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U.S. Navy Receives First Industry Built Railgun Prototype

Adustust Shields becoming a reality? (277 comments)

Perhaps this will finally usher in new research for defensive magnetic fields? What type of energy would be required to actually deflect one of these railshots?

more than 2 years ago
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Mars-Bound Probe Serves As Radiation Guinea Pig

Adustust -1 for Phobos Grunt (67 comments)

Funny how NASA's probe can withstand a noteworthy coronal mass ejection, while the Phobos Grunt is apparently downed by radar.

more than 2 years ago
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DoT Grants $15M To Test Car-To-Car Communication

Adustust Hear it comes (263 comments)

If they want to make roads safer, then they need to work on better automated driving. Vehicle to Vehicle communication is just going to be used to tell others exactly how shitty their driving is. If you think road rage is bad now, think about what it'll be like when someone can talk back and tell you to go fuck yourself and stay the same speed in front of you.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel 310 Series Mini SSDs Now Shipping, Benchmark

Adustust What does this new form factor do for us? (121 comments)

Is this still limited to usage in netbooks and laptops? What type of dimensions are in an Ipad or the new ASUS eee Slate? I would love to be able to upgrade the drives in those, it's almost the only thing holding the asus windows slate back.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel 310 Series Mini SSDs Now Shipping, Benchmark

Adustust Re:On the Subject of Pancakes (121 comments)

I suppose it matters which type of pancake we're referring to. Are we going with literal translation of "pancake", or should we move deeper and include crepes? As for your "shitload" unit of measurement, I agree. A crepe would be a shitload flatter than a pancake.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel 310 Series Mini SSDs Now Shipping, Benchmark

Adustust Re:Units? (121 comments)

Ideal American pancake flatness should be around 8 to 10mm in thickenss. A 30mm pancake would be a custard pie.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

Adustust Re:So they are smart ... (785 comments)

I agree with this. Given the circumstances, it would seem that dolphins are at a disadvantage to developing any type of society greater than the small pod communities they have now. Early humans were able to develop civilization, but first they found caves, they discovered wood, branches, etc, could build homes. Dolphins will never be able to develop shelter, communities, anything. Even if they were to try to live in underwater caves, they would still have to constantly rise to the surface to breathe. Humans never have to leave their homes. Again, dolphins can't cultivate, they cant grow food, or raise cattle, they live in a 360 degree environment, how would they ever develop a large food supply for a massive community? It seems to me that it's pretty obvious that we were only so fortunate to have just the right things to allow our culture to evolve to where it is today. If the planet were all desert with nothing that enabled us to manipulate our surroundings, we would be just as nomadic as they, wild animals with an ability to understand local community and self. Oh you could teach us tricks too.

more than 3 years ago
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Living Earth Simulator Aims To Simulate Everything

Adustust Insurmountable Obstacles (241 comments)

In order to achieve an accurate simulation, we'd have to know all of the different species of, well, everything on this planet. Like one of the posts above, not only do we not have the computational power to handle all of the random things that happen on earth, but I doubt we have enough scientists on the project who have the time to add the data required. Keep in mind that if they want to have a chance at a realistic simulation, they would undoubtedly need to add genetic code to the system. It would have to account for genetic variation for every new generation of EVERY species on the planet. We could literally predict the potential evolution of the planet by fast forwarding everything at that point. A great idea in theory, but so is peace on earth, or colonizing mars, or hell, even recycling. Suppose it's worth a shot. I guess these scientists were pretty upset with how badly SPORE ended up being.

more than 3 years ago
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Robot Controlled By Rat Brain

Adustust Whatever you do (170 comments)

Just keep it away from my drywall!

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume On TV Commercials

Adustust Re:It's almost as if (625 comments)

I agree with you here. I recall seeing something like this about a year ago, I told my wife the wonderful news. To this very day, I'm still jumping to mute the T.V. as soon as the next infomercial pops on. These proposed bills are just as bad as vaporware.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

Adustust Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

I would agree with you that this is a possibility, however, I thought the point of an identification chip was to identify where the dog should really be. If the new owners intended to return the dog, I have a hard time believing that the company would have decided against disclosing the information.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

Adustust Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

I'm sure the case would probably end the same, but I think the chip only held client data. It wasn't a locator chip, and the only reason they called him 3 years later about his lost dog was because the new owners were trying to update the address on the chip. To me, it's a real dick move to try to change that info and then tell the company not to give out your info to the owner who's trying to find his dog.

more than 3 years ago
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Look For AI, Not Aliens

Adustust Signs of AI (452 comments)

It's not like the only thing we're looking for are radio transmissions. We use a wide variety of filtering techniques as well as object tracking. My question would be - If you were looking for an advanced race of AI beings, what signs would they give that were any different than ours? Aside from looking for radio and organic atmospheres, I think that our search for life is a more limited by our technology than by how we're looking. On another note, I know that if I had the chance to put my brain in an artificial body, I would. If I did, I would live on this planet probably the same as I do now.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing, BAE Systems Show Off New Unmanned Planes

Adustust Nerf! (157 comments)

Anyone else notice that the 'Phantom Eye' looks the same as one of those NERF whistling footballs with a wing taped to the top of it? Who needs munitions, we could just add giant whistlers to these babies and have 4 day long howler missions for psychological warfare purposes. Or fun. Or whatever.

more than 3 years ago
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Time To Dump XP?

Adustust Training time and costs... (1213 comments)

Are just another way of saying they're too cheap/scared to move forward. Especially if the license fees aren't an issue. More likely than not, this same company is still running on P3, P4 CPU's, too. Correct me if I'm wrong, but for most people and their day to day activities on their workstation, the changes made from XP to Win7 would take less than 5 minutes to get familiar with and a few days of monotonous 8 to 5 grinding.

more than 3 years ago
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US Confirms Underwater Oil Plume

Adustust Re:Disaster (353 comments)

Don't forget 15 counts of murder. Wasting government resources. Even with all this talk of BP footing the bill, how many tax dollars has this really gobbled up already? At a minimum an FBI investigation should be launched to find everyone who knowingly cut corners and put them away for life.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

Adustust Re:I have the ideal solution! (256 comments)

While I agree with everything you said - the one thing that this magical "paper book" cannot do is contain 10,000 volumes of itself and retain the same meager size of 7 1/2” x 5” by .7” If it could do this, then it would be perfection indeed.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

Adustust It's all about the ink sales. (651 comments)

I remember several years back, a new hire training at Dell told the class that you should offer free printers to folks who were upset because printers didn't cost them crap. They would have a new repeat paying customer who was happy they got a free printer and the ink made them so much money. The trainer even rubbed his two fingers together and grinned.

more than 3 years ago
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Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?

Adustust Mmm Debris. (243 comments)

How much will it cost us now to blow up the satellite and avoid collisions? How much will it cost us later when we have to clean up all of this damn space debris and avoid collisions? How is it that we managed to create such a large market for putting things into space, and yet have such a lack of the means to take things back down?

more than 3 years ago
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German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi

Adustust Qdequately secured or just secured? (563 comments)

"'Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation,' the court said." What exactly do they mean by adequately secured? Can they fine us for using WEP or WPA instead of the latest and greatest?

more than 3 years ago

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