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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

K. S. Kyosuke Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (131 comments)

Except that I was referring to all the things beyond merely being a bit lucky in the competition. It's the same argument why some groups shouldn't merely get admission standards lowered for affirmative action: nobody knowledgeable about the situation is going to treat them as equals when being aware of the background.

5 hours ago
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Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Penetration in buildings will be crap (48 comments)

Well, one obvious use case is high-bandwidth connection using upper cellular bands when you're outside and using WiFi when you're inside, with low-bandwidth connection using lower cellular bands as a fallback. That may or may not be useful to everyone, but for me, that would be enough.

6 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

K. S. Kyosuke Re:She would've flunked the sperm test (131 comments)

That reminds me of the old joke about the male athlete who planted someone else's urine to clear himself of doping charges. "We have two good news for you; first, you've been cleared of the charges, and second, you're pregnant."

6 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

K. S. Kyosuke Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (131 comments)

It depends. It depends on whether you consider "look what happened to me!" to be worthier than "look at what I achieved in my life through my own skills and determination".

6 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

K. S. Kyosuke The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculous. (131 comments)

Oh, please. Tereshkova was nothing but a political stunt (easily demonstrated by the fact that it took twenty years to get another woman into space). She wasn't even a pilot at all at the time when every astronaut candidate was expected to be an already accomplished test pilot. Cobb has more bragging rights that Tereshkova ever had. The same goes for the "Meanwhile, NASA wouldn’t open its astronaut ranks to women until 1978" sentence. The astronaut ranks in the USSR weren't really much better.

outperforming practically all of the men

It's ambiguous whether this means "practically all of the male candidates" or "practically all of the Mercury 7". The former is obvious, the latter isn't mentioned anywhere in TFA, and judging from the numbers ("the top 2% of all candidates", which counted five hundred), it's far from clear that this was the case.

7 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

K. S. Kyosuke Re: May I suggest (253 comments)

A pistol? I thought handguns were banned for good in England. What about those Olympic shooters that had to train in Switzerland or some other place like that?

7 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

K. S. Kyosuke Re:May I suggest (253 comments)

Oh, scratch #1...

1) This chart shows values for horizontal surfaces. It's inapplicable to heating the inside of a car because it's not a flat object. (In fact, a car has windows on its side, making it more interesting when illuminated from the side if the heat gets absorbed by the inside surfaces rather than the outside surfaces which get cooled down pretty quickly.)

They actually calculate the insolation of a tracker. But that's perhaps even more illuminating (pardon the pun) since you can clearly see that on the pole, you can get up to 18 kWh/m2 of tracker insulation per day. Try playing with the sliders, you can't get more 24h insolation than that! Not even the equator gives you that much during any day, although it gives you more insolation throughout the year. (That's not important for the thermal behavior of a system with time constants on the order of hours or at most dozens of hours, though.)

8 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

K. S. Kyosuke Re:May I suggest (253 comments)

Sorry, that should have been "look at the area under the curve".

8 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

K. S. Kyosuke Re:May I suggest (253 comments)

If you're referring to the topmost chart, then keep in mind that:

1) This chart shows values for horizontal surfaces. It's inapplicable to heating the inside of a car because it's not a flat object. (In fact, a car has windows on its side, making it more interesting when illuminated from the side if the heat gets absorbed by the inside surfaces rather than the outside surfaces which get cooled down pretty quickly.)

2) Your Washington example may reach higher level-surface insolation for a short while, but your North Pole object will get insolated constantly. Look at the are under the curve rather than the maximum value. For a dynamic system, the spike may be irrelevant provided that the time constants are long. If the car were well insulated to cope with average arctic conditions, then constant radiation through the windows plus low heat flow out of an insulated volume could cause problems regardless of outside temperatures. (Outer space is colder than the North Pole but you get this problem as well.)

8 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

K. S. Kyosuke Re:May I suggest (253 comments)

Why should they be less intense? In the far north, you're approximately as far away from the Sun as you're on the equator, so the solar constant doesn't change. The north is cold because of the prevailing incidence angle of the light hitting the terrain (hence the low integrated insolation) but that has little influence on cars acting as greenhouses, seeing as they actually have their windows on the sides and not on the roof. If anything, thermal losses are much more interesting here.

8 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Ahhhh.... (364 comments)

His use was correct. Liberals are the first to demand everyone else walk on egg shells when their feelings get hurt.

A Libertarian will be the ones trying to remove such laws.

liberal, a. and n. A. adj.: 5. Of political opinions: Favourable to constitutional changes and legal or administrative reforms tending in the direction of freedom or democracy.

9 hours ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Ouch (61 comments)

Yeah, this is a hilarious non-sequitur reaction that you're guaranteed to get from most Muslims...

X: "This Allah guy sure is a major douchebag."

A Muslim: "Actually, it's the same as your Christian god, so shut up, you ignorant moron."

...they usually don't realize the major fallacies involved in that response.

9 hours ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Ouch (61 comments)

That sounds about as useful as "knowing much about astrology". :-p I'm also quite sure there are people who have comic book stories memorized. It must be fun, hiding from the real world, judging from how many people do that.

9 hours ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Why the hell... (181 comments)

Well, see my other comments: JVM makes such assumptions about the code being run that anything actually interesting is difficult to implement on top of the JVM. And that includes interesting dynamic languages, namely Common Lisp, Scheme, Self, Smalltalk.

yesterday
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Missing the point (115 comments)

That's mighty nice, but I'd expect people with higher CS degrees to work chiefly as researchers, not as security hole pluggers. Unless of course their CS specialization was principled security bases on formal methods, in which case they could actually replace a large number of the security hole pluggers.

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Google has a love/hate relationship with JS (181 comments)

Arstechnica quotes some unnamed Google guy. Haven't looked at ARChon yet. But implementing an Android runtime for Chrome in PNaCl is a no-brainer, now that Android's native ART runtime uses LLVM bitcode somewhere inside (which "coincidentally" is what PNaCl can consume, with some limitations). You just have to provide some API libraries for to link the Android app against.

yesterday
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

K. S. Kyosuke Re:"not a good judgement" (108 comments)

They're already doing something like this with YouTube videos, aren't they? (I.e., have an army of people adding human judgement to the workflow of processing various requests.) I guess that's just a cost of doing business, like having an accountant.

yesterday
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Incomplete information (108 comments)

The removal only affects results for a search of the individual's name, and other searches will still show those articles.

Uh, wasn't this the whole point of it? I thought that this is exactly how it was supposed to work.

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Why the hell... (181 comments)

AMD64 is at least sufficiently low-level that implementing multi-word arithmetics on top of it is fairly transparent and doesn't incur any unnecessary run time costs.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (304 comments)

Second, it's not a separate bootloader, like GRUB or Chameleon, it's part of the OS.

If you have "a bootloader as a part of the OS", I think you're sitting in front of a hypervisor/VM system. ;-) Otherwise the things you just said make little sense to me.

yesterday

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Radio Contact Lost With Vostok Station

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "Russian scientists at the Antarctic Vostok Station, who have been trying to dig into the liquid heart of Lake Vostok, have suddenly gone silent.

The conditions in the lake are presumed to be similar to those of Europa and Enceladus and there is a hope that previously unknown forms of life could have found a niche in this unusual environment. Despite having been warned that their drilling technology (using freon and kerosene to lubricate the bore hole) may not be up to the task of reaching the lake without harmful enviromental side-effects, the Russians have decided to go on with the drilling. They haven't been heard from for the past five days."
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HP releases AdvFS under GPL

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "The battle for the "next-gen Linux file system" might have just become a little fiercer. Hewlett-Packard have just released their AdvFS file system under GPL. There is a press release on the HP web site, but the Wikipedia entry sports less PHB talk. The reaction of Sun and Oracle (each with their own advanced FS initiative, ZFS and Btrfs, respectively) to this might be interesting."
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