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Comment Re:Good in beginning, but a little long (Score 1) 242

Agreed - I remember thinking during that bit "please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher"... and then the Iron Man bit left me thinking a fire extinguisher would have been better. Mostly I thought NASA and Watney would have known that rendezvous would have been nearly impossible with neither the MAV nor ARES having maneuvering thrusters, and could have built one from the hydrazine bottle and palladium he already used for the water synthesis. Except it would have been a "fire extinguisher" except in name only (a "FEINO"?).

Comment Re:Oh boy... Nuclear! (Score 5, Informative) 121

  • Energy Source Death Rate (deaths per TWh) CORRECTED
  • Coal (elect, heat,cook –world avg): 100 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
  • Coal electricity – world avg: 60 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
  • Coal (elect,heat,cook)– China: 170
  • Coal electricity- China: 90
  • Coal – USA: 15
  • Oil: 36 (36% of world energy)
  • Natural Gas: 4 (21% of world energy)
  • Biofuel/Biomass: 12
  • Peat: 12
  • Solar (rooftop): 0.44 (0.2% of world energy for all solar)
  • Wind: 0.15 (1.6% of world energy)
  • Hydro: 0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy)
  • Hydro - world including Banqiao): 1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead)
  • Nuclear: 0.04 (5.9% of world energy)

Note the above does not include Fukishima. Other sources that account for that increase nuclear to .09 (90 dead per trillion kWh)

Comment Re:Sounds like a new corporate prison system (Score 1) 151

There is no such thing as a "good lawyer", perhaps you mean "competent lawyer", but thats not important right now...

If stupid people do it stupidly, of course you are correct. But give Google, Apple, GM, Ford, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, GEICO, McDonalds and everyone some credit, that if you dangle a monster revenue stream in front of them they'll connive a way to exploit it legally. Look at Waze... data entry is disabled while driving unless you (wink wink) click the "Im a passenger" button. Ha ha ha. "Gee your Honor, we spent years, YEARS DAMMIT, making the system safe, and the driver LIED to bypass it! If only he had opted out of windshield pop-ups by buying a Happy Meal and visiting the dealer as stated in his EULA this senseless tragedy could have been avoided!"

Comment Re:They still sell those? (Score 2) 105

Yep. I havent seen a fixed code DIP-switch remote for 20 years. And the last door I hacked with one only took 10 minutes brute force guessing. Even if its 29 minutes, who needs a hack? And, to do it in 10 seconds you need to know the frequency in advance.

If you're looking for a hack for the IM_ME this Spectrum Analyzer mod looks downright cool and possibly even useful. Pretty wide frequency response too.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama (Score 3, Funny) 389

"It was garbage, but it had been cooked by an expert. Oh, yes. You had to admire the way perfectly innocent words were mugged, ravished, stripped of all true meaning and decency, and then sent to walk the gutter for [Justin Amash], although “synergistically” had probably been a whore from the start." - T Pratchett

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.