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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

saveferrousoxide Re:mathematica? (216 comments)

It's not that different from the OpenGL teapot. It's fantabulous if you want to draw a teapot...pretty useless otherwise.

about 5 months ago
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DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

saveferrousoxide Re:And all these computer parts in cars... (231 comments)

IDK, anti-lock brakes are nice, variable ignition timing, crash detection, monitoring the health of the engine and supporting systems, not to even get started on the newer stuff like key-less entry/starting, information displays, entertainment for passengers, voice-activated actions, adaptive cruise-control, and that's just off the top of my head.

about 8 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

saveferrousoxide Re:Twitter? Really? (236 comments)

Sorry for talking to myself here, but I just realized it was "Publisher Weekly's" twitter account, not "his publisher's weekly" twitter account. My mistake!

about 10 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

saveferrousoxide Twitter? Really? (236 comments)

Am I the only one who finds it sad that such an influential author's death warranted only a tweet by his publisher and that it was "confirmed" by a NYT reporter's tweet as opposed to say, Clancy's estate or an official family statement? Tom Clancy dies and he gets two tweets. I suppose there's a bit of irony there. Now get off my lawn.

about 10 months ago
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MS Tackles CS Education Crisis With Popularity Contest

saveferrousoxide Re:A whole 100,000 bucks? (141 comments)

30 second google search FTW!
In-state, public: $22k/year
Private: $43k/year
and yes, that includes room-and board because that's part of the cost of anything you do in life once you decide to leave the nest.

1 year,3 hours
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Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

saveferrousoxide Re:Trust (311 comments)

Maybe those just aren't good examples, but both have way more than simple trust involved. There's a huge disincentive to perpetrate either of those actions. In the case of a driver, there's car repairs, court costs, plus the downstream effects; running down a pedestrian, especially one on a sidewalk is a life altering action that no sane individual would perform just on a lark. In the case of an insecure computer, the company would be ruined if it came out that they were doing this to all the systems it sold, and targeting specific individuals would be prohibitively expensive.

No, the ones to worry about are those who have a reward that outweighs the risk. Voting is an excellent example of this.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

saveferrousoxide Re:Thought... (359 comments)

I have no idea how Apple did it

Really? They blanketed the media with commercials showing hands zooming and flipping through pictures, and I'm sure every Apply "Genius" showed every customer this cool feature of why you would want a touch interface on your phone. They basically sat down with every single person who bought an iPhone and showed them how to do it.

about a year ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

saveferrousoxide Re:and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

only the front of the wave that is in the shallows slows, which is when the body and rear of the wave piles into it. Each part that gets to the shallows slows, but 'the wave' itself isn't slowing

True. I was imprecise in my language; I meant the foremost period of the wave.

Two waves that are five minutes apart in the ocean, traveling the same speed, will hit land five minutes apart as well.

False. The speed of the wave is determined by the depth of the water relative to the amplitude of the peak. As the wave approaches a shoreline, the first period will shorten and therefore the wave peaks will hit, probably dramatically, less than 5 minutes apart.

about a year ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

saveferrousoxide Re: and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

They do that to protect against the wind, not so much the waves or, obviously, the rain.

about a year ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

saveferrousoxide Re:and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

How about a Rapid Ultra Low Frequency and Amplitude (Rulfa) wave when it's at sea and a Negatively Accelerating Wave With Rapidly Increasing Amplitude and Frequencey (Naw Wriaf) as it approaches shore?

about a year ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

saveferrousoxide Re:and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

I don't think that would be a problem at the water depth they're talking about. Even a very powerful tsunami would only be about a 3m wave at those depths.
Here's an interesting write up about how tsunamis work.

about a year ago
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Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

saveferrousoxide Surrogates anyone? (123 comments)

They made a movie about this...

about a year ago
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Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

saveferrousoxide Reduce driver fatigue (311 comments)

This might cause a major culture shift in road trips. One, forcing a 30 minute rest every 3-4 hours will do wonders for driver fatigue and provide an easy opportunity for driver swapping. Second, when you can't iron-man a 1,400 mile trip in less than a day, it becomes more probable you'll take a second to stop and take in the local scenery and culture of the area of the US you're driving through. This could do wonders for bringing the country back together since people won't be traveling from one microcosm to another without interacting with all those in between.

about a year ago
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Nasdaq Fined $10M Over Facebook IPO Failures

saveferrousoxide Re:Note the discrepancy (91 comments)

Nobody committed fraud by hiding material facts.

Actually, that is exactly the stated problem; though, not surprisingly, Facebook denies any such thing. Reports came to light that information was selectively released in the days before the IPO and that the IPO was inappropriately priced based on that information.

about a year ago
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WHO: Intellectual Property Claims Hindering Research On Deadly Novel Coronavirus

saveferrousoxide Re:patents vs. research? (121 comments)

From TFA:

No IP (intellectual property) should stand in the way of you, the countries of the world, to protect your people.

I find it really sad that countries are willing to bomb other countries and kill people under the auspices of protecting their citizenry, but feel so hamstrung by IP claims when they're actually trying to protect their citizenry that they need a pep-talk from the head of the WHO.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Joins Growing List of Bidders For Hulu

saveferrousoxide Re:With What Money? (69 comments)

Where did you get the 1.2 billion in cash reserves? According to their filings, they have $3 billion, and they have a market cap of nearly $30 billion. And they're offering between $600 and 800 million... What are you talking about??

about a year ago
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Terrorist Murder In London Could Revive Snooper's Charter

saveferrousoxide Re:Fear Mongering (307 comments)

i so wish i could mod you up a million times right now. I'm a muslim, but i realize that that's just me. I have no empirical evidence to back me up, so how the hell can i go to someone else and say they're wrong? I can't and no one ever should and oh look! it's actively discouraged in the Quran. If someone asks me why I'm a muslim, i'll gladly tell them. if someone says something to me about islam that is false, i'll correct them without name calling or pipe-bombs. If someone shows me a cartoon of a dude fucking a pig and tells me that's mohammad while pointing at the pig, i'll say: "ok...weirdo." but as you say, we are all guilty of standing by our arguments even when there is no "right" answer and when there is no empirical evidence that something is right, only vehemence adds strength to your argument. sometimes that means shouting, sometimes that means ostracizing, and sometimes that means flying a couple of 747s into buildings on an otherwise unremarkable Tuesday morning.

about a year ago
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I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

saveferrousoxide Re:I will die as I've lived (398 comments)

JSYK, that's really harsh on both battery and alternator. Neither is really designed for the deep discharge/recharge cycle. I'm sure it's not something you do everyday, but I'd seriously just leave it for emergencies.

about a year ago
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Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

saveferrousoxide Why wouldn't it? (325 comments)

Having read the article, I can see how this might sound snotty, but why wouldn't it be easier to detect motion in the small circle? There are more axes of motion than in the bigger view. The big view is almost purely left and right, but by virtue of being a circle, there's a much greater chance to perceive vertical motion as well. It seems like there is, in a sense, more motion to see in the smaller set.

about a year ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

saveferrousoxide Didn't disappoint (1105 comments)

Thank you /.! I flagged this entry for follow-up solely to get a gauge on how tenaciously otherwise open-minded, intelligent people will stand on their rationalized belief-systems. This is a brilliant display of that tenacity and I applaud you for it. Bravo!

about a year ago

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