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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Fenix do produce pretty good torches at a reasonable price but I found out the hard way that they could do better at waterproofing during a night out in heavy sleet a couple of years ago. The control circuit started...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I am hoping that the head torch manufacturers catch on. I wasn't kidding when I said that the blue white LEDs cused serious issues with some maps I have used....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I said I would stay away from the non linearity. The human visual system is complicated. Fortunately you can get quite a long way ith some simple maths and life only gets really hard when you start chasing perfection. 80/20...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You say that but it's not quite true. There are some quite expensive torches that still have terrible LEDs. I mostly know about walking and cycling lights which are all marketed with one number - ALL HAIL THE LUMENS! I...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That's what I was getting at with the comment about the spectrum. Here's a simplified primer for people who aren't colour/physics geeks: I'm going to ignore all the wildly non linear image processing in the brain here, as it isn't...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That's because the colour spaces are different shapes and there are parts that don't overlap. How to clamp values that are outside your space is tricky and whatever you do is going to be unsatisfactory in some way. This is...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Yeah. There are an infinite number of spectra that can produce each colour, and most people just pick one that looks gives the right results with black body radiation. Most of the time LED lights just make things look ugly...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There is also massive variation in colour vision acuity between people. I can't speak for anyone else but there is even a noticeable difference between my left and right eyes when it comes to picking out reds and browns....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Why design a colony ship when you can fit engines to Great Britain, cut it loose from Europe and brexit in style?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Pantone support usually comes as a big lookup table of Lab or Luv* values. These are easy to deal with. The problem is that you have to pay the license fee for the "official" values. You could get a pile...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I thought we were better off burning that stuff than waiting for all the methane to be released when the sea warms up....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    He has downsized from a volcano base to his bedroom, and the cat kept walking over his keyboard when he tried to type in the "kill switch" url. Tough times....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    One thing SpaceX did was to invest heavily in developing a world class CFD simulation capability. It's impossible to say how much that has saved them in the long run but I would bet that it's significant. Back on the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I suppose the emergency rediscovery of ancient prohibitions on bearing false witness is too much to hope for....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Do it to them and they will....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Yeah, that's the "bespoke" bit that troutwaxer mentioned. I expect it will be very unpleasant for a while before people get wise to it....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    > What happens when this capability is not expensive and bespoke, but instead costs twenty dollars payable in bitcoin to some otherwise useless dude in him mom's basement? That's easy. Nobody takes anything based on such evidence seriously, people regularly...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    But as OGH said you are buying a geographically limited license, not a copy. If the license does specify geographic limits then whether or not you were entitled to download the file in the first place is irrelevant. OTOH you...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Does this mean that technically you aren't allowed to load your e-reader with books and take it on holiday? Wonder if license violation is considered a good enough reason to detain people at borders....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    All this talk of relativistic projectiles and wasting people suggests you are thinking too small. If the setting allows FTL then use it - wait until a couple of seconds before impact, then move the planet. SF has far too...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    It's suspiciously similar to a line from an old John Carpenter horror movie, which suggests that the item being waved at Greg is either a tentacle or Sam Neill. Not sure which is worse....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    They probably spent more time on the backronym than they did on the paper....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Essentially her argument is that anyone who doesn't vote for the election is a nasty poopyhead. Presumably failing to get the required supermajority could be used as an excuse for a no confidence vote....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    A hopelessly utopian take on range anxiety: If everyones job has been automated away and society is structured in a way that allows unemployed people to afford travel then it doesn't really matter if the cars range is a bit...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The lack of any attempt to hide the spoiler or put space between it and the warning was appreciated. Thanks. If I ever get the opportunity I will be sure to return the favour. On the topic of emoji/dead semicolons...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Your so called "beard" is an advanced but poorly programmed nanotech fabricator. Given the correct instructions anything could fall out....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    In the same way as CCTV operators can simply record someone until they take their sunglasses off, they can just follow someone around until they shave. For the secret policebeing in a hurry there are recordings. :) Slightly more sensibly,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    If it is a ridiculously expensive space station it should have at least be spinning, in which case baby proofing consists of putting controls at a level where adults can use them....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    They always seem to do it on the third or fourth book of a series too. I dislike them to the extent that the format is a deal breaker. There are always plenty of other books to read....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Who are they to make demands of me, for I am the avatar of the sysadmin running THEIR simulation and I find their pathetic threats amusing....
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