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Comment: Global warming is NOT a single incident. (Score 1) 192

by darkonc (#48609209) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
Global warming is like suspecting that you have a pair of 'loaded' dice.-- loaded for 6es and against 1's. You can't just roll once and accurately say "I rolled 2. They must not be loaded. or "I rolled 12 they ARE loaded". both 2 and 12 will still occur, but you'll have MORE 12s and LESS 2's. and your rolls will be generally higher. You can only say something by examining dozens, or even hundreds of rolls and examining the the trends .

Asking if this single event is attributable to global warming is the wrong question. The best answer to (misguided) journalists who insist on asking this question (usually because they've been forced to talk to too many global warming deniers) is:

  • "Global warming is a trend , not an incident, and this incident is something that we'll see {more/less} of as time goes on.".

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by lazarus (#48594279) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Ya. Fucking neocons... I say bring back the stripper visas that the Liberals put in place!

Seriously, you should try removing your head from your ass. All politicians are criminals. The Conservatives want more foreign techs, the Liberals want more foreign strippers. That's the way the world works -- try not to get so polarized about it.

Comment: Re:Have Both (Score 1) 566

by Hadlock (#48575133) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Most first gen 4K displays are 2x 2k displays sharing an uncut panel requiring funky software and/or driver gymnastics to get it to work well. 2nd gen 4K displays generally have the two separate display drivers condensed down to one input, but third gen 4K displays where it's a true "plug and play" single display device through-and-through are still fairly rare. This is changing though.

Comment: Re:Uh huh (Score 4, Interesting) 207

by Hadlock (#48575043) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

If you can access the data with a PIN wirelessly, why does the "owner" of the license even need direct access to it? At that point it's the issuing authority's responsibility to be able to access it using the owner's given PIN.
To condense the argument down, "why do you even need a phone app? why can't you just give your last name and PIN to the officer?" All the phone app is doing here is validating that you know the PIN.

Comment: Re:Southwest Airlines (Score 1) 48

by Hadlock (#48573065) Attached to: Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

As they're finding out, the military drones are actually better at landing themselves, instead of letting the pilots land them remotely. Under ideal conditions it's very likely that a computer will be better than humans when taking off and landing. Computers can read and process sensor data a lot more efficiently than a human's eyes and ears. We're just made out of meat, after-all.

Comment: ..and Bart Simpson is a Movie Producer (Score 1) 100

by darkonc (#48570739) Attached to: A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals
es, I'm serious. He's a freind of mine, and he's had the name since long before the show went on air. My point is that having the name 'Maggie Simpson' means nothing -- unlike the bogus content. I don't know if they did this, butit seems that a properly juried work should have the name removed from it during the review process.

Comment: Re:XBMC Finally? (Score 1) 139

by Hadlock (#48568579) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

The onboard PWM for the arduino is fantastic, but there's not enough dedicated PWM for robotics unless you're just doing a 4DOF robot arm or something, which is why I mentioned the 16 channel PWM, which allows you do do 4DOF per limb. I have the PWM shield from adafruit, just picked up their non-denominational daughterboard (same chip, more generic mounting format) for the A+ this week.
And yeah those CH340G based Arduino Nano clones you can pick up off of ebay for $4 shipped are pretty amazing, they run for over a day off of an old nokia candybar cellphone battery, I have one running an SSD1306 OLED and temp sensor that stays charged off of a tiny solar panel.

Comment: Re:XBMC Finally? (Score 1) 139

by Hadlock (#48564973) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

The Raspberry Pi A+ is a good Arduino competitor; I2C, SPI, PWM, the PCB is actually smaller than the Arduino Uno R3 (standard Arduino footprint), and uses 100mA at idle (compare to 35mA at idle for the Arduino idling in non-sleep mode).
I haven't measured the A+ with the HDMI port turned off but at 100mA it's very competitive powerwise and runs a full linux stack, but has enough horsepower to do computing like OpenCV, encrypted wifi, and has full access to mathmatica and it's API now for highly optimized computing tasks, making it ideal for a robotics project. The Native PWM isn't so great but with I2C you can talk to a 16 channel PWM daughterboard for about $15 more.
Oh, and it's about half the weight of a BeagleBone Black, even if it's less powerful.

Comment: eh I don't know (Score 1) 186

by nomadic (#48563743) Attached to: NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written
I don't know about NetHack. I started with Hack back in the late 80's, and have played that then NetHack off and on since, usually picking it up for a day to a few weeks then losing interest. Never finished the game. I'd usually play until I got a guy down pretty far with a great kit, then when he inevitably died from something stupid, I'd be annoyed and lose interest again.

It's a good game, maybe even a great game, but it's not a perfect game and it's not the best game ever. Too much of it is just not fun. The major design flaws in my mind:

* Once you hit the labyrinths and have to deal with the wizard following you around, it just becomes a grind. A little bit of a grind in order to achieve something afterwards is fine but when a game becomes work then that is not.
* It doesn't give you a fair way to figure out what to do. A lot of the actions required to finish the game are neither hinted at nor intuitive.
* It's too repetitive. It doesn't exercise my mind much; you just do the same things again and again.
* It's too time-consuming, and frequently unnecessarily so (which goes back to the repetitive point).

Anyway, just my thoughts.

Comment: Re: Oh BS (Score 1) 460

by Hadlock (#48535601) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Yeah 800w in that case is peak. If you're not home during the day and it's cloudy, that's still 200w going in to your batteries for use when you get home. If it's raining and you're home on a Saturday playing video games with the electric heater on at 9am, it's likely you're draining your batteries much faster than solar is feeding them. It really depends on your residential use scale. As a bachelor I don't have daytime power needs, but a stay at home mom or elderly retired may have a constraint drain.

All the simple programs have been written.