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Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 1) 194

I wish I could find USB-RS232 adapters that actually output the proper voltages...

You piqued my curiosity, so I did that with google in three minutes. The device uses the FTDI FT231X USB to serial with the FTDI FT3243S serial level shifter and promises an output swing of maximum +/- 15V, with all I/O protected against ESD. You may paypal the beer money to my email address, above.

Comment Re:oh no! (Score 1) 29

I quit using IRC about 15 yrs ago because it was the same shit over and over again.

You might as well kill yourself, because life is more than a bit samey, too. Every day I get up, take a shower, make breakfast... I could go on but isn't the point made? Admittedly, I don't irc any more either, but that's because I get the same shit over and over again from social networking and no longer need irc.

Comment Re:This is a breakthrough? (Score 1) 26

Yeah... I really don't understand a lot of robotics research. They seem to be forever chasing these awkward "proof-of-concept" implementations of concepts that are completely uninteresting. This is a perfect example: obviously you could make some robots that could do this, but it's really unclear what you'd learn by doing so, and the result is useless.

You get to focus on the software operating in an ideal environment, so you get to explore strategies before having to deal with the complexities of making the actual sensors work. There's nothing wrong with the idea, the problem is when you stop there. A lot of this work is done at universities by students, though, and they're learning. They don't know what they're doing. Their primary goal is to learn how to make the software work, not how to get good data out of a specific sensor that might not even be on the market by the time they get out of school.

Comment HAIL SATAN (Score 1) 48

For a change, soccer moms with too much spare time and nothing to do but protecting their precious little snowflakes could become useful.

Swearing? Nobody cares. That shit is on the radio now, at least some of it. Interfering with religious indoctrination? THAT will get the religious wingnuts up in arms with their burning crosses.

Comment Re:Reminds me of catwalk models (Score 1) 74

The original goal of the fashion industry and catwalk models was simply to promote slim women - women who were a healthy weight. This was fair enough, and a decent goal - the happy medium. But the fashion industry didn't stop there. They became psychotic about thinness until the point where they now fetishize anorexic women who are very far from attractive and need to see a fucking doctor.

Yeah, I've heard two competing theories and I think they're both right, albeit more the first one than the second one. The first one is that when women are attractive people look at the women and not the clothes, so they wanted women who are more like a clothes hanger. Second, the influence of the homosexual fashion designer, who doesn't want to look at women anyway. (I know queers who like to look at boobs, so it's not all of them, but I also have met queers who seem to have a problem with women. It's a lumpy world.)

Comment Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 2) 101

i'm really curious about what could possibly be the use case for this. it seems like a giant pain-in-the-ass way to do symbolic algebra, so i'm trying to figure it out. apparently you need to regularly perform symbolic derivations which mma can do, but the free alternatives (octave, sage, etc.) cannot; however, your uptime and latency requirements are low enough that you are willing to deal with a duct-tape ssh solution. i really have no idea why anyone would want to do this. care to enlighten me?

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.