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Dell Partners With MakerBot To Resell 3D Printers and Scanners

yurtinus Re:Our Makerbot sucks, why do we want another? (44 comments)

While I agree with the gist of this thread - I do think it's exciting to see some mainstream interest (and mainstream money) being put into consumer-grade 3d printers. Dell might not be the ideal company for it, but I still consider it another step toward having commodity 3d printers whose capabilities we can take for granted (just like our CD burners or laser printers).

about 6 months ago
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More Bad News For the F-35

yurtinus Re:What's left of the UK Navy (401 comments)

You only need CATOBAR if you want strike capability. The ability to launch and recover large, heavy aircraft is very much for offense. If you're interested primarily in air defense, you can get by with lighter weight aircraft and much much lighter munitions. The Nimitz is great if you need to strike targets far from home, but if you have equally capable aircraft, you could defend against one with a far smaller carrier.

Doesn't make one or the other "proper," just built for different missions.

about 6 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

yurtinus Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

Everybody in the US knows what a kilo is... At least they aren't measuring it in stones...

about 6 months ago
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New Home Automation?

yurtinus Re:WTF? (336 comments)

Calm down man, it's less than 372 square meters!

about 7 months ago
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New Home Automation?

yurtinus Re:conduit in anticipation (336 comments)

What are you talking about? I just want to see what my tortoise and dog do all day when I'm at work!

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

yurtinus Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

I hope they can focus the debate on what should be taught to children rather than the endless runaround a debate over creationism itself would be. I honestly think you could get a lot of value out of a debate over the merits of teaching some of the philosophy behind creationism.

We all know arguing creationism against science is like debating the merits of mustard over screwdrivers....

about 7 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

yurtinus Re:Boohoo (439 comments)

To hell with the Viggen, bring back the 900!!!

about 7 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

yurtinus Re:No No! Re:Boohoo (439 comments)

and those with a ruthless dedication to the pope, and those who put their left shoe on first (the heathens), and those who never learned the true meaning of zero, and those with stars upon thars, and those who have a potassium deficiency, and those who like parrots, and those who don't like parrots, and those who don't use a mouse mat, and lefties, and righties, and ambidextrousies, and those about to rock, and those named Spartacus, and those who can only count in hexadecimal, you insensitive clod.

about 7 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

yurtinus Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

The More You Know!

Thanks for clarifying. Now I know if I'm involved in a high-speed chase, I should do it in my old Volvo. I'm pretty sure the cops on Segways couldn't keep up...

about 8 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

yurtinus Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

On the other hand, they did invent intermittent wipers and self-dimming headlights.....

...I giggled

about 8 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

yurtinus Re:Captured at the end of the War (123 comments)

I can't stop reading that last sentence of yours... I mean, I'm no grammar expert, but I can't tell if it really needs any punctuation in it. Hell, I don't *want* it to have any punctuation in it!

about 8 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

yurtinus Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

Think long and hard about that Volvo. Do you want a car vulnerable to a very specific RF attack, or do you want one whose Lucas Electric system could fail at any second?

~proud 1800 owner

about 8 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

yurtinus Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

Don't ruin his tin foil fantasy.

about 8 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

yurtinus Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

Those two don't matter much, the one that does in an older carb and points car is the ignition coil which generates the high voltage burst needed for the spark plug. Somebody better at electronics could tell us if you can disrupt an ignition coil before doing bad things to the driver... I'm guessing "yes." I'm also guessing that whatever device they've built is not powerful enough to do either.

about 8 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

yurtinus Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

OK, not sure what the mouse is... But for real, what is that AC's problem with 70s Datsuns? They had some great cars!

about 8 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

yurtinus Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

That's why I said "today" :)

Also, that's what's fun about "underpowered" cars. You can drive them close to their limits without getting too fast. 90% of the adrenaline rush with 10% of the danger of a supercar!

about 8 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

yurtinus Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

While the 944 is a fine car, there is a significant difference between it an a Carrera GT. You can't compare a fairly mass market daily driver and a street-legal race car. Even though there have been great gains in the last decade, traction control systems are inherently speed robbers. It wouldn't have made a damn lick of difference in this situation because the professional driver at the wheel would have turned it off as soon as he turned on the car.

Stop being rude about it.

about 8 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

yurtinus Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

Or more likely, C: You mis-timed the maneuver and careen into another car, lightpost, pedestrians at the crosswalk, etc because the only reason to lose traction from a stop like that is to show off. This is not a practical example. Save it for a closed course.

about 8 months ago

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