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Comment: Re:Since when are nixies "high voltage"? (Score 1) 155

by iamdrscience (#29183605) Attached to: Open Source Russian Vacuum Fluorescent Tube Clock
I dunno, as an electronics hobbiest, I generally consider "high voltage" to be any power source that would be dangerous to lick. 5V TTL? No problem. 9V battery? Fairly uncomforable. 18V power supply? Not dangerous, but uncomfortable enough that I wouldn't lick it more than once (and haven't). 120V-180V leading to a Nixie? High enough that I'm not going to try.

I understand the standard may be different in industry.

Comment: Re:hm (Score 4, Informative) 210

by iamdrscience (#28746687) Attached to: Danish Expert Declares Vinland Map Genuine

The map shows it as an island presumably (assuming it is genuine) because the area was explored to a very limted extent and the explorers were unaware that it was part of a much greater land mass.

Huh? The map shows Vinland as an island because it's Newfoundland and Newfoundland is an island. The province people commonly refer to as "Newfoundland" is more properly known as "Newfoundland and Labrador", Labrador being the mainland part of the province (possibly what the Norse called "Markland", as your article noted) and Newfoundland being the island of Newfoundland (site of the only Norse village in North America outside of Greenland).

Comment: Re:Doh! (Score 1) 219

by iamdrscience (#28239583) Attached to: Lies, Damned Lies, and the UK Copyright Industry

Everyone knows bits don't weigh anything!

How perfectly ridiculous! Every bit in a binary number has a weight. Furthermore, every bit you add doubles the weight, so while a single zero or one may only weigh a little bit, every one you add to that will weigh a bit more. It's very easy to see how these sorts of things could add up.

Comment: Prototype, eh? (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by iamdrscience (#28231333) Attached to: New Display Keeps an Eye On the Viewer

The camera in the researchers' current prototype is still fairly rudimentary. It has a resolution of only 12 pixels, which means that it can't yet track a user's eye movements.

In other news, I have made a prototype flying car in my garage. It doesn't fly yet, but I have put some stylish looking fins on it.

Comment: Re:+1 troll (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by iamdrscience (#28206453) Attached to: Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads
Or maybe, just maybe, in the future, in the future we won't have to choose. Oh, what a glorious world that would be where one could not only choose to purchase music, but also choose to listen to music selected by someone else and pulled right from the air! Sadly though, you are right, we must choose only one method of listening to music -- any other way would be impossible, I feel foolish for ever having imagined otherwise.

Comment: Re:Stop writing ugly hacks for IE6.... (Score 3, Insightful) 531

by iamdrscience (#28181843) Attached to: Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

Stop writing ugly hacks for IE6.... And IE6 will go away quickly.

...and so will your job.

It doesn't matter that getting rid of IE6 is a good idea and this is a good ay to do it. If your job is to write websites for a company and your pages are ugly/unnavigatable/non-functioning for 40% of that companies customers, then you are not doing your job.

Comment: Fuck Everything, We're Doing Six Cores (Score 5, Funny) 123

by iamdrscience (#28180477) Attached to: AMD's Six-Core Istanbul Opterons
You think it's crazy? It is crazy. But I don't give a shit. From now on, we're the ones who have the edge in the multi-core game. What part of this don't you understand? If two cores is good, and four cores is better, obviously six cores would make us the best fucking processor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn't claw our way to the top of the CPU game by clinging to the two-core industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, six cores is the biggest chance of all.

Here's the report from Engineering. Someone put it in the bathroom: I want to wipe my ass with it. They don't tell me what to inventI tell them. And I'm telling them to stick two more cores in there. I don't care how. Make the cores so thin they're invisible. I don't care if they have to cram the sixth blade in perpendicular to the other five, just do it!

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin