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Comment: What does that even mean (Score 1) 60

Less mass beneath my feet? That depends very much on how you measure "beneath", right? I'd argue that if your load is being distributed into something, it's beneath you. If I'm standing on a mountain which is sufficiently sharply pointed, then almost the entire mountain might be engaged in supporting my weight — cue fat jokes. But anything it's standing on is going to be the same thing, so wouldn't that make it more mass "beneath" my feet?

Anyway, I RTFA (my geek card is in the mail, it should be back at the processing facility shortly) and the article is all gushily excited that "thereâ(TM)s far more crust underneath the mountains than there is in the oceans!" Wait, was this a surprise to anyone? Mountains happen when earth gets shoved up into the air. They're not pimples.

So in short, the article comes to completely the opposite conclusion of the truth: they say that "if you wanted the least amount of mass beneath your feet, youâ(TM)d climb up to the peak of the highest mountain" when in fact, there is more mass beneath your feet if you stand on a mountain than if you stand on the seabed or in a valley, because of all the mass that by definition can't be beneath your feet if you're standing at a lower altitude.

Comment: Re: This would be a first post... (Score 1) 134

if you had any sense at all for the most part you wouldn't have even needed an antivirus especially back then even though it was the wild west and all...

You're a nutter, you are. AVP was actually catching virii for me, so I know it was valuable. Haven't had a valid detection in years, but I still run antivirus... because now I have multicore and SSD and the penalty is low.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 464

by camperdave (#49740671) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
You are misunderstanding the starting point. The starting point is one mile north of these rings.

The other, less common answer, is that there are an infinite number of places on the Earth, where you would end up at the starting location if you were to travel one mile south, west, then north. And that is anywhere 1.159 miles north of the South Pole. You would travel south for one mile, putting you at .159 miles north of the South Pole. Then travelling one mile west would cause you to make a complete circle around the South Pole, ending where the westward mile started. Then travel one mile north and that would put you back at your original starting point.

Comment: Re:This would be a first post... (Score 1) 134

I remember when AVP came out, it was both the fastest and best NT antivirus around.

Then they made a few "updates" and we started calling it "a v poo" (IT nerds are known for their maturity) because it would choke your system like a punk.

It's sad that they're still not capable of making an antivirus product that doesn't turn your awesomesauce PC into a turd.

Comment: Re:Fourth power rule of thumb (Score 1) 803

by drinkypoo (#49738973) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

A 200 pound* bicycle causes one ten-thousandth of the wear that a 2000 pound car causes, which means cyclists' contribution to road wear would likely be too small to collect.

But that's almost the same conversion factor as between commercial trucks and cars. By the same token, shouldn't the road taxes be divided up by who is actually doing the damage, with the commercial trucks paying vastly more?

The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud