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Remote Island Adopts Dothraki Language

Grayhand I hate April 1st!!!!!! CAN THE ENCRYPTION!!!!!!! (65 comments)

It's a news site! Bite me!!!!! I may or may not check back tomorrow!!!! What is it with everyone trying to piss off users????? It's not cute it's childish! Here's an April 2nd joke I can suggest for all users, DON'T LOG ON!

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Asteroid Capture Mission To Be Proposed In 2014 Budget

Grayhand Expensive crew (106 comments)

Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck don't come cheap.

about a year and a half ago
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Animation Sophistication: The Croods Required 80 Million Compute Hours

Grayhand Re:Shouldn't it double? (196 comments)

It is still twice the rendering and disk space for the rendered files and 4X the headaches. I've worked 3D back in the 80s and 90s and it's a pain in the ass. I was doing effects rigging as well as some camera work. The problem is in film you get used to hiding things where as 3D has a nasty habit of seeing around the object or person. The cameras weighed a ton and we had one tear up a crane arm late one night. I was approached by a group that wanted to do a 3D film a couple of years ago. I tried to talk them out of it. I started laying out all the problems and I could tell none of them had a clue what they were getting into. Thankfully their money fell through. If you survive the shoot posting a 3D film will be an experience you won't soon forget. It's funny how companies avoided Vistavision because it added 5% to the budget but looked amazing. Depending on your budget and if it's live action or animated 3D can add between 10% to 50% to your budget and everyone wants to make them, the 50% is if you are low budget and crazy enough to try it. Your producer on the low budget film will take up drinking during the shoot and try to hang himself during the post. Most think it's just extra equipment rental and film stock, yeah that's the least of your trouble, With live action the set ups take longer and the camera needs to be checked constantly to make sure the calibration hasn't changed. If you think you're going to shoot 5 or 10 pages a day forget it. In post it's twice the film handling as well as things like adjusting the color timing not only to match the previous shot but to match the other camera. I always say it's twice as much work to make a 3D film. CG is far easier but it's still a headache.

about a year and a half ago
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'Energy Beet' Power Is Coming To America

Grayhand Re:Topsoil-based fuels are wrongheaded in every wa (238 comments)

The problem is say algae has 60% oil, I've heard 25% to crazy claims of 90% based on species and how it's raised. The cell wall is tough so you may only get half to two thirds and a lot of the extraction processes involve solvents. It's not like squeezing olives for oil it's more like getting oil out of olive pits. Also it would take a vast amount of algae to replace even a few percent of oil. It means dedicating a lot of land and water to algae production. There are efficient systems to produce it but they are all expensive and produce algae in the tons, we need millions of tons to even replace a few percent. Nice idea but it's hard to scale up. Personally I like it better for animal feed. Call the oil a bonus and feed the rest to livestock.

about a year and a half ago
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'Energy Beet' Power Is Coming To America

Grayhand Re:Topsoil-based fuels are wrongheaded in every wa (238 comments)

I wish you gave a reason rather than saying another is superior claiming we already know how to use it. Everything I read on algae is promising but there are issues. It has a tough cell wall which makes it tricky to extract sugars and oils efficiently. Algae has one of the biggest potentials and it can be fed off waste and CO2 but it's still a ways off. We have a lot of experience with alcohol production and beets are an excellent source. They are on pare with sugar cane but don't require the tropical climate. They don't need the intense fertilizers corn does and they even do well in poor soil. They grow well in northern states where other sugar crops do poorly. I hate to break it to you but "less evil" is the best we will ever do. Non evil is living like the native americans and that ain't happening. I dare you to name one energy source without a downside? Other than solar ovens and grinding grain with a mechanical windmill there's always a price. Solar panels are often attacked for the toxics used in their making and even electric windmills have that issue. Most of Slashdot see nuclear as relatively benign but history says otherwise. Nuclear has resulted in massive pollution as have oil and coal. Hydroelectric can have a devastating affect on the environment. Grown organically, and I don't mean hype organic, restoring the soil each season with mulch and rock dust for trace minerals organic, sugar beets can be grown indefinitely unlike most other current sources of energy, especially corn based biofuels. And no we can't replace oil with beet sugar, god I'm sick of that argument. It's the couch potato's argument that if one energy source can't replace oil it must be abandoned. Depending on one source is what got us into this mess! The real solution is algae, beet, recycled cooking oil, plant based oils, Christ soylent green people and squeeze the burger grease out of them. The point is use every source so when there a problem with one source there are dozens to take up the slack so the impact is minimal. I'll even mention the most evil source on the planet, CONSERVATION! We could cut energy use in half in a decade and not change our quality of life we just need to stop all the waste.

about a year and a half ago
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Meteor Streaks Over American East Coast

Grayhand Three notable meteors close together (111 comments)

We're talking three significant meteors within a few weeks at the same general latitude. Everyone will say they are unrelated but it seems possible. End of the world? Give me a break. I think it's more likely a minor cluster that haven't been identified. More of a curiosity than a threat. Without knowing the path it's impossible to know if they'd cross our path in our lifetimes again. If they are part of a loose association of asteroids odds are this is the tail end of it. I'd be curious if there were more air strikes than usual during this period? Like I say more of a curiosity than anything. The point is there are probably hundreds if not thousands of these mini clusters if that's what this is that remain unidentified. We may cross several every hundred years or so with no idea that's what's happening. Just wish I'd seen one of them!

about a year and a half ago
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On handedness: I am ...

Grayhand I was on the fence (260 comments)

It's kind of tricky because I tended to be ambidextrous at a young age and would switch hands when writing. The teachers forced me to use my right hand, grew up in the 60s. I'm naturally left handed and have all the left handed traits. I can sculpt equally well with both hands, I often work both sides of a large sculpture at the same time, and use tools with both. I fence and both shoot pistols and bow equally well right and left handed. What I find is everyone is born with a dominate hand but left handed people are often forced to use their right hand and tend to be ambidextrous more often than right handed people. It makes a straight answer difficult but since I can do most things equally well with either hand I had to answer ambidextrous. It comes in handy because when one hand gets tired I can switch without breaking stride. It's upsetting teachers especially in the past tend to pressure kids to be right handed.

about a year and a half ago
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Study Finds Universe Is 100 Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

Grayhand The difference between science and religion (245 comments)

Science can accept new data and adjust theories to match with the new data. Religion requires that we never question the beliefs of a bunch of bronze age shepards and what they wrote is infalible so new data must be ignored.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers?

Grayhand CIA's new weapons in war on spying (482 comments)

They used to use poison darts now it's poisoned Red Bull and Hot Pockets

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

Grayhand Re:No need to go overboard (687 comments)

You can divide people into 3 categories: those that WILL buy it, even if they could pirate it, those that might pirate it or might buy it, and those that will not use it at all if they can't pirate it. The second group of people is going to be the only ones that you might convert from pirates to customers by imposing DRM and that group might be quite small. Don't screw over the first group with overintrusive DRM.

I hate to risk the troll for pointing out the obvious but the reason there are groups two and three is because they can pirate and these days group two is the largest just based on web posts so by doing nothing you risk part of group two becoming group three. This is from some one whose life is made a living hell by DRM, I buy pro software and the DRM is pretty draconian. I miss the old days when everything was pretty wide open but back then less than 1% pirated. The music industry is the poster child for what can happen. Sadly attitudes have changed so much there's no going back. It's a cold war between content creators and pirates and the rest suffer.

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1 Officially Exits Our Solar System

Grayhand Re:Not so fast (237 comments)

The Voyager project's chief scientist says not just yet: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-107 Also, here's a fairly recent video lecture he gave on the topic that gives some good details: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.cfm?year=2012&month=9

What is this the third time we had a story about it leaving the solar system? Some include the Oort Cloud in the solar system so are we facing hundreds of years of these announcements?

about a year and a half ago
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West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report Because It Is 'Embarrassing'

Grayhand Re:West Virginia is the butt... (183 comments)

of a lot of jokes. Yeah, they screwed up... Again. However, most people don't know that West Virgina was part of Virginia up until the Civil War. They believed so strongly in free labor (as opposed to slave labor) that they succeeded from their state. I can forgive them for a lot of crap after that. It's sad seeing them struggle over basic internet access, but I think it's always been a challenge in WV.

Half of my family came from there and I can say that they are facing huge technical problems. Even cell phone service is spotty. There's very little line of sight in the state due to the mountains so they have to depend on lines. It's hard enough keeping roads passable since they wash out regularly. The coal companies used to help with tax dollars but that's been seen as a drain on corporate profits so the tax base is miserable so there's little money to address critical infrastructure so the internet comes in a very distant second to everything else. It's one of the poorest states as well so few people have computers to begin with. Just to spike the ball corruption is rampant. FYI he's one of the ones that isn't corrupt but my mother's second cousin is Governor so I have connections with the state. Another FYI I got a lot of nasty looks for daring to point out West Virginia was a northern state when I was growing up. Most of my mother's family still considers it part of the south. My guess is when the check showed up some one said "yeah internet routers, please" and put the money into his brother's company that fills pot holes.

about a year and a half ago
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West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report Because It Is 'Embarrassing'

Grayhand They are waiting for a response from lawyers (183 comments)

They asked if "whiskey stills" can be considered internet routers. As soon as their lawyers sober up we should have an answer.

about a year and a half ago
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Five Internet Founders Share First £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize

Grayhand Can we get back on topic? (55 comments)

FYI everyone Al Gore never claimed to have invented the internet, you really need to lay off Fox News, it kills brain cells. It's interesting that the first award would be for the founding of the internet. It's managed to eclipse other innovations in a little over a generation.

about a year and a half ago
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Five Internet Founders Share First £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize

Grayhand Re:Poor Al Gore (55 comments)

They're leaving the self-proclaimed inventor of the internet out of his 1/5 million pounds? Guess he'll just have to settle for the $100 million he made selling his TV network.

Why isn't this getting a troll mod? Gore never claimed to have invented the internet, that was an invention of the right wing Republicans. The right wingers also like to slam him for profiting on the sale of a TV network. Text book hypocrascy given the only thing sacred to the conservative right are profits. I guess a liberal making a profit is evil to them.

about a year and a half ago
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Golf Channel Testing Out New Octo-copter Drone To Film Golfers This Weekend

Grayhand Another more sinister purpose (97 comments)

It's also part of a gopher erradication system(Cue "I'm Alright" song)

about a year ago
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Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater

Grayhand Re:Fracking is good technoglogy (264 comments)

" Let's be honest here - the EPA is not know for being a hard-ass" Honestly the EPA is a neutered dog with his teeth pulled. For all the spills and air pollution how often do you hear about fines? Sure they made an example of BP in some ways but they even let them pull out before the clean up was done. Dig down on most of the beaches and there's still oil. The bottom is dead and still covered in oil. Those dispersants they were so fanatical about spraying were to make it sink below the surface not to make the oil go away. Once the visible surface oil was gone BP ran like a scalded cat. For all the right wing claims of the EPA being too tough the opposite is truth. The EPA is nearly useless and even as beaten as they are the right still wants them gone because they want zero oversight.

about a year ago

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Meteor injures 400 in Russia

Grayhand Grayhand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Grayhand (2610049) writes "A meteor the size of an Olympic swimming exploded over Russia injuring 400, mostly from flying glass. It's high time we have a real budget for tracking near Earth objects before there's a real disaster. It's not a matter of if only when."
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Is the modern business model sustainable

Grayhand Grayhand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Grayhand (2610049) writes "Traditionally all a company needed to show was a profit to be considered viable. Lately Apple's stock has fallen sharply simply because the profit projections are less than expected. A company with a 100 billion in cash is seeing a drop in stock. Atari was a darling for 20 years but now they are in bankruptcy. With growth not profits being the watermark can most companies survive the next 100 years? Given all Wall Street cares about is unending growth will they bring about the end of civilization since unending growth itself is unsustainable?"
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Read rights contracts carefully!

Grayhand Grayhand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Grayhand (2610049) writes "A young video maker found out the hard way that signing a contract for his videos could have lifetime repercussions. A contract with Machinima forced him to abandon video making for life. Be warned it's becoming the standard for contracts."
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Molten Salt Reactors would solve most of the problems

Grayhand Grayhand writes  |  about 2 years ago

Grayhand (2610049) writes "Normally I'm opposed to more nuclear reactors because of the long term waste and risks involved. Molten Salt Reactors would get rid of most of the risks and would address the long term waste problems we have now. Build them next to existing reactors and the transport issues would also be solved."
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Flynano, 154lb carbon fiber electric seaplane

Grayhand Grayhand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Grayhand (2610049) writes "Flynano is a carbon fiber ultralight seaplane. It's a bit pricey, 40K, for something with no practical purpose but it's a slick high tech design which looks seriously fun to fly. The web site has some nice photos and it has been flight tested."
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