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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

Eternauta3k Re:Too complicated (205 comments)

I'm taking a course on the Standard model, the Higgs mechanism isn't exactly rocket science. At least not at undergrad level, like you said.

about a year ago
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African Robotics Network Challenge Spurs Rash of $10 Robots

Eternauta3k Re:Not needed. (60 comments)

Moron. They need to form scientists and engineers as much as the next guy.

about 2 years ago
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Another "interesting" upgrade attempt

Eternauta3k Not for home users (8 comments)

20 years from now, are we going to have machines with a terabyte of ram, 256 cores, and only running as fast, on average, as an old 386 because by then we'll have past the peak and gone into negative returns territory but can't go back because everything would break worse? For example, code with so many security checks that it's into "infinite bug" state, where fixing one exploit opens up another one (personally, I think we're there already, but that's another story).

This may be true for companies stuck using some particular application, but hopefully desktop applications will continue to improve through competition: when one browser gets too slow, people start switching.
Probably not be true for your average IE/MSOffice user though.

more than 2 years ago
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Poll inspired by another users journal

Eternauta3k Re:Always -1 (15 comments)

-1 here too. I'm thinking of moving to 2, and also giving "Funny" a negative modifier. The SNR is too damn low.

more than 2 years ago
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Comet Lovejoy Plunges Into the Sun and Survives

Eternauta3k Re:Composition? (209 comments)

Stabilize? Once it's out of the corona it should have a normal orbit.

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Eternauta3k Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

Yeah, like the Spanish lisp, it'll be gone in no time.

Oh, wait...

more than 2 years ago
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Earth's Core Made In Miniature

Eternauta3k Re:Inaccurate Model (175 comments)

Interestingly, Turtles All The Way Down could be modelled as an infinitely long longitudinal wave medium (like a spring), with no reflections.

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Coherence Found Fueling Photosynthesis

Eternauta3k Re:Those helpful links (135 comments)

I'm at that awful stage where I laugh at this article's analogies, yet can't really understand the paper.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Creates Chip to Model Synapses

Eternauta3k Re:The Interface will be a problem. (220 comments)

Not just with the brain, but also with itself. I heard the brain is ridiculously well interconnected.

more than 2 years ago
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Qualcomm's Butterfly Wing Display Gets Nearer

Eternauta3k Re:Soon (168 comments)

It's a different time, back when they were building PCs in their garage it wasn't consumer electronics. Nowadays you can't hope to make a tablet, PC or whatever without getting some serious funding. The alternative is producing more expensive goods so you don't compete with massive factories in China for slim profits.

more than 2 years ago
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Easily 4 more years ...

Eternauta3k Hari Seldon (27 comments)

Hari Seldon, is that you?

more than 2 years ago
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Still think Stallman is not past his "best before" date?

Eternauta3k Re:Straight to the point (50 comments)

unlike jails, people choose to buy Apple products. In Stallman's world, that's not a valid choice. Why? Because it's not completely open. So what? This is up to the individual to decide - it's not like they can run his piece of crap HURD. Every choice makes trade-offs, and the GPL is no less of a jail. So, what is Steve Jobs' crime? That he led Apple to bring out products that people actually want?

Apple's (and arguably Android's) success at controlling the distribution of software are steps toward more closed environments. Just like Facebook's success takes us nearer to the end of the "wild west" age of the Internet.

Sure, no one is going to take away your free devices nor prevent you from having a proper self-hosted website/communicating through email and IRC. However, if people become content with doing everything through closed services provided by a handful of companies, then you have no choice but to do the same (if you want to keep in touch with friends/family).

That's one reason to hope Apple doesn't suceed. To avoid becoming part of the fringe.

more than 2 years ago
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Still think Stallman is not past his "best before" date?

Eternauta3k Straight to the point (50 comments)

I understand being respectful/tactful if someone I know personally dies. But with a public figure like Jobs, I don't mind people being straightforward like in RMS's statement.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Microbial fuel cells power SUV

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eternauta3k (680157) writes "Researchers on the Geobacter Project have developed microbial fuel cells, employing bacteria which oxidize organic matter and deposit electrons in an anode, creating an electric current. Their innovation lies in transfering electrons directly to the electrode, increasing efficiency and reducing the need for toxic electron shuttling compounds. The devices they've powered with this technology so far include a calculator, a timer and even an SUV."
Link to Original Source

Journals

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IRC chemistry bot

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 6 years ago I wrote a bot using Bot::BasicBot. It uses a XML file with the periodic table to give information about the elements and, combined with a definition file (which allows you to teach it new ion and compound names), forms salts, oxides and other stuff. I'll upload it to my website soon.

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Magic dragon, bellows & I, robot

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  about 8 years ago There's a great hollow mask illusion, right here.
Takes a while to see it but, with practice, you can do it with both eyes. Freaky.
My sister got me some wooden sticks (the ice-cream type) for me to build a bellows. Guess I'll have to plan a camera first.
Just saw "I, robot". Despite being an insult to Asimov and the book, it's nice. Full of cliches and a cheesy plot, though.

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Pinhole camera done

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yesterday, I finished my pinhole camera and wrote "Tipicam" on the top.
My dad wisely pointed out that the opening should be on top rather than behind, so as to peek and check the focus and stuff.
However, since focus can't be adjusted (no lens), it isn't worth changing the cam for. Additionally, I'd have to somehow protect the film while peeking to avoid it being unintentionally exposed.

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Compulsive journaling

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I just wrote 2 journal entries (3, counting this one) after not having posted any for many months. The best part is, I'm writing another one (this one) to comment on that, which makes it a meta-journal entry.

Am I so evidently bored?
Does pi contain a circle in binary?

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Pinhole camera

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I recently started building a pinhole camera. It's a black box with a pinhole on one side and photographic film on the other. When the pinhole is uncovered, the film is exposed and can be turned into a photo. However, you've got to do it yourself, so you need to set up a darkroom.
Mine is made out of cardboard from a lego box. I initially used black paint of one type but then I bought the one I was supposed to use. It looks better and smells like real paint (yuck). Also takes a long time to dry.
Now, I just need to make a proper, lightproof camera door (for loading/unloading it) and set up the darkroom. My dad offered a room on his company to do it. Curiously, that room was initially meant for that, by the previous owner.
If anyone knows any slashdotters into photography, please tell.

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Karma idiot

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

During most of my slashdot membership, I was a karma whore doing anything for positive moderation (like skim reading articles and posting smart questions to get modded "Interesting").
Afterwards, I said "what the hell", and posted a few trolls. Some were really bad jokes which were evidently trolls, and others were pure invention (one about firefox, which I wrote as fun but should've warned it was fake).
I got modded into karma limbo, and now post at -1. Slashdot does work.

PS: The problem is that, now, I can only post once every 24 hours. Therefore, I can't correct my posts :(

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Read Hitchhicker's guide to the galaxy

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago I read a couple of the books and am having a lot more fun while reading slashdot (references to the book)

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R/C glider done

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago I bought and built a 1.5 meter radiocontrolled glider called Anfra 2. Pictures in my website.
I haven't flown it yet but expect to do so next week. I still need a different battery pack to fit the nose.

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Almost finished new glider

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Okay, I havent posted for a while...
I did finish the Cessna when expected. The fuselage broke every time it could. The wings I'm really proud of, though.
My dad bought me a large (and expensive, compared to the previous ones) plane, an almost 1-meter glider.
I already built and covered the wings and the stabilizer. Soon I'll finish the fuselage and fly the giant.

By the way, I may be an editor for Open Directory for the aeromodelism in Spanish section (a part of the submission form reminded me to post here).

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Incomplete plane kit, angry!

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Turns out the kit is missing ONE 3x3 stick. ANGRYYY!! Gonna buy it here. Needed to buy dope anyway...

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Plane almost done

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Finished and sanded the wings. Also done with one side of the fuselage. However, I haven't got dope for covering the wings, so my dad's taking me to a hobby shop.

Expect me to finish it tomorrow/the day after it.

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Almost done with the wings

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Finished a wing, and finishing the other one. Soon I'll cover them and start with the fuselage (meanwhile, I made the landing gear and prop hook).

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Still building

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago I finished cutting the ribs and am almost done with one wing. Hopefully I'll finish both by tomorrow.

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Building the new plane

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Today I'll start building it. It'll take a while, since the ribs aren't pre-cut. At least I got a nice cutter (with taiwanese instructions) completely made out of metal.

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New plane (rubber)

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago About to start another rubber-band propelled plane, a cessna. It has a tricicle landing gear and seems nice (but definitely not as sturdy as the Newberry). Just have to get a cutter, as I'm on holiday.

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Friend going fine with plane, me not

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Turns out my friend almost finished the plane. Unfortunately, I couldn't go to his house today to help him finish because I went to my grandparents' house.
On the other hand, my plane is still two long useless boards, since I still haven't bought the missing parts to make them big enough. Laaaazyy..

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Giving a friend a plane

Eternauta3k Eternauta3k writes  |  more than 9 years ago As suggested (and funded :) by my dad, I gave a rubber-band propelled plane kit to my friend, along with a cutter and glue. What I don't know is whether he was saying he'd buy it in a week to just not do it. Guess we'll see...

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