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Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice

Danny Rathjens Re:False equivalence. (444 comments)

AJ, BBC and other members of the "forth estate"

That explains the lack of type checking.

about a year and a half ago

Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone

Danny Rathjens What about the money for Apps? (207 comments)

On an iphone, the 30% cut goes directly to Apple. On an android, the 30% cut goes to the carrier. This bribe from Google was obviously a component in the widespread adoption of android by the carriers - although I've no idea how large of a component. I wonder how much that affects marketing issues like this. I don't see why they wouldn't be throwing a few more advertising dollars in favor of the phone that nets them a higher income.

more than 2 years ago

Pay Less If You're a Nice Person: Valve's Freemium Model For DOTA 2

Danny Rathjens Re:I like this (316 comments)

That was Gallagher, not Carlin. But it is indeed a great idea.

more than 2 years ago

Nuclear Truckers Haul Warheads Across US

Danny Rathjens Why ex-military instead of current? (461 comments)

Is this just a way to get extra money to buddies through the revolving door or is there some rational reason for using ex-military/contractors instead of current military/national guard?

more than 2 years ago

Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

Danny Rathjens Re:Wish I could understand the details of FFTs (271 comments)

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. -- John von Neumann
Reply to Felix T. Smith who had said "I'm afraid I don't understand the method of characteristics." -- as quoted in The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (1984) by Gary Zukav footnote in page 208.

more than 2 years ago

Statisticians Uncover the Mathematics of a Serial Killer

Danny Rathjens Citizen X (164 comments)

Incidentally, there was a pretty decent movie with Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland about the hunt for Chikatilo called Citizen X.

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers Estimate Milky Way May Have 100 Billion Alien Worlds

Danny Rathjens Re:Oblig. Arthur C Clarke quote (294 comments)

"Round numbers are always false." -- Samuel Johnson

more than 2 years ago

Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

Danny Rathjens Re:Pascal's Wager (910 comments)

"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies." -- Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

more than 2 years ago

Louis CK's Internet Experiment Pays Off

Danny Rathjens pioneer one-ish (309 comments)

This is great to further spread the idea of direct distribution, but I'm still more impressed with Pioneer One which is accomplishing more with much less and using a creative commons license.

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

Danny Rathjens Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

"The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -- George Carlin

more than 2 years ago

Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent

Danny Rathjens Re:Google bashing thread! (584 comments)

You used to be able to apply a personal -2 penalty for Funny mods. It worked great for me for the past decade read at a threshold of 2 or 3 and not have Funny comments dominate. But apparently they took away they ability to fine tune so well with the new system since I can't find the option any more to direct you to.

more than 2 years ago

Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent

Danny Rathjens Re:GO GOOGLE! (584 comments)

I'm surprised I didn't see anyone also point out that they got the range of valid scores wrong, also. It's obviously not "1 to 5" as quoted.

more than 2 years ago

US Army Completes First Test Flight of Mach 6 Weapon

Danny Rathjens Obligatory Hunt for Red October (230 comments)

"Mr. Ryan, would you characterize this as a first-strike weapon?"

"Uh, that is a possibility, sir. It is designed to approach by stealth and to shower its target with multiple independent warheads with little or no warning before impact."

"Goddamn thing's made to start a war."

more than 2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

Danny Rathjens Re:The patents in question are - (386 comments)

I figured someone would do this. I just used my last mod point, but thanks. (ah, non-mouse device is a "stylus", I was wondering if linux's shift-numlock numpad mouse violated it, too)

more than 2 years ago



Libyan rebels weaponize Power Wheels toy ATV

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes " reports, "You know the little Power Wheels-style ATV [4-wheeled slow-moving truck] your kid uses to drive across the lawn? It turns out that it makes a great machine gun drone in the hands of Libyan rebel, and structural engineer, Mohammad Bin Saud. Bin Saud is one of a growing legion of rebel Libyans turning anything and everything — including the aforementioned Power Wheels — into weapons." Most of the content is a video clip from Al-Jazeera."
Link to Original Source

Fundamental constant not so constant in space

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes "The Economist cutely writes, "Ye cannae change the laws of physics
Or can you?" There was already evidence that the fine structure constant — a measure of the strength of electromagnetic interaction — became slightly smaller going back billions of years based on observations of light from quasars. Staggering newer observations provided evidence that the value going back in time actually became larger! The crucial difference being that the new observations were take from a telescope in the other hemisphere and so pointing to a different part of the universe. That indicates that the fine structure constant not only
changed over time but it also varies based on position in space! points out some fascinating implications of this observation. The pre-print of the article submitted to PRL is available at"

Link to Original Source

Cisco buying Jabber

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes "In the continuing trend of big companies buying out small companies with open source products, Cisco has announced that they are buying Jabber. The press release doesn't mention the open source aspect of jabber at all and is currently down. So I'm sure the question many of us have is whether jabber's open source status will be changed in any way due to the purchase."
Link to Original Source

'Clear Signs of Water' on Extrasolar Planet

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  about 7 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes " reports that, "Scientists have found the spectral imprints of water vapor in starlight filtered through the atmosphere of a giant gas planet outside our solar system." So it's not on a solid planet, but still a pretty cool discovery. The original report is published in Nature."

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes "Science Daily reports that, "Like any new kid on the block that tries to fit in, newborn brain cells need to find their place within the existing network of neurons. The newcomers jump right into the fray and preferentially reach out to mature brain cells that are already well connected within the established circuitry, report scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience." Most interesting was that, "Providing the mice with a stimulating, enriched environment — large cages filled with running wheels, colored tunnels and playmates — boost the number of neurons that manage to hook up with the existing network to 80 percent [from 50%], reinforcing the observation that using one's brain cells is the best way to optimize brain function throughout one's lifetime." Plus it is just really cool that they can observe these types of things like new neurons extending protrusions to find active neurons and take over at the nanometer scale."

Danny Rathjens Danny Rathjens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Danny Rathjens writes "physorg reports that "Researchers in Boston used technology to measure empathy between psychotherapists and their patients. ... In a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Merci and his colleagues described using a combination of skin sensors and videotapes viewed by neutral observers to measure empathy. They said their results suggest a nervous network for empathy and emotional response that is "implicated in the ability to take another's emotional perspective.""


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