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Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 198

by drinkypoo (#48682257) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Anyway, you just need to filter the idiot reviewers from the ones that understand what genre they're reviewing.

You mean, movies for idiots. Which suggests the question, who are these movies for? I mean, if you have to be an idiot to enjoy them, but idiots are panning them...

Comment: So they're actually getting dumber? (Score 1) 198

by drinkypoo (#48682247) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

When I was a kid, we read reviews, we had a free paper and we used it. Now you have so many options for free reviews that the hardest part is deciding which one you like the best, and kids don't read reviews any more?

Either you're off your nut, or kids are actually getting dumber.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48682235) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Yeah, I get the in universe explanation, what I question is why this was an issue in the first place.

Because 'mech weapons generate heat, mostly, and ammo takes up a lot of space. The omnimechs and their weapons were designed for modularity. Ask yourself whether we have any vehicles onto which you could rapidly mount a GAU-8 that aren't an A-10...

Comment: Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 1) 106

by radtea (#48682039) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

This is a scientific paper being written for the author's peers, none of whom would ever misinterpret it. I've seen this issue come up in a couple of places where laypeople are confused by the language of physics.

This is not a problem with the language of physics: it is a problem with laypeople.

I'm all for clear scientific communication, but at the end of the day, communication is hard and worrying about how some random person on the 'Net might misinterpret a term you use every day in your professional work is just not a good use of anyone's precious attention.

When I write poetry I do so in a pretty technical way. If people don't appreciate that, sucks to be them, because they are not my audience. I'm the same way in scientific communication: I write for my peers, and everyone else does the same. Let the popular science authors do the translation. They need the work.

Comment: Re:Difficult to reconcile with SN 1987A (Score 2) 106

by radtea (#48682025) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

The primary difficulty here is going to be the same data that was really tought to reconcile with in the OPERA experiment, namely the data from SN 1987A.

I had the same thought, but it turns out not to be the case. Given the model he's working with, the neutrinos will be as much above the speed of light as they would have been below it if they had the same real mass (0.3 eV or something like that.)

For ~10 MeV neutrinos this gives gamma absurdly close to unity, and it's as impossible to distinguish neutrinos traveling just over c from ones traveling at c from ones traveling just under c.

The paper actually mentions SN1987A and talks a bit about the time resolution required.

Comment: Re:Zero-Day Flaw? (Score 1) 81

by ultranova (#48681571) Attached to: Lizard Squad Targets Tor

This is why we can't have nice things.

Of course we can. Reality - including human nature - simply sets the design parameters for those nice things. For example, would it be possible to fit major torrent clients with built-in (non-exit) Tor nodes? That way, torrent traffick would not swamp exit nodes and would actually help hide the kind of traffick Tor was originally designed for.

Comment: Re:I automatically disbelieved this post (Score 2) 70

by PopeRatzo (#48681399) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Of course, I have my own opinions but I won't share them because they reflect my own biases.

That may be the single stupidest sentence in the history of stupid sentences on the Internet.

You won't share what you think because it's what you think. Everything you see and think and say and do reflects your own biases. If you decide not to share a single bit of data that is floating around in your head if it happens to reflect your biases, that means you will spend the rest of your life mute, which come to think of it might be best for everyone.

I've just re-read your entire comment and it doesn't seem to say anything at all about anything. Are you a Markov bot? If so, your maker forgot to put in the AI.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 70

by PopeRatzo (#48681365) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

One way or another, you pay for your free Internet services.

It's not "one way or another". It's ONE WAY.

Where do I sign up to pay for Google and Twitter and other internet services directly instead of via my private data? I've been to Google thousands of times, and I've never seen a "subscribe" button.

No, there is no "one way or another". You can ONLY pay for your internet services by letting companies upskirt your private communications and personal data. That gives you some idea of just how valuable your private data really is.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48681227) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Never understood why the omnimech was supposed to be such a big deal... The battle master carried a ppc around in its hand for centuries.

Inner sphere refits took hours to days, omnimech upgrades were supposed to be something for which you'd just roll up a big truck or walk the 'mech up to a gantry and swap weapons in minutes. So omnimechs could be customized for each loadout but not IS 'mechs. All 'mechs are limited as to their maximum carrying capacity in-hand.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 235

by drinkypoo (#48681195) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

The F-35 airframe is mostly just a shell around the modular components, which already come from many different companies.

The airframe is a major component just like our skin is a major component. Not only does it hold the other components in, but in this case it's also responsible for the primary distinguishing feature of the aircraft. Redesigning it to fit new stuffins' would be nontrivial, though feasible.

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