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Comment: Re:Zombie apocalypse universe rules (Score 1) 216

by swb (#49169061) Attached to: Statistical Mechanics Finds Best Places To Hide During Zombie Apocalypse

You can't fit 14 million bodies in one place at one time.

Broadway Avenue in Yonkers is about 105 feet wide, so shoulder to shoulder you could fit 70 bodies across it. With only a 50% hit rate, a single M134 minigun could kill 21 ranks of zombies a minute, or a horde of 1500 about 45 feet deep.

If a zombie can move at human walking speed, they can advance at 270 feet per minute, so a battery of 18 miniguns, allowing for 6 firing concurrently, could kill the horde faster than they can advance. Probably fewer guns would be necessary as the dead bodies would slow the advance as they stacked up.

And that's just an example of a single type of gun. The Mk 19 grenade launcher's standard ammo has a kill radius of 5 meters. Call that an effective disablement (outright dead or unable to move even if alive) radius for zombies of 2 meters, and a single round can stop 50 zombies in a fairly dense pack. At 40 rpm sustained, that's nearly 2500 kills a minute.

This is easily firepower an infantry battalion is capable of unleashing on an unarmed, dumb enemy willing to merely advance into fire. It doesn't include the kinds of kills that could be added with artillery, high explosive bombs, etc.

A Mk 82 500 pound bomb has a kill radius of 100 feet and a single B-52 could carry 52 of them. An overlapping string could kill a horde a mile long, packed densely nearly 800,000 zombies. Carpet bombing by B52s squadrons could kill city-sized zombie hordes in minutes.

Comment: Re:Answers for both (Score 1) 225

by AuMatar (#49168925) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Then you're extremely lucky, I've had iOS hard lock when dogfooding apps fairly frequently (although that was a few years ago, maybe they're better). But I don't trust ANY device without a real pull the plug option, not after years of doing firmware and mobile development. If a device needs batteries, I will not buy it unless those batteries are removable.

Comment: Re:C++14 != C++98 (Score 0) 108

I wish people would stop adding to C++. C++ as it stood in 1998 was a good, if somewhat complex, language. The new additions (except for a few of the libraries) make the language way too complex and lead to unreadable code.

You need to learn that concise != good. If it did, everyone would be programming in perl 1 liners. Auto is the most braindead addition in history, it causes bugs, loses all the advantages of a typed language, and only needs to exist because they fucked up the STL by not using proper inheritance. Any code review that uses them is an auto bounce and fix. Templates are the most abused language concept in history- if you're using it for anything other than a container class, odds are 98% that you're writing hard to follow, hard to maintain code that should be rewritten

C== was better when it was treates as C++98.

Comment: Re:MVNOs.. (Score 1) 33

by swb (#49168207) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

I don't know how an MVNO can be cheaper than a carrier except for cheapskates who want those weird, super low-end plans because they're always on wifi and only use their phone for emergency calls away from wifi. I can't see an MVNO ever able to buy airtime and sell it cheaper than carriers can directly without strange limits or associating with a sucky carrier with shitty coverage and slow data.

I'd like an MVNO that could associate with multiple carriers, let me rank those carriers by preference but override my preference if another carrier has a better signal by some threshold as well as provide VoIP service to my PC or any of the cheap SIP devices.

Comment: Re:Violation of Federal Law (Score 1) 157

by TheCarp (#49166609) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

That would make sense to me for a suit against any entity....except the government. The one organization that has no excuse for breaking the law without extremely good and public justification *IS* the government itself. They should always be under more scrutiny and their crimes held as especially aggravating because its their job to uphold them.

I would argue that whenever the government breaks the law, all citizens are victims as the law itself was the promise they made to us.

Comment: Re:Not actually batteryless (Score 1) 109

by david.given (#49166525) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

I totally didn't know that! That's awesome!

Here's one I found with four components:

I am curious how that tiny antenna can produce enough energy to drive even a crystal earpiece. Most crystal radios need huge antennae, don't they? And from the writeup it looks like the FM decoding more or less happens by accident as a side effect of signal interference.

If this really works, I reckon it should be possible to build a miniaturised FM crystal set into a pair of headphones. I wonder if you could do stereo?

Comment: Re:Violation of Federal Law (Score 3, Interesting) 157

by TheCarp (#49166427) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

As I recall, wasn't this one of the first issues in Roe V Wade? Specifically it was that a woman who was being blocked from a medically necessary abortion would effectively be barred the right to bring her issue to court because the issue of pregnancy would likely be over, either with a birth or her death before the courts could be expected to have ruled on the matter... leading to a necessary exception to normal standing rules.

Seems similar here....since no person who was a victim would ever know they were and would know they had standing to bring a case, it seems that normal standing rules would effectivly deny such a case from ever being heard even if it was an otherwise valid case, so it seems to me it would warrant an exception.

Comment: "Feds admit, they probably belong in prison" (Score 4, Insightful) 157

by TheCarp (#49166345) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

That is how I read these story headlines. Exactly how I read them, a fact which has been obvious since the whole fiasco with NDA agreements came out. They know they are not respecting people's rights, they KNOW what they are doing would not withstand an hour of public scrutiny.

In short, the federal government is harboring criminals who belong in prison, and is currently helping protect them and pay them to commit more crimes rather than admit the truth.

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 1) 187

by fermion (#49165573) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was
iTunes users can already go and get loads of free music. This is how I was turned on to High-Fi.

Presumably this was not good enough for U-2, so we have this intrusive method of stuffing iTunes user accounts with unwanted music. For the record I was never a U-2 fan, and now it just seems like some desperate cut rate band.

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