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  1. @~thehung

    11 11 11

    affirming a vow to never let it happen again is half the point of saying "lest we forget" and having a day for doing that. the Somme was the modern world's first introduction to a conceivable nightmare future of war as a perpetual intercontinental industrial scale human meat grinder. WWI didnt end all wars, but its worth remembering why people thought it might, or should, and keeping that thread of thought alive. WWII, however, was almost newtonian in its reactive inevitability, so it can't easily be used to throw doubt on the proactive worth of such affirmations. the Holocaust and Hiroshima are now far more emblematic, but the necessity to learn from our mistakes has not altered, and its simply expressed by one minute of silence every year. and who's know how worse things may have gotten or will in future without populations who actively remember not to forget.
  2. @~thehung

    (Economic) deflation is a good thing.

    maybe for the other two, but Dutton definitely doesnt wear one! its actually discernible if you zoom in and apply just the right mix of contrast and edge enhancement filtering, like so...
  3. @~thehung

    NSW / QLD fires

    no. 1. mentioning what kind of voters they may have been is a hard fail. 2. tacking on a non sequitur, even were it not fraudulent, couldnt raise the intelligence level above zero. dumb + dumb ≠ smart. in the presence of climate change sensible countermeasures need to be taken that extend beyond mere backburning which is only possible during shrinking windows of time due to the deteriorating conditions. SloMo actually meeting with Greg Mullins would be a start.
  4. @~thehung

    Chinese Whispers & Vegan Militants

    jesus, dude. btw, Sap had a Chuck Palahniuk fixation. hence, his namesake. if you recall, in Fight Club, they raided liposuction waste bins for soap making ingredients. "It was beautiful: we were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them."
  5. @~thehung

    Chinese Whispers & Vegan Militants

    quick point of personal privilege: please refrain from using animal based idioms, or at least consider providing a trigger warning in future kthnx
  6. @~thehung

    11 11 11

    maybe it needs updating for the modern age. how about 11 seconds? fits in well the average maximum time many people can go without playing with their phone.
  7. @~thehung

    Headsup for those unsatisfied with HOTAS/HOSAS

    yeah, i saw the SC clip. and the drone one. i hope they make something that addresses these concerns conclusively though. it seems pretty clear that at least for moderate rates of change and bandwidth of simultaneous input, and with moderate constraints on precision, it is highly capable. that in itself may be more than enough for most contexts. then there is the possibility — which intrigues me — that even if there is an unavoidably high degree of crosstalk between axes, the sensitivity and the 'slew rate' of the sampling could each be high enough to render the necessary compensations intuitive and seamless. ie. you just adapt unconsciously. provided the extraneous effects were consistent right down to the smallest input levels, then that lefthand yaw you go for to line up a target feels to you exactly like a pure yaw movement, and the exact one you wanted, even though its a little bit smaller, because your brain has already factored in the highly dependable degree of "bonus left strafe" endemic to that amount of yaw
  8. @~thehung

    Ramping. This cant be good.

    "ramping"? cant make sense of the term. is it called that because having ambos around 'ramps' up the number of available medical personnel? is it ramping up the number of people waiting for attention. i dont get it.
  9. @~thehung

    Headsup for those unsatisfied with HOTAS/HOSAS

    its a great idea and i applaud their efforts. i hope they do well, regardless of whether or not my doubts are ill-founded. my doubts? many. none of which were assuaged by watching their vids or the info on their website. which only adds to my scepticism. yes, i believe it is working as shown in the Descent reboot. but thats deceptively forgiving, and not a good demo of precision or accuracy for all combinations of axes under independent or concurrent strain when rapid rates of change are required. its the nature of even 2-axis joysticks, that pulling a pure hard right, for example, without a skerrick of y-input is physically difficult for any mortal. sure, unwanted inputs can be controlled somewhat with deadzones and response curves, but these arent cure-alls. they must be adjusted for the specific demands of the task (game) at hand, to minimise a joystick's inherent weaknesses in each case. certain combinations are even harder. try, for example, rapidly switching between NE (north east) at 80% of full extension, and ESE at 60% extension. not only will you not be able to avoid overrunning or underrunning the mark, you will probably move the stick in erratic asymmetrical elipticals between those two points, rather than straight lines. thats fine, you may say. which is largely true, because we're very well adapted to this. if you were controlling the nose of an aircraft you would simply make constant unconscious compensations for all those squirrelly accidental inputs without even thinking about it. but if you tried doing the same with a joystick that has no mechanical damping, you would suddenly be very conscious of a huge proportion of your time and effort being expended to combat fishtailing. so it goes, that a further requirement for precision is an ideal amount of mechanical resistance. even with 2 axes, this is a delicate balancing act. with the 3 axis joystick ive got, (z-axis left/right twist), i find it near impossible to fly a plane without accidental slipping and skidding. thats partly, or even mostly, due to my lack of coordination and the quality of the joystick. but the fact remains, the physical action is inherently imprecise when certain combinations of input are required. in a dogfight, adding just a brief touch of rudder during pitching and banking is fundamentally difficult to do without introducing annoying accidental deviations to x/y input. there's just hard limits to the level of fine control we can hope to squeeze out of one hand. ergo, imo the addition of translational movement poses major potential difficulties. they have an interesting suspension system with force sensors at the joystick's centre of gravity, and granular measurement over very small movement ranges (1cm-ish). pushing against that wire frame thing would seem to provide fine control with little effort, which is great. however, as it is, i cant imagine the resistance is easily customisable per axis, if at all. going full-stick on all axes simultaneously may be overly resistive, for example. and it looks like it would be very hard to give isolated input to one axis without smudging unwanted input across all other axes. given the small movement range, taming said smudginess with deadzoning would seem very limited too, lest you want an axis that behaves like a near-digital hair-trigger that gives you RSI. it may seem like i am being defeatist. i am not. just saying, a lot of things need to come together for this thing to work as advertised.
  10. @~thehung

    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    nope :) btw, i love what youre wearing. actually...the building in the background. i wanted to find the menu. no luck. "save your coins..." was from a review :)
  11. @~thehung

    What a joke

    ive been enjoying it. its truly bizarre. forget sounding like him, nobody i know can get anywhere close to replicating that tortured diphthong. Tur-kee is pretty fucken funny too.
  12. @~thehung

    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    what did you order, truffle spaghetti with truffle oil? save your coins and head down to Salmon Street for a better quality lunch.
  13. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

  14. @~thehung

    Oldy but a Definite Bloody Goody

    you say that, but have you ever tried dragging a kid out of a burning building, or running over broken glass to tackle a would be bank robber, WHILE WEARING THONGS! i bet you havent. i am not someone who goes looking for trouble, but for whatever reason, it always seems to find me. just unlucky i guess ;-). its little wonder that experience has taught me to be prepared. lets just say theres a good reason why the SF boys choose boots over thongs. not wearing thongs has probably saved my life more times than i care to remember. that was a long time ago, during a very strange and very different time in my life, but old habits die hard.
  15. @~thehung

    Oldy but a Definite Bloody Goody

    thongs just make me feel slow and stupid and defenseless. call me paranoid, but i need to feel ready to throw down at a moments notice (¬_¬) and limp clippety clappety flaps of rubber won't cut it. the noise makes me feel like am wearing a cow bell. give me something with grip that will stay on, hence i opt for those covered sandals things that look like sneakers.
  16. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    OT: i keep seeing pics of this guy. apparently he won the Melbourne Cup, in ... 1919 2019. old matey is 42! makes me wonder if not verifying the ages of young jockeys is going to be the next scandal...
  17. @~thehung

    And What Are You Listening To?

    what a cool clip! single shot
  18. @~thehung

    i see dead people

    liquid nitrogen bath, then firing squad, filmed by The Slomo Guys
  19. why stop there? we'd all be safer if we had to wear helmets whenever we ambulate on public land. what we need is government issued cotton wool suits, and fines for dissenters. hefty fines!
  20. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    i dont know about 'pales into insignificance'. for many individuals, certainly, but en masse, it could be argued that its the other way around. it all depends what datasets you deem to be 'really personal stuff'. sure, if youre trying to forestall the break up of your marriage to your childhood sweetheart by sending intensely personal poetry via DMs over Farcebook, for example, then stuff like that is largely opaque to Google's gaze. but i dont think its easy to downplay the rest of what they have on most of us. unfortunately, compared to previous versions, windoze 10, is spyware central no matter how hard you try to harden it amen to the contractual agreements.
  21. for anyone struggling to entertain the "sacrilegious" side of this debate, maybe try this account Why I stopped wearing a bike helmet, by Peter Flax, former editor-in-chief of Bicycling (a long running and successful magazine) heres a taste: .. I lacked the time or the skill to navigate my way around this obstacle, and I went down. Hard. I can still remember the force of my face hitting the road, and had an awareness in that instant that it was enough to kill someone. The impact was fierce. I sheared five of my teeth at the gum line, shattered my jaw, and broke bones in my hands, arms, and shoulder. My body bounced and slid about 25 yards from the point of impact until it came to a stop. It is true that I continue to deal with the implications of that crash — I have a titanium plate in my chin and recurring dental problems and I still feel pain in my right hand when I open a jar of tomato sauce — but it also is true that it didn’t change the arc of my life. I’ve always felt that the bike helmet I was wearing that day had something to do with that. ... or, for those not invested enough to read that, but still open to challenging their convictions the lazy way:
  22. bike helmet laws are mondo stoopid. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/21/bike-helmet-cyclists-safe-urban-warfare-wheels "A major 2001 review of the research concluded that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 60%. A 2011 examination of this study by Rune Elvik, a Norwegian academic and road safety expert...noted that whatever the benefits in each individual case, a population-wide increase in helmet use, for example after legislation, is not generally matched by similar reductions in overall head injury rates. " ... "In 2006 the British Medical Journal carried an examination of the evidence by Dorothy Robinson, an Australian statistician, into what actually happened in New Zealand and Australia after helmet compulsion laws were passed. ...The conclusion? The idea that bike helmet laws directly improve overall safety for cyclists doesn’t appear to be backed by any evidence." [emphasis added] https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2018/10/21/i-do-not-wear-a-bicycle-helmet/ Let me qualify that headline: I do wear a helmet when mountain biking. But I don’t wear one when the sidewalk is icy – yet I could slip when walking and split my skull. I do not don my bike helmet when I jump in the shower, despite the fact falling and hitting my head while covered in suds is far riskier than you might think. Scooping leaves out of high gutters requires a ladder climb, and is decidedly dicy, but before I ascend to the residential roof I do not strap on a lid. Why do I do all of these dangerous things without even giving a passing thought to protecting my brainbox with a helmet, yet I am said by some to be naked if I ride my bike without one? It’s illogical. Why is bicycling perceived to be an activity that’s so perilous that it requires head protection? If it were, indeed, this dangerous there would be an epidemic of head injuries in the Netherlands, where bicyclists rule (literally: the Dutch Royal family dot around on bikes – lidless, of course). Ah, some might say, there are gazillions of cycleways in the Netherlands so cycle helmets are not required. Thing is, cycle helmets are designed for precisely this sort of scenario – slow speed crashes on to curbs from head height. They are not intended to offer protection against being hit by a car or truck (they’re polystyrene blocks, not force fields). You know what’s really dangerous? Driving. Getting behind the wheel of a car is perhaps the riskiest thing we do every day yet few of us give head safety while driving a second’s thought. Individual motor journeys are not particularly risky, but they are so routine and frequent that the overall risk, over time, becomes more significant than normally understood. Driving to a skydiving airstrip is far riskier than jumping out of the airplane yet parachutists are not nagged to wear motoring helmets. And such products do exist. Well, did. Davies Craig motoring helmets are sometimes available on eBay (that’s where I bought mine, pictured). “Motoring is a dangerous activity,” said Richard Davies, managing director of Davies Craig, an Australian manufacturer of automotive parts. “If a motorist is not killed in a crash one of the most common injuries is a head injury and they can produce permanent and long-term damage.” Despite the prevalence of car airbags, motorists still die from head injuries; head injuries that could have been prevented had those motorists been wearing helmets. [emphasis added] In the 1980s Davies’s company added a Motoring Helmet to a long list of its other automotive products. (Davies Craig is a manufacturer of electric water pumps, fan clutches and other automotive components, exported all over the world.) The company’s Motoring Helmet was available globally – 500 were sold between 1985 and 1987. “Commonly a head injury arises when the head strikes the A or B pillar, windscreen, or the head of another occupant,” Davies once told me by email from Australia. Using an argument that is often wheeled out on social media for helmet-less cyclists, he added: “Medical treatment is a drain on society.” The Davies Craig Motoring Helmet wasn’t for motorsports, it was for everyday driving. The helmet’s packaging featured families wearing helmets for urban motoring, and a businessman was shown wearing one while being driven by a similarly-clad chauffeur. Sales spiel on the helmet’s box claimed that one day “motoring helmets will be commonplace.” But they are not. Why do we not wear motoring helmets today for every single car journey, even for just popping down to the shops? Part of the reason for the product’s lack of success could be the widespread belief that motoring isn’t dangerous to car occupants. “Motorists perceive they [are] safe, strapped in a steel cage,” said Davies. His helmet’s packaging stressed that “driving even for the most proficient is dangerous.” Use of the helmet was recommended for all car journeys but especially “after dark and during twilight … or when roads are wet.” The use of a motoring helmet was also recommended for “long trips when you may become tired” but also “within five kilometres of your home or destination.” Pretty much for every car journey, then. Statistically, and logically, it would make sense to take every safety precaution necessary when driving, including wearing helmets – but no brain injury organizations lobby for their use, never mind their mandatory use. Unlike for cycling, there are no campaigns urging the adoption of motoring helmets because “if it saved just one life it would be worth it.”[emphasis added] It’s almost as though we’re culturally programmed to mollycoddle motoring and erect barriers for bicycling. <snip>
  23. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Feeling The Force of Sperm...
  24. @~thehung

    I wish I was a phone

    what i find most disturbing about the cartoon is its obviously a veiled attack on caucasians. just look at the way he has singled us out. its very clear that both parent and child have fair skin. how dare you, Mr Leunig, suggest that white people dont care about their offspring as much as darker skinned people do. there are some idiots out there claiming that this cartoon is merely an exhortation about the potential pitfalls of society becoming increasingly obsessed with vacant technological distractions. but if that were truly the case, if thats what Leunig really intended, then he would have included people of all races and all genders — but he deliberately chose not to. also, as someone who often couples a lilac slipover with sea green pantaloons, i cant help but feel personally offended by this reprehensible cartoon