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Comment: Fuck you, you hater! (Score 1) 61

by denzacar (#49182181) Attached to: Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

That's not a pyramid, it's just a vegetation encrusted natural phenomenon like the "pyramids" in Bosnia.

There's a pyramid under there and Semir Osmanagic will dig it up and prove everyone that it was built by Pleiadians!
Then, entire world will know the Faber College Theme - i.e. our national anthem.

Comment: Re:I'm healthy... (Score 1) 128

by denzacar (#49181917) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

daily caloric deficit of over 2700 calories, which is beyond a starvation diet. If your RMR was 2000 calories per day

36 year old, 170 cm, 111 kg, male individual has an RMR of about 2000 calories per day.
Running "about 30 miles a week, swimming for about one hour and a half twice a week and doing all sort of exercise" raises his daily calorie needs to about 3800 calories per day.
If he's also working a physical job, that's about 4200 calories per day.

That's a daily difference of 1800-2200 calories from exercise alone.
Diet-vise he could drop bread for one meal, or skip breakfast.
And that's without knowing how many calories he was taking in "after military service".

Army was feeding him AT LEAST 3250 calories per day, possibly up to 6000-7000 calories per day if he was stationed in a high altitude location in Afghanistan.
And that's not counting snacks. Or fighting stress with food.

He probably came home and continued eating 5000+ calories per day.
There's plenty room there to drop all that weight with exercise and moderate calorie restriction.
Particularly for someone used to military standards of exercise.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 187

by Xest (#49178851) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

"All it takes is the one company that is designing and building the installation to hide the real issues and, because it is "green", the installation get built. No conspiracy necessary."

That IS a conspiracy, because it assumes the company can hide that from everyone, or keep it hidden from everyone. It assumes the company has an extraordinary power to prevent any external focus or criticism, and they can keep every environmental aspect of the plan firmly under their control. It would require that the company can deny all access to the proposed area to prevent anyone having a look to see what species are there, and to see what might change, or if they do, having the power to silence them. This is frankly nonsense and the proposed Severn barrier not so far away was evidence enough that there's enough people in the area willing to examine the impacts and as I said already, guess what? they're really not concerned by them - it's not the company making the proposal saying that, it's the very people that have scrutinised the proposal saying okay, where the same people have said no to numerous other previous projects in the region. That means there is a conspiracy and they've all been bought off or silenced, or it is what it is - they're actually okay with it and see no real impact.

"Lets throw another variable into the grid balancing act. Engineers on individual production projects just don't care what issues they cause the grid and that is a problem."

Again, where is the evidence for this? Have you got evidence that we've had cases of too much power or too little power for the grid to handle? The only issues we've seen on the grid have been the unexpected shutdown of numerous base load plants due to a series of unfortunate events at those reactors, but even with that shutdown of a number of major plants we're still doing fine.

Tidal isn't unpredictable like wind, it's incredibly predictable, so factoring it into the grid is far easier. In fact, it's even more predictable than hydro, because even hydro can suffer drought or heavy rainfall problems- the seas levels and tidal patterns remain far closer to constant.

Comment: Sure... (Score 0) 434

This guy is the best dad this girl could have right now.

Sure he is.
Until someone sues them.
Or pulls the same thing on them on account of him painting that huge target on their backs.
Except now they can just wave any civil suit away on account of that he was just doing what her dad did.
Or it is simply seen as a Streisand effect taunt to any idiot out there. How many trolls CAN he handle?
And it is always smart to react to verbal insults in a way that will leave someone with a lot of free time on their hands, no prospects for the future AND angry.

But hey... It may be a hassle to remember that now the saying goes "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may get me fired/expelled." - but it's nice to see sayings change during your lifetime.
It means we are living in interesting times.

Comment: Re:5% Gross is a terrible deal (Score 1) 143

by Xest (#49173499) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

Right, but none of that stops it being a potential driver issue. Depending on how the data is passed to the card some cards might cough and others might not.

I'm not saying it isn't badly written either, it may well be a bit of both or just badly written by itself in such a way that certain systems struggle, but I'm saying that I can play it find on my relatively old and low powered computers even with bumped up draw distances and a decent resolution, whilst I'm well aware that others with more powerful PCs see their machines struggle, whilst some do not.

If clones work fine all that tells us is that they're written differently. Maybe they are written better, maybe whilst they work on your system well they wont work on mine, I've no idea and nor am I particularly bothered enough to dig too deeply into it.

But I was just making the point that whilst your point is well known, well documented and certainly fairly widespread, that it doesn't effect everyone, and last I checked the jury is out on whose at fault because no one has managed to find the root cause and explain why it's fine on some systems and not others seemingly without system capabilities being in any way relevant to why.


Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use 252

Posted by timothy
from the wait-til-you-see-how-scully-revives-walter-white dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: Vimeo and Youtube are pressured to remove a dark, fan-made "Power Rangers" short film; Vimeo capitulated, while Youtube has so far left it up. I'm generally against the overreach of copyright law, but in this case, how could anyone argue the short film doesn't violate the rights of the franchise creator? And should Vimeo and Youtube clarify their policies on the unauthorized use of copyrighted characters? Read on for the rest.

Comment: Re:Both those Jar Jar movie sucked. (Score 1) 232

by denzacar (#49173141) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Next thing I guess is someone making a suit out of lightsaber handles.
Or an impenetrable lightsaber light-beam emitter shield which projects lightsaber beams all around the wearer - who promptly falls down through the core of the planet, comes out on the other side, falls back in...
And yo-yos like that until enough energy cells run out dumping his long mummified corpse into the core of the planet.

Comment: Sounds more a call for torches and pitchforks... (Score 1) 530

...to burn the witch.

To me at least.
I think it may be something regarding that whole... "THIS IS LIKE THE AFTERMATH OF WORLD WAR III" thing.
When it is actually closer to an overzealous former librarian complaining about overdue books turned in late.

From TFA:

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton's advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department.
"It's a shame it didn't take place automatically when she was secretary of state as it should have," said Thomas S. Blanton, the director of the National Security Archive, a group based at George Washington University that advocates government transparency. "Someone in the State Department deserves credit for taking the initiative to ask for the records back. Most of the time it takes the threat of litigation and embarrassment."
"I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business," said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.
Before the current regulations went into effect, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who served from 2001 to 2005, used personal email to communicate with American officials and ambassadors and foreign leaders.
Penalties for not complying with federal record-keeping requirements are rare, because the National Archives has few enforcement abilities.
"It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario - short of nuclear winter - where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Comment: Re:What price is acceptable? (Score 1) 187

by Xest (#49172229) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Yes, you're right, the problem here in the UK is indeed overcrowding more than anything, but the problem is that it doesn't take £50bn to solve the problem and that £50bn is being spent such that it wont solve the problem.

For example, the line connecting the UK's 3rd and 4th biggest cities (Leeds and Sheffield) still isn't fully electrified, so you've got this absurd situation where it takes 50 minutes to travel the roughly 30 miles between them on 40 year old diesel trains that regularly break down, sometimes on the part of the line that is electrified and carries the East Coast mainline traffic to London delaying more major transit routes. This problem is repeated in other parts of the country like some of the lines around Manchester.

Then with HS2 itself you've got the further problem that it's not even clear what it achieves. You can save half an hour in practice from London to Sheffield for example, but the Sheffield stop will be at an out of town shopping centre from where it'll take you 30minutes (including walking/waiting time) to get a connecting tram, taxi, bus or train back into the centre meaning you lost any benefit of the increased speed. When the project was originally proposed there were two times listed - the theoretical maximum if the new trains ran full pelt from A to B with no stops and the actual times in practice with stops at each station. Nowadays all mention of the actual times have been deleted and only the theoretical times are mentioned by the government, but they're bullshit and will never ever be achieved in practice.

The issue is the busy lines aren't the East Coast line and the Sheffield - St Pancras Line - I've caught these many a time working between Leeds, Sheffield and London both off-peak and on peak. I've never once seen them full, and the only time people have ever had to stand for a few stops is when you've had a cancelled service and everyone's had to pack onto one train. Where we have actual persistent overcrowding is on the relatively short-haul intercity commuter lines.

So it's not clear what exactly HS2 is trying to do, it's a phenomenal amount of money to give you no real time benefit due to requiring new out of town stations from where you have to get back into town whilst failing to resolve any actual practical overcrowding problem and capacity isn't currently an issue on the existing route it will cover (any current capacity spikes, and future needs can be dealt with by simply eliminating or reducing cancelled services, and by putting more trains on the existing lines- there's still plenty of scope for that).

You could resolve the real local commuter overcrowding problems with only hundreds of millions - it's widely known what needs doing and relatively cheap and easy to do. Instead we're blowing £50bn on a boondoggle that solves no actual problems in practice.

There are some major rail projects that make sense- Birmingham to London does need major work to speed it up, but for the rest of the North, like Sheffield and Leeds it's mostly just electrification and maybe a few Sheffield line / East coast line trunk line to connect the two in case of idiots on the line or similar major delays (though I'm still convinced idiots on the line is better solved by sticking meat grinders or chainsaws on the front of the trains).

Finally as I say though, even if HS2 was the right choice, there's still the glaring question of quite how they're managing to make it cost many multiples more than things that are far bigger, more complex projects requiring far more expensive materials and far greater logistics. For the price of HS2 we can have two cutting edge nuclear power stations, two multi-acre aircraft carriers and still have change left to ensure every single household in the UK has fibre optic broadband. Whatever the merits of the project - if the MoD which is known for it's inefficiency can manage far more complex projects for a fraction of the price then something is very wrong with HS2.

Comment: Re:5% Gross is a terrible deal (Score 1) 143

by Xest (#49171221) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

I think the problem with Minecraft performance is probably more to do with some incompatibility between JNI and some hardware drivers to be honest.

The reason I say that is that Java is perfectly capable of running a game like Minecraft well, and because I've never seen any performance issues in Minecraft even on my now 7 year old PC, or my 3 year old laptop but I am fully aware that some people have issues with it.

Minecraft performance problems certainly don't seem to be global and that's why it has to be down to some kind of hardware incompatibility somewhere along the line.

Comment: Re:130 hour weeks and "people first"? (Score 1) 167

by Xest (#49171075) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

Yes, it basically means she never washed, and so was incredibly unhygienic, she never ate and so was suffering from severe malnutrition, or never slept which meant she was suffering the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation.

It has to be one of these things, because no one is super-human and can actually live under those conditions and still be healthy and useful.

So even if she did "work" for 130 hours, she'll have been a horrendous employee to have around, either smelling like crap and likely always getting ill or being permanently tired and unable to focus on anything.

If someone told me they did 130 hours a week I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole, having someone that unhealthy on your team would be a massive liability.

Comment: Re:Can scale back fossil fuel based generation ... (Score 1) 187

by Xest (#49171023) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Again, like what? People are saying it'll have an impact without explaining what that impact is and providing any evidence. This covers a relatively tiny section of the tidal zone, and even then doesn't in any way destroy the section it does touch only changes it somewhat. It creates a habitat much more similar to places like Spurn Point.

There's no evidence that just the couple of miles affected will have a net negative impact on any particular species, and it's clear that the increase in ecosystem diversity will create an inherent increase in biodiversity creating a more healthy ecosystem as a whole.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.