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Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 1) 42

by dbc (#47517915) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

It is impressive. First off, most of the waveglider is on the surface. It has a passive submerged propusion unit on a cable. Secondly, it has a lot of sophisticated electronics and antennas in and on the surface unit. It survived a nasty test very, very well. Maybe the reason I am extremely impressed and you are not has to do with the fact that I actually build robots, and you don't have a clue about what it takes to build something that can live in an office for 6 months without breaking, much less on the ocean in a major storm. As we say in the local robot club when some newbie comes with a grand scheme of how to solve all of our challenges: "Talk is cheap. Show me your working robot."

Comment: Re:Earthquakes? (Score 2) 184

by Roger W Moore (#47515341) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
Remember that the accelerator is in a tunnel usually through rock. Unless there is a fault line through the ring - which would be really stupid - the accelerator will be shaken and will need realignment but the damage should not be enormous. They have very successful accelerators in Japan.

Comment: Suboptimal Design (Score 5, Interesting) 184

by Roger W Moore (#47515311) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

In reality, the Chinese project is definitely not make-work if they plan to do actual research.

True but a circular design for a electron-positron collider is far from the most efficient. At the energies needed to create the Higgs the energy loss caused by bending the electrons around in a ring means that the ring has to be far longer in circumference than a 'one-shot' linear collider would need to be. Worse if we find something even more exciting like Supersymmetry in our next run of the LHC starting this coming March you will never be able to increase the energy of a circular e-p machine to study it whereas with a linear collider you can extend it.

A circular machine only makes sense with heavier particles like protons but I question whether the cost savings of a single tunnel for both an e-p machine and a future proton machine will outweigh the massive increase in the cost of the magnets and accelerating cavities for the e-p machine.

Comment: Re:Proof? (Score 1) 833

by geekoid (#47511913) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

"Just last night I was told I was going to be raped, along with my mother, for beating someone in a fighting game. "
Did they text that to your person phone? Did they tell you they are going to kill o and include the make and model of your car?
No? probably not the same thing then.

"you know that this is the internet we live on"
Maybe we should try to make it better? nah, lets just give up and shrug our shoulders.

" I implore everyone to provide proof of their allegations"
I agree. It's critical.

"before labeling it as a systemic issue.
it is a systemic issue, and it's pretty well documented. There is a difference between A threat, and a systemic issue of threats within a community.

"and I don't enjoy being falsely stuck in to a harasser category because I work in tech and have a penis but won't label myself a 'feminist'."
knee jerk much? no one is doing that, get over yourself.

" Furthermore, I feel that articles like this with claims but no evidence will just make people shy away from hiring Women for fear they are going to start claiming harassment when there is none."
did you read the article? Nothing in your post seems to indicate you did.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 3, Insightful) 833

by geekoid (#47511827) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

She has death threats sent to her phone. This isn't just an internet forum issue, and it isn't just her.
I have a daughter, she gets iot, her friends get it, I know 45 year old women who get attacked like this.

You're attitude is a large part of the problem. You have substituted actual think with some sort of ad hom.

It is industry wide, gaming culture wide.

Comment: Re:How do you (Score 2) 833

by geekoid (#47511805) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Incorrect. You jump to some really broad interpretation of the article really fast. Maybe this hits a little to close to your behavior?

Women are harassed, viciously by men.
Not all men. But it's there and people like you just turn a blind eye and use excuses to be offended at a women pointing out this issue.
This is text messages, threats emailed to you, men send death threats that include personal informaiton, like what kind of car and location.
And it isn't uncommon., in that every woman will experiences it often.

"This woman thinks I'm asshole with no self-control for no other reason than because I have a penis. "
there is nothing in the article that implies that, you are reading into it as a reason to be insulted. Because outrage is easier then trying to help.

"You don't go out and kick a mad dog. If you have a mad dog with rabies, you take a gun and shoot him." -- Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, about Muammar Kadhafy