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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

DigitalReverend Re:Wind chill on a solar collector (110 comments)

Wind chill does not affect inanimate objects. Yes they might cool down to the ambient temperature faster but they will never go lower than the ambient temperature regardless of the wind speed. Wind chill is what it "feels" like and last I check solar collectors don't feel.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/win...

about 5 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

DigitalReverend Shouldn't it be firehose-sized? (323 comments)

I know of no firetruck that can fit into a ten inch tunnel.

about 10 months ago
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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

DigitalReverend I have to laugh over the rolling vs howling... (219 comments)

Sometimes people don't think too far past the end of their noses. I mean they don't pronounce bowling like howling in the U.S. so it shouldn't be much of a stretch to pronounce Rowling like bowling instead of howling. sheesh.

about a year ago
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The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

DigitalReverend I have an idea.... MOVE (341 comments)

Instead of continuously screwing around trying to fight a losing battle against nature,simple move to where there is less chance of nature causing disruption.

If it floods there....move
If there's a lot of wildfires...move
If there are landslides...move.

I think it would be much cheaper to just move and then use the money that would have gone for fighting nature with the "biggest and costliest project in civil engineering" for humanitarian purposes, like say, feeding and housing the poor.

about a year ago
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Most Veterans Administration Data Breaches From Paper Documents Not PCs

DigitalReverend I think you are misreading the 440,000 (50 comments)

The 440,000 would be employees and volunteers of the VA. The VA itself actually handles a lot more than that. There's 21.5 million veterans, of that 3.5 million receives disability compensation. Every veteran is eligible for health care in the VA system. So for 444,000 users of the VA information technology, 900,000 devices isn't that far fetched to handle the date for 3.5 million + veterans.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/veteranscensus1.html
http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_department_of_veterans_affairs.pdf

about a year ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

DigitalReverend Re:cognitive science (418 comments)

Most EMS, while on a long shift, do not have to stay awake the entire shift.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

DigitalReverend Re:What a clusterf**k. (398 comments)

Only if you own a car. Driving is a privilege. You can't compare the requirement of car insurance for the privilege of owning a driving a car, to the requirement to have health insurance.

about a year ago
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Geeks.com Online Shop Has Closed

DigitalReverend You can complain about the megcorps but.... (187 comments)

They didn't become mega corps by being " best kept secrets in shopping". There's been a lot of this on /. where some little known entity is shutting down their website or closing their doors. I think too many people actually believe in the field of dreams, but I am sorry, just because you build it, they aren't necessarily going to come, unless you tell them about it.

about a year ago
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Psychopathic Criminals Have "Empathy Switch"

DigitalReverend Re:normal people can probably do it too (347 comments)

The difference is that for "normal" people the default position for the switch is on and it requires effort to turn it off.

For psychopaths, the default switch is off and it requires effort to turn it on.

about a year ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

DigitalReverend I would like to see proof of this (248 comments)

I say that because for years I have been using an application called BeyondTV by Snapstream and it has a SmartSkip feature that automatically marks the beginning and end of commercials and doesn't require any manual input.

I would find it hard to believe that Dish would actually pay people to do something there was automated technology to do.

Do you have a link or something to verify your statement?

about a year ago
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PayPal Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion

DigitalReverend Re:92 quad (151 comments)

I am pretty sure that if you gave it back to the Native Americans (which is what I assume you mean by Indians) that they'd probably wouldn't let you stay either.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

DigitalReverend Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

A significant drop is still not zero.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

DigitalReverend Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

I am not sure I agree with you. You see there are many who feel that the "land of the free" means they are free to do whatever they want, include committing criminal acts. Every civilization had had the criminal element. Even when there was only 4 people on the planet there was still murder. ;)

There will always be crime and criminals, even in a totalitarian society there is still crime and the need for protection. We are fortunate that we are allowed to protect ourselves and not have to totally rely on the government to be safe.

about a year ago

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Drivable Lego car built piece by piece -- all 500,000

DigitalReverend DigitalReverend writes  |  about a year ago

DigitalReverend (901909) writes "The first drivable Lego car is made of 500,000 pieces and runs on air.

The inventors of the Lego car are Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught technology guru.

The car — known as the Super Awesome Micro Project — can reach a top speed of 18 mph. It was built in Romania and delivered to a location in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, where the car was test-driven, according to the inventors' website.

This isn't the team's first Lego project. In 2011, Sammartino and Oaida launched a Lego shuttle in Germany, reaching a maximum altitude of 35,000 meters."

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Google's Nexus One Web store fails, Google says it

DigitalReverend DigitalReverend writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DigitalReverend (901909) writes "Today, Google announced that it is going to end its online-only sales of the Nexus One smartphone, start selling the Android-powered device through retail channels, and eventually stop selling phones in its Web store altogether.

Betanews reports: "While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from," Andy Rubin, Google's Vice President of Engineering said today."
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Michael Crichton, Dead at 66.

DigitalReverend DigitalReverend writes  |  about 6 years ago

DigitalReverend (901909) writes "Popular Science reports that Michael Crichton lost his battle to cancer at age 66. He was a prolific writer that "combined science fiction with real world research" and authored such books as 'Sphere' and 'The Andromeda Strain' as well as writing and directing well known motion pictures such as 'Jurassic Park' and 'Twister' as well as the lesser known 'Westworld' and 'Runaway'. He will be missed."
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We do not welcome our Orwellian overlords.

DigitalReverend DigitalReverend writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DigitalReverend writes "The headline "Smile ... or Else" In an article from MSNBC, Patti Davis writes about a new type of security being added to airports where security guards who have studied in "micro-expressions" are knowns as Behavior Detection Officers and are watching passengers' facial expressions to determine if they present a potential threat.

"Apparently, these Behavior Detection Officers work in pairs. One scenario is that an officer might move in to "help" a passenger retrieve their belongings after they've been screened. And then the officer will ask where the passenger is headed. If the passenger's reaction sets off alarm bells in the officer's well-trained mind, another officer will move in and detain them."

Have we finally gone too far or did we pass that mark a while back?"

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