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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

AbsoluteXyro Why did they bother? (264 comments)

Who seriously expected the physics of a marble rolling on a rubber sheet to exactly match the physics of a planetary body in orbit? Who thought the analogy was ever meant to make that statement? It's still a pretty good analogy for giving a layperson the gist of how gravity works, and I seriously doubt it was ever meant to do any more than just that.

about 10 months ago
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Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

AbsoluteXyro I agree with Lewis Black (383 comments)

Death is not a bug, it's a feature. It's the only way we get rid of old assholes.

about a year ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

AbsoluteXyro Definitely NOT Earth 2 (420 comments)

Pretty impossible to say if the planet is habitable, but at 4 times the Earth's mass it definitely isn't Earth-like. The search continues...

about 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

AbsoluteXyro In the immortal words of Bender (507 comments)

Demand suddenly skyrocketed! You all saw it!

more than 2 years ago
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When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

AbsoluteXyro Re:Media Hype(rcane) (426 comments)

You do realize that there is still a huge gap between a storm like Irene and Katrina, or even Katrina and the 1970 "Bhola Cyclone" which took the lives of over 300,000 people? I never once said Irene was not a bad storm, just an over-hyped and over-covered one.

more than 3 years ago
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When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

AbsoluteXyro Re:Media Hype(rcane) (426 comments)

This. A million times this. We have serious problems in the way media presents information before, during, and after events such as this.

more than 3 years ago
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When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

AbsoluteXyro Media Hype(rcane) (426 comments)

Yes, it was a Bad Storm. Nobody is going to deny that. However, the media's over-hype and over-coverage of the storm could have a serious "boy who cried wolf" effect. I would hate to see people woefully under-prepared if and when the next "Katrina" arrives, due to lack in confidence in media storm reporting and forecasting. We really don't need to instill a mindset of "it's not going to be as bad as they say it is" in hurricane prone areas. That kind of thinking costs lives, but is none the less engendered by ratings hungry news networks over-hyping relatively weak storms like Irene.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

AbsoluteXyro We absolutely HAVE NOT found 5 Earth-size planets (184 comments)

Stupid media hype. In that very same article it is stated that it would take 3 years -at minimum- to verify the existence of an Earth-size exoplanet. So clearly there aren't five of them on the books yet. Kepler went up in March 2009.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

AbsoluteXyro Internet Explorer 6 = Boned (2254 comments)

The new design shows up as a complete fustercluck in Internet Explorer 6, which is sadly the only browser I can use at work. Had to wait till I got home to post this comment! Oh well.

more than 3 years ago
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Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy

AbsoluteXyro Re:Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (167 comments)

I'm no astrophysicist but shouldn't a galactic anchor supermassive black hole tearing ass through it's soon-to-be former host galaxy be dragging a fair amount of material with it and creating a bow shock, much as this runaway star is doing?

What do you think is generating the x-rays they're using to spot the black hole?

I believe the X-Ray source may be a foreground or background object not associated with the galaxy, and possibly stationary as well. I would expect a super-massive black hole capable of anchoring an entire galaxy that is so off-center would cause some serious deformation to the host galaxy, which is a feature that clearly is not present in the provided image. I also believe the lack of an X-Ray source at the galactic nucleus is not due to the super-massive black hole being removed, but rather simply that the super-massive black hole that is there is not currently "eating" anything and thus is not producing prodigious amounts of X-Rays.

more than 4 years ago
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Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy

AbsoluteXyro Where's the Beef? er, Bow Shock? (167 comments)

I'm no astrophysicist but shouldn't a galactic anchor supermassive black hole tearing ass through it's soon-to-be former host galaxy be dragging a fair amount of material with it and creating a bow shock, much as this runaway star is doing?

more than 4 years ago
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DECAF Was Just a Stunt, Now Over

AbsoluteXyro Good luck with that. (206 comments)

I can see what they are getting at but it is a real douche thing for them to be all "shame on you!" for downloading and using software that they themselves created, provided, and handed out. I can't see a whole lot of people taking them seriously, as a result.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

AbsoluteXyro Re:High risk for lenders = high interest rates (1259 comments)

When it comes to unsecured debt there is little lenders can do to recover their losses on defaults but to raise the interest rates on everybody. If lenders didn't raise these rates, lending would become unprofitable and loans would cease to be available... which is hardly a preferable alternative I should think. As has already been mentioned in another comment, the interest rates aren't anything that weren't in writing when the borrower signed for the loan.

about 5 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

AbsoluteXyro High risk for lenders = high interest rates (1259 comments)

It's plain and simple. The reason interest rates on a certain category of loans is high is because the borrowers in that category present a high risk of default to the lenders. This means that as more and more college grads struggle to land jobs, more and more of them will default on their loans, and interest rates on the whole will rise for everybody as lenders compensate for the increased risk.

about 5 years ago
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Auto Warranty Robocall Scammers Busted

AbsoluteXyro Re:I get the stupid post cards too (358 comments)

I also kept getting warranty cards, seemingly for vehicles I didn't even own anymore. Glad I ignored them.

more than 5 years ago
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DTV Transition Mostly Smooth, Windows Media Center Problems

AbsoluteXyro ClearQAM affected (223 comments)

Fox has disappeared entirely from Comcast's ClearQAM selection since the switch. At least in Minneapolis. I wonder if they are still carrying it, or are simply encrypting it now (which I'm fairly certain is illegal)? At least it was the only casualty.

more than 5 years ago
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Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

AbsoluteXyro Re:This isn't exactly news. (383 comments)

Light, like anything else, must travel through space, and it can only go so fast. That said, at this very instant, that is the state of the universe as it is now, Betelgeuse may be no more and we humans may be unaware of that simply because the light depicting the star's demise has not reached us yet and is still journeying through space. Light moves so fast that here on earth we consider things happening at the instant we see them, but that simply isn't true. There is ALWAYS an infinitesimal amount of time between the instant an event occurred and the instant the light (or whichever stimulus it may be) reaches your sensory organs. With the vast distances involved when speaking of interstellar space, the amount of time between the instant an event occurs and the instant the light depicting said event reaches your eyes can be hundreds, thousands, even millions of years. IN FACT, if we could travel FASTER than light, we could outrun it and, in essence, look into our own past. But that's a whole 'nother bowl of noodles.

more than 5 years ago

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'Lazarus Project' Ressurects Extinct Frog Species

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Extinct since 1983, the Gastric Brooding Frog (the only frog to give birth through it's mouth) has been given a new lease on life. The 'Lazarus Project' at the University of Newcastle has achieved a major milestone by successfully cloning a living embryo of the long dead frog. Unfortunately, the embryo didn't survive long. Using somatic-cell nuclear transfer with genetic material from well preserved specimens and the deactivated eggs of a related species of frog, the researchers believe it won't be long until this unique frog is hopping again."
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  about 2 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "NASA's Cassini orbiter, which has been dutifully exploring the Saturn system since 2004, has captured images of the first river ever observed on another world — and it's a biggun. 200 miles of flowing hydrocarbons meandering down a valley in the north polar region of Saturn's moon Titan, emptying into the awesomely named Kraken Mare — itself a body of liquid roughly the size of the Mediterranean Sea back on Earth. But don't think of going for an extraterrestrial skinny dip quite yet, temperatures on Titan average a brutally cold 290 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit)."
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Cops Pirate 100's of DVDs, Get Slap on Wrist

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Apparently, the big FBI warning we all see whenever you pop in a DVD does not apply to the fuzz. From KTTC.com — "In mid-2009, former Houston County digital network administrator Lindsay Pierce saw what he calls "suspicious activity" at the Sheriff's Office. "The county owns a duplicator that will make five discs at a time that we use for court cases and things like that, and I had replaced four or five drives and that seemed unusual. I actually saw one of the people involved actually making movies," Pierce said. Kevin Kelleher was a Houston County Commissioner for 16 years. He says he brought the issue before the county board a number of times. "I've given them evidence that I had that showed that members of the Houston County Sheriff's Department were in fact copying DVDs. Not just ones or twos, but hundreds," Kelleher said. FBI agents from Rochester confirmed that they looked into the allegations. They said they spent an hour in Caledonia before deciding the case didn't fall within their federal prosecuting guidelines. No one in the case has yet been charged with any criminal wrongdoing. But the county gave written reprimands to the county's finance director. The Houston County Attorney's Office says the case is closed.""
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Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Today users of Google Maps will notice a new mapping option — "Quest" — alongside the usual "Map" and "Satellite" views. Quest view renders the planet in a retro 8-bit fantasy video game style, including renders of famous landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower. Even Pegman gets in on the game, now taking on the appearance of a sword wielding 8-bit adventurer, allowing you to witness Street View through 8-bit eyes. Basically, imagine a fully functioning Google Maps on an NES."
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The Amazing Disappearing "Earth-Like" Exoplanet

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "You may recall the story of Gliese 581g, the first exoplanet discovered to be the right size and the right distance from it's sun to potentially be habitable. As reported by Wired, it is now being contested that astronomers Steve Vogt and Paul Butler, discoverers of the supposed Earth-Like world, were dead wrong about its very existence. Philip Gregory, astro-statistics expert at the University of British Columbia has re-analyzed the Vogt and Butler's data using Bayesian analysis and has found a 99.9978% probability that the planet is not there at all."
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Mario Dies at Age 76

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  about 5 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes ""Captain" Lou Albano, who became one of the most recognized professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video, died Wednesday. He was 76. You may have known him as Mario from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show."
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Scientists Discover Teeny Tiny Black Hole

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "According to a Space.com article, NASA scientists have discovered the smallest known black hole, XTE J1650-500. Weighing in at a scant 3.8 solar masses and measuring only 15 miles across, this finding sheds new light on the lower limit of black hole sizes and the critical threshold at which a star will become a black hole upon it's death, rather than a neutron star. XTE J1650-500 beats out the previous record holder, GRO 1655-40, by about 2.5 solar masses."
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Humanoid Figure Found on Mars

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Fox News reports that an image from Mars has been released that appears to show a humanoid figure descending a shallow hillside. "NASA scientists have been puzzled by the peculiarly life-like image," declared the Times of London, despite the apparent fact that no one from NASA has had any comment. This might explain Big-Foot's peculiar absence here on Earth..."
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Help Scientists Obeserve Ultra-Rare Meteor Shower

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Meteor Astronomer Peter Jenniskens is asking all you amateur and back-yard astronomers out there (or anyone with a digital camera) to help his team of scientists observe an extremely rare meteor shower event occuring on September 1st: the Aurigids. Only three people living today are known to have seen the Aurigids, and after the September 1st 2007 encounter they will not be seen again in our lifetimes. Read Mr. Jenniskens' article at Space.com for more details along with instructions on how to help in the study of this historic event. From the article: "Comet Kiess returned from the Oort cloud of comets on the outskirts of the solar system only in recent history. Before that, Kiess spent 4.5 billion years in the Oort cloud, where cosmic rays baked its crust over the age of the solar system. Kiess could have shed some of this pristine crust 2000 years ago. Researchers will examine the colors and way of breaking of the meteors to learn about the materials that formed the solar system.""
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Resident Evil 5 Chock Full of Racism, Apparently

AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "GamePolitics is running an article about a new racism controversy surrounding the next entry in the Resident Evil series. "The new Resident Evil video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people. The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man's job is to destroy them and save humanity..." Kym Platt has since responded to comments from gamers at her blog over at http://www.askthisblackwoman.com/ "I think we should all be very afraid. Many of these folks seem like the type who would try to reenact scenes from Resident Evil 5. Can you say Columbine?" Resident Evil 4 had previously featured a white American murdering droves of hispanic peoples. Has the Resident Evil series developed a race problem? Or is it just coincidence?"
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "The newly appointed National Hurricane Center director Director Bill Proenza has revealed that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is blowing $4 million in taxpayer dollars on NOAA's 200th anniversary celebration, while at the same time cutting $700,000 from hurricane research. WeatherMatrix founder Jesse Ferrel points out in his blog some of NOAA's ridiculous birthday spending, as well as the fact that it is only NOAA's 37th anniversary."
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "PETA is going to be pissed. London Entertainment Guide (Slightly NSFW) breaks the news that electronics giant Sony, in another stroke of marketing brilliance, decided to decapitate a goat and invite guests to "reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach" as a PR stunt to promote God of War II at a recent party in Athens. Images from the party, including at least one showing the freshly decapitated goat's head hanging by it's corpse by a thread of tissue, have been published in a two page spread in the latest edition of Playstation Magazine. Interestingly, Sony UK has refused to say how the goat was killed, but judging by the pictures, we can guess."
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Kotaku reports that Andrew Rosenblum, the founder and co-host of GameLife, has been arrested for allegedly threatening to go on a Virginia Tech-like shooting spree at a Boston-area college. Rosenblum, who was taking classes at the Boston University, instant messaged his ex-girlfriend shortly after 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech, saying he was going to kill her, according to the Boston Herald. "(I)'m gonna (expletive) bring a gun to your school and kill you and K (another female student) and everybody you love. It's gonna be VT all over again," 20-year-old Andrew Rosenblum allegedly wrote in an e-mail to the victim just hours after 32 people were gunned at Virginia Tech."
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "Squirrel, please! Wired News is reporting a demographic shift for PSP marketing beginning with the recent price drop and a new "Dude, get your own!" ad campaign. A Q&A with PSP senior product manager John Koller gives some insight to the new campaign, along with some choice quotes! From the article: The idea this year, says Koller, is to "break out of the home cycle." A significant amount of PSP users in that 13-17 group play the device at home. "The teens that are doign this value the ability to utilize the portability," Koller notes paradoxically. By portability, he clarifies, he means "I can play it upstairs while my parents are watching the TV downstairs." Hopefully this doesn't turn into AllIWantForPubertyisaPSP.com"
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "IGN reports that The Wii version of Resident Evil 4 was confirmed earlier today for inclusion in the elite "Worst Kept Secrets" club as Famitsu spilled the beans on the title in its latest issue. The new version boasts point-and-shoot gameplay, along with a bevy of motion controlled actions that Capcom hopes will put you in the game. Better yet, the game features the visuals of the Gamecube version and all the bonus content of the PS2 version. Famitsu also delivers some info that IGN apparently missed in their translation, including new enemies and bosses, as well as a retail price point of about $30 USD. The game reportedly hits shelves (overseas anyhow) on May 31st."
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro writes "TheAge.com.au reports the launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 games console got off to a feeble start last night with officials, media and security outnumbering customers for most of the evening. Desperate producers unashamedly asked the crowd to fake excitement when the cameras were rolling, while a team from 2Day FM let out bogus cheers to convince their radio listeners that a launch extravaganza was underway. Say it with me, everyone, "Sony lol!""
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro writes "Joystiq.com delivers the bad news for Sony and PS3 seeking consumers with tight budgets: Best Buy has ceased to carry the 20GB model PS3 indefinitely. In an earlier interview with Sony's David Karraker, he noted "Overwhelmingly, retailers have been requesting the 60GB model, the mix has been about 80 percent 60GB, 20 percent 20GB retailer orders." The question is, will Sony do anything about this? Are they concerned with competing the Xbox360 on price?"
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro writes "Using a penetrating radar instrument aboard the Mars Express orbiter, enough frozen water has been found at the Martian south pole to cover the planet in over 30 feet of pure liquid water should it ever be thawed out. From the SPACE.com article: "The reflected beams revealed that 90 percent or more of the frozen polar material is pure water ice, sprinkled with dust particles. The scientists calculated that the water would form a 36-foot-deep ocean of sorts if spread over the Martian globe." This has serious implications for thirsty humanoids."
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AbsoluteXyro AbsoluteXyro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AbsoluteXyro writes "In an effort to control costs Sony has nerfed some PS3 functionality for the upcoming PAL launch. Most notably, Wii-like motion sensing control has been ditched. This is another kick in the behoogies for PAL territories, after long delays and the recent news that backwards compatibility would be limited. Sucks to be those guys."

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