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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Skidborg Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (787 comments)

Fun fact: What you're actually hearing from most approaching vehicles is tire noise rather than their engine sound.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Skidborg Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (787 comments)

You typically will hear the tire noise of an approaching vehicle long before you hear its engine noise. Even electric cars can't get rid of that.

Source: Many hundreds of miles of bicycle touring.

2 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Could Move

Skidborg Re:Wider scope (144 comments)

For all the hype... even if islam rules the world it will just be change in the world, not the end of it. They are not the first ideology of their kind, and won't be the last to rule a large chunk of the planet.

3 days ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Skidborg Re:Benefits are Overstated (172 comments)

This system does not require that the government control anything. It will be your appliance passively reading the price of electricity from a central broadcast and adjusting operations accordingly. "The government might want this so it must be evil" is a terrible line of reasoning.

about a week ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Skidborg Re:Silly assumptions. (172 comments)

I think you're massively overestimating the amount of temperature difference 30 seconds would make. If shifting the run time by couple by a couple minutes brought disaster, then opening the fridge would doom your food every time.

about a week ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Skidborg Re:NO (232 comments)

Because both of those sports still require physical coordination brought to bear against real, physical objects. And there is a hell of a lot more to real shooting than just pulling a trigger.

about 1 month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

Skidborg Re:I sat right next to the CRT as a kid, and I liv (179 comments)

I'm not sure what vague risk you are referring to, but I don't think it has much of anything to do with the effect observed here.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Skidborg Re:Who will get (360 comments)

The problem is that nobody /wants/ unification. Cleaning up the mess that North Korea currently is is too much of a money sink for any government to take it on willingly. Millions of starving people with medieval technology isn't an asset.

about a month ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Skidborg Re:Not a cargo ship (116 comments)

Because space ships are self-propelled and capable of maneuvers. Space stations are less so.

about a month ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Skidborg Re:Seems unintuative (175 comments)

I believe it's already known that avoiding sunlight helps prevent this enzyme from being released, and in turn keeps skin looking younger. This is just artificially lowering it even further in an attempt to to create immortal, sunlight-fearing vampires.

about a month ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Skidborg Re:Why is it there? (175 comments)

It sounds like it's part of the system that removes damaged cells and toxic material after a sunburn. It causes some collateral damage, but it might be better than being poisoned.

about a month ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Skidborg Re:Seems unintuative (175 comments)

Without the 'redness' of sunburn your body would simply be poisoned by the toxins that ruptured cells release.

about a month ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Skidborg Re:Touch our great lakes (330 comments)

Transporting water that distance is completely impractical compared to simply desalinating ocean water that's available locally.

about a month ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

Skidborg Re:Labor Loopholes? (52 comments)

Wait until the robots can stock shelves and clean up smashed jars of pickles...

about a month ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

Skidborg Re:One of the few games with incredible imaginatio (186 comments)

My exact reason for giving up on Nethack after grinding through the same levels Sokoban for the 40th time for the same loot.

about a month and a half ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

Skidborg Re:He should have done it. (436 comments)

Did your girlfriend just dump you because her parents found out?

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Skidborg Re: Is it just me ... (390 comments)

Battlefront II is the only place I've seen this bit of trivia mentioned.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Skidborg Re:I agree, except: (390 comments)

Extremely fast cuts isn't really indicative of anything in a trailer.

about 2 months ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

Skidborg Re:Delete Your Facebook Account Already (189 comments)

People who actually care about you will find other ways to talk to you.

about 2 months ago

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