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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mirix Re:Idiot (462 comments)

A cup in the US is 1/16 gallon = 1/4 quart = 1/ pint = 8 oz. = 237ml.

Though Canada uses a "metric" cup, 250ml.

4 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mirix Re:FP? (462 comments)

Yeah, or all of Canada in the 70's. It's impossible. Give up now.

4 hours ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

mirix Re:Woo hoo!! (182 comments)

It's flickering. When you move, the persistence of vision breaks down and the flickering becomes more obvious.

4 days ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

mirix Re:So in the future ... (144 comments)

Not really, injection molding is always going to be cheaper for mass produced stuff, shipping inclusive.

Or do you think there will be a day you can 3D print a plastic chair that can support a person for $5?

about a week ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

mirix Re:It's called redundancy (129 comments)

Wake me up when it prints the motors, belts, and electronics.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mirix Re: This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

The education department did a fine job. That's why at least half of americans call anything they don't like 'socialism', and assume it is bad thing.

The problem with obamacare is it isn't socialist enough. The US is too backward to cut out all the insurance crooks, and move to a single payer system. So instead you get forced payment to private companies. How very socialist.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mirix Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Dearborn is supposedly the most Arab and muslim 'city' in the US (pop 100k, not much of a city). It's only 40% arab, and some percent of that group are Lebanese Christians (the earliest Arab immigrants to the area). Suppose there are some non-arab muslims though. I can't seem to find decent religious demographics in a quick search.

Canada has been sending a few anglo islam converts to go die in arabia lately. I have no idea what would inspire someone who grew up in Calgary or Winnipeg and got a proper first world education to go martyr themselves for Allah in the third world, but nonetheless it does happen on occasion. The amount is so minuscule it's lost in the noise though.

I suppose the same deal happens in the US on occasion.

about two weeks ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

mirix Re:Punch cards (113 comments)

stamped / punched stainless steel sheets would probably be about the best option, if you wan't something to really stick around. Less brittle than rock carvings too.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

mirix Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

I'm fairly certain that had something to do with Chrome being made by an advertising company. i.e. it was never a technical restriction, but an imposed one.

Though some searching makes it look like this is no longer the case.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

mirix Re:That's government spending for you.. (188 comments)

General dynamics was around since 1900, and obtained Convair and Canadair in the 50's, so I don't think "some upstart" is really apt.

(it was called "electric boat" before then, as it mostly made subs (which they still make))

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

mirix Re:I don't get it (540 comments)

The US had just installed nukes in Turkey. It seems entirely reasonable for the USSR to put them in Cuba and retain MAD.

But the US got all butthurt about it instead.

In the end Kennedy and Khrushchev weren't retarded, and both sets of missiles were removed. same result in the end, MAD restored.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

mirix Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

Wouldn't the safe choice be... Soyuz?

about three weeks ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

mirix Who names those ships? (80 comments)

Names like HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are kind of asking to sink with all hands on deck, aren't they?

Must be British humour or something...

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

mirix Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

Never going to happen. The energy density of kerosene is at least fifty times that of lithium cells. Even with ten fold advances in battery tech it's simply not going to be feasible.

So even in a post oil world, we'd have to synthesize longer hydrocarbons to fly, I'd think.

about three weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

mirix Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (212 comments)

Uranium is similar in toxicity to lead, for what it's worth, disregarding radiation and decay products and whatnot.

I don't remember hearing anything about dumping lead on the thing? I can't see it as being worse than living within 1000mi of a smelter anyway. The smelter in sudbury puts out 150 tons of lead into the atmosphere per year. Radiation was definitely the main concern.

about a month ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

mirix Re:Not A SW error! (157 comments)

Bingo. If someone sets a GPS to go to the wrong location, you don't say the GPS had a embedded software problem.

More like a failure to double check settings or something.

about a month ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

mirix Re:Fire (143 comments)

So does Sodium. But do you notice how table salt doesn't burn in water?

There's no lithium metal in lithium /ion/ cells. The whole lithium catching on fire thing is to do with them having a rather volatile solvent as part of the electrolyte (something similar to ether).

about a month ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

mirix Re:a matter of scale (276 comments)

Which is why they are trying to remove cars in Helsinki (LA), not in all of Finalnd (california).

North part of Finland has much lower density than parts of CA. I'd imagine a car is even more essential there.

about a month ago

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Upcoming wikileaks release to stress american ties

mirix mirix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mirix (1649853) writes "CBC reports that the US has told Canada that an impending wikileaks release may cause a negative impact on US ties with foreign nations.
Apparently the US is also informing other nations of the release — It could be pretty damning if they are bothering to notify foreign ministers beforehand."

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