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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

Feinu Re:No QC (292 comments)

Late Questionable Content posts and guest strips were the only indication I had that anything was going on. Only discovered that the power outages were due to snow when I read this poll.

more than 3 years ago

How X-Ray Scanners Became Mandatory In US Airports

Feinu Re:I wish they would do the obvious (264 comments)

This assumes that the only terrorist threat is from Muslims, which is rather simplistic. Additionally, there is no way that a policy which is that discriminatory could be implemented without violating the constitution. It would be the equivalent of only requiring scanners for people in a certain skin colour range.

more than 3 years ago

Robot Walks Like a Human, Requires No Power

Feinu Re:Fascinating. (195 comments)

Do you drive a manual (stick shift) vehicle and spend lots of time in traffic? All that clutch work could be adding up.

more than 3 years ago

Tokai University Team Wins World Solar Challenge

Feinu Some more info (25 comments)

Summary is remarkably uninformative, adding nothing of interest that isn't in the heading.

They took 32 hours and 45 minutes to drive their car, Tokai Challenger2, 3021 kilometres on solar power averaging a speed of 91.54 kilometres per hour.

Team Nuon from the Netherlands was close behind:

Team Nuon arrived in Angle Vale at 2.12 pm Darwin time in a time of 33.5 hours with an average speed of 88.62 kilometres per hour.

Sourced from this pdf

more than 3 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

Feinu Re:Misleading Article (403 comments)

Yes, the exchange rate varies with supply and demand, but the supply and demand is in turn affected by difficulty. Difficulty increases as a response to increased overall demand (overall mining rate), and it serves as a means to make supply grow slower than demand. In addition, an increase in difficulty makes it less energy efficient to mine bitcoins, which increases the demand to buy it with conventional money.

This by no means implies that a doubling in difficulty will result in a price doubling. Supply and demand is affected by much more than just difficulty, which is why we see market variations such as the $30 peak and the subsequent crash and drop in volatility.

more than 3 years ago

Google Invests In World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant

Feinu Re:2.7% Efficiency? (387 comments)

Reading other posts it sounds like it isn't storing energy in a large molten salt battery, so that 392 MW may be peak production.

FTFY. Considering that the entire surface area is only receiving 14 GW of power, trying to generate 392 GW would be rather challenging. For interest sake, the plant only converts 2.7% of the solar power for the entire area into electricity. This figure is not the efficiency, though, since the entire surface area is not covered by mirrors.

more than 3 years ago

NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

Feinu Re:NZ Law based on baseball rules? surely cricket! (162 comments)

I doubt the legislation was based on baseball for a start, but using the analogy is the quickest way of getting the concept across to the general public. Allowing grace twice is a fairly reasonable middle ground which provides sufficient warning to the pirate.

Some ideas for other games-based piracy laws:
Get caught once and you're out.
Pirate something longer than 80 minutes.
Passing pirated material forward.
Pirating material before release (offsides).
I could go on, but once it gets to "joining the ruck from the side", the analogy has broken down completely.

more than 3 years ago

Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

Feinu Re:Damn! (150 comments)

I'd prefer a mmorpg with a truly dynamic world, not a circus fair ride.

Sounds like GW2 is exactly what you want. While I agree that the original Guild Wars series was highly linear in terms of plot, Guild Wars 2 includes lots of dynamic events which have a tangible impact on the world you experience. Have a look at this description of dynamic events for more detail.

more than 3 years ago

Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

Feinu Re:what's the big deal? 75 Trillion is peanuts (545 comments)

Although I am aware that you're not being serious, my pedantic nature forces me to point out that the third edition Zimbabwean dollars (which included the $100 trillion banknote) expired on 12 April 2009. They even had expiry dates printed on them. The fourth edition was then introduced with a trillion-to-one ratio, but all Zimbabwean currency was phased shortly afterwards.

more than 3 years ago

China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

Feinu Re:Please let them censor. We don't need a world w (366 comments)

They wouldn't hesitate to use nuclear weapons and sacrifice a billion people

Congratulations. You win "most sensationalist post of the day". I can only hope you were not being serious - life with such a xenophobic, apocalyptic mindset could not be pleasant.

more than 3 years ago

US Military Blocks Websites To Free Up Bandwidth

Feinu Re:Rather surprising (164 comments)

They should just leave the ad networks blocked once normal service resumes - it'll help all the poor souls who browse without an ad blocker.

more than 3 years ago

EvoMouse Turns Your Digits Digital

Feinu Ergonomics (110 comments)

Accuracy aside, the ergonomics for touch based devices are terrible. Repetitive large movements in the wrists and fingers are bad whether you're moving a mouse around or dragging your finger on a surface. High resolution mice which only require an inch of movement to cross an entire screen provide good accuracy while minimising wrist and finger movement.

more than 3 years ago

Fox News Brings Video Game Violence Debate To a New Low

Feinu Re:What about Glenn Beck? (421 comments)

Super Mario Brothers. He became very angry that the princess was always in another castle.

more than 3 years ago

Putting Up With Consolitis

Feinu Re:How is any of this bad? (369 comments)

Lower hardware requirements are definitely a bonus, but it comes at the cost of dumbed down controls. While using a keyboard, I have about 20 buttons under my left hand, and an accurate pointing device on my right, along with several buttons. Why would I want to cycle through potential targets by pushing a button? Why do I need to hold down a button (which also has a different function), instead of just pushing a different button? Now I enter a menu, and I have to lift my hand to get to the arrow keys to navigate the menu? Not user friendly at all.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

Feinu Re:Not that suprising. (693 comments)

Interesting trend: every time a post starts with "I don't expect any mod points for this post" or "I have karma to burn", it gets mod points.

more than 3 years ago

Did the Chinese Military Use Top Gun Footage?

Feinu Link to images (226 comments)

This blog post with 4 image comparisons provides more conclusive evidence than TFA, which is really just another image-less summary.

more than 3 years ago

Russian Media Link Moscow Bombing With Modern Warfare 2 Scene

Feinu Re:Must surely be correct (91 comments)

At the very least, it's tied with the whole MS Flight Sim and 9/11 "controversy"

Not even close. Comparing the realism between flight sim games and MW2 is ludicrous - with some additional hardware you could start approximating the experience of flying a plane. Hardly compares to holding down 'W', waving your mouse around and clicking bullets into unarmed civilians.

Additionally, there is no bomb in the "No Russian" mission of MW2, while it's entirely possible to fly jets into the World Trade Center in pre-9/11 flight sims. I once did it with a Cessna in Flight Simulator 95, which resulted in "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down" moments after the crash.

about 4 years ago

Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation

Feinu Re:Absolutely wrong (208 comments)

I apologize that this websites formatting squishes all my writing together and does not allow paragraphing

Try using HTML markup, so encapsulate paragraphs in <p> and </p>. You can also use <br> for line breaks

about 4 years ago


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