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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

dzelenka Re:Marching Morons (808 comments)

Thank you! I was sure I had read this at some time and I just couldn't remember the title.

As I remember, the point was that people had become so stupid that fake engine noise and wind coming from the dashboard was all that was necessary to give the morons the sensation of speed and power. I guess we're just a fake breeze away from being those morons.

Written by Cyril M. Kornbluth, originally published in Galaxy in April 1951.

5 days ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

dzelenka Re:How will I heat my home now? (944 comments)

Incandescent technology is far superior to LEDs for electrothermal conversion efficiency. LEDs waste too much energy as visible light.

You laugh, but that excess heat was the basis for the EZ-Bake oven from my childhood. Those ovens actually baked things. Think of the children! How are tomorrows children going to learn how to bake?

about a year ago

Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished

dzelenka Re:No It's Not (312 comments)

He may have gotten us all to open our eyes regarding the NSA, Constitutional abuses, Corporate America's involvement and capitulation, etc, but as long as he has more documents his mission is not complete.

If he's smart (and I think he is) there is a cache of documents somewhere that the NSA never wants exposed. The NSA knows he has them. That's Snowden's insurance policy. They will only come out if Snowden is killed or captured.

about a year ago

Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

dzelenka Re:Way to state the obvious (552 comments)

false, the Sun and insolation drives climate and climate change, greenhouse gas effects are secondary. First thing one learns in any serious geophysics course.

I made a mistake and read the referenced article. When will I learn...

I think what it says is that the computer models don't show significant change when the solar radiation input is modified. I don't think I'm splitting hairs here. They aren't saying that the climate is not affected by changes in solar radiation.

The computer models are just approximations for the climate. They have been proven to be bad at predicting the future (like the current 10 year lull in warming). Wake me up when the computer models account for the ice ages.

about a year ago

Researchers Report Super-Powered Battery Breakthrough

dzelenka Re:"imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone... (244 comments)

imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second

I'd like to, but my fuses just blew, the connector in the phone melted down, there's a smell of burning plastic insulation in my room, and a small fire seems to have started burning here, so I have other things on my mind!

Why is this rated funny instead of insightful? Moving more energy in less time is going to generate heat, lots of heat.

Also, instead of flawed batteries that seriously overheat we could have flawed batteries that explode.

about 2 years ago

Titan Tops Top500 Supercomputing List

dzelenka Re:But... (52 comments)

does it run Linux?

If you follow the links in the article you will see that they all run Linux, or a Linux variant.

more than 2 years ago

Surfacestations: NOAA Has Overestimated Land Surface Temperature Trends

dzelenka Re:So, not "may have", but "has". Right. (474 comments)

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.” - A. Einstein.

more than 2 years ago

New Reality Series: Be the Next Microsoft Employee

dzelenka Re:Really??? (168 comments)

They're going to live together in a luxury waterfront home as they compete for the chance to interview for Microsoft?

I'd rather compete for a chance at North Korean citizenship.

No, no, it's the loser who gets the interview!

more than 2 years ago

Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

dzelenka Missing option... (321 comments)

I use a soldering iron to hot cut ripstop nylon to make kites. I think I get two nerd points for that!

more than 2 years ago

Fracture Putty Can Heal a Broken Bone In Days

dzelenka Re:large animals (236 comments)

this would be great for horses. its nearly impossible to allow multi-leg fractures to heal properly with a large animal .. they usually just get put down.

This is the first thing I thought of too. There's big money around horses that could move this technology along.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Turns 7

dzelenka Re:Nice distro but they messed up the desktop (244 comments)

The Debian silliness is the cold adherence to free software. A Debian desktop needs a lot of tweeking before stuff "just works" (like Flash). Debian also lags behind other distributions because they prioritize stability over cutting edge features. ( ... unless you use the Test version.)

I understand and accept that I have to do those tweeks, but I think I'm the exception.

On the server side, I really appreciate the stodgy Debian way. Solid uptime rocks!

more than 3 years ago

New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

dzelenka Alarmis[tm] is used 18 times in the article (954 comments)

It felt like the word "alarmist" was being pounded into my skull.

How does the new data compare to non-alarmist computer models?

more than 2 years ago

Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

dzelenka Re:As a voter who normally leans Democrat... (1128 comments)

Although he sounds stupid, "Dubya" had a measured IQ of 132. If you consider that stupid, then I tip my hat to your loft intelligence.

about 4 years ago

Auditors Question TSA's Tech Spending, Security Solutions

dzelenka Re:Why not use dogs? (239 comments)

Though a good dog is also a good judge of when a human is acting in a strange way, e.g. nervous, scared, aggressive etc.

What if you are scared of dogs?

more than 4 years ago

OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

dzelenka Re:Windows ME (763 comments)

It must be CowboyNeal's favorite OS!

more than 4 years ago

The South Carolina Primary and Voting Machine Fraud

dzelenka Re:He Won! (467 comments)

I love it if something so noble was at play here, but c'mon...

more than 4 years ago

Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

dzelenka Re:The Norse Were Right! (418 comments)

Has anyone considered that this is just an NVidia ad for their new Blu-Ray 3D format?

Am I posting to the correct story?

more than 5 years ago


dzelenka hasn't submitted any stories.




dzelenka dzelenka writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Why would anyone write in their journal?

It's 2/3/11. How long before I read this again?

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