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Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 1) 312

Yeah, but how are you going to replace that funding? Increase funding from the state? Not in Wisconsin, zomg taxes. The state government is already doing its damnedest to gut higher education and running a large deficit, again thanks to tax cuts. I agree about patent licensing not really fitting into the vision of a public university system, but it's a reality that needs to be fixed as a unit, and that's really unlikely in many states.

Comment Re:Simon Travaglia would be proud (Score 5, Informative) 303

Yep. Etherkillers have been around since forever. The oldest link I could find in 30 seconds is one one from 1999, but I'm sure I had one before than, and I certainly didn't come up with the concept. It's nice that he re-invented the etherkiller, but man, Google is your friend.

Comment This is fantastic news! (Score 1) 589

Guys, you're clearly missing the massive societal benefit of this news. Say you go to see a movie, only to find out that it's terrible. What do you do to help your fellow man from wasting their time and money? Write a review? Tell your friends? That's just not good enough! Now, all you have to do is send Sony an email and they'll cheerfully pull it from US distribution!

Comment Re:fuel weight (Score 1) 81

Their lifting capacity, even with the extra fuel (really, reduced fuel available for ascent) is sufficient, and the small amount of payload reduction is vastly offset by the cost savings of re-using 9 engines plus structure. Assuming everything works, of course, but their program is looking pretty good.

Comment Of course not. (Score 5, Insightful) 388

The driver hit something in the road; the vehicle detected the damage, realized it was going to catch on fire, and politely asked the driver to pull over and exit the vehicle. Once the driver had exited, the battery compartment started merrily burning, but the design kept the fire contained within the front compartment. At no point did the fire enter the passenger compartment, which would have been perfectly safe for the driver. Frankly, I can only dream of owning such a safe vehicle.

Comment Additional details (Score 4, Informative) 46

As the linked article isn't fully detailed, you might want to read the actual paper (seems to be free access). Among other things, they note that these photocell stickers retain their original 7.5% efficiency, which although not incredibly high, is still pretty decent, given how cheap this will likely be. It should be great for costs to have the actual wafer be reusable.

Comment Mirrors (Score 2, Informative) 245

Since BBV is in bad shape, here's links to some mirrors.

In the original forum thread, a poster linked a torrent for the actual software:

I don't see a torrent for the notes archive, so here's a magnet link. Sorry if it stops working:


Comment Re:Dear Blizzard... (Score 1) 145

That's not at all true. If you are paying money to a company, then you are the customer. If you're using a "free" (ad-supported) service, then you are the *product*, and the advertisers are the customer. This is an important distinction that people should keep in mind when using services like Facebook: you are the product that the company is selling to advertisers. Your happiness and satisfaction are only relevant if they generate more saleable metrics. Don't pretend that those companies care about you; the loss of a single saleable unit is irrelevant.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus