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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Thomas Miconi Re:FTFA (611 comments)

Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour.

>4 miles
>Sunny LA



Biking in a densely urbanized portion of Southern California: suicide never felt so hip!

(Disclaimer: Admittedly the UCLA campus area is surprisingly human-friendly. But not over a four-mile radius.)

about a month and a half ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Thomas Miconi Re:Great news (269 comments)

There is no maybe, every study that has ever looked into this since the dawn of science has confirmed this.

Indeed. For example, even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew perfectly well that these uncouth blue-eyed barbarians from the North were obviously dumber than the glorious Mediterranean master race.

Wait, what?

Hell you don't even have to ask science, every average Joe on the street knows this already from life experience.

Ask "average Joe on the street" what he thinks about evolution.

about 5 months ago

Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)

Thomas Miconi Could it be.... (41 comments)

.... that somebody finally found a commercially viable application of 3D printing?...

How many people would be ready to pay for a decent-quality figurine of themselves? Especially so at a special event involving costumes.

about 8 months ago

Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned

Thomas Miconi Re:Peer review (154 comments)

I don't know what's more ridiculous - the fact that this contrarian tripe gets regurgitated every time the subject of Galileo comes up, or the fact that it keeps getting modded up.

Meanwhile, back in the real world... Papal condemnation of Galileo:

We say, pronounce, sentence, and declare that you, the said Galileo, by reason of the matters adduced in trial, and by you confessed as above, have rendered yourself in the judgment of this Holy Office vehemently suspected of heresy, namely, of having believed and held the doctrine—which is false and contrary to the sacred and divine Scriptures—that the Sun is the center of the world and does not move from east to west and that the Earth moves and is not the center of the world; and that an opinion may be held and defended as probably after it has been declared and defined to be contrary to the Holy Scripture; and that consequently you have incurred all the censures and penalties imposed and promulgated in the sacred canons and other constitutions, general and particular, against such delinquents. From which we are content that you be absolved, provided that, first, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, you abjure, curse, and detest before use the aforesaid errors and heresies and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church in the form to be prescribed by us for you.

about 8 months ago

Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Thomas Miconi Archimedes says "No". (157 comments)

When the material sciences are to the point where a lightweight container can sustain Earth atmospheric pressure from crushing down on it, we'll have a practical way to take off vertically without prompting your neighbours to invest in surface to air missiles when you crank the engine on one of these in the morning on your daily commute.

Except that the density of air is ~ 1.2kg/m^3, so to produce 100 kg of lift (average weight of an adult male American: 90kg) you'd need a balloon with a volume of 100/1.2 = 83.333.. m^3.

If your balloon is a sphere, the diameter should be 2 * (83.333 / (4*pi/3))^(1/3) = 5.42 meters. Google tells me that's about 18 feet.

I suppose it would be feasible for recreational activities. Commuting into a city? Don't think so.

about 9 months ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Thomas Miconi Re:Only in America... (311 comments)

Don't worry. In the confusion, Quebec was suddenly taken over by mysterious groups of men armed with baguettes and wearing berets over their balaclavas.

The French foreign minister denied any knowledge of these incidents, though the interview was cut short when journalists asked about the provenance of the bits of poutine that were still hanging from his chin.

about 9 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Thomas Miconi Re:Problem with Kickstarter (535 comments)

Kickstarter has always been very clear that your money didn't bring you any equity in the business. There is a very good reason for that: by the time Kickstarter was launched, soliciting investment from the general public for specific ventures was quite simply illegal. Crowd-funded investment was only made legal by the 2012 JOBS act.

If you really want to get equity from the businesses you sponsor, you can go to WeFunder or other sites. Kickstarter is not and has never been, and has been pretty explicit about it from day one.

about 10 months ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

Thomas Miconi Re:Similar to most studies (427 comments)

When accounting for career, hours worked, experience, etc.

The assumption here is that all these factors are under voluntary control of the women themselves, as opposed to being forced upon them by employers and societal expectations.

about a year ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Thomas Miconi Re:oh well (385 comments)

We recently had an issue with HP servers showing temperatures of 255C on motherboard sensors...
They said this was a firmware issue and told us to flash the bios to fix this. We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.

"Big help" - Why are you complaining? This is great! Think of the electricity savings! Not only can you stop cooling these servers, you can actually use them to cool your other hardware!

You're not thinking outside the box, that's the problem with you young people.

"HP Software Cooling Systems [tm] - unleash the power of unsigned char!"

about a year ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

Thomas Miconi Re:How they were detected (398 comments)

They were printed in both English and French, to avoid breaking Canadian bilingualism laws.

Actually, they weren't. Which is the *real* reason why the Quebec police busted them.

about a year ago

GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Thomas Miconi Nonsense! (359 comments)

The real reason your GPU failed is obviously that you're looking at the screen wrong!

1 year,9 days

Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

Thomas Miconi Re:Memorization, or attention to detail? (123 comments)

Did you miss the "post-study" bit in the title and abstract? Caffeine was delivered after stimulus presentation, excluding a purely sensory effect.

I guess you could do with a cup of coffee! ;)

1 year,15 days

What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?

Thomas Miconi Re:Obvious proof... (165 comments)

all these worlds
are yours except
build no
macdonald's there
fry them in butter
fry them in grease
just don't dunk them in goddamn mayo
or else

1 year,28 days

Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

Thomas Miconi Re:Probably a good thing (314 comments)

If it was the Democrats giving billions to the farmers, then how come they all vote Republican?

To keep Democrats from giving money to other farmers. Duh!

about a year ago

King James Programming

Thomas Miconi Re:Hey!!! (184 comments)

That stuff totally needs to go into a fortune file. And then be included in the default fortune files of all major distros.

about a year ago

Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

Thomas Miconi Re:Why such low specs (307 comments)

The crazy thing is, even though you are right that these are low specs by modern standards, these are still basically laptop-level specs. Hell, it would beat a 2006 MacBook *Pro*:


The convergence between phones and computers is nigh. The Ubuntu Edge concept was ahead of its time, but soon enough smartphones will have enough computing power to fill 95% of people's needs. When that happens, who would want to buy a huge, noisy desktop box rather than just plug a screen+keyboard into the phone that you carry with you all the time anyway?

Same thing for laptops. How long will it take before the majority of "laptops" are actually empty shells into which you can just plug your phone?

about a year ago

22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion

Thomas Miconi Re:A champion may not even exist (131 comments)

Or maybe they don't care whether it's a total order or not, because they have things like Elo ratings to approximate that in real time.

It so happens that Carlssen has been absolutely destroying the Elo classification for years now. Fun fact: the gap between Magnus Carlssen and number 2 on the FIDE list (Levon Aronian) is equal to the gap between number 2 and number 20! (Source: http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men )

What a Championship gives you is "the man who beat the man". It's more a honorary title than an objective assessment of your chess capability (though historically there's been reasonable correlation between the two), but people happen to care about that stuff too.

about a year ago


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