I think this whole thing is very telling of the lengths people will go to to either fit in or stand out. I'm a cynic, and I feel like at least half the people are not telling me what they actually see, but what they think will color (ha) my perception of them in the way they want. » 2/27/15 8:42am Friday 8:42am

You know what's also really, really hard? Sending sound waves and EM fields into the earth from a very few, scattered source points along only one side of the earth, yet being able to pull out a picture of what's underground precise enough to pinpoint a relatively small puddle of oil sitting several km underground or… » 2/20/15 11:34am 2/20/15 11:34am

Ah, yes, nothing marks someone as superintelligent more than "tricking" a bored, underpaid call center staffer into ... doing what s/he would normally do to move onto the next call. It's like putting nails in front of car tires at a stop light, and then claiming to feel like an all-powerful supergenius for knowing the… » 2/17/15 1:04pm 2/17/15 1:04pm

All the reasons you listed are exactly the reasons I use Safari. It just browses the freaking web. I don't want nor see the appeal of most extensions beyond Adblock. Even that one is questionable—my brain can block out ads just fine, thanks. There have been roughly 0 times I thought, "gee, I wish I had some browser… » 2/13/15 11:40am 2/13/15 11:40am

The first and third points always bother me. Neither pass basic sniff tests. I mean, are genes decaying over time or something? Because obesity is increasing, so therefore if everyone has a genetic or physical abnormality who says they do, there's an alarming increase in the number of such things. » 2/10/15 9:23am 2/10/15 9:23am


I've always questioned the storytime notion that someone from the past would be floored by our shiny future. I think your average Joe would fairly quickly, if not instantaneously, grasp that a car was a transportation device, etc. They might not understand how it works, but then again, neither do most of the people in… » 2/09/15 2:21pm 2/09/15 2:21pm

I should point out here that I've come into contact with quite a few Anti-vaxxers who harbor NO belief that vaccines and autism are linked. They're concerned with safety of vaccinations in general and oftentimes with the rapid application of multiple vaccinations. I don't agree with them, but I think it's important to… » 2/06/15 3:49pm 2/06/15 3:49pm

Hackaday had a QA session about how RadioShack might've saved itself. The number one answer seemed to be that they should've embraced the makerspace trend early on. They already had the space and the suppliers, and a captive audience would've paid their higher-than-online part price. But as it is, the store has no… » 2/03/15 2:57pm 2/03/15 2:57pm

I've seen a bunch of these articles, and I wonder who's having this problem? My last house was a ridiculously big 3600 square feet (wife's choice—I've since convinced her to downgrade to 1700), and I have fine coverage in every room with the vDSL router from AT&T. I put it in the master bedroom upstairs. » 2/03/15 12:47pm 2/03/15 12:47pm

The writers addressed this in the TPB in the author notes. They said that the appeal of the Hulk was his adaptability, and he needed to be calmer and smarter to survive at first. So you see him gradually become more Banner-like and calm, even reverting to Banner at one point, before returning to Hulk form. Also, it's… » 2/02/15 3:33pm 2/02/15 3:33pm