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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Zembar Re:Knock it off with the word inflation! (77 comments)

technically it is. Anything that flies without a pilot is an Unmanned Arial Vehicle. Be it a fixed wing or helicopter or multi-rotor .

Not completely true though. To count as a vehicle it has to transport something, if we're picking at words.

about two weeks ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Zembar Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

He specifically says that it doesn't care about what web sites you are visiting, it's the adresses to the cheat DRM servers it looks for, to detect if a cheat has dialed home from that computer. It only checked this if the account was already suspected of using the cheat.

So, in an impressive turn of events, many cheats now include DRM and anti-cheat codes. These phone home to a DRM server that confirms whether or not a cheater has paid to use that particular cheat

Also, he says that since the cheats invented countermeasures to this in just 13 days, they already stopped doing it. The summary is quite misleading. (Not necessarily a big surprise on slashdot...)

about 2 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Zembar Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

Saying that everything that you disagree with is corruption does not make it so.

Also, by your definition, promising to lower taxes during an election is also a bribe.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

Zembar Re:Practicality? (230 comments)

That's pretty snarky from someone who either doesn't know what a citation is or hasn't read the articles he's linking to.

I did find the results of a poll on the subject, but that was by looking through the polls "related" by subject matter. If you think that is a citation, I know a lot of authors "citing" each other by virtue of being on the same shelf at my local library.

If you meant *your* citations, neither of those links said anything of the sort. I did both scroll and read all three pages of the linked poll, and the wikipedia article didn't deal with opinion on abortion at all. I suppose the article from the American Journal of Medical Genetics might have some interesting information, but I'm not going to go through a paywall to read a long article just because you say so.

Especially since it won't affect my original point, which was to say that 90% in one poll and 20% in another doesn't mean there's any overlap between those two groups. At all.

about 9 months ago

Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

Zembar Re:Practicality? (230 comments)

a) The gallup link says nothing about the genders of the people questioned in that poll. they're not citations if you do not provide them.
b) I used only a very extreme example to show a flaw in your reasoning when combining two different statistics
c) There is no limit of one aborted pregnancy due to down's syndrome per woman. There are genetic factors.
d) What's the general fertility rate among people opposed to abortions? I'm willing to bet there's an age component as well.

I could go on listing these for a while, but suffice to say there's no hypocrisy needed to explain the gap, although it's certainly possible(and probable, given that people who are against abortions often support the death penalty as well).

about 9 months ago

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat Into Drinking Water

Zembar Re:Oblig Dune reference (105 comments)

The scary part is that if they looked anything like the ones in the David Lynch movie adaptation, I'd back that project in a second.

about 9 months ago

Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

Zembar Re:Practicality? (230 comments)

That's not necessarily true. What if those 20% were all men, for instance?

about 9 months ago

What a 'Six Strikes' Copyright Notice Looks Like

Zembar Here's the form (273 comments)

Apologies to the author of the original(can be found at http://craphound.com/spamsolutions.txt):

Your law advocates a

(x) technical (x) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting piracy. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

(x) Legitimate bittorrent uses would be affected
(x) It is defenseless against VPNs
(x) It will stop piracy for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(x) Users of netflix will not put up with it
( ) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
(x) Requires too much cooperation from pirates
( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(x) Many internet users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(x) TOR endpoints in foreign countries
(x) Asshats
(x) Jurisdictional problems
(x) Unpopularity of net restrictions
(x) Pop-up blockers
(x) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
( ) Extreme profitability of piracy
(x) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
(x) Technically illiterate politicians
(x) Dishonesty on the part of pirates themselves

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever
been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) IP headers should not be the subject of legislation
(x) Blacklists suck
(x) Whitelists suck
(x) We should be able to watch youtube without being permanently disconnected from the net
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
(x) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
(x) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
(x) I don't want private corporations suing me for downloading my own files

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

( ) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
(x) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
house down!

about a year ago

Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

Zembar Re:So tablets at PCs now? (577 comments)

Well, I use an external sound card to get multiple separate audio outputs from my iPad, does that count?

about a year ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

Zembar Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

That infographic claims that there has only been 16 tons of platinum mined in all of history.

Now look at this table: http://www.indexmundi.com/en/commodities/minerals/platinum-group_metals/platinum-group_metals_t5.html

Those figures are rounded to three significant digits, but even if we peel off 1000kg from each year's total, we can safely assume that whoever made that infographic is either misinformed or lying through his teeth.

about a year ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Zembar Re:Trouble with that... (1387 comments)

"It's possible that most people don't like Imperial, but they don't switch because everyone else still uses Imperial. Chicken-and-egg."

So in Europe and other long metrified countries, do they sell eggs by tens instead of dozens?

I'm in Sweden and yes, I quite often buy eggs in 10-packs, but they're also available in 6 and 12-packs.

What about drinks? Do you buy a 5 pack or 10 pack of beer or pop?

I buy beer in single bottles, as I regard 99.9% of beer sold in any kind of pack as beer in name only.
Other than that, the packs I do see for beverages are often in quantities of 4, 6, 10 or 24. I think Coca Cola can be bought in any of these packages for example, but come to think of it I haven't seen a 6-pack of anything except cheap supermarket beer/cider in ages.

about a year ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Zembar Re:What's 8/37ths of a meter? (1387 comments)

Or the diameter of a circle 1m across?

Go on, accurately mind.

1m! Didn't have to think about that one very long...

about a year ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Zembar Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

If I hadn't just read most of this thread already, I would have found this funny. Now I can't be sure it's a joke.

about a year ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Zembar Re:Never underestimate familiarity (1387 comments)

But Mexicans already know how to use use metric, so I guess you'll probably go metric about the same time you change your official language to Spanish.

They would need to decide on an official language first in order to change it. 28 states have English as an official language so far, IIRC

about a year ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Zembar Re:Never underestimate familiarity (1387 comments)

The 20 times table? Seriously?

Was using the two times table and adding a zero at the end considered some kind of arcane art?

about a year ago

Windows 8 Is 'a Work of Art.' But It's No Linux

Zembar Re:A Review? (371 comments)

Half the population isn't necessarily below average intelligence.

If you'd said median, you might have had a case.

about a year and a half ago


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