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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

ericloewe Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (89 comments)

SC4 works reasonably well on Windows 7 x64

Even back in the day it crashed quite a bit, but I do think it's worse on Windows 7.

11 hours ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

ericloewe Re:Not faked GPUs... (75 comments)

Every BIOS in consumer hardware has been on EEPROM (or flash) for more than a decade, easily.

Mask ROM is not worth the effort, except in very specific cases.

yesterday
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

ericloewe Re: Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (149 comments)

The software was certainly not the best, but considering that most "unintended acceleration" events happened after a couple of nasty accidents (caused by faulty/incorrect floor mats, not a design flaw in the throttle system), I don't buy it, other than for maybe a freak instance.

The vast majority was made up of people who either maliciously covered up their mistakes by blaming the car or should not have been driving at all and genuinely believed they had done nothing wrong.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

ericloewe Not surprising (254 comments)

It sounds like a typical reaction:

"No, I'm afraid we can't fix this. We're going to have to work around our problem... Conserve water, reuse wa.... No, no! Don't pay the fucking witch doctor for a rain dance!"

yesterday
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

What's wrong with the radian?

Pi is a universal constant. Furthermore, its value is irrelevant in most calculations, being simply a placeholder. When the value is needed, using as much precision as needed is trivial.

You know why the imperial system is more flawed than the SI? It's defined in terms of SI units. It's a stopgap solution for those too lazy to standardize.
Failure to define units in terms of universal constants is not exclusive to SI, considering the imperial system never made such an attempt (and is thus useless without prototypes).

The easy conversion *is* the main point of the SI. Everything else amounts to a pissing match to see who finds more cases where one is arguably "simpler to use". Neither is inherently better in that aspect.

5 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

ericloewe Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (360 comments)

Sarcasm aside, as far as clip shows go, that one was especially awful.

5 days ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

Surely you're kidding...

I challenge you to tell the difference between 21 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius in real life. What kind of accuracy do you need? One degree will not make the difference between "I should take a sweater" and "nice warm day".

For every situation where you get a nice integer by using feet there's at least one where you get a nice integer using meters with whatever prefix you desire.

The whole point of the SI is to demystify manipulations that change between "adjacent" units. Feel silly saying you're 1 750 millimeters tall? Choose at will between 175 centimeters or 1,75 meters.
Arguments based on intuition have no merit whatsoever - no single unit is better overall than all its alternatives. The important part is coherency, which allows for trivial usage of multiple prefixes. Since the SI is coherent, it's better.

5 days ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

I don't really ever need to know how many inches are in a mile. Things measured in miles do not need the precision of inches. They don't usually even need the precision of feet. Things measured in kilometers do not need the precision of millimeters, or centimeters, or decimeters, or usually even meters the vast majority of the time.

Do not generalize. An airplane's wing is many meters long, yet its tolerances are in the mm range or smaller.
Some application do benefit from being able to freely mix prefixed units. Since having two incompatible systems is stupid, it makes sense to standardize around the better system.

Do not mistake SI for people who cannot standardize on a few sizes of hex heads for screws. It's unfortunate, but bad decisions are everywhere.

The system is absolutely superior as already detailed. "Everyday life" is a matter of getting used to it (the limits of human endurance aren't useful measures of anything typical). Only one country in the whole world is stubborn enough not to change and important enough for me to care.

about a week ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

The fact that the SI has a flaw that the imperial system also has does not make the SI inferior or equal.

about a week ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

I hope that's a joke.

I do not need to know the value of pi in many cases - it serves as a sort of placeholder. When I do need it, I do not need infinite precision.

about a week ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

That doesn't mean they're better.

Standardization and a logically defined system with strict rules does mean SI is better.

about a week ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

ericloewe Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

Spare the moronic excuses.

You do not need tools at every mm value.

0 degrees Celsius is the freezing point of water, 100 the boiling point. How much more intuitive does it need to be?

Are you too stupid to use numbers from 0 to 100 with centimeters? Is "50 centimeters" too much for your head?

The scales aren't "off". There's nothing to be off! A scale is not better because it maps to a few arbitrary values nicely.

A scale is worse if you have different rules for different units. How many inches in a mile? I'd have to think about it or memorize it. How many centimeters in a kilometer? Shift the decimal seperator 5 orders of magnitude to the right.

about a week ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

ericloewe Re:Reputation (210 comments)

Well, a log scale odometer would certainly help preserve resale value.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

ericloewe Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (360 comments)

...before it took an abrupt dive with the last episode of Season 2. Fortunately, it did recover.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

ericloewe Re:more rules.... (336 comments)

You guys just love to complain.

By your logic, bank robbers have the right to complain that they're not allowed to rob banks.

Your complaint is only slightly less absurd.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

ericloewe Re:so 1h every 10 day per citizen (336 comments)

I'm sure some commitee somewhere determined that past 1600W, there were diminishing returns.

The point is probably to turn it from a pissing match over who has more power into a pissing match over who has the most plusses after their A on the energy efficiency label.

about a week ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

ericloewe Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

Don't forget the thing weighs a ton.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

ericloewe Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

Well, as much as the guy is a sleazebag, there is no real proof. That's why they want to ask questions before arresting him (or not, if his story convinces them the accusations are bullshit).

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

ericloewe Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

Just what we need, arrest first and ask questions later. Should they also shoot people first and ask questions later?

about two weeks ago

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