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Comment: As a Patriots fan... (Score 1) 225

by Mysticalfruit (#49641869) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report
*shrug* By all measures actually having properly inflated balls caused the Pats to play better... it doesn't seem this was much of an "advantage."

With that all said... I was also shocked to find out that the NFL didn't just supply the balls... it seems obvious. Let's let the pitchers bring their own baseballs to the baseball game... what could possibly go wrong....

Comment: Re:Single case anecdote. (Score 1) 469

by Mysticalfruit (#49638281) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?
I have a somewhat similar story. I was an aspiring CS college student and had bought a copy of Turbo C++ (3.something). I had saved a ton of money I went off and got myself a pentium 166. The thing rocked... except it ran Win95 and my fancy IDE compiler environment... yeah it crashed... a lot.

A buddy of mine came over with a pile of floppies, a zip drive with slackware and a "Learn linux in 24 hours" Sam book. We got my machine duel boot, got X working and then my buddy headed off.

I dove in head first and while the learning curve was steep, I figured it out. Even better, I had a functioning C compiler and "Jed" as an editor. I did managed to dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda within the first week and learned how to reinstall everything... so that hurt, but that's how you learn.

Comment: There's a couple of problems... (Score 1) 226

by Mysticalfruit (#49370117) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space
1. China lacks a lot of knowledge when it comes to building and maintaining large things in space...
2. Imagine China could get this to work, there's so much lost in the down link due to the atmosphere you'd need a REALLY powerful microwave emitter or laser, at which point you've now got a death ray in orbit. There are pretty strict rules about NOT militarizing space and nobody would be cool with a country having their own personal death star in orbit.
3. If instead they decided to use low power, the collector on the ground would have to be so massive, it would have been cheaper to just invest that money into getting fusion to actually work.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1, Funny) 886

Like all holy books, it's so vaguely worded you can twist to your means. In your sect of the great burger religion, your temples only allow people named Ralph. In my sect, they disallow Ralph.

Obviously, I'm going to have to start a holy burger war to resolve whose right.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 5, Funny) 886

I'm going to instruct my chain of burger joints to check ID's at the door... Anybody with a first name of "Ralph" will be turned away at the door. My holy book over here clearly states that "Ralph shall be name of the demon who will eat the world." I'm disinclined to have people named Ralph in my establishment who're likely to go into a demonic craze and start eating people. Also any "hussies" named "Roberta" or "Rebecca" they're just tricky sluts, they're not allowed in either.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 2) 172

MIT was showing this off awhile ago and I *believe* they sold it to DuPont... you can buy it in cans to coat things like boots. I think the innovation here is that they've made the coating either tougher so it won't abate over time and/or they've figured out how to make it food safe... I can't imagine making your insides hydrophobic would be that good for you...

Comment: Putting the Voltec system into other vehicles... (Score 2) 229

I'm an extremely happy Volt owner! It is by far the best car I've ever owned.

Question #1. What is Chevy's plans to extend the Voltec system into other models such as the Trax and/or the Equinox? I ask because my wife's current vehicle is an AWD SUV and I'd like to replace it with a like vehicle that's a EREV but is still AWD and has cargo room. I know the 2016 Volt has a square battery pack and thus a 5th seat, I can only assume that's to make it fit better in other chassis?

Question #2. Why does Chevy not promote the Volt?!? You never see a Chevy commercial that has the Volt in it. They had the "low battery" commercial a couple of years ago and then nothing. When I go places I have people constantly coming up and asking "A volt? What kind of car is this? Chevy? Wow, this thing's awesome! I had no idea..." My wife's joked I should become some sort of Chevy Volt Ambassador!


Comment: Re:It Won't Matter Anyway (Score 1) 179

by Mysticalfruit (#49267393) Attached to: Russia Abandons Super-Rocket Designed To Compete With SLS
The paint flake incident is what lead the shuttle to be basically flow upside down and backwards at an angle to put as much ship as possible between the crew and and any debris.

I have heard talk of people pitching the idea of "space trash trucks" that would use a variety of techniques to capture and/or deorbit as much trash as possible. LEO is entirely too big to clean everything but there are some bands that are higher priority than others.

Comment: Easy solution... (Score 1) 115

If a company bids and wins a chunk of spectrum they'd have X amount of time to do something with it, say 2 years. After that, if the company isn't using it, it would go back into the pool to bid on again. Possibly there could be some extension if the company could demonstrate that it was actively working (i.e. "Hey look at this 15 satellites we've got queued up to launch...") to use the spectrum.

Comment: Re:Summary of the video clip (Score 1) 645

I clearly don't understand the audience that video is supposed to be for.

If it was scare the western world, it's only going to give the leaders better arguments for making a moral case against these barbaric sociopaths.
If it was scare the muslim world... From what I've seen on reliable news sources, those countries that were on the fence or were somewhat ambivalent about ISIS are now in the "Let's obliterate those crazies before they attack us and/or we get lumped in with them!" camp
If this was to somehow garner credit in the jihadist world and show that they're the most jihadist of the jihadists, I don't think that worked for them either. You have to admit, that even when Al Qaeda is calling you crazy, that says something. I'm sure they'll pull over the fringe players who don't think Al Qaeda is violent enough, but not enough to offset the massive casualties they're taking at the hands of US air power.

The only thing that I could see this as a ploy towards is to try to drive a wedge in and alienate moderate muslims from the western world. Something along the lines of "See the crazy thing we're doing, we'll we're muslim, and since you're neighbor is muslim you should think of them as being as crazy as we are!!!"

My only problem with that is that these people just don't seem that well planned. It seems like they're making it up as they go along and not doing a particularly good job of it. Killing the pilot, let alone in as grizzly manner as they did, got them nothing and only hurt them unilaterally. Holding on to him and trading him for prisoners would have demonstrated that they were people that could at least been negotiated with. Strategically this was a dumb move.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus