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iFixit Tears Down Microsoft's Kinect For Xbox 360

Isotopian Re:The $150 device that Microsoft put hundreds of (280 comments)

I just used one for the first time last night. It is shockingly accurate, extremely intuitive, and just plain works. Even with four of us, at a reasonable state of intoxication, it had no issues with us walking in and out of the sensor, and the facial recognition worked flawlessly. I'm impressed as all hell, and plan on buying one now just from using it for a few hours. The wii is a childs toy. This is an adults toy, and being able to fully control your avatar without thinking about it one bit is fun. Lots of fun. It works.

more than 3 years ago
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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy

Isotopian Re:Parsecs (94 comments)

Keep in mind, this is according to Star Wars canon, so flame me not for anything that is impossible, but you have part of a good point. The majority of travel done in the star wars universe is via hyperdrive, which functions vaguely as a wormhole generator - the ship travels to an alternate dimension, and the travel time to an exit point is vastly shortened - thousands of years to hours. This, combined with nonsense like inertial dampeners and "relativistic shielding" allows neat sidestepping of the massive issues that arise with FTL travel. The drives are bending space, and apparently the alternate dimension the hyperdrive links to is connected with the "real world" in enough of a way that all travel has to avoid gravity wells and such - which is how interdictors and such could function. All hyperspace engines are classified against a measured standard speed - the Class 1 hyperdrive. Commercial and public ships use Class 1.5 or Class 2 drives (taking 150% and 200% the time a Class 1 would, respectively), but the Falcon had an illegally obtained and highly modified (also highly unreliable) drive that would "make .5 past light speed." At any ratem the hyperdrive was the main transport method on ships anyways, and the ships sublight drives are basically fancy boosters anyways, mainly for takeoff, maneuvering, and docking.

tl;dr Kids these days need to read their Timothy Zahn.

more than 4 years ago
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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy

Isotopian Re:Parsecs (94 comments)

I'm getting a little tired of people saying that. It may very well have been Lucas not knowing what a parsec was, but it has long been corrected in the canon. The Kessel run was a smuggling route that skirted the Maw black hole cluster. The more daring pilots would take uncharted routes that brought them dangerously close to singularities - hence the bragging of "the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." Yes, George probably just made an astronomy boo boo. But that was corrected a long time ago in lore, and it's just tiresome when people point that out, not witty.

more than 4 years ago
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Smile! Urine Candid Camera!

Isotopian Re:Not as bad as it sounds (370 comments)

Look, if you were going to put a rear camera in a car, you'd want it on the back of the car, not in the base of the seats, right?

more than 5 years ago
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What Should Be In a Technology Bill of Rights?

Isotopian Re:Avoid Firts Post (247 comments)

I see what you did there.

more than 5 years ago
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McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating

Isotopian Re:Simple Solution (500 comments)

Sold!

more than 5 years ago
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Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM

Isotopian Re:Not Exactly for Taking a Photo (1232 comments)

You do know police are allowed to lie to you, right? It is your responsibility to know your rights (unfortunately), and uphold them even when the police tell you otherwise.

more than 5 years ago
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Big Swedish Filesharing Server Seized

Isotopian Re:Not like The Pirate Bay (423 comments)

What TPB was doing was NOT illegal under Swedish law. Note that they are not being prosecuted for any type of copyright violation, because .torrent files are not considered the same as the files they connect to in Sweden.

You're right, they don't care. They shouldn't care. And I'll believe you when (assuming you live in the US since you can watch Hulu) you start allowing Swedish laws to take precedence over American laws in your day to day life.

more than 5 years ago
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Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

Isotopian Re:All consentual sexual relationships are... (695 comments)

Shhhh. That's illegal. What you should do is go on craigslist and find a nice gurl who will show U what others girls wont! 100*roses for full dinner NO greeick food!

more than 5 years ago
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Wife of Harried Pirate Bay Witness Gets Buried in Internet Love

Isotopian Re:An idea! (470 comments)

A serious point in a not so serious thread. Monsanto is the company that sues farmers for 'seed patent' violation. I'd much rather deal with the *IAA, stand up to em at all and they drop the case. Monsanto will sue you to oblivion.

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

Isotopian Re:Authenticity (437 comments)

...the White Stripes?

more than 5 years ago
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Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support

Isotopian Re:Homebraw solution (277 comments)

And if you pick up an old AT power supply instead of any ATX one, you'll actually have a power switch for the whole thing, too! I actually had an old one that I used on a testing bench for this specific purpose. A bunch of embedded molex connectors, a master power, and the fun special voltages from the 20 (or whatever it was) pin connector feeding onto a breadboard. It was incredibly useful.

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube Muting, Removing Videos Involving Warner Music

Isotopian Re:Their site, their right. (202 comments)

As soon as you upload anything to the internet you've pretty much waived any of your content rights you had.

Now when I say that I don't mean it in the legal sense but in the realistic practical sense. Anything digital is pirated and shared.

We even have karma whores that copy & paste other peoples insightful comments.

more than 5 years ago
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The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Isotopian Re:Wrong lie (516 comments)

Kinda like how people claim fuel cell cars will be "zero emissions," but that's not true because they still have to build the car in a big wasteful factory?

I think most of us get that it's not really zero emissions. It's just easier to say than "zero except for all the waste created refining yellow cake and transporting and building the reactor and oh yeah then there's nuclear waste which is way worse!"

more than 5 years ago
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The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Isotopian Re:Wrong Comparison (516 comments)

Pointing out that many environmentalists can become overzealous, and then spinning a yarn of hyperbole about said situation does not make one "Anti-Greenie." It could just be that he enjoys making fun of silly people.

more than 5 years ago
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Security Checkpoints Predict What You Will Do

Isotopian Re:finally! (369 comments)

Ooh, italics now!

more than 5 years ago
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Security Checkpoints Predict What You Will Do

Isotopian Re:finally! (369 comments)

You seem like a very bitter person who overuses the bold tag.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Nudity Policy Draws Nursing Moms' Ire

Isotopian Re:Shut up, crybabies. (904 comments)

What the hell is a mammel?

/irony

more than 5 years ago

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