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Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

Code Master Re:scared of invisible bits (657 comments)

If there is anything SimCity taught me, it's to turn off disasters!

more than 3 years ago

Vatican To Digitize Prohibited Archives

Code Master Re:Accomplishments? (121 comments)

That's a good idea!

more than 3 years ago

DIY Laser Pistol Shoot 1MW Blasts

Code Master Re:Wrong power (284 comments)

You were right on until the end. 1 MW continuous output dumps the same energy as a 1 MW pulsed output over a second. However, a pulse laser will have a much higher power during the bursts. A 1 MW laser pulsing at 10 Hz, for 100 us bursts has an output of 1 GW during the pulses (and 0 otherwise). The instantaneous power can do much more damage than a steady lower power.

more than 3 years ago

Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

Code Master Re:Easy in Thunderbird to fix (256 comments)

I think the problem occurs when your muscle memory kicks in and automatically chooses one option or the other. If you never use reply all, then errors would be proximity based one. But if you do use reply all frequently, then the errors are due to conditioning which will not be solved by where your buttons are.

more than 3 years ago

Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

Code Master Re:Slashvertisement (256 comments)

Did the latest email storm have a recipe for banana bread in it? If so, we work for the same company!

more than 3 years ago

Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

Code Master Re:Summary wrong, not so bleak (947 comments)

The Catholic Church's official teaching is along the lines of:

1. Adam and Eve were real people that all of humanity is descended from (otherwise, their original sin would not have affected everyone)

2. Adam and Eve were not the product of accidental probabilities (God had intention of them being created)

3. Adam and Eve (and all humans since) have rational, immortal souls created by God (i.e.: the human soul did not evolve)

Catholics are free to believe in any concept of how God created mankind as long as it does not violate the above conditions. Generally, the popes and magisterium of late are open to evolution (of a limited kind compatible with the above statements), but as it is not a teaching about faith or morals, they allow science and reason to work it out.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines

Code Master Re:Ah, Wardialing (410 comments)

Many VoIP gateways have the ability to detect Fax signals and decode them to send the binary data over the compressed vocoder link. This is specified by ITU standard T.38. Here is a brief description from a company that I helped implement this for:

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Outlines Windows Phone 7 Kill Switch

Code Master Re:A baffling non sequitor (258 comments)

What he's saying is that if MS tests the apps well enough to prevent bad apps from making it into the marketplace, then they won't need to use the kill switch.

So they are focusing on their primary line of defense being the acceptance testing.

more than 3 years ago

Codec2 — an Open Source, Low-Bandwidth Voice Codec

Code Master Re:English only ? (179 comments)

Having worked with G.X series vocoders, I can tell you that the language can matter. Certain languages (Mandarin) are much more tonal than others, and sometimes high compression vocoders don't do as well with them as with English. Also, vocal tract based vocoders tend to perform poorly when compressing music or other non-verbal audio.

more than 2 years ago

US Air Force Confirms New Stealth Aircraft

Code Master Re:Dinochrome Brigade (287 comments)

I, for one, welcome my little paratrooper man to come back to me so that he can be shot again.

more than 4 years ago

Ryan Gordon Ends FatELF Universal Binary Effort

Code Master Re:BS: "tip of the iceberg" (549 comments)

Not to mention that swapping or using an external harddrive between one platform Mac to another works perfectly.
Also useful in copying applications between Application folders on Macs with different platforms.

more than 4 years ago

Stargate Universe

Code Master Re:firefly (829 comments)

Sorry, I meant that the CGI space shots in firefly had zoom, lack of focus, and wobble to match the rest of the shows doc style which Joss had never seen done before, but Star Wars released with the similar feel in their space shots.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Investigates Liberator of Court Records

Code Master Re:Money (445 comments)

Making the first request?

more than 4 years ago

Stargate Universe

Code Master Re:firefly (829 comments)

According to the commentary on the Firefly DVD of episode 2, "The Train Job", Joss did indeed want the show to be in documentary style. (I just happened to have watched it on Wednesday) He said they had to give the camera crews a lot of encouragement to actually get some wobble and lack of perfect focus. He also comments that he thought they would be the first to do it but then saw it in Star Wars after they had shot, but before they had aired. So Star Wars independently beat them to it and neither copied or inspired the other.

more than 4 years ago

Entanglement Could Be a Deterministic Phenomenon

Code Master Re:I have free will (259 comments)

Not if the person has been predetermined to change their mind after the attempt. It's not like they have a choice to be changed.

more than 4 years ago

Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

Code Master Re:Humans Can't Multitask (386 comments)

I have a multicore brain! It's contention for memory access that's the issue.

more than 4 years ago

Does Dell Know What Women Want In a Laptop?

Code Master Re:Stereotypes usually have some kernal of truth (669 comments)

Absolutely true.

I dislike shopping, but I will always go clothes shopping with her. By telling her the truth, we only buy clothes that she's going to feel good in and actually wear, so we save lots of money buying clothes that are going to sit on the shelf and make her feel bad.

By telling her the truth, she dresses in sizes that flatter her, not smaller ones because she wants to fit into size X. Half the time I can tell on her face whether she loves it or not. If she isn't sold, we don't buy it. If something doesn't fit, I just say that it doesn't flatter her, or it doesn't emphasize what she likes to have emphasized. In the end, she knows I think she looks great in everything she's wearing, and it builds a level of trust. Some of her friends would just say that something looks good because the don't want to say otherwise.

more than 5 years ago


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