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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Biff Stu Re: it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

The best and brightest US students go to the top schools--Stanford, MIT, Cal Tech, Berkeley, etc. At Podunk U, they need to recruit overseas to get the indentured servants, a.k.a. grad students, to do the research and teach the undergrads.

about 1 month ago
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Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

Biff Stu I felt a great disturbance in the Force... (102 comments)

as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

about 2 months ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Biff Stu Re:this again... (292 comments)

Of course when Michelson said this, there were just a couple of loose ends to be figured out...the "UV Catastrophe" associated with the discrepancy between the purely electromagnetic theory of blackbody radiation, and the strange threshold behavior associated with the photoelectric effect.

Right now, we keep on building bigger and bigger colliders and can't really find anything beyond the Standard Model. It seems that the biggest advances these days are coming from Astrophysics rather than High Energy Physics. Today, the two pesky loose ends that are likely to change everything are dark matter and dark energy. What we need is a theory that explains these phenomena and an experiment to test the theory.

about 5 months ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Biff Stu If this is true... (180 comments)

Windows 8 will be responsible for several mass murders.

about 5 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Biff Stu Re:All politics are local (234 comments)

In California, if there's a scandal, it's likely to be a Democrat, just based on the statistics. There are far more Democrats than Republicans in office. Furthermore, if you're in San Francisco, you're going to have a Democrat in office. It's the way the city votes. It's your job to pick a good one.

about 5 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Biff Stu All politics are local (234 comments)

This is nothing more than a 160+ year continuation of San Francisco Chinatown corruption and bizarre happenings. It has nothing to do with party.

about 5 months ago
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Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett

Biff Stu The next CEO... (111 comments)

I think they should go back to their consumer PC security & utility roots and hire John McAfee.

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Joins Daniel Ellsberg On Board of Freedom of the Press Foundation

Biff Stu Re:Interesting... (44 comments)

I agree. Now that he has leaked the biggest revelations yet to the Iranians he is in really deep doodoo. Even the space aliens will be after him.

about 7 months ago
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How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources

Biff Stu Is it really an issue (365 comments)

Other than being a place to wave your flag, and maybe--and I mean maybe--a handy place to build a telescope and a base for scientific research, is it really economically viable to haul back minerals and other materials by the ton?

about 8 months ago
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Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

Biff Stu Re:So what (258 comments)

Exactly my thought. If an F-22 went down over Lake Ontario on a training mission, we would have a dead pilot, and lost $150 million aircraft, which can't be replaced. The F-22 loss might have been noted on CNN, but certainly wouldn't have been /. worthy. So, here we lost a $12.5 million aircraft, which can be replaced, and nobody dies. Somehow, I doubt that the submitter and the /. editors are pro-drone, but I see this story and think that, to the extent that I actually give a shit, it makes an excellent argument for drones.

about 9 months ago
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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

Biff Stu Re: I hope (353 comments)

OK. I like Kevin Bacon. He's starred in some good flicks. I think that Tremors is an under appreciated film, and did you know that he was the one with the "Thank you sir! May I have another?" line in Animal House. He even has that whole Bacon Number thing going for him. But come on, there's a point where being a fan turns into a sick obsession, and I think you're treading dangerously close to that line.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Forces Capture 3 Divers Trying To Cut Undersea Internet Cable

Biff Stu Could be some dumbass thieves (166 comments)

Quite a few years ago I was hanging out in Egypt at a Red Sea resort with my girlfriend. Now I can hang on a lounge chair on a beach for a few hours, but that's about all can take before I want to get up and do something. So, I decided to take a tour boat out to the coral and go snorkeling. When the boat got to the coral reefs, they dropped their anchor right on the reef, which pissed me off. The captain explained that the government had installed permanent mooring buoys in order to preserve the coral, but these had been stolen by thieves.

Now, fiber cable doesn't have the same resale value as copper, but then try to explain that to a third world dumbass thief.

about a year ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

Biff Stu Re:Let me fix that for you... (205 comments)

The disappointment in the high energy physics community is over what comes next. For many decades, high energy physicists have been building bigger and bigger colliders. Each collider has left some unanswered questions justifying the next giant collider. If the standard model seems to fit all the data and there's no clear question to be answered by the next collider, then what's next for high energy physics? All the "new physics," dark matter and dark energy, is coming from astrophysics these days, and they need telescopes, not colliders.

about a year and a half ago
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If asked to read a corporate white paper, I feel like ...

Biff Stu The sad thing... (128 comments)

If you replace "corporate white paper" with "patent," you can have the same poll options and get similar results. Well, OK, the patent version might get higher results for crying since the BS that gets through the patent office has a direct result on people's livelihoods.

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

Biff Stu So Which Web Site is the Kevin Bacon Equivalent? (185 comments)

It's got to be a reasonably good, well-liked site, but not a mega-site like Google or Facebook.

How about Salon.com or theonion.com?

I would say /., but by its nature, /. has too many connections to be used for a Kevin Bacon number equivalent. Conversely, The Onion probably doesn't link to enough stuff.

I vote for Salon.com

about a year and a half ago
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What 'Negative Temperature' Really Means

Biff Stu Temperature requires equilibrium, not continuum (204 comments)

Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics, and the field of statistical mechanics in general, work quite well with quantized systems. As an example, if you look at Boltzmann's definition of entropy: S = k ln W, where W is the possible number of microstates that can contribute to the system, you can see how statistical mechanics does a good job of handling quantized energy levels. Likewise, the Maxwell-Boltzman distribution does a fine job of describing the population distribution of an equilibrium ensemble of molecules / atoms / whatever with discrete quantized energy levels. The critical term here is equilibrium. If the system is not in equilibrium, such as a laser, then one can argue that it's temperature (at least for the degrees of freedom where there's a population inversion) is not well defined.

The thing that makes the Science paper really interesting is that the negative temperature is observed in the motional degrees of freedom where you normally think about a continuum of energies, and where you seldom have the necessary isolation from other degrees of freedom to prepare such exotic states. The key here is that Bose-Einstein condensate have coherent, quantized motional degrees of freedom that are highly decoupled from the rest of the universe.

about a year and a half ago
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What 'Negative Temperature' Really Means

Biff Stu Re:Layman (204 comments)

layman
n.
A man who gets laid. Also known as a non-Slashdotter.

about a year and a half ago
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Gov't Report Predicts Cyborgs, Rise of China for 2030

Biff Stu Re:Dyslexia's a bitch (219 comments)

I thought it said, 'Successful prostitutes probably will be directly integrated with the user’s body," but then maybe that was just wishful thinking...

about a year and a half ago

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The Truth is Out There: Snowden's greatest leak yet

Biff Stu Biff Stu writes  |  about 7 months ago

Biff Stu (654099) writes "NPR reports that Snowden delivered the scoop of the century to Iran's FARS news agency. The story reported by FARS reveals that the evil space aliens, a.k.a. "Tall Whites," who where responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany turned their attention to the United States after the fall of the Third Reich. These aliens have secretly been calling the shots in the USA since the Eisenhower administration.

Perhaps the real news here is that with Ahmadinejad out they are saying the Nazis were the bad guys and they're not denying the holocaust--but it's probably dangerous to read too much into something this goofy."

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