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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

Caledfwlch Tyson's is correct but Bad Astronomer's better (438 comments)

OK, I saw the movie, it is awesome in the true sense of the word awe, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The special effects are great, the story line simple and engaging. The the effects, especially the interior shots, are very detailed and the few technical issues didn't pull me out of the film to a large degree. While Tyson's comments are correct I think the link below from Bad Astronomer is a more interesting and full description of the issues:

about 10 months ago

Russian Missile Test Seen and Photographed By ISS Astronauts

Caledfwlch Re:From TFA (37 comments)

Hey! Some of the best astronauts were rock farmers... the one that set foot on the moon!

about 10 months ago

'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

Caledfwlch evasion (582 comments)

"I believe in evading and disintermediating the state", hmmm, so does he use the highways payed for by state and federal taxes to pick up the parts needed to make the gun or used by USPS/UPS/FedEx etc. to deliver the parts? I'm sure if his house is on fire or he or a family member have a medical emergency that he'll be turning down help from the emergency responders.

about a year ago

China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

Caledfwlch US response (242 comments)

The US could respond by saying the Chinese "lacked technical proof" and was "not based on fact." but they could be accused of breaking copyright!

about a year and a half ago

USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing

Caledfwlch From their creed (206 comments)

they've covered rain, snow, and heat but they're missing "gloom of night". Maybe the wearable electronics will have high beams?

about a year and a half ago

Belgian Researchers Build LCD Contact Lenses

Caledfwlch The ultimate geek technology (98 comments)

Finally! We'll be able to get laid! We'll be able to display subliminal messaging in our eyes, the gateway to the soul, "Yeah baby, you want me! I'm sexy!"

about a year and a half ago

Apple Suit Against Motorola Over FRAND Licensing Rates Dismissed

Caledfwlch "ignore the court's order"... not quite (249 comments)

Actually, from TFA, "Apple said that if the court found in Motorola's favor and instructed Apple to pay more than $1, Apple would pursue all possible appeals against the ruling." which isn't the same as ignoring it, unless you have a citation from somewhere else.

about a year and a half ago

US Supreme Court Says Wiretapping Immunity Will Stand

Caledfwlch Re:SCOTUS (203 comments)

And to think we were worried about Huawei and ZTE... I guess it's ALL communications conglomerates!

about 2 years ago

Black Death Discovered In Oregon

Caledfwlch Re:2012 strikes again (404 comments)

Actually they did have rodent population control in those days, but it's effectiveness was severely curtailed as they associated cats with witchcraft and so went around killing them. An enlightening glimpse of how perpetuating a climate of fear with no sound basis can backfire!

more than 2 years ago

Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

Caledfwlch Re:mahna-mahna (392 comments)

Great idea, except that ASCAP will come after you for royalties for the public performance of a song :-(

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Restore Lost Brain Function In Rat With Synthetic Device

Caledfwlch at last.. (75 comments)

there's hope for fiscal conservatives!

more than 2 years ago

US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

Caledfwlch Re:Sounds like a headache (1306 comments)

"So, um, how are they going to split that between county, state, and federally-funded roads?" because they're going to constantly record your position, without a warrant, and so will be able to determine what type of road you're on and for how long !-)

more than 3 years ago

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

Caledfwlch Technology??? (779 comments)

I thought it was Dan Brown's job to cause confusion between reality and fiction?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

Caledfwlch Re:Hmm (404 comments)

I'm surprised I don't see in the flowchart the option for pressing and holding the "power button" for 5 seconds - which I've had to use way too many times after being frustrated that after several minutes my shutdown request still hasn't completed!

more than 3 years ago

Counting the World's Books

Caledfwlch Re:That's an ESTIMATE? (109 comments)

Also, what is the date and time of this estimate? How many books are published a day around the world?

more than 3 years ago

Skype Encryption (Partly) Revealed

Caledfwlch Re:implications? (151 comments)

There is a positive implication.... it may count partly towards the transparency that the Indian security agencies want ;-)

about 4 years ago

Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban

Caledfwlch Re:This is all from the Mumbai terror attacks (281 comments)

So they want content in a readable format, are they going to prohibit VPNs? I'm sure there will be an outcry from all the companies outsourcing to their country. Anyway there will always be a way to hide information not matter how much they legislate.

about 4 years ago



Minority Report is now real: AEG sues before crime

Caledfwlch Caledfwlch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Caledfwlch (1434813) writes "In a Minority Reportesque situation AEG, following a similar situation from the Bravado International Group of UMG, was sued concert bootleggers before they bootleg. "Just because the Mile High Music Festival this weekend in Denver hasn't happened yet, and just because the bootleggers haven't yet set up shop, doesn't mean that hundreds of individuals haven't already been sued", all as John and Jane Does with names to be filled in later. They asked "a federal court in Colorado to order the US Marshal, local and state police, off duty officers, and AEG agents to seize and impound bootlegged merchandise.""
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Study that 99.7% of torrents are "illegal" flawed

Caledfwlch Caledfwlch writes  |  about 4 years ago

Caledfwlch (1434813) writes "techdirt, and others, point to an analysis by TorrentFreak of the recent report by Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) of Australia that only 0.3% of torrents contain legal content. One of the data points was that the movie The Incredible Hulk was the number one seeded torrent "the fact that the release is nearly two years old should have sounded some alarm bells. It appears that the researchers have pulled data from a bogus tracker, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if all the torrents in their top 10 are actually fake.". The study had been widely picked up a couple of days ago by the media, here, at ArsTechnica, and others."
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US BPAI: abstract software code is not patentable

Caledfwlch Caledfwlch writes  |  about 4 years ago

Caledfwlch (1434813) writes "Seems like sanity may be trying to prevail from the Bilski decision. The US Board of Patents Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) has rejected a software patent application from HP saying that "abstract software code" is not patentable, stating "The unpatentability of abstract ideas was confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos""
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