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Comment Re:Nethack (Score 3, Interesting) 669

My best NetHack story: had a cat that got polymorphed into a succubus. Since my character was chaotic (elf class from old version) i could gain alignment points by sleeping with her. also got to walk her around on a leash. It's great when B&D comes from emergent gameplay.

Dwarf Fortress is one to check out too. City building and Adventure modes. the next version looks like it's almost ready. Should be a _big_ feature update in a month or two.


Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One? 192

Nerval's Lobster writes "Earlier this week, news reports leaked that the NYPD is evaluating whether to give its officers Google Glass for investigations and patrols. Google, which is sensitive to accusations that it works hand-in-hand with governments or law-enforcement agencies to monitor civilians, suggested that the NYPD must have purchased the units on its own initiative, rather than partner with the company. Some pundits and many civil libertarians hate the idea of law enforcement wearing Google Glass or other electronics that can send a constant stream of video and audio to a government (or even third-party) server. But at the same time, wearing Google Glass could also compel cops (and other law-enforcement personnel) to be on their best behavior at all times, particularly when it comes to use of force; the prospect of instantly available video detailing every aspect of an officer's shift could prove a powerful incentive to behave in a courteous and professional manner. But that's a very broad assumption; the reality—if cops really do start wearing Google Glass and other video-equipped electronics in large numbers—will likely end up determined by lots and lots of lawsuits and court-actions, many of them stemming from real-world incidents. Do you think cops should have Google Glass and other wearable electronics? And if so, what sort of regulations could be put in place to ensure that such technology isn't abused by the powers that be?"

Comment Re:deceptive title (Score 1) 66

this is probably a good way for nvidia to test the waters with regard to oss.

they probably have some brass that see it as:
"paying our engineers to write drivers, to give away for free to our enemies"

hopefully nothing will scare them off.
noone make any sudden moves! whisper! try not to breath to much!

Comment Re:but being Rasterman does! (Score 1) 153

Hahaha, always a possibility. Though I had thought OpenMoko's lack of success wasn't about it being poorly written, and iirc, that's what you were questioning here.

To clarify, I think Tizen will have an uphill battle:
* Android has a massive head start, and is easy to pick up if you know some C.
* Macolytes generally won't consider anything other than "their precious".

but, if i had to pick a mobile os based on efficient use of hardware resources, Tizen would be worth a look just from its pedigree.

Comment Re:Uggh (Score 2) 141

Technically the CNC stands for Computer Numerically Controlled, which doesn't seem to make a restriction to additive or subtractive processes.
Though it should be noted that a traditional CNC mill is subtractive, and 3D printing is additive.

Comment Re:Why yes, I think I can... (Score 1) 401

could be...the MATS page suggests all initial terms were met. but it doesn't go into much detail on each individually.

oh, here's another (3rd & 4th paragraphs):
"With its 65,000 lbs of thrust, the F101DFE engines produced enough power to give the F-14 a thrust to weight ratio of almost one to one. That means, the F-14B prototypes were able to accelerate in the vertical, something the F-14A was unable of. But the Navy - not the pilots - decided against the F-14B and the test program was terminated in September 1981.

A few years later, in July 1984, Grumman was ordered to take the F-14B prototype out of storage again and install a pair of General Electric F110-GE-400 engines..."

same source again though, so my diversity is low. so far that's the most comprehensive f14 page i've found, but i can't say with any authority how accurate it is.

been chatting about it allot on Falcon BMS forums lately. you know the f14 seems like it might have had the worlds first microprocessor as well: http://www.firstmicroprocessor...

Comment Re:Why yes, I think I can... (Score 1) 401

I don't think that's right. Though the p&w engines had serious compressor stall issues and didn't provide the thrust of the later GE engines, at the time the A was fielded in 1974 it was regarded as a pretty incredible performer.

i think this is a grumman promotional video, but it seems they use real nfws pilots and instructors.

as a side note: it damn hard to find anything on youtube about this plane and that school that aren't about a tony scott film.

Comment Why yes, I think I can... (Score 2) 401

from here:

As an incentive for the contractor to fullfill the requirements, the Navy put some penalties on the project if Grumman would fail on some of the contract guarantees:
Empty Weight: $440,000 for each 100 lbs overweight
Acceleration: $440,000 for each second slow
Escort Radius: $1 million for each 10 nautical miles short
Approach Speed: $1.056 million for each knot fast
Maintainability: $450,000 for each extra maintenance man-hour per flight hour
Delivery to Navy Board of Inspection and Survey: $5,000 for each day late

With this background and a good deal of knowledge on building Navy fighter aircraft, Grumman succeeded in delivering the F-14 on time, on cost and as an even better fighter than they contracted for!

Comment Re:This! This! 1000 Times! (Score 1) 263

I agree whole-heartedly. Just posted a followup after I remembered this was about UK law, and figured I'd bridge the gap for anyone who didn't know about this method the US politicans have of bleeding their filth into other nations*

* not to say the UK politicans are without faults, just that corruption related to IP is something of a US special(i)ty.

Comment This! This! 1000 Times! (Score 4, Insightful) 263

This! This! 1000 Times!

Unlike theft, when you share a file it doesn't deprive anyone of their copy, when the **AA lobbies congress to extend copyright it deprives us all of any (even unprofitable) works entering our public domain.

The certainty of all works entering the public domain after a limited time is key to understanding copyright. It was not supposed to devolve into the IP dynasty creation that it is now.

Comment Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

I inferred from the little doc-thingy, that the patent had to do with having both a long and a short file name for each file. I had thought (no real experience with non-ms platforms back then) that other operating systems at the time could already handle long file name support, but weren't as concerned with backwards compatibility as microsoft, diminishing the need to maintain a short file name for each file.

Even-so the ancient concept of abbreviating a name with a nickname or alias seems like prior art to me.

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