, this is a huge deal."

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50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 7 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue writes "I just bought a Logitech G5 mouse and I find that the scroll-wheel/middle-button is useless. It triggers a scroll before it detents, so using it as a button is very frustrating since if you don't click just *exactly* between detents and *exactly* in the right orientation, it will scroll before registering as a click. Of course this means you're not clicking where you thought. Should I exchange this mouse or are they all like that? Which mouse correctly implements a usable combo scroll/click wheel? This is for finicky CAD work on a large monitor rather than gaming, BTW."

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