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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

zAPPzAPP Cheap? (52 comments)

So, the expensive parts of a drone are not the motors, electronics, battery, camera... but the chunk of plastics holding it all together?

about two weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

zAPPzAPP Re:Hmm (65 comments)

Well, given we know the isotope ratios for at least these two planets in the solar system, it seems we do not have to assume.

about a month ago
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Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films

zAPPzAPP Re:360 3D (26 comments)

If you have a camera which can record 360, then there is no need for a second camera to get 3D, provided your camera's point of view moves around in a circle about the size of a human head.
While rotating a head 360 (do not try at home), there is no point of view which is exclusive to one eye. At some point your left eye will see the same thing your right eye saw a couple degrees of rotation earlier (or later).
So you should have all the visual information you need from a single 360 recording.

about a month ago
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Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser

zAPPzAPP Re:Sweet!! (94 comments)

But he produced a first post!

about a month and a half ago
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Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height

zAPPzAPP Only 700? (68 comments)

A human standing upright is made up of a lot of parts stacked upon each other.
If you increase the size of any of the parts, the human's overall height increases.
For each part, there should be at least some individual genes.

From this thought, 700 seems like a pretty low number.

about 2 months ago
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Smart Gun Inspires Smart Mouse Authentification System

zAPPzAPP Re:uhhh (60 comments)

German too.

Seems like this is another one of those random english quirks as it's not even consistent. Why is there no 'Identication' for example?

about 2 months ago
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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

zAPPzAPP Re:How it happened? Easy: gigabytes of RAM (69 comments)

Considering the print itself can take hours, it hardly matters if the initial calculation takes a couple milliseconds, or minutes...

about 3 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

The definition is the same, but not the application.

Instead of looking at the state of order in the system, the article seems to be more interested in the transfer of information. That's what I read from their definition of what life is.

about 3 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

Pumping energy into a system does not necessarily the order of things.

Also even though the article also mentions therodynamics, shouldn't it be the information theory entropy that is used here?

about 3 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

'unlikely to be unusual' is a weird way to put it.

I understand that to be the same as 'likely to be usual', or as one would normally say: 'likely'.

So environments favorable to life are likely?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

zAPPzAPP Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

They were mostly wounded while killing, trying to kill, or assissting in killing other people (you know... combat).
It is kind of a moot point discussing who the 'good guys' are in a war. However usually it is soldiers on both sides. A soldiers saving grace may be, that they are acting under orders and have limited choice in the matter.
However for the same reason I do not see a point why they should have a priviliged status.

All things conssidered they rank pretty low on my sympathy list.
Certainly much lower than a wounded cop for example, who was fighting actual criminals and certainly lower than people who were simply the victim of an accident or violence.

about 3 months ago
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Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

zAPPzAPP Re:Predators (85 comments)

Wasn't this theory debunked like 50 years ago?

about 4 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

zAPPzAPP Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

This is pretty much what 'unlauterer Wettbewerb' means:
Fighting competition through illegal means, or gaining unfair advantage by not following the rules of the business.
And it was decided by a court.

So there.. exactly what you wanted.

about 4 months ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

zAPPzAPP Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

The whole point of such a person would be, they are not showing symptoms,so how the duck are you going to find them?

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

zAPPzAPP Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

That's what we got religion for:
No matter what 'we' realize, there will alwas be enough people wo believe something completely different for no reason, to keep the system going.

about 4 months ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

zAPPzAPP Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

There are still other resources needed to produce other than work.
Such as raw materials and energy.
But work is the only resource most humans have to offer in exchange.

about 4 months ago
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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

zAPPzAPP Re:Four times faster than existing. (94 comments)

But... uhm... you need free light to 'see'.
So how could you see the light while it is still traveling inside the glass?

about 4 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

zAPPzAPP Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I wonder how this could be even possible.

My car for example becomes absolutely hysteric if I place something on the passenger's seat, but do not plugin the safety belt.
Loud warning noises over the speakers, blinking front display, getting increasingly urgent/annyoing if I do not prombtly react.
Same reaction if I leave the driver's seat with the key still in the ignition, too.

And this is a middle class Opel Astra.

Yet this car with all its automation is oblivious to the empty driver''s seat?

about 4 months ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

zAPPzAPP Re:Redefine (188 comments)

Which does not answer the question what the X stands for either, now does it?

about 5 months ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

zAPPzAPP Re:This naming trend has to stop (188 comments)

"ERROR

Your product name must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 of each of these: upper case letter, lower case letter, number, unprintable symbol, smilie-face, must not have meaning in any language and sound kind of cute."

about 5 months ago

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