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What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?

martinw89 Re:RROD class action (416 comments)

He might need to actually play games on it to get it to red ring (god forbid!)

more than 4 years ago

Apple Pulls C64 Emulator From the App Store

martinw89 Re:And then what? (580 comments)

Do you have a working version anymore? I'd love to try it out.

about 5 years ago

Company Laptop, My Data — Can They Co-exist?

martinw89 Re:Basic Copyrights (395 comments)

I'm pretty sure he understands that. His concern is that accepting the offer may be interpreted as signing away his rights to anything created on the laptop.

about 5 years ago

Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

martinw89 1 step forward, 2 steps back (652 comments)

The thing is, alternative energy DOES have a long way to go.

I was a big fan of the Tesla until Top Gear's review. It seemed like the perfect electric car: it can smoke most internal combustion cars off the line, AND it can run for more than 200 miles on a single charge. Plus, there are the benefits of less emissions due to economies of scale and a cheaper running cost. But Top Gear pointed out that once you deplete the battery, you have to charge it all night before you can use it again (I think the exact time was 14 hours).

So, awesome, I can go for a Sunday drive in a fun car and feel good about it. Except that I only have a few hours for this drive (if I'm driving cautiously), and once I'm done, I'm done for the day. So it's one step forward, but two steps back. The car doesn't adapt to us, we have to adapt to it. This isn't right, the next alternative fuel needs to fit our lifestyles or people are unlikely to change for it. That's why we need something that can be refueled quickly, which the Tesla certainly is not.

more than 5 years ago

The Most Influential Games In History?

martinw89 Re:Mario Kart?? (254 comments)

Yeah, but think of all the games that were like it! Like.... Crash Bandicoot Racing! And....

Ah fuck it.

more than 5 years ago

Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban

martinw89 I know the purpose (1182 comments)

In this time of economic crisis, the inevitable ensuing flamewar can heat my house.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Enters Gaming Market

martinw89 Re:Windows only (52 comments)

Frozen Bubble, Neverball, Neverputt, Pingus...

Those are just high quality casual games that were off the top of my head.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

martinw89 Re:First penis (526 comments)

While Ron Jeremy incidentally does have a penis, I believe Tyler Durden is the one inserting it everywhere.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

martinw89 FTA (526 comments)


In light of the incident, Comcast says it will issue a $10 credit to any customers who say they viewed the 30-second clip, which featured full male nudity. (SEE BOX)

I was unfortunately disappointed to find that the BOX did not have 30 seconds of free porn, but instead an offer for $10.

more than 5 years ago

A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

martinw89 Re:Foundation avoids ideology (459 comments)

I always hated that these types of comments are at the bottom and underrated.

more than 5 years ago

New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

martinw89 Re:What about open source phones? (1235 comments)

Most phones have a speakerphone-speaker and a (much quieter) headset-speaker.

more than 5 years ago

New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

martinw89 Re:What about open source phones? (1235 comments)

Nevermind that, you could open up the phone and cut the wire to the speaker! So not only does this leave a large area to interpretation, it's easy to circumvent with a little determination.

more than 5 years ago

Unboxing a 1984 Atari Peripheral, 25 Years Later

martinw89 Annoying format. (154 comments)

I happen to RTFAs, but I can't stand the image-and-a-few-sentences-per-page format. Especially when each page has to load a bunch of pictures and javascript. I can stand it when these slideshows open up a new window with only the slideshow's content, but this is too annoying.

more than 5 years ago

Hope For Fixing Longstanding Linux I/O Wait Bug

martinw89 Re:Just upgrade (180 comments)

OS not fast enough? Just upgrade your hardware components, preferably to a new, top-of-the-line system.

Oh wait... that's the Windows way of doing things.

Yeah, exactly, that's why volunteers have been hard at work to find and fix the (published, admitted) bug. Just like Win... Oh, wait.

more than 5 years ago

30th Anniversary of the (No Good) Spreadsheet

martinw89 Re:Why use MUL/DIV (407 comments)

Any newer computer is going to consume at least two or three times as much juice and be a lot louder.

I turned my Asus EEE into a [bittorrent] "Seed Box" and file server by removing and selling the:

  • Screen.
  • Keyboard
  • Battery
  • Wi-fi

This box then has:

  • A 630 MHZ Intel Celery
  • 512MB of RAM
  • A 4GB solid state, with the option to add SDHC

Net price after parting was $100. It uses 12 watts. Bitch :-)

more than 5 years ago

Congressman Wants Health Warnings On Video Games

martinw89 I have the solution! (421 comments)

I have the solution! Let's go kill a congressman!

Note to whomever has tapped this wire: that was a joke.

more than 5 years ago

Comet Lulin Is Moving Closer To Earth

martinw89 Re:Magnitude of six... what (97 comments)

Except, I didn't know anything about apparent magnitude, so I had no idea to search for "comet magnitude." Smartass :)

more than 5 years ago



"Impossible" propulsion engine under const

martinw89 martinw89 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martinw89 (1229324) writes "Roger Shawyer, a British scientist, has theorized a propulsion device that does not use propellant. The Emdrive, or Electromagnetic Drive, could theoretically run as long as it has an electricity source. This could benefit all kinds of missions, from deep space to Earth orbit. Chinese scientists at the Northwestern Polytechnical University have tested Shawyer's theory in simulations and are currently constructing an Emdrive thruster. An American aerospace company has also expressed interested but has not talked to Shawyer recently.

Needless to say, Shawyer's theory has amassed piles of rebuttals. Many scientists are dismissing the Emdrive as another perpetual motion device. Shawyer, however, contends that his theory is completely based on current accepted theories, especially Einstein's notion of separate frames of reference. Furthermore, Shawyer has past experience with the European space company "EADS Astrium", unlike many other creators of similar devices."


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