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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

osu-neko Maybe if they used graphene to make it... (187 comments)

...I mean, it's the miracle substance you can do anything with, so maybe you can use it to make graphene! :D

4 days ago
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Kawa 2.0 Supports Scheme R7RS

osu-neko Re:Traditional (62 comments)

the strengths of traditional compiled languages....zero-overhead Java platform integration

I never thought I'd hear someone say that Java integration is a traditional strength of compiled languages...

...and you didn't. The text you quoted neither says nor implies that that's a traditional strength. (In the text you quoted, the word traditional is used as an adjective modifying "languages".)

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

osu-neko My iPod Classic has 160GB of capacity... (269 comments)

...and that was great when I got it, but it's gotten a bit on the small side actually. Apple wants me to upgrade, they need to produce a bigger unit. Current store only has them up to 64MB. I'm certainly not going to downgrade just to get a newer unit.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

osu-neko Re:Boy that will win more users.... (415 comments)

Yeah, I have an iPhone 3GS I still use, but it's getting more and more difficult. Support for this generation of phone stopped with iOS 6, and a lot of newer apps, or newer versions of some of my existing apps, require iOS 7 or 8. I'll be forced to buy a new phone soon...

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

osu-neko I hate these misleading statements... (388 comments)

... caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

No, he was caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the FBI. Since he thought he was trying to deliver them to the Egyptian government, that makes him a scumbag, but let's not pretend an actual crime that would have occurred without the FBI's action has been thwarted here. They didn't step in and stop something bad from happening, they just found some guy who likes money more than ethics and made a good headline out of him. Arguably doing so maybe has some deterrent effect, but don't misrepresent what happened or blow it out of proportion.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

osu-neko Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

They work fine, and without lasers.

Eh, okay, maybe they're adequate, but they have the huge disadvantage you noted: no lasers!

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

osu-neko Re:What's wrong with calling it (128 comments)

Well, for the most part, it's not liquid.

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

osu-neko Re:The Star Wars universe has always been impracti (390 comments)

It's called "space cheese", and you can't ruin the Star Wars universe by adding more cheese, because the entire thing was made of cheese to begin with! It's kinda its whole schtick.

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

osu-neko Re:Had a realization (390 comments)

I just realized that all of JJ Abrams' movies are the same style. That only hit me while seeing this trailer.

I don't know where you get that with this trailer. It looks like every other SW trailer that I have seen.

Yes, but, as has been pointed out, that's because SW is a very good fit for JJ Abrams' style. This kinda drives that home.

about three weeks ago
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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

osu-neko Re:Almost made it ... (48 comments)

The mission did not succeed in most of its stated objectives. By definition that makes it a failure.

It's not a complete failure, and we can learn from what failed to attempt to design future missions to avoid these particular failure modes, and we can even celebrate the successes that we did get from the mission, but we cannot truly call the mission as a whole a success.

The mission did not fail in most of its stated objectives. By definition that makes it a success.

It's not a complete success, and we can learn from what failed to attempt to design future missions to avoid these particular failure modes, and while we can lament the failures that did occur, we cannot truly call the mission as a whole a failure.

about three weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

osu-neko Re:Do they have choise but.... (473 comments)

Single player was part of contract that backer bough...

There is no such contract. When you back any project on Kickstarter, you're agreeing to fund the game and (if it was part of the package) receive a copy when it's done. There's no contract for specific features, things can change in development, and all you're guaranteed to receive is the game when it's done, with whatever feature set it ultimately ends up with. Programs often don't have the exact feature set on completion as they were estimated to have at the start of a project, so they make sure their estimated feature set is not set in stone as part of any contract.

In any case, the game still supports single-player mode. It just requires an internet connection, since it's getting data from the servers as it goes.

about a month ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

osu-neko Re:Wait a Minute (78 comments)

...and all the researchers involved are from the same planet as Pons and Fleischmann, too! Surely this is significant.

about a month and a half ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

osu-neko Re:The science is settled, stop doing science! (350 comments)

Not at all. His message is, if you think it's real, then start doing science! He doubts it's real because the people who claim it is refuse to even try actual science -- you know, that thing where you document experiments and publish with sufficient levels of detail that allow the results to be independently verified.

Even if you think it's real, you have to admit that what they're doing is not science. Or at least, you have to admit that if you're honest and know what "science" is. It might be invention, but it absolutely isn't science.

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

osu-neko Re:Wrong (350 comments)

A hydrogen bomb yields more energy than was put it, by a large margin.

Sort of, but most of it's waste energy. Show me a process where the amount of power you receive back into the power-grid from setting off an H-bomb is greater than the energy you used constructing it...

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

osu-neko Re:"repeatable independently verifiable reproducti (350 comments)

A patent will just be violated, and completely ignored. Keeping it secret is the way to go, similar to Heinlein's Shipstones. Place a tamper-resistant box at the client's location, set a meter to charge by the watt-hour, and be done with it. Someone tries breaking into the box, it completely obliterates anything inside showing how it works, or just does a big kaboom, Outer Limits, "Final Exam" style.

Ah, yes. One of Heinlein's most unrealistic, least believable premises ever, and that's saying a lot.

Meanwhile, in the real world, your invention will be reverse-engineered in a matter of months if not sooner.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

osu-neko Re:Remove It (522 comments)

What if I want a straight text log file that requires no other tools?

Then you write your systemd log in text format. If you can't figure out how to do that, you're not qualified to be reading the log file output.

Why would anyone even have a binary log on a *nix system?

It takes less space, especially if you're archiving them for long periods, causes less I/O in general and less disk fragmentation over time as you compress and delete them every day/week. Note that indeed, you do the same on most classic BSD or SysV init systems by compressing the old logs, requiring you to use a tool to dump them to text if you want to read them later... but that's not as efficient.

If you want binary log files that require tools to dump them to text, use Windows.

Do you turn off the compression of logs on your boxes, or do you admit that having to use a tool to read them isn't so big a deal when you aren't grasping at straws to justify why you hate a particular piece of software?

about 2 months ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

osu-neko Re:That's no Moon (54 comments)

There's no dark side of the moon. It's all dark, really...

Well, there is a darker side. It's just not always the same side.

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

osu-neko Re:So evolution possibly already happened ... (120 comments)

Depending on how you define "life", yes. In fact, almost certainly, regardless of which definition of "life" you choose. Selection can occur in any kind of chemical or physical process in which produces similar but not always identical results. There's nothing special about the particular chemical processes we call "life", nor some magic line in the sand you can draw and say "this is life, and this isn't" -- it gets rather fuzzy on the edges, and the distinction between life and other chemical processes is as arbitrary as the distinction between which celestial bodies we decide to call "planets" and which we decide don't qualify. Nature doesn't care much for our arbitrary distinctions.

about 3 months ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

osu-neko Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

Not sure if I follow the real name policy argument. Personally, I understand that people want privacy and there was a huge outcry when Blizzard also required real names as part of their RealID row out. But at the same time I think the issue that both Blizzard and Google wanted to address was cyber-bullying by hiding behind the anonymity of the internet.

You can tell people at a company are speaking from a place of privilege when they assert that using real names will reduce bullying/make people safer/etc. For many of us, using real names pretty much guarantees bullying and danger, and quite possibly even threatens our lives. From Blizzard, it really takes the cake. Like I'm going to put my life in jeopardy for the sake of a video game. And even if the threats aren't serious, many people would just rather avoid the hate and abuse to begin with, even if it's "only" verbal/emotional abuse. Some people use anonymity as a weapon, but most of us use it as a shield. Congrats for those lucky enough to not need it, but understand we're not all so lucky. Removing it just further marginalizes those who aren't privileged enough to be safe without it.

about 3 months ago

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