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Comment: Re:No doubt... (Score 1) 75

by DerekLyons (#49754491) Attached to: Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives

That's quite the difference, and something you entirely failed to mention.

I didn't mention it because it's a difference without a distinction - whether you press a key and the command is saved to a file for later replay, or immediately processed and sent to the "instrument", it's all the same. It's something that's been done many, many times before.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 266

What I'm curious to see: do they have any actual ice sheet data? You know, from this half of the past decade?

Because, yeah, we know this shit already, up until around 2009, it got warm and ice melted. Then it started cooling again. And now, we're passed the 'benchmark lots-of-ice' from the 1970s (the one that's been used for alarmist claims since then about ice sheet levels), according to NASA. There's now markedly more ice in the arctic than ever before*!

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum

* or, at least, since it started to all melt in the 1970s.

Comment: Re:Article doesn't answer two biggest questions (Score 1) 107

by CAIMLAS (#49744699) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

Exactly my thought.

The review is useless without mention of battery life, frankly. If it's not at least comparable to a Nexus 4, well... I'd hope for significantly more.

I'm mostly concerned with "do I have to put this thing on a charger to just make a phone call every now and then".

Comment: Re:Fairly simple (Score 1) 278

by ksheff (#49742003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?
that last time I went to the courthouse, I had a seat belt cutter/glass breaker on my keychain. The guards confiscated it because "it had a blade". Yeah, a blade surrounded by enough metal and plastic such that the only thing that one could really cut with it would need to be less than 1/4" thick and flat. I'm sure the people in the traffic court were relieved such a dangerous tool was caught at the door. Sheesh.

Comment: Re:Strange quality problems (Score 2) 96

by DerekLyons (#49705589) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

For decades launching these rockets was not a problem for Russia.

Actually, for several decades, they had just about as many problems as they do now... and their success ratio was more-or-less in the same range (.98-.99) as the Shuttle (or pretty much any other launcher*). The only things that have significantly changed is that until the fall of the Soviet Union you never heard about the failures in the first place, and in the last decade or so the failures have started being covered in the non-specialist/popular press. These changes have conspired to create the illusion of 'extremely reliable' Soviet/Russian boosters and a recent and unusual string of failures.

* Yes, essentially all boosters that end up in regular service pretty much end up in this narrow range. There's a few a hair lower, and few a bit higher, but they're outliers.

Comment: Re:Too much (Score 1) 278

by DerekLyons (#49704011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?

I try to keep my keychain as small as possible. So I have a house key, a work key, and a USB key (super tiny).

This. My keychain has my house key, my garage/shop key (it's a seperate building from the house), my car key, my wife's car key. That's it. Other than that, I carry a lighter, my cigarettes, a pen, a sharpie, a medium swiss army knife, and my phone.

I have no need to carry a complete toolbox in my pockets, and have never grasped those who do.

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