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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

Ashenkase Re:Title (184 comments)

O ya sure... 1/3 the speed of light is close to the speed of light.

That's like saying the 33% I got on my math exam was actually very close to 100%.

If by very close you mean not close at all, then yes, you are right, 33% is very close to 100%.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Ashenkase Re:Phased rollouts and rollback? (167 comments)

You'd think something as big as Microsoft would roll out stuff in phases

You would think Microsoft would do a lot of things the way it "should" be done... but they don't.

about a month ago

The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

Ashenkase 2 Comments (66 comments)

Over at Dice, there's a discussion

No, there is a cheesy article with 2 comments. 2 comments does not a "discussion" make.

about a month ago

Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Ashenkase No (91 comments)


about a month ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Ashenkase Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

Most imaging sats operate at 500km and up.

about a month ago

Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Ashenkase Re:What's with the spokes? (91 comments)

Interplay with some of the close moons of Saturn: Daphnis

about a month and a half ago

Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

Ashenkase Winter (86 comments)

I am glad they picked a location that experiences Winter in all its harshness. I always wondered how an autonomous car would deal with all the challenges that Winter driving poses. Black ice and snow covered surfaces are the worst of the conditions, but throw in snow patches, high winds, variable visual conditions, etc and the software will probably start showing its weaknesses.

about 2 months ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Ashenkase Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (549 comments)


I guess I am disqualified due to the fact that I am not wearing socks.

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

Ashenkase or fix healthcare.gov (225 comments)

I would sooner do surgery on my leg with a spoon than work for the low-bidder, over-commit, under-deliver wreck of a shop that CGI represents.

about 9 months ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Ashenkase Re:Eastern Ontario - sunny and clear (290 comments)

A. What is Maritimer?

Some one from one of these four provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland. They all touch the Atlantic, therefore they are called the Maritime provinces.

B. What does peeling the label off long neck beer bottles mean?


about 10 months ago

The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

Ashenkase Killer Bees (274 comments)

Looks like the Killer Bees brought it with them from Mexico.

about 10 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Ashenkase Eat more (338 comments)


about a year ago

BT and Alcatel-Lucent Record Real-World Fibre Optic Speed of 1.4Tbps In the UK

Ashenkase Re:please report in standard units (70 comments)

Ya, but how many football fields is that?

about a year ago

'Darkness Ray' Beams Invisibility From a Distance

Ashenkase Re:Invisibility cloak! (86 comments)

So THATS where all my socks went to!

1 year,9 days



Creation of entanglement simultaneously gives rise to a wormhole

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  about a month ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”

Essentially, entanglement involves two particles, each occupying multiple states at once — a condition referred to as superposition. For example, both particles may simultaneously spin clockwise and counterclockwise. But neither has a definite state until one is measured, causing the other particle to instantly assume a corresponding state. The resulting correlations between the particles are preserved, even if they reside on opposite ends of the universe.

But what enables particles to communicate instantaneously — and seemingly faster than the speed of light — over such vast distances? Earlier this year, physicists proposed an answer in the form of “wormholes,” or gravitational tunnels. The group showed that by creating two entangled black holes, then pulling them apart, they formed a wormhole — essentially a “shortcut” through the universe — connecting the distant black holes."

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Beamed Core Antimatter Propulsion: Engine Design and Optimization

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "A conceptual design for beamed core antimatter propulsion is reported, where electrically charged annihilation products directly generate thrust after being deflected and collimated by a magnetic nozzle. Simulations were carried out using the Geant4 (Geometry and tracking) software toolkit released by the CERN accelerator laboratory for Monte Carlo simulation of the interaction of particles with matter and fields. Geant permits a more sophisticated and comprehensive design and optimization of antimatter engines than the software environment for simulations reported by prior researchers. The main finding is that effective exhaust speeds Ve ~ 0.69c (where c is the speed of light) are feasible for charged pions in beamed core propulsion, a major improvement over the Ve ~ 0.33c estimate based on prior simulations."
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Bill C-11 Committee Review - SOPA-style amendments dropped except Digital Locks

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "Michal Geist reviews what stayed and what was rejected by the Bill C-11 Committee Review. Looks like SOPA-style amendments are dropped except Digital Locks. There is still a chance for Canadians to have their voices heard before third reading:

The Bill C-11 legislative committee concluded its clause-by-clause review yesterday as eight government amendments were added to the bill and all opposition amendments were defeated. The amendments included an expanded enabler provision and some modest tinkering to other elements of the bill. There are still several steps needed before the bill passes including third reading at the House of Commons, Senate review, and ultimately royal assent, but Canadian copyright reform is well on its way to completion before the summer starts.

In the days leading up to the clause-by-clause review, many focused on three key issues: no SOPA-style amendments such as website blocking or warrantless disclosure of information, maintaining the fair dealing balance found in the bill, and amending the digital lock provisions. By that standard, the changes could have been a lot worse. The government expanded the enabler provision, though not as broadly as CIMA requested. Virtually all other copyright lobby demands — website blocking, notice-and-takedown, iPod tax, copyright term extension, disclosure of subscriber information — were rejected. Moreover, the provisions supported by consumer and education groups including user generated content protection, time shifting, format shifting, backup copies, Internet provider liability, and statutory damages reform were left untouched. This represents a major victory for the many Canadians and groups such as Open Media that spoke out on these issues.


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Microsoft attacks Google privacy with Gmail Man spoof

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "Meet the Gmail man. He’s a lot like a Canada Post letter carrier, except he’s really, really fast.

There’s one more difference between the Gmail Man and the old-fashioned carrier: the Gmail Man reads your mail.

That’s the message behind a video Microsoft released on Jan. 31. The spoof was originally shared internally at Microsoft but the company released it on YouTube this week following a rift between the two companies over Google’s privacy policy."

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