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Comment: Re:Physics (Score 4, Informative) 108

You're confusing boiling point with temperature.

No, I don't think he is, but I think maybe you don't understand the relation between boiling point and easily achievable temperature. You put water in a pot and apply heat. That heat then makes its way to the water, heating the water. Once the water reaches it's boiling point, it vaporizes, leaving the pot. Once it's outside of the pot, it's EXTREMELY difficult for you to add more heat to it. Thus if your boiling point is X, it's pretty much impossible to get the water to a temperature greater than X under typical circumstances.

Thus, in him asking "Can you get to 208 degrees F at the internal pressure at which the space station is maintained", the implied question is "does the space station have an atmospheric pressure that results in a water boiling point of 208 degrees F or greater?"

Comment: Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 1) 892

But how funny that the "solution" this CEO proposes to avoid negotiation is "I'll make an offer and you'll take it" instead of, say, "you'll make an offer and I'll take it".

I'd guess that most potential employees would not be happy if it were the latter, but if you have a strong preference for that, I'm sure you are still welcome to state your salary demand in the cover letter.

Comment: Re:Cruise control? (Score 1) 287

by LordKronos (#49332299) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

I have cruise control, thanks. Somebody who can't pay attention to the street signs shouldn't be driving.

Anyone who thinks cruise control is the solution to prevent speeding in non-highway situations (where the speed limit is 35-45mph, and there are traffic lights every half mile) shouldn't be driving.

Comment: Re:DNA sample? (Score 1) 169

by LordKronos (#49250773) Attached to: Swedish Authorities Offer To Question Assange In London

Neither Assange nor his accuser deny that they had sex. They just disagree over how consensually they had sex.

What, exactly, do they hope to prove from a DNA test?

According to wikipedia:

The allegations are of "non-consensual behaviour within consensual sexual encounters."[120] One of the allegations is that, during consensual intercourse, Assange ejaculated inside of one of the women against her wishes.[121] Assange denies the allegations.[122]

So I think that would explain why they want the sample. He says he didn't, she says he did. If they find a match, then that answers the question. Or it least it could rule out his guilt. It can't prove his guilt for the same reason why the pull-out method of contraception doesn't work.

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 1) 328

The only reason we prefer the ugly yellow hue from indandescents is because we are used to i. It isn't "warm", its sucky. Same with thing happened when gas lighting was first replaced by incandescents: people pined for the soft orange glow of gas lights but within a few years people realized how bad that hue was.

Yep, your mind prefers what you already know and like. Another example...120 hz TV's with the motion smoothing feature. You would think a smoother motion video would be preferred by your mind...after all, it's used to seeing reality most of the time, which has an infinite frame rate (or whatever the biological limits are...close enough to infinite). Yet, a good number of people (myself included) prefer the choppiness of 24Hz or 30Hz video. I don't see anything technically wrong with the higher frame rate playback (it's not blurry, distorted, or anything like that) , but I just don't like the look of it. It just looks too fake.

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 1) 328

Yep, same here. We converted our whole house to daylight bulbs. Initially it felt a little weird...when you entered the room, it just seemed strange. After weeks you get accustomed to it, and then it actually starts looking a lot better then the crappy yellow lights.

The weird part about the whole process, though (at least for me), is that you don't just get accustomed to the color of the get accustomed to the color of the light in that particular space. We'd convert one room, and after we adjusted we thought it looked so much better, but then we'd convert the next room and it looked strange at first. Then we'd get adjusted to it, and then the next room we did seemed strange again. Your brain gets used to a certain space looking a certain way and just doesn't like it to change, even for the better.

Comment: Re:I can't wait for the Ron Popeil 3d printer! (Score 3, Informative) 91

by LordKronos (#49143325) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

That's why you don't make them "by hand" use the right tool for the right job.

I own that one, and it's really not all that difficult or time consuming. And that's just a home quality tool. I'd have to imagine a professional chef in a restaurant would have to have an even better tool at his/her disposal.

Comment: Re:Why doesn't he just make an Executive Order? (Score 1) 703

by LordKronos (#48771725) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

because EO's have to follow the law and president's can't write them at will.

Really? So the executive order that unilaterally modified the ACA to defer corporate compliance with insurance mandates was "follow[ing] the law"? The executive orders that deal with amnesty for illegal aliens are "follow[ing] the law" with regard to legal immigration? The claim that he's going to use Executive Orders to get what he wants done until the congress sends him legislation doing what he likes is "follow[ing] the law"?

legislative branch creates the laws, executive branch enforces the laws, but as always there is discretion involved in enforcing the law. It happens every day. Have you ever been (or known anyone who was) pulled over for speeding but then let off with just a warning, or given a ticket for a less severe infraction instead? That's discretion in enforcement.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by LordKronos (#48771673) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

But still, it might be ok if the covered courses are useful, and not just "community organizer" type courses. That is to say, something that will train for a marketable skill.

PLEASE tell me you meant that sarcastically, and that you don't actually think "community organizer" can't get you very far in life. Because if you did mean it seriously, in this context it's just hilarious.

Comment: Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 1) 437

by LordKronos (#48764159) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

No benefits so far, only cons, at least on Nexus 5.
1. The new UI sucks ass

My wife has it on her nexus 4, and I have to agree with you here. The look is just terrible. And WTF is with the new icons on the navigation bar? OK, the old icons might not have been 100% intuitive, but an arrow that turns around and goes back is at least someone obvious to most people. A button shaped like a house is at least fairly obvious. Both of those, once you click it a few times and see what it does, anyone should be able to associate the picture with the action. The overlapping rectangles would be less intuitive to anyone who has never used a desktop OS before, but at least it makes sense to some people. But the new icon...WTF do circle, square, and triangle mean? The only one with the slightest bit of intuitiveness is's actually an arrow pointing left, which means "back", but the way it's drawn makes it extremely difficult to associate it with an arrow.

3. The gallery application is also now ruined, as it forces the user to accept G+ account, or he can not access his pictures anymore. Way to go Google, taking pictures as hostages really makes the G+ positively accepted.

Didn't realize that, since we already use G+, but I was sort of shocked when I couldn't find the gallery app the other day and had to use Photos

4. When battery gets below 15%, the system starts nagging via notifications, making noises, and bugging the user, even if the device still has hours and hours of standby time left. Why not complain once and let the user connect charger when he prefers?

Not sure what all you mean, but when I had my nexus 4 with kit kat, it did something similar. It would give you a popup with noise and vibration when you hit 15% and then another 4 or 5 alerts at various percentages. Though I don't recall if it did that when the screen was off, so maybe that's the difference you are noticing.

Comment: Re:If I can pay for a house (Score 1) 320

by LordKronos (#48761743) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

Actually, you most likely are not exempt. Most HOA's are a deed restriction on the property and it is explicitly worded in such a way that it carries over to all subsequent owners automatically by virtue of you accepting title to the property. It works in the same manner as being a part of your city or township. When you close on the house, you don't sign anything which states you agree you are subject to the ordinances of your city or township, but that doesn't mean you are exempt from those ordinances. Those city/township ordinances are enforced by a deed restriction on the property which automatically carries over to all future owners.

So either
1) you are in one of the rare HOA's which wasn't properly established, or
2) your HOA was formed AFTER your home was originally purcahsed, and no owner since then has voluntarily agreed to join and subject all future owners to it, or
3) you are just lucky that your HOA is run by people clueless enough to not realize you aren't actually exempt.

Comment: Re:live by the sword (Score 1) 320

by LordKronos (#48761339) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

If enough people were to infiltrate the HOA, could the HOA vote to disband itself? That might be a fun hobby...

Depends on your specific HOA covenants. They will dictate what course of action is necessary to do so. The most common I'm familiar with:

1) The builder actually maintains final authority over the HOA, so it couldn't possibly be disbanded unless the builder agreed (ie: not gonna happen)

2) If there is no builder with final authority (mostly that's older HOAs) then the board can decide to put disbandment up for a vote, in which case a certain percentage (either of all homeowners, or of actual voters) would have to vote in favor of disbandment for it to occur.

It's theoretically possible that the HOA could have final say and not even need the owners to vote, but I've never heard of one actually structured that way.

Comment: Re:IMO, The biggest problem with fingerprint.... (Score 1) 80

... authentication is that even if all of the security measures associated with storing and authenticating your fingerprint were utterly unbreachable, your fingerprints can still be taken without your consent, while if you do not want someone accessing data that is guarded by a a secure password, however, then barring vulnerabilities in the security facilities associated with it (which would apply equally to fingerprint security as well anyways), then that information can only be obtained by you voluntarily surrendering it.

Comment: Re:rehab fan (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by LordKronos (#48643613) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

In college, I stopped watching television. Afterwards, it just struck me as stupid and self righteous, but maybe that was a reflection of society as a whole.

No, it's not a reflection of society as a whole. You were right the first was stupid and self righteous. But that's just what happens why you are young and stupid and get caught up in that whole "I'm too smart for anything on television, so I won't even own a TV" meme.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds