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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

maroberts If dimples have this big an effect (136 comments)

Why aren't aircraft covered in them? 10% is a big difference in the aviation industry.

3 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

maroberts Re:Your next supercar. (136 comments)

The claimed 0-60 time for a Tesla S is 4.2 seconds, which compares better or at least favourably with many supercars. The Roadster was even better at 3.7 seconds.
Max speed is electronically limited at around 125/130mph,

Similar the apocryphal Bill Gates quote, I could say that no one would want to go faster, but having experienced 165mph on roads, I know different....

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

maroberts Re:Best money I ever spent (535 comments)

I second that "best money I ever spent" (well there was this night in a Hilton Hotel that came close...) opinion. I was -10.25/-9.75 and spent lots of money on high quality glass lenses and contact lenses, both of which I hated.

Unfortunately my halo effect (in low light conditions) has never disappeared, but that's a minor inconvenience.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

maroberts Re:Dry eyes (535 comments)

I needed some artificial tear solution occasionally for about a year afterward, but compared to the agravation of contact lens solutions and the area of irritated skin on my nose caused by glasses this was a minor inconvenience. I can read and focus on distant objects more than 15 years after the operation.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

maroberts -10.25/-9.75 15 years ago (535 comments)

I had mine done around 2000, and at -10.25/-9.75 was on the limits of what could be achieved back then. The cost did mean I didn't have to wear glasses, so represented good value for money. My eyes do have a faint ghost image in low light conditions, which means whilst I can drive at night, I do have to make sure I'm alert. As I'm now 50, I'm investigating whether I can have a second minor correction.

4 days ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

maroberts It's engineering (218 comments)

Engineering is the application of science to the real world. Colliders had already been built before, so it was not a scientific task to build/research a new one. There were undoubtedly a few problems to be overcome, but they were not really scientific ones.

Of course once it had been built, it was science to find the Higgs and other particles by firing it up and seeing what happened.

Similarly, the Manhatten Project was again largely engineering; they largely knew an atomic bomb was theoretically possible. The main problem was to work out how to build a bomb such that a reasonable bang would occur with a robustly engineered device. i.e. that the energy budget would not be lost in the tolerances that they were capable of at the time.

5 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

maroberts Re:Perfect to mount (115 comments)

Why is this moderated funny?

Is this sad, tired old meme actually still genuinely funny in this day and age?

really?

Yes.

5 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

maroberts Re:But does it have more KILLING POWER? (90 comments)

At 200 Tons capacity, it could carry three.

This just goes to show how obesity has become a real problem for the American military.

about two weeks ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

maroberts Re:Total Annihilation (90 comments)

the land-sea capability of the UHAC is provided buy a set of tracks – similar to a tank – fitted with captured-air foam cells that provide buoyancy, act as paddles when in the water, and behave as track-driven pads when on the land

The first thing that came to mind was bubble-wrap.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

maroberts That will ruin the Thor joke (590 comments)

One night the Norse god Thor was feeling a bit horny so he decided to come down to earth to satisfy his needs.

He picked up a good looking woman with a great body and they went to her apartment she only had one small problem, she had a speech impediment, but this didn't affect the sex. They went at it hot and heavy all night long.

In the morning Thor had to leave so he decided he should at least tell her his name so he said to her, "I'm Mighty Thor and I have to leave now."

She looked at him and said, "You're thore?! I'm tho thor I can hardly pith."

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

maroberts Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

And that is a mechanism making it okay for innocent people to die because _______________?

It is not a mechanism for innocent people to die. It is a mechanism for me to be indifferent whether criminals die whilst committing a crime.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

maroberts Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Sure, but what does that have to do with law enforcement? They're not the "car enthusiast revenge squad."

Of course they are; the middle classes pay taxes to try and get a police force which frowns on this sort of thing and reacts accordingly.
Actually when it happened to me they chased the car intermittently across 3 counties and couldn't catch it.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

maroberts Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Your car is a mass produced automobile, it's not part of your soul.

My car was anything but a mass produced automobile, maybe this will help you

about two weeks ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

maroberts Re:First contact? (95 comments)

Just because a theory causes our understanding to fall to pieces is not sufficient reason not to question everything. A theory is often an approximation to what happens until a better one comes along.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

maroberts Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Having had the experience of having my own performance car stolen temporarily, and damaging it to the extent of needing a new engine and reupholstering, at the time I felt capital punishment is not enough.

You may think this is a little severe, but people who are into cars feel they have had part of their soul ripped out of them if it is stolen and trashed, especially if it is their personal hobby and they are doing it at the limits of their budget.

about two weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

maroberts I find it ironic (253 comments)

...that as the Western World has campaigned against children working long hours in underdeveloped nations, here we are encouraging our kids to work insanely long hours tethered to a keyboard grinding out code.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

maroberts Obi Wans opinion on the Blackberry (139 comments)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Was Sandy good for New York and the people?

maroberts maroberts writes  |  about a year and a half ago

maroberts (15852) writes "Whilst sadly more than 40 people have died as a result of Storm Sandy, my colleagues and I are debating whether the storm is actually beneficial in terms of employment and mortality rate. For instance, we argue that deaths from murders and traffic incidents will be way down, as will injuries from the same.

Similarly all the renovation work will be a source of jobs for less skilled manual workers, and we will genuinely witness income flowing from rich to poor. Insurance companies will pay out, reducing their dividends.

So overall, should the US be wishing for more or less bad weather?"
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Do you want to play a wee game?

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 2 years ago

maroberts writes "No, the spelling isn't a mistake; you can now play games when you're in the toilet/ john/ bathroom (delete as applicable). The only question is whether a large "joystick" or a small one makes a better game controller....."
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Violent Games reduce levels of Crime

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maroberts (15852) writes "According to this paper produced from a collaboration between the University of Texas and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), violent video games may induce aggressive behavior, but the incapacitation effect outweighs this and produces a genuine reduction in violent crime. This paper was referenced in aBBC news story giving reasons why the US crime rates are falling (at least outside the prisons!)"

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Why Donte has his name

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Someone asked why my son had an unusual name and even suggested that Donte is due to the parents not being able to spell. Anyway its not a spelling mistake, although some muppet who registered the birth did put Donate instead!

There's no typo; my (ex) g/f chose it, and since his ancestry is black English on mummys side, I see little wrong in him having a name associated with African ancestry.

Dante may be the possible Italian/Latin original of the name. As I have a degree plus college level English I don't think spelling is a problem for me (with a few exceptions).

Donte has a sensible middle name (which I chose) which he can use if he wants, and there's little wrong with shortening Donte to Don if he wants later. But having said that, having an unusual name also makes you memorable which can be an advantage.

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Freedom of Speech v Privacy

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The argument about whether the press can publish about relationships and gossip is not an argument about public interest; it is clear that the public don't really have a need or right to know who is shagging who, at least not directly.

However, it can be argued that the injunction conflicts with Freedom of Expression. Essentially the injunction brings into play where the balance between a right to Privacy and Freedom of Expression lie.

The European Convention on Human Rights gives states a wide "margin of appreciation" on where they may place the dividing line. For example, should the US ever become a signatory, it could legitimately claim compliance with the convention even though Freedom of Speech is regarded as a more important right than Privacy. In France, on the other hand, more importance is given to privacy. As long as both rights are protected to some extent, both nations would be regarded as compliant in terms of their implementation.

Censoring the Web is fraught with difficulty and could be challenged under those same rights.

When the UK implemented its Human Rights Act, which effectively ratified the ECHR in the UK, it was openly stated by Parliament that a high threshold would be required for matters of Privacy to overcome matters of Free Speech, i.e. Parliament wanted a Human Rights implementation closer to the US than France. Unfortunately, legal rulings have been quietly lowering the bar in clear contravention of this intention.

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A14: The Road To Hell

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I would just like everyone who is thinking of living near Cambridge to forget the idea unless your idea of fun is sitting in stationary traffic.

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