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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Chirs Linux kernel is mostly 80-column (329 comments)

It is arguably easier to read code that can fit in 80 columns. That way I don't have to scan side-to-side as much, and I can fit multiple editor windows side-by-side simultaneously.

5 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Chirs Not that simple (366 comments)

Imagine you have a temperate zone with low-moderate precipitation. (Like the north american prairies, for example.)

Now suppose a warming climate modified the weather systems so that some of that area got monsoon rains (washing away all the topsoil, flooding the cities, etc.) and the other part became a desert. The overall precipitation could be slightly net-positive, but it's vastly worse from a usefulness-to-humans standpoint.

about a week ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Chirs Arguably not the GMO that caused harm here (366 comments)

I would suggest that the GMO itself isn't actually harming anything. Rather, it's the regulatory framework around it that let Monsantu patent gene sequences and then sue farmers over them.

In many cases direct genetic modification is *less* intrusive than other techniques of creating more suitable species of plants...the non-GMO method generally involves forcing random mutations via chemicals/radiation and then selecting for the traits you want. Of course there may be a bunch of other mutations that you didn't select for/against that could cause problems in people.

about a week ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Chirs whoosh! (150 comments)

You missed the "increase power" and "repeat as necessary" steps.

about two weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Chirs Should be *paid* to stay home. (349 comments)

Given the cost of treating them if they do turn out to be sick, they should be paid to stay home. Arguably they should also get groceries delivered.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Chirs probably comes from fundamentalism (553 comments)

I could see how some people would be threatened by the fact that their kids might grow up to be independent and think for themselves, since that might mean that they end up believing something other than what their parents believe.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Chirs not the best at following procedure (372 comments)

You made an incorrect assumption.

Most North American medical staff are *not* up to speed on proper procedures for this sort of thing, nor is the standard protective gear sufficient. That's why the CDC is going to be going around giving training at hospitals.

I heard that the MSF recommended procedures for removing the protective gear involves nine separate hand washings.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Chirs FTDI doesn't "own" the PID:VID (572 comments)

As I understand it, FTDI doesn't actually have legal ownership of the PID:VID combo. usb.org handles the PID:VID registry, but if a chip manufacturer hasn't registered with them there is no legal reason preventing them from using any PID:VID numbers that they feel like.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Chirs No, it's not bricked. (572 comments)

"Bricked" means that it is no longer useful, ever, under any circumstances. It's dead, and not recoverable.

In this case the end user is temporarily inconvenienced until they load up some software to restore the PID, or use software that can make use of the device even with a PID of 0.

about a month ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Chirs It's not the absolute values that matter (108 comments)

It's the placement relative to the other devices. In other words, the numbers are arbitrary, but the charts are useful.

So the HTC One M8 is middle-of-the-pack on performance, but second-best on battery. The OnePlus One is a few percent worse than the HTC on performance, but 15% better on battery life. They could have removed the numbers entirely and this would still hold true.

about a month ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Chirs you lose some smarts that way (108 comments)

The more things you turn off, the less "aware" your phone is of its environment.

For example, I have a friend who uses Tasker on his phone. He gets in the car and it pairs with the bluetooth ODB2 port and starts displaying engine info. He goes to the movie theater and it detects the wifi access point and switches to vibrate. He sets location-based reminders (next time I'm within 5 miles of store X, go pick up item Y).

I guess it's all about what's most useful to you...

about a month ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Chirs You've got it backwards. (74 comments)

The fundamental property is mass, and the "weight" is defined by the force generated due to "standard" gravity.

The kg is a measure of mass. The pound can be mass or force, depending on the system of measurement involved. Most technical people would consider pounds to be units of force, where the corresponding mass is the slug. (Though honestly SI units are more convenient for doing physics with.)

about a month ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Chirs You would think....but no. (74 comments)

When doing physics the pound is most often used as force, but it's not quite as simple as you make it out to be.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Also, consider the system of measurement with pounds-as-mass, where the unit of force is the "poundal".

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Chirs Just stick a lower limit on it (839 comments)

I suspect that if you exempted someone's primary residence up to say half a million dollars, that would avoid much of the difficulty with penalizing the poor.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Chirs Actually, it is harmful in a number of ways (839 comments)

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

"Effects of inequality researchers have found include higher rates of health and social problems, and lower rates of social goods,[81] a lower level of economic utility in society from resources devoted on high-end consumption,[82] and even a lower level of economic growth when human capital is neglected for high-end consumption.[83] For the top 21 industrialised countries, counting each person equally, life expectancy is lower in more unequal countries..."

about a month and a half ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Chirs I remember reading about these (395 comments)

The article I read talked about carbon-fiber flywheels spinning in an evacuated chamber on maglev bearings. I think they were hitting over 100000 RPM.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Chirs some thoughts (728 comments)

The following is all subjective, so be warned. :)

From what I've seen (admittedly second and third-hand) the people attacking women are generally doing so at least in part *because* they are women. On the other hand, attacks against men are rarely gender-based, but rather based on other factors like religion/ideology/actions.

If this is true, then even if the numbers of attacks are the same, it would not be unreasonable for the attacked women to feel it differently because they are being attacked for something they *are* rather than something they *think*. (And actually I suspect this same feeling may hold true for race-based attacks against people as well.)

about a month and a half ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Chirs bandwidth isn't the problem (429 comments)

The issue is that cheap access points/firewalls run out of resources trying to manage (and possibly do connection-tracking) on all the different connections. If a bittorrent user suddenly opens up a few thousand additional connections (regardless of actual bandwidth) then that ends up knocking everyone else off that firewall.

The bittorrent users could prevent the problem by limiting how many connections are allowed per torrent, but it sounds like they're not doing that.

Rather than forcing bittorrent users off the network entirely, it would be better if the access point itself limited the number of connections per MAC address to something reasonable. This would prevent the symptom from occurring.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Chirs seriously? (283 comments)

That's crazy. I would have expected a cap on how much of a rebate you can get.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Chirs carbon capture and storage (315 comments)

It's possible to reduce those externalities. Near where I live is a recently-opened large-scale coal plant with carbon capture and storage. They're capturing carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and fly ash.

http://www.saskpowerccs.com/cc...

That said, I'd love to see a commercially viable fusion plant.

about a month and a half ago

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skydiver to attemp record jump from 131,000 feet

Chirs Chirs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chirs (87576) writes "Former 64-yr old french paratrooper Michel Fournier is attempting to break multiple world records by jumping out of a helium balloon at 40 kilometers (131,000 feet) altitude. They anticipate that he will break the sound barrier on the way down, taking 15 minutes to fall and reaching speed of over 1500km/hr.

The big concern at the moment is the wind. Anything over 10km/hr will cause problems getting the massive balloon inflated. The previous attempt failed when the baloon was destroyed by wind while still on the ground.

Some links: CNN Canadian Press Canada.com"

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