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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Ihlosi Re:Idiot (119 comments)

The big issue is when you get to "1 cup of flour" or "1 cup of butter" - things that are much more easily measured by mass,

1 cup of flour is trivially measured by volume: Just grab the "1 cup" cup from your set of measuring cups, scoop up flour from your storage container, level. You're done. If you're using measuring cups, you can make a batch of cookie dough without using a scale or having to look at the actual measurement.

US recipes usually don't use "cups" of butter, they use "sticks" of butter. If you live where butter isn't sold in US sticks (113.4 grams), you're screwed.

about half an hour ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Ihlosi Re:Idiot (119 comments)

if you use cups as a size, you'll never repeat the same quantity twice, cup is only an approximate quantity,

Only if you're European. If you're from the US, 1 cup is a very exact volume.

42 minutes ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Ihlosi Re:Finally (120 comments)

Even the one who rose from the dead said "give to Caesar what is Caesar's" so pretty much it's just taxes.

I never looked at it this way, but the argument is astonishingly convincing.

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Ihlosi Re:Finally (120 comments)

It's "death and taxes", not death (x)or taxes".

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Ihlosi Space battles aren't dogfights. (442 comments)

I would guess they will turn out more like battles between submarines. Whoever gets detected first loses. And one hit and you're dead.

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Ihlosi Reading a synopsis of the novel ... (258 comments)

... makes me think "highly unlikely".

On a mission like that, your might survive one major thing going wrong, but the second mishap will kill you. You can't duct-tape your way out of misfortune after misfortune in space.

See Apollo 13. One thing went wrong, and it took all the engineering and duct-taping skills (literally) to get the crew back alive.

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Ihlosi Lots of things could go wrong ... (258 comments)

Lots of things could go wrong. Things could go wrong enough that there isn't enough time to fill a whole novel.

However, even in case of catastrophe, it means that, what, six people die who signed up for this voluntarily and made history already?

2 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Ihlosi MSX (165 comments)

Yes, MSX and possible the CPC6128 came close, but just that and they came too late. The killer 8-bit machine wouldn't have required any technology that wasn't available when the C64 came out.

In 1983, the 68k had been out for a few years already and new 8-bit computer designs were doomed.

3 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Ihlosi Re:C=128 (165 comments)

There was a Z-80 in the C=128 , but it wasn't used.

Yes, I found this part of the article amusing too.

C128s were cobbled together from too many different parts. And they appeared when the 8-bit generation was already on its way out.

However, the C128 mode had its uses. The BASIC was had lots of additional features (commands for music, graphics, sprites), and it had a built-in sprite editor. If you didn't know the C64 inside out and could do these things in assembly (blindfolded), the C128 mode gave you much more access to the machines capabilites. Too bad no company ever came up with a killer 8-bit machine. Z80 CPU, more than 64 kB RAM, sound and graphics like SID and VIC-II.

3 days ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

Ihlosi Re:So evolution possibly already happened ... (120 comments)

A living chemical system is organized to continually minimize local entropy.

Actually, it's not. If your body tried to minimize its entropy, you'd end up frozen or your body separated into its constituent atoms.

I guess you're trying to describe the concept of homeostasis, which is in fact part of the "official" definition of life. One thing living things do is use energy to keep their internal state constant even against outside influences. This is different from trying to minimize entropy.

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

Ihlosi And this is suprising how? (173 comments)

Pretty much any element heavier than helium in our solar system pre-dates the sun. All of the oxygen in our solar system was produced by other stars.

4 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Ihlosi Re:Not Coincidence, it's the point (236 comments)

That's how things get done: not with the stick, but that they legally offer a lot of carrots that states can't afford to turn down, and then attach strings to those carrots to get states to do things that Congress shouldn't have authority over.

I wonder how much extra tax money from alcohol sales a state could make if it lowered the drinking age to 18 ...

5 days ago
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CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

Ihlosi Re:However, it might have security holes. (65 comments)

So you should phrase your answer in the form of cleverly devised SQL?

Possibly. Something like that might make for an interesting scene in a movie. Captured subject utters a seemingly nonsensical phrase and interrogation-bot suddenly turns on the captors. Ooops.

about a week ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Ihlosi Regenerative power is doomed. (268 comments)

At least, that is, if they keep getting energy and power mixed up. You can't design a working system if you mess up the very basics.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

Ihlosi Re:Relevent (115 comments)

I personally witnessed a case of greatly accelerated hominization:

Yes, once the design phase of millions of years is over, manufacturing can happen rapidly an in large numbers. ;)

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

Ihlosi Re:Relevent (115 comments)

Sometimes I wonder if some of the squids and / or deep sea octopi have there own "version" of intelligence, they just exist in a "too far away" and exotic world for us to really study. Dolphins too.

Possibly. They just can't progress further due to a few problems (most prominent one: no fire. Use of fire spurred a variety of developments in humans - more efficient use of food, additional social behavior, etc).

about a week ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Ihlosi Re:The luxury of money (154 comments)

Prometheus was a Titan (gave fire to humans, suffered eternally for the slight to the gods)

Wasn't he saved by Chuck Norris err I mean Hercules eventually?

about a week ago

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