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Kilogram Gets Controversial; Why Not Split the Difference?

oljanx Re:Spacetime (520 comments)

So why not define it as a certain amount of curvature - say the mass needed to bend a light beam in vacuo by some measurable amount

That would mean defining the kilogram in terms of another unit. There is some interdependency in the definition of base SI units, but I think the idea is to avoid that where possible.

more than 3 years ago
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3dfx Voodoo Graphic Card Emulation Coming To DOSBox

oljanx So... (156 comments)

Does this mean I get to relive playing quakegl on my Voodoo for the first time? Sweet, I'll finally own you LPBs.

more than 4 years ago
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Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

oljanx 3d TV? (535 comments)

Those are the ones we had before "flat screens" right?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Maps Adds Drone Imagery

oljanx Re:Wow- drone in sync with the land view . (141 comments)

I noticed the same thing. If you scroll around you'll see quite a few cars parked in the same or nearby spaces between the drone/street view photos. How long until we get "Google Live View"?

more than 4 years ago
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Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public

oljanx Re:complete with tracking and statistics (244 comments)

I'd like to see a URL shortening service that doesn't automatically redirect you, but rather displays a page with the destination URL, which you can then review before clicking. I'm sure there are such sites, but I've never seen one. My guess is that the extra step involved prevents them from being widely adopted.

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

oljanx Re:not protects (1066 comments)

Those of you who think nobody really backs up their CD/DVD/BlueRay discs for legitimate reasons must not have young children. You have no idea how quickly a team of three year olds can extract the "frisbees" from their cases and distribute them across 3,000 square feet.

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover

oljanx The CRA (646 comments)

The Corn Refiners Association calls itself a "trade group". Basically it is a propaganda and lobbying machine. Increasingly and accurately people are realizing that corn syrup, specifically high fructose corn syrup, isn't exactly the healthiest thing you can feed yourself and your children. It's in damn near everything that, Americans at least, eat today. It's cheap to produce and appealing to the taste buds. The CRA seems to think that if they change the name of the product they represent, we'll all forget that it's making us fat.

more than 4 years ago
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Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

oljanx Re:Impossible? (426 comments)

As an ESDF righty, I feel your pain. I might be in the real minority here.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Tries To Sneak Shurikens On a Plane

oljanx Re:and... (661 comments)

"The airport doesn’t have separate boarding arrangements for private-jet users". Person A is boarding a private jet and therefore can carry whatever the hell he wants. Once past the security checkpoint person A hands off ninja throwing stars to person B who boards a commercial flight.

more than 4 years ago
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Ask.com To Shut Down Bloglines

oljanx Re:What is RSS for anyway? (111 comments)

RSS is not dead and dying. One particular RSS reader is dead and dying. An RSS reader aggregates and allows you to preview the content published to many different websites, all from one place. If your like me, and you read from dozens of websites every day, you understand why this might be useful.

more than 4 years ago
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Boeing Hummingbird Drone Crashes In Belize

oljanx Re:Something bad happened (68 comments)

I don't think TFA is saying that. It mentions that "those trials" are coming to an early end. Which is appropriate. Obviously you want to work out the kinks before trashing another multi-million dollar UAV.

more than 4 years ago
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The Real 'Stuff White People Like'

oljanx Re:Assumed homogeneity (286 comments)

If I follow you correctly -- your assumption is that due to their economic status black males tend to live in larger and less diverse groups than white males. And as a result they are more likely to have similar interests. Ok that makes sense. And unfortunately you are correct that statistically, white males generally find themselves in better financial situations, which does give them more flexibility when deciding where they want to live. But, last time I checked, upper middle class white males (and/or females) don't often locate themselves in culturally diverse areas. They tend to stick with their flock, just like everyone else. It's human nature. As a result the geographic distribution factor is probably not as significant as you might think.

more than 4 years ago
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They Finally Found Out We Like Our Computers

oljanx Re:Like I needed to know. (184 comments)

A tip of the hat to you sir. Now someone go ahead and mod this redundant. It was worth it.

more than 4 years ago
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They Finally Found Out We Like Our Computers

oljanx Re:Like I needed to know. (184 comments)

I followed that map once. It lead me out of the basement, into a fabulous relationship. Through childbirth, into a mortgage, and right back into the basement.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Labs To Promote Open Web Gaming

oljanx Re:Maybe... (127 comments)

I have a suspicion that assuming "real" games cannot be delivered to a browser is a lot like saying 64k ought to be enough for anyone.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Pay $8.5 Million In Buzz Privacy Settlement

oljanx If I remember correctly (58 comments)

When Google Buzz was introduced I had the option to opt-in to the service. So I did. And as it turned out, all of my contacts, who had also chosen to opt-in to the service, were able to "buzz" me. Or whatever lingo is attached to this service. And they didn't, and neither did I. And we went on our ways, existing in each others contacts list.

more than 4 years ago
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Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

oljanx Let them mash... (417 comments)

We tried a variety of kid-friendly gaming/computing toys with both of our children. Basically, at 18 months, if it wasn't something they've seen mommy and daddy use, it wasn't interesting. I suggest an old laptop. Attempt to teach them how to use it properly, but understand that they'll probably just mash the hell out of it at first. By the time they're 3 years old they'll be little computer wizards, trust me. My three year old daughter can navigate her gaming websites (Nick Jr. and PBS Kids) just fine. My five year old son, now in Kindergarten, can sound out words and type them on the keyboard better than he can write them by hand (I'm still not sure if this is a good or bad thing).

more than 4 years ago
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The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration?

oljanx Re:Near-Term (444 comments)

And I posted as AC on accident again...

more than 4 years ago

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