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Steam's Most Popular Games

danbert8 Re:Partial statistics (117 comments)

Lost Coast is a graphics demo. Unless you are benchmarking your card or want to play a maybe 15 minute playable level, it's pretty useless. Calling it a game is sort of a lie.

about a week ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

danbert8 Re:Doesn't Gravity Affect Angle of Repose? (51 comments)

Astrophysicists my ass... Geologists have this covered! From "Static and dynamic angles of repose in loose granular materials under reduced gravity"
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/...

Until now it has been assumed that the angles of repose are independent of gravitational acceleration. The objective of this work is to experimentally determine whether the angles of repose depend on gravity. In 33 parabolic flights in a well-controlled research aircraft we recorded avalanching granular materials in rotating drums at effective gravitational accelerations of 0.1, 0.38 and 1.0 times the terrestrial value. The granular materials varied in particle size and rounding and had air or water as interstitial fluid. Materials with angular grains had time-averaged angles of about 40 degrees and with rounded grains about 25 degrees for all effective gravitational accelerations, except the finest glass beads in air, which was explained by static electricity. For all materials, the static angle of repose increases about 5 degrees with reduced gravity, whereas the dynamic angle decreases with about 10 degrees. Consequently, the avalanche size increases with reduced gravity.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

danbert8 Re:Someone took the Amazon scam? (420 comments)

Considering I spend around $2k per year at Amazon (my wife spends a bit less), that's money in the bank as far as I am concerned. Especially with Prime shipping there are two simple questions: "Do I need it in less than 2 days?" and "Is it cheaper on Amazon?"

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

danbert8 Re:Lobbying aside (420 comments)

In some cases, it can pay off. I ended up getting around ~$800 back from the feds this year and through a deal on Amazon, I got 10% bonus by getting the refund back in Amazon gift credit. That's a free 80 bucks, well better than any tiny interest rate I could have gotten in a savings account. When the interest rate you can get is higher than the rate of inflation, you might have a point...

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

danbert8 Re:base it around my OS (386 comments)

It doesn't do you any good if you don't itemize your deductions though.

about a week ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

danbert8 Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

I work in the oil/gas industry, and the rule is you are flying economy unless the flight is over 8 hours. We have to negotiate with supervisors to spend extra money to take a direct flight instead of wasting hours on connections and layovers...

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

danbert8 Re:What if we overcorrect? LA comparison (341 comments)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/en...

Except that most "subsidies" that oil companies supposedly get are subsidies for OTHER people that happen to benefit oil companies. Also a lot of the remaining "subsidies" are tax credits that lots of other industries get for manufacturing.

about a week ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

danbert8 Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

I'm just saying you wouldn't need to burrow the habitat under the ice to get the radiation shielding from ice... Just like Inuits don't need to dig a hole in the snow to get the insulation from it.

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

danbert8 Re:Equality? How about sports? (673 comments)

Right, there is sexism in college sports, but it's not in the massive amounts of money pumped into men's football and basketball. The sexism is why people are willing to pay huge amounts of money to see men play football and basketball, but not women.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

danbert8 Re:where is the controversy? (641 comments)

While this is generally true, sane people sometimes need to speak up. For every loud Hitler, there is a loud Martin Luther King Jr.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

danbert8 Re:Not the first time this has happened (641 comments)

Well governed? Did you watch the show? Starfleet command and the general Federation council decisions being total stupidity are the basis for several episodes and even entire arching plotlines in the series. It's especially true in DS9 where government idiocy goes to a whole new level.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

danbert8 Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

Spectacular radiation shield? You mean a lot of water? If we are melting water at the surface, it might be feasible to melt water, pump it over the habitat, and allow it to form an ice radiation shield over the habitat. Think like a big radiation blocking igloo... All it takes it a lot of energy, but if we get fusion figured out, you'll have all the fuel you need on Europa!

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

danbert8 Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

It's so much easier to tax visitors and tourists since they don't get to vote on the tax...

about two weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

danbert8 Re:Raising minimum wage screws over the young (870 comments)

Which will drive the customers away first? Smelly bathrooms or $5 hamburgers? There is no such thing as a free lunch...

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

danbert8 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Exactly. All these people who think more spending will solve a debt crisis are crazy. You can't "fix" an economy that is undergoing a correction after distorted market signals (low interest rates, high debts) by lowering interest rates even further and taking on more debt. Reinflating the bubble just sets up another bust.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

danbert8 Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

Regardless of why they are moving, the point is that they are. The cities and the infrastructure aren't mobile, but the people are. People move and resettle all the time for many reasons. Calling any human settlement "fixed" is rather misleading.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

danbert8 Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

Don't handle change well? Umm what kind of time scale are we talking about here? Human populations, especially in urban concentrations are very mobile. The vast majority of major cities have popped up from small towns over the course of 100 years or less.
http://hongwrong.com/hong-kong...

about a month ago
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3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean

danbert8 Re:leaded gas (266 comments)

Not to mention that the original replacement for TEL was MTBE http://www.epa.gov/mtbe/gas.ht... which is still in use in limited quantities. MTBE has been largely replaced with ethanol for octane boosting. Ethanol is pretty cheap compared to MTBE, but it carries large government subsides.

about 2 months ago

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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 (1024253) writes "PC World has an article about an interesting new idea for datacenter fire protection. What better protection is there than prevention? From the article:

Air is composed of about 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 1 percent of other gases. Fire needs the oxygen to burn, and lower percentages of oxygen makes it more difficult or impossible for fire to start.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129918/article.h tml"
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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 writes "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."

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