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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Arancaytar 1-600 kilotons (149 comments)

8/25/2000 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
4/23/2001 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
3/9/2002 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
8/9/2006 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN
9/2/2006 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN
10/2/2006 (1-10 kilotons) ARABIAN SEA
12/9/2006 (10-20 kilotons) EGYPT
9/22/2007 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN
12/26/2007 (1-10 kilotons) SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
10/7/2008 (1-10 kilotons) SUDAN
10/8/2009 (>20 kilotons) SOUTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA
9/3/2010 (10-20 kilotons) SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
12/25/2010 (1-10 kilotons) TASMAN SEA
4/22/2012 (1-10 kilotons) CALIFORNIA, USA
2/15/2013 (>20 kilotons) CHELYABINSK, OBLAST, RUSSIA
4/21/2013 (1-10 kilotons) SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA
4/30/2013 (10-20 kilotons) NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

yyeeeah, those are technically all between 1-600 kilotons.

Also, between 1 kiloton and 600 gigatons.


Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Arancaytar Homeopathy (330 comments)

150mL urine in 150 million liters?

1/10^9; that's a 9X potentiation! Holy shit, that piss would have been potent!

3 days ago

L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Arancaytar This is the state of gun laws (251 comments)

Pointing a finger gun at school: NO.
Building a marshmallow gun: NO.
Giving real guns to children: YES.
Buying assault weapons without background checks: YES.

Yay for the second amendment, apparently. 'Merca.

3 days ago

Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

Arancaytar Good thing the ACA passed (80 comments)

Because with Heartbleed being introduced early 2012, long before that website launched, it would have been one hell of a pre-existing condition. :P

4 days ago

Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Arancaytar Better yet (56 comments)

It'd be neat if tor exit nodes enforced a complete no-plaintext policy (and the tor network, in turn, blacklisted exit nodes that didn't do this). Any plain http connection you try to tunnel through tor should be blocked as soon as it reaches the exit node, just as a precaution.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Arancaytar Doctors (737 comments)

> medical doctors would be useful, as would most scientists and engineers

A small subset of them would be able to apply a small subset of their skills and knowledge. Without infrastructure and technology, very little of what scientists or engineers learn is remotely useful, and most of that is stuff they learned in high school. The medical doctor only fares little better unless they specialized something like trauma surgery.

Without electricity and advanced industry, we're nothing but particularly clever monkeys.

about two weeks ago

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Arancaytar gmail (167 comments)

> I see that you are using a gmail account.

Yeah, me too. Didn't pay 1500 bucks for it, though...

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Arancaytar Re:Evolution (178 comments)

Yep, but the hacking claim is completely unrelated to the claim of the drone striking the ground. This just means that "drone footage shows it hitting the ground" and "victim got hit by propeller" are not contradictory claims. Whether he's pulling the hacking thing out of his ass is another matter entirely.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Arancaytar Re:Poor poor bigot (1116 comments)

Homophobes and racists using the same language and the same arguments for their bigotry does not make "gay the new black". It just makes bigots the new bigots. A surprising twist.

about two weeks ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Arancaytar Re:Yahoo Mail is blackholed everywhere (83 comments)

Well, this improves security at Yahoo mail by making people stop using Yahoo mail.

That works, I guess...

about two weeks ago

Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Arancaytar Re:Transparent Bonnet (172 comments)

Okay, okay. Don't get a bee in your hood...

( :-P )

about two weeks ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Arancaytar Re:Poor poor bigot (1116 comments)

Sure, marriage is a religious institution untouched by civilized, secular society, which is why we still have forcibly arranged, polygamous and/or incestuous marriages that cannot be divorced, rape is punished by forcing the victim to marry the rapist, and adultery is punished by stoning. The courts and the government have no power to redefine or recognize marriage, which is why the non-existing divorce cases are never decided by secular courts, courts never handle custody battles, and there is no such thing as a joint tax statement.

not opposed to gay people. He just wants them to prevent them from ruining the (religious) institution of marriage

This is literally the same argument racists used a few decades ago to argue against letting black and white people marry.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Arancaytar Headline contradicts summary, film at 11. (1116 comments)

He wasn't fired, he left. The employees protest did not violate this law for the same reason that this law exists in the first place: The political actions of an individual employed by a company aren't controlled by that company. Mozilla had no authority to either order or forbid their employees to protest Eich's appointment.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Arancaytar NO! NO! NO! (245 comments)

Just... no. Stop using XP. Ideally, stop using Windows. But at least stop using XP.

about two weeks ago

Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

Arancaytar Maybe, maybe. (105 comments)

But any time a scientist (particularly a theoretical physicist; they're especially prone to that) claims, within minutes, to revolutionize a different field of science in which everybody has apparently been wrong for decades, this should be taken sceptically. Obligatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/675/

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Arancaytar Re:Evolution (178 comments)

He's basing his claim on the drone footage showing it crash to the ground. That doesn't mean she didn't get hit: Depending on how fast the drone was going, the shrapnel could have been pretty nasty - particularly pieces from the propeller.

about two weeks ago

Why Are We Made of Matter?

Arancaytar Re:By definition... (393 comments)

We'd still be surprised not to see something closer to an even split between the two in the universe, considering that's where it started out.

about three weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Arancaytar Re:some Mozilla employees are intolerant of CEO (1746 comments)

That's exactly what I'm saying. This is shit that people should not be able to support and expect to remain respected members of society. Their position is objectively evil. "Allowing all opinions to be heard" should not be mistaken for "pretending all opinions are equally valuable". Homophobes should be able to express their opinion in whatever way they want, and society should make every effort to oust them out of all positions of relevance or authority.

There is no evidence that Adolf Hitler ever had a relationship with a woman.

Except for, you know, his wife. What there is evidence for is that thousands of people were deported and killed by the Nazis for being gay. Since you're bringing up pots and kettles.

about three weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Arancaytar Re:some Mozilla employees are intolerant of CEO (1746 comments)

A "sincere opinion" is when somebody says "I prefer strawberry over vanilla pudding".

"I think some humans shouldn't have the same rights I have" isn't a sincere opinion, it's a failure of morals and ethical behavior.

about three weeks ago


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