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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

Ginger Unicorn Re:Just as long as it's not XK-class. (145 comments)

There's a recent Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast where Phil Plait explained exactly what impact a big CME would have on the grid, and I think he said that there are some very large transformers that would be destroyed and would take 5 to 10 years to replace due to there being nowhere tooled up to replace them. I think he said this would mean large chunks of the grid without power for that timespan.

5 days ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Ginger Unicorn Re:Seriously? (524 comments)

What do you mean by "full hd"? Doesn't it just mean 1080p at certain frame rates? I regularly stream 1080p video from netflix and youtube on a 14mb connection.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Ginger Unicorn Re: MAME (382 comments)

I just download MAME ROMs individually as it occurs to me to play them. My ROMs folder is never more than few dozen Mbs. Buying a 2Tb HD and filling it up with what is effectively noise has never struck me as a convenient option.

about three weeks ago

Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup

Ginger Unicorn Re:No I'm not, but you? apk (90 comments)

Alexander, did you even read the post that you linked back to? It describes pretty much exactly what you're doing here. I can't tell if you're an Andy Kaufman style comic maverick or if you're a paranoid schizophrenic. I think it's the latter, and to be honest, initially i found you funny, but now I feel guilty for mocking the afflicted.

about 3 months ago

Unisys Phasing Out Decades-Old Mainframe Processor For x86

Ginger Unicorn Re:Half a century (113 comments)

The graph flattens off and starts to dip at 2009, then the steep rise after that is an estimate. they could just have easily drawn a line going downwards.

about 3 months ago

Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup

Ginger Unicorn Re:No I'm not, but you? apk (90 comments)

Can you not see that you come off like a raving lunatic? Whether or not you are posting facts isn't the issue.

It's a fact that the earth orbits the sun. But if I post:

The EARTH orbits the SUN. THE EARTH ORBITS THE SUN. EARTH around sun. Not sun around EARTH. I am right and all my detractors that troll me are being paid by flat-earthers to harass me.

..And I jump on slashdot and post a page full of that every time the subject of the sun comes up on slashdot, I would be obviously mentally ill.

These people aren't trolling you because they're paid shills. They're trolling you because you are an easy target because you clearly have mental health problems.

about 3 months ago

Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Ginger Unicorn Re:Ban them everywhere! (376 comments)

who on earth even watches cams nowadays? There are DVD screeners for almost everything, and even if there aren't, the blu-rays come out within a handful of months. Not that I'm advocating piracy, i'm indifferent to it. To be honest priacy seems a little redundant nowadays as I pay £16 a month for an unlimited card and watch practically everything that comes out in the cinema.

about 3 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Ginger Unicorn Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Just speaking purely from the logical perspective, it could be the case that gun proliferation has no impact on crime rates or it increases crime rates, but that there's some other independent factor that has driven crime down to the extent that the impact of guns is hidden. I'm not arguing for one side or the other. I'm just pointing out that the logic, that negative correlation disproves a claim, isn't airtight unless you control for all the variables.

about 3 months ago

$470 RepRap Derived 3D Printer Going Into Production

Ginger Unicorn Re:4" print area (32 comments)

You're momma didn't complain. ..oh wait

about 3 months ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

Ginger Unicorn Re:Smart! That was one of the key... (136 comments)

Deloreans have a really strong torsion bar along the hinges of each door that do the majority of the work. The gas struts mostly just hold the doors up once they're open. The torsion bars are strong enough that if you unlatch the door, it just glides up on its own. I've handled one of those doors when detached from the car, and they are seriously heavy.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

Ginger Unicorn Re:gullwing doors (136 comments)

That doesn't happen in a Delorean. In fact if there's no wind you can sit with the doors open and they act as a shelter that prevents rain coming inside. The one thing that does drip is if there's lots of condensation on the inside of the door /window it drips onto the seat when you open the door.

about 3 months ago

Lepton Universality In Question, a Standard Model Assumption

Ginger Unicorn august institution (62 comments)

I read the headline as "Lepton University"

about 3 months ago



LHC Homes In On Possible Higgs Boson Around 126GeV

Ginger Unicorn Ginger Unicorn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ginger Unicorn (952287) writes "In a seminar held at CERN today, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs. The main conclusion is that the Standard Model Higgs boson, if it exists, is most likely to have a mass constrained to the range 116-130 GeV by the ATLAS experiment, and 115-127 GeV by CMS. Tantalising hints have been seen by both experiments in this mass region, but these are not yet strong enough to claim a discovery."
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