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Global "Last Mile" Performance Stats Going Public

LotsOfPhil Re:Moldova? (233 comments)

I bet he does something silly like zapping Death with a wand of teleport and comes up just short.

more than 4 years ago

The Unsung Heroes of PC Gaming History

LotsOfPhil Re:Star Control 2. was the best sh@t i ever (325 comments)

maaaaan. i wish i could really forget the game and play it all over again.

Agreed, I played UQM a year or so ago after a break of some 10 years. I *still* remembered where most of the rainbow worlds were.

more than 4 years ago

Robotic Audi To Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

LotsOfPhil Bravery (197 comments)

It seems like it would be braver to have no driver but still have a passenger.

more than 4 years ago

"Vegetative State" Patients Can Communicate

LotsOfPhil Re:False Positive (347 comments)

Why not just

Please say yes
Please say yes
Please say yes

more than 4 years ago

Uranus and Neptune May Have "Oceans of Diamonds"

LotsOfPhil Re:A C Clarke (347 comments)

Arrgggh!! SPOILERS!

more than 4 years ago

NYTimes Confirms It Will Start Charging For Online News In 2011

LotsOfPhil Re:Duh. (368 comments)

Well, the cost of a daily print subscription to the New York Times is 14.80...For a week. Mind you, that's to my house, and I live a long fucking way from NYC (checked it against my old NYC zip code, and it's only 11.70 there).

I am not sure where you live, but in Los Angeles it is $7.40 per week. In suburban NJ it is $5.85 per week. That's 385/300 per year.
My source

more than 4 years ago

TSA's Sloppy Redacting Reveals All

LotsOfPhil Re:Well, at least the rest don't do this. (605 comments)

Simple example: sugar plus sulfuric acid gives you nice hunk of elemental carbon. Did you think making molecules was a one way street and eventually all the pure elements would be used up? Those spendthrift chemists.

By the way, the oxygen we breathe is molecular oxygen, O_2, not O. An oxygen atom on its own is very reactive and likes making molecules.

more than 4 years ago

Laser Weapon Shoots Down Airplanes In Test

LotsOfPhil 747 vs. a truck (627 comments)

a laser that is mounted on a truck (which probably costs less than a 747, but who knows) and that can shoot down small aircraft,

The goal for the 747-mounted laser is to shoot down missiles on the way up (when they are over bad guys) versus on the way down (like the Patriot missile). That's why it's on a plane, not a truck.

more than 3 years ago

Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham

LotsOfPhil No usable encryption (199 comments)

One of the open firmware shortcomings is "WPA and WPA2 are not working." That is a pretty big shortcoming.

more than 4 years ago

New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table

LotsOfPhil Re:You're a cynic! :p ;) (140 comments)

The chemical properties of the elements are almost entirely based on how full the electron shells are, and I think a circular diagram represents that better.

Concentric circles don't show that any better than rows do. What rows do better is clearly indicate that the shells get filled in a certain order (left to right). Looking at the circle table, which has more electrons, Li or Ne? F or Ne? Is that intuitive or better?

more than 4 years ago

New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table

LotsOfPhil Circle table is bad (140 comments)

the table can be improved by arranging it in circular form. He says this gives a sense of the relative size of atoms--the closer to the centre, the smaller they are--something that is missing from the current form of the table. ... And by placing hydrogen and helium near the centre, Abubakr says this solves the problem of whether to put hydrogen with the halogens or alkali metals and of whther to put helium in the 2nd group or with the inert gases.

The atom size thing is no more present in the circular table than in the normal table. If distance from the center correlates with size, then Li and Ne are the same size according to the circular table. Lithium is about twice as big.

As for the H/He placement, helium is a noble gas, there is no question about that.

The circle table also mucks up the order of filling. Why are neon and lithium next to each other?

more than 4 years ago

Universe Has 100x More Entropy Than We Thought

LotsOfPhil Re:Fourth Law (304 comments)

There already are four laws of thermodynamics.

more than 4 years ago

AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful

LotsOfPhil Re:Inspiring.... (317 comments)

The troubling thing is that the ones who got the vaccine and were infected were just as sick as those who got a placebo. The vaccination should have slowed the progress of the disease in the cases were it didn't prevent it. Or so one would think/hope.

more than 4 years ago

Risk Aversion At Odds With Manned Space Exploration

LotsOfPhil Re:Life is terminal (371 comments)

Like Nethack?

about 5 years ago

Clojure and Heroku Predict Flight Delays

LotsOfPhil Re:Unnecessary (109 comments)

Last 2 times I have flown afternoon flights on Continental from Newark to Charleston, SC...

Now there's your problem. As for it being "on-time", does it mean on-time arrival? Philly/New York flight times are padded by 60-90 minutes. So if you plane takes off less than an hour late, it will probably land "on-time."

about 5 years ago

DIY CPU Thermal Grease, Using Diamond Dust

LotsOfPhil Re:Diamond dust is cheap? (210 comments)

according to the article, about $1/carat.

more than 5 years ago



How To Write an iPhone App in 14 Days

LotsOfPhil LotsOfPhil writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smallnetbuilder writes "Christmas 2008 — For the first time in several years I was going to be off from work for two straight weeks and my family had no plans go anywhere. Two weeks just hanging around the house. What was I going to do with myself?
I suppose I could have tackled some long neglected household repair, or I could have just kicked back and overdosed on Christmas movies and bowl games like I usually do this time of year. But instead, after lounging around for a day or so, a light bulb went off over my head. An iPhone application! I was going to try my hand at developing an iPhone application."

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Digital camera used to combat memory loss

LotsOfPhil LotsOfPhil writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LotsOfPhil (982823) writes "The BBC has an article about a wearable digital camera called SenseCam that is being used to help people with memory loss. The camera takes a photo every 30 seconds and the patients review the photos in order to reinforce their memories.
The camera has a resolution of 640x480 and stores 30,000 pictures on a 1 Gb SD card. Apparently you wear it on a lanyard around your neck."

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LotsOfPhil LotsOfPhil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LotsOfPhil writes "The Department of Energy is requesting $0 for research into geothermal energy. From 2001-2006, the average funding was $26 million. This year it is $5 million.

The Bush administration wants to eliminate federal support for geothermal power just as many U.S. states are looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise renewable power output.
The move has angered scientists who say there is enough hot water underground to meet all U.S. electricity needs without greenhouse gas emissions.


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