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The Jet Fighter Laser Cannon

flydude18 Re:9mm? (464 comments)

Comparing it to handgun calibers seems pretty pointless, seeing how the article is about a laser that's to be mounted on fighter jets. You know, to replace this thing.

more than 4 years ago

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

flydude18 Re:Who wants to update?? (1012 comments)

If you want to specify what I can do with a copy of your software, write a contract and make me sign it.

If you're selling me a box (with a computer and a copy of the software inside it), then that's a sale. Maybe if your website said "click here to buy a computer and enter into a license agreement regarding a piece of software", you'd have an argument.

If you're calling it a sale, then it's a sale, and first-sale doctrine should apply. That means I own the copy of the software that you sold to me. I can do whatever I want with it.

Unless you're new here, you must have heard this argument against EULAs before.

more than 4 years ago

When Libertarians Attack Free Software

flydude18 Re:Explained by a Simple Formula (944 comments)

Your argument against net neutrality would only make sense if the ISPs competed in a free market, which they don't. Like you said, they have been granted regional monopolies by governments. People can't ditch Comcast for Google if the local telco also blocks Google.

In an already-heavily-regulated market, net neutrality legislation is actually a deregulation. Pairs of ISPs are given ultimate control over entire regions through regulation; net neutrality would undo some of that regulation by restricting the power of the ISPs.

Your solution for us who are indeed stuck with only two available ISPs is to be screwed until technology advances or regulations disappear (good luck on that second one). That's not really good enough. Net neutrality is regulation, but it benefits individuals at the expense of government-assisted corporations. Your libertarian principles should tell you to be in favor of that.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Effort To Codify America's "Operating System" Online

flydude18 Re:Bug Tracker? (98 comments)

The latest release always loads the interstate_commerce and necessary_and_proper modules, but the rest are hit or miss.

more than 4 years ago

LHC Successfully Cools To 1.9K In Lead-Up To Restart

flydude18 Re:If it's not in operation... (177 comments)

Even the summary says that test runs will start soon. It's only the "high power collisions" that will wait until December, at which time the LHC will be fully operational.

more than 4 years ago

Sky Watchers Want Recognized a Newly Described Type of Cloud

flydude18 Re:forest for the trees... (166 comments)

It's not the ominous-looking clouds that worry me. If you read the article, the first line says "In hill country from Iowa to the Scottish Highlands..."

The sudden and inexplicable appearance of hills in Iowa will keep me up all night.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Chairman Warns of Wireless Spectrum Gap

flydude18 Re:Wireless technology (300 comments)

You're assuming that devices are limited to omnidirectional transmission. What if they were all fitted with tiny phased arrays? It's conceivable that they could keep the beam pointed toward a single base station, and interfere very little with the space around them.

I don't even know if this is a plausible solution to your problem, but it's the first thing that came to mind. I'm not prepared to predict that innovation will stop.

more than 4 years ago

Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

flydude18 Re:Cool (376 comments)

And new installations of $app don't work either because users are never told they need $bar. This is a fairly obvious bug that gets noticed, and an update for $app adds the dependency to $bar.

Sure, I'm assuming that someone will fix it, but you're assuming that someone will goof up in the first place. Seems fair.

more than 4 years ago

Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years

flydude18 Re:Why it's more dangerous. (263 comments)

(This space reserved for another physics nazi's relativistic corrections).

more than 4 years ago

Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years

flydude18 Re:Why it's more dangerous. (263 comments)

Almost. The kinetic energy of the car is proportional to the square of the velocity. So, if the energy goes up by a factor of 1e17, the corresponding velocity increase is only by a factor of sqrt(1e17), or about 3e8.

more than 4 years ago

Lost World of Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats

flydude18 Re:Missing Tag (93 comments)


about 5 years ago

iPhone App Wins Microsoft App Contest

flydude18 Re:54 hours? (233 comments)

I got three days using my public-school arithmetic, but just because you got the right answer doesn't mean you're better than me.

about 5 years ago

Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 Released

flydude18 Re:"pages render faster" (212 comments)

Instant? New Slashdot has been pretty sluggish for me in 3.0 for Linux on a decent dual core machine. While that's hardly the browser's fault, I say bring on faster Javascript.

more than 5 years ago

Study Catches Birds Splitting Into Separate Species

flydude18 Re:Thank God. . . (153 comments)

This isn't evolution, it's just God applying a patch.

more than 5 years ago

Futurama Voices Could Be Recast

flydude18 Re:ob (260 comments)

Are you sure that wasn't "Bad news, nobody"? Why even say anything and risk your nerd card?

more than 5 years ago

I hold paper to vertical surfaces by preference with

flydude18 Gravity (310 comments)

You can use gravity if you prepare the vertical surface by knocking it over.

more than 5 years ago

WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic

flydude18 Re:"H1N1" (368 comments)


more than 5 years ago

What Do You Do With a Personal Domain?

flydude18 Redirect (286 comments)

Redirect the main domain to the subdomain.

more than 5 years ago

The Electronic Police State

flydude18 Okay... (206 comments)

And I've used data from many organizations to compile a ranking of countries which are the closest to being a strawberry ice cream:

1. Iceland
2. North Korea
3. Quebec
4. Central African Republic
5. Macedonia

Of these, Iceland is by far the closest to being at the right serving temperature. Mmm, Iceland.

more than 5 years ago


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