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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

gnick Re:So What (454 comments)

"I do not care" directly translates to "I will not try to force".

Really? I can honestly say that I don't care if you want to eat a fat-laden meal when you get home from work today instead of a healthy salad. I hope that goes both ways - 'Cuz I might want one too. And if I catch somebody smoking a cigarette, I probably won't be the guy with a squirt gun wetting it out.

Did you proof-read your post? I won't force you to retract it, but really I don't much care. Try again.

Otherwise, they are not fundamentally different. "I do not care" directly translates to "I will not try to force".

about 5 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

gnick Re:Weed still impairs you (454 comments)

Both studies illustrate the same problem and it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to see the solution.

Ban trees.

about 5 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

gnick Re:So What (454 comments)

"I don't care if you live or die" is fundamentally different than "I won't try to force my perception of healthy living on you".

about 5 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

gnick Re:we're already close to that! (380 comments)

You have to stop? Gatorade bottles grant the full cycle of hydration (just don't mix up the fresh and used.)

about 5 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

gnick Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Do I really need to haul around a backup camera?

Well, if you remove that plus the equipment it takes to integrate it into the existing display, you've just saved enough weight to bring a burrito with you on your trip. As long as it's not a big burrito. You could save more weight by driving barefoot. Or naked even. And run some laps first to shed water weight.

I really think that if we're to the point where we're worrying about single grams, we've gone too far.

about 5 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

gnick Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Not zero over zero. A small amount of power will be used, even if it's just powering the radio or infinitesimal internal battery discharge or fuel evaporation/degradation. That energy will be made up using gas. If two identical cars are idling and one has just been jump-started with a dead battery while the other is fully charged, the jump-started car will burn very slightly more fuel.

So, it's zero over an infinitesimal amount = Zero.

about 5 months ago
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Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

gnick Re:time or not (78 comments)

It doesn't even have to do that. I just watched 180 YouTube videos and guessed that they were all moving forward. I blew that 80% number out of the water.

about 5 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

gnick Re: Your taxes at work (501 comments)

...people too lazy to walk 1000km around it...

I would walk 500 km, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walked 1,000 km...

about 5 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

gnick Re:Wow (136 comments)

I have one wife, one ex-wife, one mother, one step-mother, one sister, one step-daughter, and more non-immediate female relationships/acquaintances than I care to enumerate. ANYONE could fake a woman in a chat with me, because from experience, I have no idea what to expect.

about 5 months ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

gnick Re:Twas Ever Thus (120 comments)

I'd also guess that the VAR resells Cisco as well as Juniper, and probably supplies Juniper with Cisco's kit as well.

Which to me seems reasonable. It's not like one or the other is going to run to the patent office and declare that they'd like to patent a new implementation they've developed, but refuse to disclose what it is or how it works.

When two companies are in similar lines, everybody generally comes out ahead when one knows what the other is up to.

about 6 months ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

gnick Re:Added benefit (104 comments)

I think it is silly to say that sanitation and health inspections are unnecessary.

They are unnecessary. They're incredibly useful and prevent many illnesses some of which could be fatal, but if I was dying of dehydration, I'd drink water regardless of what it was tainted with - Similar for food. The WHO can give you stats on malnutrition/starvation around the world. This is NYC, where many people eat very well and many people eat what others throw away. If I go to a restaurant, I expect to be served sanitary food (usually - unless I intentionally walk into some dive where it could damned well be stray cat meat, but I at least know ahead of time what to expect.)

This is really just presenting a method for maintaining some kind of level metric for those inspections. So whatever standard these restaurants are being held to is based on what they're actually doing rather than bribes/negligent inspectors/etc. So, when I go in, I know whether I'm getting properly prepared food-stuffs or something that may or may not send me to the ICU.

about 8 months ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

gnick Re:Added benefit (104 comments)

The funny thing is, living in Europe, and then living in Asia I can tell you most of the world does not have the same very very high standards of the US

I'm not sure where you are (I'm in New Mexico, where you can find questionable food all over - Some of it delicious.) When in Vienna a little over 12 years ago, they'd just gotten their first McDonald's. It took YEARS to get approved to open and eventually reached an agreement - They could open, but had to post signs at the entrance in (at least 3 - I'm thinking German, English, French) several languages that said "The beef served in this establishment does not meet Austrian standards for human consumption." You'd think that would dissuade people who turn their noses up at bakeries who only bake once or twice a day, but the line was around the block.

My Laotian relatives regularly ingest unprocessed cow blood (for special occasions) without consequences and, if the infomercials I saw as a kid are to be believed, Ethiopians will happily stab their siblings for a rotten lima bean. Everything's relative.

People around here seem to love menudo, but I can't swallow that tripe.

about 8 months ago
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3D Display Uses Misted Water

gnick Re:Why water? (65 comments)

Yeah that's why they use it in so many asthma inhalers and electronic cigarette fluids and lots of other things intended to be ingested.

So that implies that those are non-toxic? Ethyl alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cough syrup, and countless others are meant to be ingested too - But that doesn't imply zero toxicity. Drink a couple of fifths of vodka with a bottle of percoset and tell me in the morning whether those ingestables had any toxicity.

about 8 months ago
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The Graffiti Drone

gnick Re:People like this need to be put into the stocks (126 comments)

Depends on the target. Personally, I wouldn't so much mind these vandals white-washing road-side billboards. The casino light displays can be darned near blinding when driving at night or early in the morning. A fresh coat of paint would be an illegal public service.

about 8 months ago
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The Graffiti Drone

gnick Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

Which would mean a dozen nozzles .. The recoil .. I'd be surprised if they can achieve any form of art unless there is some AI component involved.

Building an "inverted pendulum" is a pretty common engineering school assignment. Not too sophisticated, but neat and far more complicated than simply compensating for propulsion from spray paint.

about 8 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

gnick Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Random? Bummer... I'm going to get in serious trouble when I stick that $5 in an ugly little boy's diaper...

about 8 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

gnick Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

If I chose to go to a strip club, I would feel appropriate tipping the (female) dancers but not the (male) bouncers with my privately owned dollars.

At the same time, I had to foot every dollar for college because I was neither a minority, female, the son of impoverished parents, nor Christian and thus ineligible for the private scholarships. And despite being at the very top of the class, I wasn't eligible for the government ones either.

I'm not even sure which side I'm arguing for.

about 8 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

gnick Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

Yeah - Go pedantics! Big can be size, weight, importance, etc... Knee-jerking "big"=="size" is like saying that the "shortest" route home means plowing through walls, cars, etc, rather than going to my car and taking the "quickest" route home. Yes, "fast" is "speed", but when you're referencing F=ma, I think that "getting something big to move fast" implies changing the velocity of a given mass. How close to Kindergarten do we need to get?

Well, I'm arguing with an AC on an article a day old that will probably never be read. Maybe a day of Kindergarten is what we all need.

about 8 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

gnick Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

F=MA. M = big, A = very fast, therefore F = big very fast!

So, teaching in current mathematics has come to this?

We're doomed.

If somebody asks whether accelerating a 23-lb mass to Mach 7 would push the thing accelerating it backward, we may have to go back to F=ma. And defining m=big and a=very fast seems appropriate. So, yeah, F=big very fast. Not perfect grammar, but at least it paints a picture for our friend who has yet to hear of Newton.

about 8 months ago

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Why would you pay $10-$50 for a blank CD?

gnick gnick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gnick (1211984) writes "Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse unveil new album — a blank CD-R!

Dark Night of the Soul, the hotly anticipated new album by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, will be "released" as a blank recordable CD with a note encouraging fans to download it illegally from a a filesharing network. A legal dispute with EMI has prevented them from releasing it using traditional methods."

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Google offers $10M for "world-friendly" id

gnick gnick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gnick (1211984) writes "

To help celebrate its 10th birthday, the ambitious Internet giant is launching an initiative to solicit, and bankroll, fresh ideas it believes could have broad and beneficial impact on people's lives.

As slashdotters, we are experts on everything and know the solutions to all of the world's problems. Finally, by announcing Project 10^100 today, it appears that Google is finally ready to compensate us for those qualities."
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GM unveils Chevy Volt photos

gnick gnick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gnick (1211984) writes "CNN is reporting that GM has "unveiled" its plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt (discussed here before), due out in 2010. Released photos of the car have apparently disappointed several would-be owners as the design differs significantly from the original concept car and the show-room model does not look as "angular or aggressive". Links include plans from major manufacturers for similar releases with several concept car photos and a short article on the photos with a GM-sponsored video providing some additional details."
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Startup Claims to Make $1/Gallon Ethanol

gnick gnick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gnick (1211984) writes "Coskata, which is backed by General Motors and other investors, uses bacteria to convert almost any organic material, from corn husks (but not the corn itself) to municipal trash, into ethanol. If its claims are to be believed, two bales of hay can be turned into 5 gallons of 99.7% pure ethanol for about $1/gallon."

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