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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

HybridST Re:Breaking News! (140 comments)

Your friend may be sensitive to infrasound. There's a decent entry on wikipedia under "infrasound" that may enlighten.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

HybridST I'll just leave this here... (571 comments)

"In theory there is no difference between theory
and practice. In practice there is."
Yogi Berra

about a month ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

HybridST 12 pages in one... (39 comments)

Link to single-page version:

m.instructables.com/id/Gatling-Rubber-Band-Machine-Gun-Easy-Weekend-Proje/?ALLSTEPS

about 4 months ago
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Two Big Dark Matter Experiments Gain US Support

HybridST Re:It's true. (37 comments)

/. Is a news aggregator, not a primary source.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

HybridST Re:As usual, the title is wrong! (91 comments)

IIRC most of mass comes from quantum electrodynamical interactions. About 5 per cent is due to Higgs field interactions.

Google: "youtube susskind higgs" for some lectures on higgs interactions and some implications of them. One of them is my source for this.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

HybridST Re:Erm (91 comments)

They throw out hundreds or thousands of collisions for each datum they keep. So they have billions of events stored as data out of many trillions of mostly-boring collisions so far. This cherry-picked data may have something to do with it.

about 4 months ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

HybridST Re:Come now. (104 comments)

640 kg in, say, 640 1kg dirty bombs wouldn't need to be nuclear, only radioactive. Might be enough to "dirty-up" a whole lot of china's land.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Successfully Tests 'Flying Saucer' Craft, New Parachute

HybridST Re:NASA testing a 100 foot, mach 4 parachute (49 comments)

Wolfram puts mars escape velocity at about 5000m/s, just under half that of earth.

m.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=escape+velocity+Earth%2C+Mars

about 5 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

HybridST Re:In nearly 15 years, I've never done this... (347 comments)

Hawking thought this when he discovered/derived Hawking radiation from black holes. "Virtual" particles popping into existance exactly at the event horizon. Rather than annihilating as such particles typically do, one falls in and the other is released from the black hole.

This is a somewhat simplified account but the realization of virtual particles has been "known" for a few decades. Search youtube for "Susskind Black Hole" for a lecture series, about 16ish hours of material on this phenomenon.

about 5 months ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

HybridST Re:The science is not settled on this. (42 comments)

We could call it whatever we like but "higgsoid object"

www.google.com/search?q=higgsoid+object&client=ms-opera-mini-iphone&channel=new&gws_rd=cr&hl=en&sa=X&&as_q&nfpr=1&spell

has no search results whereas "higgs-like object"

www.google.com/m?q=higgs-like+object&client=ms-opera-mini-iphone&channel=new

returns useful results. That's close to the term the popular media ascribed to the phenomenon when it was discovered and is close enough to the terminology in the journals to find the scientific papers involved without much extra effort.

Your call as to what you would like to call it though.

about 5 months ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

HybridST Re:The science is not settled on this. (42 comments)

Undergrad so take this with a grain of salt.

They found something that looks like a higgs, smells like a higgs, and even quacks like a higgs while looking in the higgs-pond. They, afaict, have not yet measured its quantum-spin as being zero which would confirm it's indeed a higgs.

If the higgs-like object that was discovered is truly A higgs, it may or may not be THE higgs of the standard model. The newly discovered decay channel of the higgs-like object seems to point toward the standard model and a few other frameworks which others here know in far greater detail than I.

Now they need to measure the spin...

about 5 months ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

HybridST link (42 comments)

There was a link to a paper in phys.org's coverage yesterday. I read the coverage but I haven't had time to check the paper out.

The story:
m.phys.org/news/2014-06-evidence-higgs-boson-fermions.html

The paper:
http://www.nature.com/nphys/jo...

about 5 months ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

HybridST learn the tools you use (222 comments)

Most microwaves have a power control. 90 seconds at power 2 or 3, wait 1 minute. Flip, 1 minute at full power. Wait 3 minutes. Serve.

There exist websites and books devoted to this appliance and how to use it correctly. This is a non-story.

Caveat: there are some nice physics going on in the explanation but only for the layman. Look elsewhere for the gritty detail we /.ers are used to seeing.

about 6 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

HybridST Re:Because C and C++ multidimensional arrays suck (634 comments)

Undergrad here. So the base case is taken care of and you call your translation function recursively. What's the difficulty here?

about 6 months ago
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Winning Algorithms For Rock, Paper, Scissors

HybridST Re:A robot (65 comments)

You mean like this?

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

HybridST If this is real... (300 comments)

IIRC yahoo is worth less than nothing at the moment. Re: www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-03-17/is-yahoo-s-business-worth-less-than-nothing

Why would I listen to a company with such outstanding performance?

about 7 months ago
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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

HybridST Re:But... (21 comments)

Sounds like your mobile device is a mobile-device.

about 7 months ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

HybridST Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

To counter your anecdote my University *does* sell textbooks. I've bought lab manuals the-day-of when I forgot them before my commute.

about 8 months ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

HybridST Re:It's teh googlezzzz!!!! (142 comments)

Correct, they are not the same thing.

Tagging can contain the structure of a folder system with inherant deduplication of data. 1 tag per foldername contained in path. Done. Then you can add the file to another "folder" by adding a tag. Search for your regular foldername and you have your "folder" without browsing an entire hierarchy of foldernames.

That being said I don't really tag my files - I use folder hierarchies and don't worry about dupes (this is /. after all). I can see the expanded utility of tags though especially from a "searchable data" perspective.

about 8 months ago

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