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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

baKanale Re:Copyright/trademark issues? (165 comments)

It's different because it uses a new and different technology, which is scary, so we automatically throw out all the existing rules and run around like chickens with their heads cut off. It also let us make more rent seeking power grabs, so there's a plus.

about 2 months ago

Dremel Releases 3D Printer

baKanale Nerds! (105 comments)

I like how one of the first two things the family in the picture printed appears to be a polyhedral die. I think it's a d12. Very cool!

about 3 months ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

baKanale Re:Robot (219 comments)

The summary doesn't explain well, but TrackingPoint isn't a robotic gun or anything like that. It is a system that uses rangefinders and other sensors built into a scope that allow a user to designate a target, and then, when the trigger is pulled, only allows the weapon to fire when it's aligned with an optimal firing solution. This lets novices shoot on target at extended ranges. They've previously done this with bolt action rifles, but apparently they've developed it for use in AR-15s, as per the article. Here's a link to their page about the original system: http://tracking-point.com/prec...

about 4 months ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

baKanale Re:Cost (550 comments)

Heh, back in high school one of my lenses fell out toward the end of the period and I had to walk to my next class without my glasses on before I could fix them. Until then I never realized how annoying it was getting hit in the eyes by the wind from my movement. How do people without glasses live?

about 5 months ago

Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

baKanale Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (242 comments)

So you're telling me that if somebody gave you a $120,000 yearly salary in return for doing absolutely nothing (or, to look at it another way, whatever you damn well please) you would turn them down? Because only a narcissist would take the money? "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not a narcissist. I only accept gifts of rainbows, sunshine, and feelgood vibes."

about 6 months ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

baKanale Re:Republicans always want to hurt the economy... (341 comments)

That is the Republican way. That is why anyone that isn't racist supports raising the limits.

So I take it that the Democratic way is increasing imported wage slavery, then calling anyone opposed a racist? How progressive of you.

about 6 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

baKanale Re:we're already close to that! (380 comments)

But how do you tell the difference between them?

about 6 months ago

US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

baKanale Re:What is the internet of things? (113 comments)

Since the idea is to connect and/or monitor everything (or at least many or most things) to a network, maybe it should be called the "Internet of Everything" instead?

about 6 months ago

California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

baKanale Re:now I never looked into it (420 comments)

When you are done, you need to cool that same water so that will take land and cooling equipment.

My understanding was that most distillation desalination plants used the incoming sea water as a heat sink for the condensation, eliminating the need for cooling equipment and recycling some small amount of heat energy.

about 8 months ago

Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

baKanale Re:Breaking News: Rand Paul Invents... (404 comments)

Sadly, I have actually met people to whom this idea is a foreign concept. In one particular case the fellow I was discoursing with actively stated that he didn't see the problem with regulating everything, essentially. I wish I could find the conversation to get an exact quote. Presumably people like him are why the Library of Congress has lost track of the number of lines in the United States Code.

about 8 months ago

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

baKanale An interesting definition of recidivist... (311 comments)

There's no way of knowing whether Jobs, had he lived and been healthy, would have faced charges, especially since he was a recidivist.

Based on the context I'm guessing they've taken "recidivist" to mean "a rich and famous person". Funny, I'm not familiar with that definition.

about 8 months ago

In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

baKanale Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (33 comments)

Like that bastard Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York! He avoids email entirely in favor of phone conversations or Blackberry pin-to-pin messages, so there's no record of anything that goes on. Wait, no, he's a Democrat. Thank God, then, it must be perfectly OK.

about 8 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

baKanale Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:

When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"

about 9 months ago

Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

baKanale Re:Back in 1990.. (68 comments)

Very carefully.

about 10 months ago

Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

baKanale Re:Great. Low-quality evolutionary "solutions" (84 comments)

What's more, there are some apparently void elements in the circuit, but still the circuit stops working when these elements are removed.

Sounds like the textbook definition of the GP's, "[...] this bio-inspired stuff cannot easily be improved incrementally from seeing how it performs in practice.". I think that being able to improve things in that way is important, too, since these kinds of evolutionary processes are like rolling a ball down a hill to find the lowest point; it's good at finding the local minimum, but you don't know if you've found the best solution globally.

about a year ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

baKanale Getting the news... (923 comments)

It sucks enough hearing your doctor say you're going to die, but to hear it on the worldwide news? Damn.

I'll also bet that all the truck thieves in Mexico is getting a call from their mothers today, worried sick, wanting to know if they're OK.

1 year,16 days

Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon

baKanale Re:Too. Fucking. Early. (248 comments)

The Moon is rather big, and therefore would take an enormous amount of energy to de-orbit or destroy it. If we ever get to the point, technologically, where we could do something like that then you'd have to be equally worried about that same catastrophe happening on Earth and ruining everything down here.

about a year ago

Demo of Prototype Virtual Retinal Head Mounted Display

baKanale Re:Retina burn (93 comments)

Well, you could always blink, or just close your eyes.

about a year ago


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