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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Thanshin Re:The dirty mind plays up (100 comments)

She'd surely pay the $100 for the tenfold improvement.

4 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Thanshin Re:The obvious question is NOT QUOTED (100 comments)

And what's the *emphasis* equivalent of air quotes? Jazz hands? ...*Naked*....*\o/*

4 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Thanshin Re:UK article, US units (100 comments)

It's an improvement.

The "exocomets" article had a six orders of magnitude error. Which in this case would mean saying that the booth scans your entire body in four and a half months. Then, for a measly $100,000,000 they build you a nice 228km high figurine.

4 hours ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Thanshin Re:Easy! Fraud.. (85 comments)

Wake me when he DOES something,

You mean something other than obscene amounts of money, right? Like, end poverty. Or, cure ebola.

yesterday
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Thanshin To compete in price (85 comments)

To compete in price against anyone you only need money. With enough money, you can set a price of $0.

The main question is "will they be able to recover the cost of that competence once they get the contracts?" and it's way too soon to know the answer to that.

It's like judging the acquisition of online "businesses". Nobody can prove the price was or wasn't right until the buyer makes that back as profit or doesn't.

yesterday
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Thanshin Entirely preventable software error (111 comments)

An entirely preventable software error was responsible for causing 911 service to drop. "It could have been prevented. But it was not,"

So, let us be clear. The error, was not simply preventable but absolutely and completely preventable in all cases. There was no impediment to prevent it. Its prevention was not only possible but also within the reach of any error prevention effort or action. It could have been prevented.

The preventability of the error was absolute. No situation, fictive or factual, in this or other world, would allow a situation in which this error was not preventable.

Finally, it's important to note that the eventual series of events that would lead to the fully avoidable non-prevention of this error, would be unfortunate.

yesterday
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Thanshin Re:Gosh! A friend of THE Isaac Asimov! (141 comments)

Mod parent up for being absolutely fabulous. Those Dos Equis ad references never get old.

I wouldn't say "never". I agree that they don't get old often.

But when they do...

yesterday
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Thanshin Re:Fine, but... (76 comments)

Unless panic is warranted!

A hacker could hack the hospital doors and windows and everybody would die of starvation sooner or later!

yesterday
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

Thanshin Re:Actually... (57 comments)

Indeed, so some criteria are needed to established who is the discoverer. As far as I know, one of those criteria is knowing what's being discovered.

yesterday
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

Thanshin Actually... (57 comments)

So now the first discoverer is the one who sees it for the first time even if that person doesn't know what it was that he saw? Great! I might be the discoverer of a distant supernova if I'm the first human being whose eye is hit by a photon created during it's explosion!

Now to play the waiting game until someone discovers it. Oh, no, I mean until someone correctly identifies it as a supernova and someone else points out that I am the discoverer, because the photon hit me first.

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Thanshin Re:Hold on a minute (191 comments)

I knew I should have been a cyborg lawyer programmer. But I was afraid of ending up just doing cyborg lawyer maintenance.

2 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Thanshin Which Managers? (191 comments)

One information I'd be most interested in is "What did the those managers do before managing, by salary range."

To answer questions like:
  - Is it "better"* to become a manager after already having a high IT salary? Or to start from the bottom as a manager who's studied essentially management.

*: "Better" in monetary terms, of course. Obviously being a manager after having been in IT makes one a better human being; morally and intellectually superior to other kinds of manager.

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Thanshin Re: That's bananas! (272 comments)

1 Library of congress = 180,3 MegaBananas

(Using 878.835g as the average book weight and 115g for the average banana.)

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Thanshin Re:Question (272 comments)

A man is sitting in this ship, and throws a massive Korean-made LED TV-screen overboard into the water.
As a result, will the water level rise, or drop?

It depends on the answer to the following questions:
- Was the TV's weight being held by the ship? Or was it held neutral by, for example, helium balloons.
- What water does the question refers to? The Sea outside the ship? Or the captain's quarters' Olympic swimming pool.
- Shall the answer take into account the man's decrease in weight caused by the calorie loss due to the TV throwing? And, in that case, what's the man's lean body mass, BMI, weight and basal consumption rate?

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Thanshin 864 million bananas (272 comments)

enough space to transport 864 million bananas

Yes, I too calculate volumes in MegaBananas.

Except for astronavegation, where I base all my calculations on Earth's volume of 1.086 PetaBananas.

3 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Thanshin Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (200 comments)

outperforming practically all of the men

It's ambiguous whether this means "practically all of the male candidates" or "practically all of the Mercury 7".

The only important data is whether she outperformed one single male in the Mercury 7: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton.

If she didn't, the entire topic is sexist.
If she did, the program was sexist.
If it wasn't known either way, the program was sexist, because it should have been known prior to selecting among the candidates.

3 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Thanshin Re:Another junk article from medium.com (200 comments)

The point made may be true, but why should a reader spend more time researching the article's sources than the writer themselves did to find the truth?

Welcome to Socratic Journalism.

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Thanshin IP (407 comments)

They are just making space.

When someone said "everybody is infringing IP several times per day", most people took it as meaning "IP laws are wrong".

When the MPAA and RIAA reacheed the same conclusion, they understood that if everybody was infringing IP, the only solution was to put everybody in jail.

about a week ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Thanshin Re:Serveds him right for being a hipster twat (117 comments)

I think a general rule of thumb is that once you hit 5 digits of price, a test drive is never too much to ask.

Exactly. That's what I told my diamond guy. "Give me one that's over $9999."

Sadly, my future father in law disagreed.

about a week ago

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Using imperfect chips to improve power and cost.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "To ensure correct operation, chips are purposefully running at higher power than needed. Depending on how many errors a designer is prepared to tolerate, power consumption could be cut by up to 30%. With only 1% error rates, power could be cut by 23%.

Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and colleagues, are putting these ideas into practice by designing chips that are not flawless, and then managing the number and type of errors. The "robustification" of software, as he calls it, involves re-writing it so an error simply causes the execution of instructions to take longer."

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France reintroduces the "Three strikes law"

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "France's lower house of parliament formally passed a revised 'Three strikes' bill that will allow authorities to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet.

The new bill now allows a judge to make the 'third strike decision of either disconnecting an Internet user, fine of up to 300,000 euros ($415,000USD),or a two-year jail sentence.

The measure was passed on a vote of 285-225.

The first strike will be notified by mail, the second by certified postal mail and the third will cause the disconnection. The user will have to continue paying the connection fee during the disconnection time."

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How dangerous is to bring a laptop to the USA?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Very soon I'll go to the United States for my honeymoon. The trip implies flights to cross the Atlantic and between NY, Washington, Chicago, Vegas, LA and SF.

I usually travel with a laptop. It allows me to forget about camera disk space limitations, to check maps and itineraries, to make reservations, etc.

However, I don't think I'll like fighting with the security people at every airport. From the news that reach me here in Europe, stepping into an airport in the states with a laptop about as much a hassle as carrying a bomb strapped to your nipple rings and a shirt describing the fact, with diagrams.

So, from a real world standpoint:
- Is it really a problem to carry a laptop?
- Will they waterboard me if I encrypt the whole thing with TrueCrypt?
- Should I carry the cheap one in case they decide to submerge it in nitrogen in case it's a bomb? (Or in case they decide to simply steal it)
- Should I carry the originals of every mp3, movie, game, text, etc. in the HD? Or it's better to simply hard format the entire thing and bring a liveCD.
- Should I carry an encrypted disk and loan a laptop after every flight?
- Should I forget about the whole thing and practice my jock impression?"
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Bone marrow transplants without chemotherapy.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures."
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How will Internet freedom be protected?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Every day there are news about some government trying to control the internet. Some times it's about media distribution and intellectual property. Other times it's just political or religious repression.

It's easy to find the response of the internet community in individual cases; hosting in foreign countries, browsing through encrypted networks, etc. However, I don't know about serious research regarding how to assure free, anonymous, encrypted communications for everyone.

We already know that blocking the population of an entire country from information coming from the outside doesn't work very well. However, imagine the governments of the entire northern hemisphere decided to concentrate their efforts in eliminating all internet privacy and controlling every movement of information. Is it possible?

If the infrastructure becomes hostile, we'd need an alternative way of transmitting the signal. If the government becomes hostile , we'd need that transmission to be undetectable or non distinguishable from the background.

How will the information flow if the Internet is closed? Radio? CD filled trucks? A laser web crossing from geek house to geek house?"
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Tiny projectors

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Tiny mobile-integrated projectors are almost here.

Cameras had quite an impact. Video recording plus YouTube makes news every day. Do you imagine the effect of everybody having a mobile projector?

What will the MPAA (and it's thousand young) do when people start projecting unreleased movies anywhere?
Can you imagine someone watching a pr0n movie projected in a bus wall?
Will spammers walk around projecting viagra advertising?

http://technabob.com/blog/2007/03/26/ti-working-on-worlds-smallest-dlp-projectors/
http://www.microvision.com/
http://technabob.com/blog/2006/07/03/ultra-mini-projector-with-frickin-laser-beams/
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/tag/projector
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/20/oculons-hikari-pro920-might-be-the-worlds-tiniest-projector/"

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The right to keep handguns at home

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "In the past, many judges have dismissed the 2nd Amendment as archaic and limited to protecting a state's authority to maintain "a well-regulated militia," a phrase from the opening clause of the amendment. The 2nd Amendment's full text is: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-scotus21nov21,1,4804010.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage"

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Dollar slips to a record low vs. euro

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "The euro reached as high as $1.4819, according to Dow Jones' Interbank foreign-exchange rates, before settling back to $1.4815 late in New York, still significantly up from the $1.4667 it bought Monday.

However, the dollar crept up against the Canadian dollar to 98.32 Canadian cents yesterday from 98.31 cents.

In other news:
The dominant theme that emerged from the cacophonous OPEC summit that concluded in Riyadh on Nov. 18 was countries that have amassed huge piles of dollars from selling oil don't like seeing the value of their currency reserves eroded. While the host Saudis urged restraint lest the dollar fall even more, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad scorned the greenback as a "worthless piece of paper."

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/nov2007/gb20071120_087338.htm
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/11/21/dollar_slips_to_a_record_low_vs_euro/"

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