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Comment: but why? (Score 1) 97

by Altreus (#29476125) Attached to: Blueprint For a Quantum Electric Motor

I don't mean to be flippant but I can't think of any practical application for this motor that isn't somewhat confounded by the requirement for the lasers and the magnetic field generator... TFA seems fairly proud that they've come up with this thing but doesn't really tell us what good it does.

I mean, does it have some massively superb output per unit size? Is the amount of motive energy it creates so great that it massively outweighs the amount of energy put *in* to the system by running the lasers and the magnetic field generator? This all assuming that they succeed in harnessing it, of course.

Comment: Re:wow. (Score 1) 276

by Altreus (#28622665) Attached to: Sunspots Return

For all you know he could be one of those bad-ass astronomers they make movies about and he could have been sitting at the 'scope looking at the spot while getting a blow job from a hot chick like in Swordfish.

This would make it the best sunspot I'd ever seen too.

Comment: What else will "scientists" have been wrong about? (Score 1) 383

by Altreus (#28541085) Attached to: Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

Every single scare story so-called scientists and nutrition experts have come up with so far have proven to be bollocks.

I have proven this by ignoring them and I am still not dead.

Apparently we're only allowed 6g of salt a day. I have no idea how much salt I eat.

Apparently we're meant to drink 8 glasses of water a day. EXCEPT in fact we're supposed to *have* about 8 glasses of water a day, and most of it comes from food. So that means that people who have been drinking 8 glasses of water *and* eating every day are unhealthy. Otherwise, the amount of water above this should have no effect, right? Logically I mean. But it seems that people who drink more water than that pee a lot more, and people like me who don't drink much at all during the day should be ill or dead or something.

I'm not dead or ill.

I didn't stop ingesting sugar and I didn't stop drinking caffeine and I stopped drinking milk because that turned out to be bad for me as well, even though it's meant to be good for you.

Similarly, I have been ignoring all things that tell me what over or underweight is. I'm still alive and so is my wife. She is, apparently, 'morbidly obese', but she looks a perfectly normal shape to me. I am overweight, apparently, but I look quite thin.

And now! And now these bloody scientists have turned around and told us that "slightly overweight" is better for us than "normal weight"! By what measure, then, is "normal"? It's certainly not average, because most people I know are overweight, and, as a previous poster has said, even healthy people who go to the gym and bike every day are "overweight".

Perhaps those people who give false targets to people by printing pictures of photoshopped buff people in crappy magazines are in cahoots with the scientists, who have lowered the bar for 'normal' weight from 'healthy' to 'a bit too thin'.

Strikes me that if slightly overweight is healthier than normal weight than slightly overweight IS normal weight and normal weight is unhealthily thin.

Of course I am not going to believe any of my own logic here: it merely amuses me to point out logical inconsistencies when people are talking absolute bollocks. I'm sure there are dangerous levels of weight that can cause people to die prematurely but I am equally sure that there are many other factors involved that will shorten someone's life, such as how strong their heart is, how much shit they eat, and how often they get run over by buses.

Comment: A lack of apps? (Score 1) 727

by Altreus (#28041709) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

The only lack of apps I've come across as an Ubuntu user is a lack of the same games that everyone else is playing, and I don't play any of those, except for one, which works. For free.

It seems to me like there's an app for everything and, best of all, I don't have to pay for or crack any of them to get them to work.

And those that suffer from issues (Openoffice, Firefox...) suffer them in Windows too; as do their MS equivalents.

I regret nothing!

Comment: Could you patent pop? (Score 1, Interesting) 294

by Altreus (#27937217) Attached to: Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Argues Patents Invalid

This actually leads me to consider whether a record company or similar could file a patent on a pop group they artificially injected into mainstream, and what the concequences of that would be.

Or indeed to file a patent on the concept of a "manufactured" pop group. Would other record companies be prepared to admit that they have effectively created groups from nothing in order to claim prior art and stop the patent in the first place?

Comment: Three months! (Score 0, Troll) 414

by Altreus (#27908295) Attached to: Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates

You all seem to be missing the point that MS will start shutting down your computer every two hours three months *before* your trial period expires.

So what this means is that Microsoft is exercising its power to turn off your computer at will while you are still within the period in which you are entitled to be using it.

Start turning the PC off afterwards, sure. But not before.

Continuing the trend of poor analogies: that's like them kicking you out of your rent-free house twelve times a day for a quarter of your tenancy period.

Comment: Re:"Release early, release often" (Score 0, Flamebait) 261

by Altreus (#27254929) Attached to: It's <em>Not</em> the 15th Birthday of Linux

This seems debatable. I would consider any operating system that periodically required a reboot, had security holes and was notorious for crashing to come under the heading of 'not working'.

This is why we have release versions. 1.0 means "it works now". A version of 1 means "might go wrong".

What version is Vista, then, given that it "might go wrong"?

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