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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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

gnick Re:It's a job, not private life (322 comments)

That's how I see it. If I'm at home, don't monitor me. If I'm accessing a vault full of cash, OK maybe. If I'm flying an armed fighter jet, I won't object too hard if they want to track me every time I go off course and engage my weapons.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

gnick Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Exactly - Pretty much everything is air-cooled. Even the frion in your fridge. It's just that it's easier to circulate some things than others.

about two weeks ago
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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

gnick Re:I've worked with many Russians... (132 comments)

The Chinese produce at least some very adequate imitations of foreign inventions, but the quality is inconsistent unless you're looking very closely at it. The French openly admit copying tech from the US (and presumably others). The Chinese may not openly admit to copying foreign designs, but it's readily apparent. I have no reason to believe that US companies don't have similar practices. And that counts double when it comes to military. As for a solution, I wish I had a friendly one, but practically the Chinese seem to be doing it right. Copying is cheap, manufacturing is cheap, inventing is expensive.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

gnick Re:Moo (469 comments)

A good number of people believing in something makes that thing valuable, not right. CDs reproduce sound more accurately than vinyl, but not necessarily the "same". I'm not an elite violinist and calling myself even an amateur cellist, guitarist, or pianist would be an insult to anyone who could adequately play. BUT, I've done "acoustic" analysis on measurements orders of magnitude beyond human hearing and can quantitatively determine the difference between produced "sounds". When you want a medium to produce exactly what you make it produce, that can almost certainly be matched by modern engineering. When you want to measure the "color" of sound or some other metric that can't be reproduced except by the perception of the recipient, it's entirely a matter of choice.

Which is better - Blue Oyster Cult played near the pain threshold on vinyl on tube amps or Tchaikovsky sampled at 48 kHz played by a master orchestra on $300 noise-cancelling headphones? It's entirely up to the listener and if somebody wants to pay a premium for one over the other, that's exactly what it's worth. Personally, I like both.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

gnick Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

It would never be two-way for everyone. Some will die there.

By accident if nothing else.

By that definition, going to my office every day isn't necessarily a 2-way trip. Nor is getting up to use the bathroom, or going to the store for food, or going to bed. But it doesn't mean that I'm going to stop doing those things. I go planning to return, but accept some varying level of risk based on the potential benefit of making the trip. Going to bed is safer than the bathroom. Going to the bathroom is safer than going to the store. Going to the store is safer than going to Mars. But, depending on the individual and the perceived benefits, all of those adventures may be undertaken.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

gnick Re:Titanium? (314 comments)

If you're driving your Tesla at 110mph, you probably don't care what catches on fire as long as it's not you.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

gnick Re:Sounds like (314 comments)

You're driving 110mph in a titanium shielded metal box full of batteries. You ARE the ammunition.

about three weeks ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

gnick Re:This is unholy (107 comments)

Leave our beer alone? If you could get an Arrogant Bastard for the price of a Keystone, wouldn't you?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

gnick Re:What. (284 comments)

If Google was, say, a public utility then I'd back you up. But they're not. Filtering or selectively promoting things is entirely within their scope. Their rights don't change because they're popular.

However, if they're publicly viewed as abusing those rights, they very well may become much less popular.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

gnick Re:still (133 comments)

That's not that unusual - I got my Real Doll on Amazon and think she's gorgeous. (In a rubbery, plasticy, inanimate sort of way...) Any way - She creeps the kids out enough to make a decent babysitter.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

gnick Re:What? (133 comments)

I don't really know anything about Kim's racial or political motivations. But I have copies of Machiaveli's "The Prince", Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", The Communist Manifesto, and have spent a good amount of time in Austria and a little in Germany (Vienna's beautiful.) And I work in the US supporting the DoD & DoE - My books hardly make me a traitor. And if Sun Tzu somehow miraculously signed my copy of "The Art of War", I'd think it was cool as hell. (Although it'd probably go to auction pretty quickly.)

about three weeks ago

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

gnick gnick writes  |  more than 3 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 5 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 5 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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