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Comment Some odd things in their guidelines (Score 2) 146

Some odd things in their guidelines

"Videos must not include profanity, nudity, obscenity, pornography, depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or any harmful or illegal activity.

Data has said "shit" in startrek before.
There has been some nudity in a couple of episodes, bum shots.
The entire crew of the enterprise got intoxicated on drugs in more than one occasion.
Some startrek drinks contain alcohol.
I'm sure there have been characters on the holodeck smoking tobacco before.
And.. if you can't show any "harmful or illegal activity" then anyone being murdered is out. No spaceships blowing up and killing anyone, unless it was accidental.

"uniforms, accessories, toys and props must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products"

This also seems a bit problematic, official merch/toys is often inferior to fan made props

Comment USB Killer Killer (Score 2) 243

Time for someone to make and sell a 'USB Killer Killer'

Upon detecting that a USB killer has been inserted the USB Killer Killer quietly disconnects its protected USB link to the PC's USB port.
It then flashes a rotating red LED, sounds a warning siren and declares thermonuclear war on the unsuspecting USB killer by way of its 1.21kV capacitor bank, which interestingly happens to be around the size of an overweight adult hedgehog.

Unexpectedly the USB killers plastic casing instantly explodes and showers the user in molten hot plastic and metal shrapnel.
Hm.. i should probably rethink this idea.
Actually no, if you're stupid enough to use a USB killer this is what you get.

Comment To the FAA/CAA/***: Instead of panicking... (Score 1) 233

Instead of panicking about drones above 120 meters give drone operators their own air corridor with permitted entry/exit points.

High enough for doing autonomous waypoint flying without the risks of hitting something and for flying in the clouds.
That's all we really want, a safe piece of airspace to bring in the new age in drone technology and have fun.

eg, 700 - 800meters would be a good block

The great thing about the drones industry is we can rapidly build new technology for location monitoring and crash avoidance in models..
Give us the airspace and we will build the infrastructure for model flyers to use it safely :)
Building a simple RC transponder that idents the models GPS co-ordinates to other nearby models for automatic crash avoidance is not hard.
It's a $5 arduino, a $20 GPS receiver and a $2 433mhz transceiver.

Comment Re: People actually *like* Python whitespace? (Score 1) 339

The solution is simple,
Build the compiler to handle many different syntax options based on settings and enforce standards that make all formats logically convertible.
All possible syntax options MUST! be convertible between all other formats programmatically with no user interaction or checking required.

A programmer should be able to sit down, change some compiler settings and be editing existing coding in the format they prefer and still able to commit to the same repo as others use.
Perhaps the compiler could generate a 'standard syntax' copy of the source code for the repo at compile time.

As long as the rules for each syntax option correlate 1:1 conversion is simple
|| or
{ begin
tab intended should be convertible without issues
return result

The only thing that would need to be handle carefully is preventing people using words that are keywords in other syntax options.
etc, if you're using || you cant have a variable named and

So adding new syntax options to existing code would be tricky.
But i believe the overall concept is a step in the right direction. Where syntax does not matter, only the logic

Comment Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (Score 1) 459

I wouldn't say most people eat meat. Current stats vary a bit due to how you define vegetarian but its somewhere between 20 and 50% of the entire world eat a vegetarian diet.

It might be a cultural difference in the meaning of the words, but here "missing out" implies a desire or intention to do something that never occurred.
i.e. missing out on something is considered an unhappy event to the person missing out which isn't relevant here since vegetarians don't want to eat meat.

Comment Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (Score 2) 459

The brain interprets happiness/enjoyment as quite relative to previous life experiences. It's not a static relationship.

Whenever you try something new and find it's the "best thing ever" the brain recalibrates, and your previous "best thing ever" loses a little of it's enjoyment.

It's the same with enjoying food, the amount of enjoyment a vegetarian gets from their favorite vegetarian food is the same as a omnivore gets from their favorite meat-based food.
With the possible exception of someone who has just 'given up' meat, since they have the memory of enjoying things the can't have any more.

Comment Re:Olive oil? (Score 2, Informative) 165

It's a complete myth that olive oil has a smoke point too low to fry with.

The smoke point of oils varies by oil type and by how refined it is
Here's some examples of oils people use for deep frying.
  - Canola oil 190 - 204C (375 - 475F)
  - Sunflower oil 107 - 232C (225 - 450F)
  - Peanut oil 232C (450F)
  - Tallow 215C (420F)

And here is olive oils..
- Extra virgin olive oil 191C (375F)
- Extra light olive oil 242C (468F)

Normally you deep fry stuff around 175C (350F) which is fine for all types of olive oil.
It's best to use light olive oil if you're deep frying in a saucepan rather than
a proper deep fryer because you have less temp control on a saucepan and light olive gives
you more leeway.

As far as starting a fire goes, It's more risky to deep fry using canola or sunflower oil rather than olive.
The main reasons not to deep fry with olive is
- It's expensive
- It can sometimes leave an aftertaste on the food.

It is however much healthyer

Comment Re:Sugar (Score 0) 926


If the body is supplied with all the carbs it could ever want then it doesn't need to burn fat. After many many years of this (depending on the person) the bodies ability to burn fat starts to suffer (Basically the body gets lazy and stops burning fat as well as it should). Burning fat is required to keep your body weight correct so with that system not working properly the body ends up storing more fat than it's burning.
Result = People get fat
Solution = Eat less carbs and eat more good fats

Also, what most people consider begin "Hungry" is just a sugar craving, hunger is a slight pain in the stomach area and not.. "mmm.... want food"

Comment Make a tester up (Score 1) 532

You could build a small tester using one of the ultra small arduino boards.
Maybe a coin cell, switch and phototransistor plus some leds for output.

Code it to show on the LEDs what the pulsing light frequency is.
Under 100Hz, 200Hz, 1000Hz etc.

Then if you see a product you like you can easily check what the PWM frequency is before you buy it.
Remember to do the check with the brightness set to min. Max brightness is often 100% duty and will have zero flicker.

Comment Re:Not a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 306

It would be a good thing to keep people from clicking on this sort of thing by accident ("accident?")

I'm not too sure about that part.
Consider a world where child porn exists but is totally hidden from everyone else's eyes.
If people don't know that something is going on, or how prevalent it is, then they're less likely to take or support any action to stop it.

Don't get me wrong, i not saying everyone should be exposed to CP, all i'm saying is that hiding it away may make the problem worse.

Comment Re:Betamax, here we come... (Score 5, Interesting) 171

USB3 has charging standards which allow for much more power.
I don't think any manufactures have added support for it yet though.

Profile 1 - 5V @ 2A
Profile 2 - 5V @ 2A or 12V@1.5A
Profile 3 - 5V @ 2A or 12V@3A
Profile 4 - 20V@3A
Profile 5 - 12V or 20V at 5A (100W).

I believe the idea around profile 5 is so laptops can drop the custom power connector and use a USB3 port instead.
It makes things interesting if all laptop USB ports support all power profiles. You could charge one laptop from another and even make a figurative 'energy black hole' by looping the charge back again with another cable.

Comment Re:Answer (Score 5, Insightful) 767

There is an important difference between
- People who have no motivation and don't want to be a programmer so never find out if they're any good at it.
- People who believe they're not smart enough to do programming.
- People who don't not have the mental capacity necessary to follow logic.

I reckon if you took a random sample of say 1000 people and put them through a decent 2 year programming course with the legit promise of 1 million dollars at the end if they pass you would find a pretty large percentage of them would be able to code reasonably by the end and get the money.
After they got the money however, most of them would go back to their normal jobs since they wouldn't actually enjoy or want to do computer program as a career.

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