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Comment Deeeep and Trooouuuubling Questions! (Ahem) (Score 2) 110

Nanometers may be small, but they're not infinitely small, which is what infinitesimal means. They're barely even any closer to infinitely small than centimeters.

Well, FWIW, *both* of them are infinitely larger than infinitesimal despite the fact that nanometres are closer. So does this mean that the "infinity" between centimetres and infinitesimal is larger than the infinity between nanometres and infinitesimal? Hmmmmmm......

Also, imagine a line of people standing single-file, extending infinitely in both directions. There are, of course, an infinite number of people. Now, imagine each of these people is joined by a partner. Are there twice as many people now? Does this mean there are "2 x infinity" people? But surely you can't do that to infinity. Er...

After your noodle has been baked in the oven at gas mark 5 for 45 minutes, remove and place on a wire tray to cool down. (^_^)

Spoiler; I'm not a mathematician, and don't have the answers, I'm just throwing this out here for amusement. Though I guess someone who knows more about this than I do could explain it if they could be arsed. :-)

Comment Point is that GPS not useful for driving, only nav (Score 1) 110

The point is that that data means nothing when there's construction, or the edge of the road is washed out, or a car (or truck...) is stopped in the road... I would expect self-driving cars to use GPS only for an idea of where they are and what roads to use to reach a destination; for actually driving GPS is utterly useless because anything about a road can change any time, you have to use some kind of sensors to figure out how to drive on the road you are on, not the road as fixed GPS data in a database somewhere imagines it might be.

Comment Re:What's with all the cheap video cards? (Score 2) 39

Seriously, this is a nerd site, and nerds care about performance.

Some do, some don't.

Maybe some of you want to spend your days looking through open source video driver code, but real nerds want to actually do stuff and get good video performance.

So, someone's not a "real nerd" if they want to spend "days looking through open source video driver code" (sounds pretty stereotypically nerdish to me) rather than just getting stuff done (which was traditionally associated with ordinary, non-nerdish users who saw the technology as just a means to an end)?

Let's face it; you're trying to force a definition of "nerd" that supports your own point of view, a la "No true Scotsman".

Comment Re:Insane premise cannot expect an sane response (Score 1) 422

From my standpoint you are far more insane than I am, thinking Trump is hiding anything when he's been conducting public business in years.... ignoring the many, many donations the Clinton foundation failed to reveal until caught.

What's really sad is you truly think you are the sane one, when all you consume and believe are lies fed to you. SMH.

Comment Re:Wasted money (Score 1) 101

For me it's the 20 minutes of commercials, the lack of ushers to kick people out who won't STFU, the insane concession prices, the garrish, loud lobbies, and the high ticket prices.

$50 for a couple to go to a movie? It's the price of a streaming box from China.

For older films, availability is a major issue. It's hard to find anyone who will take your money... but when you do, the prices can be insane. Competitive with 'owning' a DVD which you can loan or trade with your friends, rather than the disposable watch-one-time thing. *if* you can find the content at all, normally it's just not possible.

But I don't want to over-emphasize the price. 20 minutes of commercials on top of showing up early to get a good seat... I'm more sensitive than most to stupid commercials and they make me sick of looking at the screen before the movie even starts.

Comment Re: Sounds Familiar. (Score 3, Interesting) 155

This was known and discussed. But they found microgravity to be a compounding effect of radiation exposure

This just drives home how much of a risk interplanetary flight is right now. And we really don't have great solutions that don't involve great masses of shielding. Artificial magnetosopheres for example are insufficient to deal with GCR.

Comment Opposite is true, AppleTV is great for TV (Score 3, Interesting) 104

All of the things you mentioned you can play on an AppleTV. Most have AppleTV apps, the few that do not (like Amazon Prime) I can if I wish Airplay from phone to the TV...

It's been especially nice for some things like HBO Go and Starz, because there is a good AppleTV app I could fire up to watch content - but the absolute best aspect by far is that I can sign up for service on those apps through Apple as subscriptions, which means I can *easily* cancel them and just buy in month intervals... HBO bored me by the time Game Of Thrones was over, so I just cut off the subscription until something compelling leads my to subscribe again...

In that way Apple actually has provided the "thin bundles" they wanted, only even thinner - because most channels have individual AppleTV apps now or are building them, so I can truly pay just for content I find interesting, for the period of time that suits me (in monthly increments). I could get an MLB app too if I cared about baseball and get every game instead of the cable bundles which come with restrictions or don't offer all games...

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