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Mysterious Martian Gouges Carved By Sand-surfing Dry Ice

dillee1 Leidenfrost effect? (26 comments)

"chunks of warming dry ice may also break off from the crests of dunes and skid down slopes. This is no ordinary tumble; according to the model, the bases of the chunks are continually sublimating, resulting in a hovercraftlike motion that gouges the dune while propelling the ice down slopes"
sounds like Leidenfrost effect, although this effect normally involves a liquid.

3 days ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

dillee1 Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

I would actually like the finger gesture for force-kill of hanged application. Cut-throat gesture for shutdown-reboot would be great too. Of course they need to have no [ok/abort] type of dialog box confirmation to work great,

about 6 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

dillee1 Re:Landfill? (501 comments)

Idiocracy: The Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505

about 6 months ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

dillee1 Re:less useful how? Re:The larger, the less useful (108 comments)

That "divergence over time" actually occurs not that long ago. Right before WW2 everyone on the planet that use Chinese characters use the 1 and only 1 glyph, traditional Chinese. That includes China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.

After WW2 China and Japan tries to simplify the Chinese characters in separate effort, resulting in completely different glyphs and the shitty state of CJK coding we see now.

Korea and Vietnam largely abandoned Chinese characters, may be except for person and place names for clarification reasons.

Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan all use the same pre-WW2 traditional Chinese glyphs. Thus they have no ambiguity or trouble for exchanging text at all.

FFS just use traditional Chinese glyphs if one want to exchange text with other kanji user. It is the "true" Chinese that everyone in Sinosphere understand for last 3000 years.

about 6 months ago
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US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

dillee1 Re:The American way ... (427 comments)

Nah, real American way will be shoot it up to orbit, then deorbit and use it as kinetic bombardment on random-war-in-3rd-world-country. Just like what DoE do with all those useless U238(depleted uranium round). Who care about dark-skinned savage, right?

about a year ago
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A Firecracker-Launching Slingshot: Start the New Year With a Bang

dillee1 Re:It's kind of sad (65 comments)

I wonder why the explosions are exceptionally weak too. In my experience a 1-inch long firecracker can easily crack a small gardening pot, and probably blow the gel block apart completely.

about 2 years ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

dillee1 Re:"JUST" 12 light years? LOL. (420 comments)

Actually you can still use gravitational assist with the sun. Burning your fuel at the perihelion will give you far more delta-V than the same burn at aphelion. Simple explanation: part of the gravitational potential energy of the fuel is converted into kinetic energy of the spacecraft; with the burnt fuel being "left-over" at a much lower orbit than before.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

dillee1 Re:Wow (484 comments)

"cap/frag/score/win/pwn/save the princess"

I am under the impression that he frag/pwn the princess then "save" her at last.

more than 2 years ago
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Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts

dillee1 Re:An optical question... (529 comments)

Reason that white LED is not made with 3 primary colour LEDs is that as LED age, they dims, and different colour dims at different rates. A new tricolour LED migh looks white, but when it ages it might glows greenish for example.

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

dillee1 Re:The Name (737 comments)

"Nobody is going to install PENIS in a professional environment."

I will. Just for telling my boss "I use my PENIS to monitor the network".

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

dillee1 Re:Good. (476 comments)

It not just crappy intranet application that are stuck with IE6 which can be easily replaced. Lots of hardware infrastructure are relying on IE6, e.g. lift, surveillance camera, building management systems are all stuck with IE6 for remote management.
Do you expect a large commercial building to replace 1000s perfectly good surveillance camera simply because MS thinks IE6 sucks? Not to mention having to replace all dozens of servers for controlling the cameras? And now we start talking about replacing the lifts....

about 3 years ago
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USB Is the Devil's Connection

dillee1 Re:USB is pure evil for different reason. (474 comments)

And it got WORSE after tiny usb thumb drives get popular.
With the standard old plug you have to force to plug in up-side-down. These tiny fucking drives just slip in either way effortlessly.
Now the 1st thing I ever check with lusers usb problem is always their plugin orientation.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe Simulates Total Cyber War

dillee1 Re:cyber - nonsense (80 comments)

Cyber-sex (it's not sex)

more than 4 years ago
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China Plans To Mine the Yellow Sea Floor

dillee1 World War 3 (223 comments)

US is sending carrier task force into Yellow Sea, China is mining the region as a response.
OMGWTFBBQ we are at war!!!!!....
Oh wait...

more than 4 years ago
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The Value of BASIC As a First Programming Language

dillee1 Re:Fuck him. (548 comments)

No. Thank you.

more than 4 years ago
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Could Cyber-Terrorists Provoke Nuclear Attacks?

dillee1 Re:Discussed This Report Four Days Ago (183 comments)

Actually what GP say do make sense, not on "rouge state" like Iran or NK, but on non-state actors like Al-Qaeda. Non state actors do not give a shit to the population of the host country, and they are too dispersed to be counter-nuked. There are very little to lose for them to initiate a first strike.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Users Warned Over Filename Security Risk

dillee1 Re:umask 224 (613 comments)

I wish I have mod point for you. The "Thumbnail" view in winxp is just about as useless can it can be for displaying file information. "Detail" view with file extension shown as in win2003 is much more sensible.

more than 5 years ago

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