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Comment: Math (Score 4, Funny) 103

by Russ1642 (#48470453) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

So they give you $400 for an iPhone 6. Then they sweeten the deal by adding another $150. That's $550. I have a better idea. Give iPhone 6 users $350 for their phones. Then sweeten it with a further $100. And then, yes that's right, throw in another $100 just because. Wait. I have an even better idea. Give $200 for the phone, then sweeten it with $100, then another $100, and THEN ANOTHER $150 on top of that!!!!! Wow!

Comment: Re:Niche energy (Score 1) 82

by Russ1642 (#48469331) Attached to: WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

The question isn't how much energy is there in a wave. The question is if you can extract enough for it to be worth it. The answer of course is a big yes. That's why so many companies are engaged in this kind of research. Same goes for the wind. A wind turbine only extracts a small portion of the energy that's in the wind but that's irrelevant as long as it can generate enough energy to be worth building and running the damn thing.

Comment: Robots can't drill (Score 5, Insightful) 69

If you're going to drill any decent depth you'll have to put together a manned mission with a bunch of roughneck drilling rig workers. They're the only ones that can operate drilling equipment. It can't possibly be taught to other astronauts, and most certainly not some dumb robot.

Comment: Re:So can anyone with Pro Tools... BFD. (Score 3, Insightful) 51

by Russ1642 (#48410945) Attached to: Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

I think if you sat down with one of these software packages for a few minutes you'd quickly realize that having a top notch performance is the key to a quality end-product. Think of it this way. If you're photographing a model would you rather spend a half-hour having makeup applied (maybe it takes longer, I don't know) or would you rather spend many hours airbrushing and PSing the shit out of the final image before you can even start working on stylizing it for print and doing the 'normal' PSing? Same goes for music. You can create vocals and instrumental music out of thin air with software, but it takes a TON of work to get them to not sound like crap, let alone good.

Comment: Re:Shocked... (Score 1) 203

by Russ1642 (#48388523) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

The skill isn't in the cleaning, it's in the rigging. They give the job to what would otherwise be janitors, and that's where safety suffers. I've seen these cleaning rigs up close and they are always in rough condition. The ropes are frayed like crazy, when in any other rigging industry they wouldn't allow that kind of wear. Then there's the cables and I'll bet they're not much better but it's harder to tell. It sounds like competition in the window cleaning industry is so tense that they're cutting out safety, and the only way out of that is with tighter regulations. You have to force everyone to play by the same rules.

When I left you, I was but the pupil. Now, I am the master. - Darth Vader