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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (201 comments)

and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

I need to isolate the passengers from each other. Otherwise, they'll tear up the passenger compartment and/or I have to make unplanned trips to the emergency room.

yesterday
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (662 comments)

Certainly the government admitted to shooting down the plane.

Admission, in a legal sense, usually implies not only admitting the facts, but also that there was an error or wrongdoing by the party doing the admitting.

And this has not happened.

Its also really hard for the US to offer an apology to Iran

Oh, um, yeah. Maybe they could offer an apology to the relatives of the people that got killed? Most, if not all of them, never took any hostages in any embassy. Some of them weren't even Iranians.

Nobody can say the US didn't admit to shooting down the airbus, and the US government did offer up an explanation.

And that isn't an "admission" in a legal sense - since they give themselves an acquittal in the same paragraph.

People may not like the explanation, or agree with it, but at least the US stood up for its actions.

If you call giving yourself a complete acquittal "standing up to your actions", yes.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (662 comments)

Bullshit.

What you're quoting isn't an apology or an acknogledgment of wrongdoing.

"The U.S. government deeply regrets this incident,"

To feel regret over something isn't the same as apologizing for it. You can feel sorry (i.e. feel regret) if a relative of your friend dies. That doesn't mean that you were involved in any way in the death of that relative.

2 days ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi I'd much rather have the option ... (201 comments)

... to separate the rear into two passenger compartments that are isolated from each other. This would remove most of the reasons for chewing out the passengers there.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:I don't see the problem. (662 comments)

Unfortunately, they were not trained in distinguishing civilian from military planes.

As someone else stated, the system should be doing this automatically, and you need to override this safety to fire on planes with civilian transponders.

I hope this safety is more than a pop-up window:

Target is civilian. Fire anyway? yes/no/cancel

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:I don't see the problem. (662 comments)

It takes a conscious effort and training in advanced operation of the Gadfly to disable the civilian IFF safety of a Gadfly system,

And you're sure there isn't an unofficial (maybe even unwritten) checklist with things to do if the missile doesn't launch, that, somewhere close to the bottom of the list, contains the point "Try disabling the IFF decoder."?

They managed to blow up a nuclear reactor by doing things they shouldn't have been doing while trying to make it work a certain way ...

2 days ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Ihlosi How boring ... (106 comments)

I want the version that gives the driver a shot of adrenaline if he or she is drowsy.

You know, just like the jolt of adrenaline from almost running off the road, just without the almost running off the road.

about a week ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Ihlosi Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

It's easy: User interface design is a completely different skill.

Also, if you want a program to be easily usable by someone who didn't write it, you need to let someone else design the user interface.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Ihlosi Not quite sure if I'm following ... (183 comments)

What exactly is the point of the dev system? You write/compile MCU software on it and then download the software to the MCU?

A simple, cheap small notebook computer should be able to do this.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Ihlosi Hate to break it to you ... (176 comments)

The Russians are masters of passive aggression when it comes to law enforcement when it suits them: the place is corrupt from top to bottom, and it manifests itself in a complete lack of desire to cooperate in international law enforcement. They have a convenient clause in their constitution which lets them refuse to extradite anybody, no matter what -- but is only exercised when it suits them.

I hate to break it to you, but the phrase above remains true if you replace "Russians" with any country powerful enough to get away with this kind of behavior.

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Ihlosi Re:useless. (415 comments)

So, when capable, do real work, when not, harass people? Why does that sound familiar? :)

Ability and willingness to harass people are inversely proportional to the capability to do real work.

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Ihlosi Re:useless. (415 comments)

Side note, there's a shortage of dogs capable of doing real work, like search and rescue. why waste good talent on this shit?

I'm pretty sure the capable dogs will get trained to do real work. It's the less capable ones that will become "alert on cue" and "sniff out thumb drives" dogs.

about two weeks ago
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Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

Ihlosi Re:Get it right (102 comments)

No. You use basic universal truths to start.

"Truth" is a heavily cultural thing. If anything, you use facts.

And the Voyager record does basically exactly what I mentioned. It uses a subset of our own communication protocols with very low compression.

about two weeks ago
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Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

Ihlosi Re:Get it right (102 comments)

How do you even establish a communication protocol with an entirely alien (technologically) civilization?

You don't. You use the parts of your own protocol that aren't too compressed (think .bmp instead of .jpg, .wav instead of .mp3), and hope the other side can figure it out. Since the messages will be travelling for tens or even hundreds of years, a few decades for understand the other side's protocol shouldn't delay things too much.

Once you think you have figured out the other side's protocol, you send them a message in (your understanding of) their protocol and hope that the other side will know that any horrible insults and breaches of etiquette you commit are only a sign that you're still learning.

about two weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Ihlosi Photosynthesis has its disadvantages. (133 comments)

Photosynthesis offers the same advantages,

Photosynthesis has a comparatively low efficiency, which will come back to bite you if the space for your application is limited.

Also, only works in a fairly narrow temperature range (if it's 10 degrees below zero, fairly little photosynthetic activity will happen even you have plenty of sunlight). In addition it offers some nice byproducts, like grains, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.

The electricity-to-hydrocarbon route can use space that's unsuited for growing plants. Also, if you want to use plants to bind CO2, you won't be using grains, tomatoes or zucchini - because these plants aren't optimized for maximum CO2 conversion.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Ihlosi Re:Efficiency (133 comments)

Suppose, however, that you could alter the chemistry to get oil?

Electrically-powered synthesis of methane from H2O and CO2 already exists, and the process of forming longer hydrocarbons from methane do, too.

It's just a bit too expensive right now (or rather, oil and coal are still too cheap).

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Ihlosi Re:Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (133 comments)

Why would you want to convert Carbon Dioxide into Carbon Monoxide?

Because carbon monoxide can be used as fuel and substrate for further synthesis processes.

about three weeks ago

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