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All Humans Are Mutants, Say Scientists

BigGar' Re:Yay! Mutant Super Powers! (309 comments)

We're getting a tad offtopic here but sense we're bragging:
My mutant superpower is the flawless ability to seduce other superhero's wives.

about 5 years ago

Entanglement Could Be a Deterministic Phenomenon

BigGar' Dammit, there goes the planet. (259 comments)

If Stephen Wolfram turns out to be correct, his ego will collapse into a singularity form the rapid mass inflation it will under go, taking the Earth with him.

about 5 years ago

Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up

BigGar' Reforging (297 comments)

This is a fairly big deal. It really changes how the economy handles equipment through the auction house, etc.
I wonder how much changing is possible can you go from +30 spirit to +15 agility +15 Stamina for instance.
How often can I do this reforging, can I reforge my PVP gear into raiding gear and back again?

Enchanters DEing gear that doesn't have much in the way of usefulness changes because all gear will be much more useful
and if its not what you'd like you can just reforge it into more of your liking.

It'll be interesting to see how all this plays out.

about 5 years ago

Ten Ways To Destroy a Hard Disk

BigGar' A freind of mine once.... (289 comments)

.. discovered the fastest way to destroy a hard drive. It was to put the only copy of his PHd. dissertation on one.

about 5 years ago

Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

BigGar' Re:Congratulations! (432 comments)

One could, in my opinion, argue that computer science is simply a subset of mathematics.

about 5 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Feature Film Confirmed

BigGar' Re:Bede bede bede (342 comments)

I suspect we could probably trace it all the way back to Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales but then who did he nick the idea off?
Exodus perhaps? The Epic of Gilgamesh?

more than 5 years ago

Illinois Bans Social Network Use By Sex Offenders

BigGar' TFA is bit light on details (587 comments)

Would this cover any web site that has a "forums" or other section allowing posting of comments by users?

more than 5 years ago

Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

BigGar' Re:stagnation of gasoline? (1006 comments)

This is a great point; I wish I had mods points. While the issue could be kept to a minimum by keeping the gas tank small 4-5 gallons& keeping it between a quarter and half a tank a lot, but if you ran for a year without engaging the engine because all you drive is a few miles a day, you may have a serious problem. Most hybrids up to now this hasn't been an issue because they run their ICE a lot, with the Volt, it might start to become a problem. Should be interesting to keep an eye on this topic.

more than 5 years ago

Medical Papers By Ghostwriters Pushed Hormone Therapy

BigGar' Re:Here come the Lawyers (289 comments)

Here I try to somewhat amusing while pointing out the obvious and I get modded a Troll; sigh.
And yes, I agree they should be sued, the company should be sued, the people who approved this should be sued and held criminally liable in my opinion. But try and point out the lawyers feeding frenzy is somehow off-base ....

more than 5 years ago

Medical Papers By Ghostwriters Pushed Hormone Therapy

BigGar' Here come the Lawyers (289 comments)

Well at least the ones that don't stroke out over the nearly endless possibilities...

more than 5 years ago

Examining Software Liability In the Open Source Community

BigGar' Interesting (241 comments)

IANAL - NDIPOOT (Nor Do I Play One On Tv) From the Article: A key passage -- Section 3.05 (b), if you want to look it up -- says that user agreements contain an implied warranty that purchased software "contains no material hidden defects of which the transferor [the seller] was aware at the time of the transfer." What's more, no matter what language the vendor places in the user agreement, the warranty still stands. Wouldn't this make it tough to ship a product at all? The code base would have to have no known defects (bugs) regardless or scope or scale of the bug/defect. I'm assuming a material defect would just be a defect or some part of the code that doesn't do what it's supposed to do. I suppose you could just publish a list of known "usability enhancements",but even that at it still seems like a huge burden to place on the developer. What about when issues come up once a product ships? The products that ship after the discovery but before the notices can be updated would be in breach of this "recommendation".

more than 5 years ago

NASA's LCROSS Spacecraft Discovers Life On Earth

BigGar' Re:Beam me up Scotty!! (171 comments)

Well, its closer to a hypothesis or conjecture really. There's nowhere near enough evidence supporting this to be "upgraded" to a theory.

more than 5 years ago

Navigating a Geek Marriage?

BigGar' A little late to the disscussion here but, (1146 comments)

Start talking about finances now. Get on a budget so you know exactly where you stand, with relation to expenses. Get some money saved up to take the pressure off in case something happens and its going to happen. Avoid accumulating debt as much as possible or completely if you can, its just more stress that can be avoided. If the two of you can talk frankly about money and get on the same page you can talk about anything which in turn will help with working through any trials that come along immensely.

more than 5 years ago

Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality

BigGar' Re:Double standards? (438 comments)

An interesting thing to say given the discussion at hand. Are you saying that "abnormal" brain structures that change the behavior of the host animal is strictly the providence of Man?

more than 5 years ago

Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed

BigGar' Re:Duh (268 comments)

That's the summary of the first chapter of DARTH VADER's new book: "LORD VADER'S - The Art of Negotiation: Tips & tactics for getting everything you desire"

more than 5 years ago



D&D co-creator Dave Arneson Dies

BigGar' BigGar' writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BigGar' (411008) writes "MINNEAPOLIS — Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61.

Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys. It eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. Gygax died in March 2008."

New "Buckypaper" is stronger than steel

BigGar' BigGar' writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BigGar' (411008) writes "From CNN article: It's called "buckypaper" and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don't be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made. Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.

Looks like they're able to manufacuter some small quantities but are still working on strengthening the product, etc from the article:

So far, the Florida State institute has been able to produce buckypaper with half the strength of the best existing composite material, known as IM7. Wang expects to close the gap quickly.
"By the end of next year we should have a buckypaper composite as strong as IM7, and it's 35 percent lighter," Wang said."


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