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Comment Bullets don't knock people down (Score 4, Informative) 369

This is stupid because a normal bullet doesn't even have the kinetic energy to knock over a person. That is all Hollywood make-believe.
There's a whole series of tests done on Mythbusters that debunked the concept.
So these bullets are going EVEN SLOWER than normal ones, and it's supposed to "knock down" a person?
Think about this: a typical 9mm round will be 115 grains or 124 grains in weight. One grain is 1/7000 of a pound. We're talking about a projectile going in the ballpark of 1000 fps that weighs only about 0.0177 pounds for the 124 grain bullet. There simply is no knock-down potential.

Now, on the other hand, if you are seriously injured by one of those projectiles, you'll probably fall over in pain. Or you might also just fall over dead.

Comment Fuck yeah, moonbase! (Score 1) 81

Why do we not have a moonbase yet, I want to know? I mean the Earth collectively.

Robert Heinlein provided much of the philosophical legwork for how to make it work: Don't worry about building large reinforced airtight structures above ground, but instead bore into the ground and/or use caves that can be sealed up and fortified.

i.e., live IN the moon not ON the moon

So first you send up rockets with tunnel-boring moon machines, then you build hatches over the holes, then you seal up the leaks in the tunnels, then you build whatever you want inside there, with a pressurized atmosphere.

Comment The Internet is Terrorist (Score 1) 78

The Internet allows anyone to take secret code and use the Terrorist Copy technique to Terror-Paste the secret death code into REAL TIME PUBLISHING ACROSS THE GLOBE

This is how they obtain the means to kill freedom

Through their unfettered access to text-sharing. This Internets must be stopped.

Comment Radar Cancer (Score 1) 139

Working in a field where lots of microwave and other RF radiation are involved, I've had some RF Safety seminars that were enlightening.

Essentially, it's all about the power and proximity that determines the danger. First level of danger is being blinded or having your testicles ruined with non-ionizing radiation. Microwaves can blind you, so I assume radar can also since it's in some of the same RF bands. It's all about power and proximity, again.

The human eyeball has the right size and structure to be resonant with a number of RF frequencies, which leads to the blinding danger I mentioned. Similar size and relative shape of the testicles makes them similarly vulnerable. These parts are endangered first by the molecular-vibration increase that can lead to burns, but blindness and sterility can occur sooner than the pain of burning can be felt.

First thing to do is never stand close in front of a microwave transmitter dish, or a radar gun. They are definitely dangerous.

As for the danger of cancer from those varied non-ionizing radiation sources, it's not certain, but I won't be taking any chances knowing the other proven effects.

Comment No use for a tablet (Score 1) 328

I just don't want a tablet. I like my laptop just fine, and I can carry it almost anywhere a tablet would go.

I have a 4" screen Android phone, for anything I need to do mobile-wise when I don't carry/have the laptop.

Relative actually gave me a little 7" Android tablet, and I installed a couple of games on it and played a few minutes. Used it about 3-4 times over a year and haven't looked at it in months even.

Comment 6TB on one drive is bad (Score 1) 190

The concept of storing 6TB on one hard drive just scares me after replacing so many dead drives. Hard drives go bad more often than any other part in general purpose computers.

Would much rather have RAID6 of 5 2TB drives. Basically would rather have the most drives in the biggest RAID that would allow the lowest price per gigabyte...

Comment Re:DMT Machine Elves (Score 1) 391

Check out this guy's description, from a comment on that link I put above:

Begin Quote: full detailed description of a machine elf met them in the astral plane location messier 82 language sort of like computers but untranslatable to ours. the best thing it translates to is images can learn any languages however and in seconds 360 degree vision in all wavelengths of EM spectrum. made up of tiny nanites. the elf itself is merely only a puppet controlled by a tower that creates them and contains the main entity and if an elf is destroyed physically it really isnt destroyed. if you meet the elf physically its hard to destroy because it regenerates damaged nanites when it has the required amount of energy. it gets it from surroundings can use any form if its enough to supply ex sunlight if it has no available sources it will use its internal source. the "eyes" are tentacle shaped and look more like whiskers. but being shape shifters they can form normal looking eyes but the form i saw them in had sensory tentacles can form its body into any shape. 1000X scarier than the terminator yet is mostly a neutral entity that doesnt have the need to destroy. they travel thru space via astral plane and can go to a location where a tower is made only when a physical copy arrived to build it. thankfully these things live 12 million lightyears away or were fked. either this is all real or im a crazy motherfker with a fked up brain!! / Quote

Comment Re:The measurements in question: (Score 3, Insightful) 142

I read the article to find those "5 Top SMART Stats" they refer to, but I'm replying here because it's the relevant place.

Those 5 SMART stats match up exactly with what I habitually look at on the job monitoring lots of RAID arrays' drives. Those are the stats that tell you if the drive is going bad most often in my experience.

Comment Re:Cortana (Score 1) 387

Halo was originally developed on the Mac, then bought, then ported to console, then ported to PC, then ported to back to Mac. it started as a computer game, and the best graphics/playability are always on the computer (mac or pc) due to mouse aim precision, resolution, etc etc. Consoles are for children.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.