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

codeButcher Clothes (164 comments)

I wouldn't mind a time when shops had this and could use it to print (or, somewhat more old-fashioned: sew) clothes THAT ACTUALLY FIT. For some or other reason I have a hard time to find clothes that are long enough around the legs, arms, and body, not too tight around the shoulders and a little less tent-like around the waist. No, I'm not exceptionally tall and I also do not have a body builder upper body. Just dislike the Made In China (for Americans, presumably) stuff sold where I live.

2 days ago

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

codeButcher Not a big fan of politicians in general (522 comments)

... so whenever I read things like this, it always strikes me how badly (not at all) planned these "excursions" are, with how little actual attrition in the politician camp. Don't whoever do these sort of things have access to some DVDs? Just watch Olympus Has Fallen or some other such tripe for some basic inspiration next time, won't you?

3 days ago

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

codeButcher Edward de Bono (148 comments)

Not much different from Edward de Bono's writings on Lateral Thinking, which of course go into somewhat more depth and systematize a method for doing the creative/lateral thinking.

3 days ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

codeButcher Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (396 comments)

Send amputees missing their legs. Legs are dead weight in space. You can maneuver in zero G with just your arms.

Either we can send Oscar Pistorius, or we can send women - but not both.

4 days ago

Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

codeButcher Re:two or three Tegras? (158 comments)

No no no, it's a new processor running at PI GHz. It's the autocorrect software that messed up the punctuation.

about a week ago

Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

codeButcher What could possibly go wrong? (366 comments)

While reading the article, one thought kept coming back: what if (some of) those genes coding for intelligence have some other negative effect? When you select all those highly intelligent embryos, will they grow up to all have e.g. crooked teeth, tiny penises, or autism?

about two weeks ago

Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

codeButcher Democarcy (67 comments)

Now I know why politics is in the shape it is in. People think Democracy is a game.

about two weeks ago

Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

codeButcher I know it's not cool to Read The Fine Article, but (79 comments)

Quoting from the article:

the exoskeleton is able to support tools of up to 36 pounds

The anodized aluminum and carbon fiber skeleton weighs 30 pounds

So let me get this straight: you design a 30 pound device to carry 36 pounds? So someone will lug around 66 extra pounds all day and will not get tired?

about two weeks ago

How English Beat German As the Language of Science

codeButcher Re:Plus ca change (323 comments)

I guess you do know that the statue honoring Liberty, which was gifted to America by the French, is hollow? The French do seem to have a fine sense of humor.

about two weeks ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

codeButcher Re:The factors, condensed (447 comments)

5. Could also be that people with many guests actually where able to hang on to relationships with friends; you don't make 100 friends a month before your wedding, it takes time. Ergo, also being able to hang on to relationship with spouse. And have a large support network. (I suppose it differs in other cultures, but I would think that a wedding is a fairly personal thing, so you tend to avoid strangers (apart from those "have to invite" relatives).) 6. Cheap weddings could be because of above-mentioned support network. Could be an indication that one is able to solve problems ("how to get flowers with little money"). Could also be an indication of value system: superficial "show" is less important than the deeper values in marriage.

about two weeks ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

codeButcher Re:So... (580 comments)

But if you're made of wood, then you float in water, and are therefore a witch. Duh.

So what's one more log on the fire?

about two weeks ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

codeButcher Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

But I believe most animals should still have the protection of being sentient beings, much like we protect infants and retarded people.

Or, we could free the chimps and use aborted fetuses for clinical trials instead. Or perhaps remove the "unwanted tissue" from the mother without damaging it and (for instance) use a surrogate mother or some future "artificial womb" to have it mature sufficiently for research needs....

Not to start a pro-abortion/pro-life debate here, but it does point out the minefield of deciding what is human and what not, what is a person and what not, what deserves legal protection and what not.

about two weeks ago

Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research

codeButcher Re:Ethical standards needed now. (33 comments)

Perhaps learning to express your thoughts more clearly in communication to others, will help to diminish the episodes in quantity and/or intensity where you get upset at "pedantic little faggots" for not smelling what you mean.

about three weeks ago

How Tech Is Transforming Teaching In a South African Township

codeButcher Beware (26 comments)

the school's running costs are already half the cost of a traditional government school, and the quality of education is much, much better.

The government will never stand for this sort of nonsense. It requires people to be as dumb as possible (to continue voting them into power), while having a fraction of the population being able to be nominally employed (taxes, to pay government officials' lavish salaries and benefits), while enough remain unemployable ("long live the struggle!").

On a less sarcastic (not less serious) note: I believe that the population growth rate in SA outstrips the rate at which new schools are being built. Hence some investment firms see education (private schools and even homeschooling systems) as a viable niche market.

about three weeks ago

New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

codeButcher Re:So many practice doing it wrong (192 comments)

This is a database administrator and developer who didn't understand that there is a difference between the number zero, the empty string, and null.

Maybe he started as a C coder and from there on it was all just computers....

about three weeks ago

Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

codeButcher Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

I'd rather trust an elected government than corporate leaders I can do nothing about. Politicians are far from perfect, but they are one step up from capitalists, and unlike capitalists, the people have the power to kick them out every four or so years.

You assume that the politicians are under control of the electorate ("the people"), and not under control of the capitalists.

about a month ago

BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

codeButcher Re:Kaffers (71 comments)

That terminology is not exactly politically correct in ZA. I believe the correct term is "Wifi internet access point".

about a month ago

Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

codeButcher Re:Only cost them 25 percent of customer bills? (249 comments)

Is that "right to be forgotten" law applicable to Yelp or only Google?

Presumably it would apply to both, but only in EU.

Well, it says "One small Italian trattoria" right there in the summary. Last I checked, Italy was still part of the European Union ;-)

about a month ago

Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

codeButcher Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

Glucose is also stored in the liver as glycogen.

Right. Glycogen --> stored in liver and some in muscles (first line buffer, but limited in capacity). Lipids (fat) --> stored in fat storage cells (much less limited).

about a month ago


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