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Mammoth "Metal Moles" Tunnel Deep Beneath London

fake_name Re:Why exaggerate? (294 comments)

140 metres will just fit just inside the boundaries of a cricket oval. 150 metres won't fit, making the machines more than one cricket pitch in size.

Now if only I could find out how many library of congresses worth of rock they could move in an hour.

more than 2 years ago

Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

fake_name Re:Smart? (609 comments)

My toothbrush is smart enough to tell me when I've been brushing my teeth for 2 minutes.

I used to find this feature useless, but now I can take comfort in knowing my toothbrush is smarter than Iran's most advanced concrete.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip

fake_name Re:A week's worth of data? (110 comments)

From RTFA-ing it's clear that the weeks worth of data only applies when "implanted in something as small as a human eye"

Presumably implanting it in something larger affects the ability to store data, but it's not clear how many library of congresses it will store if implanted into a whale.

more than 3 years ago

French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

fake_name Is there a parking problem on Venus? (112 comments)

Is there a parking problem on Venus? I would have thought that there was plenty of room, given how few cars are designed to operate in such a hostile environment.

about 4 years ago

What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?

fake_name Re:Regardless (742 comments)

It's too late. If you don't start them training with Blender before they can speak they'll never be able to master the interface.

more than 4 years ago

Diablo 3 Hands-On

fake_name A slightly different reason for boycotting (216 comments)

I know my personal game playing preferences, and after completing Diablo 3 in X I'll want to go in to Single Player mode with a memory editor and mess about for another 10X hours in assembler creating novel cheats and hacks for personal amusement.

Blizzard's behavior with Starcraft II means this will cause my account to be locked, despite never cheating on any multiplayer content.

This means no Diablo III purchase for me.

more than 4 years ago

Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story

fake_name Re:Maybe it wasn't timing, but milieu (235 comments)

I'm only 31, and this is the second decade in which I've heard this claimed.

That's because Linux has poor game support and it's the Year Of The Linux Desktop.

more than 4 years ago

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

fake_name Re:Hmm (779 comments)

The images of the soccer players stored in the Tivo have no free will.

I can't say with certainty if soccer players have free will, but I can state that a recording of something is not the same as the original object.

more than 4 years ago

Claimed Proof That P != NP

fake_name Re:What would the impacts of this be for cryptogra (457 comments)

> So, if the paper is true, then it doesn't really change a whole lot, except that
> now we know that some day there isn't going to be a trivial solution.

There could still be trivial solutions to some problems we thought were NP, but there won't automatically be a trivial solution to everything; for cryptographic work you'd still need to make sure whatever you're using was really NP and didn't just look really really difficult.

more than 4 years ago

Study Hints Ambient Radio Waves May Affect Plant Growth

fake_name Re:No double-blind? (298 comments)

Make two real Faraday cages.

Put a real radio broadcast antenna in each.

Only turn on one of the antenna.

This also eliminates other possible causes for variation, like "plants grow better in a metal cage" or "A faraday cage gives a plant better shade"

more than 4 years ago

Boy Builds Wall-Climbing Machine Using Recycled Vacuums

fake_name Re:Oh no he didn't! (96 comments)

I'm pretty sure the biggest difference between this and mythbusters is mythbusters built a self-contained system, while this one requires an external power source.

What this kid has done is very impressive, but it does require an extension cord plugged into mains power.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Sales Tax Gets a New Champion

fake_name Re:It's just to to make things "fair". (276 comments)

Just as well those local bookstores produce all their products on-site and have also have no shipping costs.

The costs may be smaller, they may be built into the book prices, but they are there.

more than 4 years ago

Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

fake_name Re:It could be any number of things. (499 comments)

We had a lot of trouble with wireless disruptions around our office - I eventually bought a Wi-Spy (http://www.metageek.net/) for $99 because the productivity loss was getting bad enough to justify the cost of the hardware.

Running a spectrum analyzer, and moving around the office (spending a few minutes in each spot ) was a great way to see what interference was where, and it's great to be able to "see" the 2.4Ghz spectrum instead of just look at what wireless networks exist.

more than 4 years ago

How PC Game Modders Are Evolving

fake_name Re:semi related question (98 comments)

Grab the source SDK and have him make up a few Portal levels; it's quick and easy to start because you can make a bunch of box-like rooms and ledges. You don't feel bad that your levels are all rectangular to start, because that is how most of the actual portal levels are designed.

And it's really fun to use portals to fling yourself around a 3D world that you created yourself.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Building Botnet-For-Hire

fake_name Re:$0.15 Per? (95 comments)

Maybe the $0.15 was a loss leader to help build up a reputation in his desired market segment, then you can up prices once you have a reputation for a solid reliable product.

more than 4 years ago

The Blind Shall See Again, But When?

fake_name Re:This is BAD BAD BAD (226 comments)

I'd like to know why having a deaf culture is preferable to not having any deaf people.

Next you'll be wanting to bring back leper colonies so we don't lose leper culture.

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

fake_name So what he's saying is... (538 comments)

If a new product comes along that is cheaper and more desired by consumers the old product becomes a dead market? What fascinating insight! How can I pay money to see more news from this "Murdoch" guy?

more than 4 years ago

Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover

fake_name Re:WTF? (248 comments)

Someone blogged about some things he doesn't like and made the front page of slashdot.

Basically, more games have character progression in them where you improve your character and/or equipment while playing and he thinks this is a bad idea for competitive multiplayer games.

about 5 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

fake_name Re:Thousands? Far from accurate... (308 comments)

You do know that an isk is not worth a dollar right?

Consider either the cost to buy 60B isk from currency sellers, or take the total man-hours needed to make a Titan and multiply by minimum wage, and then you'll have a much more useful figure representing how my *real* value was invested in those ships.

about 5 years ago


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