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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Fact (300 comments)

As one of the YouTube comments say it is a little known phenomenon called a coronal cavity .

At high temperatures the protons and electrons in hydrogen move so fast they aren't bound to each other any more and form a plasma. Both have charges (negative for the electron and positive for the proton) and any moving charge will create a part of a magnetic field. Magnetic fields in turn deflect other moving charges and when you have so many particles flying around fast in all directions that are bound together in a loose sphere shape by gravity on the edge there will be some interesting effects.

I don't think coronal cavities are well understood, but are thought to have a connection to coronal mass ejections, which are pretty much what the name suggests. More computing power would be helpful in studying models of the sun with so many particles and better mass distributions and magnetic field geometry from satellites. Maybe then we could really understand what these things really are in detail.

about three weeks ago
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The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Bogus algorithm (68 comments)

Hang on..

Are you seriously suggesting that bubble sort is useful for N in the millions?

The GP must be the database guy they hired for the Russian stock market.

about a month ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:What a (almost) complete waste (156 comments)

And the extra money saved could go to such worthy causes as hiring more lawyers or programs that stimulate banker bonuses?

To many people here the only important thing that we do, apart from keeping things going, is to explore and understand more than we did before. None of this really costs that much compared to other things budget-wise (e.g. about a quarter of NASA's yearly budget is what the Walton's who own Walmart get for sitting on their asses ~$4B USD).

Space is the next frontier. Compare this to the times when sail ships were used to travel vast distances to map far away land masses. You could image people asking why would anyone sail for long times on perilous voyages only to map the southern skies or survey animal & plant populations. Now we enjoy the benefits of this in the Western world and surely we should venture forward again with our surplus prosperity, lest we become lazy and ignorant.

about a month ago
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A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:too many words (45 comments)

Of course! How do you solve the problem of identifying digital representations of cats? Imagine identifying a single cat in a box. Then 2 cats in a larger box, etc. and you can identify in such a way any arbitrary cat configuration in the universe via machine learning. Genius.

Err... except how do you tell if the cat is alive or dead?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Inefficient (140 comments)

But security can jump on you or hit you with something, etc. even if "unarmed." This robot seems pretty useless without some sort of human incapacitator.

As an aside, Daleks use static electricity to recharge when moving around.

about 2 months ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Then of course (523 comments)

According to the article the "solar powered" Mars rovers are also partially nuclear powered to keep the equipment warm when the sun stops shining (e.g. in the Martian winter).

about 2 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Umm... (590 comments)

Yeah. It happened last time Thor misplaced the hammer too.

**Thor has lost the hammer to a giant, Thrym**

"What is the way?" said Thor. "But no matter what it is, tell me of it and I shall do as thou dost say."

"Then," said laughing Loki, "I am to take you to Jötunheim as a bride for Thrym. Thou art to go in bridal dress and veil, in Freya's veil and bridal dress."

"What! I dress in woman's garb?" shouted Thor.

"Yea, Thor, and wear a veil over your head and a garland of flowers upon it."

"I--I wear a garland of flowers?"

"And rings upon thy fingers. And a bunch of housekeeper's keys in thy girdle."

"Cease thy mockery, Loki," said Thor roughly, "or I shall shake thee."

"It is no mockery. Thou wilt have to do this to win Miölnir back for the defence of Asgard. Thrym will take no other recompense than Freya. I would mock him by bringing thee to him in Freya's veil and dress. When thou art in his hall and he asks thee to join hands with him, say thou wilt not until he puts Miölnir into thy hands. Then when thy mighty hammer is in thy holding thou canst deal with him and with all in his hall. And I shall be with thee as thy bridesmaid! O sweet, sweet maiden Thor!"

"Loki," said Thor, "thou didst devise all this to mock me. I in a bridal dress! I with a bride's veil upon me! The Dwellers in Asgard will never cease to laugh at me."

"Yea," said Loki, "but there will never be laughter again in Asgard unless thou art able to bring back the hammer that thine unwatchfulness lost."

"True," said Thor unhappily, "and is this, thinkst

thou, Loki, the only way to win back Miölnir from Thrym?"

"It is the only way, O Thor," said the cunning Loki.

Loki is to blame for all this.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Mathematicians Have Always Had To Consider Ethi (233 comments)

If you look at the stuff going down a catwalk in Milan,

With you so far.

...much of it is not recognisable as clothes to someone not immersed in the world of fashion.

Nooooooooo. Only on /. is it normal to be focused entirely on the clothes coming down a catwalk!

about 9 months ago
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SpaceX Files Suit Against US Air Force

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Well the way things are going internationally.. (176 comments)

You would rather than the country you live in be on the shit list of the U.S. government as opposed to being on a list of supporters?

This argument is often raised, but Haiti and Cuba are countries that make you stop and think about it. Haiti received government support from the U.S. and it not doing well by any measure. Cuba has had an embargo with the U.S., Bay of Pigs, etc. and is doing relatively okay for it in comparison.

Now I like the U.S. and respect it for holding to its principles as a country, but there are a couple of supporting countries that have had their countries pretty well screwed over.

about 9 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Or we could just be the first? (608 comments)

I've read a bit about the topic before and everything you said has already been considered; there should have been conditions favorable to life billions of years ago.

Is this really true though? A lot of what we know about Earth's formation, our moon's formation, our solar system's formation, etc. has only come to light in recent years. Earlier solar system equivalents would have faced a much higher risk of being blasted by blazars and O-type stars. This would wipe out life at any stage of development as we would know it. There are many other things like how the Earth got its water where the details of how it happened that need to be considered properly and time added for.

We could be the first. The question is still: why?

I'm postulating that the answer could be that the reason why we are the first is that all the other intelligent life that faces this problem in our neighborhood might meet humans later and not have to ask that question. Or, in other words, we may be first because we are first.

about 9 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

InfiniteLoopCounter Or we could just be the first? (608 comments)

Maybe the reason why we haven't encountered alien civilizations is simply that we are the first in our region?

If you think about it you need a second generation start like our Sun because the first lot of Stars needed to go supernova to generate the heavier elements and compact our star system into something like it is now along a nice plane with larger gas giants and a "cloud" of water bearing asteroids circling far out. The earlier second generation stars also had a problem where earlier in our galaxies history there were more pulsars and O-type stars that could have killed life by sending jets of high energy radiation our way.

Next you have to wait for the planet to form and then get water from the stabilization of larger gas planet orbits bringing in the water bearing asteroids. Then you have to wait for the planet to cool, the water to seep down and create some sort of active continents with plate techtonics. Then you have to wait for the iron to settle in with the water, first life to start producing oxygen in the atmosphere, and evolution taking its long course to make something that can make useful technologies and contemplate the universe.

Could just be that we are the first (somewhat) intelligent life around.

about 9 months ago
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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:New connector great thanks (178 comments)

Why is it everything apple embraces early ends up being a constantly changing connector

Because they can sell new ones at 60$ a piece and pocket the 55+$ in profit every year or so, putting in code that tells if it is "genuine Apple" or not?

about 9 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

Everybody having a drone is a horrible idea, kind of like giving everyone a gun is a bad idea. I expect owning a drone will be a "fundamental right" in the U.S. within 10 years.

Then you can use your guns to shoot your neighbor's drones and all will be well.

Seriously though, this seems unlikely as drones are not even remotely mentioned in the US constitution.

about 9 months ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

InfiniteLoopCounter 15 years experience only! (287 comments)

Reading through the comments did no one else see that in the article the company that was focused on only recruited people with 15 years industry experience?! I suppose the owner wants people to work for 15 years without pay as an intern before getting a position at his company? Looks like there are just too many people for every decent job.

about 10 months ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Um... (80 comments)

Source? Most US courts are understaffed (even judges) and over-scheduled.

http://www.decodedc.com/home/2...

That doesn't mean they are underpayed and not soaking up all the resources. Lawyers always will want more money for the same level job. A bit cynical I know but I think a "scarcity" of lawyers is always going to be the case, because they never can actually solve anything.

about 10 months ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Um... (80 comments)

The problem is probably that after the judges and lawyers salaries are factored in they probably haven't got enough money to do IT properly. These guys will take the lion's share of any amount you throw at them.

about 10 months ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

Maybe it works for media hosting but what does it really do that a Chromecast doesn't do?

There's a market for seamless video looping that the pis are starting to fill. I use them for exhibition spaces to push videos remotely on a loop with omxplayer. Dispman_vncserver allows for remote viewing of content as well.

It's the small size that makes them attractive and I could see them being mounted to other devices than display screens as well. The new compute module and board would fit fine in home-made drones. I was thinking of trying to make a drone with a servo and 3d printer, but my 3d printer isn't up to the task unfortunately (maybe in a couple of years). You just have to use your imagination.

about 10 months ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

When you actually have had experiences that you cannot scientifically explain you tend to realize that there is this huge domain called the Universe At Large and then there is this much smaller domain called What Mankind Currently Accepts And Understands.

I think what you are referring to has been known at least since the Egyptian times and is the result of hallucinogenic/intoxicating drugs or head knocking. Nothing wrong with having a good time, but people should at least be honest instead of saying "the god with crocodile head and lion body that only I can see told me to do X."

about 10 months ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

OTOH, I've had a bit of success with dowsing, (two out of two, when I was seriously trying...not statistically significant) and a bit of success with gambling....

Can you at least explain how one "seriously tr[ies] against a slot machine?" Pull the handle instead of pressing the button? Exert great force while pulling the handle (or pressing the button)? "Be the ball?"

The trick is to wait for the ghost to pull the lever. This is the only way to win at gambling in a statistically significant way and you'll never lose your house.

about 10 months ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

InfiniteLoopCounter Re:Why still male-female ends? (208 comments)

You are right, I missed that and admittedly did not do a thorough search before posting. Still it is fun to think about how to make a genderless connector that would just click together in any which way.

about 10 months ago

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