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Comment: the real mystery (to me) (Score 3, Interesting) 37

by frovingslosh (#48672373) Attached to: 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision
OK, early fish could see in colors. And clearly modern birds (and their dino ancestors) can see in color. There is strong observal evidence that amphibians can see in color too. So just how is it that virtually all mammals supposedly lost the ability to see in color (which itself is hard for me to buy) and yet then the apes evolved the ability to see in color again and they did it with the same rod and code mechanism that was used in the primitive fish. I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an advantage for colorblindness that would have been selected for in the earliest mammals.

Comment: Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (Score 1) 126

by frovingslosh (#48671373) Attached to: App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

Hi Peter,

We exchanged e-mails a couple of days, but my problem is still unresolved and my Kyocera Event is still showing in the Android Market as incompatible in spite of your saying that it matches all of the requirements. Are there a lot of people having such problems or is my problem relatively rare?

Also the summary and the linked article lists the size of the current library, but I have not been able to find that actual list. Is there a list of available books so that those of us who cannot yet run the app or download their shelfie can see if we have many matches to what you can offer?

Comment: Wrong Question (Score 1) 232

by frovingslosh (#48669423) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

I would have preferred to have been asked, "should the Olympics be abolished?".

The Olympics is little more than dirty politics, enriching the members of the IOC with bribe money and having an overall negative impact on the common citizens of the countries that host the games. Of course, they do provide free condoms and a great opportunity for the few privileged participants to have lots of sex, but unless you're one of the uber-rich that can afford to compete then that probably isn't important to you. And lets not even get started on what they have done to legitimate businesses who innocently used the words Olympic or Olympus in their names for decades before the games came to their city. They do at least as much harm to the overall community as a Papal visit. The games and the IOC should be abolished, not grown.

Comment: why hasn't my fuel price done the same? (Score 2) 159

by frovingslosh (#48629755) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games
The real answer is that the oil companies want more profit. But don't worry, when oil prices go back up again, or even look like they might go back up again, the gas prices will rise. No Lag. No "cost of oil is a small factor" nonsense. And you are right, while gasoline prices have gone down, they have not gone down as much as they should have or as quickly as they should based on the oil prices.

Comment: signal blocking (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by frovingslosh (#48623979) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft
If you build radio signal blocking into all of your pockets, doesn't that also screw up your cell phone from getting a call? And wouldn't it muck with my keyless entry system on my car where I just carry the fob in my pocket and the car will know when it is me trying to get in or start it?

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 5, Interesting) 586

by frovingslosh (#48622821) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Well, SONY might not be as "All-American" as "Home of the Brave" implies.

But, while the terrorists have won, SONY could do their part to rob the terrorists of their victory. Since they have decided NOT to release the movie to theaters anyway, they could score a great public relations victory by giving away lots of free copies. Imagine free DVDs at lots of retailers and/or sent to anyone who signs up for a free DVD on a Sony website getting a copy in the mail, delivered by an agent of the U.S. Government. And, of course, free digital downloads for people who don't care about quality. And it would send a nice message to all munchkin dictators. Hack us because you don't like what we say, you don't get to silence us, you get us to send out our movie to even more viewers than would have seen it before.

Not that I expect Sony to do something that would have such a positive effect; I expect them to allow the terrorists to win and focus on making money. Just saying that it is what I would do if I ran Sony. I do not.

Comment: Why is no one else calling BS? (Score 2) 200

by frovingslosh (#48618037) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

"and the ascent vehicle that the astronauts would use to return to Venus's orbit, and home."

The summary establishes that the gravity is about Earth gravity. The "ascent vehicle" can't be something small and simple like the stories say was used to get the astronauts off the moon. With a 1G gravity well we would be talking about a large launch vehicle here. And, unless NASA has been wasting our tax dollars just for show then that also implies that it would need all of the launch pad accessories that we use here in our own 1G environment, you don't just launch something like that from a balloon suspended in hot acid.

Comment: Disclaimer bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by frovingslosh (#48603945) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
They can put whatever disclaimer that they want on the e-mails, but if e-mails or other documents show that Sony is involved in illegal things, then the disclaimers will not protect that from disclosure. Of course, the press would be wise to thoroughly investigate and make sure then they were not passing along bogus information that North Korea was trying to falsely attribute to them. But given that this is Sony and "lawyer" David Boies, I think that this threat reeks of desperation and would not be at all surprised to find that illegal things were leaking out. You can't hide a conspiracy or other illegal action simply by attaching legal boiler-plate "for internal use only" tags to all of the documents.

Comment: Why wait for the aminals to go thirsty? (Score 1) 327

by frovingslosh (#48512507) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
So why wait until the animals are thirsty? Point south to maximize power generation. Start pumping as soon as you have power and pump as long as needed to supply water for the day. You're not going to have that much evaporation loss by pumping slightly early, and the animals are better of drinking throughout the day rather than waiting until the hot part of the day.

Comment: screw demand (Score 1) 327

by frovingslosh (#48512481) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
If you're a utility you have your panels set up so that they rotate to face the sun. If you are a smaller player with only a single panel or a few at most and no economical way to rotate them to track the sun, then what matters to you is how much you can earn from the panel, and that likely means pointing it to get maximum generating capacity, not maximum capacity at peak time of demand. Unless the power company is buying the power at higher prices at times of high demand. And I doubt that they are doing that in many places.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.