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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Ceriel Nosforit Re:How about we beta test on Venus? (367 comments)

The CO2 in Venus' atmosphere could be used as a source of carbon for building a ribbon around the planet. A satellite-based atmospheric heater could perhaps propel the gas to sufficient altitude. The oxygen could be combined with hydrogen so that vapor clouds formed on Venus, since those reflect a lot of sunlight back into the atmosphere. There might be enough hydrogen in the solar wind for this to be done reasonably quickly.

It could be sensible to build an orbital ring/space station around Venus while we wait for the planet to cool...

Quite glad to see that Mars doesn't get all the Terraforming attention! =)

about a month ago
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Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

Ceriel Nosforit Re:I thought the distinction was arbitrary already (59 comments)

More simply: light is massless but able to impart torque and momentum.

Convoluted literature like this seldom if ever mention a mechanism which makes this possible.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

Ceriel Nosforit Good grief... (147 comments)

If your company buys 'big data', I have a bridge to sell you.

Know your data. Don't build a castle in the sky; that's how SAP happened.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:This is probably a very silly question ... but (429 comments)

If it had mass, presumably yes. This of course assumes the new universe has the same laws of physics as ours.

They might not have the same laws of physics. In that case, they would fit the strict definition of 'dark matter', even if not the actual observation which caused the term to be invented.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Explains creation of Universe, but not Metavers (429 comments)

This shims another layer of abstraction in between the causa prima and the now.

To be specifc, it makes sense for logical entities not to play outside the rules of axiomatic set theory. Axiomtic set theory is defined and limited by this assumption which in turn creates the very fabric by which we do math. - You make up a rule and then you follow it to its logical conclusion.

Are humans logical entities? A lot of our existence is determined by the evolution of our neurons, which gives rise to an inherit body of knowledge that we call instinct. We know that life is an emergent property of physics, so it does indeed make sense to question wheter or not this is a silly place.

I don't attempt to tell you what's what, but merely to tell you that the pure math approach isn't it. GÃdel proved it, BTW.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Book? (429 comments)

The math probably is new. The current discussion certainly involves new participants.

Interest in the matter at hand traces back to before the dawn of modern man. The philosophers of Ancient Greece wrote about chaos and logos.

There is a wide community of thinkers who are well-versed in all of these narratives. You're welcome to join us.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Dishonesty (429 comments)

That's pretty much the reason why the catholic pope got in on the game.

As a discordian pope, I excommunicate catholic assumptions of the meaning of such as blasphemy.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:This is probably a very silly question ... but (429 comments)

At any moment, a big bang could occur in your neighborhood, yes.

And perhaps they do, but the conditions which make mass emerge are very rare.

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:This is probably a very silly question ... but (429 comments)

Not a silly question...

It's important to distinguish the anthropic concept of three dimensions plus time-in-one-direction from cosmology. If we don't do that we just attempt to shape the universe in our own image. A whole lot of philosophy needs to be skipped over for the cosmological universe of discourse to make sense.

There's a simple cheat to better intuit the fabric from which the quantum fluctuation emerged, called the anthropic principle. - Whatever fabric needed to exist did exist and still exists because if it didn't we would not be here to observe it. It's an existential proof.

The anthropic principle isn't as useless as it might appear at first glance. - It allows for new universes to fluctuate into existence at any time.

My pet theory is that such a parallel universe in 3D space is what caused the oh-my-god particle event. =)

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Okay, but (429 comments)

Mass is an emergent property. Once the density of the universe allowed for it, time emerged too and the expansion rate turned into something we can intuitively conceptualize.

about a month and a half ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

Ceriel Nosforit Re:i miss old slashdot (81 comments)

I feel for you...
So, imagine a beowulf cluster of these things!

I would imagine that interconnect with these things would be an issue. Usually computation is cheap while bandwidth is expensive, so you might have to use a huge number of extremely small computational cores to get the kind of linear increases in speed we'd expect. That would have to result in a RISC arcitecture, and apparently you can build a more or less complete computational core with just 70 transistors.

Not sure if anyone has ever tried to make a parallel processor out of those, but Maxim Integrated has a microcontroller called the MaxQ in this category of exotic architectures.

about a month and a half ago
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Getting 'Showdown' To 90 FPS In UE4 On Oculus Rift

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Excellent news (30 comments)

The excellent coding has been around for a while. It's asset creation which is uncomfortable. Large studios with big budgets go at it with the sweatshop approach, so there is little demand for procedural workflows.

It's mostly fine art in concept and Z-brush, and then a series of atrocities conducted against the artists' vision as the assets get shoe-horned into a console.

So good luck Sony... You'se gots problems.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Gay? (764 comments)

I know Apple hating has its merits... but for fucks sake you're taking rhetoric too far.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

Ceriel Nosforit Jason Scott (46 comments)

Sounds like something Jason Scott might be interested in.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Ceriel Nosforit Re:COG (143 comments)

Charity doesn't need to be reminiscent of mortification of the flesh.

Juxtapose, grocery stores still dump edible food into locked trash containers so that hobos won't be able to benefit from society's excesses. - Apple is simple not participating in such an absuredly evil practice, in this case.

"Don't be evil" is often good enough.

about 1 month ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Ive done this (284 comments)

I don't know where home is for you, but when considering the general state of most of the world it would seem that even though you clearly are better off now, and most likely you bring experience and funds back to your home country, an issue does remain.

There exists a real sense of morality, an instinct for solidarity, and foremost a sense of equality among people who are naturally different from each other. Large parts of Western society are wealthy enough to dabble in such philanthropy, and that is probably a good thing. However, philanthropist of any economic background become conflicted when we observe that our unfair treatement is better than what you are accustomed to anyway. It highlights the inequality which is delieated by national borders.

Perhaps the hope that remains is that even though you came for the money, some of the good parts of the culture rubbed off on you. Finding the good parts of Western culture is a tall order in the corporate world though.

about 1 month ago
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Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

Ceriel Nosforit Re:How's this affect StingRay(tm)s (27 comments)

From what I have read on A5, the newer versions made a strange mistake which actually leaves A1/2&3 slightly weaker against brute force attacks than A5/1.

It is possible to use rainbow tables against A5, which seems to mean it isn't salted. - There should be more than enough performance in modern devices to support stronger encryption.

about 2 months ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Closer to market (218 comments)

#fusion. I meant #fusion.

Oh hivemind, don't you ever rest...

about 2 months ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Ceriel Nosforit Re:Closer to market (218 comments)

No conspiracy of hippies is keeping U.S. nuclear power off the table.

Have you heard what fusion people are saying about fission though? It's almost as bad, as if they don't realize that we needed better-than-fossil yesterday.

Nevermind that you can burn current long-term waste in LIFTR so that it becomes only a minor problem. Reason need not apply.

That is why #lockheed #fission matters. It's political, populist, and a Big Idea which makes small people hiss and bark in fear. I think the Skunworks being in control is the best thing that could happen to fission, because they need and have opsec and lobbyists.

about 2 months ago

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Nokia & HTC slay troll, troll regenerates

Ceriel Nosforit Ceriel Nosforit writes  |  about 4 years ago

Ceriel Nosforit (682174) writes "“This is a great victory for us,” HTC’s German lawyer, Martin Chakraborty, said after the ruling. “The part that’s left for IPCom now won’t help them much in the case pending in civil court against us.” *** After IPCom lawyers narrowed the range of technology they said was protected by the patent, the court backed those claims. “It’s a very positive ruling for IPCom because the patent is now valid,” IPCom Managing Director Christoph Schoeller said in an e-mailed statement. “We hope the civil litigation based on that patent will now come to a conclusion we’ve been fighting for years. Nokia and HTC haven’t paid a cent for using the patents for years.”"
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Apple astroturfing or editor corruption?

Ceriel Nosforit Ceriel Nosforit writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ceriel Nosforit writes "Why are we seeing so many lame articles mentioning Apple products when they're barely related to the contents of the article? What will it take to make this crap go away?"
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A rare insight into the working of the brain

Ceriel Nosforit Ceriel Nosforit writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ceriel Nosforit writes "The left hemisphere of neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor's brain stopped working correctly as she had a stroke, and she took this as an opportunity to study how the brain worked from the inside. In the YouTube video of her dramatic, informative and entertaining presentation of her experience, which utilizes a real human brain as prop, she gives us valuable insight about ourselves and how we experience reality."
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Ceriel Nosforit Ceriel Nosforit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ceriel Nosforit writes "
The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. To meet customers' demand for integrity, TeliaSonera has decided to move the production of e-mail services for Finnish customers to Finland.
Kauppalehti

TeliaSonera's move is however not completely benevolent, but a necessity for compliance with Finnish privacy laws, as they state in their press release. This is interesting because even in the liberal paradise of Northern Europe Finnish and Swedish law and practice can be in such contradiction. Compare with Echelon & local variants and the rest of the world."

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