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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

ballpoint The French way (424 comments)

Nous condamnons par faible éloge.

about a month 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 3 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 3 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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.

1 year,8 days

NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance

ballpoint Re:Need to Do More (321 comments)

Ana aidan.

1 year,13 days

Duke Energy Scraps Plans For Florida Nuclear Plant, Forced To Delay Others

ballpoint Re:Not the best place (233 comments)

....what with hurricanes getting stronger and more frequent

Where did you pick up that misinformation ? I could post links to historical and actual data, but it is far more educating for you to go out and find them yourself.

1 year,19 days

Lenovo "Rips and Flips" the ThinkPad With New Convertible Helix Design

ballpoint Re:No proper trackpoint, no sale (143 comments)

Hear, hear !

That's an imperative. Other laptop vendors should listen too.

1 year,30 days

The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

ballpoint Re:It's known for ages, Read Luis Bunuel's autobio (384 comments)

Missed opportunity. "Mon dernier soufflé" would have been more interesting and dramatic.

Some time in the future I'll try to remember my last soufflé, weep and die.

about a year ago

A Scientist's Quest For Perfect Broccoli

ballpoint Re:The President should be pleased (118 comments)

It's not the bitter taste, it's the sulphurous, garbage dump like stink that some just don't seem to perceive.

The failure to detect the stink is probably a genetic defect promoted by Darwinian selection where a part of the population survived by not being overly critical about eating out of a dumpster.

That said, broccoli is the least offending of the cauliflower family in this regard. Brussels sprouts are worst.

about a year ago


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