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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

wonkey_monkey Re:Figures it would not be the US (170 comments)

in Jan 2014

Jan 2015. And I don't see any "fully" about it - these are still to be trials.

yesterday
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

wonkey_monkey Re:Such a Waste (146 comments)

I also noticed that dwarves were no longer dwarves, but "normal height" humans shot at weird camera angles.

Exactly the same as in LotR, then - that is, if you count 6'1" John Rhys-Davies as "normal height."

yesterday
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

wonkey_monkey A general plea for sanity (146 comments)

Just a quick word before (too late) everyone starts debating the relative merits of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson's beard, etc.

Other people are allowed to have opinions that differ from yours and that's fine.

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

wonkey_monkey Re:And now.. (397 comments)

Crucifixion? Good...

2 days ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

wonkey_monkey Re:Out of the public domain? (95 comments)

How very American of you.

How very presumptive of you.

2 days ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

wonkey_monkey Out of the public domain? (95 comments)

out of the public domain

If you can see it from public property and tell what it is, it's (effectively) in the public domain, isn't it?

If it's supposed to be secret, and someone who shouldn't know where it is does, you've got a security leak.

I'd say Google's doing them a favour. If any of their secret installations turn up on it, you know it's time to shut them down or move them.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

wonkey_monkey Re:Prescription != illegal != illicit (505 comments)

The laws that forbid you to abuse medications.

That's a tautology. Can you cite the laws or not?

The limits on their use are clearly labelled.

A label is not a law.

Have you just assumed that it's illegal to mis-use your own prescription meds?

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

wonkey_monkey Re:Prescription != illegal != illicit (505 comments)

Is it illegal to abuse legally obtained drugs?

Um.... Yeah, it is.

Taking it in any way that is contrary to the written prescription is illegal.

As another user asked above, can you cite the law that would be broken?

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecr...

The above page, for example, discusess "seven state legislative strategies that have potential to impact prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose," but none of these are about what the patient may do with medication.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

wonkey_monkey Prescription != illegal != illicit (505 comments)

illegal drug use (including abuse of prescription painkillers)

Is it illegal to abuse legally obtained drugs?

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

wonkey_monkey Re:What does unwind mean?? (149 comments)

Microsoft would reduce engineering in Beijing and San Diego and unwind engineering in Oulu, Finland.

I'd guess someone confused "unwind" with "wind-down," as in slow down (possibly to an eventual halt).

Then again, they might have meant "wind-up," as a business synonym for closing down/ceasing operations (with the implication that this is being done in a tidy manner, rather than abruptly being forced out of business).

Or perhaps they're winding-down before they wind-up.

I'm not winding you up here.

2 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

wonkey_monkey Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy

So... a bit like a tendon?

as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage

Does it actually have a mechnical advantage?

and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

Again, does it? Have you tried to break someone's leg, versus breaking their blade? Of course, one definite advantage is that if it does break, you just put on a new one, rather than spending months in rehabilitation.

But it's not like running with a blade doesn't have any disadvantages. Not having any ankle muscles is presumably one such.

3 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

wonkey_monkey Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

adding extra length doesn't make any sense one one side only

I think they mean it's longer because it's got the usual curving blade shape. He still stands the same height on it.

3 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

wonkey_monkey Re:Body integrity identity disorder (175 comments)

One thing that keeps runners from "opting into" this prosthetic is that mainstream surgeons are forbidden to perform elective amputations.

I'd think that the main thing that keeps runners from "opting into" prosthetics is that most people don't want their fucking legs cut off.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

wonkey_monkey Look out for the rancor! (114 comments)

If the budget were to be increased to pay for everything on the space wish list, the rancor will cease.

That won't be enough. You need to drop a heavy door on it's neck.

3 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

wonkey_monkey Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

A fool's drivel repeated often enough will some day end up in the lexicon, especially in the moden age of instant mass communications, but that does not make it correct.

Uh, actually it kinda does.

It's why we now call that tasty fruit an orange, and not a norange, for example.

4 days ago
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Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

wonkey_monkey Re:What about... (48 comments)

You're either full of shit or your eyes are crap. I have a media player with an OLED display

I don't suppose it occurred to you that, perhaps, not all OLED displays are created equally?

Try engaging your brain before spouting invective next time.

4 days ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

wonkey_monkey Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

And how much of an impact do you think that would actually have on the military's ability to do any of this stuff? Hint: it's about the same as the amount of damage a bulldozzer would suffer if it rolled right over you.

or anything defined as 'evil' by a FSF committee.

Trying to define an objective standard of something as subjective as "evil" is bad enough, but asking a committee to do it?!

5 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

wonkey_monkey Correction (212 comments)

Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps

Correction: they'd be able to flush once. Make it count!

5 days ago

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