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Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun

WiseWeasel Re:3% velocity (285 comments)

The article mentions an actual speed of 40m/s, which converts to 144km/h or around 90 MPH. Still not setting any records, but the video does indicate these things can do some damage.

about a year ago
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Apple-Liquidmetal Joint Patent Could Enable Futuristic-Looking Mobile Devices

WiseWeasel Re:Judgement day is coming! (102 comments)

Glass is a solid at ambient temperatures, and does not flow at all below its melting temperature of 500-600 degrees Celsius. The idea that window panes flow downwards over centuries is a myth which has been disproved. Blown glass window panes were thicker on one edge, and were typically installed with the thick side down for stability. There were cases of panes being installed with the thick side up or sideways, thought to be through negligence.

http://dwb.unl.edu/Teacher/NSF/C01/C01Links/www.ualberta.ca/~bderksen/windowpane.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass#Behavior_of_antique_glass

1 year,4 days
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Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

WiseWeasel Good News! (878 comments)

You'll be happy to know the cannacode.com domain is available, should someone wanna make that happen.

about a year and a half ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

WiseWeasel Microsoft is doing it for us (635 comments)

Thankfully, Microsoft is making Linux a viable gaming platform by so utterly screwing up the Windows gaming platform with Windows 8. Valve is just covering its bases.

about 2 years ago
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BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger

WiseWeasel Re:Do you ever wonder... (158 comments)

Versus how many gallons of gas to run this thing for a day? How many days' worth of fuel can this thing haul? My guess is a pack mule has it beat.

more than 2 years ago
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BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger

WiseWeasel Re:Do you ever wonder... (158 comments)

Not only cheaper and easier, but much more practical as well. They don't give away you position from a mile away (unless startled/attacked), and they refuel with grass and water, which are much easier to come by on a mission than gasoline. This looks like just about the biggest waste of money I've ever seen.

more than 2 years ago
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How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

WiseWeasel Re:non-interventionist != anti-war (857 comments)

You mean FDR had the audacity to sanction and cut diplomatic ties with nations both actively engaged in the savage oppression of two entire continents full of people? Have you read anything about the genocide the Germans were busy carrying out in Europe at the time? And the savage conduct of the Japanese in China, Korea and around the Pacific islands? These weren't issues that were suddenly going to be resolved around the negotiating table. The US joining the war was not an option at the time; it was a necessity.

Strangely, you then go on to argue that FDR didn't go far enough, that he should have gotten us into a war with Russia over control of Eastern Europe. Your post just makes me thankful that he was in charge at the time, rather than you.

more than 2 years ago
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Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication

WiseWeasel What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (179 comments)

With any luck, the dolphin words we'll "make up" will already have the meaning of "your mother is a goat", and they will simply be offended.

more than 3 years ago
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White House To Drop Details of Cyber ID On Tax Day

WiseWeasel Re:Requires TPM (276 comments)

Voting from your iPhone?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen

WiseWeasel Re:The iPad is the new IE6 (298 comments)

Unlike IE6, the iPad auto-updates.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

WiseWeasel Re:WebM has critical mass (663 comments)

Except that Firefox, Chrome and Opera all ship with Flash, which does support h.264 playback, and so a single h.264-encoded file can be served to everyone; natively in the tag for browsers that support it, and handled by Flash by those that can't. No one is going to re-encode all their content to WebM if they can avoid it.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

WiseWeasel Re:Licensing fees (663 comments)

It's an invalid point in any case, as Google is already likely to have reached their maximum licensing cost cap with the MPEG 4 license, from their Youtube and Android divisions. I doubt this move will affect their licensing costs in any way.

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

WiseWeasel Re:Smart meters are not the solution anyway (494 comments)

The point is so they can automate bringing power stations online/offline based on real-time usage data, ultimately increasing power generation efficiency and reducing electricity costs.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 8 Up

WiseWeasel Re:1415 bugs fixed... (385 comments)

Same here. I'm getting unusably bad text rendering with FF4 b7 in Vista, and am disappointed to see it's not fixed in b8. I'm still sticking with 3.6.x for now, but this had better be fixed by the time FF4 gets released.

more than 3 years ago
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The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

WiseWeasel Re:the usual stalking horse (419 comments)

OK, well, that distinction wasn't made.

more than 3 years ago
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The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

WiseWeasel Re:the usual stalking horse (419 comments)

I would never condone censorship or be a proponent of political intervention in Internet infrastructure, but I do object to labeling pedophiles as "peaceful", as someone who engages in such behavior is obviously anything but.

more than 3 years ago
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The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

WiseWeasel Re:the usual stalking horse (419 comments)

Unless it's used by these people to network with each other to facilitate the abuse of children.

more than 3 years ago
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The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

WiseWeasel Re:the usual stalking horse (419 comments)

Umm, peaceful except for that whole assaulting and raping defenseless children part...

more than 3 years ago
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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail

WiseWeasel Re:Doomed (987 comments)

I have no more examples, as they've all fleeted from memory. I'm simply giving my impressions of him based on the last few movies I've seen. I remember thinking that at the time, but no longer what made me feel that way, and I don't care enough about the subject to revisit it.

more than 3 years ago

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