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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 798

Does this mean the next release of The Matrix on whatever 4k/8k media will have the credits list The Wachowski Sisters instead of Brothers?

I'm a pretty liberal dude, but the fervor of pronoun discussions these past few years grates on me in a way I can't quite put my finger on.

Where's my Chrome plugin to replace any instances of he/she to "ze" (or "it") already!

Comment Re:I'm highly skeptical (Score 1) 244

Now there's a name I haven't heard of in a long time.

My first ever Unix account was on a Sequent Symmetry in 1990 for CS101 (RIP sage.cc.purdue.edu). The OS was Dynix, and I think the machine had six i386 cores.

Ah, those were the days, before shadowed passwords and TTYs with proper permissions. All via 9600-baud serial connections in the dorms. Fun stuff.

Comment Re:You need a water filter, ASAP. (Score 2) 166

I've owned a classic Big Berkey for about 10 years. The filters, while expensive, are the best of their class (gravity fed). You can see, taste, and smell the difference.

I don't know how impartial waterfilterlabs.com is, nor how rigid their testing methodology is, but the top of the line Berkey filters (the black plus the fluoride filters underneath) rank the highest on nearly every category. The systems were designed to filter questionable water in shitty, war-torn, 3rd-world environments, so they knock out pathogens, volatiles, and heavy metals.

Just because quacks may recommend a product doesn't necessarily mean it's snake oil.

Comment Re:Most obvious finding (Score 5, Insightful) 643

One of those dating sites published some stats a while back. The data was interesting.

The take-away from the stats was that men tend to find average women attractive, whereas women only find above-average men attractive.

So, where a dude who's a five is fine with a woman who's a 5, the woman who's a 5 is only responding to the 8's in the pool.

80% of women are chasing the top 10% of men. And because even homely-looking ladies get carpet bombed by responses from dudes just hoping to get a nibble for a cast, they have inflated ideas of what their league actually is.

Comment Re:most people already prefer listening to acceler (Score 1) 296

Don't forget the dramatic montage sickness that infects otherwise decent shows. I'm convinced many montages with pop music are more about tossing fresh musical talent onto the wall to see what sticks more than anything.

Then you've got the signature Abrams Montage which pointlessly amps up drama in shows like LOST and Fringe or movies like his Trek reboots.

The Military

Combat Lasers To Be Added To US Fighter Jets (nextbigfuture.com) 208

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NextBigFuture: The US Air Force plans to arm its fleet of drones and fighter jets with high-tech laser weapons.... Ground testing of a laser weapon called the High Energy Laser, or HEL, was slated to take place last year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, service officials said...

The Air Force plans to begin firing laser weapons from larger platforms such as C-17s and C-130s until the technological miniaturization efforts can configure the weapon to fire from fighter jets such as an F-15, F-16 or F-35. Instead of flying with six or seven missiles on an aircraft, a directed energy weapons system could fire thousands of shots using a single gallon of jet fuel.

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