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Comment: Re:Red Bull (Score 2) 456

by OzPeter (#47549307) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

But then you could also buy your coffee at costco, and a nice flask, and you get your cheapest caffeine every day and less disposable cups going to landfills.

You could also live in a country where you could grow and roast your own coffee beans. There is always a price vs convenience tradeoff.

Though, another point worth mentioning is that coffee's stimulant effect on the body wears off after a while as the body learns to adapt.

Which is great reason to kick the caffeine addiction habit in the first place.

Some athletes will give up coffee so that their caffeine gels are a bit more effective on race day.

There was an Australian Modern Pentathlon competitor who was sent home from the 1988 Soul olympics due to excess caffeine levels (but was later cleared).

Comment: Re:Red Bull (Score 4, Insightful) 456

by OzPeter (#47548943) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

It's kind of a gateway drug, in that once you open the Red Bull gate you are entering a world where you pay triple for the equivalent energy of a banana, and the equivalent caffeine of a cup of coffee. It's kind of like a gateway to a world of dummies.

Unless of course you shop for Red Bull at Costco vs buying your Double Mocha Lattes from Starbucks. In which case your Red Bull caffeine price will be less than a quarter than that of the Starbucks content.

Comment: Re:There have been attempts before (Score 2) 39

by OzPeter (#47548557) Attached to: How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

Can this claim even be proven or disproven?

Silly question on a nerd site, you don't "prove" anything with science, and Jurassic park was a movie, not a scientific model.

Years and years ago I saw some academic research that modeled bird flocking with a simple "Try and keep a constant distance from my neighbors" algorithm. The video (vector graphics with the birds rendered as simple triangles) of the animations produced a very lifelike behavior of a flock of birds flying around and through groups of fixed objects. I'd say if anything that the animators of Jurassic park were probably aware of such techniques.

Comment: Re:Earthshaking (Score 2) 124

Redundancy should only be necessary when and where it makes sense. I don't think this is one of those cases.

Though I am a bit surprised that it would take a week to get and install replacement parts...

From someone posting the link below and reading TFA, there has been no indications to what the actual problem was.

But given that it effected the whole building in order to enact a repair it might have taken a bunch of upstream switching of large capacity power systems. Co-ordinating, doing arc-flash assessment, safety plans, organizing labor and proper tools etc could easily take a couple of days in itself. Let alone performing the work, doing proper testing and then reversing all of the up stream switching.

Performing work in large scale systems does get paperwork intensive. However that has come about as a means to combat workplace injury and/or death. So I'd rather do the paperwork.

Comment: Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (Score 1) 124

A fool's drivel repeated often enough will some day end up in the lexicon, especially in the moden age of instant mass communications, but that does not make it correct.

"Buss" is not a word, but because there was an electrical manufacturing company called "Bussman" that makes fuses, and people would often shorten it to "Buss Fuses", other illiterates have created a spurious spelling that uses "buss" instead of "bus". It's still incorrect however, in spite of the illiterates repeating it on the internet.

This holds true within the electrical trade, as many old-timers frequently write (not type!) "buss" -- I often see it on equipment labels, one-line drawings, etc.

Thats funny, because in my EE degree back 30 years, and in another country, we learnt that buss was the term used for a collection of signals being routed in a signal direction. From my point of view, *your* definition as to the origin of buss is apocryphal.

Comment: Soooo .. (Score 5, Insightful) 97

by OzPeter (#47534743) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

I'm supposed to give an oppressive government details on how to crack a piece of software, and they'll give me (pinky to mouth) $100,000?

This is the same government that plays around with nuclear tipped umbrellas isn't it? That likes to shoot down civilian planes? If so what guarantees do I have that 1) I'll get the money, or 2) that I'll live to tell the tale?

Comment: Re:Australia? (Score 2) 120

I guess because the air is warmer it's less dense, making this kind of record "easier"?

The record was set about 100k SW of Melbourne (Actually the Australian Automotive Research Centre near Anglesea) in Victoria, in Winter.

The temps there in the last week were around 12 Deg C (55 F)

So much for 'less dense' air

Comment: Re:I don't buy this "solution" of his (Score 2) 290

by OzPeter (#47500997) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

So maybe the real solution is complaining about it on Slashdot. That gets things done.

That depends on what the actual problem is that he is trying to solve. If it is trying to fix the phone, or his experience .. then no, it won't change much. But if it is simply to create a click-bait article masquerading as an editorial (and one that a lot of people will complain and bitch about as well) - well then, the solution works just fine and dandy.

Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel