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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

Khashishi Re:When does the consumer version actual arrive? (46 comments)

They've got a lot of publicity, but if they wait that long, someone else is going to beat them to market and eat up the market share.

2 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Khashishi over 250 golf courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale (369 comments)

There are over 250 golf courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Yup, that's some good use of water there.

3 days ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Khashishi Re:Good (287 comments)

The spending of Los Alamos National Lab is not representative of the spending of DOE as a whole. Different national labs focus on different things.

3 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Khashishi Re:Mostly done by 1985... (224 comments)

From the perspective of someone falling in, the time to reach the singularity is not only finite, but quite short.

Assuming a static black hole exists in the first place. What if the black hole is changing on the time scale of the person falling in?

The Schwarzchild metric assumes that the mass distribution is stationary over some infinite duration. If black holes evaporate, then won't it evaporate before the person reaches it? What about cosmic expansion?

3 days ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Khashishi Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (126 comments)

There's a difference? What is the difference? You didn't explain the difference; you just gave some weird analogy.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Khashishi Re:Is a temporal self-destruct key possible? (353 comments)

It's called a dead man's switch. You can set up something to delete your data if you don't log in every so often.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

Khashishi Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

Freedom to sell yourself into slavery is not freedom. You seem to have some libertarian idea of freedom where a contract can trump freedom. If you are truly free, you can sign a non-compete if you want, but you are free to ignore the contract. That's basically what California says: you can sign the non-compete; it just has no power under most circumstances. There's nothing more free than that. Or are you a statist, who thinks that states should enforce contracts that violate rights, by enacting Jim Crow laws. If a contract has to be enforced, then it's not free.

about a month ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

Khashishi Re:Funny (191 comments)

The most outrageous thing is sometimes they want to charge you $35 to download a scan of an abstract. An abstract!

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Khashishi employer health insurance is bullshit (1330 comments)

It harkens to the old days of the company store and the company town, where the company are "taking care of the employees" but are actually just indenturing them to the company. I'm not saying there is some national conspiracy between the insurance companies and corporate overlords to keep the peons in line, but why then is the outcome exactly as if such a conspiracy existed?

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Khashishi Re:Creating emotional response is not the issue (219 comments)

There is no big difference between this and market research. The reason why this got more attention is because people are panicky animals and behave unpredictably. They need to be told (or suggested) what to believe, and they will adhere to this idea and so you get memes spontaneously appearing, and some ideas, including outrage, will pop up seemingly out of nowhere. We see this effect in research in music popularity (http://www.npr.org/2014/02/27/282939233/good-art-is-popular-because-its-good-right)

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Khashishi Re:The public face of mensa vs (561 comments)

Most people you know aren't assholes. It's the people you don't know who are assholes. Think about it.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Khashishi Re:Which means (347 comments)

Theoretical is too strong a word to describe tachyons. Better to call them science fiction. Tachyons violate causality, and create some kinds of vacuum instability. They don't exist.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Khashishi Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Why is solar production so much weaker during winter? The sun isn't 10% as bright during winter. At a shallower angle of incidence, the sunlight has to pass through more atmosphere, but it's not like the air is absorbing 90% of the sunlight.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Khashishi Re:What the hell... (347 comments)

It means the reporter was lazy.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Khashishi Re:Which means (347 comments)

I think you are confusing neutrinos, which have been known for a while, with tachyons, which are speculative and haven't been detected. Neutrinos don't move faster than light.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Khashishi Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

In other words, it's just a few steps from changing everything.

about a month ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

Khashishi Re:Godless progressives (547 comments)

Actually, your spermatozoa or ova are also alive, and so are some of the skin cells you are shedding, so it doesn't follow that life begins at conception.

about a month ago

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Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credit

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Taking advantage of the lax security systems in place, hackers stole some 475000 European Union carbon Allowances on 10 Jan through a variety of phishing attacks. The European Commission has closed the trading on 19 Jan, until at least 26 Jan, in order to beef up security measures. Is it a political statement, or just greed, that drove this act?"
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Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes ""TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is suing Apple in the United States for what is says is infringement of two of its touchscreen technology patents by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch.""
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Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?"

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Supreme Court to rule on TV censorship

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "LA times and Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of "indecent" words on broadcast television, which Fox and others are claiming is a violation of free speech. The case was appealed after being ruled in Fox's favor in a federal appeals court in New York. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia support the FCC policy of censorship."
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