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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Impy the Impiuos Imp "But it's the high 70s!" (129 comments)

> "NASA policy usually requires a 70 percent confidence level"

Statistics show a 70% confidence level for a government program has only a 3% confidence level.

2 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:If it is paywalled... (301 comments)

My post will get modded down. It shouldn't, though.

"Remember 50 years ago when people were all concerned about species loss? Then they resurrected them? (Said to a 17 year old neanderthal.)"

2 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (369 comments)

Old Sam Kinison joke, about starving kids in Africa: "These kids don't need food. What these kids need is luggage. We have deserts in America, too. WE JUST DON'T LIVE IN 'EM!!! AHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Except that we do. And we farm vast deserts, too.

3 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Bullshit (198 comments)

I own a large commercial building in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

That's a small commercial building, Dwight.

3 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Impy the Impiuos Imp Borrowed time (211 comments)

> "According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion,"

Holy Jesus! That's a little bit more than half of what we borrowed those two years!

3 days ago
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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Impy the Impiuos Imp Virtusl mapping of brain areas (51 comments)

> virtual dangerous fire escape

"After further study to discern the validity of the virtual-to-real world response, we have decided to rename the region of the brain that lit up in the rescuers as the "minimaxxer seeking rare drops" area and that of those who just fled as the "IDGAF trolls hahahablongota".

4 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (368 comments)

I recall attending a Microsoft Visual C++ Developer's Conference about 15 years ago, when COM and interfaces were all the new rage. I recall one MS guy giving a speech about the complexity of developing with it, bragging, "If it came down to usability for developers or functionality, we chose functionality."

I knew then I was dealing not with real engineers but with clowns proud of a college project.

4 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Impy the Impiuos Imp Too hi (189 comments)

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

In the rare case of necessary future research, it will allow them recognition in their field, leading to alpha status and thus more pussy.

Oh, you meant an analysis lower down within the memetic virtual worldview. Hmmmm. Why does a dog bark at strangers?

5 days ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Here's the catch (39 comments)

Both -- track the entire tree. Seems like an obvious thing to try...on retrospect.

Once you know this, you can start looking for conttol mechanisms at the DNA and chemistry level.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Texas! (172 comments)

Their attempt to be more like a federal government than a state with respect to regulation and taxes is like a thousand mile-wide thumb pushing down on the state, forcing fierocious winds out in all directions. Businesses in the state are blown out, and businesses outside are met by a storm wind they have to struggle against to get in.

This is why their politicians have to grant huge tax breaks -- not only for direct competition but also to pay for (pay back) the inevitable reulatory burden they themselves ladle atop the companies.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Texas? (172 comments)

> 3. Electric motors have lots of torque

This is why diesel railroad engines are used. In the words of Doc Brown, " No, no! This sucker's electrical!". The diesel motor powers a generator which drives the electric motor.

about a week ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:This isn't news (216 comments)

The Supreme Court is overruling Obama wanting to do less spying and being more open?

about a week ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

It's called eating well, exercising and losing a significant amount of weight.
I know, I came very very close to having it. Break the sugar addiction, quadruple your vegetable intake, vastly reduce your sugar / heavy foods intake and do a little, tiny bit of basic light exercise.

In a couple of years, guess what,...?

This is absolutely terrible medical advice. Decades of research shows it has a terrible success rate, and, of those who it works for, 95% it eventually fails long-term.

If this advice were a pill, the FDA would never approve it, and people like me and probably you would call it a scam.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

Generic, knuckle-dragging rebels one step away from cavemen, no. Former Soviet military with experience of a 1979-era system, yes. There's probably a numner therr. However, I still think it's a loan with helpers. They're just code red, ass deep in the worst case scenario of needing to CYA with fallback stories.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Impy the Impiuos Imp Not very belle labs (161 comments)

"In our defense, nobody was doing that yet to prove it profitable. Now that we know it is, research me too!"

about two weeks ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Irony (64 comments)

mpicpp (3454017)
writes with news that Bing has joined Google in removing search results upon request

As usual, Microsoft is late to the party, playing, "Me too!"

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Agreed. (261 comments)

To agents in the NSA: It doesn't matter if 999 of 1000 of you are honest. All it takes is one G. Gordon Liddy type who ignores requirements for warrants to listen in on political opponents, and the whole thing is worthless. Possibly that is also the real intent, easy obfuscation of ultimate corruption.

Known historical democracies collapse when they "temporarily" give emergency powers to someone. Greece, Rome, Germany 80 years ago.

And you're participating in this modern panopticon as a rube while someone, maybe next to you, spies for a party or powerful faction.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (261 comments)

The first 10 or so are noble, a rough analog of US rights. After that, it starts turning into this bizarre amalgam of a socialist wish list and rules deliberately violating the first 10 fir the purpose of preserving the status quo of those in power.

This item 12 is itself a great example, stating a right not to have one's reputation harmed. Intention: censorship of things which are true but which embarrass politicians, a concept foreign in a land with free speech.

Before downmodding me in quasi-censorship of censorship talk, go look up many examples...from nominally free democracies, forget about dictatorships.

about two weeks ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:How the mighty have fallen (83 comments)

Back in the '80s, Activision was one of his primary consumers of funny cigarettes.

about two weeks ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  about 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Journals

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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