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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

captain_dope_pants Naming conventions (238 comments)

They'd better get the name of it right: I presume, previous to the LHC, there have been a Small and a Medium so Xtra Large might be good - plus there's plenty of room for further, bigger colliders.

But if they leap straight in with "Mega" or "Super Ginormous" - well, they're gonna run out of names for future colliders pretty damn quick.

"Quite Big" is nicely understated; but in this age of superlative madness, where everything is "Giga", and "Ultra" - even though it's the first iteration of a product - and people who manage to walk across a room without blinding themselves with a spoon are labelled "Heroes"...

Well, they'll probably call it the "Omega Class, Hyper-lightspeed, Super-massive, Multi-yottabyte Particle Annihilator"

And then, when they want a bigger one, they'll be fucked - like Beta should be.

about 7 months ago

I wish my cell phone was...

captain_dope_pants Re:I wish my cell phone (495 comments)

Here's someone without one. A mate gave me one a few years back, I put ten quid credit on it which lasted about 18 months. When it ran out I thought "do I really need this, considering I make a call or two a month?" The answer was no, so no phone for approx. 5 years - and previous to that I didn't have one. If circumstances changed I'd get another no problem. Currently it's a waste of money :)

about 10 months ago

Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

captain_dope_pants Booze (330 comments)

Some facts:
According to quick research the US uses 370 million gallons of gas a day, so that's about 37 million gallons of booze at 10% additive.
Quick research show an adult population of about 250 million in the US

Some conjecture:
A number of that 250 million adults might not drink booze due to religious, medical or personal reasons, let's say 10% - so 225 million like a drink
Some of those people might not want to get drunk every day - let's say 20% - so 180 million might want daily booze
A gallon of booze would probabaly get 5 people drunk - so that's 185 million people that could be drunk every day

Some results:
Roughly every person who wanted to, could be drunk every day if the Government didn't make you burn booze in your car

Write to your Government NOW and stop this shameless waste of booze !

about 10 months ago

Did Snakes Help Build the Primate Brain?

captain_dope_pants Re:Picking up shape from randomized patterns (202 comments)

There are countless of examples of people picking up shapes of what looked like "angels", or "face of Jesus", or whatever ... from things as diverged as rust on a door to oil stain on a glass window panel, and so on ...

AC is so right - I was in a church the other day and looked up at a glass window panel and I was like "OMG it's full of angels and faces of Jesus!"

about a year ago

How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard

captain_dope_pants Emacs (214 comments)

Really ? He'd have been better off with VI - everyone knows it stands for Voice Input :p

about a year ago

The World's First CPU Liquid Cooler Using Nanofluids

captain_dope_pants Nanobots (79 comments)

Wait till we get nanobots into our nano-coolant. They'd be there for maintenance if a component starts going wrong.

However, I do see problems...

"Sorry teacher, my computer had a coolant leak and the nanobots ate my homework. They also disassembled my dog and turned my roller skates into a tiny death star."

about a year ago

Cold War Plan Tried To Put a Copper Ring Around the Earth

captain_dope_pants Utter waste (184 comments)

This is "Men who stare at goats". In space. With copper.

about a year ago

The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

captain_dope_pants Re: Did you bidet? (211 comments)

Bidets are like royalty. Nobody quite knows what they're for but they do give a touch of class to a room if they're in it.

about a year ago

First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

captain_dope_pants Tasteless (303 comments)

A programme about this was on BBC Radio 4 a couple of years back. IIRC both the scientist and the presenter tried a little bit of "burger" grown in a lab and it was tasteless. Not horrible - just.... nothing much. Also the texture wasn't quite right.

I think the scientist said that meat (muscle) derives a lot of its taste from the surrounding fat when it's cooked - and, of course, this had no fat.

The next stage on was to make it taste nice - perhaps in the past two years they've got somewhere with it.

about a year ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

captain_dope_pants Re:Doctor Tucker or Malcolm Who (242 comments)

Ah, hence my apologies to Irvine Welsh - I fucked up my "Scottish" more than I could possibly imagine !

about a year ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

captain_dope_pants Re:Doctor Tucker or Malcolm Who (242 comments)

Aye, he'll be a great Doctor...

" D'ye fucking ken who ye're dealing with here? Nae ? Well I'm the fucking Doctor ye alien shite, now get the fuck outta mah sight or I'll beat ye like a red-headed step-bairn ! "

( With apologies to Irvine Welsh )

Oh, and maybe move the time slot for the show to 11pm ;)

about a year ago

New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday

captain_dope_pants Next Doctor (249 comments)

I'd go for Christopher Lloyd - in full-on Emmett Brown / Jim Ignatowski mode, preferably with a British accent but it's not that important. That'd be awesome :)

about a year ago

Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

captain_dope_pants Re: AltaVista (176 comments)

Spellcheck patently sucks - presuming you posted from Chrome ? :p

about a year ago

I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

captain_dope_pants Re:I will die as I've lived (398 comments)

Or perhaps a toilet with a love of interior design and showtunes ?

about a year ago

How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

captain_dope_pants Re:Never (255 comments)

Probably not The Maldives ;)

about a year ago

Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

captain_dope_pants Re:(YouTube) footage? (223 comments)

Had to reply as it reminds me of an old joke: Whar's the difference between rugby and football ? Football is 11 players pretending they're injured, rugby is 15 players pretending they're not. ;)

about a year ago

Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

captain_dope_pants Nostalgia (285 comments)

Nostalgia: It's not as good as it used to be.

about a year and a half ago

Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain

captain_dope_pants Sorry, expect downvotes (84 comments)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these robot overlords running linux, in Russia, throwing chairs !

about a year and a half ago

Indie Horror Film Shows What You Can Do (And Get) For Free

captain_dope_pants RTFA becomes WTFM ? (109 comments)

It's in the subject line, the comment is redundant but I had to type something ;)

about a year and a half ago



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