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Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 2) 271

by PIBM (#46771427) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Actually, there are quite a few nice sets which I`ve purchased for my kids. I agree that there's a lot of bad sets out there, but I look at my old sets instructions advertisement pages, and there was also a lot of bad sets 30 years ago but we didn`t happened to purchase them either :)

Ok, that last one`s for me :)

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 271

by PIBM (#46771315) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Even if we cut off the symetries, there`s an infinite number of ways that you can assemble them. Don`t believe me ? Hehe let`s start from the beginning ..

Lets say, we use either as the bottom one, but that`s considered symetric, so we only look as a fixed bottom one and another to attach to. You could put exactly over it, then you could move up on the side for a total of 8 positions. Either side are symetric. Then, you could move it to the side by one, and repeat. You could also move it to the other side, but that`s symetric. And the symetry of moving on the other side and off by -1 is ignored too. So, in the same axis, we have 16 non-symetric positions.

Now, they could be installed centered at at 90 degree angle, where you`d have 5 non-symetric positions to move the top one. Then you could move it toward the end of the bottom one, again repeating those 5 positions, and that up to 5 times for a total of 25 non symetric positions in this arrangeemnt. So far we have a total of 41 non-symetric positions.

Finally, that`s where it gets interesting. When you have a single locked point, you can rotate it to any angle you wish (in the valid range, which I don`t happen to know at this time and don`t have the time to try to compute), thus providing an infinite number of positions they can be locked together. And you have 4 of those infinites, 2 points on the bottom one, linking to either of the 2 end points of the top one (the others are symetric to those, again) Have fun trying this with 3 :)

Comment: Re:Difficult to defend against (Score 2) 630

by PIBM (#46708121) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7


The system's reaction time to a Mach 2 sea-skimming missile such as the Russian SS-N-22 Sunburn from automatic detection to kill is reported to be 5.5 seconds with the firing synchronized to start the engagement at a range of 1,500 m and ending with a kill at 300 m.[2]

The SS-N-22 (russian version) has a 2.6 ft diameter, while the railgun `pellet` appear to be a few inches only, thus being much harder to hit. Also, final speed of the railgun pellet should still be much higher than mach 2. And at the range-speed combo they are talking of, the trajectory should be relatively flat. I'd bet against the goalkeeper.

Comment: Re:April First????? (Score 1) 219

by PIBM (#46634949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Actually, last I looked at it it was in 2009, and the only reason they would provide me for the paid service shortcomings were the numerous trees in the path of the signal, which at that point were covered in snow much higher than the pointing direction. I would say that in the ground direction it was pointing to, the trees were at most 15 feet in the horizontal direction and 25 feet higher than the antenna installation.

Comment: Re:April First????? (Score 3, Informative) 219

by PIBM (#46630767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Snow in trees was problematic too. It`s like permanent rain. I live in the middle of a forest and I even took the extra work of bringing electricity, cable and phone through ground entrances, so I wasn`t about to cut trees for my satellite, which I wasn`t using that much at my previous location. And heating trees wasn`t a part of the solution :)

The gear came as a free goodie with a television purchase years before, with free to air access and 3 years of free subscription to a service. I`ve used the service a bit, but the FTA wasn`t worth investing in a bigger or better dish and I didn`t want a large ugly one somewhere either.

Oh well, that was for me. At this time, I get all I want from my internet connection and rented blurays at 1$ a pop in those auto-dispensers.

Comment: Re:April First????? (Score 4, Insightful) 219

by PIBM (#46630453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

In case that`s no prank; depending on where you live, the required operations to obtain the feed might be illegal. Where I live, there`s 3 months of summers where trees block a lot of the signal and rain just cut it, and 6 WINTER MONTHS (sorry had to vent about this weekend extra feet of snow) where the antenna won`t pickup anything because of the snow. So yeah, we didn`t use that much before just selling all of it back.

Comment: Re:Netflix isn't the cheapest (Score 1) 490

by PIBM (#46586397) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Our library even allow us to rent virtual book and virtual dvds; were we get to download the book or dvd immediatly, and we return it when we don`t need it anymore or it`s done automatically after a week, doing exactly what netflix isn't doing and the user is complaining about. Personnaly, I'm using only the books so far since the offering is mostly french and I favor watching a movie in it`s original language, and french books are what`s harder to find with other means. Still, it`s a great way to get the latest movies (and books) for my kids :)

Comment: Re:Don't blame others for user error. (Score 1) 394

by PIBM (#46568531) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

I also have size 13 winter boots. I've drove many brands and many models of cars, and since winter last a while around here, I've done so with those winter boots. In most of the cars, I am always touching the brake pedal when pressing the gaz. We learn to be very cautious at all times; in his blog you can clearly see the wide brake pedal that might not be so far from the gaz but you know what, you can move your feet much more to the left without problems.

Most of the issue with large boots is actually slowing down when you intended to speed up, not the reverse! He clearly failed at it...

Oh well, the issue on my side at this time is not having a tesla :) At least he got that right!

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