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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

superdan2k Imagine That... (200 comments)

Long-time government contractor with a history of blowing budgets and under-delivering gets new, lucrative NASA contract. Newsflash: SpaceX was never going to get that contract.

about 2 months ago
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Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad

superdan2k Re:Even more strange (628 comments)

Sure you would. Because you've been programmed to think that everything that's built in a factory is nothing but "interchangeable parts" like Lego. The reality of the situation was quite different in WWII, and remains different in places where things are built by hand and not by computer. Do you think Bugatti has "low-skill" schlubs following instructions to build a Veyron? By that same argument, I can say that "most programmers are low-skill because they're just following instructions and linking code libraries together" (not true, I know).

A couple years ago, I decided to learn the art of building custom bicycle frames. I'm a smart guy, how hard could it be? Turns out, it's pretty fucking hard. Welding, machining, etc. != low-skill job. It's just a different skillset than what you use.

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

superdan2k How is this anything new? (570 comments)

I have a boxer engine (horizontally opposed pistons) in my Subaru. The fuel efficiency on a four-cylinder sucks balls, to put it mildly. I go out of my way to drive conservatively and I'm still lucky if I can squeeze 24mpg out of it. To make matters even more entertaining, maintenance is a nightmare -- most pro mechanics want to charge me exorbitant prices because they have so little experience working on them, and when I've had to do routine things like changing the spark plugs, it takes a couple hours because I have to gut the engine compartment to get to the side of the engines where the plugs are located. Nifty idea, and sure it probably increases power output and reduced friction as advertised, but fuel economy and maintenance considerations are shit, in my experience.

about 4 years ago
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Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

superdan2k Re:Expensive (638 comments)

And when you configure the Zino so that it's specs are on-par with the Mini, the price exceeds $400 and the processor is still piddly compared to the Apple.

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

superdan2k ORLY? (533 comments)

"and impressive sales in India, Europe, and the US."

Funny, I work at one of the highest-volume bike stores in my state. Do you know how many electric bikes we sold last year? I'll give you a minute.

That's right. Zero.

You know how many electric bikes we sold in the last five years?

One.

So yeah, sales are "impressive."

more than 4 years ago
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Mainstream Press "Cringes" At Win7 Launch Parties

superdan2k You having one? (830 comments)

I was going to ask if I could crash someone's launch party, but I'm pretty sure it'll crash itself.

more than 5 years ago
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Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

superdan2k Matias (519 comments)

I've always been fond of the clicky keyboard -- the old IBM PC keyboards with the mechanically switched keys allowed me to type significantly faster than the newer stuff.

I found the Matias Tactile for my Mac a few years ago, and was willing to shell out the $100 for it. Have never regretted it, either.

more than 5 years ago
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Microchip Mimics a Brain With 200,000 Neurons

superdan2k Uh. Wait. (521 comments)

"The researchers plan to connect several chips to create a circuit with a billion neurons and 10^13 synapses (about a tenth of the complexity of the human brain)."

Does anyone else think that it's a particularly bad idea to build George W. Bush out of hardware?

more than 5 years ago
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"Subhuman Project" Human Powered Submarine

superdan2k Ciamillo's History (103 comments)

If Ciamillo's design work with bicycle parts is any indicator of his talent as an engineer, they'll pull this one off.

I'm fortunate enough to have a pair of his Zero Gravity (0G-Ti) brakes on my road bike, and they're insanely light (the pair weighs less than a Dura-Ace front caliper) and have been pleasant to work on, and require very little maintenance.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Links Personal Music Players To Hearing Loss

superdan2k That's Odd... (405 comments)

...my study indicates that this is a correlation and not a causation. I show that a lack of common sense is more apt to cause hearing loss.

more than 6 years ago
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Looming Royalty Decision Threatens iTunes Store, Apple Hints

superdan2k Good (279 comments)

I think what's going to get missed in this is a "good for Apple!" variety of statement. They've created a whole new market for music, and provided a whole new revenue stream for the industry. That they've stood up to that industry previously on the issue of cost-per-track is admirable. Now they're willing to drop a whole channel that makes them a ton of money in order to hit back at the music industry's greed when most vendors would just bend over and take it.

more than 6 years ago

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Vague Terror Idea = Postpone Elections!

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superdan2k writes "In the spirit of getting in vague terror warnings while they're still running the show, Tom Ridge, head of the DHS is making predictions that al-Qaeda will attack the U.S. to disrupt the polls at election time, but conceded that he has "no precise information." The article from the BBC goes on to mention that members of the Bush Adminstration are looking for ways to legally postpone the election. Given that the Adminstration has rarely given a damn about what's legal, what's to stop them from trying it again this time around? And is are they really just digging the grave for the Republican Party as a whole?"
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EE Undergrad Wins Prize for 2,3 Turing Proof

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  about 7 years ago

superdan2k writes "A undergraduate electrical engineering student at the University of Birmingham (UK), Alex Smith in the United Kingdom, in a 40-page proof (PDF), has proven that a primitive type of computer known as a 2,3 Turing machine can solve every computational problem. There are write-ups on the proof in Nature and in Wolfram's blog.

This prize was previously mentioned on Slashdot back in May."

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superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

superdan2k writes "BoingBoing brings to light that Fark is living up to its name. It has altered its copyright policy in a manner that gives it the copyright to submitted materials (which would include Fark Photoshop fun which, in this writer's opinion, is the most worthwhile part of the site), and grants the original creator license to use the submission in their own applications. The article at BoingBoing points out some pretty obvious reasons for doing this, but I'm calling it "Operation: Footbullet" — Fark just shot themselves in the foot."
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superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

superdan2k writes "NASA's showing it's geeky side in what has to be their most clever piece of youth outreach ever. At the Kepler Mission Page is the most brilliant educator's tool ever — a way to replicate the mission, using a computer, a desk lamp, and everygeek's favorite toy: LEGO. The sub-page goes so far as to provide detailed instructions (PDF format) on how to build an four-planet orrery. Insanely cool!"
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superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

superdan2k writes "When Nintendo brought the Wii to market, one of their stated goals was to get people who didn't normally play video games using their console. Based on this article from the AP, it seems they've made some headway in capturing the senior citizen market. With the Wii's price point, and it being a good way to get people engaged in physical exercise, it's easy to envision it catching on with other retirement homes beyond the one mentioned in the article. Now that it's expanding beyond the 'typical' video game demographic, has the Wii taken the first steps toward winning the console war?"

Journals

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Writing Again

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 10 years ago So, I'm getting to the point now where I'm starting to write again. It isn't going particularly well, though. Many great ideas. It's just the ol' "inner critic" that keeps rearing it's ugly head and fucking with me. I can't seem to finish a rough draft because I'm of the mindset that it has to be right the first time. I'm seriously thinking about trying a few cold beers as I sit down to write and see how that impacts my work.

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People

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 11 years ago Met an older woman (mid/late-60's) this morning on the bus and talked to her for a bit. She was reading a sci-fi magazine (Analog), and rockin' out on an iPod (Hendrix). Discussed Macs, music, and sci-fi. It was pretty cool. Finally, someone interesting to talk to on the bus.

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Blogs

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've been thinking of taking a cue from Wil Wheaton and cross-copying my blogs across formats. Right now, I have Slashdot, and LiveJournal, and was thinking about getting Moveable Type installed on my UnemployedJournal.com domain...

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Laptops

superdan2k superdan2k writes  |  more than 12 years ago I'm in the recruiting process at a locally-headquartered consulting firm. If it happens, it'll be a huge improvement from the consulting group I'm currently with. I'll be salaried, have training opportunities, solid benefits, and, joy of joys, the opportunity to have a laptop purchased for me that I get to keep.

I currently own an iBook (dual USB "icebook") that's been pretty badly beat-on...it was going to be my last Mac if OS X had sucked badly. (It had enough potential where I decided to continue with it.) And I've lusted after a titanium Powerbook for so long, that I've decided that that's what I'll campaign for, should I get it.

As usual, I'll need to make arguments as to why I should have a Mac. The place is big on (but not even remotely limited to) .NET. So here's my two arguments I know I have working in my favor:

  1. Testing on a Mac is often required by the client. This will enable me to do so.
  2. I will be able to run .NET frameworks under Virtual PC with WinXP Pro installed.
  3. I will be able to develop with PHP, MySQL, Ruby, etc., etc., etc. thanks to the BSD kernel on the Mac.

Any other ideas?

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