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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

damien_kane 300,000 gigawatts? (90 comments)

Though, in this initial experiment, it was limited to pulses of a "mere" 0.3 PW or 300,000 gigawatts.

Does this mean they can travel through time approximately 250,000 times faster than Doc Brown could? Or is the conversion from gigawatts to jiggawatts nonlinear?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

damien_kane Re:Rather late (313 comments)

In this day and age, you'd have to be stupid or insane to do what you do.

Or have an older vehicle that only has a CD player and no USB/Line-in (perhaps it's even integrated into the other functions of the car, so can't easily/cheaply be replaced)

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

damien_kane Re:Rather late (313 comments)

Also, let me know where I can buy an MP3 player with 2TB of storage space.

You don't need to have your entire collection always available to you
Many players (especially those that support FLAC) support user-changeable MicroSD cards


The FIIO X5 supports 2x128GB, so you can have a quarter terabyte of music instantly available to you, and keep the other 1.75TB in your pocket/smoke pack/whatever

about three weeks ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

damien_kane Re:A Taste of Armageddon (117 comments)

Oceania War 1950-1953 (That evil Oceania and Oceania how dare they disobey our interests)
Oceania War 1955-1973 (Those evil communist Oceania, how dare they not listen to us. It's because of those damn evil Oceania and Oceania)
Oceania War 1 1990-1991 (Our ALLY Saudi Arabia, who is the leading fundamentalist Islamic state responsible for the worlds largest existing Slave Trade, Most of the 9/11 bombers, has the largest military expenditure per capita and is not a democracy at all asked for this war.)
Oceania War 1993-1995 (Ok the CIA's fucked those damn commies in the ass, now how do we get what we want long term, fuck those muslims, we are the CRUSADERS!)
Oceania War 1998-1999 (Ok Slobodan a bit of a tyrant, but he's Christian, how do we stop those damn muslims teaming up with Oceania or Oceania )
Oceania War 2001 - Ongoing. (Fucking muslims. Fucking teleban. What a good spot to control, stupid Brits lost India, this will do... OCEANIA we're coming for you)
Oceania War 2003-2011 (How dare our puppet Saddam not listen to us again! Lol chemical weapons.)
Oceania 2011 (Fucking socialist, fucking IRA supporter, fucking gold money heathen!)
Oceania War 2014 - Ongoing (Yay Crusader kings we are. Fucking muslims. How dare you not listen to us. Oil. No gold money.)


There... FTFY

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

damien_kane Re:Please put down your weapon. (140 comments)

Robot security guard: I am now authorized to use physical farce!

There; FTFY

about a month ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

damien_kane Re:Dubious claims (169 comments)

Sorry ... Mississauga is not a "city" .. it should really be a part of toronto ...

Mississauga is very much its own city, with its own municipal government, charter, and bylaws.
Just because it's immediately next to Toronto doesn't make it "not a city"

about a month ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

damien_kane Re:Which says what? (276 comments)

How does a horse head and torso compare to Windows ME?

WinME was a horse's ass, not head;
As opposed to a llama's ass, something of which Winamp really whipped.

about a month ago
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A/C Came Standard On Some Armored Dinosaur Models

damien_kane Re:Better than D/C (34 comments)

What type of outlet did they plug into? American? European?

African, likely
European outlets wouldn't be able to carry enough weight, unless perhaps you had two of them with a string between them

about a month ago
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LibraryBox is an Open Source Server That Runs on Low-Cost Hardware (Video)

damien_kane Re:Do we really need this? (47 comments)

I don't have a smartphone. Are there places in the world where people pay for smartphones without any sort of data plan whatsoever?

Smartphones still can do a lot with just WiFi, and there are a lot of places with "free" wifi in generic metropolitan areas.
I know quite a few people with little-to-no data plan; i.e. many with no data-plan at all, and a significant number of people with very little (a few hundred MB)
Even the "small" data plans are used only for apps like Maps or Mass-Transit info (stuff that you may need while not near wifi); for all of their browsing and such while out of the house, they'll stop in at a Starbucks or something and do it there over wifi.

about a month and a half ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

damien_kane Re:"our" (219 comments)

Because we have no other term (to my knowledge) to describe a collection of planets orbiting another star....and saying a collection of planets orbiting another star is waaaay too much of a mouthful.

And saying "planetary system" is also too difficult?

A planetary system is a set of gravitationally bound non-stellar objects in orbit around a star or star system.

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

damien_kane Re:And anyway (583 comments)

Man, I totally forgot about those. Although I heard those African tribes have some kickass diamond mining technology.

They totally do...
Step 1: Warlord kicks your (or your family's) ass[es]
Step 2: You mine diamonds for free
Step 3: Profit!!!

about 2 months ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

damien_kane Re:Most promising places (197 comments)

I mean, come on! We saw no rats in any of the videos! Are they trying to convince us it's some kind of magical cheese that rats dislike? It simply makes no sense.

The rats were all hanging out with Chewbacca

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

damien_kane Re:Let's Regulate Canada (324 comments)

Those limits were imposed by modifications to the copyright act 2 years ago. What was there excuse before then?

Most US companies (particularly the major networks) have distribution deals in Canada (i.e. Canadian broadcasters pay the networks to air the US content, but with their own Canadian ads)
If US networks started airing their shows online and allowed Canadians to watch on their .com (instead of through their cable-company; with US Networks getting the ad $$$ and not Rogers/Bell), then those companies in Canada would sue the US networks for loss of revenue and breach of contract.

about 2 months ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

damien_kane Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Such a machine to read brain signals would cost a lot more than this kid's prototype.
Training the machine to read each individual's brain signals and teaching the affected individual (who can't talk to you easily, remember) would take a lot more time than teaching the affected individual morse code

Finally, fMRI machines (non-invasive way of reading the brain signals) are really expensive, and brain surgery to implant electrodes to read the signals directly is both incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous

This kid plugged a specific microphone into an arduino, wrote some basic software, all for $80 in parts, and came up with a solution that is quick to train and (with even a small-run mass production) would be very inexpensive to build, that would give these people at least the possibility of communication with the outside world without having to have the bankroll of a well respected and successful astrophysics career.

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

damien_kane Re:Sounds overly complicated (264 comments)

I think it was more intended as a way of narrowing the field in an investigation

If you have a gunshot in an area with 1,000 people, 50 of whom wear bracelets (ankle or wrist), but 2 were out of the area (according to GPS), then 48 are "top-suspect"

If, of those 48, 40 of them don't have any signature even remotely gunshot-related, they can be dropped to a lower priority suspect list, and now the cops only have to find 8, instead of 40.

The easiest way to find the blue ball with yellow polka-dots in a pit full of blue balls with red polka-dots is not to search for the yellow, but to throw out the red, and whatever's left will (should) be yellow.

about 3 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

damien_kane Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

I hope having a Trans Am was the trump card. And when both had a TA... compare mustaches.

When all else fails, check ID; "The Burt" is the only "Bandit"

about 4 months ago
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

damien_kane Re:Obligatory... (65 comments)

Put your arms down, you look like a cheerleader.

+1 This;
I thought chemical weapons/gas warfare were/are basically warcrimes nowadays, no?

about 5 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

damien_kane Re:Tradition (681 comments)

So, I have to click, type a program name, then click again. Aren't modern GUIs great? And when you and Windows disagree as to the program "name" (i.e., the "search" fails)? [ A real example from Unity (admittedly, a while ago): I wanted the start Thunderbird, but had to type "email" for it to actually find it, even though the executable was actually named "thunderbird" - sigh. ]

["Windows" Key] + type title of launcher in start menu/screen + hit enter.
You might need to cursor up/down if you have multiple links in your start menu for the right title, for some reason.

Not sure how that's all that difficult, but YMMV

about 6 months ago

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