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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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

HybridST Re:Wordpress is crap (58 comments)

XP is decent for its time and is still sufficient for some purposes(firewalled etc.)

I think parent wanted (Wordpress==WinME).

about a month ago

Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

HybridST Re: model plane != plane (236 comments)


Also: I can go purchase an rc plane/heli complete with cam transmitter and perform the same activity right now in a comparable location. There are TOYS that can accomplish this. Have the FAA complained yet about flying toys with video? Serious question.

about a month ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

HybridST mod options (389 comments)

Where do I mod this article -1 Flamebait? I'd really like to know.

about 2 months ago

How the Black Hole Firewall Paradox Was Resolved

HybridST Re:There is another possible black hole's firewall (118 comments)

There is a simple proof to the contrary but the /. comment system is too small a space in which to contain it. There are many, many hours of Susskind videos on Youtube, primarily and most recently "ER=EPR|Leonard Susskind", which deal with exactly this.

about 2 months ago

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

HybridST Re:Perhaps not (458 comments)

If you were to create a world AND place yourself* in it, then yes you would be subject to its laws.

*yourself in this context could be a digital brainscan or equivalent representation as long as the representation has what you posess-free will(maybe) consciousness etc ...

about 3 months ago

CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

HybridST Re:Cool science coming... (136 comments)

First off IANAP.
To throw some variables out there:

As I understand it the conjecture under review is:

Implicit from Einsteins field equations,
R_mu_nu - (1/2)g_mu_nu*R + g_mu_nu*GAMMA = (8pi*G/c^4)*T_mu_nu

somewhat like the next layer beyond E^2=m^4c^4+p^2c^2 (lorentz invarient form iirc?)

I wont see it in my University courses for a few years but from online lectures and pdfs i have a bare understanding of the implications if the conjecture is false:
1. The dark matter problem 'could' go away if the conjecture is found to be false. Not too likely imo

2 If the different masses are NOT equivalent then here there be dragons! i.e. new interesting physics underneath-perheps leading to new propulsion systems.

I'm sure someone will pipe up and correct me if i'm wrong enough.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

HybridST Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

Just wait for the parallels to be drawn between the Win9(likely rebranded as W9 or somesuch-the new guy has to make a mark somehow) running on top of Metro vs. Win 3.11 on top of DOS 6.22...

about 3 months ago

Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life

HybridST Re:The universe is self-organizing, ... (44 comments)

I'll just put this here... 2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate Plaintext url if /. Eats the link: m.youtube.com/watch?v=1OLz6uUuMp8

about 3 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

HybridST Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Win 7 ran fine on MY old hardware. (P4 2.8ghz nvidia gofx 5200)Perhaps you chose the wrong system when you bought it years back.

about 3 months ago

The Geekiest Game Ever Made?

HybridST Re:Doom (87 comments)

"Does anyone know what happens if you drop the
One Ring down a sink?"

OK, I'll bite. The One Ring (go from the print version here...) seems to follow the same rules detailed in Zalazny's "chronicles of amber" series so it would resize itself (definitely among its powers) and shift its surroundings until it can traverse the sewer lines and be found by its next victim on the path back to Sauron (also within its powers). Or it might just be caught in the u-pipe under the sink if it likes its owner.

about 4 months ago

The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

HybridST Re:What do commercial planes have? (195 comments)


Bird strikes are actually rather common on civilian flights.

Civilian airliners are designed for withstanding all forces by birdstrike at standard cruise speed at sea level(example on the linked page works out to 16 tons of force on a windshield) where military fighters have varying ratings and a MUCH larger max airspeed (remember Kinetic Energy = mass * velocity^2, velocity is the main contributor to KE) along with weight restrictions to maintain accelleration curves and manoeuverability. Most fighter canopies can withstand standard takeoff and landing speeds though.

about 5 months ago

The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

HybridST Re:Metal Mesh? (195 comments)

At near-mach speeds embedded metal becomes shrapnel.

about 5 months ago

New Framework For Programming Unreliable Chips

HybridST Re:Huh? (128 comments)

Automating the process would be handy, but not revolutionary. Automating it at the system level makes more sense to me but i'm just a power user.

about 5 months ago


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