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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

ballpoint Re:Three times less? (170 comments)

Three times less?

WTF does that even mean?

Minus 2 times ?

about a week ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

ballpoint Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

...utilities failing could mean some price spikes and other problems.

Like no power being available at night, and unstable power during the day.

I'm amazed by the dumbfuckedness of solar panel owners who think the grid is an infinite source or sink, decoupled from the reality of production and demand.

about a week ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

ballpoint Re:Fukushima too (444 comments)

Ah, so nuclear power is safe only where people never get lazy?

Ah, so aviation is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so eating out is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so driving is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so swimming is safe only where people never get lazy?

And so on, and so forth.

Something being intrinsically dangerous is not a reason by itself to stop doing it. Regulations and self preservation are among the tools to mitigate the risk to acceptable levels.

about a week ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

ballpoint Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

we did to keep you all from speaking German...Twice

Given that Germany ist best of Claß now und Hochdeutsch ist eine kick-aß Sprache, I'm almost starting to be tempted to doubt you did us a Favor :-)

about three weeks ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

ballpoint Re:haven't watched it... (391 comments)

> Why would anyone actually want to watch it?

To better understand just how depraved the people are who made it.

I'm not joking. Supressing it gives them legitimacy - "the video the government is afraid you'll see" - but letting people watch it exposes the inhumanity of those who made it for everyone to see. The kind of people who might be convinced to join ISIS by watching this video are already so warped that censoring the video won't stop them. But no normal person is going to watch it and come away with anything but deep-seated disgust for the killers.

Quoting to improve visibility of an insightful AC post.

about a month ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

ballpoint The French way (424 comments)

Nous condamnons par faible éloge.

about 2 months ago

Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

ballpoint Re:40 hz of current? (138 comments)

Units and laymen...

An interview on the radio a few minutes ago mentioned "a community windmill that produces 5MWh."

I assume said windmill probably generates 10 rotations and rotates hundreds of amps.

about 4 months ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

ballpoint Re:The Wall still relevant 35 years later (340 comments)

"Shit to choose from" more accurately describes the offering than "nothing on."

about 4 months ago

BT and Alcatel-Lucent Record Real-World Fibre Optic Speed of 1.4Tbps In the UK

ballpoint Re:Storage capacity (70 comments)

There may be applications for that kind of storage with a unique capacity/throughput/latency combination.

about 8 months ago

If I Had a Hammer

ballpoint Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Funny, my arch-enemy, that we share another interest but AFAIK it has been done successfully, so we disagree - again.

about 8 months ago

Want a FPGA Board For Your Raspberry Pi Or Beagle Bone?

ballpoint Re:MicroZED (66 comments)

If you want a smaller form factor than the ZED board, there is MicroZED.

Be advised that working with Xilinx tools, be it ISE/Planahead or Vivado, redefines frustration to a whole new level. While the actual Zynq hardware is decent, the development tools are a bl*ed s*g p*e of s*t full of bugs and undocumented 'gotchas' that chews for hours before throwing up a diarrhea of incomprehensible error messages and/or generate an unworkable result.

Xilinx support is laughable, you will at best find very cryptic hinglish that may or may not be related to your problem but certainly does not do the needful.

Make sure to charge by the hour when contracting, or when you're in the other seat, take out a big liability insurance against workers going postal or suing you for mental abuse.

Crassly stated, but there's a ring to it.

about 9 months ago

Want a FPGA Board For Your Raspberry Pi Or Beagle Bone?

ballpoint Re:toolchain? (66 comments)

given xilinx's history in the past, whats the toolchain situation?

in the past i've had to deal with license servers, multi-thousand dollar licenses, being locked into windows,
having to reverse engineer internal formats because the tools wouldn't work for me, having day-long
synthesis/test cycles because their routing was so abysmal, etc

admittedly I'm an old fuck, so thing may have changed

i scanned the page, but they dont seem to say a single thing about tools.

  what the situation?

No that much has changed. The good is that there are free Webpack editions for certain chips. The overwhelming bad is that the long cycles and the unexplainable bugs are still there. It's easy to lose 50K$ on needlessly wasted engineering time over the course of a single project.

about 9 months ago

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

ballpoint Re:Are they coming to my house to do a survey? (1146 comments)

I thought the whole point of becoming a politician was it doesn't carry the social stigma of being a prostitute.

Isn't it the other way round ?

about 9 months ago

Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

ballpoint Re:First (250 comments)

Five of the nine Ranger missions successfully impacted the moon

Does that mean that four of them missed?

No, the other four impacted unsuccessfully.

about 9 months ago

8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

ballpoint Re:Uh... anyone check electric grid capacity? (327 comments)

10 m2 * 150 W/m2 * 8 h/day / (150 Wh/km) = 80 km/day. (*)

That covers the average commute quite nicely some of the time. In winter or inclement weather, not so much.

Still, the smugness of travelling gratis - abstracting investments - is seducing.

(*) Conversion to other units, including but not limited to BTU, miles (your pick), square feet and 1/32nds of a fortnight left as an exercise for the reader.

about a year ago

German Scientists Achieve Record 100Gbps Via Wireless Data Link

ballpoint Re:Speed? (67 comments)

Expressing proper units and dimensions seem to be difficult for the layman, the press and even for the /. audience. mWh, MW or kW/h, it's all the same. And every time a car is moving at a high rate of speed, Newton rolls a few radians in his grave.

about a year ago

Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

ballpoint Re:Wow. (139 comments)

My trackman marble fx wireless just broke down. It was already a meager replacement for the seminal wired original fx, and now I'm stuck as new good finger controlled trackballs are nowhere to be found. It's a sad state of affairs.

Any suggestions ?

about a year ago

Asian Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China, Injure Over 1,500

ballpoint Re:Hysteria! (274 comments)

Of course ... the chances of ... being killed by one ....

Some people probably thought the same thing when the first Asian carp and the first Asian ladybug were spotted on this continent.

And even now, the chances of getting killed by an Asian carp or ladybug are a million to one, but still, they come.

about a year ago

Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

ballpoint Re:Simple and zero energy cost (240 comments)

Ah, Minnesota in wintertime. Once I was driving from Minneapolis towards a turkey farm town where the then mainframe resided in a room with wall-to-wall (walls included) deep puke green carpet and the car windows were freezing on the inside. Truely a memorable business trip.

about a year ago


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