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Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?

tucara Inertial Fusion Challenges (308 comments)

The National Academies is currently reviewing the prospect for inertial confinement fusion (http://fire.pppl.gov/NAS_ICF_interim_review_2012.pdf). There are serious challenges that need to be overcome, but hopefully NIF can ignite this year before the end of the national ignition campaign.

more than 2 years ago

DARPA-Funded 'Cheetah' Breaks Speed Record For Legged Robots

tucara Terrifying... (96 comments)

Say what you will but I live close enough to Waltham that I'm now worried about these things coming to my house in the middle of the night. It's like a prototype for the Rat Things in Snow Crash...

more than 2 years ago

Why America Doesn't Need More Tech Giants Like Apple

tucara Re:Welcome to the future (631 comments)

Even scientific research is affected heavily by this and requires fewer people to do the same job. In one week I can do experiments that 5 years ago would have taken 10 people a full year to perform. With such throughput it isn't necessary even to formulate a hypothesis. You just test every possible variation and let the data speak for itself.

You use the word science, I don't think it means what you think it means.

more than 2 years ago

How To Steal ATM PINs With a Thermal Camera

tucara Easy to Avoid (157 comments)

Just make sure you add a bunch of heat on all the number keys before you leave to mess up their analysis. I recommend urinating on the keypad to get a good even distribution.

more than 3 years ago

Mirror's Edge Sequel On Hold

tucara Re:With one HUGE problem (109 comments)

I agree with your basic premise and found myself thinking the same thing at first. Then after playing for a while I'd get in the zone where I could go for long stretches w/o dying, that there was a certain logic in the layout. I ended up having a lot of fun playing it and wished it was longer. The atmosphere was well done, too. Also, I tried it with a gamepad at first and found the mouse/keyboard is WAAAY better, as usual, so perhaps that didn't help console sales. A few year ago a tried parkour around the Boston area and found it a lot of fun and very challenging. I stopped quickly after a) being terrible at it and b) breaking my toe. But, the people I did meet and watched had a philosophy which I think was captured very well in this game. That being said, I can imagine why video game that intends to appeal to people who are interested in parkour didn't sell well. They're too busy doing crazy stuff at your local T-stop.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem 3D On Unreal Engine 3

tucara Re:Awesome. (118 comments)

We should try to compile a list of a gaming companies that have shit on their fans when trying to add something to their community... I'll start with Games Workshop

more than 4 years ago

Sell Someone Else's Book On Lulu!

tucara Re:The only absurd part of this... (260 comments)

Just be glad in the Newton family never patented calculus so that you'd have to pay a license fee to do your homework.

more than 4 years ago

Univ. of California Faculty May Boycott Nature Publisher

tucara Re:Pot, meet kettle (277 comments)

Not that I agree with the massive tuition hikes, but the difference here is that the journal is getting most of it's content and editing for free. It would be like the UC tuition rising despite all the professors and janitors working for free. Also some journals actually charge your for publishing articles. It cost me a $1000 to publish in an IOP journal...and by me I mean the taxpayer since I work on a DOE experiment.

more than 4 years ago

Special Effects Wizard Stan Winston Dead At 62

tucara Such Great Work (93 comments)

I had just watched Aliens over the weekend after not having seen it for awhile (and recently suffering though the AVP:R). It was amazing at how much better the movie was since it didn't dump crappy CGI monsters into it. The Winston team worked hard to make realistic looking Aliens, not to mention all the models and the lifesize stuff like the load-lifter and the queen....*sigh*

more than 6 years ago


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