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Comment: Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (Score 1) 226

by maroberts (#47565395) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

In the UK there is still no private copying exemption from the Digital Economy Act and other related copyright law, despite recommendations to do so.

One would hope that the UK government, having little else to do in its final year of office, would sort this out. Instead, they'd rather get tough on migrants and the causes of migrants....

Comment: Re:Your next supercar. (Score 2) 136

by maroberts (#47529885) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

The claimed 0-60 time for a Tesla S is 4.2 seconds, which compares better or at least favourably with many supercars. The Roadster was even better at 3.7 seconds.
Max speed is electronically limited at around 125/130mph,

Similar the apocryphal Bill Gates quote, I could say that no one would want to go faster, but having experienced 165mph on roads, I know different....

Comment: Re:Best money I ever spent (Score 1) 541

by maroberts (#47525661) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I second that "best money I ever spent" (well there was this night in a Hilton Hotel that came close...) opinion. I was -10.25/-9.75 and spent lots of money on high quality glass lenses and contact lenses, both of which I hated.

Unfortunately my halo effect (in low light conditions) has never disappeared, but that's a minor inconvenience.

Comment: Re:Dry eyes (Score 1) 541

by maroberts (#47525627) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I needed some artificial tear solution occasionally for about a year afterward, but compared to the agravation of contact lens solutions and the area of irritated skin on my nose caused by glasses this was a minor inconvenience. I can read and focus on distant objects more than 15 years after the operation.

Comment: -10.25/-9.75 15 years ago (Score 2) 541

by maroberts (#47525591) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I had mine done around 2000, and at -10.25/-9.75 was on the limits of what could be achieved back then. The cost did mean I didn't have to wear glasses, so represented good value for money. My eyes do have a faint ghost image in low light conditions, which means whilst I can drive at night, I do have to make sure I'm alert. As I'm now 50, I'm investigating whether I can have a second minor correction.

Comment: It's engineering (Score 1) 218

by maroberts (#47518709) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

Engineering is the application of science to the real world. Colliders had already been built before, so it was not a scientific task to build/research a new one. There were undoubtedly a few problems to be overcome, but they were not really scientific ones.

Of course once it had been built, it was science to find the Higgs and other particles by firing it up and seeing what happened.

Similarly, the Manhatten Project was again largely engineering; they largely knew an atomic bomb was theoretically possible. The main problem was to work out how to build a bomb such that a reasonable bang would occur with a robustly engineered device. i.e. that the energy budget would not be lost in the tolerances that they were capable of at the time.

Comment: Re:Total Annihilation (Score 2) 91

the land-sea capability of the UHAC is provided buy a set of tracks – similar to a tank – fitted with captured-air foam cells that provide buoyancy, act as paddles when in the water, and behave as track-driven pads when on the land

The first thing that came to mind was bubble-wrap.

Comment: That will ruin the Thor joke (Score 2) 590

by maroberts (#47461397) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

One night the Norse god Thor was feeling a bit horny so he decided to come down to earth to satisfy his needs.

He picked up a good looking woman with a great body and they went to her apartment she only had one small problem, she had a speech impediment, but this didn't affect the sex. They went at it hot and heavy all night long.

In the morning Thor had to leave so he decided he should at least tell her his name so he said to her, "I'm Mighty Thor and I have to leave now."

She looked at him and said, "You're thore?! I'm tho thor I can hardly pith."

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.