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Comment Larry (Score 2) 377 377

30 years ago, the game Larry, about a guy's romantic endeavours, used a list of questions only adults were supposed to be able to answer. The result of the test determined the X-ratedness of the game. Something like that might work here too. It would not be perfect, though, and horny adults may not be in the mood for answering questions like "what president succeeded Nixon?" etc.

Comment Re:I don't know about Aus weather forecasts (Score 1) 54 54

if you don't have enough data and/or the software model isn't good enough then the hardware won't make much difference

Agreed. This is why they are also assing hardware to record more data. More data = bigger computer = better predictions makes sense to me.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 830 830

I know some people won't quite get my point, or they'll say, "But metric is so much easier once you know it!" Really though, metric is only much easier when you're doing math. On a day to day level, most of us don't need to do enough math for it to matter.

Read: Those other people are wrong and I am right. Because.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 830 830

The usefulness of a scale that is "roughly the range of temperatures that is habitable for people" seems to me much less than the usefullness of a scale that indicates the freezing and boiling point of water. People using the Celsius scale also realise that a -15 or a +40 climate is not very pleasant, but the exact number: who cares? At zero degrees Celsius, however, water turns into ice: that is significant for plants, freezing of water tubes etc. In my opinion that is much more useful than quickly being able to tell whether a country is habitable for people (by a vague standard).

Comment Re:Referring to leaders of 1800's or 2000's ? (Score 1) 286 286

While my statement may also hold for those wealthy leaders of 1800 (thanks for that piece of info, btw), I was referring to today. The people from 1800 are no longer alive and can no longer ponder on this. Judging from your comment, I don't expect you to do so either, and maybe it was poorly formulated. "flaming error" did a better job, and I regret he is not modded higher.

The point I wanted to make, is that one of the reasons why the western world is doing relatively well nowadays, is because we stole from other countries (colonies) in the past and continue to do so today. Let the Chinese pollute their country and buy stuff cheaply. Buy cheap resources from Africa and South America. And feel good about ourselves because injustice is not literally carried out by our own hands. That these things happen is sad. Explicitly saying one "no longer feels guilty" (which, as mentioned, probably never happened before either) is ignorant and imho unfair.

Comment I doubt... (Score 1) 286 286

I doubt you ever felt guilty in the first place. Too often are people unaware that their wealth, their success, which they attribute to themselves, is actually the fruit of suppressing others, in the past and in the present. And then we don't care anymore. As others remarked, this is sad.

Comment Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630 630

When I go to McDonalds, there's no pretense of nutrition or calorie reduction. I order a regular combo with a regular coke :) Diet drinks taste awful anyways.

Yeah, because more badness is better than less badness. And you think that people, who apparently cannot resist their urge to eat Big Macs, but somehow manage to at least drink diet coke instead of regular, are funny?

Comment Re:What's next, hiring Carly? (Score 1) 194 194

While I agree this was a bad move, and I dislike feminists and "positive discrimination" as much as the next guy, it is a bit sad to see so many reactions playing the "woman"-card. She did something foolish. The fact that she's a women doesn't really matter here. Foolish things were done by men too, no reason for dragging other women into this story.

Comment Re:My B.S. Detector is Going Off (Score 2) 76 76

I was also a bit surprised by that part. It rather looks like a wave is launched into a piece of dielectric, which then may act like a dielectric waveguide. Somewhat. More or less...
In any case I can hardly believe that quantum theory is needed to explain the behaviour of antennas. Most surprising, however is to find such clumsy explanation in Spectrum, the flagship journal of the IEEE.

Comment FM threshold effect (Score 1) 293 293

This effect is called "digital cliff". [...] With analog modulation, you would get more noise in information when you get more noise in signal.

This digital/analog comparison mostly holds for AM. In FM, the audio quality also remains good as long as the signal-to-noise ratio is above a certain value, only to plummet below this value. This is known as the threshold effect and it was already known to Shannon in 1948.

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"