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Comment: Dead-end Market? (Score 2) 182

by Nethemas the Great (#46763713) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry
I'm confused. Wasn't the last car capable of a having an after-market head unit installed manufactured a solid 10 years ago? I fail to see the point. The number of such cars is on a rapid decline. For collectors if you're going to buy an ancient car, then wouldn't you be buying it for nostalgia's sake and want the old crappy radio that came with it?

Comment: Numbers don't fit (Score 2) 107

I'm not quite certain how from a population of 316M people you can obtain 52M photos when the point of collection are federal background checks. With roughly 200M persons of working age, that would mean that within the next two years roughly 1 out of 4 people will be facing a work related federal security clearance check or having criminal charges filed against them. I'm not buying it. Either the 52M is bogus or they're collecting photos by other less savory mean.

Comment: Re:only 5.5%!?! (Score 2) 100

by Nethemas the Great (#46579111) Attached to: Klingon Beer
It seems reasonable to infer from the intoxicating effects of Bloodwine which is guzzled not sipped from dainty thimbles, that Warnog should be far from lacking in potency and certainly well in excess of 10%. It also dispels your assertion of Klingons being lightweights. I'd argue the flavor choice probably doesn't make much sense either, but I really don't have any canonical references to support that one way or the other.

Comment: Re:Question! (Score 5, Insightful) 535

by Nethemas the Great (#46578733) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

No. This is worse, way worse. While Microsoft has difficulty in executing things, they still maintain a basic respect for their customers. Facebook on the other hand has demonstrated time and again their absolute lack of scruples and moral integrity when it comes to monetizing their users.

This saddens and depresses me. I had such optimistic hope for Oculus.

Comment: Re:I call BS. (Score 1) 169

They're talking about "bad" golfers that miss the well manicured/watered parts and land their balls in the rough "wild" areas outside. The parts with rocks, tall dry grass (remember California/drought), etc.. I think you're also imagining a flint fire steel. This isn't a shower of sparks, but it evidently may well be enough to ignite fires anyway.

Comment: Re:Typical government stupidity (Score 1) 185

by Nethemas the Great (#46479263) Attached to: Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax
You're looking at this upside down. Congress is interested in pulling funds for that very reason. These rovers already exist, are comparatively cheap to operate, and have very long lives. Existing rovers aren't bringing home the bacon. They're just funding few "mother's basement" geeks.

Comment: Re:Why does it need money? (Score 1) 185

by Nethemas the Great (#46479231) Attached to: Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

The DSN doesn't appear to be that terribly over-booked.

BTW: we're talking about Opportunity not Curiosity. Either way, I'm sure university students would love a chance at that thing and wouldn't charge a penny. There's still plenty to be learned from Opportunity, and last I knew it hadn't even reached it's last science destination.

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