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Comment: Re:Real bread goes stale after 1 day (Score 0) 440

by narkosys (#42166701) Attached to: Scientists Develop Sixty Day Bread

and have you seen how much of that is chemicals? well over 90% of it. good bread should consist of four basic ingredients: flour, yeast (fresh yeast is best), salt and water.

I would rather bake on a regular basis then ingest all the crap they put into store bought bread. besides, the bread I bake at home gets eaten fast enough to not get a chance to go stale :P

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Comment: Re:Rich people don't like to go slow? (Score 4, Interesting) 650

by narkosys (#40641911) Attached to: Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

This is where mod points would of come in handy. I agree completely. I am in my 40s and there is no way in Hel I would let a car drive me around. One of the reasons I prefer driving a manual over an automatic (dont' get me started on that flappy paddle bullshit either :P ).

   

Comment: Re:Conventional design (Score 1) 140

by narkosys (#38453848) Attached to: Troops In Afghanistan Supplied By Robot Helicopter

They did modify an existing heavy lift helicopter. Though as you can see form my earlier post the K-MAX is not that standard looking to say a Jetranger or other helicopter that uses a standard main/tail rotor combination. The K-max is small compared to the usual medium or heavy lift helicopters but it can lift a crap tonne due to it's rotor configuration which is why it is used a lot in the logging, mining and oil industries

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 140

by narkosys (#38453772) Attached to: Troops In Afghanistan Supplied By Robot Helicopter

Depends on the helicopter. I do believe an A-Star landed on the top of Mount Everest though from what i remember reading it was very tough to do. The less air pressure the less lift, and as in Afghanistan the hotter the air the less air mass available to generate lift. Hell on a hot day in Vancouver, with full manifold pressure in a Bell 47 (think the helicopters you see in M*A*S*H) I was hovering 3 inches off the ground. I have taken said helicopter (built in 1956 btw) To 6500 feet ASL without any problems. Larger helicopter can, and do fly higher. There are just special procedures and considerations when flying over 10000 feet ASL and higher.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 5, Insightful) 140

by narkosys (#38453648) Attached to: Troops In Afghanistan Supplied By Robot Helicopter

Never seen a K-Max have you: http://www.kamanaero.com/helicopters/kmax.html

It is a very narrow single seat helicopter. It can carry heavy loads due to it using two main rotors as opposed to the usual main rotor/tail rotor combination. The ones in the story just happened to be modified to run unmanned.

Businesses

+ - paypal Sues Gooogle Over Payment Trade Secrets ->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "PayPal is suing Google for stealing trade secrets that may have allowed it to start its smartphone payment business.

PayPal is also suing two former executives, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius for breach of contract, and Google for interfering with its contractual relations with employees.

Bedier headed up the company's mobile platform business and new ventures. His job was to bring PayPal's point of sale and mobile technology to retailers. He is now doing the same job for Google, which he joined in January."

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Comment: Re:Not a useful article at all (Score 1) 426

by narkosys (#33590346) Attached to: Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

I very much agree that the article is short on any good explanation. My only guess is that it plays much like the Brain Age series where the DS is held vertically. If this is the case then the player's left hand would be covering one of the screens making it hard to play the game as you cannot see much of the information passing by on that screen. i am sure that you can adjust your hand position but that would stifle your wrist flexibility causing slower response times (being a lefty for writing i can attest to that one). Thankfully the Brain Age series had a 'lefty' option where all it did was rotate the information in the windows 180 degrees. simple enough fix.

hopefully the author will give a better explanation as to why. until then all we can do is speculate.

Programming

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the take-your-pick dept.
igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

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