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Comment: Re:In space (Score 1) 442

by Jack9 (#48017131) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

> I believe a simpler and more sensible explanation for the roar of the TIE fighters flying through space is that nobody on screen heard them

A long lost recording on PBS, of Lucas speaking at UCLA, is where the theory of the TIE exhaust came up. I watched it as a child. I don't remember if it was Lucas or a student that brought it up...nor can I find a copy of the original recording. Whatever that's worth.

Comment: Re:In space (Score 1) 442

by Jack9 (#48014519) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

> no one can hear you explode.

Of course they can...if someone is sufficiently close and the shockwave hits a reverberating surface containing an atmosphere that can transmit the resulting sound waves to your auditory sensor. The TIE Fighter sounds were ion streams (from their engines) hitting the hull. That's how close they got to the Falcon!

Comment: Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (Score 1) 1134

by Jack9 (#47828041) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

> She even admitted flat out on twitter to having sex for publicity,

Am I the only one who doesn't think this is wrong?

Prostitution is all but legitimized in modern culture. The social morays have shifted, I feel. Mad Men had an entire subplot dealing with this AS ENTERTAINMENT. This is just a spotlight on what practices are regularly hidden. If not, it's just standard defamation, but I'm not sure why people would be outraged.


The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the keeping-it-going dept.
mdsolar writes with this story about the rising costs of keeping Europe's nuclear power plants safe and operational. Europe's aging nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars. Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union's electricity generation, but the 28-nation bloc's 131 reactors are well past their prime, with an average age of 30 years. And the energy companies, already feeling the pinch from falling energy prices and weak demand, want to extend the life of their plants into the 2020s, to put off the drain of funding new builds. Closing the older nuclear plants is not an option for many EU countries, which are facing an energy capacity crunch as other types of plant are being closed or mothballed because they can't cover their operating costs, or to meet stricter environmental regulation.

Comment: Re:It's not that much (Score 1) 442

by Jack9 (#47609725) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheenearned $1.25 million an episode at the end, with his comedy co-star Jon Cryer getting paid $550,000. Hugh Laurie earned $400,000 (£255,000) per ep in season 7.

I'm consistently disappointed by TBBT, so this 1M/ep is rather surprising. Not worth it, other than to rely on a working formula...TV seasons are akin to movie sequels, in this aspect and they have nothing to replace it with.

Comment: Re:Useless without measure of lossiness/distortion (Score 1) 133

by Jack9 (#47553463) Attached to: A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

> so MP3 would fail.

That's correct. So what?

MP3 was never a good compression algorithm. It's an audio format that uses a normalization that cause SOME audio to be lossy. It's a great demonstration on how a negligible loss across a wide range of audio could result in a more useful algorithm for sound (it's quite compact). MP3 is not a good compression algorithm and doesn't see a lot of use outside of commodity audio, where you can afford to throw away data.

Comment: Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

by Jack9 (#47486407) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

> The summary can be both accurate and incendiary. Being flamebait does not mean it is inaccurate.

I didn't characterize it in any other way. Quit your kneejerk.

> =There is no situation in which there isn't a filed issue?

Apple doesn't seem to care (as per the summary) would be a situation. Apple certainly would take the opportunity to say "Nuh uh" as any corporate entity loves the PR blame game. Information isn't perfect, but it's not a case where it's really necessary. Maybe something will come out tomorrow. Today, nothing.

> Citation needed.

Apple didn't claim one. You're using "Citation needed" to ask for the assertion of something that doesn't exist? Until Apple makes a statement to that effect, none has been made. Citation needed for where you can find out? You can't.

> I have issues with the way Apple's App Store works. Your mind reading leaves something to be desired.

"Mind reading", yet calling the story flamebait...ironic. Flamebait implies that it was to provoke a response. Most readers don't take offense at the subtle distinction between "nothing" and "nothing yet" or even "nothing to satisfy the EC". You chose to interpret it and characterize it as flamebait, from your own imagination.

Comment: Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

by Jack9 (#47485955) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

> it hasn't agreed to any specific actions or any time line. This is much to the commission's disapproval, but Apple doesn't seem particular concerned. In a statement to the BBC, Apple actually says that it's doing "more than others" to protect consumers from in-app purchases, pointing specifically to the upcoming iOS 8 feature Ask to Buy, which prevents children from making purchases and instead allows them to send that purchase to a parent for approval.

Lots of talk and a different approach that's specific to apple, for what apple thinks is appropriate.

> The EC notes that Apple has not yet done anything to address these concerns.

> The summary is flamebait.

The summary is accurate. If it wasn't, there would be a filed issue with the EC. You WANT Apple to be in the right...which it may be. That's irrelevant.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.