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Second Life To Remove Free Content From Web Search

ChowRiit Re:Who gives a rip? (187 comments)

I have never met or even heard of anyone who uses Second Life, with the exception of journalists who seem to think it's the best example of an MMO to report on online gaming with.

more than 4 years ago
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Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

ChowRiit Re:He got it coming (643 comments)

I don't think the main point of the outrage is that he lost his job, but rather that the journalist in question violated his website's own privacy rules and then gloated about getting the guy in trouble. I'd simply expect better from a journalist (although, in retrospect, with people like UK tabloid journalists and Fox News I'm not sure why), and I think that violating someone's privacy and then gloating about it is outrageous.

I do hope they fire this journalist, but I somehow doubt it.

more than 4 years ago
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Spain Codifies the "Right To Broadband"

ChowRiit Re:Legality (312 comments)

Everything's hated by someone, and I'm fairly sure the Lisbon Treaty doesn't give the EU "carte blanche". I freely admit I know relatively little about the Lisbon Treaty, but I do know that unjustified hyperbole isn't going to help your argument.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:can we use a micro-black hole to power a starga (314 comments)

Granted, and definitely interesting, but you could only get out the amount of energy the black-hole has stored in angular momentum. For a microscopic black-hole this would be insignificant.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:Black holes are fiction (314 comments)

Short answer: because the escape velocity is greater than the speed of light inside the Schwartzschild radius, matter cannot travel outwards, but also cannot stay stationary (to prove this properly you need some fairly complex general relativity). Because of this it can only head towards the centre of mass, so the matter all converges on a single point. As the escape velocity only increases as one gets closer to the centre, this forces all the matter into a single point of spacetime, the singularity.

This is, at least, what general relativity tells us. However, it's impossible to know for sure, as one of the properties of black-holes is that it is considered impossible for information to escape the event horizon.

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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:Black holes are fiction (314 comments)

Ah, but that's not the case.

On small scales, that is true. However, take the moon. Electromagnetically it's neutral, however it exerts a sizeable gravitational pull. As the Schwartzchild radius is proportional to mass (not mass squared or cubed, but mass), if one took instead 8 moons and packed them together in a cuboid arrangement, the mass has increased eight-fold while the radius has only doubled. Therefore if we keep adding mass, there will come a point when the Scwarzschild radius is larger than the radius of the huge moon-array and therefore the whole moon-array has an escape velocity greater than the speed of light and is therefore a black-hole.

Now imagine if all those moons are positively charged - it still doesn't matter, because no matter the strength of the outward force it cannot give them a velocity greater than that of the speed of light, so they remain a black-hole.

Gravity is so significant on large scales precisely because of this - with no negative charge, gravity is the most significant force at large distance scales.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:can we use a micro-black hole to power a starga (314 comments)

Black-holes are not a source of energy (excluding the monumentally tiny energy output via Hawking radiation), any energy gained harnessing black-holes would be from the accretion disk around them in which particles accelerating towards the black-hole emit radiation due to friction among themselves. However, you'd likely need a stellar-mass black-hole to get a realistic accretion disk going.

Anyway, ZPMs aren't hard to find, you just need Ancient-built replicator civilisations or time travel.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:The problem is... (314 comments)

To answer point 2, current evidence is that human radio signals will be distorted by the heliopause at the edge of the solar system such that they are undetectable from outside. Therefore, an incredibly strong and likely custom-built communication system would be needed to penetrate deep space and be detectable by aliens.

Secondly, while the Universe might be vast, we can only really stand a chance of picking up signals from within the Milky Way (and even then only fairly nearby, excluding stupendously powerful transmitters, perhaps), so the number of stars that could potentially signal us is vastly reduced.

Lastly, you have to limit that to only stars with habitable planets on which life has formed and evolved to a high level than ours, and then transmitted signals of sufficient power that reached Earth during the 50 or so years we've been listening.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's well worth using SETI etc to look but I don't think we should be shocked that we haven't found anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:Black holes are fiction (314 comments)

It's perfectly possible to pack matter into it's own Schwartzchild radius, that is the radius at which the escape velocity from the collective body is greater than the speed of light. Once the escape velocity is greater than the speed of light, nothing can escape and so a black-hole is by definition formed.

If you're really interested, you really need to study General Relativity to properly prove the plausibility of their existence.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:MBH = mega black hole? (314 comments)

It is somewhat confusing, I agree, as the greek letter "mu" normally represents micro, and "SMBH" is the normal acronym for Super Massive Black Hole (black holes at the centres of galaxies that weigh millions of times the mass of the sun).

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:Evaporate? (314 comments)

Particles. A hand-waving description of what happens is as follows:

Pairs of particles (one matter, one antimatter) form randomly near the event horizon. One quantum-tunnels out of the black-hole and so appears to an observer outside the black-hole to have been emitted. Therefore, to conserve energy, the other particle must have negative energy and thus the black-hole loses a tiny parcel of energy (and thus mass).

The main point is that, because the particle was formed near the event horizon and didn't come from the black-hole itself, it carries no information out - thus, while the black-hole loses mass, no information can escape.

more than 4 years ago
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Micro-Black Holes Make Poor Planet Killers

ChowRiit Re:Do they mean a black hole or a singularity? (314 comments)

A black hole is any body tightly packed enough that its escape velocity is greater than the speed of light. Because material, as a result of this, can ONLY travel towards the centre of mass (outward travel, sideways travel and staying stationary are all forbidden this therefore HAS to form a singularity, as matter is all forced to head towards and occupy a single point.

The distance from the object where the escape velocity drops below the speed of light is the event horizon (aka the Schwarzschild radius), within this sphere* no light can escape so we call this sphere the black hole. In the centre of it is the singularity, which is the "true" black-hole.

All objects have Schwarzschild radii, however this radius is only a "real" radius if it exceeds the radius of the object. Wikipedia claims the Schwarzschild radius of the Earth is 9mm, so Earth would form a black-hole itself if it were compressed to smaller than 9mm in radius.

The key point is that a "black-hole" is not an object, per se, but a region of space from which light cannot escape. The "object" would be the singularity in the centre. From outside the black-hole, there's no real difference from a star of the same mass in terms of gravity.

*rotating black holes have a slightly different shape, depends on the speed of rotation.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft AI Competition Announced

ChowRiit Is StarCraft the right game to use for this? (200 comments)

Perhaps a game not so dominated by rushing tactics would be a better choice of base game? It definitely seems an interesting idea, but there must be games better suited to an AI contest like this...

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Backs Swedish Movie Streaming Site

ChowRiit Re:How is this different from... (156 comments)

Well, Hulu is USA only and I've not heard of any others that are actually legal (ie with the support of any of the studios). If you're not American, that's a pretty important difference...

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Backs Swedish Movie Streaming Site

ChowRiit Re:Um.. Can someone tag this "phishing"? (156 comments)

It asks you for your name and email address, then will send you an invitation when the beta ends. Unless you mistook "email address" for "bank details", that hardly qualifies as phishing in my book.

more than 4 years ago
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UK's Channel 4 To Broadcast In 3D

ChowRiit Re:BBC (126 comments)

And we should tag all airtravel news related to the USA with American Airlines, and of course any space stories with NASA. I mean, after all, they're all launched by SOMEONE's national space agency...

more than 4 years ago
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Last.fm Strongly Denies Sharing Data With RIAA

ChowRiit I'm doubt last.fm would knowingly break the law... (122 comments)

last.fm is an English company, with its servers located in London. Complying to such a request for user data would be illegal under UK data protection laws, as best as I can tell.

Not saying that proves much either way, but for what it's worth I've always found last.fm fairly open and engaged with its users. I rather doubt they would knowingly give away user's data, especially given its illegality.

more than 5 years ago
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London Police Seek To Install CCTV In Pubs

ChowRiit Can we have a bit less old news? (293 comments)

I read this when it went up on The Register, 5 days ago. Can people please check the timestamp before submitting/approving stories? The normal 2 or 3 days old news is just about passable, but 5 days is getting silly.

more than 5 years ago
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Publishers Detail Specific In-Game Ad Plans For Future Games

ChowRiit Sometimes, they can be alright (104 comments)

In Battlefield 2142 they put ingame adverts in, but they actually didn't detract from the game - they were simply on billboards in urban settings, and made the place seem MORE real that adverts for "Generic Corporation". However, it needs to be done very carefully to avoid ruining the game's atmosphere, and I do agree that ingame adverts should be recognised in an appropriate discount on the game itself.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Charged With Three Felonies For Finding Security Flaw — and Reporting it

ChowRiit Blackmail (547 comments)

If you read the whole article, it sounds a bit like he might have been trying to blackmail the school with the details of the hack. As theregister notes, the email contents aren't available, and the quote "He ... was looking to profit from his criminal act." also suggests that he may have been blackmailing the school.

I'd like to hope so, at least, because otherwise the school is going WAY overboard...

more than 5 years ago

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