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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CreatureComfort Re:Outstanding... (184 comments)

That doesn't mean more than one at a time will ever be in flyable condition.

3 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CreatureComfort Re:Cost (184 comments)

\ TL;DR

Quantity has a Quality all of its own.

3 days ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

CreatureComfort Re:First pass (44 comments)

"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."

\ RIP DNA - We miss you.

3 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

CreatureComfort Re:How do you (957 comments)

Wow. The best, most intelligent and cogent post in a very long thread of mindless knee-jerking.

5 days ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

CreatureComfort Re:What about (234 comments)

The biggest issue I have with Verizon Fios is the TV service. All of the video channels are so compressed that you inevitably get pixelation and tearing. This is particularly infuriating when it happens during playback for video on demand shows that you are paying extra for.

And Verizon customer service is a complete joke. They don't even understand that it is their compression causing the problems, and their only solution when you call to complain is to reboot the cable box. After never less than 35 minutes on hold, then 30-50 minutes working with the idiot in Mumbai, then getting "accidentally" disconnected... makes me want to scream.

But the 75/35 is pretty flash.

about a week ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

CreatureComfort Re:Questionable? (83 comments)

That's why he's not suing under libel or slander, but under the publicity clause.

He doesn't want it removed, or reparations for damage to his reputation, He just wants to be paid for the too accurate representation of him. If EA had just mad it some random jungle military guy, they'd have been fine.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

CreatureComfort Re:Devil's Advocate (311 comments)

Well, since TOR was developed by DARPA, and still actively funded by the Department of Defense, I would guess it will be trivial to show that it has significant legal uses.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

CreatureComfort Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Are you kidding? He wants to kill and eat people!"

Hand him a badge and gun, right now.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

CreatureComfort Re:Paging cold fjord and c6gunner! (361 comments)

You can tell the difference by the Cheeto stains.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

CreatureComfort Re:"Sir.. HOLY SHIT SIR!" (361 comments)

Personally, I'd rather have a bunch of total fuckups in charge of this stuff, rather than someone more capable, and therefore more dangerous.

about three weeks ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

CreatureComfort Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

Actually, the take-away I got from his comment is that if you have enough idiots spouting nonsense, eventually one of them will accidentally recite Hamlet.

about a month ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

CreatureComfort Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

"English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrifying the London Underground, overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and the smokeless fuel coalite, built the first practical production electric car in London in 1884, using his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries. Parker's long-held interest in the construction of more fuel-efficient vehicles led him to experiment with electric vehicles. He also may have been concerned about the malign effects smoke and pollution were having in London. Production of the car was in the hands of the Elwell-Parker Company, established in 1882 for the construction and sale of electric trams. The company merged with other rivals in 1888 to form the Electric Construction Corporation; this company had a virtual monopoly on the British electric car market in the 1890s. The company manufactured the first electric 'dog cart' in 1896."

about a month ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

CreatureComfort Re:Seems like a bad idea to me (61 comments)

Because getting out on the road with thousands of totally untrained idiots who are texting, talking, eating, changing CDs, falling asleep, drunk, high, etc., is such a naturally safe activity to begin with.

Please. The more automation, even in baby steps, that can be deployed quickly the better and safer every mile of roadway will get.

I'll trust this, sight unseen, a whole lot more than I trust you, or your wife, or your 16 y.o., behind the wheel.

about a month ago
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Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

CreatureComfort Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

Nurse Joke: "You know what you call the guy who graduated last in his class at medical school? Doctor."

Angie's List was created because separating the lousy doctors from the very few good ones is almost impossible. The AMA has lobbied successfully to make it illegal for a patient to find out the malpractice history of physicians.

If you're looking for a new doctor, the best thing you can do is talk to some local nurses. They know which ones are on the ball, and which ones are flat out dangerous.

about a month ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

CreatureComfort Re:In Chicago??? (98 comments)

It's the closest he could find to Mos Eisley.

A wretched hive of scum and villainy, with really bad jazz.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

CreatureComfort Re:e. coli and salmonella? (106 comments)

What are you doing around here? I thought all original, intelligent, knowledgeable commenters had left /.?

about a month ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

CreatureComfort Re:What The?!? (216 comments)

Look, those dollars are gone. It's over. You're never getting them back. Let them go.

Now, if the government is going to waste the dollars they take I wish they would spend MORE money on silly stuff like this rather than blowing craters in the sand or giving it for free to big banks. Yes, it would be great if this money went to NASA, or disease prevention and cures, or creating a more educated populace, but really, there are so many worse areas they could have spent this time and money, you should be grateful.

about a month and a half ago

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Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

CreatureComfort CreatureComfort writes  |  about 7 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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