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NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record

rhadamanthus Too bad it's at NASA (184 comments)

Which all but guarantees that this engine will never do anything more.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

rhadamanthus Perhaps the number one reason (252 comments)

Itunes is possible the number one reason I switched back to a PC from my macbook. I simply can't stand it. It's bloated, laggy, and just a plain mess if you ever need to do anything complex to it's god-awful database. And if you wanted to offload your massive music collection to a netwroedk location....impossible. Back in the day I wanted to run itunes off a NAS drive - mother of god was that a mistake. I still am forced to use it to back up my iphone but that alone may be driving me to android - that my iphone freeking requires itunes is more aggravating than I can even explain.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

rhadamanthus Re:Not so fast (580 comments)

The point was not that carbon capture was bad or ineffective. The point was that the efficiency was so low that they had to supplement with conventional CO2 supplies. The enthusiasm is good, but it should be tempered by the reality that the process of "air-to-petrol" is essentially academic at this point in time.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

rhadamanthus Not so fast (580 comments)

Buried at the bottom of the article is this tidbit:

"Although the prototype system is designed to extract carbon dioxide from the air, this part of the process is still too inefficient to allow a commercial-scale operation.

The company can and has used carbon dioxide extracted from air to make petrol, but it is also using industrial sources of carbon dioxide until it is able to improve the performance of "carbon capture"."

more than 2 years ago

Authorities Closing On LulzSec

rhadamanthus More misinformation. (354 comments)

Ryan Clearly housed a lulz IRC chatroom. He has nothing to do with lulzsec.

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

rhadamanthus Re:WTF, seriously?! (705 comments)

A-freeking-men. The guy is only succeeding in cheapening the appearance of a P.E. - precisely the opposite of what he intended. Lacy should get fired for being unresponsive to legitimate concerns from the citizenry, as well as being a pompous idiot.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

rhadamanthus Why? (775 comments)

With the ridiculous number of stories and reports that have continually made it obvious that paypal screws people, I'm at a loss why anyone would use them for something this serious.

I mean, I feel bad for him and all, but at the same time - what a ridiculously stupid thing to do.

more than 4 years ago

The Definitive Evisceration of The Phantom Menace *NSFW*

rhadamanthus Not the worst (629 comments)

Attack of the Clones was far worse. Sillier story, even more breathtakingly unnecessary market-driven hoopla and the dialogue goes from "it's a small child and consequently this is bad, but tolerable" to "omg, who wrote this utter drivel and why did these actors defile themelves by partaking in it?"

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For Starcraft 2

rhadamanthus No thanks (737 comments)

I see this being, like diablo III, just an easy way to get more people to pay monthly for bnet access. No thanks.

I found dealing with all of the adolescent assholes on bnet bad enough with Diablo II, I'm certainly not PAYING for a laggy experience filled with bigots and idiots.

more than 5 years ago

Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

rhadamanthus Holy Irritation Batman (501 comments)

Great story but this "writer" makes me want to punch my computer screen. PAINFUL.

more than 6 years ago


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