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Comment: Re:Someone doesn't understand basic relativity (Score 1) 78

by rdwulfe (#48616999) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

Except there's no tower to help stabilize if winds kick up, or if you tilt slightly, there's no upward force to keep you going.. CoM is a bigger problem on descent than on launch (though still a problem in either case!!)

Also, when you touch down, if you have any angular momentum... Bowling pins, anyone?

Comment: Re:Reeeallly? (Score 1) 554

by rdwulfe (#48391431) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

So we should go back to the horse driven carriage? How exactly would this work, and where would all these horses be kept, pray tell, with the current population being what it is? This is a question of gas prices, not "oh hey, we should never have let the genie out of the bottle!"

It's out. Those things are here. Can things be more efficient? YES. Can we curb our need for gasoline? Please, let's, and if gas companies were smart, they would be researching that very thing at break neck speed, so they could continue to meet our energy needs in the future. But this isn't going to suddenly stop the need for gasoline in the near future.

I'd love to see sources on this "downside" of gasoline prices being "too low". It makes people buy bigger cars??! Only idiots buy huge gas guzzlers. They were doing that during the worst part of the recession. Why? Status, nothing to do with gas prices. They wanted to have the biggest penis on the block. I see these vehicles constantly, but I live near all kinds of rich people. Those folks NEVER stopped buying huge gas guzzlers. They flout the ability to throw money away in everyone's face.

Comment: Reeeallly? (Score 2) 554

by rdwulfe (#48391199) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

I wonder who's actually behind this message? I mean, most folks aren't exactly going to come up with a mythical downside to "low gas prices". Who even goes, "Oh my god, gas prices are too low!" when they wake up in the morning?

No one. No one who isn't in the gas industry. Lower gas prices mean higher possible margins for those selling gas. Low gas prices mean you get more money for your buck on your long drive to work, that your bread costs less in the store, etc, etc, ad nauseum. .

Comment: Re:Making is for losers. (Score 2) 56

YEAH! Give up any form of creativity or control! Let's keep anything innovative or interesting out of the hands of normal, every day people! What the heck do they know? Let Sony and Microsoft and Apple make things, because they're infinitely more creative and innovative than this guy, who made a neat looking toy that looks fun to use and enjoyable to put together! Screw all that! Be happy with the nondescript thing in the box on the shelf, that everyone else has, too, so you don't have to think on your own!

Down with science, down with brai--

Wait, why are you even on Slashdot?

Comment: Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (Score 5, Insightful) 1134

by rdwulfe (#47825519) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

That's the problem though. When I was in high school, not everyone in the school abused me each day. No, the problem was the 10-20 kids who decided they had to punch someone so they could go home that day, and I was apparently an easy mark. Great fun, let me tell you.

It never requires a huge number of people to oppress an individual or group. It takes others who are willing to do so by force. Written word can be force, too.

Comment: Re:Bad ant strategy? (Score 1) 250

by rdwulfe (#43768415) Attached to: Electronics-Loving 'Crazy Ants' Invading Southern US

The thing is, a single worker ant in a colony means little to the colony as a whole. Only by group activity do ants accomplish anything. They're a super-organism, made up of individuals, but the whole colony can be considered a single creature.

If 1, 20, or even 1000 ants die in a colony that has up to 500,000 ore more individuals in it... the whole does not mind. Most electronics put off heat, and heat is what ants need to raise their young. Higher heat, within limits, mean the ants can develop their brood faster, since insects "live" at a higher metabolism when they are warmer.

In some species of insect, different temperatures and conditions can breed different castes, as well. In ants, heat and diet determine if the larvae develops into a fertile female, or merely a neuter, working female. Males are developed through diet and through eggs that are inseminated. Females are unfertilized eggs, usually.

So, this is why you find tons of ants and their brood under rocks or paving stones. They're using the stones to create solarium.

Ants are amazing.

Comment: Re:nothing new at all needed (Score 1) 717

by rdwulfe (#41588437) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

Interesting seeing another poster from Cincinnati. I always felt, after travelling around the country some, that we have serious luxury in our home town, when it comes to merging and on ramps. It's amazing how long they were! I live out east, just north of Savannah, GA now. I miss our long on ramps... And I hate traffic circles. Not because I cannot use them, but it seems like no tourist here can.

Comment: Re:High Average (Score 1) 96

by rdwulfe (#38217904) Attached to: Latest Humble Bundle Comes With <em>Uplink</em> Source Code

I'm amazed at the high average donation this time around. IIRC the last few Humble Bundles I bought into had an average of around $2. At the time of writing the average on this bundle is $3.98. I guess these games offer pretty good value.

Depends on when you buy it in the bundle's lifecycle, too. I know the average for the last Bundle I bought (before this one) was like 4 or 5 when I purchased it. I was glad to drop 10 bucks on it at the time. This one? I had Uplink already, on disk. I'll GLADLY buy it again, get all the other things, and so on. And I got source code? Well freaking awesome. I'd say these Bundles are awesome. They're cheap enough I don't even blink, and they quite often offer much more than one would expect.

I got the one with Baird, Revenge of the Titans, etc in it before this. Just a tonne of fun. I don't play the games every day, but they scratch an itch when I feel like toying with them.

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