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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Overzeetop Re:Cable TV Anyone? (284 comments)

You are that old, you just probably don't remember. It was way back when MTV played music videos.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Overzeetop Re:"Engineer" (541 comments)

Depends on where you're from. Game designers aren't, generally "computer engineers"

When I was in school, there were different tracks for Computer Science (programming, IT management) and for Computer Engineering (a sub-discipline for Electrical engineering), involving the design of computer hardware at the chip and sub-chip level. Computer engineers were generally at/near the top of the intellectual heap, joining the aerospace engineers looking down at all the other engineering disciplines.

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Overzeetop !Easy Hard (541 comments)

Math, at the age where Barbie hits her prime demographic, is no harder than reading, history, singing, or being physically fit. There are exceptions where certain things really are hard to some people with disabilities (both mental and physical), but for the vast majority its not hard - it just takes practice and study/work.

Saying "Math is hard" elevates it and offers an excuse as to why you aren't doing well at it. If you don't read, you'll never be a good reader. If you never do physical activity, you'll never be in good cardiovascular shape. If you don't study history, you shouldn't expect to be able to recall historical facts and make logical connections between events. Playing piano will not work out well for you if you never practice. In that sense, all those things are "hard" - but only "hard" as compared to, say, watching a movie or drinking a slurpee.

Misogyny is presenting a girl as an incompetent fool, incapable of doing the very things which the presentation aims to promote. Apparently, writing even the most basic story book an staying true to the subject is hard as well.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Overzeetop Re:boggles the mind... (493 comments)

The sun is putting more heat than that on every exposed/sun facing square meter of the 14+ Million square meter surface area of that rock. An extra 1000W, mostly radiated off to the 3K of space, wouldn't have been an issue.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Overzeetop Re:Really? (493 comments)

Compared to an RTG, solar panels are very light and the mass scales down pretty well with power requirements (which isn't as true with RTGs). Discl: I've designed solar panel deployment mechanisms for spacecraft.

3 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Overzeetop Re: The numbers vary (164 comments)

Have you ever seen the prices in those gadget catalogs? An iPhone is only ~175 in parts, but they retail for 600-900. Maybe they'll have it on sale for 169 on Black Friday.

3 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Overzeetop Re:The numbers vary (164 comments)

Yeah, exactly. I suspect you'll never match human losses without a much larger energy source for the condenser.

This is a much better product for areas with poor drinking water quality, but those people don't have a spare $200 for a new bicycle gadget. This was custom made for the Sharper Image / Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, not some third world peace corp work.

4 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Overzeetop Re:Hmmm ... (164 comments)

Actually, if I read the article correctly it's a peltier cooler that runs off of solar panels. The fact that its on a bike is just his version of a solution looking for a problem in a market with disposable income.

4 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Overzeetop Re:Hmmm ... (164 comments)

Uh, please tell me that was sarcasm.

4 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Overzeetop The numbers vary (164 comments)

1 drop per minute is at 20C and 50% RH = 3ml/hr (0.05ml/drop). At that temp/RH, there is 0.01 kg moisture per kg of air. But in hot, humid weather (say 35C and 90% RH), there is 4x as much moisture in the air. More importantly, at 20/50% the dew point is 9C, or a delta T of 11C that the (horribly inefficient) peltier cooler must keep just to condense moisture. At 35C, and 90% RH, the dew point is 33C, requiring only a 2C delta T across the cooler, allowing more of the power to be used for the latent heat of condensation.

4 days ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

Overzeetop Re:20 Meters? (69 comments)

No, they don't realize, because this is who "they" are:

Sir Graeme Davies – Former university Vice-Chancellor
David Iron - Project financing advisor
Monica Grady - scientist specializing in cosmic mineralogy
Ian Taylor - Former UK Government Science Minister
Angela Lamont - Broadcast media presenter

Monica Grady is probably the only person up there with any kind of credentials in space research, but her studies are in meteorites. I hope she's getting a good pay day out of this, because the other four have nothing of value to contribute on a techincal level. Not that Grady has any idea about how the mission would be designed and flown, but short of "space policy" they're all just hangers-on.

4 days ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

Overzeetop Yeah, I'm jealous, too. (69 comments)

I mean...it seems like so much of the KS ideas are some bastardization of a senior marketing design project and several geeks spitballing crazy ideas after several bottles of cheap tequila. And KS is perfect for it - little oversight, no requirement to actually complete or deliver under any kind of deadline - what's not to like.

They're not going anywhere, and they may not even know it yet. I say they may not know it because the entire team of 5 has a single scientist, and her specialty has nothing to do with aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering nor any training or experience in space vehicle design, navigation, and operation. The other four include two administrators, a financial advisor, and a broadcast journalist. But, more importantly, they won't be going anywhere with a million dollars. And if you aren't going anywhere, a million bucks buys a lot of tequila.

4 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Overzeetop Evil robots can therefore feel joy? (317 comments)

If it turns out to be impossible to build a purely evil robot that would always kill maliciously, does that mean that a purely evil robot would occasionally kill for the sheer joy of watching someone die?

4 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Overzeetop Re:Contracts (302 comments)

Even in the US negotiation must be handled in good faith. If the contract can't be negotiated, it isn't a contract. The "take it or leave it" stance has fallen before when a simple transaction has been involved (no, don't have the cite; too lazy to look it up). There is also a danger in overly strict contracts which attempt to be inforced as the burden of the contractual language is on the writer and the benefit is *always* given to the receiver. If there's a slip anywhere, the contract can be nullified or accidentally generous terms provided to the second party.

4 days ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

Overzeetop ./ Headlines are becoming unparseable (57 comments)

Is it a name or an acronym, an adjective or a noun - or maybe a verb. Who the fuck knows. Is it SHIELD or Shield? Is it made by NVIDIA (And should get a possessive 's)? Do we need to know that NVIDIA is the maker at all, or is it important that the Shield (or SHIELD) is the particular tablet (do we need to know it's a tablet?) that you've benchmarked. Should we know what is happening (performance explored - or was it just a benchmark?) and then find out it was under a particular release. And why Lollipop - aren't we past codenames now to understand that this is the official Android 5.0 (pre)release?

If you're going for obscure and useless, you guys are nailing these headlines. Why not take the next step and just pick 8 random words from the summary and post those in any order?

(ob: now get off my lawn)

5 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Overzeetop No, really -they don't say how. (194 comments)

Compressed gas? Cryo-slush (unlikely!)? Metal Hydrides?

And, of course, hydrogen - like batteries - is just a storage mechanism. The power still need to be generated somewhere, and there are the typical transitional losses.

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Overzeetop Re:At -40F/C? (194 comments)

I can guarantee that the combustion products will not leave the engine at -40.

about a week ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Overzeetop Nope. NopeNopeNopeNopeNopeNopeNope (91 comments)

Sorry, I love Facebook. It's my connection to far-flung friends and the hub for my musical contacts. We share, we laugh, we pretend our lives matter. I don't accept any "friends" on FB with whom I work. FB.business will ultimately get linked to the FB.personal (because that's how marketing works) and that ain't happening for me.

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Overzeetop Re:why no rtg (337 comments)

Money and fear. Pu-238 is in pretty short supply and (afaik) is not being "made" because the toxicity and complications of manufacture can't justify the price. It was, iirc, a byproduct of nuclear warhead production and now that we're not actively building up an arsenal to turn the planet into radioactive glass there's none to be had.

The fear part is, of course, the danger that a fairly hot (if small) sample would be a hazard in the event of a launch failure. Now, in reality I think RTG hot products are packaged in MP35N, a high-nickel stainless which, as it was explained to me by a NASA engineer, "in 10,000 years when all traces of the human race are at the bottom of the ocean, the parts that are still shiny will be the ones that were made of MP35N." Still, OMG R4di04CtiV3!11!1!

about a week ago

Submissions

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  about 8 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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