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Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday Re:Distance discrepency (101 comments)

From TFA

At its close approach, the 60-foot (20 meters) asteroid will fly about 25,000 miles (40,000 km) from the center of Earth. The average radius of the Earth (the distance from the center of the planet to its surface) is about 3,959 miles (6,371 km).

Geostationary orbit is ~42,164 km from the center of Earth, so TFS is correct based on this info.

about two weeks ago

Firefox 29: Redesign Re:woo (688 comments)

I am no longer able to move the refresh button to the left of the toolbar. They removed the option to use small icons. And the new menu button hijacked the spot I used to put my cookie manager.

So, going from 28 to 29 cost me the ability to customize the toolbar the way I please (ootb). That's a pretty expensive update...

about 5 months ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

Yeah, and I only use my grenades to juggle.

about 2 years ago

The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy Re:There are no Facts (1469 comments)

Seriously... once it's assigned a SSN, it exists.

about 2 years ago

Mozilla Shows Off Junior, a Simple Browser Built for iPad Re:Good, but a little pointless. (137 comments)

While I agree it'd be nice to be able to set a default browser, the vast majority of my browsing sessions start with me tapping the Safari icon and visiting one of my bookmarks. Maybe 1 out of 20 sessions start with a link from another app, to put an arbitrary number to it. Simplifying the majority of my ipad browser usage would be a welcome upgrade (i.e. not pointless).

more than 2 years ago

Skyrim Is Getting Kinect Support, Dragon Shouts Included Re:Fix bugs first (95 comments)

I've heard this line before, and it makes a lot of sense as a player. But as a developer, I know that I have a LOT more fun working on new content and features than hunting down and fixing bugs. When I'm working on new content, it's more fun, my progress feels more traceable, I feel more productive, and the result is a new shiny feature. Conversely, when I'm hunting down bugs, it can be tedious, aggravating work, and even when I fix the bug, all of my headaches can be attributed to some stupid error or design flaw made many, many months ago. Essentially, it's easier and more rewarding for me to add features vs fix bugs.

I know this sounds superficial and/or unprofessional, but it no doubt affects how I work. Granted, the projects I work on are much smaller than Skyrim, so it's hard to compare to the mindset of a multimillion dollar project.

more than 2 years ago

Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions This American Life 454 (744 comments)

This American Life did a piece earlier this month on working conditions at Foxconn called "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory":

I don't remember the details, but a couple economists at the end shrug off the horrible conditions because the whole process of industrialization benefits the population overall. It sucks, but they're better off for it. They note that while the manufacturing industry made it over to China, workers rights didn't go with it, but conditions ARE improving. It's a good listen if you have an hour.

more than 2 years ago

The Challenges of Building a Mars Base Re:Why isn't it underground? (228 comments)

Unfortunately, the moon lacks the atmosphere necessary to produce a "whooshing" noise.

more than 2 years ago

The Challenges of Building a Mars Base Re:Why isn't it underground? (228 comments)

For an underground base on both the moon and Mars, you would just need to bring a healthy supply of wood. I imagine in both places, there should be plenty of stone to harvest, so you'd be able to craft a pickaxe (and other tools) fairly quickly. I'd bring a copy of the crafting wiki just to be sure. Assuming a 3 man crew and a well planned design, a modest underground bunker should be possible within a few hours, depending on whether you run into bedrock or whatnot.

For a trip to Mars, you'd want to bring a good amount of coal to make use of the iron that's available, too. I would think the biggest risk factor would be creeper defenses, but that can be designed into the bunker.

more than 2 years ago

Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62 Re:Not all religions are bad (910 comments)

Basically because Christian theology directs me, for example, to give charity to the poor, and says if I am not helping the poor I'm doing it (Christianity) wrong. It's not that I never gave to charity as an atheist, but now it's an affirmative directive. Courage, likewise: I used to be able to look the other way when someone else was being dishonest or unethical. Now I am more prone to take a stand and talk to someone when I think they are out of line. So in a nutshell practicing Christianity makes me more mindful of the things I used to aspire to do, but was less consistent about.

I appreciate the response. My follow up question is this: could the same direction be accomplished without all of the dogma? Could you have found the same morality and courage without any ancient tradition or worship? (And an even more meta question: would there be any difference?)

Your anecdote seems to agree with my observation that athieists like to claim the same moral high ground but are less organized/motivated than religious organizations to charitably contribute to their communities. It makes sense, I guess, but could the same be accomplished without religion? and would it be better?

more than 2 years ago

Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62 Re:Not all religions are bad (910 comments)

That doesn't really get to the crux of the GP's question, though. WHY is the Christian you more generous and courageous? WHAT is the Christian you's motivation for being more generous and courageous?

more than 2 years ago

Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like Hypothetical... (368 comments)

If a deep, engaging, well written script were to fall in your lap, would you take a role in a Star Wars movie or TV show? Why or why not?
Personally, I think you would make a great Jedi.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO Re:So... (1027 comments)

Turtleneck of Power is bop

about 3 years ago

The Facebook Obsession Re:we're not obsessed with facebook (265 comments)

I agree. I'd really like to see a Web 1.0 (1.1 maybe) movement get some legs. I'm getting really sick of bloated websites, flash ads, and facebook integration everywhere. Slashdot's latest makeover is a good example of this. Just a lot of unwanted scripting that gets in the way more than it helps. Sure, there are addons to get rid of most of it, but they also simply break a lot of pages and can be tedius to manage. Mobile pages sort of achieve a web 1.1 feel, but they aren't made for a desktop experience (obviously). I end up preferring to read the "printable" version of online news articles than the actual page. Am I alone in this?

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars Re:Not exactly (716 comments)

Please explain, given the above statements, the financial success of Microsoft.

Most of Microsoft's offerings aren't very polished.

more than 3 years ago

The True Cost of Publishing On the Amazon Kindle Re:I 3 my kindle (236 comments)


Here, you dropped this. :)

more than 3 years ago

An Astronaut's View of Space Station Tech Re:IPAD vs Laptop (115 comments)

It's this kind of unprovoked, snarky assholery that I absolutely hate. GP didn't say anything inflammatory or ignorant, but you (and a few mods, as it seems) think it's acceptable to flame his post. Why?

They'd weigh the same? A laptop can be closed to protect it when it inevitably floats off one day?

Yeah, they'd weigh the same, but they definitely aren't used the same. I would think the ipad (or any tablet) would be more convenient than a laptop since it is designed to be used with one hand while holding it with the other. Laptops most likely need to be fastened to the ISS in some way in order to type on them. You can't simply use a laptop while floating in zero-g as it'd need a force to counter the force of your typing. If the astronauts were to have tablets instead, then they could take notes (or whatever astronauts do on the ISS) from any orientation.

Absolutely. The ISS doesn't have any computers built into it, and all flight computing, life support control, etc. is done on the same computers that the astronauts use for their email, so computational power is paramount.

Does this sentence have a point? Are you implying that GP thinks the ISS...? I don't know what you're implying! Your audience shouldn't have to decipher your patronizing sarcasm to understand your argument.

Don't be a jerk.

more than 3 years ago

Micro-Transactions Coming To Team Fortress 2 Via Steam Wallet Re:Ya sorry Valve (161 comments)

However I'm not giving them nearly $20 to have a hat. Sorry.

No need to apologize, friend. I'm sure they're not expecting everyone to buy that hat.

Here's my TF2 experience: I paid $45 for the Orange Box back when it was released (Oct 2007). That got me HL2 + ep1 + ep2, Portal, and TF2, so if you divvy that up, it'd be fair to say I spent $15 on TF2. Since its launch, Valve has released updates to all nine classes, added several new game modes, and they've added a dozen or so maps (not to mention the entire hat/crafting system). All for free! Three years of updates and support and hundreds of hours of gameplay for $15. I feel like I OWE Valve money for TF2.

For comparison, Halo 3 was released in Sept 2007, and CoD4 was released in Nov 2007. How much free content was released for those games? Are Bungie or Infinity Ward still developing content for them? Not a chance! Instead, they want you to buy the next revision of the game (i.e. 90% the same) for $60 once or twice each year. TF2 trounces those two and pretty much every other fps franchise in value.

Yeah, I don't mind giving Valve a few bucks for a hat. They've earned it.

more than 3 years ago

Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad' Re:Meh (657 comments)

Having said that, I find Flash performance to be fairly acceptable for the most part on my Nexus One anyway, and having it on demand like this is much, much, much better than being told you can't have it at all.

I sure don't feel like I'm "being told" I can't have flash. I'm not even asking for it! People go into buying iProducts knowing there won't be flash. It's not like someone buys an iPhone and says, "B-b-but.. where's the Flash?!"

I own an ipad, and it is the only Apple product I have any interest in. Heck, I'd prefer a zune to an ipod. Yet, I find myself having to defend Apple's design/marketing descisions against hordes of "enlightened" Android users (i.e. coworkers, friends, the internet). I'd really rather not, but they're so got dang stubborn and condescending about it.

I swear, if Apple released a levitating iPhone, there would be someone to say "At least Android gives me the option to drop my phone!"

about 4 years ago

Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page Re:I'm a Muslim... (677 comments)

Not to volunteer you for anything, but your demographic (passive, reasonable Muslim) is exactly who we need to speak out against this nonsense. I believe what you're saying is true, but based on 95% of media coverage, it would be easy to mistake the minority for the majority.

more than 4 years ago

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