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The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

Ost99 Re:Cool idea until you see the beta price (28 comments)

You can always wait for the finished game and buy that when it arrives next year.

Elite is crowd funded - early access is one of the perks of contributing. Alpha access was a $300+ tier.

about three weeks ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Ost99 Re:No Bid Contracts! (417 comments)

Partly right, but still wrong.

You're right about them not being for dogfighting over Canadian territories, the F35 is not that kind of aircraft.
The F35 is a bomber that can run bombing missions without an escort (when not expecting to meet state of the art interceptors).

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Ost99 Re:Russia (417 comments)

Sweden and Finland have the means to produce nuclear weapons.
Same goes for most other countries with nuclear research facilities. It's not as if it's difficult.

about 2 months ago
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Lepton Universality In Question, a Standard Model Assumption

Ost99 Re:How convenient! (62 comments)

Wan't the confirmation just slightly different from what they expected.
The deviation might actually be traces of this unknown 2nd Higgs particle.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Ost99 Re:Why? (259 comments)

If H+ is slow for video, you're not getting H+ speeds.
H+ is supposed to be 20-42Mbit. Should even be enough for Netflix 4k

about 2 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

It's great for coding, webdesign or anything where you are interacting with two or more windows at the same time.

My coding days are more or less over, but I still find it very useful in almost all tasks. Keeping everything you're working on visible is a great productivity booster. I've had my monitor for roughly 3 months, and it has already paid for itself.

about 2 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Sweet, now we just need to wait for OS Support (207 comments)

Both Linux and Windows 8.1 deals just fine with 4k.
Requires a decent graphics card with drivers that actually work, but other than that there's no problem.

about 2 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

There's a whole bunch of 27" 1440p monitors out there, and they sell a lot.
At the office we've not bought one single 1080p since starting up in 2010. We started off with 1200p when that was still possible to get, and moved on to 1440p and now 4k for those who want it.

about 2 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

It's not a 28" TV, it's a monitor.
I have a 4k monitor at work now, and would really like that at home as well - but until know it's been way to expensive.
At $650 it's below what a decent 1440p monitor costs, and will be within budget for most home-office users.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo To Split Ad Revenue With Streaming Gamers

Ost99 Re:Sorry, but no. (110 comments)

None of this has any relevance, Nintendo is selling software.
Following your logic Adobe should claim ownership to anything produced by Photoshop.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 apply tags (784 comments)

There's very few areas where the cost of renting is lower than interest unless there's some form of rent control.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 apply tags (784 comments)

Again with the claim of big $$.
Do you have any idea how moronic that looks when the "let it burn" crowd is the oil and coal industry?

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 Re:In a century... (784 comments)

All of the claims the past 15 years have been about the expected state in 2050 or later.
If you know none of it came to pass, I'd like to borrow your time machine.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Bad example (800 comments)

I guess drawing the line in instances like this is difficult, but here is my thoughts:

* If you are passing by a car accident or someone bleeding out in the street, action is required (often by law - depending on the country / state).
* If you're parking your car in a downhill street, you're required to engage the handbrake/emergency brake before leaving the car - action required of you to avoid hurting other people.

As the chain of actions (or people) between the (missing) action and the outcome grows, our perceived responsibility is diminished. The same is true if the distance (or time) from us to where (when) the impact is felt increases. As you pointed out, we need some kind of filter - or the consequences of all our inactions would crush our sanity.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Bad example (800 comments)

Completely agree.

Our sense of responsibility only stretches a certain distance (or time) from ourselves. We don't let ourselves be affected by deaths far from us (either in time or distance), even if we could have (contributed) to preventing it. There are certainly interesting moral discussions to be had about that trait, but I think we would have been driven insane if we didn't have a filter like that.

Some inactions are more easily identifiable as bad, for instance not pulling the handbrake when parking in a downhill street.
Not assisting someone who's been badly injured (car accident for instance) would be criminal inaction where I'm from, but it's not like that everywhere.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Car driver ethics: What do I hit? (800 comments)

For my example I assumed identical cars and velocities, and a head-on collision. That should have been stated.
My point was that equating the other vehicle with an immovable barrier is only correct for a very specific case, and as you pointed out - I'd forgotten to include all the details (head- on collision with identical speed, mass, crumple zones, elasticity etc).

Mass, speed and angle of impact matters. GPs statement of "mass of the object you're striking isn't relevant" is wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Car driver ethics: What do I hit? (800 comments)

Your physics makes no sense.
The energy of the car you crash into is what gets transferred to you. The factors involved is the speed and mass of the car that hits you, not your car.

Crashing with an identical car as your own is the same as crashing into a fixed barrier. Crashing into a SUV at twice your cars mass is much worse, as the other car will not stop. If the difference in mass is large enough your car will crushed without affecting the speed of the other vehicle in any significant way (think train).

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Bad example (800 comments)

Killing someone by inaction is also murder.
The question then becomes, kill 3 or kill 300.

about 3 months ago
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Talking To the Public: the Biggest Enemy To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions

Ost99 apply tags (324 comments)

Nuclear is safer than any other form of energy production.
It's safer than hydro, and significantly safer than wind and solar - and several orders of magnitude safer than fossil fuels.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Ost99 Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

This gives a comprehensive overview of the fossil fuel subsidies in the US: http://www.oecd.org/site/tadff...
Far from all of these are available to other industries (somehow I doubt Apple is able to claim tax credit for production of low-sulphur diesel, or 15% tax credit for utilizing enhanced oil recovery methods or transporting Alaskan natural gas)

You might not have considered this, but the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Strategic Petroleum Reserve are effectively fossil fuel subsidies.

about 3 months ago

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