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Comment: Don't forget weight (mass) (Score 1) 173

by kimvette (#48952775) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

I'm not a football fan but one cannot avoid hearing about "deflategate"

However my understanding is that they both measure the pressure and the weight of the ball. The temperature difference will account for the pressure decrease however the balls should still weigh the same. The claims were what - 11 of the balls were underweight?

Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 293

by sootman (#48936973) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

Thanks for the perfect setup for this old joke...

On a four-engine plane over the Atlantic the pilot announces on the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've just lost an engine, but there's nothing to worry about. This plane flies perfectly well on three engines. It just reduces you speed a little so we'll be about a half-hour late."

A few minutes later, another announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, we've lost another engine. We'll still make it, but that'll slow us down a little more. We'll be about an hour late."

Soon there's yet another message: "We've just lost power on a third engine. I think we'll be OK, but plan on being two hours late."

One of the passengers turns to his neighbor and says, "I hope the fourth one doesn't quit. We'll be up here all day."

Comment: Re:Finaly. (Score 2) 224

by kimvette (#48919441) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

The problem really isn't and hasn't ever been animation sites. The problem is that Flash has often been used where it doesn't belong; forms on business sites, ENTIRE web sites built using flash so you cannot bookmark a page, and stuff like that, and Flash doesn't work particularly well on touch screens. Like BLINK, Flash has been used and abused to the point where it is an abomination.

Comment: Wow (Score 5, Interesting) 308

And yet somehow we survived with these 10,000 people with connections to subversive organizations roaming freely in our midst. Amazing.

Dear ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES: *THIS* is why we don't want you to have infinite surveillance. Because those 10,000 people you had files on did EXACTLY NOTHING. You want to wiretap someone, go get some ACTUAL FUCKING EVIDENCE. Not just "he read this book and knows this guy and likes to encrypt his files."

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 820

by kimvette (#48881667) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I like how quiet the exhaust on my turbocharged Saab is. I do wish the turbocharger weren't so muffled by the intake though. That high-pitched whoosh followed by a pssst! is awesome!

My ZR-1 has a Borla exhaust. Too loud. I liked the stock exhaust which was loud only when I got on it beyond moderate throttle, but driving normally, very deep exhaust note yet subtle.

Right now I am driving a rental while my Saab is in the shop (heater blower quit. Grr.) - I swear it has a fake engine sound. It's a Hyundai Elantra which can barely get out of its own way yet quite a roar inside. >_>

Comment: Re:why the fuck (Score 1) 101

by sootman (#48876887) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

... the distant third and fourth place competitors in a four-horse market.

1 - Verizon Wireless - 125.3M subscribers
2 - AT&T Mobility - 118.7M subscribers
3 - Sprint Corporation - 54.8M subscribers
4 - T-Mobile US - 52.9M subscribers

The upper two are about 2x larger than the smaller two. Significant, but I wouldn't call it "distant". Distant to me would be something like a 10x difference. The market is about 1/3, 1/3, 1/6, 1/6.



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