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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Jade_Wayfarer Not surprising (198 comments)

Well, on one hand they have some small company praised by unorganized groups of geeks, and on the other hand - really big player with thousands of employees and way more people directly or indirectly depending on them - Military-Industrial Complex is not a child's toy. So if you are making a political decision (even not considering "campaign contributions"), it's a no-brainer - supporting Boeing gives you much more political bonus points than supporting some small hipster company. Questions of efficiency, final costs, terms and other "technicalities" are absolutely not important in this case. So, of course, it is sad, but highly logical.

about a week ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Jade_Wayfarer Re: Escapism (291 comments)

There are positive reviews for some Skyrim DLC's, Dragonborn especially, praising the story much more than in the original game. Considering Shimmering Isles for Oblivion, that very well may be true.

about a week ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Jade_Wayfarer Re: Escapism (291 comments)

Surprisingly yes. Although side-quests (Dark Brotherhood especially) are much more fun than the main questline, but that's the curse of Bethesda since the Morrowind/Oblivion (opinions differ). There are some good reviews on the Dragonborn DLC, mentioning interesting story, but I've yet to play it. Still, they've managed to make Shimmering Isles, so maybe they've got this DLC right too.

about a week ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Jade_Wayfarer Re:cool (291 comments)

There are many really nice and enjoyable single-player games coming out right now, so all this "multiplayer-only" fad is just that - a fad. If you love X-Com you may look at recent remake UFO: Enemy Unknown, If you like MoM you may look up Worlds of Magic, or there is new Civilization game coming out that looks like a nice crossbreed between Civ5 and Alpha Centauri. As for the MoO2 - I haven't found anything as good, but Endless Space got close enough to capture my attention for several weeks. And in all that games I've found new graphics, enhanced gameplay, and the "same old" overall feeling - plus multiplayer is totally optional, although can be fun too.

Simply put - don't get on the hype bandwagons and look for the interesting games yourself, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jade_Wayfarer Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

BTW, putting you in the "Active services suspension" (or simply "A.S.S.") is actually costing them time and money, so, of course, it's going to be added to your regular bill. And then, naturally, getting you out of this "A.S.S." is going to cost them some more, and you'll be charged for that too. And then the cycle may repeat indefinitely.

Yeah, regular "evil villains" are rose-cheeked kindergartners compared to some Telcos' executives.

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jade_Wayfarer Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

In Comcast's world, you are guilty until proven otherwise.

Your sentence is three words longer than needed.

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jade_Wayfarer Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

Wait, why is this modded 'Funny'? You really think that they won't do it? I'm really surprised that they aren't doing it right now.

about a week ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Suercaps (149 comments)

Yep, and with the advancement of portable fusion reactors the need for supercaps will be going sharply down. And with the advancement of Star Trek-style transporters the need for cars will be going sharply down. And with the advancement of brain uploading technologies the need for physical transportation will be going sharply down. And so on...

But in reality, businesses will develop their fields until they become completely unprofitable. SSDs are completely mainstream now, but all major HDD manufacturers are still developing new HDDs, and do not seem to slow down.

And I don't see how these supercaps would outperform lithium batteries in terms of cost, efficiency, reliability and so on in the nearest decade or so. Of course, I want my goddamned flying car right now, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't buy some nice Tesla in the meantime.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Never carry lots of Cash (462 comments)

Hmm... I don't know how exactly it is working in USA, but wouldn't they just pocket $400 - well, I mean, use them on new shiny toys - and just ask federal or state government for more money on the "legal hurdles"? Seems pretty logical thing to do.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Jade_Wayfarer Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

I'm surprised it's not the other way around.

"Hey, it's a nice organised crime ring you have here. It would be a shame if someone... made some law equating it to the terrorist organisation. You know, we can't let the terrorists win, now, do we?"

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Jade_Wayfarer Zodiac (82 comments)

Am I only one to instantly remember this novel?

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Oh, you do underestimate the fragility of position of any Russian leader, do you? Look up in Wikipedia how fast did some Czar, Prince or General Secretary encountered "health problems" when they showed any sign of weakness. It's all much more sinister than "I-do-what-I-want-because-fuck-you" typical dictator situation.

about three weeks ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Wait.... what? (254 comments)

Hah! That's the funny one. I'll go tell my friends who visited both cities.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Did not invade The Ukraine (848 comments)

Some of us are even more sorry right now. Not that it matters - several lonely voices of reason wouldn't stop this juggernaut of madness that our media had become. And people here still mostly do believe our media.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Give them Crimea they said.. (848 comments)

Matter of perspective. If Russia manages to scare them strongly enough they would shut down 1/4th of their GDP to prevent worse things from happening. Not every world leader has a mindset of a typical American CEO.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Inevitable (848 comments)

That's even more true in Russia. How Putin could pull out of Ukraine without some serious reason and not "lose his face" now? His 85%+ ratings are hanging on the very thin line now. Imagine - he declares that he stops all support of the separatists in the morning and resigns due to the "health problems" by the lunch.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Jade_Wayfarer Re: Generati? (110 comments)

That's not a typo, they are just some long-lost cousins of Illuminati. More green-oriented, I presume.

about 2 months ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Now that's what I call... (55 comments)

So true. Sorry for not engaging in conflict, but I really have nothing to add here )

about 2 months ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Now that's what I call... (55 comments)

Ah, that's just made my monday! Pity I've ran out of modpoints yesterday. If we'd had more people with similar views within our society, it wouldn't be so fucked up.

about 2 months ago

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Russian rocket Proton-M crashes at launch

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  about a year ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "Today, at 02:38 UTC (08:38 local time), Russian rocket Proton-M crashed after only several seconds of flight. Proton-M was carrying 3 GLONASS-M satellites of the ill-fated Russian navigational system. There were no causalities, but evacuation of personnel was ordered because of toxic rocket fuel fumes. Video of the event can be found here."
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Jello-like memory device developed

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "Researchers from North Carolina State Univercity had developed a memristor-like device that can be used to create a true bio-inteface for electronics. The devices are made using a liquid alloy of gallium and indium metals set into water-based gels, similar to gels used in biological research. For now devices cannot store much data, but they can operate in environments that would make traditional electronics unusable (wet insides of brain, for example).

Maybe this device can even help to store data after an EMP, which will make it harder for criminals (or police) to destroy important evidence. But for now researchers hope to use it in biological sensors or for medical monitoring.

Device is discussed in an abstract here."

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A hunt for the cosmic graffiti and other art

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team had found Stephen Hawking initials in the cosmic microwave background. There are many other interesting anisotropies out there, including images of animals. The most interesting part is that you can participate in the "cosmic hunt". Who knows what other "easter eggs" of Universe can be found there?"
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