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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

marciot Some (more) jobs this would create (272 comments)


8) Coral Relocation Consultants
9) Cochlear Implant Maker for Conchs
10) Ear Surgeons for Sturgeon
11) Disability Lawyers for Sharks
12) Mime School Professor for Deaf and Dumb Clownfish
13) Burst Blowfish Re-Inflation Technician
14) Electric Eel Defibrillation Nurse

I'll be hear all week, folks!

about a week ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

marciot Some of the jobs this would create (272 comments)

1) Fish Deafness Specialist
2) Hearing Aid Designer for Dolphins
3) Bass Boosting Headphone Maker for Bass
4) ASL Teachers for Octopi
5) Jellyfish Mending Seamstress
6) Aquatic PTSD Therapist
7) Exploding Whale Cleanup Crew

about a week ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

Loking at those pictures, while bad it was probably survivable if he had been wearing a seat belt. It was being ejected that killed him.

It was the sudden stop after being ejected that killed him.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Why can it go that fast? (443 comments)

Well, at the equator, the Earth rotates at about 1000 mph underneath you, so your car has to go at least 1075 mph when driving west to exceed the speed limit. 100 mph is nothing... you're practically moving backwards.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

I guess they can also charge him with "leaving the scene of a crime"

Why just charge him when you can supercharge him?

about two weeks ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

marciot Is it reusable? (188 comments)

I'm sure this technology isn't cheap. They should make it so once it penetrates a target it comes out the other side and flies right back to the sniper so he can reuse it on the next target -- otherwise it's a waste of some pretty expensive technology!

about two weeks ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

marciot Re:I should start a company... (203 comments)

Get ready to travel through time and eat cake while you do it!

My company with patent pending technology will let you travel through time while eating cake.

Sorry, I got prior art on this. Everytime I find myself eating birthday cake I am shocked that I've traveled one year though time. It really sucks (the time travel, not the cake).

about three weeks ago

Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

marciot Alcohol (187 comments)

According to the article, there was alcohol involved.

about three weeks ago

Polymer-Based Graphene Substitute Is Easy To Mass-Produce

marciot Confusing article (37 comments)

Is the end result graphene, a lattice of carbon atoms, or not? What exactly is a "substitute carbon nanosheet" if not graphene itself? Is the process new or the material new? This article is like saying you developed an easier process for creating wood-pulp-based white laminar sheets that are flexible and suitable for writing letters and calling it a "paper substitute", without clearly saying why it isn't paper.

about three weeks ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

marciot Shitfaced drivers (131 comments)

This is a good thing as long as it can recognize shitfaced drivers and keep them of the roads.

about a month ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

marciot Re:Embarrasment (198 comments)

The principle reason to put 2560x1440 pixels on a phone is to further the embarrassment of monitor manufacturers who can only manage to get 1/4 of the pixels into a 19" screen.

We will soon be better off buying a smart phone and a Fresnel lens instead of desktop monitor and our computers will begin to look a lot like the ones in the movie Brazil.

about a month ago

Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

marciot Re:Kernel bloat (65 comments)

Why should the Linux kernel have a compression algorithm in it?

Because it aspires to compress itself into a microkernel.

about a month ago

Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

marciot Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

How could they not know?

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle: If they knew for a fact their claims were fraudulent, they would not know what their claims were. Since they in fact know that they are claiming to have a quantum computer, they cannot know whether the claim is fraudulent or not.

about a month ago

Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

marciot Illegal to own? (188 comments)

Why do they need the names of everyone who bought one of these? Is it illegal to own one? What if I bought one because it was just the right size and weight for a doorstop?

about a month ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

marciot Re:That's going to screw up the map. (250 comments)

How much of that pasture is left? XKCD needs to update their map, or better yet, make an animated timelapse.

about a month ago

After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

marciot Re:Easy (53 comments)

The Solution. Apple just comes up with another name for the IPhone and sells the IPhone under that name in Mexico.


about a month and a half ago

Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

marciot Why not use the mosquitoes as the delivery vector? (84 comments)

Hum, I wonder why they don't just have the mosquitoes with the weakened parasites bite people. Seems like a lot of work to dissect mosquitoes, concentrate the vaccine, deliver it to doctors, put it in a syringe and inject it. Just ship the mosquitoes to where they are needed, put them in a box, and have people who need immunity stick their arms in the box.

about 2 months ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

marciot So what's the problem? (490 comments)

"'without additional expertise and the right type of ammunition, anyone attempting to fire one would probably maim or even kill themselves"

Maybe it's time start handing out free 3D printers to criminals.

about 2 months ago



WiFi Interference: Beyond the Obvious

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I live in a condominium where I get interference from my neighbors' wifi. I understand that 1, 6 and 11 are the only non-overlapping wifi channels, but how does this translate into real-life best practices?
  • When you must overlap, is there a "good" way to do it? With nine access points, for example, is it better to have three APs each on channels 1, 6 and 11, so that each completely overlaps with only two others. Or is it best to distribute those APs across nine channels such that they only partially overlaps others (but potentially overlap more APs in total)?
  • Do use patterns affect interference? For example, is it best to overlap a channel with multiple APs that rarely transfer data, or to share a channel with one person who downloads torrents 24/7?
  • Does maximum data rate affect interference or robustness to interference? I found out by accident that setting my access point to "802.11b only" mode appeared to give me a vastly more reliable connection that leaving it in "mixed 802.11b/g". Is this a fluke or does transmitting at 10 Mbps, when everyone else is using 54 Mbps (for their 3 Mbps DSL pipes!), give you a true advantage?

A Look Back at Kurzweil's Predictions for 2009

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "An interesting look at Ray Kurzweil's predictions for 2009, from a decade ago. He was dead on in predicting the ubiquity of portable computers, wireless, the emergency of "digital" objects, and the rise of privacy concerns. He was a little optimistic in certain areas, predicting the demise of rotating storage and the ubiquity of digital paper a bit earlier than it appears it will actually happen. As it comes to human-computer speech interfaces, thought, he seems to be way off."
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TV Dinner Tray Recycling

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I have no shame to admit that as a non-cooking single male, my diet consists mostly of canned soup and prepackaged frozen foods. One side-effect of this is that I've become very aware and concerned by the waste I generate every week, which is almost exclusively paperboard boxes and cans, which are accepted for recycling in my municipality, platic wrap and TV dinner trays, which are not. Recently I came across a press release from ConAgra Foods regarding their transition to post-consumer recycled plastics in their Banquet, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's products, which to me is excellent and very welcome news. Yet I am surprised by this move, since I expected only a minority of consumers would worry about this particular aspect of TV dinner consumption, and that the incentives for a company to make such a move would be minor. Yet they have done so. Which prompts me to ask: is the environment among the first things that come to your mind when you contemplate the choice about whether to consume "convenience" foods or not. What do you think?"

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

marciot writes "Having obtained a bachelor's degree in EE (and CS, which is now my field), I am disappointed that some basic aspects of electricity were glossed over in such a way that even today I wonder whether I really grasped the fundamentals. One particular aspect that bugs me is that electricity is presented as seemingly having two separate alter-egos. In the world of Van de Graff generators and doorknobs, electrons are content to flow from one charged object to another without care as to whether they will eventually find their way back. In the world of batteries and light bulbs, electricity, we are told, stubbornly refuses to flow unless there is a circuit which neatly forms a round trip. Well, which one is it? Lest you think the answer is simpler than it is, let me pose a question: suppose I have a AA cell and a quarter. Now, if I were to touch the quarter to the positive end, and then move it to the other end, and repeat this motion back and forth, would I eventually discharge the battery? One could say that I am confusing electrostatics with electrodynamics, but it seems to me that giving one phenomenon two different names and treating them separately only avoids a troubling question and keeps us from true understanding. Any thoughts?"


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