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Comment: Less tolerance? (Score 1) 497

by Kylon99 (#47417125) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Finkler writes. "... My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I'm less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives."

I feel much the same way, but I thought this was the result of me turning old, bitter and cynical...

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 5, Funny) 252

by Kylon99 (#47411449) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Oh yes, definitely, very not new...

During the Industrial Revolution, factory owners were declaring that it was a waste of time for children to be going to school when they could better be spent making money mining for coal or scrubbing pots in factories. Why waste their time learning when clearly a child's life is better spent earning profits?


Comment: Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (Score 1) 642

> Would the series be better if they dressed these characters like professionals and grown-ups?

I thought some really good Troi episodes (like all 1 of them?) were the ones where she WAS put into a uniform and advanced her career, like where she took the Command exam and learned that sometimes you have to order your friends to their deaths to save the ship. She advanced to the rank of Lt. Commander after that if I remember correctly.

All other Troi episodes are meant to be avoided, of course.

Comment: Re:Legendary... (Score 2) 232

Also, as others mentioned in his Graphics Programming Black Book (which I have), he led and popularized the use of Mode X in VGA adapter cards.

Having square pixels at 320x240 was significantly easier than having to deal with the odd 320x200 resolution. ... an' git off my lawn! 8)

Comment: Simplified or Traditional? (Score 2) 100

by Kylon99 (#46226283) Attached to: Bing Censoring Chinese Language Search Results For Users In the US

The article only gives Simplified Chinese examples, but is this happening to Traditional Chinese searches too? The two are machine translatable (except probably for one or two characters) so I would not be surprised if search engines simplified things by converting to one or the other before doing a search. So I suspect both.

Which is kinda huge. It's not just Chinese searches from the US or any other country, what about searches from Hong Kong and Taiwan, which use Traditional? Censoring on behalf of the Communist Government in these places would seriously be looked down on.

And what about Singapore which uses Simplified Chinese? I don't imagine they will be pleased to suffer Mainland censorship either.

I sure hope it's just a glitch. Probably not Microsoft automatically kowtowing to China. Probably.

Comment: Re:As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

by Kylon99 (#45361325) Attached to: Official Resigns, Website Still a Disaster

> How can people be so ignorant of something that happened only a few years ago?

At some point it becomes: "Do not assume idiocy where maliciousness becomes the most logical explanation."

Then again, the people merely parroting incorrect talking points could be stupid. But it is most likely a conspiracy to rewrite the truth through excessive high volume. How else can you win if all your points were proven wrong anyways?

Comment: Re: Another day, another anti-Apple story (Score 1) 326

by Kylon99 (#45272987) Attached to: Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

Blackberry, net income 2009 - 2011
2009 - $1.893B
2010 - $2.457B
2011 - $3.411B! You call that circling the drain? ... oops... 2012, $1.164B ... 2013 $646M net loss....

Mere net income quarterly or yearly does not give you the whole picture. Or else you'll be in the same situation with BlackBerry. You're right though. It's now actually called, "Circling the RIM."

Comment: Re:engine produces what's needed (Score 1) 479

by Kylon99 (#45230397) Attached to: Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'

You may get more mileage (pun intended!) by doing things that hybrid cars do today. Rather than take energy away from the power of the torque which you need, you could try and recapture the waste energy, such as heat and sound. Or as they do today, recapture energy during the breaking.

I don't know what the efficiencies are though...

Comment: Re:Holodecks were supposed to be new tech in TNG (Score 1) 283

by Kylon99 (#45217593) Attached to: 5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

If you watched Enterprise and--okay, okay! I know most people hate it but please, hear me out...

If you watched Star Trek Enterprise, they met an alien species who had holodeck-like technology in their era. But they didn't give them the technology or anything.

Even if you totally dismiss the Enterprise episodes, this is a plausible explanation. That Janeway and others could have used a holodeck made by a different species outside the Federation, and it wasn't until a few years later that the technology was traded to the Federation members and/or became widespread enough that anyone had easy access. Maybe she went to an alien theme park and had fun in one, but it wasn't like that species was going to hand out plans to the technology to just anyone.

Comment: Re:Hydrogen is indeed quite dangerous... (Score 1) 479

by Kylon99 (#45217347) Attached to: Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'

Just adding some more details here.

In general hydrogen is a much safer gas than typical automotive fuel such as gas or diesel. This is because hydrogen alone cannot combust and requires an oxygen source. Hydrogen storage is a bit safer too since it is lighter than air and floats up. You simply need to allow it to escape at the top and simple fanning lowers the hydrogen to oxygen mixture below the point of combustion easily. As opposed to gas which in vapor form still sits on the ground and requires much less oxygen to combust.

And as you said if a tank is punctured and then ignited, it will burn outside the tank; it will not explode the tank, since the pure hydrogen inside cannot combust. The flame outside however does burn at a very, very high temperature and is invisible since it gives off photons in the ultraviolet wavelength.

The problem with fuel cells however is the energy chain. Electrolysis is not a good way to create hydrogen because most countries, or at least the US cannot keep up with electricity demands (at least currently) should cars and other products be switched over. The primary way hydrogen is manufactured now, if my data is still current is through natural gas. And therefore this doesn't get us away from traditional carbon issues. The potential of hydrogen is possibly good intermediate storage, or at least another vector of energy research we can pursue.

As for those people who say 'Hindenburg,' the problem with that, should they actually read the link they should know that the hydrogen cannot burn by itself and requires another source of oxygen. One of the theories implicates the iron oxide in the paint, and another speculates on a leakage of oxygen into the blimp. Although, as we saw the Hindenburg burned bright red, we know it was not the hydrogen burning by itself since it doesn't burn in the visible color spectrum.

Comment: Re:That's what happens... (Score 1, Interesting) 260

by Kylon99 (#43605043) Attached to: Energy Production Is As 'Dirty' As Ever

"Japan's LNG imports soared 11.2 percent to a record high of 87.31 million tonnes in 2012, driven by an increased need for fuel to generate electricity after the
nuclear sector was hit by the Fukushima crisis, government data showed on Thursday."
"Japan paid a record price for crude at $114.90 per barrel last year, compared with $108.65 in 2011."

This goes to what you were saying. There may be alternative energy sources for some countries, but for some, the only way to go is nuclear. Japan is indeed trying to restart most (they've restarted 2) of their reactors, despite the intense protest against doing so. But their fuel costs have caused them to go from a net exporter country to a net importer country. And now they are screwed.

Even if they're increasing LNG, they're still burning coal and oil. All of these pollute, and the dirtier they are, the more people they kill, more than thousands per year. Nuclear kills no one, probably because we are so paranoid about it.

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