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The Matrix Re-Reloaded

PinkyGigglebrain Wait! (640 comments)

Its April already?!?!

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

PinkyGigglebrain WRONG! Re:Obvious Missing - GOLD (868 comments)

From the Wiki:
"The Spanish dollar (also known as the piece of eight, the real de a ocho or the eight-real coin) is a silver coin, of approximately 38mm diameter, worth eight reales, that was minted in the Spanish Empire after a Spanish currency reform in 1497."
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more than 3 years ago
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UK Gov't Wants To Block Internet Porn By Default

PinkyGigglebrain Re:What in the heck?? (642 comments)

... Banning all torrents, usernet access, or file shareing sites such as Rapidshare, Uploading, DepositFiles, etc??? How would they do this without killing almost all of the internet??

I think that is their plan, both in method and intent.

more than 3 years ago
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MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Bloodsucker (300 comments)

Would you please not call them "bloodsucking leeches". Leeches are actually very useful, unlike the *AA.

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more than 3 years ago
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Exciting Kinect Stuff Already Coming Out

PinkyGigglebrain I wonder (200 comments)

How long it will be till TVs come with Kinects built in, and can't be turned off. It would be an advertiser's wetdream, and then the DHS could use it to monitor those who might be a "threat to national Security" (everyone).

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more than 3 years ago
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The temperature where I am now is controlled by...

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Green Technology (402 comments)

See you in a week.

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Well (570 comments)

IC engines are not limited to petroleum oil based fuels, they can run on methane, alcohol and vegetable oil to name a few options. I don't see any reason why this engine couldn't use a carbon neutral fuel like biogas or alcohol, its not some radical new tech that is completely alien, it is a refinement of existing tech.

The reason most modern cars use petrol is because that was the cheapest back in the day and the infrastructure developed to exclusively handle it. In the early days of automobiles there where a mix of gas and electric vehicles, even some hybrids, that ran on a variety of fuels.

There is no single answer, we are entering a transitional period where fossil fuels are going to be phased out but it doesn't look like there is going to be a magic bullet that will solve everything, at least not yet.

Even fusion will have its issues. Sure electricity may end up being "too cheap to meter" (we've heard that before) but for cars your going to need batteries, really good ones for long trips in some cases, and a completely rebuilt rail system to use electricity instead of diesel. Add in transporting it all, the current electric grid is already hitting its max, those rolling blackouts on the West coast awhile back where not caused by a lack of available generating capacity it was the inability to get the power to where it was needed.

There is a great deal more work that needs to be done to completely move away from combustion, of any fuel, and this engine is another step in the right direction.

Conservation is not always about replacing a technology completely, its about using what is available in an efficient and sustainable method.

more than 3 years ago
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The iPhone Serial Port Hack

PinkyGigglebrain Applies to iPad as well (217 comments)

The iPad uses the same pin outs and has serial port support as well.

Cool hack for an iPhone, but you could do the same thing with an iPad to USB adapter and a USB=>RS232 adapter in a smaller form factor.

Two thumbs up for the hack though. I'm going to have to get a few of those breakout boards, my Sansa e200 has the same connector, just different pin outs.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox 360 Jailbreaker May Need Real Jailbreak

PinkyGigglebrain Re:I find this not hard to understand (359 comments)

I would challenge your view that the only "real usage" of moding a game console is to play illegally copied games.

Of course I can only speak for myself but my intent when I modded my Xbox was so I could copy the games I already owned onto its hard drive and no longer need the easily damaged disks, that in some cases cost me $70+, to play the game. The originals are now stored in a safe location and will only be used to reload the hard disk should it fail at a later date.

My action also allowed me to extend the life of my console since I no longer needed to use the optical disk drive, which was already starting to fail, and maximize my investment in the games. If I had to keep switching the disks, risking damage to them every time and causing wear on the optical disk drive, I would buy far fewer games than I have. From that view the modding actually led to the sale of more games by the distributors.

If Microsoft chooses to ban me from using my modded console on their network I do not have a problem with that, they own the servers, but I own the Xbox and will do with it as I please with it.

And I still fail to see how jail breaking a game console is any different than jail breaking an iPhone, in both cases it allows the owner to do what they want with device they own. If anything I see more of an argument against jail breaking a phone that was discounted pursuant to a service contract and therefor not fully owned by the purchaser until the terms of the contract are fulfilled, than a game console which was purchased outright.

more than 3 years ago
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You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Maybe some help for Asthmatics (223 comments)

No, a naive man would believe the advertising by the Pharmacorps that they only have the best interests of the public at heart.

I would call your observation accurate and realistic. If they can they will profit from this as much as possible, if they can not they will do everything they can to bury this or ensure that only they can control the distribution channels, which they will then manipulate to either make it impossible to get or cost so much that no one can afford it. Then they will stop distributing it "because there is no demand".

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more than 3 years ago
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You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Bitter scents from the natural environemnt (223 comments)

If I had the points I would mod you up. I really hope some researcher follows up on your idea.

Since we taste bitter, not smell it, we wouldn't detect even a trace of "bitter" unless we breathed through our mouths. I doubt it would take much to trigger the receptors in the lungs so the other scent compounds would overpower the bitter signal from the tongue, so the brain gets an "Ooooo, Earthy, loamy goodness" signal while the lungs get "Open wide!".

more than 3 years ago
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You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Maybe some help for Asthmatics (223 comments)

You are so right. My first draft included some not very polite references to Pharmacorps and their practices. But since those always seem to incite a flame war I opted for less fuel.

And getting it by the FDA is going to be as much a pain as you indicated, not to mention that there will likely be some "incentives" to the FDA director/testers to ignore, delay, lose the testing protocols for any product based on this discovery that did make it that far.

Likely it will be other countries that move forward with making this available to their people, and in the US it will get stopped at the boarder as an illegal pharmaceutical.

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more than 3 years ago
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You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Maybe some help for Asthmatics (223 comments)

Since it uses a completely different mechanism than current drugs, which relax the bronchial muscles directly, and works better as well, it would not only be safer for children and people in general but vastly cheaper.

I wonder if this has any bearing on how hot toddy's work?

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more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Surely they'll come up with a marketing name... (337 comments)

Or maybe Wombat, Kangaroo, Kiwi or Koala. Can you just imagine the comercials? They could be SOOO cute!

It would be enough to make you barf.

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more than 3 years ago
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International Effort Brings an Open Standard For Docking In Space

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Watch the polarity guys (140 comments)

Just finished watching it. Fun to see the old non CGI model effects again.

At 1:26:00 Ross and the Director are talking about sending another ship to the Phoenix and the Director does ask about the electrical polarity but they don't say what they end up doing.

At 1:33:00 when the "Doppelganger" docks with Phoenix there is some kind of spark/arcing in the coupler between the two ships. It knocks out the Doppelgangers radio, vertical thrusters needed to land, and some other systems not specified. The spark/arc also causes the retros on the Phoenix to fire and de-orbit it. No details as to the cause of the arc are ever given.

At 1:35:00 Ross says that he does not know what happened but that the instruments show that "... negative is still negative, positive is still positive." but since his radio is out no one on the ground hears him.

Ross is able to make a controlled exit from the Phoenix but ground control has activated the auto approach system for the Doppelganger which apparently has no local manual override. During the approach Ross is trying to radio ground control telling them to release auto systems. When they finally do, because they think he is already dead, it is too late for Ross to do anything. The Doppelganger smashes into a building and then crashes into a big rocket which blows up everything, including all the evidence of the mirrored Earth.

Cool side note, the last part of the movie is reversed from the first half, so the audience sees the world the way Ross does. When it was first released some film tech thought it was a mistake and "fixed it", but when they remastered it for the DVD they put it back the way it was meant to be.

Hope you get a chance to watch it again for yourself. Regards, PGB

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more than 3 years ago
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Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Chrysler still doesn't get it (102 comments)

Gimmicks are cheaper, don't require retooling an assembly line, and work in many cases to sell product to the masses.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Strikes Gold and Water On the Moon

PinkyGigglebrain What? (421 comments)

What, no Unobtainium?

If they had found that you could bet some nation would be there by next summer, at the latest.

more than 3 years ago
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Record-Breaking Galaxy Found In Deep Hubble Image

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Does it still exist? (196 comments)

Of course its wrong, more probable than not anyway, but its still fun to think about things like this, keeps your brain from becoming too dogmatic. How do you think Einstein started on relativity?

My personal view is the Universe is a bounded but infinite bubble that exists in something akin to a De Siter Space filled with other bubbles and quantum membranes.

The article doesn't mention an actual age for the galaxy, only that the first stars where forming about the same time. So it might be that the really big, higher density, clouds of H and He that would eventually become the first galaxies had already formed and the the first stars were not "free" but already part of larger structures.

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more than 3 years ago
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Record-Breaking Galaxy Found In Deep Hubble Image

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Does it still exist? (196 comments)

That occurred to me as well after I hit submit.

The three degree background might be the energy emitted by all the stars, etc., and attenuated (inverse square) by the distance and overlaped with itself each time it travels back to its origin. That would explain the uniformity of it.

Of course this would mean we live in a bounded Universe that was only(!)13.1 billion light years wide.

Just as interesting is to consider that from the view point of that galaxy now a sentient would see the Milkyway looking the same as their galaxy does now to us. And if they looked in the opposite direction they would see another early galaxy 13.1 billion years from them. A sentient in THAT galaxy now would not be able to see our galaxy since we would be beyond their current light horizon. So it will be another 13.1 billion years before light from our galaxy reaches them and they even know the Milkyway exists.

I really love thinking about this kind of stuff, keeps me from dwelling too much on the little things.

more than 3 years ago
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Record-Breaking Galaxy Found In Deep Hubble Image

PinkyGigglebrain Re:Does it still exist? (196 comments)

Probably got eaten by another galaxy, there was a lot of cannibalism back then.

more than 3 years ago

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20 Years in Prison for Buying a Manga?

PinkyGigglebrain PinkyGigglebrain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) writes "Super short summary; guy buys some Manga from Japan, it gets inspected by the USPS, inspector freaks at some of the images,reports them as "obscene", guy gets arrested and charged under the PROTECT Act (18 U.S.C. Section 1466A). If found guilty he faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years. www.animenewsnetwork.com has the stories here and here. There is also a some write up at Splash Page"
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Sprite and Oportunity are back on line

PinkyGigglebrain PinkyGigglebrain writes  |  about 7 years ago

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) writes "According to NASA the rovers have survived the dust storms that have swept the surface of Mars for the last 6 weeks.

How well they survived remains to be seen as the sun is not at full strength due to dust that is still suspended in the atmosphere so the rovers currently only have about half the power they normally would.

The article is here, a little sparse on the exact health of the rovers but its good to know they are still with us."
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PinkyGigglebrain PinkyGigglebrain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) writes "The Register is runing an article that tells of a new RFID technology that will be tested at Debrecen Airport in Hungary. The new RFID tags have a range of up to 20 meters and will be used to track passengers as they move through the airport, FTA ".. so airports can herd people through the airport system." just like sheep."

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