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Comment: Really? (Score 2, Funny) 437

"One thing I've noticed as a passenger is that the most dangerous-feeling aspect of flying right now seems to be the winding security line itself."

Really? I despise the TSA and the burdensome screening process as much as the next person, and this is far from sympathising, but you honestly mean to say you felt endangered by the screening process? Of all the legitimate dangers you face in your daily life, and you're going to try to convince people that walking through a winding line and submitting to largely no-contact screening makes you fearful? And then you expect people to take you just as seriously after that?

Comment: Re: Here's the real problem (Score 1) 363

by John Napkintosh (#44574651) Attached to: Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

The way they're designed or rather how long they're designed to last assumes some very specific conditions. The biggest problem is that people thrash their cars and dont even realize they're doing it because they assume that a $20k thing should be made to endure a war zone, which they certainly are not. The way I see some people drive makes me think they hate their car, but they probably just don't realize that full acceleration all the time, not slowing for bumps, heavy braking, etc are the biggest keys to reducing the usable lifespan of their car.

Technically, anything with a bearing can fail pretty much at any time, which includes anything with a pulley - Alternator, water pump, cams and crankshaft, etc. You probably have some kind of warning signs that an issue is coming, but people either don't have time or money to diagnose every little problem or they just assume cars are supposed to make odd squeaks and squeals every once in a while.

Comment: Did I miss something? (Score 1) 545

by John Napkintosh (#44542111) Attached to: Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

The movie never made any attempt to explain how they maintain an atmosphere. Here on Earth, the gravitation of effect of Earth's mass does that for us. On Elysium, there is simulated gravity due to centripetal force, but that would only effect masses that are bound do it. Since the atmosphere floats above it, it would drift away and potentially escape through the open structure.

Apart from that, if they can create such a structure out in space that is a perfect habitable environment, it seems to me they should be able to create the same habitable environment on Earth for much greater cost. Not having to transport materials to space, not having to spend many dollars on researching ways around problems that don't exist here on Earth. You could certainly argue that the wealthy elite may want to simply distance themselves from the busted Earth as much as possible with the intent of making it difficult for the dregs to migrated to their utopia, but it seems like the idea of Earth being so wrecked that they HAD to go into space doesn't really line up.

Comment: Sensationalize much? (Score 1) 231

by John Napkintosh (#43908229) Attached to: Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

What exactly is a rogue beer fridge? To me that kinda implies malicious behavior, which seems to indicate that we're personifying an inanimate object. I get that it's cool that they made a robot to detect sources of interference on their network, but it's not a freaking crime fighter exacting justice upon an unscrupulous sentient refrigeration device.

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