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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Tumbleweed Re:Compression and cooling (108 comments)

What I wonder is how long it will be before some mega rich person(s) decides to build a semi-permanent offshore city, not so much a rig, more a case of a huge boat that is actually anchored to the ground and you take boats TO it.
There'd be loads of technical hurdles, but given the sheer size of such a construction, the issues of waves would be lesser, more so if it is designed properly to deal with them. (not to mention the use of large-scale wave guides similar in design to metamaterials, which is being tested on some oil rigs last I remember)

I'm not sure what the benefit of that would be over the very large mega-yachts the super-rich currently use - they're mobile, so they get the benefits of going to places around the world in luxury, plus being able to move out of the way of bad weather, etc.

I suppose the possible sheer _scale_ of a floating city has an appeal as a display of wealth to some.

yesterday
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Tumbleweed Re:2% is nothing (121 comments)

Warthogs? A-10s are some of the least-expensive, easiest to maintain aircraft in the USAF inventory, and their role in CAS is unrivaled.

Cut a handful of F-35s and you've saved about as much money and probably made our military more combat ready.

Sadly, no new A-10s have been made since the mid-80s. I'm not against keeping the A-10 around, but to do so effectively requires re-starting long-dead production for planes and parts, which is no small - or cheap - matter.

about a week ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Tumbleweed Re: 2% is nothing (121 comments)

Wrong timing for it, though. While our nation is under attack by Isis and Syria, this increase would be better spent on improving our dwindling military capabilities..

Dwindling? CITATION NEEDED.

about a week ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Tumbleweed don't believe the electric company mouthpieces (460 comments)

They do not like anything that winds up with them selling fewer electrons. They don't even like cogeneration. When I was a reporter, writing about the electric industry about ten years ago, at the time the industry was saying they would help large businesses implement cogeneration to achieve greater efficiency, I learned about the "cogen killers" - people working for the electric producers who would on the sly, go and pressure large businesses to NOT implement cogeneration. This industry is rife with this kind of thing, so I would suggest you take anything one of their PR people says with a gigantic grain of salt, and then start following the money.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Tumbleweed Re:So what is it? (239 comments)

Webmail is webmail is webmail. WTF is Inbox and how is it different from Webmail or IMAP?

Inbox is a merge of Gmail with Google Now. I'm hoping they add Keep functionality to it. If they do that, I'll probably switch over full-time.

about two weeks ago
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Tumbleweed Re:Niche energy (90 comments)

Median energy density in waves is too low in most places.

Note: "Scotland"

I don't predict that will be a problem for the locations they're likely to be planning on. :)

about three weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Tumbleweed Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Just keep that famous saying in mind, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a cheesy special effect." This even happens with nature - ever seen an aurora or a video of one? It looks like really shitty CGI, but it's real. *shrug*

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Tumbleweed I went from Cyanogenmod 11 to Lollipop last night (178 comments)

I had forgotten how featureless the stock launcher is. Gads. I feel crippled. I also really liked CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature.

I will not miss the bugs of CyanogenMod, though, that's for sure.

I'll be searching for a replacement launcher ASAP. Any recommendations? I used to use ADW back in my Gingerbread/Froyo days...I'll have to see if it's been updated for Lollipop/ART.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Tumbleweed Re:Obama screwed us intentionally or intentionally (308 comments)

You used the phrase 'despite knowing' but I think you meant to say 'because'. Obama has a very bad habit of appointing foxes to guard the henhouses. I voted for him twice myself. It's not like his opponents would've been better, though. *sigh*

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Tumbleweed Re:Yay! (242 comments)

I bet there will be a lot more nudity than I remember in the books.

Yeah, my books didn't have any pictures _at all_! :(

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Tumbleweed Firefox 36? (181 comments)

Catching up to Chrome 1.0 ... eventually! :)

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Tumbleweed Re:only thing I care about (181 comments)

I'm hoping for a return to the Netscape Navigator v3 interface, myself.

about a month ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Tumbleweed Re:Animal models (140 comments)

What is the difference between an animal model and an animal used in scientific experimentation?

Animal models are SUPER-thin and pout a lot.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

Tumbleweed Re:You heard it hear (129 comments)

Your every spoken word reverberates back at the Amazon.com mother roach.

Just like your every spoken word on your cellphone and computer microphone goes to Microsoft, Apple, and/or the NSA.

about a month and a half ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Tumbleweed Re:Movie ordering (267 comments)

Where does this sit in the order of movies? Was this movie planned with the original 6?

I'm pretty sure "Episode VII' tells you everything you need to know. :)

about a month and a half ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Tumbleweed Re:The Real Problem (136 comments)

here in Boston, where I live

Good thing these can be used outside of Boston, eh? How do you like DEM apples?

about a month and a half ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Tumbleweed Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

If it was designed for hilly cities, "Copenhagen wheel" is kind of a hilariously off-the-mark branding.

Yeah, what he said. Also, I really wish I could eat Buffalo wings outside of Buffalo.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Tumbleweed Re:good (66 comments)

finally I can run a headless phone.

It doesn't even have to be a phone. :)

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Tumbleweed Re: Use the technology on a chromebook (66 comments)

The desktop computer I've been upgrading bit by bit begs to disagree with you. As do my interchangeable lens cameras.

about a month and a half ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed hmmm (24 comments)

I dunno about this. I think I'll move along to the next article now.

about 2 months ago

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Smokescreen: a javascript-based Flash player

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy: Smokescreen, a 175kB, 8,000-line javascript-based Flash player. To be open-sourced "in the near future". From Simon's blog: "It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG." Badass! (Via Simon Willison's blog)"
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Obama Trying to Keep Warrantless Wiretapping

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tumbleweed writes "Apparently the Presidential election was less of "Change" and more of "Out with the old, in with the same old," as President Obama has "invoked 'state secrets' to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed."

Well, crap. So who do we elect next time to actually change things? This is NOT the 'change' I voted for!"

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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tumbleweed writes " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
I HAS A VAR
GIMMEH VAR
IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10 O RLY?
        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
        KTHX
KTHXBYE"
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Tumbleweed Tumbleweed writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Tumbleweed (3706) writes "Joanna Rutkowska, of Blue Pill fame , writes in her blog that Vista RC1 (Build 5600, x64 edition) is still vulnerable to the pagefile attack she demonstrated at the SyScan conference nearly 2 months ago.

"As I described during my talk, it's just enough to... disable kernel mode memory paging. Surly, it would cause a little waste of memory, but according to some Microsoft engineers I spoke to, it would be only around 80MB. This seems very little these days, doesn't it?", she writes.

Well, no, 80MB is not 'very little' by my standards, but nevertheless, I don't see how this can be considered a 'Release Candidate' by anyone other than Microsoft, with such a high-profile vulnerability left in place."

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