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Arrests For Selling Poison-Ware In Spain

Jade E. 2 Re:Shenanigans! (178 comments)

how about this one, does it contain bugs?

10 PRINT "Meshach is never wrong!";
20 GOTO 10;

Yes, BASIC doesn't use semicolons at the end of lines.

more than 4 years ago

Reports of IE Hijacking NXDOMAINs, Routing To Bing

Jade E. 2 Re:It is just trying to be helpful. (230 comments)

Absolutely correct. The only thing that's changed is that MS redirected auto.search.msn.com, search.msn.com, and all of live.com to bing.com. So the old MSN Live Search domain not found page (Which should be familiar to anyone who ever misspelled 'getfirefox.com' shortly after installing a new windows system) now says Bing.com instead. Everybody panic!

more than 5 years ago

The Guardian Shifts To Twitter After 188 Years of Ink

Jade E. 2 It's just competition (211 comments)

They're trying to steal readers by catering to the attention span of The Sun's traditional audience, obviously.

more than 5 years ago

Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Viewer

Jade E. 2 PR disaster? (575 comments)

This could be a public relations disaster in the making for Netflix.

Nah, they'll be fine, as long as it doesn't make Slashdot.

more than 5 years ago

FBI Issues Code Cracking Challenge

Jade E. 2 Cryptogram tool (222 comments)

There are automated ones out there that solve this in under a second, but if you want to figure it out yourself try this page:


Here's the puzzle text to copy:


more than 6 years ago

Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

Jade E. 2 Re:If even special relativity holds, no warp drive (501 comments)

I'm a programmer, not even a hobbyist in physics, but I'll take a stab at that.

So, Time Dilation. Let's say that we've got the other end of our shiny new instantaneous teleporter on a space ship, moving away from Earth at a significant fraction of the speed of light, so much so that there's 2:1 time dilation being observed on both ends. (The same thing works with lesser relative motion, and non-instantaneous FTL, but this makes it clearer.)

The spaceship has been travelling for 10 years already, haveing left Earth at a point we'll call year 0.

From the spaceship's point of view, it's year 10 for them, and year 5 on Earth.

From Earth's point of view, it's year 10 for them, and year 5 on the Spaceship.

You've volunteered to be the guinea pig. So you hop in the instant transporter on Earth, and get teleported, it being 'instant' from Earth's frame of reference. Which means that it was year 10 on Earth when you left, and you arrive in the spaceship in their local year 5.

You shake hands all around, get congratulated on your bravery, then hop back in for the return trip. You are instantly teleported back, this time in the reference frame of the spaceship. You leave the spaceship still in their local year 5, and arrive on Earth at local year 2.5, 7.5 years before you left.

There are all sorts of problems with this scenario, of course (like hos to define 'instant' in relative frames)... and the solution to all of them is to realize you can't move faster than the speed of light.

more than 6 years ago

Rubber Duckies For Global Warming Research

Jade E. 2 Next month's story (167 comments)

Scientists are extremely alarmed over a new phenomenon recently observed in the arctic glaciers. Melt water, which normally flows through micro rivers deep in the glacier until it reaches the sea, has started to flow over the surface instead, accelerating the rate at which the ice melts. "It's like something went and plugged up the flow, and now it's backing up like a giant toilet with a rubber duck stuck in it." remarked one researcher.

The researchers are currently seeking a $10 million grant to investigate the cause of this disturbing event.

more than 6 years ago

Nanotech Paint To Kill Bacteria

Jade E. 2 Old news (208 comments)

So you can use this new nano-titanium paint with a UV light and kill bacteria within 96 hours... or you can use the nano-silver paint to kill them with no light needed in 2 hours. And it's been around for around 4 years.

more than 6 years ago


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