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Comment: Re:In Space no can hear you scream (Score 1) 892

by johnnysaucepn (#39109371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?
The argument about silence space combat is not that people on either ship wouldn't be able to hear sound, but that from the viewer's perspective, outside the ships, no sound would be heard. I'm always inclined not to worry about it, because the point is to portray the experience of the protagonists from an outside viewpoint, rather than being a detached documentary.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 2) 47

by johnnysaucepn (#36539108) Attached to: Mobile Browsers Alternatives Compared
It think it's worth pointing out, for anyone who might be confused, that's it's only Opera *Mini* (on any platform) that does this, not Opera Mobile (which isn't available on iOS anyway). I know it's pedantic, but I've seen plenty of people confused about this in the past, so I wanted to clarify in case anyone got the wrong end of the stick. Also to be pedantic, it doesn't return an image of the page, it returns a compressed binary format of the content - it still renders using the browser's own fonts, etc. That allows it to save the heavy lifting of page processing, but still reflow and resize the page once downloaded.

Comment: Re:The sun... (Score 3, Informative) 111

by johnnysaucepn (#36425038) Attached to: John Linnell of They Might Be Giants Talks Tech

...is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.

^my new favorite TMBG song

Good song. But not written by them. http://tmbw.net/wiki/Hy_Zaret_And_Lou_Singer On the other hand, "Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (The Sun Is a Miasma of Incandescent Plasma)" was. "The sun is a miasma Of incandescent plasma The sun's not simply made out of gas The sun is a quagmire It's not made of fire Forget what you've been told in the past"

Comment: Re:spolier:The sonic screwdriver seems to be gone (Score 1) 332

by johnnysaucepn (#36306526) Attached to: Daleks To Be Given 'A Rest' From Dr. Who
The sonic screwdriver has not been written out of the plot, although he does seem to use it more sparingly this series. Like a good magic wand, it's job is to exert the will of the user. In other words, it doesn't change what genius idea the Doctor comes up with, it just provides a useful conduit to make it happen without minutes of exposition and digging around in computer banks. Generally, for everything the screwdriver does, another method exists that would take twice as long - and not make a difference to the plot either way.

Comment: Re:Yeah Not Really (Score 2, Insightful) 184

by johnnysaucepn (#31399612) Attached to: Algebra In Wonderland

IAAL and where I'm from, before we accuse people of serious wrongdoing such as sexually interfering with children, we make sure we have the EVIDENCE to back up such a charge. Moreover we would hope such evidence is more than merely circumstantial.

Paedophilia is an attraction to children, it doesn't necessarily imply any actual physical acts, or any criminal behaviour. Safest to keep this one in proportion.

Comment: Engineers are conservative? (Score 1) 736

by johnnysaucepn (#30593050) Attached to: Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees
Maybe... http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/climate-change-a-consensus-among-scientists/ "In fact, when you adjust the PetitionProject’s odd categorisation – they filed ‘chemical engineers’ as chemists and physical engineers as ‘physicists’ – the total number of engineers who signed the petition, by our reckoning, jumps to 49%"

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