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Comment Re:Please protect us from ourselves, Big Brother! (Score 1) 73

Gambling is a basic part of the game: you need to buy keys and they open a box with random contents. If I open a box with a Dragon Lore AWP skin, I may be able to sell it on the community market for $800 dollar, which after paying a commission to Valve is deposited straight in my Steam account by Valve, which I can then turn into $800 dollars in my paypal account by visiting a site they support. It's gambling for real money and they know they're dealing with kids doing the gambling.

I think you're mistaking the meaning of "basic".

You can absolutely play CSGO for years, try all of it's game modes and NEVER have to use a damn skin or open a box. In fact lots of people do.

Just because a minority of players decide to waste ridiculous amounts of time and money in a side aspect of the game doesn't make that aspect "basic" at all.

Also, please explain to me how are pokemon and many other card games not forbidden to kids, since to you they fill the definition of gambling.

P.S.: 99% of dragon lores don't come from boxes, they drop randomly for operation players without need to buy any keys, get your damn facts straight.

Comment Re:Radios? (Score 1) 242

Probably for the same reason most people don't use satellite phones: Costs.

Not only monetary for the equipment, but also power costs and latency costs. It makes more sense to have all the "local" comms being short range and only then route them via a long range link when needed.

If you want another example think about internet: You could potentially have every net node conect to all other nodes up to a certain range, but it's a way better idea to have a tree architecture.

Comment Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 904

So, let me get this right:

You want to substitute a heavy battery pack with an efficency that's around 80-90% and with a single electrical motor.

And you want to use something that will be heavy too unless you have magical weightless flywheels, with a pair of electrical motors (one in the flywheel and one to drive the wheels) that also add to the wheight and since you apply the electrical motors twice, kills some of the efficency advantage you propose because that extra motor has an efficency that's around 90-95%, without considering aditional mechanical loses.

Ever heard of overcomplicated solutions?

The gains for your idea are minimal:
The flywheel is a mechanicall solution, and as such it's WAY more prone to breakdowns.
Modern electrical motors require rare earths ,and considering you now need 2 instead of one you're diminishing the enviromental advantage of not having to manufacture a battery.
The safety doesn't improve either, because flywheels are just a different kind of danger vs Li-ion.

Comment Re:Efficiency (Score 2) 904

I Allways wondered why everyone who thinks that flywheels are viable for vehicles forget about the giroscopic effect, a flywheel with a inertial mass huge enough to power a vehicle would present a huge new set of problems to think about. Keep in mind that even if you mount it horizontally to avoid the effect when turning, any lateral force, like when making turns at high speed, or hitting a speed bump would create a very noticeable backlash from the flywheel.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


Comment Re:What I don't understand (Score 1) 393

Because tunnels...

If you get into a tunnel GPS signal goes out and your speed control becomes useless, and then you need some other kind of speed control inside tunnels, and once you have implemented that one, the gps one becomes redundant...

And wasting money on redundancy is something CEOs hate.

Comment Re:You know how hot water freezes faster than cold (Score 1) 635

It's ironic you're talking about being clueless...

In the conditions aplicable to this article (make it 1 atm.) water ONLY freezes at 0 celsius. so there is no way "hot water freezes faster than cold". You're probably repeating something someone told you about the energy it takes to raise/lower the teperature of water being related to it's actual temperature, but that's a diferent thing.

Learn some thermodynamics before spewing shit like that...

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