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Comment: Re:What the fuck is the point of the ISP middleman (Score 1) 30

by drinkypoo (#49500169) Attached to: Google Ready To Unleash Thousands of Balloons In Project Loon

If local ISPs are involved, then what the fuck is the point of this?

Yep, that's the question, isn't it? My local WISP (Digital Path) doesn't even answer support requests reliably, although billing is as reliable as the sunrise. How could this jerkoff waste of time move possibly help me, an actual customer with a crap last mile?

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 244

by drinkypoo (#49500131) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

The relevant law is here. In most cases they have 70 days to bring you to trial

That doesn't strike you as being a long time? If they want to drag you into court, they can do it in about 70 minutes. But to process you through it, it takes 70 days? Perhaps the money is being spent in the wrong place.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 1) 67

by drinkypoo (#49500111) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

The original palm pilot is 18 years old, and the original Newton is 22 years old.

Yeah yeah, I didn't bother to look up the timescale this time, but I got all the other particulars correct.

Though Palm required you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, it had simpler strokes that were faster to enter, and it allowed more differentiation between characters by the device, and higher accuracy.

Actually, Palm originally didn't require you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, on the Zoomer. That was what was so inexplicable about Graffiti. Making it the only input method was a bit odd.

In any case, I visited Palm before the Pilot even hit the streets, I had a friend who knew those guys. And I had a Zoomer and I still have a GRiDPad 2390, although it doesn't quite work properly.

Comment: Re:Crying? (Score 2) 223

by gstoddart (#49499703) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

You want proof?

How about we start with this:

Oz many times acknowledged products he told viewers to use are not scientifically supported and don't have the research to be presented as fact.

He has more or less publicly admitted that he hawks stuff which there is insufficient evidence for.

He's a paid shill, with little medical credibility, because he advocates which he is paid to advocate.

Which means he has now stayed into being entertainment, but not fact or medicine. But he sure as hell isn't acting as a credible medical professional.

Comment: Re:This should be amusing (Score 1) 30

by Rei (#49499623) Attached to: Google Ready To Unleash Thousands of Balloons In Project Loon

They talk about how they need to regularly pick up and relaunch balloons when they come down. I don't see why they would need to design the balloons without any sort of reinflation system. The leak rate is tiny, right? So:

1. A little more solar panel area than they already need.
2. Hydrogen filled instead of helium filled.
3. Tiny container of sulfuric acid (hygroscopic - self-dilutes down to a given concentration with atmospheric moisture)
4. Electrolysis cell (sulfuric acid is used as the electrolyte in some types of electrolysis cells).

Problem solved. Sulfuric acid draws moisture from the air, and during the day the solar power electrolyzes it it to produce a minute trickle of hydrogen into the balloon, which replaces the minute trickle that leaks out. Your balloon's lifespan is now as long as your electronics and envelope last.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by drinkypoo (#49499357) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Wow! We're back to what Palm did quite well 15 years ago! How wonderful!

Actually, it's more like what Apple did 16 years ago, since it's natural handwriting recognition, and the Palm required you to use a special alphabet.

Fact is, Palm had it made. The OS had shortcomings but they had a mini-computer in a handheld device, with adequate handwriting recognition.

Yes, that was truly an epic moment in time.

hey threw it all away to compete in the "mainstream" cell phone business, and producing "mainstream" cell phones, giving up all that made them unique at the time. What a waste.

And here's where you go straight off the rails. See, space curved there. In specifics, the PDA market went away, and was replaced by the smartphone market.

Comment: Re: They're called trees. (Score 2) 119

by drinkypoo (#49499353) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

it doesn't matter, because the earth has never been habitable to humans when the CO2 levels have been higher. We don't care if the current CO2 levels are average or not, it's completely irrelevant. What we care about is whether they are convenient for us. The earth has gone through numerous ice ages without substantial perturbation of the cycle. Now we've created conditions that may change the cycle upon which we depend for existence, and we've already seen negative effects which are attributable to this carbon release.

Atmospheric CO2 levels certainly have been this high before, but the last time coincides with the last great exinction, so that is in fact a spectacularly shitty argument for denialists to engage in.

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