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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

CreatureComfort Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (645 comments)

I'll ditto that.

I bought my 41CX in 87 or 88, and it's still a toss up whether I grab it or my android phone (RealCalc app by Quartic Software) to do calculations on a daily basis.

Usually the HP wins, because it always has battery power.

yesterday
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

CreatureComfort Re:Better leave now (221 comments)

That, I think would depend entirely on the nature of the FTL physics you discover.

If you take FTL as plausible to begin with, then restrictions on the presence, or absence, of significant mass at one or both ends of the shift to/from FTL is entirely plausible. So you may not be able to reach the folks taking the slow route, until they are nearly there anyway.

2 days ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

CreatureComfort Re:You know you fucked up the water... (256 comments)

Yeah, I'm kind of surprised this wasn't an article about an advanced filtering technology that just separated out all the spilled hydrocarbons floating around the ocean for refining.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

CreatureComfort Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Since the TSA started their nonsense, I take at least one 2000 mile trip and multiple 700+ mile trips per year. Living in Dallas, I can get to San Diego, Orlando, or New York in roughly 24 hours or less with two drivers, switching out at each fuel up.

I'd love to have a Model S for the 70% of my mileage to and from work, groceries, and entertainment, but 30% of my driving, I'd still have to have internal combustion.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View

CreatureComfort Re:C Montgomery Burns for govenor! (66 comments)

If you live anywhere you can get a decent shrimp po-boy, you're a lucky bastard.

\\crying silently to myself over what Dallasites think a po-boy is.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

CreatureComfort Re:Warning Shot (148 comments)

You're right, we'd make it look like Chinese hackers did it...

about two weeks ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

CreatureComfort Re:One small step for man (107 comments)

You know how yeast makes alcohol, right?

He'll shoot alcohol alright, but he wont need any new orifices on his wrists...

about three weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

CreatureComfort Re:Um no (224 comments)

If a King rules a Kingdom, and an Emperor rules an Empire, who rules our Country?

about three weeks ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

CreatureComfort Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Unfortunately Trademark law requires that the Trademark holder "vigorously defend" their Trademark to maintain its validity.

Fluke couldn't allow this and maintain the Trademark, even if they wanted to.

about 1 month ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

CreatureComfort Re:Not even close to the worst. (290 comments)

Just wait till we start suctioning up the liquid methane from Titan and importing that to burn.

about 1 month ago
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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

CreatureComfort Re:Why is the lens still plastic? (70 comments)

For the same price you could get a cheap feature phone, a tablet, and a camera.

Maybe because we don't want to look like the friggin Batman everywhere we go?

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

CreatureComfort Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Yeah, cause that pile of Deutschmark dad buried in our back yard was such a great idea. Lasted all of 54 years as a currency with "inherent stability". At least they will still take them in exchange for Euro "indefinitely", or until they change their minds.

Inherent stability, long term or not, is NOT a requirement for a currency to be useful. Just ask Argentina, Zimbabwe, heck, even China has to manipulate the hell out of the world markets to keep their currency "stable". All of those, and really EVERY currency that isn't the current "Reserve Currency" is still valuable to people making exchanges with it every day for food, shelter, work, etc. Maybe not AS valuable as the reserve currency in the world market, or in the home country of that currency, but still useful as a measure of portable, convertible value.

about a month and a half ago
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Seafloor Carpet Mimics Muddy Seabed To Harness Wave Power

CreatureComfort Re:Forstering habitat. (20 comments)

Actually, that could be a BRILLIANT idea. Wave power pushes it down, cork pops it back up, rinse, repeat.

They could double their output.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

CreatureComfort Re:I don't (669 comments)

I'm certain Penny Arcade already covered this somewhere.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

CreatureComfort KeePass (445 comments)

KeePass. With the encrypted datafile in dropbox.

about 2 months ago
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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

CreatureComfort Re: Why? (269 comments)

It's all about the money.

I'm certain that the plan is to produce something similar to, but almost entirely unlike real eggs, but at a far lower price point per kg for industrial baking and food preparation. When they can achieve that, they will recoup their investment many times over, and the general public will be none the wiser.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

CreatureComfort Re:There are several good indie titles (669 comments)

You can throw The Novelist into that bin too. The only trouble with The Novelist was that it touched too true to life a few times.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

CreatureComfort Re:Wow (888 comments)

Why are you so sadistic that you want to force people to work as garbage men? Especially when it would be much more efficient, clean, and environmentally friendly to automate the entire process? Already the number of garbage men needed is far less than those willing to work for it. My municipality never has a shortage of people applying for the job when a position becomes open, and most of the folks that start in those positions either promote up out of the job, or retire after 25 years. Very few leave because they found "a better position".

In your example, what to do with the billions of people for which there is no useful "1) a job" available? If/when we get to the point that 100,000 people can operate and maintain the machinery to provide all the needs and wants of the other 8 billion people on the planet, is it honestly your suggestion that the 8 billion should live in squalor and poverty, and the entire production of the planet only be distributed among the 100,000 who have the needed skills?

Better hope you're one of the 100,000, but the odds are against it.

about 2 months ago
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Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

CreatureComfort Re:Interesting (89 comments)

As least it wasn't:

Dumb abusive cart barista abuses nouveau caloric gimmick chocolates.

about 2 months ago

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Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

CreatureComfort CreatureComfort writes  |  about 4 months ago

CreatureComfort (741652) writes "Published in Frontiers in Zoology, scientists have determined that Dog's are highly sensitive to the direction of magnetic fields, and poop while aligned with the N-S magnetic poles.

Any anecdotal evidence, or speculation on how this would be an advantageous evolutionary adaptation?

From the article summary: "for the first time that (a) magnetic sensitivity was proved in dogs, (b) a measurable, predictable behavioral reaction upon natural MF fluctuations could be unambiguously proven in a mammal, and (c) high sensitivity to small changes in polarity, rather than in intensity, of MF was identified as biologically meaningful.""

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