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Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#48682257) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Anyway, you just need to filter the idiot reviewers from the ones that understand what genre they're reviewing.

You mean, movies for idiots. Which suggests the question, who are these movies for? I mean, if you have to be an idiot to enjoy them, but idiots are panning them...

Comment: So they're actually getting dumber? (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#48682247) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

When I was a kid, we read reviews, we had a free paper and we used it. Now you have so many options for free reviews that the hardest part is deciding which one you like the best, and kids don't read reviews any more?

Either you're off your nut, or kids are actually getting dumber.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 226

by drinkypoo (#48682235) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Yeah, I get the in universe explanation, what I question is why this was an issue in the first place.

Because 'mech weapons generate heat, mostly, and ammo takes up a lot of space. The omnimechs and their weapons were designed for modularity. Ask yourself whether we have any vehicles onto which you could rapidly mount a GAU-8 that aren't an A-10...

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 227

by drinkypoo (#48681227) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Never understood why the omnimech was supposed to be such a big deal... The battle master carried a ppc around in its hand for centuries.

Inner sphere refits took hours to days, omnimech upgrades were supposed to be something for which you'd just roll up a big truck or walk the 'mech up to a gantry and swap weapons in minutes. So omnimechs could be customized for each loadout but not IS 'mechs. All 'mechs are limited as to their maximum carrying capacity in-hand.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 227

by drinkypoo (#48681195) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

The F-35 airframe is mostly just a shell around the modular components, which already come from many different companies.

The airframe is a major component just like our skin is a major component. Not only does it hold the other components in, but in this case it's also responsible for the primary distinguishing feature of the aircraft. Redesigning it to fit new stuffins' would be nontrivial, though feasible.

Comment: Re:Is the premise serious? (Score 1) 227

by drinkypoo (#48681177) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Israel is probably close in technology, training and experience. Good thing as far as fantasy matchups go that they are not raving, frothing maniacs

Ethnic cleansing.

and have no industrial manufacturing base.

Yep, they're not dangerous to anyone without our help.

Comment: Re:automatic when slips, even less traction (Score 1) 120

by drinkypoo (#48681131) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

The traction control system should kick in when the tires _actually_ lose traction. If they programmed it for an estimate of the traction of new tires on dry, clean pavement they're doing it very, very wrong.

Tee hee. You're hilarious. If they know that there is wheelspin every time they deliver a certain amount of power to the motor when the car is in a given condition then they can achieve better traction by simply not doing that. Just like your PCM's LUT won't deliver simply any arbitrarily high amount of fuel no matter how much it's trained because there are limits built into the code from the factory, a good traction control system will always* avoid putting out more power than it knows the tires can handle. And in fact, every EV worth more than two cents which is capable of breaking the tires loose does not put maximum power to the motor right away, whether it's a Tesla or an R/C car.

* OK, not always, some vehicles are meant to have wheelslip.

Space

Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away 52

Posted by timothy
from the hey-neighbor dept.
The L.A. Times reports that the Hubble Space Telescope's ongoing survey work has discovered a dwarf universe a mere 7 million light years away: While only just recently discovered using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, the galaxy known as KKs3 has been around for a long while. Astronomers led by Igor Karachentsev of the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Karachai-Cherkessia, Russia, showed that some 74% of KKs3’s star mass was formed in the universe’s early years, at least 12 billion years ago. Most of the tiny galaxy’s stars are old and dim, making it a fascinating fossil that could help astronomers understand what ancient galactic environments looked like.

Comment: Re:Skeptical about Democracies (Score 1) 208

by drinkypoo (#48679283) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

Because in other places 'democracy' is not just a slogan,

[citation needed]

usually because it was not something took for granted.

Every day you're not doing something to improve your lot, you're taking it for granted. Most of us are guilty. But this is all irrelevant, because this is based on the opinions of the people writing the report, and not of the citizenry of the various countries.

Comment: It should start later, esp. for high schoolers (Score 5, Insightful) 143

by drinkypoo (#48679279) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

No need for school to start at the absolute butt-crack of dawn. It's actually been shown to be harmful for teenagers. Their natural sleep cycle involves sleeping in. Many of them simply physically cannot function so early in the morning. (Thinking is a physical process...)

If high school started an hour later, the kids would be on the streets less while parents are off work, too. So it seems like a win-win, without actually increasing the number of hours of instruction.

Increasing the duration of school won't automatically improve education. "No Child Left Behind" certainly didn't, but it did require greater duration to the school day if you actually met all of its requirements.

Comment: Re:Call me when.. (Score 1) 120

by drinkypoo (#48679269) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

What about a motorcycle's range? Are these vehicles not ready for prime time?

Of course not. Motorcycles only fit the needs of a minuscule segment of the population, they are not and never have been a "prime time" [equivalent] type of vehicle. They also get poor mileage (for their mass, especially, but many of them actually get poor mileage on the small car scale now, since small cars have come so far) and they have high pollution except in the few places where catalysts are mandatory. Even then, you can expect more pollution per gallon burned.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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