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Comment: Counterfeiting ANY Currency Could Lead To Collapse (Score 1) 256

by RileyBryan (#45332169) Attached to: Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse

How is this any different from physical currency?

They keep changing the money to make it 'harder' to counterfeit, but I don't think they're succeeding...

Hacking bank accounts or investment portfolios and adding ten zeroes to the balance would have the same effect, no?

Comment: Re:Hey! (Score 1) 453

My job is dull, and it makes me weird. I feel as though having even the most basic understanding of logic seems to make me completely alienated from the 90% of the world who consists of idiots who write worthless turds of "journalism", or other non-producing careers. Enjoy your meaningless, pathetic, existence, you piece of useless crap journalists. I hope some slashdotter automates your job, tomorrow.

Comment: Re:Must... Fix... Flawed... Logic (Score 1) 658

by RileyBryan (#45208755) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
OK. Fine, your snarky remark doesn't seem to release any hatred for completely ignoring weight on something so important. They aren't even considering a linear approximation, and they can't comprehend a fifth order equation. They are very clearly asking for drivers of regular vehicles to subisidize the damage caused by the large vehicles. So take your details and send them to your government (aka shove them up your ass)

Comment: Must... Fix... Flawed... Logic (Score 1) 658

by RileyBryan (#45204559) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
Taxing by Miles Driven is absolute nonsense when discussing 'road wear'. The wear on the road rises exponentially as the weight of the vehicle increases. This must be included or all the light cars are subsidizing the wear caused by the heavy ones. So accounting for the weight of the vehicle, we need to come up with units of (weight * distance) For Example, A Harley that drives a thousand miles would get something like ( 1000 lbs * 1000 miles ) = 1,000,000 lb*miles And, a Semi Truck that drives a thousand miles would get something like ( 50,000 lbs * 1000 miles ) = 50,000,000 lb*miles The tax rate would increase with the weight of the vehicle, accounting for the fact that the wear is exponentially growing with weight... Then you take your 'lb*miles' value and multiply by the tax rate. This is at least not completely moronic... but probably still doesn't reflect the true reality of the situation.

Comment: Computing Power, Win7, no touchscreen,mult desktop (Score 1) 591

by RileyBryan (#43373385) Attached to: If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...
I don't want windows 8 ( don't want my laptop working like a tablet ), and I don't want a touch screen. I'm good with the keyboard and mouse, thank you. I don't desire any improvement in control over my computer at this point. I especially don't want a dumbed down interface that reduces access to my applications. I dock my laptop between two big ass monitors, How come this isn't more common? Mulitple monitors makes me much more productive. I combine this with Dexpot to give myself 4 desktops with three monitors so I can keep my applications open all the time. 3 monitors x 4 desktops = 12 applications open, no window switching. I need more power. My next computer will be sitting at something like i7 - 16GB RAM - SSD - Radeon7950. I would hope that internet speeds would double or triple, though there doesn't appear to be any improvements in this field. Don't they know that starcraft 2 expansion just released? I'm not buying a new laptop and suffering the terrible lag of a 4x4 game all over again.
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Physicists Discover Universal "Wet-Dog Shake" Rule 97

Posted by samzenpus
from the thank-you-science dept.
Dog owners can sleep easy tonight because physicists have discovered how rapidly a wet dog should oscillate its body to dry its fur. Presumably, dogs already know. From the article: "Today we have an answer thanks to the pioneering work of Andrew Dickerson at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a few buddies. But more than that, their work generates an interesting new conundrum about the nature of shaken fur dynamics. Dickerson and co filmed a number of dogs shaking their fur and used the images to measure the period of oscillation of the dogs' skin. For a labrador retriever, this turns out to be 4.3 Hz."

Comment: How it could possibly work (Score 1) 393

by RileyBryan (#32475732) Attached to: Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind
Initially, it seems like you couldn't get a wind-powered vehicle to go faster than the wind. For example, let us imagine a wind going 20mph North. If our vehicle is going to travel North with the wind at its back, the max speed would be 20 mph because any greater speed would result in an opposing force. However, if your vehicle is traveling West, and your sail is near perpedicular to the North-going wind, the translational velocity of the vehicle has no effect on the sail and the vehicles top speed would be set by the force applied to the sail and vehicle friction & weight, and if you got a good run at it, I don't see any reason you couldn't break wind speed that way.

Comment: Re:Because they're spilling over into my seat (Score 1) 940

by RileyBryan (#31141584) Attached to: Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly
I'm a bigger guy, broad shouldered, 5'9" 225 lbs. Yes, I'm a bit over fighting weight but I'd hardly consider my weight out of control. I barely fit into a southwest seat. It is miserable, I spend the whole thing with my shoulders shrugged, trying not to steal the armrest from my neighbor. Yes, they have the cheapest fare but its the most uncomfortable trip you'll ever take. My wife, a 5'7 120 lb'er says the same thing- she complains we're slapped in there like sardines. Perhaps they just got cheap and crammed an extra seat into each row, completely sacrificing comfort for all aboard. Would anybody really bitch if they just had bigger seats? This is a design problem that the airline figures they can shed the blame onto heavy people. This is probably the fault of some penny pinching executive, but you all want to blame the hamburgers.

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