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Comment: Re:The $150 device that Microsoft put hundreds of (Score 1) 280

by Isotopian (#34150916) Attached to: iFixit Tears Down Microsoft's Kinect For Xbox 360
I just used one for the first time last night. It is shockingly accurate, extremely intuitive, and just plain works. Even with four of us, at a reasonable state of intoxication, it had no issues with us walking in and out of the sensor, and the facial recognition worked flawlessly. I'm impressed as all hell, and plan on buying one now just from using it for a few hours. The wii is a childs toy. This is an adults toy, and being able to fully control your avatar without thinking about it one bit is fun. Lots of fun. It works.

Comment: Re:Parsecs (Score 1) 94

by Isotopian (#32669228) Attached to: Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy
Keep in mind, this is according to Star Wars canon, so flame me not for anything that is impossible, but you have part of a good point. The majority of travel done in the star wars universe is via hyperdrive, which functions vaguely as a wormhole generator - the ship travels to an alternate dimension, and the travel time to an exit point is vastly shortened - thousands of years to hours. This, combined with nonsense like inertial dampeners and "relativistic shielding" allows neat sidestepping of the massive issues that arise with FTL travel. The drives are bending space, and apparently the alternate dimension the hyperdrive links to is connected with the "real world" in enough of a way that all travel has to avoid gravity wells and such - which is how interdictors and such could function. All hyperspace engines are classified against a measured standard speed - the Class 1 hyperdrive. Commercial and public ships use Class 1.5 or Class 2 drives (taking 150% and 200% the time a Class 1 would, respectively), but the Falcon had an illegally obtained and highly modified (also highly unreliable) drive that would "make .5 past light speed." At any ratem the hyperdrive was the main transport method on ships anyways, and the ships sublight drives are basically fancy boosters anyways, mainly for takeoff, maneuvering, and docking.

tl;dr Kids these days need to read their Timothy Zahn.

Comment: Re:Parsecs (Score 4, Informative) 94

by Isotopian (#32668314) Attached to: Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy
I'm getting a little tired of people saying that. It may very well have been Lucas not knowing what a parsec was, but it has long been corrected in the canon. The Kessel run was a smuggling route that skirted the Maw black hole cluster. The more daring pilots would take uncharted routes that brought them dangerously close to singularities - hence the bragging of "the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." Yes, George probably just made an astronomy boo boo. But that was corrected a long time ago in lore, and it's just tiresome when people point that out, not witty.

Comment: Re:Not like The Pirate Bay (Score 5, Informative) 423

by Isotopian (#27112639) Attached to: Big Swedish Filesharing Server Seized
What TPB was doing was NOT illegal under Swedish law. Note that they are not being prosecuted for any type of copyright violation, because .torrent files are not considered the same as the files they connect to in Sweden.

You're right, they don't care. They shouldn't care. And I'll believe you when (assuming you live in the US since you can watch Hulu) you start allowing Swedish laws to take precedence over American laws in your day to day life.

Comment: Re:Homebraw solution (Score 1) 277

by Isotopian (#26761127) Attached to: Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support
And if you pick up an old AT power supply instead of any ATX one, you'll actually have a power switch for the whole thing, too! I actually had an old one that I used on a testing bench for this specific purpose. A bunch of embedded molex connectors, a master power, and the fun special voltages from the 20 (or whatever it was) pin connector feeding onto a breadboard. It was incredibly useful.

Comment: Re:Their site, their right. (Score 1, Insightful) 202

by Isotopian (#26499531) Attached to: YouTube Muting, Removing Videos Involving Warner Music
As soon as you upload anything to the internet you've pretty much waived any of your content rights you had.

Now when I say that I don't mean it in the legal sense but in the realistic practical sense. Anything digital is pirated and shared.

We even have karma whores that copy & paste other peoples insightful comments.

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