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Comment Re:Suuuure.... (Score 2) 153

DoE bought grenade launchers. DHS bought hollowpoints.

The grenade launchers were deemed useless and returned to the army for a refund, but the hollowpoints are about what it takes to certify every law enforcement officer on their service weapon and do a little training. Not even enough training to be really safe with their sidearms, but a little training is still a definite improvement.

Remember - violence doesn't need much ammo, but proficiency will eat as much as you can shoot.

Comment Re:Bigotry Shmigotry (Score 1) 536

Another clear clue should be that fleshlights try to mimic a human vagina

Baddragon would like some words with you.

Also, a lot of guys apparently buy dildos too.

Bumping for truth, and the people who browse at +2.

They take the idea of sexual "fantasy" a little further than most. You'll find more dongs than penetrables, but if you want head (or tail) from creatures that nature couldn't imagine, they can provide the novelty you want. And they're certainly not the only ones doing it - even the eponymous Fleshlight was available in an attempt to imagine "What does a Na'Vi look like down there?" And frankly, a lot of them look like pretty bland, utilitarian cylinders.

Comment Re:Points of discussion-things are not bleak (Score 2) 286

You neatly ignore my point: measured atmospheric CO2 is increasing at *less than* the rates at which it is emitted by humans - logically if we stopped emitting fossil CO2 we could reasonably expect atmospheric CO2 levels to begin dropping.

Carbonic acid is dissolved CO2. That the ocean is acidifying is well known, and should nicely account for the discrepancy.

Comment Plan B? (Score 1) 80

If Amazon wanted to establish some bona fides as a phone maker, they could consider creating a pure-Android ROM that takes advantage of the flick gestures and perspective tracking cameras. Not like they have much to lose at this point.

Comment Re:Read the specs. (Score 1) 278

Apple's done the same thing with their AC compatible Airport devices - from the specs page,
"Six-element beamforming antenna array"

It's getting rather more common in high-end SOHO gear all over, though I trust certain implementations more than others. Didn't the TOS for the D-Link Cloud indirectly ban viewing pornography under penalty of bricking your router?

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 1) 278

I dunno what you're doing, but every time my router falls over, it's dead. Every time I replace it, it's with an Airport product.

Why would I keep replacing them with Airports if they keep dying?

Typically, it's because there's several years of reliable service punctuated by a lightning storm, or because a hard drive inside has more than met its MTBF.

If yours is falling over every couple days, call AppleCare. They'll send you a new router if it's under warranty, and provide prepaid postage to recover your old one for forensic analysis. You might have to push a little bit, but they've never been shy about replacing their hardware when its fallen short of their - or my - standards.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 1) 198

Let's play a hypothetical game: Google knows what you watch, because the HBO app spills data to the router. They also know that the new Game of Thrones episode is out today, and since lunch or so, it's been downloading a cached version of this episode. When you get home, and the cable modem slows to a crawl, you can still stream your show without any hesitation, blockiness, or downscaling. This has the side benefit of reducing the bandwidth used in prime time, as well as earlier - TCP multicast allowed them to distribute the data they anticipated you would want with shocking efficiency. Amazon does it with their Fire platform's ASAP technology (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), and it's marketed as a major selling point. Amazon is using the Apple strategy here - dumb pipes, smart endpoints - but Google's strategy is the polar opposite - dumb glass, smart cloud. Moving the stream prediction to a more centralized architecture where they can iterate faster without selling you new hardware for each new feature is Google's style, phone handset makers/cellular networks' interference aside.

Comment Re:What happens if the Soyuz spacecraft gets hit? (Score 1) 55

They have space suits* on the Soyuz, so when the whole thing is opened to space by a large hole made by space rocks, they can close off the depressurized model and repressurize the rest of the station. *At least those orange survival suits used for mitigating loss-of-pressure accidents on takeoff and landing.

Comment It's not just shills that like Plex (Score 1) 122

Logged in just to comment on this without being taken as a shill. (seriously - check my karma.) In much the same way that CryptoCat’s dev team have realized that usability is a core feature of security, and not a nice-to-have, so too has the Plex team made usability a core feature of their product in ways the XBMC team was late to implement.

Plex’s lack of extensibility, scraper support, and local storage support drive me up a goddamn tree, but Plex works and XBMC doesn’t. I’m not a linux person, but I am a nerd - code is not my day job, but I’m teaching myself at night. Sweet baby Jesus, I tried XBMC so many freaking times that eventually I just gave up. And when my certified-Mac-tech friend showed me this miraculous XBMC fork that worked on OSX, with his remote control, and without fucking around, I spent a few years not looking back. I think I got myself banned from the TVDB trying to get Plex to identify shows properly, but it offered me the ability to play back home videos and fansubbed anime on the TV when I could not afford a dedicated HTPC - and that included salvage, scrounged laptops, and selling my body for transistors. (it was a rough patch in my life)

Ironically, I more or less quit watching even foreign television about when I got Plex to sit down and play nice and XBMC became Kodi and began to make setup less infuriating for people who didn’t hack C in their spare time.

More ironically - nay, infuriatingly - I spent most of my free time a couple weeks ago trying to sideload Kodi on my FireTV to try it out, and only found out there was an official app for it after the app was taken down. Way to piss in my cheerios, Bezos. :(

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist