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New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

AvitarX Re:removing the speed of light barrier (58 comments)

Essentially, you cannot control the outcome of how the entanglement works. You just know it's the same on both sides.

Basically, a random event happens simultaneously on both sides, but it's still random. the example of Alice and Bob both pressing simulteneiously buttons, and always pressing the same one is illustrating this principal as I read it.

Note, how I read it as a layman, so not really answering from the authority you want.

2 days ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

AvitarX Re:LOL ... (158 comments)

I must erroneously remember the navigator line based on gecko being closer to mozilla then.

Because I remember it as being mozilla, plus AOL branding, pretty much the pits.

2 days ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

AvitarX Re:LOL ... (158 comments)

Is this a real statement?

Netscape Navigator 4.x was so bad that I switched to Opera, even though it was less compatible.

It was just so much better.

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

AvitarX Re: Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

Cops feel under attack because of decades of escalating their own protection.

For better or for worse (and I have a personal opinion of worse, but I don't really know), police are less in touch with their communities than in the past.

The distance means that even the law abiding citizens only have negative interactions with the police (this is where my opinion is formed). Once the "good" people of a questionable community no longer support the police and want to help them, you get a feedback loop where the police rapidly become only the enemy.

I don't know how to fix it, but if the police weren't the enemy already, fergeson would not have happened.

4 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

AvitarX Re: Big Myth #1 (336 comments)

Just looked into your first example, the details on Wikipedia are obviously false (with a sentance that amounts to "before founding YouTube, dude was tagging videos in youtube", but all were from PayPal. I suspect they were already wealthy before YouTube.

I could be wrong though, but on the face of it, it reads like three guys rich went on to use their money to found something else.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

AvitarX Re:Go write a global illumination algorithm (476 comments)

They rendered the CGI in 4:3 at lower res, thinking that when the time came for better quality 16:9, they could simply re render with it then being a far simpler job.

Unfortunately they lost the original model files, and ended up having to crop the 4:3 cgi to 16:9 for DVD etc releases.

4 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

AvitarX Re: He'll win in a landslide (120 comments)

In Pennsylvania there were issues because you needed a special exemption to have a birth certificate without a raised seal count.

Unfortunatly for the poor Philadelphia and delco residents, many were birthed by midwives in the segregated south.Those certificates didn't have raised stamps.

This probably cost tens of thousands of votes in a state where it really may have been relevant.

I think on principal, id shouldn't be needed, but that it also in general is not a big deal and a whole lotta fighting about nothing.

Real fraud happens without someone showing up, old fashioned ballot stuffing is the ideal way to commit it.

The old people without access it ids are also dieing off, in ten years it won't be an issue.

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

AvitarX Re: Size (324 comments)

Image analysis of what you're looking at.

It doesn't need to be able to take picture, or record video, but I can see value to it having a camera.

about two weeks ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

AvitarX I think only price (324 comments)

It's essentially a smartwatch that you don't need to look to your wrist for.

It has a camera the watch doesn't, but input is more awkward.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

AvitarX Re:Too bad! (141 comments)

The run-up to the second US Iraq war was not indications that they were playing above board, simply that we could find no evidence that they had any WMDs (primarily gas being the one they had used in the past, which somehow is being classified in the same category as nuclear weapons).

They were not cooperative or open about what they were doing though, which would have been part of being above board.

Additionally, gas was found after the primary invasion recent reports say, the information was not shared because it was deemed a bigger embarrassment to have it shown that the gas was given to them by the USA than to not find them.

Note: not defending the war, but it's a little absurd to pretend that Saddam was above board with what he was doing, he was trying to act like he was hiding something as a form of posturing, probably thinking he could negotiate a deal where he gave up the "program" (that didn't exist, the weapons found were from the US)in exchange for something, not realizing the crazy the US populace was feeling at the time (and our government too).

about two weeks ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

AvitarX Re:Free Market!!! (136 comments)

As they literally pollute the communal stream.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

AvitarX Re:There's nothing wrong now... (489 comments)

Windows 9.x ran on top of DOS the same way Netware did, which is not at all.

But were TSR programs not background tasks? I had a CD player that was TSR, so no matter what I was doing, I could pull it up and play my CDs, though I suppose it may have been idle the entire time, and only sending commands to the drive when active (if memory serves correctly, CD ROMS were semi autonomous like that, and would simply stream audio to the soundcard, I think some even had a built in headphone jack).

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

AvitarX Re:Hurrah for America, the land of opportunity (141 comments)

Couldn't the same argument be made that a person of the Earth made enough money to visit the ISS, what's your excuse for not having that much money?

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

AvitarX Re:Self-aggrandizing (141 comments)

She had to make money to go to space (as I read TFS), so I imagine anywhere that there was a good enough economy to get rich would suffice, once someone has that kind of money, they can certainly afford to fly somewhere for the launch.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

AvitarX Re:Typical abuse of unpaid opensource devs. (117 comments)

I doubt it, if they are asking for it to be made as an extension, then the extension writer would get the credit.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

AvitarX Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

There stock was always intriguing to me too. They had a USB powered two port VGA DA, which I love and use a lot for work, but that really can't be a high-demand item.

They also had 9 pin serial F-F extension couplings, but no VGA. I can't imagine the demand for either is that high, but the serial couplings in 2014 seemed quite unlikely to ever sell. I wouldn't even think to check for them at a Radio Shack if I was looking (I'd call independence computer stores).

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

AvitarX Re:First look at what EFF has to say. (157 comments)

I think the greater point is that snapchat isn't about protecting from a malicious attacker, it's about protecting from accidents, and thoughtlessness.

The case of kids filming all over the place would probably not be snaps though, that sounds like something they'd want to keep (I don't know why, it just as I skimmed seemed like a game of collecting these things), but random sexy shots are completely the domain for snapchat, and if used normally protects from accidental leakage.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

AvitarX Re:You know? The ass long time in summer? (388 comments)

In my area teachers get paid 190 day/year (180 teaching, I think the remaining 10 5 personal development and 5 split between grading and prep before the school year). Most spend another few days doing other things, the pay is paid out over 12 months, but earned at time of service (relevant if someone quits).

even at working 200 days, that's a lot of time off (normal work person is 260 days - 10 or 20 vacation - 5 holidays for 235, the teacher gets 7 extra weeks off).

I don't was to say teachers are over or under paid (it really does vary a lot), but it is pretty much the only career that gives you so much time off

If schools limit teachers to 3 preps (they're supposed to here, but don't), and give them a planning period (again they don't really do that as much as they're supposed to here), the amount of work outside of school is fairly minimal, especially keeping in mind a 7 hour official work day (7:30-3:00 with half hour lunch).

After a few years of teaching, the amount of time spent outside class drops dramatically as one has built up worksheets, lessons, etc, to share with the class.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

AvitarX Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

There's one not too far away, it's not open on Saturdays, or past 4.

I think my story is false though, I think the last time I went was to get a charger for a Li-Ion battery that I broke the charger for.

The "universal" charger did not charge an 18650, because it was a quarter inch too short. I was pretty shocked.

about two weeks ago

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Terrible Geolocation

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  about 3 months ago

AvitarX (172628) writes "W3C has the IP address where I work as showing up in Ireland (we are in the USA). This is a nuissance for a lot of reasons (many dates now display in European format, prices are listed in euros, search results redirect to google.ie).

Some of these issues can be worked around, but it's frustrating. I have searched as best as I can, and only can find information on the geolocation API in HTML5. The office is on a static IP address from Comcast.

When I visit http://whatismyipaddress.com/u... all info is correct except for W3C's result, I have submitted that it is inaccurate, is there anything else I can do? Googling I have only managed to find usage examples for web developers/designers."

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  about 6 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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