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Comment: Won't make it to 50 (Score 4, Insightful) 64

by hedgemage (#49169615) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain
Looking at GW's current business model and practices, it is clear that they are at the brink of collapse. Not because they aren't making money, but because their business model is, well, models. The ever increasing prices for their models and rulebooks is spiraling out of control, meaning that the barriers to attracting new players are increasingly steep. Add to this the rapid decrease in costs of 3D printing technology and soon people won't need to buy their products at all. They are slowly attempting to become an intellectual property-based company, and are using the same kind of ham-fisted, strongarm tactics that traditional media companies use that discourage fan collaboration and community. Right now, there is no one in their leadership with any clue or plan to adapt to the changing market and disruptive technologies. Their time is limited. People will still play their game, but their revenue streams will dry up.

Comment: Leftover Ash? (Score 4, Informative) 77

by hedgemage (#49009347) Attached to: Mystery Ash Clouds Rain In Parts of Washington, Oregon
Uh, the Northwest is a big place and the air is anything but stagnant. We entered the wet season a couple of months ago, so the chances of the particulates being locally originated is laughable since everything has been pretty moist for weeks. The Time article cites no sources about "ash leftover from last year's fires" so I'm going to assume that someone was either pulling something completely out of context or out of their anal cavity or both.

Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the planet-hulk dept.
Rambo Tribble writes It was long thought that gamma ray bursts were the exclusive province of deep space sources. More recently it was found that storms could produce such emissions, but such occurrences were thought rare. Now, data from NASA's Fermi satellite suggest such events happen over a thousand times a day. Per Prof. Joseph Dwyer, from the University of New Hampshire, "These are big, monster bursts of gamma rays, and one would think these must be monster storms producing them. But that's not the case. Even boring-looking, garden-variety, little storms can produce these."

Comment: Re:Agreed! (Score 5, Funny) 216

You're not thinking this through, we're talking about computers here.
These crimes used computers, and these computer use software, the software companies are to blame for aiding and abetting these hackers and pirates!
And those computers also use power which is generated by utility companies who need to step up and accept their responsibility for this criminal behavior!
Heaven help the soft-drink company that makes whatever beverage these criminal masterminds used to quench their thirst during their reign of terror! Hopefully they will have the moral rectitude to admit that they must also shoulder the blame!

Comment: 2mm by 12mm (Score 4, Insightful) 77

by hedgemage (#48390591) Attached to: Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands
That's... not small considering your hands are pretty tightly packed full of muscles, ligaments, and bone with very little free space that doesn't need to flex. twist, or shift during use, and they're always knocking into things. Even if this is a good idea technologically, it sure sounds like its a bad idea for practical reasons, at least until the capsule can be made smaller.

Comment: Public Use of a Public Space (Score 4, Insightful) 1007

by hedgemage (#48242203) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
So what? It is use of a publicly available space. No matter how bizarre their beliefs, these folks have a right to assemble and speak (assuming they paid the rental fees!).
If the conferences are open to the public, then the appropriate thing to do would be to attend and laugh. Treat it like the comedy club act that it is, and get a good chuckle. If question and answer is permitted, follow the rules of proper debating and ask reasoned questions. Bonus points if you are actually a believer and use biblical/theological sources to tear apart the spurious claims of these extremists.

Comment: Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (Score 3, Insightful) 61

by hedgemage (#48242039) Attached to: Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances
I really want to hear some numbers to inform me how efficient this is. I am not a EE or physicist, so I'm having a hard time seeing how this could be efficient in any way.
Wouldn't wireless charging in this sense, even if it was initiated by the target device, result in a lot of wasted power? If a transmitter is beaming out power it wouldn't all be 'captured' by a device needing to be charged, would it?
Isn't this similar to filling a glass of water by setting it on your front lawn and turning on the sprinklers? Yes the glass will fill, but in the process, a lot of water has been broadcast to places where the glass wasn't there to receive it.

Comment: Magic Doesn't Help (Score 5, Insightful) 478

by hedgemage (#48113881) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
People are the same the world over.
In many communities where Ebola is running rampant, superstition, and a belief in shamanistic or animistic magic are helping spread the disease and prevent proper care.
And here in the US, I've seen a well-shared Facebook link to a 'natural health' site that tells you how you can get Ebola from ATM keypads and doorknobs, but you can protect yourself via essential oils and the immune system boosting properties of silver! No need for autism creating vaccines!
I'm so glad I don't live in a place where people think magic potions and mystic talismans will ward off disease!

Comment: I need definitions (Score 5, Insightful) 499

First off, what is a "Domestic terrorist group" and who makes the decision. Second, what are 'ties'? She was a member of 2 organizations that had 'ties' to a 'domestic terrorist group'. Does this mean financial or material support or that Joe Blow was also a member of the groups involved and therefore he was a 'tie'. Lastly, what was her 'dishonest conduct'? If she outright lied, that's one thing. If during her interviews/form filling she was asked if she had 'ties' (there's that slippery word again!) to any terrorist group if she honestly didn't know group X was considered a 'domestic terrorst group' when she wasn't even a member of group X and was instead a member of group Y which was NOT a 'domestic terrorist group' is that justifiable grounds for dismissal?

+ - Drought Inspires a Boom in Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines to 'Water Witches'

Submitted by merbs
merbs (2708203) writes "Across drought-stricken California, farmers are desperate for water. So many of them are calling dowsers. These 'water witches', draped in dubious pseudoscience or self-assembled mythologies—or both—typically use divining rods and some sort of practiced intuition to "find" water. The professional variety do so for a fee. And business is booming. They're just part of a storied tradition of pseudoscientific hucksters exploiting our thirst for water, with everything from cloudbusters to rainmachines to New Age rituals."

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