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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

Eevee Re:rounding error (71 comments)

When the SLS launches,

Surely you mean If the SLS launches. Does Ares I ring a bell?

about two weeks ago

MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

Eevee Re: bitcoin is NOT anonymous (111 comments)




That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage.

about two weeks ago

Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

Eevee Re: Understanding the Indian retailers. (53 comments)

Indian customers are also very class conscious, they would eschew a cheaper product merely because their servant maids can afford them.

Is "class-conscious" some new euphemism for "assholes" that I haven't previously been aware of?

It depends. Is "I haven't previously been aware of" a new euphemism for "I have my head shoved so far up my ass that I've never noticed how societies work"? Because there is nothing new about this behavior anyplace. People were assholes about class indicators long ago, they are assholes about class indicators now, and they will be assholes about class indicators in the future.

about three weeks ago

CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Eevee Re: When pet theories die... (137 comments)

Like it or not, the term "God particle" was created by Leon M. Lederman for a book he wrote. Now, Dr. Lederman has won the Nobel Prize for Physics, the Wolf Prize in Physics, and the National Medal of Science. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that given a choice between you and him...well, he's the one who is right.

However, to be fair, once you've won your Nobel Prize, I'll start paying attention to your opinions compared to his.

about a month ago

CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Eevee Re:When pet theories die... (137 comments)

And yet, there are zebras.

On July 4, 2012, CERN director general Rolf Heuer announced that his team had detected âoea particle consistent with the Higgs boson,â and that the discovery was confirmed by two separate experiments (ATLAS and CMS). However, Heuer noted that additional data was required to confirm that it was, in fact, the so-called "God particle."

The article basically says we've found something new, but by running some more tests at CERN, we can pin it down better. Which, as we can see from the quote, is also the belief of the people who made the discovery.

Nobody is saying the particle isn't "Higgs-like", or that it's not a major discovery, or even that we're misunderstanding its role. But, and it's an important but, we've never pinned it down exactly. Which every article I've ever read in the last couple of years has said. Using Wikipedia (dangerous, I know), it uses "tentatively confirmed" for a couple of test and notes values are slightly off the prediction for branching levels. (A term that I gladly admit to knowing nothing about, but if it's being mentioned, I would think it must be important for the verification)

about a month ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Eevee Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

Yes, clearly the two wrong acts aren't equivalent. The torrent user is just an inconsiderate asshole while this dude is an outright malicious asshole.

But can you do it as a car analogy?

The first guy is the kind of idiot who pulls into an intersection on a yellow light when there's not enough room to pull completely through. The second guy's a BMW owner.

about 2 months ago

Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

Eevee Not "The Cloud" (60 comments)

They're looking for cleared contractors to set up private clouds in their facilities.

about 2 months ago

Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Eevee You've got it backwards (349 comments)

The problem isn't making sure code that worked on Windows 95 still works. It's code that wouldn't run in the DOS code tree, but will still run in the NT tree, and has code that prevents trying to run it on older systems...and, instead of checking for Windows_NT and proceeding, checked for Windows_9* and stopped.

And, for the record, on a Windows 7 box, the OS environment variable is still "Windows_NT". Somebody out there must have a 95 (or 98) box still running that could check if it shows "Windows_95". ("echo %OS%", but if you've still got a box that old, you knew that.)

about 2 months ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Eevee Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

Water freezes at zero and boils at one hundred.

You mean, water freezes at 0C and boils at 94C. (Well, technically, it freezes at 0.01C, but who's counting.)

What could be simpler?

It's hard to get simpler than assuming everyone lives at sea level. It's just not very accurate.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Eevee Re:Asmiov = Halo? (269 comments)

Because if you're going to tarnish the name "Asimov", I'd rather you blame it on Halo than Isaac.

about 3 months ago

Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

Eevee Gotta like the pro-level bullshit. (42 comments)

From the article:

Maguire, in conversation with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, likened the vehicles to planes rather than drones, a word that does carry some negative connotations.

Drone means there's no pilot; they take surplus/retired conventional planes, such as a Phantom and turn them into a, yes, drone. (And stick a Q in front of the designation so it's now a QF-4,)

about 3 months ago

Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

Eevee Re:Poor rats (85 comments)

I go out of my way to find products that weren't tested on animals.

Those products are still being tested on animals; it's just that the animal being used for testing is you.

about 3 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Eevee Re:Please, don't tell them ... (421 comments)

... but I strangled my neighbor's unicorn, last night.

Now, I've heard the phrase choking the chicken before, but that one's a new euphemism to me.

about 4 months ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

Eevee Re:Zooooom! (233 comments)

Yes, it's in the platform in Texas.. SO? Such verbiage plays well here. That does not make it a campaign.

Yes, your Honor, we were both naked, in bed, and I had my penis inside her vagina. But that doesn't mean we were having sexual intercourse.

about 4 months ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Eevee Re:Bullshit (181 comments)

If you can get it and defend it, it's yours.

So, you believe if I can take it from you by force, it's mine?

Putin believes this.

about 5 months ago

Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Eevee Re:Wife (75 comments)

1, certain parts want you to use a microphone.

Hover over your name at the top of the page, select settings, and turn Microphone off.

about 5 months ago

Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Eevee Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Excluding Chernobyl, I dont think theres been a single death (actual or projected) from nuclear power-- certainly none in the last 20 years.

I'm sure everyone working for JCO in Tokaimura is happy to hear that, as are the residents of the town.

about 6 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Eevee Re:Javascript-requiring content (199 comments)

Hell, I disable javascript on most sites to avoid the comments. Reading internet comments on anything but a specialty site is more punishment than the ads.

about 7 months ago


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