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Comment Re: So... (Score 2) 75

never played spore, but have played NMS.

NMS is more like a very interactive tech demo than a game.

even with the foundation update, there are many important things missing.

1) the asignments given by npcs are very limited, and revolve around "hey, get me this item/material", and no real "yeah, pirates are coming from this nearby system and shooting the shit out of our freighters, can you go blow them up please?"

2) big missing features: users cannot interract with each other, world deformation is not persistent, etc.

3)inventory management still tedious as hell fo no reason. the game supports near limitless item stacking, but does not implement for specific item types, like curiosities. (i KNOW the game suports it, because i can edit the memory table for said items and change the stack depth to a 4 byte integer value, save, and the change persists. i do this religiously for such items. i somehow doubt i will ever collect 4 billion of any item type, but it sure would be nice if Hello Games stopped fucking with me over curiosities and manufactured items, when the game clearly has no need for such fuckery.)

4) warp travel missing important features for navigation. such as "filter for previously visited planets", "restrict to current hyperdrive limits", "filter by star type", "filter by race control", etc. instead it is just jabbing in the dark, and selecting systems is a chore.

5) planet ecosystems very boring, single biome for whole damn planet, very little variety on a single world.

6) taken together, the game is about as interesting as grinding for gold on wow. less so, because zero player-player interaction.

Comment Re:For what? (Score 4, Insightful) 38

Not understanding the beauty of this feature I see. Pure genius.

See, what do middle managers enjoy doing most when they aren't calling needless meetings all day?

That's right, it is making useless PowerPoint presentations that are devoid of actual intellectual content!

Now, what do you suppose happens when all the middle managers in a midsize company are able to make and redact edits to PowerPoint documents in real time?

Increased productivity!


Instead of calling endless bullshit meetings, the middle management team is bogged down in quorum on exactly what buzzwords to use, the cost benefit dynamics of using comic sans vs papyrus, or which set of bland clipart to use. In extended testing, the software team who created this breakthrough were able to keep mid management and even some clevel management contained for days at a time. Naturally, the managers felt the higher quality (ahem) if the presentation they made was responsible for the productivity increase, but the positive correlation between fewer meetings and more task time on productivity is very telling.

Comment Re:Energy input. (Score 5, Informative) 154

CVD is a low pressure ionized gas crystallization process. It produces gemstone class diamonds.

The researchers would likely benefit more from using the Russian hydraulic form compression method of producing said diamonds, because it is much cheaper. It does not produce single, large crystal diamonds without defects the way CVD does, but we aren't trying to make jewelry here. We are interested in trapping the emitted beta particles (high energy electrons emitted from the nucleus) in the lattice and using the high bandgap semi conductive properties of the diamond to transport those electrons as a reliable source of current.

Without exact figures for how many tons of irradiated graphite there is, how energy intense CVD us compared to compressive forming, and how efficient the two end products are, I cannot even begin to answer your question though.

Even if there is a big deficit, it might still be worthwhile, due to the immense savings on sequestration costs, and maintenance costs of these batteries.

Comment stockpiled stemcells (Score 5, Insightful) 28

It also means that we can now inexpensively stockpile stemcells without appreciable loss. Freezing is expensive, and it is costly in time and other resources to store and retrieve tissues that way.

Since this is a chemical doping technique, this would allow us to store regenerative stemcells much the way we store whole blood, or perhaps even longer, using simple refrigeration techniques.

This could have wide reaching implications in stemcell based regenerative medicine, since humans could inexpensively bank the cultures now.

Comment wait... (Score 1) 87

i seem to recall from researching nuclear batteries that semiconductor junctions degrade quickly when exposed to high energy ionizing radiation.

that means this site has to be very low on the contaminants, or the upkeep will be hell from the panels failing.

unless the chinese are also testing some new PV designed for use in strongly ionizing radiation, and want to collect energy at night too. :)

Comment Re:If confirmed, does this make it realistic? (Score 1) 477

The current test article appears to be the size of a 10 gallon bucket. With all associated hardware to drive the chamber, all hardware could fit neatly inside the volume of a 50 gal barrel.

Minus the power supply, this is able to supply the stated specific impulse of the article.

The mass of the test article and associated hardware is not given, and above estimations for volume come from photos of the test apparatus.

Comment Re:Any idea how it works? (Score 2) 477

One proposed theory is that it works by exploiting unruh radiation. That explanation relies on the premise that inertia is quantum in nature, and so there can be anomalies between discrete quantum levels of inertial interactions.

The author has proposed that this mechanism may also be responsible for some other observational anomalies.

Comment Re:Worth all $1200 (Score 1) 315

Quality means different things to different people, AC.

Also, what people are willing to pay has no real bearing as a measure of real value.

See for instance, caviar. It is horrid. Salty. Vile.

People pay a lot for it because it is hard to obtain, and its consumption is a symbol of conspicuous wealth.

Apple products are similar.

Comment Why does this always get asked? (Score 5, Insightful) 315


We get that you want a comparable system to your macbook pro. We get that you don't want to pay 2000$+ for one. We get that you probably like macosx. We get that you probably want a bigger ssd, and other perks.

This is a site for nerds. It is expected that you will know certain things, like the existence of hackintoshes. These are PCs, with PC pricetags, that have damned near identical hardware to apple's offerings, as far as the OS and software is concerned, and which can be coaxed into running osx.

Since you should know that these exist, even if you do not want to run OSX, you can still see their known working hardware lists for very close analogs to macbooks, and make a good selection, without ever bothering to ask tediously redundant questions.

Example, here is a nice article breaking down last years best offerings.

So, since this info is readily available, you should already know about hackintoshes and their communities, why do you people keep asking Slashdot, instead of investing 10 seconds on google looking for a suitable hackintosh?

Really people. This is not hard.

Comment Wait, I thought they didn't think it was money? (Score 0) 124

Oh, right, its property now, right IRS?

Because they have a mandate to manage property that is not theirs, obtained with currency.. I mean, "property" that was not created or backed by the federal reserve bank, and no matter what nation if extraction the individuals involved in the exchange of property are from, they need to perform excise on it, right?

So, I need to declare when I give property to another person on my W2. Such as when I give a Christmas present, or give blankets and coats to starving families.

Obviously this is rational, and essential for proper governance.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Ah, yes. Assume that I do not know the correct spelling is "weird", and that I did not spell it that way on purpose. Yes. Lets do that. Let's also assume based on this assumption that he is an idiot too. That's very convenient.

I would personally conclude that a person who is so intellectually lazy has no business making criticisms of this nature. But that's just me.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Are you being purposefully obtuse?

How about all the mountains of measurements collected by NOAA? Ice core samples collected in Antarctica?

AGW is very real, there is very solid data behind the claim. It is NOT a hoax.

Your replies indicate that you believe that I think that it is one, despite my rather pointed corrections to the contrary. Why do you feel it necessary to promulgate a falsehood?

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Please read my initial post, and process it with that clearly labyrinthine brain of yours.

You will see that my objection revolves around this:

1) China objects to being called the source of what trump calls a hoax.
2) Stays strangely silent to the fact that it is not even a hoax at all, and that climate change from human action is very measurably real.

I think that very clearly demonstrates that I deny that it is a hoax.

The only hoax that china has come out against, is that they started it. (which they didnt.)

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