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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

O('_')O_Bush Re: Bananas vs Grapes (119 comments)

Those aren't grapes, dude, those are marbles.


Scotland Votes No To Independence

O('_')O_Bush Re: Hmm... (416 comments)

That was a bad example. There is a pretty big consensus on both sides of the aisle that Bush was a mistake and fuckup (cause of the problems that the GOP complains that Obama hasn't fixed yet).

I mean, Obama won as the "not Bush" candidate against McCain.

Reagan would have been a better example.


Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

O('_')O_Bush Re: rotfl (168 comments)

Neither "News for Nerds" or "Stuff that matters".

So obviously front page material.


ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

O('_')O_Bush Re: they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

"Won't last long"

On the decades to hundreds of years scale, sure. Their policy will probably work for their (short) foreseeable future.

2 days ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

O('_')O_Bush Re: Anti-math and anti-science ... (949 comments)

PSH, more than a little exaggeration. If they banned math, how would they know how to evade taxes?

2 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

O('_')O_Bush Re: You mean... (236 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if ISP wanted to charge consumers extra for the "turbo mode" privilege.

Just more greed.

3 days ago

Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

O('_')O_Bush Re: Maybe (263 comments)

Well, the downside being (for felons on parole), not all guns generate significant recoil. .22 LR handguns are perfectly lethal and generate almost no recoil at all.

And you'd be experiencing about the same amount of recoil as a 44 Magnum chambered gun about any time you catch a baseball. As you said, lots of false positives, but I expect lots of false negatives as well.

I mean, the most common guns used in crimes (mid-framed 9's) could probably not be detected with the user wearing a pair of weightlifting gloves and having a firm grip.

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

O('_')O_Bush Re: Contacting BBC, via VPN (362 comments)

I don't think he meant a mouthpiece for whichever political party of the moment is, but if you have ever seen how the BBC whips up moral panics and that followed by knee-jerk, ludicrous legislation, you can understand why some have the perspective of it being a mouthpiece.

  But really it is a causality argument. Is it the government pushing the BBC to propagandize some flavors of legislation, or is it the BBC driving the sheep into pressuring the government to adopt those flavors of legislation? I think the latter is more likely.

about two weeks ago

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

O('_')O_Bush Re: Too late (107 comments)

Damn phone makes posting nearly impossible.

Uname/password combo unique*

Algo* not alto

about two weeks ago

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

O('_')O_Bush Re: Too late (107 comments)

Really? You are going with the "blaming the victim" route?

How about this one. There are probably over 100 websites that have store my credit card information in their own proprietary system because every company seems to have "not developed here" syndrome, and making each uname/password combo is very difficult without some easy to guess alto, or even remembering where accounts might have been created already. And on top of that, nobody has any clue who was affected or how they were affected because the only group claiming to have any idea what happened has refused to divulge that information, giving the hackers free reign to continue to exploit vulnerabilities no matter how users respond.

So any attempt at blaming users seems awfully idiotic in the face of everything else.

about two weeks ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

O('_')O_Bush Re: Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Maybe for low end prebuilds. I haven't seen an custom build that uses a case with that layout, and the most popular cases do not have that layout.

about three weeks ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

O('_')O_Bush Re: Good news everybody (91 comments)

"Bad ones"

That isn't how evolution works. What you meant was genetically less fit to resist predation by lions and tigers before having a chance to breed if and only if lions and tigers are a significant cause of that species not being able to breed in comparison to other factors.

I, for one, don't give a shit about genetic fitness against Ebola. Thinking that somehow these people (or animals) "deserve" to be weeded out because they are "bad" in the sense there is something wrong with them is completely unfounded, and is nothing more than blaming the victim.

Or trolling.

about three weeks ago

For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

O('_')O_Bush Re: Nice! (76 comments)

SONAR is not typically used for navigation by things trying to be stealthy, because, as you can imagine, pinging requires making a loud noise that can be detected and fixed on.

Rather, position and movement can be accurately tracked with small inertial guidance systems (RLGs) and time.

Then you just have to know where you want to go (map, waypoints, whatever)

about three weeks ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

O('_')O_Bush Re: Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Just about all companies are held by the 1%. Typically, companies pay company holders enough to be 1%'ers. What was your point there? The 1% isn't a hand-wringing, conniving, homogeneous group of evil doers.

about a month ago

If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

O('_')O_Bush Re: Who needs oil? (305 comments)

Sure, there will be nuts, by never underestimate the power of cheap.

about 1 month ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

O('_')O_Bush Re: This actually makes perfect sense. (117 comments)

Shielded in the capsule holding components of the ISS? Why not? The ISS parts weren't traveling in a vacuum, and given humid, balmy, oceanfront Cape Canaveral, seems reasonable to me that their might have been some air exchange or air captured.

about 1 month ago

Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

O('_')O_Bush Re: Unity is 64 bit now (127 comments)

Why is that amusing? It was true for last gen as well. And the one before that. Simply, a $300-400 computer designed for low power(low temps), small formfactor just won't compete with a $750-$1500 computer without those requirements.

That is just a fact of life, no matter how it upsets fanbois.

What amuses me is the angst over "why does Skyrim run at only 30FPS and make me motion sick?" and "why aren't there 64 player maps like on PC?" Well duh.

about a month ago

Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

O('_')O_Bush Re: Rise of the middlemen (127 comments)

That might have been true 15-20 years ago during the dotcom bubble, but hasn't been true since. Not even slightly.

about a month ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

O('_')O_Bush Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

That is not what a Premiere League spokesperson stated in a recent interview with someone from the British media and was aired on NPR this morning. They specifically pointed out the cases where people record or take photos of parts of the game from their phones and post to Twitter/Vine.

Also, interesting to note, the interviewer specifically pointed out the NFL as going through the same type of frustrations. In typical British media form, the interviewer was pandering to corporate interest in focus and language, and didn't make a single mention of the rights of the recorders, which seems perverse given that many Vines fit comfortably under the measures of Fair Use in the U.S.

about a month ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

O('_')O_Bush Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

250m is about the end of extreme range for a .22 LR carbine.

M4s/M16s are towards the end of their legs at 600m. DMRs like the SPR go out to about 800m. Military bolt guns reach out to 1100m and beyond.

about a month ago


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