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Toyota Accelerator Data Skewed Toward Elderly

CrimsonScythe Re:Correlation != causation (776 comments)

My Toyota Auris has this push-button start/stop, and the manual said that holding the button in for 3 or 4 seconds (can't remember which) would kill the engine in case of emergency. My Toyota is a 2007 model as well, though I'm in Europe.

more than 4 years ago

LegalTorrents Launches Copyright-Compliant Tracker

CrimsonScythe Hi-diddly-ho (113 comments)

For some reason I thought of this clip. In light of this, I think we shall call it TheFlandersBay.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Updates SSDs, Supports TRIM, Faster Writes

CrimsonScythe Re:TRIM (112 comments)

Well, Newegg is actually very overpriced on this drive. You can find it (SSDSA2MH160G2R5) for $467 on

more than 4 years ago

Light Helps Injured Mice Walk Again

CrimsonScythe Same here... (92 comments)

Only I was expecting somebody to say something like:

If light helps healing, it's a good thing we're shielded from harm in our mothers' dank, dark basements...

more than 4 years ago

Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

CrimsonScythe Your fears have come to an end (203 comments)

I submit that the fear of these probes shall be called be arectumphobia.

more than 4 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

CrimsonScythe Re:Missing option (939 comments)

Well, there's still the BILLY MAYS KEY, which wasn't as much useless as a direct annoyance until I remapped it to be an extra control key. Having the control key inline with A is quite awesome, since most apps in OS X recognize many of the EMACS/terminal shortcuts such as ctrl-a, ctrl-e, etc.

more than 4 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

CrimsonScythe Re:Mission Option: It already isn't.... (804 comments)

Are you really saying you don't think eating is a basic human right? If so, do you really think that if someone loses their job and can't get a new one quickly enough, they should starve to death? If that's really your opinion, you're not only heartless but a downright sociopath.

more than 4 years ago

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

CrimsonScythe Re:Now? (477 comments)

None, actually. The USPS, iirc, is financed entirely by the postage paid for letters and packages. For instance, look here:

0: Tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service

more than 5 years ago

Memory Usage of Chrome, Firefox 3.5, et al.

CrimsonScythe Re:Opera (505 comments)

I'm using the Unite Beta of Opera 10 with 133 tabs open, spread over 6 windows, and it's using 403MB of memory. I can't really say that's horribly bad... I usually run Opera for a few weeks before cleaning up and removing tabs. I'm not sure how Firefox would handle such a use.

more than 5 years ago

I prefer to work ...

CrimsonScythe Re:Paranoia, cha cha cha (392 comments)

The idea of someone coming up behind me unnoticed gives me the willies.

Not to feed your paranoia, but being a girl means you're currently on a website filled with people who want to give you their willies.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Kindle DX Details Revealed

CrimsonScythe Re:Significant advantages to students: (312 comments)

Carry one thin device, not 20lbs of books

Great... Remove one of the last sources of exercise we engineering students had. Now all we have is lifting coke cans and moving the mouse around the desk. That, and typing on this damn Model M.

more than 5 years ago

Miro Asks Users To "Adopt" Lines of Source

CrimsonScythe Re:what happens (178 comments)

I just adopted this little gem:


I hope they won't port it to Python any day soon, though...

more than 5 years ago

Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

CrimsonScythe You must drink a lot of coffee... (837 comments)

As another EE (who does all their work at about 3GHz)

You must drink a lot of coffee to be that jittery. I can't even begin to understand how you'll get any work done at 3GHz...

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

CrimsonScythe Re:I'm holding out for Ubuntu 10.10 (620 comments)

I'll hedge my bets on Lascivious Lizard or Lewd Langoustine. Not sure I look forward to Randy Rhino, though...

more than 5 years ago

20 Years After Cold Fusion Debut, Another Team Claims Success

CrimsonScythe Re:Agreed, TANSTAAFL (373 comments)

This absolutely makes sense. Just take the example of a match. Strike it, watch it suck the Dark out of the room, and when it's done you can clearly see all the Dark that has been absorbed into the match.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite on-screen calculator?

CrimsonScythe Re:GNU R (776 comments)

When it comes to tables in LaTeX, I'd recommend just dumping the table to a txt file and use PGFPlotsTable (warning, PDF manual) to typeset the table directly. That makes it possible to manipulate the table without having to use R again. You can do stuff like automatically highlighting every second row or column, reorder/ignore columns, and do computations to create new data. It's part of the terrific package PGFPlots. To read more about the capabilities of PGF and TikZ, see here.

more than 5 years ago

Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

CrimsonScythe Re:What kittens are illegal now? (695 comments)

Clearly, you must be new to the Internet. Welcome! With a nick and sig like yours, though, I can see why you jumped to conclusions about it being a sexual reference...

more than 5 years ago


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