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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Rudisaurus fairly straightforward basis, actually (330 comments)

The liberal-conservative taxonomy in the study is based on a simple premise:

- brain activity detected: liberal
- no brain activity observed: conservative

See? Pretty easy..

about a month and a half ago

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Rudisaurus Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

LOL. Wish I had mod points to give you. Cheers!

about a month ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Rudisaurus One-man company ... (255 comments)

... means that I am the team idiot -- for better or for worse.

about 7 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

Rudisaurus Re:Actually it's both. (360 comments)

Great explanation! Completely agree.

In fact, you could take it a step further and apply Bernoulli's equation to the fluid in the system. The difference in pressure between the source reservoir and the destination reservoir is exactly offset by the effective pressure loss due to friction between the flowing liquid and the tube wall.

The difference in pressure between the source reservoir and the apex will include part of this friction pressure loss (proportional to the length of the tube from the source to the apex relative to the overall length) + reduction in pressure due to the velocity of the fluid in motion (static liquid is at a higher pressure than liquid in communication with it at the same elevation but in motion -- the principle behind the pitot-static tube).

This is why flow through the siphon can be regulated by raising or lowering the apex of the tube. Make it higher, the total friction pressure loss is increased and the velocity must decrease to offset that loss. At some point, the tube is sufficiently long that the flow is slowed to a standstill.

about 8 months ago

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Rudisaurus Re:I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 year (183 comments)

Furthermore, they completely forgot the obvious ethical dilemma of an InfoWorld web site programmer tasked with implementing multi-paged articles.

Slashdotted. Problem solved.

about 8 months ago

Reinventing the Axe

Rudisaurus Business is ... axes? or split firewood? (217 comments)

I watched a few promotional videos for the Vipukirven on YouTube. People lined up at trade shows to try out this new axe, and the promo guys were kept busy heaping the resulting split firewood onto a huge pile. It occurred to me that touring a "new axe" around to trade shows and getting passers-by to split enormous piles of wood for you for free is a great business model for a firewood vendor ...

Of course, if you can sell the occasional axe (for US$200+), so much the better!

about 8 months ago

Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Rudisaurus Deeply insightful! (80 comments)

"To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine."

Boy, there are some deep lessons and insights here for the Facebook / Twitter / app-for-everything user generation.

Learn how to use the machine -- or the device -- or it will use you.

about 8 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Rudisaurus Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

GrahamCox was being a smartass (and/or trying to be funny) -- but thank you for your patient and informative response! (Wish I had mod points left ...)

about 8 months ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Rudisaurus Not a significant test ... (224 comments)

I read Hesse's "The Glass Bead Game" long before the Internet even existed, and it was completely fucking opaque even back then.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Rudisaurus Re:Bad Management (387 comments)

A lot of the blame for Win8 can be shouldered on Steven Sinofsky, who by all accounts thought himself as a cross between Steve Jobs and Napoleon. He was given free reign over Win8 due to his perceived success with MS Office (and the ribbon interface).

Yeah, everyone loves that.

about 9 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Rudisaurus Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

As is always said in these situations, find at least one scientifically rigorous study showing any alternative medicine works.

Nope. You have to find at least two such studies, the one reproducing the results of the other to a high degree of similarity. Otherwise it's not scientifically rigorous.

about 9 months ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

Rudisaurus Re:In mice (144 comments)

Wait! You're right! The study is seriously flawed! Mice already stay up all night; they're nocturnal by nature. So how could pulling "all-nighters" cause demonstrable brain damage in animals that have a natural predilection for so doing?

about 9 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Rudisaurus Re:To be fair... (653 comments)

Totally agree. What's more, you can't be in the multimeter business and NOT be aware of Fluke; they've been prominent players and frontrunners in that business for literally decades. Sparkfun had to be aware of Fluke's product line, but they went ahead and chose a yellowish-orange border colour anyway. "Army of consultants or attorneys" indeed! Serves 'em right.

about 9 months ago

Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

Rudisaurus clarification (182 comments)

'It sounded like I was involved before with bitcoin and looked like I'm not involved now. That's not what I meant. I want to clarify that,' he said.

So ... you meant that you are still involved now? I think I see what you're saying, Satoshi/Dorian ...

about 9 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Rudisaurus Quit smoking ... (401 comments)

... live longer and prosper.

about 10 months ago

NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

Rudisaurus Re:Effects on all Americans overseas, not just NZ (134 comments)

In short, I am forced to obtain citizenship in my country of residency, and give up my citizenship in the United States.

Not so fast, Round-Eyes. Before you can renounce your US citizenship, you must sign an oath to that effect at an embassy or consulate outside the US, pay a fee of $450 and settle up with the IRS first! Only when the latter have agreed that you have nothing outstanding may you no longer call yourself an American. Otherwise, sorry, Bud -- you're still in!

about a year ago

Ballmer To Retire

Rudisaurus Whew! (633 comments)

"Ballmer To Retire"

Furniture at Microsoft HQ heaves a sigh of relief!

about a year ago

Aerovelo's Human-Powered Helicopter Wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Rudisaurus Re:Intent of the Prize Criteria? (58 comments)

The AHS publication of the Sikorsky prize regulations, Flight Requirements 4.4.3, states that "a reference point on the non-rotating part of the machine will be established as a means whereby the observers can judge that the machine stayed within the confines of the 10-meter square", thereby clearly indicating that one point on the machine must remain within a 10 m x 10 m square, not the entire machine.

about a year and a half ago

Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

Rudisaurus Re:Communication is the key (313 comments)

Your memorial site for Sue is a thing of beauty. It brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sue was as lucky to have you in her life as you were to have her in yours.

about a year and a half ago



Amazon remote-wipes user's Kindle with no real explanation

Rudisaurus Rudisaurus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rudisaurus writes "Think those e-books on your Kindle are yours? Think again! Amazon has reached out over the web and remote-wiped a user's Kindle. When asked why, Amazon's only explanation is that they somehow associated the user's account with another which they had deemed involved in nefarious activity. Further requests for details were simply stonewalled. Nice!"
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