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Comment: Re:Waitasecondhere... (Score 1) 398

by BarbaraHudson (#49616365) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

The original design was not faulty - it worked fine for years, until people's habits changed to carrying so much junk on their keychains. It would be the same as if people, instead of just hanging a pair of fuzzy dice from their interior rear-view mirror started hanging their purse or pack-sack from it and complaining that it broke off after a bump.

We have way too many common-sense fails nowadays, such as "This plastic bag is not a toy" and "Objects in mirror are closer than they seem" and "6PCS Precision screwdriver set not to be inserted into penis" and "Do not eat Ipod shuffle" (found on apple's website) and "Do not use for personal hygiene" (on Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush) and many many more.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 162

by BarbaraHudson (#49616239) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

That would presume that every writer actually read Tolkien - a very dubious assumption, since (a) there were plenty of writers who wrote fantasy before Tolkien wrote LotR, and (b) that many modern writers would even bother reading it. I bought the series on sale because of the hype, and after 50 pages put it down because it sucks pretty much on the same level as C. S. Lewis.

Have I seen the movie? I walked into a relative's basement and after a minute I asked "What the heck is this anyway?" "Lord of the Rings." "No wonder it's so f-ed up. Bye!"

Tolkien was a poor second-rate wannabe of HG Wells and Jules Verne, or if you want to go back a few centuries, Johnathan Swift.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 162

by BarbaraHudson (#49616119) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Honestly though, you don't have to like Tolkien, but you also can't say anything about the modern fantasy genre without in some way referencing him ... wizards, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and dragons ... you either have these things in the idiom of Tolkien, or you consciously have them not in the idiom of Tolkien.

A pity that Tolkien didn't invent any of those - then his estate could sue the modern fantasy genre into non-existence, and nothing of value would be lost except Anne McCaffrey's works. :-)

Comment: Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Interesting) 56

Scotty wasn't just a red shirt - he was THE red shirt. The one that everyone who failed to live up to his level got offed / eaten alive / transporter accident / phasered one time too many / crushed by a rock ... and in the unreleased episodes, killed themselves when they thought their phaser was a blow drier, stepped into to turbo lift without checking to see if it was there, didn't realize that not all planets had earth-normal atmosphere, froze to death when they forgot the difference between 20C and 20K, at the food in the cafeteria ... (that will get you every time, no matter where you are in the universe).

Comment: Re:Seriously, Why is this a Story? (Score 1) 128

by BarbaraHudson (#49611159) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California
They thought is was a reference to the game Quake 4.0, which was released in 2005. You know, recycling old news. Coming up next - Bennett Haselton pontificating on what this apparent coincidence means for the upcoming release of Quake 5, which will happen when a story about a 5.0 earthquake makes it to the front page.

Comment: Lead Acid (Score 4, Interesting) 290

by Bob9113 (#49608367) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Lead acid batteries are still about half the price per kWh (look near the bottom, at the 48v x 400Ah bank), and come with the same 10 year warranty. Cars care about weight, houses don't.

The new thing here isn't battery storage of solar power, it's lithium-ion batteries instead of lead acid. The price performance for lithium-ion can't compete with lead acid yet, when weight isn't a factor.

Comment: Re:Transphobic assholes (Score 1) 156

by BarbaraHudson (#49608155) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

Yes it is; she was trans long before she was publicly identified as trans, and you can be sure that she did not maintain a male appearance 100% of the time. Once someone transitions, they want to move on to what is their real life.

Once Bruce Jenner is done transitioning, do you think it would not be considered both insulting and exploitative to make a statue of how he used to look?

Comment: Re:It took 5 years? (Score 1) 179

Of course, the number of high vulnerabilities of Linux is lower than all of the Microsoft OSes except those popular fan favorites, Vista and RT. Ahem... but I digress.

If you consider both high and medium vulnerabilities, OSX and Linux take the top spots, by more than a 2 to 1 margin compared to Windows. Hopefully this will incentivize OSX and Linux to look at different processes for development, testing, and deployment.

Comment: Re:It took 5 years? (Score 1) 179

Thanks. I would just like to point out that there are many different linux kernels. Many distros do their own customizations and patches. And there are many build targets - x86, ARM, POWER, etc. And there are kernels that are hard real-time. Which is pretty neat, and a GOOD THING (tm), even if it introduces even more complexity.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340