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DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs

Noose For A Neck Re:Turn the damn thing off (324 comments)

Wow, you seriously didn't even glance at the article, did you? STBs in "idle" mode aren't any less energy hungry than when they're "on". The only way to turn most of them "off" is by unplugging them.

about 3 years ago

Fourth Amendment Protects Hosted E-mail

Noose For A Neck What about free services? (236 comments)

Let's say you use a Gmail address as your primary email instead of whatever's provided by the people who provide your internet connection. Do they count as an "internet service provider" here, or is this decision as narrow as it sounds?

more than 3 years ago

ATM Hack Gives Cash On Demand

Noose For A Neck WTF is an 'ATM machine'? (193 comments)

Ass-to-mouth machine? Why would it have cash? Do people pay for that??

more than 3 years ago

US Senate Passes 'Libel Tourism' Bill

Noose For A Neck Wow, that actually sounds pretty righteous (467 comments)

So I've got to ask: how many libel suits must be pending overseas against BP America/Monsanto/Dow Chemical/United Healthcare/Disney/et al to get Congress to get off their butts and act?

about 4 years ago

MIT Designs Aircraft That Uses 70% Less Fuel Than Conventional Planes

Noose For A Neck Re:Noise Complaints (459 comments)

I've come across this very topic in the course of my work (I'm an aerospace engineer) and the general consensus on the issue (at least for the Hybrid Wing Body) is that having the engines mounted above the wing like most proposed designs currently do results in a drastic reduction in engine noise in an airport setting.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Designs Aircraft That Uses 70% Less Fuel Than Conventional Planes

Noose For A Neck OMG! MIT just invented the Hybrid Wing Body! (459 comments)

Wait, no, the HWB has been an ongoing project for years. Nothing to see here, just another bullshit MIT PR release.

more than 4 years ago

The Twelve Most Tarnished Brands In Tech

Noose For A Neck Re:HP (430 comments)

Polaroid was responsible for designing and building the camera that went into the U-2 spy plane back in the mid 1950s. They certainly did more than cheap little instant-develop cameras.

more than 4 years ago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight

Noose For A Neck Re:And the wings might not even fall off in flight (278 comments)

I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to fly in it until it's certified for commercial operation. Unless you're way better connected than I am. It's a pretty silly point to make.

more than 4 years ago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight

Noose For A Neck Re:Yawn. (278 comments)

Given that this is a jet and not a piston-powered aircraft, that would be "one continuous controlled flame". No explosions involved, sorry.

more than 4 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Noose For A Neck Re:Conservation of Energy (978 comments)

Another issue to consider would be the differences in digestion efficiency between the digestive tracts of different people. People who have trouble losing weight might just be much more effective at extracting usable calories from food consumed.

more than 4 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Noose For A Neck Re:But it's all physics? *snark* (978 comments)

Are you suggesting that the human body somehow violates the laws of thermodynamics? Because that would be much stupider than what you seem to be mocking.

more than 4 years ago

What Happened To the Bay Bridge?

Noose For A Neck Wrong audience (407 comments)

Slashdot is a great engineering community; what other insights do you have on the bridge situation?

No, Slashdot is mostly made up of computer janitors; the greatest insight you'll get out of most of the posters here is, "hurrr durr, the bridge must've been running Windoze! LOL!", with maybe a little "omg the twin towers were collapsed by EXPLOSIVES!!!!"-style conspiracy theory and "THE GOVERNMENT IS BAD!!!" braindead libertarianism thrown in for color.

more than 4 years ago

Obstacles Near Emergency Exits Speed Evacuation

Noose For A Neck Re:Modeling cooperation as laminar flow (199 comments)

Laminar flow? Where do you see boundary layer phenomena here? And tripping "boundary layers" of people into "turbulent flow"? Do you even think about things before you just blurt them out on the internet?

more than 4 years ago

Airborne Laser Successfully Tracks, Hits Missile

Noose For A Neck Re:Just what we need (287 comments)

Which UAV? There isn't just one design of UAV, there's a whole slew of them in service, on the market or in design. Some of them are rather large, think roughly the size of an A-10. There's no fundamental reason that something the size of a 747 cannot be flown in an unmanned configuration.

more than 4 years ago

Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job?

Noose For A Neck Re:Dumb. (513 comments)

who mails cheques these days, cheques died out ten years ago

Clearly, you've not been to the United States in the past ten years. We still make almost all of our non-retail payments with checks here in the financial Third World. My company, for example, still issues checks for expense reimbursement.

more than 4 years ago

British Start-Up Tests Flying Saucers

Noose For A Neck Re:Sigh (65 comments)

Yes, but your assumption (CPU speed is no object) is ridiculous.

more than 4 years ago

Copyright Status of Thermodynamic Properties?

Noose For A Neck Re:It will be a very difficult project (154 comments)

All of those can be accomplished in Fortran 90/95. There is even direct language support for the third requirement (private members of derived types), and I do it all the time; it works just like other public/private declarations, just placed inside the type definition. Inheritance and polymorphism (I'm guessing this is what dynamic binding means from a quick look at Wikipedia) are a bit trickier, but the techniques have been worked out and documented by these fellows (Viktor Decyk's page is also quite helpful). If you prefer to avoid typing out a certain necessary amount of boilerplate to do this, you could use Drew McCormack's forpedo preprocessor (described in detail on MacResearch). So, it's not necessary to wait for 2003, and in fact, many people haven't but have managed to write and maintain very large codes in Fortran 90/95. Good luck!

about 5 years ago

Paper Companies' Windfall of Unintended Consequences

Noose For A Neck Re:Government interfearence screws up everything (284 comments)

You don't even know that there were two presidents named "Roosevelt"? I hope you're not American, because that would be shockingly stupid.

more than 5 years ago


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