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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Wraithlyn Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (270 comments)

Who's talking about terrorists?

The danger is another Carrington Event, which unlike your 500-mile tsunami and fire-breathing lizard examples could actually happen.

Half the planet's power transformers blowing out is hardly "nothing more than a power outage".

Such transformers can take a long time to replace, especially if hundreds are destroyed at once, said [Daniel] Baker, who is a co-author of a National Research Council report on solar-storm risks.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Cliver agrees: "They don't have a lot of these on the shelf," he said.

[...]

"Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year," Baker said.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic...

3 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Wraithlyn Re:What if we overcorrect? (343 comments)

Check out a movie called Snowpiercer.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Wraithlyn Re:conversational format (142 comments)

Gmail was an early pioneer in using the URL hash to track state, so that eg, the Back button worked properly with Ajax. They deserve credit for that.

And yes, I remember being annoyed about not being able to open links in a new window... for about 10 seconds, before discovering the "Open in new window" function they provided, which rendered that pretty moot.

about three weeks ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Wraithlyn Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

Haha... I think the "feed the dolphin" mini-game was the EXACT point where I quit the game.

And yet, people still hail it as one of the greatest stories ever, nearly 2 decades later... so I always feel this nagging feeling that I should dust it off and finish it. But man.. those flat polygons and 320x240 backgrounds *shudder*. Maybe I'll wait for the inevitable iOS/Droid remake (they're already up to FF6).

about a month ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

Wraithlyn Re:CSS sucks (256 comments)

Do you also argue that you shouldn't use font-weight:bold in CSS, because <b> is non-semantic?

Because that's the idiotic equivalence you're trying to make.

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Wraithlyn Re: Glorious PC Master Race (377 comments)

Why do you say that? I play with KB+M from my couch perfectly fine, on a PC hooked up to a projector and 5.1 sound.

Takes a USB hub on my coffee table, and one of these things on a pillow beside me for a proper (ie, elbow supporting) mouse surface.

about a month ago
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Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered

Wraithlyn Re:It's mere gas (94 comments)

Jupiter is not thought to be composed of any significant amount of rock. Last I heard it doesn't even have a solid surface.

Thought by whom? Heard from where? An Anonymous Coward on a random discussion board?

"The core is often described as rocky, but its detailed composition is unknown, as are the properties of materials at the temperatures and pressures of those depths (see below). In 1997, the existence of the core was suggested by gravitational measurements,[31] indicating a mass of from 12 to 45 times the Earth's mass or roughly 4%–14% of the total mass of Jupiter.[30][33] The presence of a core during at least part of Jupiter's history is suggested by models of planetary formation involving initial formation of a rocky or icy core that is massive enough to collect its bulk of hydrogen and helium from the protosolar nebula."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

about a month and a half ago
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Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

Wraithlyn Not in 3D, jackass (53 comments)

Being in a big round room with screens all around you is not at all the same thing as stereoscopic VR.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Wraithlyn Re:Work on the basics (387 comments)

Well they do overlap for the first 128 characters... so all UTF-8, by definition, "uses ASCII".

I frequently see stuff that has been encoded to UTF-8 *twice*. This results in all special (ie, multibyte) characters turning to gibberish. Running UTF8->Latin1 will convert it back to proper UTF-8.

WTF-8 is a great name for this phenomenon though, totally going to use that. :)

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

Wraithlyn Re:And? (128 comments)

You're right that the headline overstates things, but on the flip side, this isn't a court of law. We are entitled to educated guesses as to where such a "positive endorsement clause" most likely originated from.

If YOUR guess is, "I bet Machinima did that by themselves", my opinion is that you're fucking naive. I could be wrong of course.

Have a nice day.

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Wraithlyn Re:sscutchen (513 comments)

The ribbon was introduced in Office 2007, which was first released in Nov 2006.

Not even the original iPhone was out (or even announced) yet, much less tablets. Touchscreen devices at the time (PalmPilot, etc) used styluses, not "fat fingers".

So no, they most certainly did not introduce the ribbon as something optimized for touchscreens. The marketing hype at the time hailed it as "more discoverable" than the previous system of nested menus and unlabelled toolbar icons.

about 3 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

Wraithlyn Re:Yup, and it doesn't matter. (722 comments)

I can imagine how this went about a century ago...

Your assertion that automobiles will take over fails to take into account one of the major reasons we have such a large horse industry - people like to ride horses. They like to buy new horses, take care of old horses, and do stupid tricks with horses. At most, an automobile would be a convenience feature for the daily commute, but so long as people get an adrenaline rush when they ride horses at a full gallop, this will not change.

about 6 months ago
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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

Wraithlyn Re:Correlation, causation etc. (195 comments)

Certainly another possibility. Emphasis on "may have" in my original post. :)

about 7 months ago
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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

Wraithlyn Re:Yet Another Einstein Article (195 comments)

Probably this one?

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein.

But you know, his subjectively modest opinion of his own relative intelligence, doesn't disprove that his brain had unusual features which may have provided certain advantages. Saying "anybody who works hard and has a good sense of curiosity has the potential to be an Einstein" is a nice thought, but that doesn't actually make it true.

about 7 months ago
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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Wraithlyn Re:How robust is Twitter (75 comments)

Good question. This is where trends actually become useful. During the height of the flooding, we had four topics trending on the top 10.. #yycflood, #abflood, Calgary, and Alberta.

I "manned" #yycflood and #abflood long into the night, passing along important information and answering any questions I saw anyone asking (eg "Is the tapwater safe to drink?" was a continually asked question, and monitored situation, all night). It was an absolute lifeline of information.

Calgary Police were incredibly responsive on it as well which was amazing to see. Somebody asks a question and everybody can see the answer. And our kickass Mayor Nenshi (who was a rockstar before, but is now a deity) was tweeting status updates from a helicopter. After he was awake for 43 hours straight, #nap4nenshi started trending. He complied. How's that for community feedback? :)

You're correct of course about it being primarily useful as a self-organizing tool, requiring a functioning internet to work, but I will dispute you on one point there; it's not (necessarily) the first thing to go down. Tons of people from areas with power outages were still using their cells to communicate. But then again, I suppose it depends on the particulars of your cell provider's infrastructure.

about 7 months ago
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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Wraithlyn Re:How robust is Twitter (75 comments)

Ditto for the recent floods in Calgary, Twitter was an absolute godsend. I felt like I had never really USED Twitter before that day.

Obviously you're only going to get so much from your personal feed, but just hop on a popular hashtag for a major event and suddenly you're reading 1000s of people describing conditions in real-time around the city. Just incredible. Checking the mainstream news was an afterthought... a formality. Twitter was moving 100x faster (it helped that the police and mayor were using it heavily).

In fact the police used it so heavily that their account was blocked temporarily. Funnily enough at the time, one thing we were thinking was how useful it would be if Twitter actually had formal support for emergency communications.

about 7 months ago
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

Wraithlyn Re:No PC yet (396 comments)

GTA4 was buggy as shit when it first came out on PC. Seriously, probably the buggiest AAA title I've even seen.

So no, I don't think the delay is (primarily, anyway) to make it "refined and bug free"... it's because it's so much easier to pirate on PC, ergo a simultaneous release would hurt console sales.

Simply stated, X number of people would download the Skidrow crack instead of rushing out to buy the XBOX or PS version, where X is some value greater than zero.

about 7 months ago

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