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The 2014 Hugo Awards

tippe Re:Informative winners list (161 comments)

Most people are idiots.

You forgot to add "present company excluded"..., right?

Anyway, reminds me of a George Carlin quote that I saw in somebody's sig once:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” -- George Carlin

yesterday
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

tippe Re:I couldn't go to a war zone... (417 comments)

Not sure if the one you watched was "WWII in Colour" (by the History channel) on Netflix or not, but I watched that one and it was absolutely amazing, both in terms of its content, as well as the video production. Some of the film clips were still of poor quality even after restoration, (IIRC, a lot of clips they would have gotten from Russian archives were really bad), but in general the quality was phenomenal, all things concerned. You can also watch it for free online, apparently. Definitely worth your time, and I also plan on (re) watching this with my kids when they get a little older, too.

about a week ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

tippe Re:Very genetically linked (267 comments)

What he basically said was that all of the ancestors *on his side* of the family are all pure and without fault, but that his wife screwed everything up because she had an instance of colourblindness on her side. He probably didn`t even know about the impurity of her genes until the damage had already been done. Reading between the lines a bit, you definitely get the sense that the guy is a little pissed off about the whole thing and is annoyed at his wife...

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

tippe Re:You go girl (286 comments)

On the other hand... I just bought a monitor that Tigerdirect advertised as 22", but when it was delivered the box says 21.5", and I don't think that's really worth paying my lawyer $250/hr to handle.

I wonder if that sort of thing harkens back to the CRT days, when you were usually quoted the tube size (not the actual visible size). For example, the brand new, large-screen 24" TV you bought back in the 90's probably only had a 22" viewing size if you were to actually measure it. In your case, I wonder if Tigerdirect online was quoting the LCD panel size, while the box the monitor came in was referring to the viewing size...

about two weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

tippe Re:Chinese telecom billionaire (322 comments)

I'm totally just guessing here, but perhaps it's only communist for those who can't afford to grease the right palms...

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

tippe Sometimes obligatory explainXKCD (54 comments)

Harpoons in space ...for those as confused as I about what the hell the "Apollo 12 Rum Incident" was all about. Hint: probably some kind of "noodle incident"

about two weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

tippe Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

Congratulations on your attempt. I'm not sure that having a functional drive would be any more spectacular, or would have gotten you any closer to total annihilation, though. All you blew was probably some protection diodes, which pretty much always go in the way that you describe (a pop and some smoke). You could have make the pop bigger and produced more smoke if you had powered your drive from a higher voltage supply, but I think that would be the extent of it. I once saw a youtube video of somebody destroying a hard drive using thermite. If you're going for total annihilation, you probably can't get much better than that.

For me, the next time I have a drive go and I need to destroy it, I think I might try and find an electronic motor controller and connect it directly to the spindle motor. I wonder how fast you can get a 10k RPM hard-drive to spin before it dies....

about two weeks ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

tippe Goatse (131 comments)

Couldn't he have just displayed a Goatse and have been done with it? What he did was in poor taste; don't security researchers have any professionalism any more? Seriously, there should be a law against this sort of thing...

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

tippe Re:like donut holes (91 comments)

I believe that effect is also called "Timbit drag"; discovered by the great Canadian scientist Tim Horton. Incidentally, he was also the individual who discovered the effect of non-uniform doughnut hole decay; that is, the tendency of old fashioned plain doughnut hole variants to persist for hours or even days after the glazed or chocolatey variants have long since disappeared.

about a month ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

tippe Re:Alien Spacecraft (144 comments)

Hey, that's it! Thanks man.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

tippe Re:Alien Spacecraft (144 comments)

This post made me remember an old short-story (whose name I've now forgotten) written by Larry Niven. The gist of the story was that some time way in the future when humans had colonized space and things were so peaceful and hunky-dory that they no longer fought wars or weaponized their spaceships, a human spacecraft came upon an alien ship manned by an unknown aggressive and warlike species (the Kzin, maybe), which began to attack them without warning. Despite lacking any weapons with which to defend themselves, the humans were nonetheless able to win the battle and return home to warn the rest of humanity by basically turning their ship around and allowing their thrusters (based on some sort of ion drive like you described in your post) to slice completely through the enemy ship like a giant laser.

Anyone else remember the name of the story or from what book it came from?

about a month and a half ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

tippe Negative Vote Button (139 comments)

I bet you they could have improved voter turnout if they had introduced a negative vote button, like the "Thumbs Down" button on youtube. Sometimes you just don't know who to vote for, but would be glad to use your vote as a form of protest, and to send a well-deserved message to some cretinous politician or political party.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

tippe Re: waste of time (380 comments)

I've personally never gotten this response from anyone. On the couple of occasions in the past where I've challenged people regarding their poor use of the passing lane, the response I got was "but I was going above the speed limit!". These same people also seem to call the passing lane a "fast lane" and are firmly of the belief that if they travel even a little above the speed limit they should be in that lane, regardless of what the average speed of traffic is around them, because they are going "fast". Getting a response like "because I pay taxes and it's my right" would be an improvement as far as I'm concerned, because it shows that they understand what they are doing and are conscious of it, even if they are being complete jerks.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

tippe Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Around where I live, a lot of drivers already seem to be bosons... Especially the ones that camp out in the passing lane on the highway, oblivious to those that pass them on the right. Seriously, I wish those bosons would just get off the road already. Maybe having them all drive through a diffraction grating is a good idea after all...

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

tippe Extra anchovies (100 comments)

I wonder how many customers ask for extra anchovies on their pizza?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

tippe Re:Liability (474 comments)

No no, the answer is to cancel your own Comcast service and mooch off your neighbours who don't know any better. Unfortunately you'll be hurting your neighbours, but in return you'll be hitting Comcast where it hurts not once, but twice: once for having dropped your service, and once again for using essentially the same service you used to pay for via their new city-wide free WiFi.

Seriously, what idiot thought this would be a good idea? Punish your customers and give moochers, criminals and cheapskates free and anonymous internet. Brilliant...

about 2 months ago
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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

tippe Asterix (165 comments)

Well, you're asking the wrong guy, because I'm not at all into comics. But since you asked, I do have fond memories of reading Astérix as a kid. Astérix was translated into English and many other languages, so even if you don't speak french, it shouldn't be a problem for you.

What? You were hoping for a suggestion involving some sort of masked, tight-wearing super-hero that obtained their superpowers because of a bite from an irradiated insect? Oh, please. Astérix may not be masked or tight-wearing, but he has a winged hat, a fantastic moustache, and is absolutely fearless in battle. Furthermore, his friend Obélisk does wear tights (or at least some kind of tightly fitting, blue and white striped half-body-tube thing), and I challenge you to find another super-hero that is as strong as him, as funny as him and who has as voracious an appetite as him. Seriously, all those DC comics are for chumps; you should read Astérix, or at the very least, buy the comics for your kids so that at least they will grow up having known a real hero....

*ducks*

about 2 months ago

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