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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Electricity Likes Me Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (261 comments)

This to me has always seemed like what happened with the Ribbon in MS Office as well. The tech talk they gave about developing it doesn't really parse against what they actually did, and how amazingly uncustomizable it actually is.

yesterday
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The Physics of Space Battles

Electricity Likes Me Re:There Ain't No Stealth In Space (445 comments)

Pretty much. Take some of those space-based masers you're using to beam electrical power down, and point them up.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Electricity Likes Me Re:That depends upon the writer. (445 comments)

Actually its just that orbit is the ultimate high ground. You absolutely can't negotiate with someone who can resolve their problems by sniping you with X-Ray lasers from 150km up.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Electricity Likes Me Re:It seems to me... (445 comments)

Acceleration conversely does matter and would dictate maneuverability. Fighter ships with low mass and high thrust would be able to run circles around larger ships, but conversely would have almost no range compared to say, something with ion engines.

There's a fair amount of scope for interesting limitations on ship combat based on realistic physics.

3 days ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Electricity Likes Me Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

Ubuntu phones don't have to battle with anybody

They do if they want mindshare of application developers. Otherwise, who is going to buy a phone that can't run the apps on which he depends?

It seems pretty likely that Ubuntu smartphones would be able to be shimmed to run Android apps, since that's already happening for regular Linux desktops.

3 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Electricity Likes Me Re:Extremely Unlikely (191 comments)

Wrong question: fundamentally it's neurological damage. How many resources should we dedicate to helping people who suffer it by some means?

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Electricity Likes Me Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

The environmental cost is simple: less mercury emitted into the environment then will be emitted by a coal power plant burning the amount of coal needed to supply a regular incandescent over the same period, notionally more controllable because with proper disposal you can recycle them.

And for that matter, everything about the hummer being better then a hybrid was thoroughly debunked. For one thing, nobody just "throws away" those batteries into landfill.

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Electricity Likes Me Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

Learn to size your lighting plan.

The reality here is almost every house and a lot of businesses have chronically been installing underpowered lighting. But that looks "normal" so no one complains. Then they go and put a natural white CFL or LED in, of the exact same "equivalent" and complain it's too dim. It was too dim before. Check out those power savings and put 2-3x the incandescent equivalent in, and see how much happier you are.

The single greatest thing about CFL and LED lighting is that I've been able to go through my house and install dramatically brighter lights, and get it up to actual acceptable values and it makes everything nicer. Moreover, since I can pick my color temps easily, I can get what I want where I want it - warm for the living room, cool white for laundry/bathroom/work rooms to give nice crisp visibility.

5 days ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Electricity Likes Me Re:Click bait headline (88 comments)

Listening to the talk now, and it's just a joy to hear a great low level discussion of all these things with no marketing BS.

5 days ago
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NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

Electricity Likes Me Re:Let's Outsource It!! (48 comments)

That's uh, kind of the point of this research. Verifying black box chip functionality is a huge concern for the military, who has a standing policy to use consumer hardware off-the-shelf where possible. With chips made in China and all. Beyond that, there's a big problem in just regular supply runs with counterfeit chips.

5 days ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Electricity Likes Me Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

I can confirm there's an application design issue there: both me and my girlfriend made the mistake of running backwards in the Tuscany demo, and when you do that you can pretty much feel your stomach lurch forwards. There's definitely a learning curve there where VR games are not going to be able to have sudden accelerations like we do with current movement systems. Though conversely, I felt great playing HL2:DM in VR - getting blown about by fans and the like just felt...like well I was being thrown about, but didn't make me feel sick at all.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Electricity Likes Me Re:Nostalgic for a nice set of chains, are they? (212 comments)

Or simply an overreaction? I really wonder.

Allowing the security services to *monitor* the whole country looks like a panicky move and leaves the door wide open to abuse.

Curtailing the freedom of speech of journalists and bloggers, as in :

The legislation makes it an offence if a person "discloses information ... [that] relates to a special intelligence operation" and does not state any public interest exemptions, meaning it could apply to anyone including journalists.

Those who disclosed such information would face up to 10 years' jail.

       

veers into police-state territory, given the vague way in which it's phrased. I think that the balance between on the one hand safeguarding the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures and on preventing miscreants from benefiting from bloggers and journalists and a general gag-order on the other has been upset.

Oh that's not what it's about. See, Australia's policy on boat-arrival asylum seekers was recently all categorized (and its funding transferred) to the defense department, so the whole thing is now a military operation with a budget put out of sight behind general defense spending (which you can increase effectively without limit or consideration).

Which makes everything about it "operational security". Like you know, the number of boats that arrived, how many sank, where the people are being taken...

about a week ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Electricity Likes Me Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

So this operation has all the hallmarks of a false flag to get bad laws passed on a wave of fear based support... Lo and behold, this appears in parliament.

That...isn't what false flag means.

Almost certainly there was a real investigation going on. Someone (probably Abbott himself) just put the call down that they wanted it closed up, asked for a worst case scenario (which would've been dutifully given) and then they were told to go ahead with arrests on the basis of that.

All a colossal waste of money which I'm sure a bunch of analysts and intelligence officers were probably pretty pissed about because any actual leads they might've been following would've gotten a huge "go to ground" flag and they're probably the ones getting the blowback for it not yielding terrorists that they themselves could've told you wouldn't be found at that time.

What doesn't get said about this type of BS, is that at the end of the day we don't end up being any safer because intelligence is being pushed to create a narrative, not actual results.

about a week ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

Electricity Likes Me Re:the next logical step (85 comments)

Right, this much I kind of inferred - but what I'm wondering is, surely you could connect a reasonably blunt reading of spinal cord electrical signals to electrodes, and use that to control the stimulation of the walking action. The brain's body map is a pretty fluid vehicle, so even with limited control it seems likely that people would be able to control the synthetic system fairly well.

about a week ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

Electricity Likes Me Re:the next logical step (85 comments)

Actually what I'm wondering here is if they can control how the rat walks, then what's stopping them from using electrical receptors on the other side of the break to let the rat control how it's legs moves? If the technology is precise enough to stimulate, then it can surely be precise enough to receive.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Electricity Likes Me Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

If you look at where it bends, it's pretty clear they don't even need to do that - they could probably get away with simply milling the aluminum thicker around the areas where there are cut outs for the buttons, which are acting as stress concentrators. Plug the whole thing into a simulator and tweak until those areas don't exceed the tensile strength of the region.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Electricity Likes Me Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

I wonder if this actually explains Samsung's resistance to making a metal phone. There's been a lot of commentary of how they just don't do it with their flagships, and the bending issue is the type of thing which your engineers would tell you in testing and simulation.

Breaking the glass is one thing, but that's always been a risk, but bending the case without damaging the glass is quite another and yeah - a ton of plastics would have much better performance then metal in this regard.

Regardless, it seems like Apple could probably afford to fix this by adding a stiffner bar to the case somewhere - a very thin carbon fibre shim wouldn't cost too much at scale, would be basically impossible to break without taking out the glass too.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Electricity Likes Me Re: Science vs Faith (794 comments)

Why does there have to be an absolute end? An infinity of smaller layers can make a lot more sense then have some ground state which then became another state and never reverted.

You say a zero became a one, but that isn't correct because the very definition of "nothing" by human expectations is non-trivial and non-obvious. People rage as though they're deceived when someone points out that "empty" space generally isn't. depending on your perspective and relative point of view.

The idea of nothing being a default state is born of the human experience, but it is hardly clear it makes sense as a model of the universe in the first place. We imagine nothing as darkness - but any systems model can reverse the terms and model light as dark and dark as light and it will make just as much sense. Nothing is only "dark" because to an animal brain connected to photoreceptors, the dark is a bad state to be in for survival. A bat with echolocation would have a much different perspective.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Electricity Likes Me Re:Science vs Faith (794 comments)

And you keep implying that 'why' must have universal significance because you can ask it.

The puddle pondering why the ditch it was in is just the right shape for it.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Electricity Likes Me Re: Science vs Faith (794 comments)

Because it happens all the time in quantum mechanics? Because the heat death of the universe would imply a settling out such that quantum events would become the most energetic events in the universe? Because it might all just be a simulation that was switched on one day, and we can check for certain types of simulations by looking for lattice QCD partitioning that would be aliased into the large structures of the universe, depending on how it was programmed.

You know what these answers all have in common? They're testable. They're explorable. They invite further questioning. They do not require, nor ask for, faith.

about a week ago

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