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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

denzacar Re:It was a "joke" back then (275 comments)

Clearly, with all that push towards convincing everyone that the wearable tech is the next new thing that you don't want to miss out on (all those various attempts at wrist phones/watches, Google glass and variations on that theme...) SOMEONE has already figured that out some time ago.

There's simply a rather fixed limit what you can do with a pocket sized device and what you can use it for - technology-wise.
Service-wise (like making stuff payable by phone or making every phone into a camera) takes both various technology advancements and accurately guessing (or convincing) the public and its needs.
Both those goals are limited with function.

Making you take it out of your pocket and strap it to your body... That just takes convincing you that it's cool.
The only really limiting factor there is fashion.

I.e. It's low hanging fruit.

5 days ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

denzacar Sorry to burst your conspiracy theory... (586 comments)

...but ALL PEOPLE love conspiracy theories.

It's probably the same mechanism that once had us concluding that "Gods be angry. Quick! Burn someone to appease them." whenever we heard thunder in the distance.
I.e. Coming up with giant important explanations to what we perceive as giant important events.

about a week ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

denzacar You have a funny choice of medical concerns... (586 comments)

You will willingly buy into unsubstantiated claims about dental fillings and ingesting mercury even suffer pain and monetary cost because of it (and possibly even harming your health) - but you will not vaccinate your children on an off chance that "something" might be wrong with the vaccines.

You do realize, your actions there are guided by pure ignorance and fear, right? Much like Jenny's.

You might want to have a chat with her. I had her number somewhere... Found it on the wall once.
It goes something like 86753... Dammit I'll have to look it up.

about a week ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

denzacar That body changed history... (641 comments)


When Jack Ryan's campaign for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois began in 2003, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have his records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce, but not custody, records public, saying their release could be harmful to their son.[30]

On June 18, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider agreed to release the custody files.[31] The decision generated much controversy because it went against both parents' direct request, and reversed the decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child. It was revealed that six years earlier, Jeri had accused Jack Ryan of asking her to perform sexual acts with him in public,[32] and in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans, and Paris.[30][33] Jeri Ryan described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling."[34] Jack Ryan denied these allegations. Although Jeri Ryan only made a brief statement,[35] and she refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack Ryan to withdraw his candidacy;[36][37] his main opponent, Barack Obama, then won the 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois.[38]

about two weeks ago

Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

denzacar Actually its not omitted. (227 comments)

Only not explicitly explained.

In short - it lasts the same as the battery of that capacity lasts today.

'In essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials â" we call it MFE â" Multi Function Electrode," StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf told Gizmag. "On one side it acts like a supercapacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective."

It's basically a supercapacitor on top of a battery.
You charge the capacitor quickly, it discharges into the battery slowly, and because the capacitor is actually a part of the electrode the loss is minimal.

On top of that, not having to discharge the capacitor into the battery all at once, it can discharge into the battery slowly, without heating it up, increasing the battery's life-cycle.

Discharge time is not the issue. Like others have already mentioned - we're gonna need new (thicker) cables and connectors to charge that fast.
And we just got the reversible USB.

about two weeks ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

denzacar Re:May I have a source please? (188 comments)

Ah! Excellent!
So you do speak SOME sarcasm, but lack finer understanding of philosophy behind the language, or you just can't pick up my dialect.

Let me explain.

1 ) Just because I'm intrigued by the topic someone mentioned enough to look it up myself, and then provide the links for others with just about the same level of interest as mine - does not mean that I have additional expertise or information that I'm withholding for any reason.
You can tell all that from my original post cause if I did have more info, posting the fourth link would be trivial.
Or writing a sentence saying where to find it.

It was all "implied" by the copy/paste link-dump style of the post.

2 ) Even if I did for some inexplicable reason have the info you need while lacking the will to share it - I am not your personal search engine or database.
Feel free to look it up yourself.
You clearly know what you are looking for, you clearly know of existence of search engines and the internet - go look it up yourself.

3 ) Arguing against the quality of freely provided information while asking the provider to get you more of it - makes you come off as spoiled and whiny.
Plus, you aggravate that by showing us that you have the time (enough to hang on slashdot, enough to reply...twice), interest for the subject, tools and ability to look it up yourself - but no will to do so on your own.

I on the other hand while maybe having time, tools and ability, completely lack the necessary level of interest or motivation for such an "adventure".

There you go...
Those seven words expanded to several paragraphs. Now go and google the stuff you want for yourself by yourself.
Or get your manservant or personal assistant to do it for you. I don't care. It's not my job.

about three weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

denzacar Re:Works both ways (449 comments)

Not everything is a game. Or a sum. Period.

The issues involved can't be quantified numerically, and then just put through an equation until everyone is equally happy or miserable.
Nor could we call such a process just, good, right, proper or any other similar positive term.

If I'm stopped with no reason and unjustly accused of a crime just for shopping there (Which is what asking for a receipt is. Next time try not having it on you and see how it goes.) - I'm not shopping there anymore.
And I'm raising a fuss prior to that. See how that goes regarding their promotions and stamps.

As for your other examples, it appears to me by what you are letting slide and in which way (centering on authoritative and economical aspects of human interaction and disregarding the moral issues like spying, stealing, more spying and workspace harassment) that you are either purposefully putting those up as strawmen OR that you really don't see anything wrong there.

A parent-child relationship with no trust or privacy, where children are objects and not persons. Nice.
A commercial relationship where both trust and honesty hinges on the question of technical abilities of both sides, along with the ability of one side to trick the other without them noticing it - and if they do, that's OK. Cheating - fine if you can get away with it.
And a "I'm your boss, I'm your god" relationship which allows employee fuck-all of options - they can choose having no privacy or no job.
And that, according to your argument, is just as it should be. Even more, "that is a good thing."

Did you check with your psychiatrist lately? You may be a psycho.
Or working for the NSA. But I'm repeating myself there.

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

denzacar Re:Worst: when they use magic (512 comments)

James Blish actually had a much better explanation for how transporters are 'really' supposed to work

Would you mind reminding us?

I remember reading through that explanation but not reading the rest of the story as the translation didn't really sit well with me.

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

denzacar Re:Worst: when they use magic (512 comments)

And the fact that almost nobody in the Star Trek (television) universe is concerned with this fact is bugging me.

Bones McCoy did. All the time.

On the other hand... you did notice they didn't do much church going on that show?
That they were more... what's the word... sciency?

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

denzacar Re:reminds me of a joke (512 comments)

Lying about killing a co-cadet in a training accident.

Any flaw that episode may have is overshadowed by Picard's "First Duty" speech. Which is also the title of the episode.
Training accident is just the window dressing.


about three weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

denzacar Re:It hinges on a single premise. (135 comments)

I was talking in the "spirit of the article".

Which, lest we forget, is titled "Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did, Say Researchers".

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

denzacar Not quite... (512 comments)

Straczynski had the main arc in mind, but he could not foresee where the show will end up.
So, he had "trap doors" written for all characters. But episodes and characters still had to be written as they went along.


about three weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

denzacar Re:Works both ways (449 comments)

Just like a cop pulling you over to inform you that your tail light is broken and that you should fix it for your own safety!

about three weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

denzacar Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (449 comments)

That only takes skill, not brains.

I mean... you can see stupid posts made by penis heads all the time.

about three weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

denzacar It hinges on a single premise. (135 comments)

You have to re-read it at least twice to pick it up, as the connection with other points is very weak.

"As an explanation for the Black Death in its own right, [bubonic plague spread by rat fleas] simply isn't good enough. It cannot spread fast enough from one household to the next to cause the huge number of cases that we saw during the Black Death epidemics," said Public Health England's Dr Tim Brooks.

I.e. Flees are not a fast enough vector. It must have been something faster.
Enter airborne plague. And the 1906 case as an example of how fast it moves.
And the presence of "DNA of Yersinia pestis" on the teeth of the corpses of the people from the period, as a proof that they COULD HAVE been spreading it with their breath. Too.

The find actually does not exclude fleas, it only (maybe) provides proof for YET ANOTHER vector - that we already knew of.

Indeed a terrible article.

about three weeks ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

denzacar Re:How about someone calling all non-whites "darki (357 comments)

Well hello there, you fucking retarded asshole!

Nice to see you taking offense at calling racists FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLES, followed by arguing just the right racist points (as if being non-white is a valid racial determination), followed by assumptions about the identity of someone you see as an opponent and sweeping generalizations about those identity assumptions...
Even literally arguing the idea that every member of group A should be OK with everything group A does, including bad and evil things, as long as it is aimed against those outside the group A and those opposing it.
Ain't generalizations grand?

And this, children, is how you recognize FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLES - by what they are against and by what they support through their "logic".
In this case, we have a defender of racists, supporter of the idea of "non-white" as a determining factor of one's identity (just like calling both a rabbit and a fox "not a cow"), a believer in "tribal enemies" AND paranoid hater of over a billion humans whom he has generalized into his own personal scarecrow.

And how do we call someone like that?

about three weeks ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

denzacar How about someone calling all non-whites "darkies" (357 comments)

An example of a racist would be someone who implies that all Muslims/Arabs are a single race and calls people racists for saying derogatory things about them.

Calling someone a "darkie" is a racial slur but is not precise about a race it is referring to.
You can have you spick darkies, your nigger darkies, your sand nigger darkies, even your chink darkies.

Now... How about calling someone who bunches all those people as "darkies" a racist, for "saying derogatory things about them"?
Is that racist too?

See how that goes? A racist does not have to be precise about their derogatory terms and actions to be racist.
They can even be extra nice to the people in question and still be racist.

That's because racism and racist slurs all in the intent of the user - not the person it is aimed at OR the third party observer.
Which is why it is perfectly normal for the most of the world to call all those people with black skin simply blacks without being racist.
Instead of coming up with a PC term involving Africa and a local national distinction.
Imagine the faux pas a Frenchman would commit for calling a Jamaican blackman a "French African". Oh boy!

Ah! But should he call him an "African" implying that "they are all alike" and more - that's racism and the person doing that is a racist.
And more importantly - a FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLE.

So you see... it does not really matter how we call that person who goes around "saying derogatory things about them" - as long that term is synonymous with being a FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLE.
Racist, nationalist, fascist, ethnicist, religionist... it's all the same.

And it's OK. Really. It is!
There is no moral or political issue with calling someone who is a FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLE a FUCKING RETARDED ASSHOLE.
Regardless of their persuasion and the brand of their retardedness.

about three weeks ago



TASER France building a Flying Saucer Taser

denzacar denzacar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

denzacar (181829) writes "Antoine di Zazzo, Managing Director of TASER — France told AFP that TASER France is "developing a mini-flying saucer like drone which could also fire Taser stun rounds on criminal suspects or rioting crowds."

He expects it to be launched next year and to be sold internationally by Taser.

So far, there is no mentioning of drones being invisible to the naked eye or not."

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