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Connecticut Resident Stopped By State Police For Radioactivity

Hays Seems reasonable to me (545 comments)

The headline makes it sound like the police searched his car, but the article doesn't say that.

Assuming there was no search and the officer simply asked him why the car was radioactive and was satisfied with the explanation, this sounds like an example of the system working.

I'm actually very impressed that these detectors are widely deployed and sensitive enough to pick this up.

more than 2 years ago

Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

Hays Re:Data Posioning.... (312 comments)

I find your claim a somewhat incredible. How did they know when these companies were coming? And then how did they cause traffic disruptions? Did the residents take turns parking on the road for hours on end? Did they fake car accidents? That seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through, with considerable risk of police intervention, just to reduce tourist traffic on a nearby highway. What is your source for this information?

more than 4 years ago

Gas Wants To Kill the Wind

Hays Re:Yet another conspiracy theory by idiots (479 comments)

Wind turbines, even under favorable circumstances, don't produce even enough power to manufacture wind turbines. [citation needed]

more than 4 years ago

Tethering Is Exhilarating (With the Nexus One)

Hays Re:I also endorse PDAnet for Android (211 comments)

I'll second that endorsement. PDAnet is pretty slick. Tethers through USB or Bluetooth (although bluetooth is much harder to configure).

more than 4 years ago

Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision

Hays Re:Mars (319 comments)

Totally false. I single person with a rover could have done in a day what spirit has done during it's whole mission.

Well, sending a person is dramatically more expensive. So maybe compare to 50 rovers?

A human could have driven Spirits entire path in a day on something no fast than a golf cart.

Well what the heck does the human have to do with that, then? Why not put the rover on the golf cart? The rovers have the best drive system possible with the power and weight constraints of the mission.

Humans can fix broken or flaky equipment.

Maybe? If you send them the spares and a clean room to work in?

Yes, if you give humans better equipment than the robots, plus the additional costs of a life support system and a ride home, they can do a better job. How is that surprising?

There is only one fundamental limitation with the robots -- the latency of the speed of light making tele-operation inconvenient. But that's not such a huge deal. The robots just have to be a little smarter about navigating on their own. And they already are.

more than 4 years ago

Google Buys reCAPTCHA For Better Book Scanning

Hays Re:Won't this eventually defeat the purpose? (138 comments)

The text is warped and obfuscated. Look at example captchas -- do you really think the geometric swirls were in the source documents?

more than 5 years ago

Can Bill Gates Prevent the Next Katrina?

Hays Re:Anyone who thinks they can change the weather.. (380 comments)

Oh get off it. You're just being a contrary to the point of hyperbole. And you're completely wrong.
Go read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone
"This rate of energy release is equivalent to 70 times the world energy consumption of humans and 200 times the worldwide electrical generating capacity, or to exploding a 10-megaton nuclear bomb every 20 minutes."

Wikipedia also says that all nuclear testing amounted to 510 megatons of energy released.
I don't know how that related to all "all explosives ever detonated", but assuming that is the total, then it would take a hurricane ~1,000 minutes to match the energy. You were off by a factor of at minimum 1,000 with your hyperbole.

Now, disregarding that, you're simply wrong that we can't influence hurricanes. It's simple math. If the water 100m below the surface if 5 degrees cooler, and we clearly understand how every change in water surface temperature influences hurricane strength, you can easily calculate how much energy we need to expand to pump that water up and how long it will stay there before convecting back down, etc... You can come up with a straightforward figure for how many joules our fleet needs to expend, and judging by this patent, it's not an astronomical figure.

Stop spouting this whole "noble nature" myth. Humans got to be a successful, spacefaring civilization by engineering the hell out of our environment. Our water system, the land, etc. This is just the next step.

more than 5 years ago

Homeland Security To Scan Citizens Exiting US

Hays Re:Does NOT apply to US Citizens (676 comments)

Indeed, the original article has been updated with an editor's note now to indicate that it does not apply to US citizens. The summary needs to be clarified.

more than 5 years ago

How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

Hays Re:My solutions was to cheat (811 comments)

This is an excellent suggestion. If you can pull the curtain aside and take the magic out of the world, it can help the person put things into perspective.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day

Hays This submission is a troll (407 comments)

This is clearly a transitional measure, and not a concerted effort to hide communications from mandated records keeping procedures as Bush and Palin are accused of.

about 6 years ago

Software-Generated Paper Accepted At IEEE Conference

Hays Re:Not a robot conspiracy (235 comments)

It shouldn't have just been denied an oral presentation, it should have been caught by the program committee and never reviewed. You can't read 3 sentences of that abstract without knowing that it's garbage.

Presumably someone DID review this and deny it an oral, but didn't follow up with the program committee to make sure it was pulled entirely.

I've never been to a conference which pity accepts papers. CVPR, a IEEE conference on computer vision, has a 25% acceptance rate for posters. I think this paper is quite an embarrassment to IEEE.

more than 6 years ago

SOE Allows Purchase of In-Game Items In Everquest I, II

Hays Re:Recruit-a-friend (173 comments)

Good point, although the recruit-a-friend EXP bonus works even with free, trial accounts (which are capped at level 20) and ceases to work on any account at level 60.

So in total, you could argue that this is a shell game to make you pay for an experience bonus, but it's only going to matter for a level range that is perhaps 1/3rd or 1/4th of the leveling process.

I actually really enjoy the leveling process in WoW. I can't imagine how it used to be in EQ, where you would just camp one spot in a dungeon and repeatedly pull respawns.

more than 6 years ago

SOE Allows Purchase of In-Game Items In Everquest I, II

Hays Re:Only Fluff Items (173 comments)

50% extra experience gain = "Only Fluff Items"? Giving a player with more money a competitive advantage with the core gameplay mechanism is "Only Fluff Items"?

Blizzard rewards from Blizzcon, Collector's editions, or card games are "Only Fluff Items". This crosses a terrible line.

more than 6 years ago

SOE Allows Purchase of In-Game Items In Everquest I, II

Hays Re:These people deserved to be crushed by WoW (173 comments)

Exact same thing? I didn't complain about the vanity aspects of what Sony is selling, and I won't complain about it from Blizzard either.

The bonuses that Blizzard gives players from things like Blizzcon or Collector's editions don't change the gameplay at all. What Sony is selling is something that actually changes the gameplay and gives you an advantage over other players.

more than 6 years ago

SOE Allows Purchase of In-Game Items In Everquest I, II

Hays These people deserved to be crushed by WoW (173 comments)

So, they're intentionally making the game a grindfest so that they make more money? How can anyone argue that isn't asinine? You buy the game, you pay a subscription fee, but it's only REALLY fun if you pay 10 dollars every 4 hours.

more than 6 years ago

7th-Grader Designs Three Dimensional Solar Cell

Hays Really? (719 comments)

I thought multi-layered solar cells which captured increasingly high energy photos were common. I thought there were clearly understood theoretical limits on conversion efficiency, and that it would not be remotely possible to get 500 times more light absorption than currently achieved. I'm extremely skeptical.

more than 6 years ago


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