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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

rwise2112 Re:How far will it go? (190 comments)

I'd argue that A pillars have been getting progressively fatter to the point now that in some cars they are dangerous. Having years of FPS gaming experience I have hawk like spatial awareness, but even I've been caught out with once or twice with entire cars hidden behind the A pillar at certain angles. Some cars are worse than others, the worst I've had is the Holden/Vauxhall Monaro/Pontiac GTO. The A pillars in that thing should be illegal.

Well a lot of cars have air bags in them now, which explains the bulking up.

2 days ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

rwise2112 Re:Time travel (107 comments)

For those interested in time travel, the inaugural meeting of the International Time Travel Association will be held at the Perimeter Institute last Tuesday at 20:00. The meeting location will be posted next Wednesday.

You've got this completely wrong grammar-wise!
"The main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations while you are actually traveling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father."

about a week ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

rwise2112 Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

Yeah, but birds can't carry explosives

It could grip it by the husk.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

rwise2112 Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

It is an avoidable risk, in that we can tell idiotic humans to stop flying quadcopters near planes, you fools!

how do we know that this wasn't a government drone and/or operated by or at the government's direction?

Idiotic humans covers that possibility!

about two weeks ago
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

rwise2112 Re:Unsolved problems (90 comments)

Add one to that count. I tried building a fusion generator last night when I was drunk. Just like all the other attempts mine didn't work either.

Perhaps you just suck at building fusion generators, like the Apollo 13 astronauts sucked at stirring.

Well, what do you expect, when you send Forrest Gump into space.

about three weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

rwise2112 Re:Something Doesn't Make Sense (65 comments)

Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet, but something doesn't make sense. The rock is 4.4 billion years old, but is the oldest rock on earth? The rocks it impacted must thus have been older than that, or else it would have just been absorbed into the molten ball that was the earth. Also the article says it began its journey 5 billion years ago - so before it existed?

Never mind - I'm dumb. It only hit the earth ~1000 yrs ago. Still doesn't explain the 5 by vs 4.4 by difference.

about three weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

rwise2112 Something Doesn't Make Sense (65 comments)

Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet, but something doesn't make sense. The rock is 4.4 billion years old, but is the oldest rock on earth? The rocks it impacted must thus have been older than that, or else it would have just been absorbed into the molten ball that was the earth. Also the article says it began its journey 5 billion years ago - so before it existed?

about three weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

rwise2112 Re:Phooey. They Can Still Kill Us All (455 comments)

void main() {

while (true) { if (humans = (detect_humans()) { kill(humans) } if (low_on_fuel_or_ammunition()) { fetch_fuel_or_ammunition() } } } // die, humans

Curious. AI using a high-level language and spacing/indenting to make it more human readable! I don't think so!

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

rwise2112 Strange? (138 comments)

So it's strange that this matter may not be exotic?

about a month and a half ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

rwise2112 Re:Pretending looks don't matter is retarded (482 comments)

BBW fetishes are a thing. Not my thing, but a thing.

Peter Griffin: "Fat sex is the hottest sex we've ever had. There were so many boobs, I didn't know whose boobs I was grabbing, your boobs or my boobs."

about 2 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

rwise2112 Re:Possible? (225 comments)

Depends on where you live. California circuit law holds that obscene works do not promote the progress of science and the useful arts, so cannot be protected by copyright as defined in the constitution.

Who decides what's obscene? According to millions of Americans, Janet Jackson was obscene when she had her Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction". Most of the rest of the world didn't really care.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

rwise2112 Re:Reverse discrimination is still discrimination (280 comments)

Profiles for pets, WTF? Can teddy bears have profiles too? Are the pets allowed to have political opinions?

Why are facebook apologising to all LGBTs and not just Drag Queens? Why do drag queens get to have an alias and not straight people who wear straight peoples clothes. If women wear trousers do they get to call themselves cross-dressers and get an alias? If the pet cross-dresses can it have an alias?

This is all fucking insane.

Well what about writers with pen names? Musicians and actors with stage names?

Sting has a facebook page. His real name is not Sting, so why should he have special privileges?

about 2 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

rwise2112 Re:There's no script. (137 comments)

I would imagine that this will be the kind of a movie that will be in the five dollar bin at Walmart's within a month of release. And there will be a lot of them that simply stay in that bin.

At least they'll be neatly packed.

Well not too neatly, or they'll just disappear!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

rwise2112 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Prior to Windows 8, what exactly where people using to start applications if they were not using the start menu? Or did they just notice the start menu was being used less often because people were keeping applications open?

90% of the people I see using windows have the desktop covered with icons to launch everything.

about 3 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

rwise2112 Re:Time for a new date (201 comments)

Peak oil WAS in 2008. It's a technical term for the maximum bump on the consumption graph. People like to pretend it's something else or that coal, shale oil, gas, biodiesel, whatever should be included but that's something else. Whether we get another peak with a sharp dropoff or a slow slide down as consumption drops due to replacement with other energy sources is something that's still being guessed at.

That's not a definition I've ever heard for peak oil. From the wiki: "Peak oil, an event based on M. King Hubbert's theory, is the point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline."

The problem is, is that the amount of known reserves is constantly changing, so peak oil will always be a moving target. Production, of course, has been reduced despite known reserves, to maintain prices.

about 3 months ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

rwise2112 Re:I simply never use valets (269 comments)

This eliminates all such worries this system is designed to prevent.

My thoughts exactly! Park it yourself if you don't trust the valet.

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

rwise2112 Re:Until we have independent testing... (421 comments)

I'll assume option '3' for the moment:

Out of a sample size of ten million people, chances are very good that some of them will do very stupid things (and then claim they didn't).

Mind you, I'm perfectly willing to accept that the phone has a defect in design or construction, but I've had enough experience in troubleshooting and repair to lose all trust in humanity.

It's going to be a big problem for them. These phones have only been out for a day or two, so what will the average Joe's phone look like after a month?

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

rwise2112 Re:well said! (385 comments)

Zapp: What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?

about 3 months ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

rwise2112 Re:strongly doubting it (112 comments)

...and the DC-10 can deliver as much water as five of the largest water scoopers.

Also bear in mind that a water scooper has to "land and refill" too...it just does that on a body of water instead of an airport. That could be closer than the nearest airport, or it could be farther.

I looked them up: the scooper scoops 6,137 litres of water during a 12-second 410 metres (1,350 ft) long run on the water at 70 knots. 12 seconds to refill sounds pretty amazing, but apparently the DC-10 can be filled (45000 L) in 15-20 minutes, which is not too bad.

about 3 months ago

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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a study of the TSAs SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) program and found the program is only slightly better than chance at finding criminals. Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness."
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Americans Dumber Than World Average

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A new global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."
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EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware."

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Apple Files Patent for New Proprietary Port

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Apple proposes a solution to multiple port requirements within limited space: the two in one port. The port is described as a "Combined Input Port", where two different interfaces could be in one port.

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. One set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

Looks like another addition to the special (expensive) Apple cable lineup."

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Google Says You May Not Resell, Loan, Transfer, or Give Google Glass to Another

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "According to Google: "Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." if you resell, loan, transfer, or give away Google Glass."
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Memory Effect Also Discovered in Lithium-ion Batteries

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Lithium-ion batteries have long been thought to be free of the memory effects of other rechargable batteries. However, this appears to be not the case. Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have now however discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect."
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Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity."
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