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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

BoothbyTCD Re:Why not a vacuum (356 comments)

I'm pretty sure heat flow issues are also part of the reason. Vacuum is the best possible insulator, whereas helium is excellent at transferring heat away from the spindle.

about 2 years ago

Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

BoothbyTCD Re:Obvious (1128 comments)

But this clearly wasn't true in the 40s, 50s and 60s in this country. Rather, the exact opposite was more likely. Conservatism has changed, which is ironic if you think about it.

more than 2 years ago

Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

BoothbyTCD Re:Public is Public (220 comments)

I would hasten to add that the researchers by and large would be happy to have their research disseminated as widely as possible. This is shown by the fact that in my experience researchers will happily send you a preprint of finished paper if you email them. It is just how things are done. The barrier to dissemination here is the for-profit publishers.

more than 2 years ago

Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

BoothbyTCD Re:So much for... (250 comments)

"That which is not just, is not law.' - William Lloyd Garrison

more than 2 years ago

The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim

BoothbyTCD Re:Only one problem (158 comments)

Which will be modded by tomorrow, if not official patched.

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

BoothbyTCD Re:Switched back to Windows from Linux/OSX (1880 comments)

This is simply untrue, certainly with windows 7, and really also with XP for my last several years of using it. I suppose you could say I spent 10 hours a year installing drivers and whatnot in XP, but even that is not an issue for 7. Literally my only problem since installing Win7 has been a bad stick of RAM. Other then that I haven't had to do much of anything other then agree to let various things update now and then.

more than 2 years ago

An Easy Recipe For Quantum Dots

BoothbyTCD Re:Named by the marketing dept? (35 comments)

These structures are effectively 0-dimensional as far as electrons (and holes, since the places electrons should be are treated like particles) are concerned. There is no place for the electrons to go. This is as opposed to nanowires (1D) and thin films (2D)

more than 2 years ago

Secret Plan To Kill Wikileaks With FUD Leaked

BoothbyTCD Re:Gandhi (246 comments)

But you still win, viz. India in the present day.

more than 3 years ago

Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

BoothbyTCD Re:Yes if there are no jobs (391 comments)

While I suspect you are picking a school at random to make fun of Kansas, as someone who spent a summer in the KSU physics dept. doing research as an undergrad I feel compelled to defend them. I suppose you have a point if you are talking about MBAs or comunication majors or some other low form of life, but in the sciences state schools, and KSU in the physics department specifically, due lots of cutting edge science and offer outstanding opportunities for students. KSU for instance is home the the JR McDonald National Accelerator Laboratory, and there were a great many undergrads working there alongside the graduate students.

more than 3 years ago

House Passes NASA Authorization Bill

BoothbyTCD Re:Budget or 'plan'? (149 comments)

None of those things is going to happen, and budgeting for them is a waste of money better spent on actual space science and astronomy, like the stuff outlined in the new AAS Decadal Survey Of Astronomy and Astrophysics:

more than 3 years ago

Panasonic's 16-Finger, Hair-Washing Robot

BoothbyTCD Re:Not the same (181 comments)

A live Japanese girl would do that either . Padded bra in the face is not nearly as satisfying.

Also, 'Insightful' not 'Funny'? Really?

more than 3 years ago

Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

BoothbyTCD Re:Wisdom of the crowd. (507 comments)

While you are correct that is was well known that the world was round amongst educated people and sailors, I think that if you asked the vast majority of random people what shape the earth was 500 years ago they would have answered flat. The whole point of that scene is that while there exist at any time intelligent and/or educated people as individuals 'people' taken as a mass are nowhere near as educated or able to swiftly change worldview based on even readily apparent facts.

more than 4 years ago

E-Reserves Under Fire From Publishers

BoothbyTCD Re:Textbook Publishers (208 comments)

The only time this came up in undergrad for me, it was with a math professor of mine, and she really did write the best book in the field. When I later took another class from her, she was writing a book for that too and just gave everyone in the class preprint manuscripts. I think the scenario of the evil professor assigning their own expensive crappy book and cackling is pretty much a made up one.

more than 4 years ago

North Korean Flash Games For Export

BoothbyTCD Re:agreed (211 comments)

Indeed. Currently lack mod points.

more than 4 years ago

Official Kanji Count Increasing Due To Electronics

BoothbyTCD Re:Japanese people forgetting how to write kanji (284 comments)

It even has a name. The teachers I taught with in Japan complained that they were becoming 'wapuro baka', word processor stupid.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

BoothbyTCD Re:It's not just spelling (534 comments)

And yet my students in Japan would always go to a shrine before a big test or a big baseball game. Spirituality in Japan is complex, but I know that doesn't fit your argument, so carry on.

more than 4 years ago

Review: Red Dead Redemption

BoothbyTCD Re:Dead Eye (148 comments)

I think that you have hit exactly upon his problem. The game is a Western shooter/simulator, not a historical simulator. If it was historical a lot more of the cowboys would be black for one thing. The Old West of a Clint Eastwood movie is no more real then a sci fi shooter. Which is just as well, since I want to be the guy from High Plains Drifter, not die of dysentery.

more than 4 years ago

National Academy of Science Urges Carbon Tax

BoothbyTCD Re:Who is going (875 comments)

And we respond by cutting down more rainforest and acidifying more ocean...

more than 4 years ago

Quantum State Created In Largest Object Yet

BoothbyTCD Re:so how big is it? (265 comments)

As ar as I can tell from the article the resonator is in a supersposition of energy states, not positional states. I don't blame you for being confused though, since the article is written in journalist-speak. The state will collapse upon measurement of the energy in the system.

more than 4 years ago


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