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Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

Kentari Re:Could the sun be mostly iron? (141 comments)

Hot fusion has been replicated many times on the surface of the Earth in: Hydrogen bombs (uncontrolled), Tokamaks, Stellerators, Z-pinch machines, Farnsworth fusors (in peoples backyard shed) and other devices. We have not managed to extract more energy from it than we put in, but we certainly replicated it.

about 5 months ago
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Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

Kentari Re:Oldest star to date, but likely came from anoth (141 comments)

It is indeed historical. The ancient Greeks divided the stars in 6 categories or magnitudes, magnitude 1 for the brightest stars to 6 for those barely visible with the naked eye. The mathematical formula only emerged later (1856 by Pogson) who defined the brightness scale by: a magnitude 1 star is 100 times brighter than a magnitude 6 star and Polaris is magnitude 2 which more or less fitted the ancient magnitude scale.

about 5 months ago
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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

Kentari Yelp (75 comments)

Next they start leaving Yelp reviews: "Did not wash feet, will not eat again.", "Food kept kicking me in the face." and "I hate food wrapped in neoprene."

about 7 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

Kentari Re:Good! (370 comments)

Just meat with a couple of them

animal or human?

about 7 months ago
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How Much of ISON Survived Its Closest Approach To the Sun?

Kentari Re:2700 degC? (84 comments)

I believe this is the estimated surface temperature on the sunlit side of the comet's nucleus. Just like the surface of the Moon and Mercury have a temperature of 390K and 670K despite not having a significant atmosphere.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

Kentari Re:Tesla is a toy for the wealthy few. (287 comments)

Almost anything you use now started out as a toy for the wealthy.

about 10 months ago
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Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

Kentari Re:Awesome (582 comments)

Open voting on public elections is a very bad idea and directly undermines democracy. It leads directly to intimidation and bribery. Ever heard of employers forcing employees to vote on 'the right party' or find themselves without a job? That's why secret ballots are considered essential to democracy. Open voting by representatives on the other hand ensures voters can verify their chosen representative at least represents them and can adjust their voting in the next election (whether they actually do that is of course another matter).

about a year ago
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Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

Kentari Re:None of the above (328 comments)

I find attoparsecs more convenient in everyday use. But my daily commute is about a picoparsec.

about a year ago
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Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

Kentari Re:Amazing (185 comments)

Aerospace consultant? Did the shipbuilders also get to name the discoveries of explorers? But I highly doubt he was even involved in building the HARPS instrument or the ESO 3.6m Telescope. So it would be like some random ship builder in England naming Hispaniola "Some bloke's passed away granddad's place" after doing a contest about it and expect it to be accepted. What these Uwingu guys are doing is disrespectful for the discoverers, the IAU and the granddad. I wouldn't like it if people attached my name to a celestial body illegitimately.

about a year ago
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Kentari Re:Guess he has never heard of VPN and proxies (390 comments)

After surfing around for 15 years I can say: Anyone claiming the porn got there by accident is lying. Certainly if it's 15yo kids.

about a year ago
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How To Communicate Faster-Than-Light

Kentari Re:Not to worry, I will have written the protocols (265 comments)

They were sued into oblivion in 2039 after blue flashes of death on their time machine left users, well, a bit stretched out, from the Big Bang to their "starting point".

about a year ago
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Russian Meteor Likely an Apollo Asteroid Chunk

Kentari No surprise... (67 comments)

There are only 2 types of Earth crossing asteroids: Apollos with a semi major axis larger than 1AU and perihelion smaller than Earth's aphelion and Atens with a semi major axis smaller than 1AU and aphelion larger than Earth's perihelion. There are 4803 known Apollo asteroids (I don't know where the 5200 number in the summary comes from but IAU's Minor Planet Center knows of only 4803) and 747 known Atens, so there was a very good chance that the meteorite was an Apollo...

about a year ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

Kentari Re:It goes the other way, too (420 comments)

You need Tau Ceti's ecliptic coordinates to know it position relative to the orbit of Earth around the Sun. Those are -24.8159 degrees latitude and 17.8186 degrees longtiude. So Tau Ceti is almost 25 degrees below the ecliptic, not 15 above.

about a year and a half ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

Kentari Re:It goes the other way, too (420 comments)

It certainly can be done and in fact has been done. Ulysses has a highly inclinded orbit around the sun with an inclination of 80.2 degrees. They did use Jupiter though.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

Kentari Re:Kudos (1061 comments)

Westboro (I refuse to align them with a church or religious denomination, and I wish the media would as well)

You mean religions are better? You think crusades, genocides, jihads, dead sentences, stoning, human sacrifices etc., suppression of entire classes/genders..., you know, the stuff religions tend to do is better? Or worse? They might not be violent yet, but the hate they preach makes them fit in the religious nut job box quite well.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Students Protest Biometric Scanner Move

Kentari Re:Smart but not too smart (196 comments)

You intend to fight zombies with passports? To give them papercuts? Bundle them together and make a brick out of it?

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

Kentari Re:Um? (320 comments)

During a gold rush many people became rich, but most of them were those selling supplies or services to the poor sods trying to find gold.

about a year and a half ago

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NIN offers free album after distribution success

Kentari Kentari writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kentari writes "After the success of the Ghost I-IV albums NIN two months ago, offered through free download and other formulae, Trent Reznor ups the stake by giving away the new The Slip album as a completly free download. In Trent's own words: "thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years — this one's on me". High quality MP3s can be downloaded directly from the site; lossless flac and M4A and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE are offered through torrent. While Ghosts I-IV was something that appealed mostly to fans, The Slip should have a far wider following."

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