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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

Alomex Re:Townes was Told that the Maser Was Impossible (73 comments)

He also discovered electron tunneling, though he gave it as evidence of how nonsensical quantum mechanics was. He was correct on the derivation, but wrong on the interpretation.

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Alomex A kids toy (298 comments)

Nearly everyone of my colleagues bought one, fell in love it, realized its limitations and moved back to a phablet/laptop combo.

Nowadays I rarely see one in the wild. Not at coffee shops, not at planes, nor at work or university.

The exception seems to be elementary school when a lot of kids still use one. Even then many prefer an iPod because of portability factors.

3 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Alomex Re:physical access (374 comments)

X11 was written in the 1980s

Written? More like scratched in crayon in the walls of a padded cell.

The architecture of X has always been a mess going back to the very beginning. Need proof? the client is on the server and the server is on the client. 'nuf said!

p.s. notice that you need no elevation for this. This was a common joke back in the pre-security days. You wrote a cool user space application that after a few minutes of inactivity would pop up an xlock clone. The user would then type his/her password and "unlock the screen".

The application would then create a word readable .pwd file in the user directory which then you could use to mess up the users space, like hiding all files with a message "because you haven't paid your tuition/our logs show you've downloaded too much porn/you've used your entire yearly usenet posting quota".

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Alomex Fake noise... (820 comments)

Or you could just design the best, most efficient quite engine. Turns out that the human brain can detect efficiency. So naturally efficient, streamlined shapes and sounds are always aesthetically pleasing.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Alomex Re:Reid Technique (291 comments)

They do not care that innocent people are sent to prison. They simply want convictions.

I got my hands on a few issues of the local police magazine and this was very clear. So long as someone ended up in jail they were happy. Even in the cases where the person was later exonerated using incontrovertible evidence (DNA match to another well known criminal) the rag would still defend the work and blame "pro-crime" lawyers for the reversal.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Alomex Re:Enormous debt? (206 comments)

China can explode its population overnight by abolishing the One-Child policy

Wrong, the policy is essentially already gone. You can have more than one child if you want by paying a relatively affordable fee. Still, people choose to have one kid, like most of the rest of the semi- and fully developed world nowadays.

about three weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Alomex The weakening of America (206 comments)

In contrast in America, republican hopeful Governor Chris Christie refused to allow a new tunnel to be built linking New Jersey and New York.

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

Alomex Uncorrelated? (227 comments)

public acclaim is often uncorrelated to scientific accomplishment

I hate it when people use "uncorrelated" or "not correlated" to mean: the correlation coefficient isn't quite 1.0 but otherwise yeah, it's pretty high.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Alomex Re:Cha Ching (790 comments)

I prefer ka-chunk which is the sound credit card imprinting machines used to do. As in

man, I don't know if I can afford that fancy car stereo

well, why don't you just ka-chunk it?

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Alomex Never is a long time... (300 comments)

Never? really? never? and this person calls himself an SF writer?

Here are some of the things we can do to make faster speed travel more efficient:

1. Try to capture some of the potential energy stored in an airplane at 100,000 ft over the earth

2. Reduce the duration and speed of the portion of the flight that takes place at higher atmospheric densities

3. Try to capture some of the kinetic energy of flying suborbital at Mach 3 during deceleration.

Are those easy? not at all. But that is the kind of challenge that technology is very good at solving over a few hundred years.

about a month ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

Alomex Bears repeating... (303 comments)

Object orientation is a tool, unfortunately most programming languages treat it as if was a religion.

about a month ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Alomex Re:Trucking industry responsible for 30% of emissi (232 comments)

First, my statement was that brand new airplanes today are 30% more efficient than they were a decade ago.

But second, here is the data you want: traffic has grown 50% over the last 15 years, fuel usage has grown 3%.

There is nothing extraordinary about my claim unless you are particularly ill informed about fuel improvements in aviation.

about a month ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Alomex Re:Vs Driving? (232 comments)

You got it. Airline travel is more efficient per mile traveled than all other forms of transportation practically available in North America. In Europe train is an alternative and people massively use trains over short haul flights i.e. less than 1,000km.

about a month ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Alomex Trucking industry responsible for 30% of emissions (232 comments)

Why are we obsessing over an industry that

  1. is making every effort to improve efficiency (airplanes are 30% more efficient than they were only a decade ago or so),
  2. is difficult to replace since it is not like you can walk across the Atlantic
  3. is more efficient per mile traveled than a Honda Civic
  4. while ignoring an extremely inefficient means of transportation, i.e. trucks, which can readily be replaced by a much more efficient one i.e. railways?

Sorry folks, but all this attention to airline emissions has astroturf campaign written all over it.

about a month ago
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Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

Alomex Re:Quality Vs. Quantity (161 comments)

Yeah, yeah, but did you make the team?

about a month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Alomex Re:Logic applies to all professions (552 comments)

America did great under lax immigration rules for 200 years and only started doing not so well when it gave massive tax cuts to the 1%.

Yet you blame immigrants for your problems and not the tax cuts to the 1%.

You are not too bright are you?

about a month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Alomex Re:Logic applies to all professions (552 comments)

You are exactly correct which is why immigration is a great boon for the USA. Or haven't you noticed how the entire country and empire was built upon it?

about a month ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Alomex Cool (191 comments)

This is cool but why is he driving on the wrong side of the road? They should fix that first.

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Alomex Why??? (178 comments)

I think letting the buildings collapse on top of their residents is a much preferable alternative, instead of this mandated socialism.

In fact when this happened during the 1985 earthquake in Mexico people were elated that no retrofitting had taken place and citizens en masse celebrated the >30,000 dead people.

I mean who does this Eric Garcetti guy thinks he is?

about 2 months ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Alomex Re:Republicans: Ideology over facts (772 comments)

I wrote about Republicans choosing ideology over facts. Your comment about drones has nothing to do with my argument.

about 2 months ago

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