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4 years agoComment mathematical
One thing that I didn't see discussed is socializing. My wife and I love having family and friends over. Unless you like hanging out outside, there is no place to entertain. Also, the food aspect would be rough, as that microscopic kitchen would mean either simple meals or lots of tedious work that would have been simple work in a fullsize kitchen.
That being said, my wife and I pretty much veg when we're at home, so if we just keep out active activities out and veg in, we could probably make something a little bigger than the article's home work (all extra square footage in the form of a kitchen. )
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4 years agoComment mathematical
I'd love to see some math on the potential fuel savings and performance advantages of these updates. In highly efficient cars, I imagine the emissions systems sap a good 1mpg. It'd be interesting to see how much they helped the environment with fuel savings vs how much they hurt it with increased emissions. I'm sure the actual damage done by reducing emissions controls is still net positive (positive damage, not positive outcome), but it'd be cool to see the actual numbers.

4 years agoComment mathematical
Shinji from Evangelion.
Just kidding. I hate him, as does everyone.

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4 years agoComment mathematical
My wedding ring. ;)

4 years agoComment mathematical
Keith Small, of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, cautioned that carbon dating was done only on the Koran’s parchment and not its ink, but he said the dates were probably accurate.
I don't even see why anyone would dispute these findings then, since old parchment was valuable and sometimes reused. If they carbondated the ink, I bet it would show a different age. Nobody should be up in arms about Muhammad's timeline until the ink is verified.

4 years agoComment mathematical
TIL that Cecily Strong portraying "girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with" on SNL is a bully...

4 years agoComment mathematical
This is one of those "are you kidding me?" kind of stories. So he needs mental help and he's left in jail? A quick google search tells me both petty larceny and trespassing have maximum sentences of only one year. It seems ridiculous that he's in jail 4 months with a mental condition, without help, and while there was no end of this in sight for him, he likely already served the amount of jail time he would have been sentenced with. It's all very sad.

4 years ago
Probably the same reason why expert climbing is .0145 out of 100. Why they couldn't write "1 out of 6900" or "15 out of 100,000" is beyond me. Transforming that data to "1 out of 6900" would make sense, as they use that exact setup in the next section: Expert Climbing... In Nepal.
This is a fun idea, but it would be so much better if it was easier to compare the death rates.
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4 years ago
Some serious title gore. In what way is Snowden passing a security screen and going on to leak info an "obvious" reason the vetting company should be fined?I Timeline:
1. Great government employee easily passes security clearance screen. 2. Government employee has lifealtering event 3. Government employee acts out against government due to lifealtering event.
Seriously, how could the security agency tell the future? Obviously Snowden saw this data and that was enough for him to turn. Regardless of what Snowden did, a company shouldn't be liable for the future if there are no obvious reasons for failure.

4 years agoComment mathematical
Has anyone made a similar opensource port of their OS? I think this idea is awesome, but it'd be nice to have even some of the features and still get to use a favorite mainstream device.