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Comment Re:Good and bad, computer chair version and some b (Score 1) 247

Don't worry, I'm sure that when horses were first tamed someone bemoaned the loss of walking. I imagine the same thing happened when the carriage was invented, and the bicycle, and the automobile.

Nothing to worry about in that respect.

A good point, but the original bicycles actually were seen as a device that would only increase the health and mobility of the populace.

Comment Re:Good and bad, computer chair version and some b (Score 1) 247

Lets be happy that we're probably the last generation that can watch how the beautiful girls walk on street in their red dresses and nice legs and ass. Sooner or later this will be reality, in a bad and a good way. While convenience is nice, it has bad sides too.

That being said, I would so use this. Can I get a comfortable computer chair version too, so I can get a beer easily (and one of those japanese beer serving machines please )

Are you really so sure that sooner or later this technology will be ubiquitous? Is this the same reality in which every single person has a flying car? The fact is that in very dense urban centers walking is and will probably remain the preferred method of travel. You can still move around and travel in a tightly packed crowd. On the other hand all the free-moving vehicles humans have thus far devised require some measure of space to operate. I think what we'll see more of are automated systems of travel, like the moving walkways you see in many airports. But even these will always remain relatively expensive compared to a concrete sidewalk.

Comment Re:so? (Score 1) 921

The point behind organic food is that it's better for the environment, not healthier to eat. But thanks for the useless study, UK!

I'm not so sure that's the point either. That might have been the original (if not necessarily well conceived) idea. As it stands now the point behind organic food is mark up what are essentially inferior food stuffs. I know it makes most people feel like they are doing a good deed by paying twice as much for organics, but in truth the issue is a lot more complex. You could make the case that certain types of farming which is deemed organic might locally be "better for the environment". If we assume that the types of farming deemed organic were ubiquitous, we have quite a different story on our hands.

What's perhaps more interesting about organics is how it captivates people's hearts. Indeed, many people who are otherwise skeptical tend to employ some degree of the appeal to nature fallacy.

Comment Re:Currently under "Cliche Movie Plot" (CPM) testi (Score 1) 308

I know everyone is making with the jokes,but I for one really don't like the idea of this. Yet again,we have scientists seeing if they CAN do something,rather than if they SHOULD do something.

Why do people always assume that scientists ignore ethics when conducting their research? If you exclude the extremely vocal nutjobs, most debate about the ethics of science comes from the practitioners. It's rare that ethics are never considered. Granted, there have been some botches in the past, but outside forces should never be the regulators of science. (Look at how the US dropped the ball on stem cell research).


Sneaking Past Heavy-Handed Audio Compression on YouTube 234

niceone writes "Recently YouTube seems to have started applying extreme compression to the audio of uploaded clips. This is the type of compressions used by radio stations to make everything louder, but in this case applied extremely badly. In quiet passages, breathing and shuffling become overpoweringly loud. A gently plucked guitar chord becomes a distorted thud. Listen to an example here. And here's what it could sound like — still not perfect, but a whole lot better. The fixed version is thanks to a workaround proposed by Sopranoguitar — the idea is to turn down the audio and mix in a high frequency sine wave (I used 19kHz). The sine wave fools YouTube's compressor into thinking that the file is at a uniform level (and does not need the volume changing at all) but is filtered out by the encoding process (so, no need to worry about deafening any dogs)."
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Quick Review of Penny Arcade Game 68

Now that it has been in general circulation for a while, Kotaku has a nice simple review of the good, the bad, and the ugly in the new Penny Arcade game, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. "When you've been making fun of the video game industry as long as Penny Arcade's Jerry 'Tycho' Holkins and Mike 'Gabe' Krahulik have been, deciding to create your own game is one ballsy move. You have to know that every review site you've ever trashed and every developer you've viciously sodomized with your barbed wit is watching your every move, desperate to see you stumble so they can get in a few licks."

Perpetual Energy Machine Getting Lots of Attention 965

Many users have written to tell us about a magnetic machine promising "infinite clean energy". Engadget has the first picture of the device and is reporting that the announcement (along with a short video) of this supposed device will be released later tonight. "CEO Sean McCarthy tells SilconRepublic how it works. Namely, the time variance in magnetic fields allows the Orbo platform to 'consistently produce power, going against the law of conservation of energy which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed.' He goes on to say 'It's too good to be true but it is true. It will have such an impact on everything we do. The only analogy I can give is if you had absolute proof that God wasn't real.'" In my experience if something seems too good to be true it generally is. I wouldn't get your hopes up.

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