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"Doomsday Clock" Moves Away From Midnight

LitelySalted Re:First thought... (287 comments)

I would say that is very hopeful thinking. The biggest threat does not actually come from the explosion itself (okay, yes, the explosion is also bad), but from the nuclear fallout that occurs after.

Nuclear fallout can affect HUGE areas of the world. When a nuclear device is detonated, radioactive particles get launched into the atmosphere that can travel across the globe.

Nuclear Fallout

I also see comments below about the bombs dropped on Japan - people need to keep in mind that was 65 years ago AND the bomb types were nuclear FISSION, not nuclear fusion. There's a distinct difference. I'm not exactly sure what types of bombs Pakistan and India have, but it's probably bad either way.

more than 4 years ago
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Consumerist Says AT&T Site Won't Sell iPhone In NYC, Citing Network

LitelySalted Re:This has been an issue for quite awhile. (420 comments)

People tend to forget that NEED is the real motivation behind technological advances and implementation. Japan, for example, has a high need to handle transit, housing, and recreation within their limited space and with a high population density. Therefore, Japan's need has compelled them to implement technology to handle these limitations. Such examples can be seen in their train infrastructure or space efficient housing.

On the other hand, the United States’ need for the same technology is not as high. Generally speaking, our space constraints are not as limiting and we don't have such a high population density that mass public transit has becomes a necessity rather than a convenience, thus we have large automobiles and expansive houses. The same examples can be drawn for most of the developed world. The transit system in Europe is more developed because the price of gasoline as a commodity is higher - they have a need for a cheaper alternative.

To think that one country is leaps and bounds ahead of others is naive. There are no countries full of Cowboy Astronaut Millionaires. With how globally tied together our countries have become, technological advances tend to propagate worldwide in a year or two, taking into account social and political considerations - the only exception to the trend is military technology.

more than 4 years ago
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Not Enough Women In Computing, Or Too Many Men?

LitelySalted Re:Let's make a deal (686 comments)

And NO anchovies. And the soda has to be Fresca.

more than 4 years ago
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Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

LitelySalted It has potential... (531 comments)

I would say that JavaScript has potential, just like Luke Skywalker. Both had the ability to do great things and both had/have the ability to do terrible things.

Question is... who is.. Who's JavaScript's father? And will he lead him down the dark side?

more than 4 years ago
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Wal-Mart, Amazon Battle For Online Retail's Future

LitelySalted Re: Products (272 comments)

Hey, it's expensive to have things travel Moose.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

LitelySalted This sounds like Tiger Bot Hesh (428 comments)

(From Sealab 2021)

Sparks: Um, ok, but remember, you'll have the strength of five gorillas.
Debbie DuPree: Why settle for a cat Hesh? You could be a robot... tiger.
Marco: No, no, no! Absolamente no! If I have to be five foot nothing Hesh can't be a tiger!
Captain Murphy: Your not the boss of tiger bot Hesh!

more than 4 years ago
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China Lauds iPhone App That Spreads Gov't Views

LitelySalted Re:Propaganda (158 comments)

Don't you mean FOX news?

more than 4 years ago
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Hunt For Earth-Like Planets Delayed

LitelySalted Noise? (56 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of ear plugs...

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Day After Release

LitelySalted Re:Development process is flawed (125 comments)

I guess it's the "cheaper" "cheaper" alternative to shipping your whole QA department over to India.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders the Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

LitelySalted Yep, this is going to do nothing. (455 comments)

The only way to control this is by requiring users to have login names and controlling who can post what (perhaps instituting a probationary period of say 3-7 days so that they don't get spammed with new users).

Otherwise, this is just going to be a repeat of YouTube and other file sharing networks, copyright material still gets uploaded, even if it eventually gets deleted.

This is exactly why the Pirate Bay claims not to have any responsibility for the content on the site - they do not micromanage any of the who or what, they simply provide the service of hosting.

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

LitelySalted Re:Like I said. 0.1% of the comments. (1255 comments)

That's exactly the dismissive attitude that allows the problem to continue. Ire and denial.

Or perhaps it's your attitude that perpetuates the problem.

Making a mountain out of a molehill does nothing useful. There are plenty of people out there who support women, but don't like the attitude of the women who have zero tolerance. Instead, they cast a negative light on what should be a positive and progressive movement.

If you really want to help women out, focus on encouraging them to like science and engineering rather than crying foul every time some moron on the internet says something stupid (hopefully that comment is not quoted for irony).

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Plans To Make the Web Leakier

LitelySalted Re:Political reform? (94 comments)

But once again, you're buying into the conspiracy theory that all information is controlled.

I don't doubt there are cases where scandals are revealed as means of political assassination, but I seriously doubt that ALL cases fall into this category.

I wish I had specific examples to show that people come forward of their own volition, but I imagine that even that would be undermined with the notion "it was X who made him/her come forward."

The reality of the situation is that the government WANTS you to think they're in control of every situation and all news. It gives the guise that they are competent. But as I mentioned above, that just isn't the case.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Plans To Make the Web Leakier

LitelySalted Re:Political reform? (94 comments)

The leakiest of organizations in any country is the government. Anything leaked is leaked deliberately with a concrete reasoning behind it.

This implies that the government is competent, which in turn implies that the members of the government are competent.

I don't mean to come across as flame bait, but have you read the news in the last couple years? Political corruption or scandals happen all the time. You don't honestly believe that people each time our government reveals one of these occurrences it was done on purpose, do you? There isn't a conspiracy at every turn, people just do stupid things. That is the nature of government and of humanity.

But I do have to agree with you on the reporters; they tend of have an agenda.

more than 4 years ago
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Universe Has 100x More Entropy Than We Thought

LitelySalted Re:Black holes contribute to entropy ? (304 comments)

I think an interesting question is "do black holes only increase entropy?"

Taken from Wikipedia on the definition of Hawking Radiation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawking_radiation) , "...rotating black holes should create and emit particles.â This implies that a black hole must have an angular momentum associated with it in order to emit Hawking Radiation and thus a higher entropic state.

Now, let us take a classic example, a celestial body interacting with a black hole. For the purposes of argument, let us theoretically allow the planet to be at maximum entropy. That is, there is no useful energy in the system to allow for interaction. We will take the black hole to have a high amount of entropy, perhaps because it has not interacted with any matter in a good while.

By the conservation of angular momentum (since we discussed the black hole has to have angular momentum to emit Hawking Radiation), the matter from the celestial body will not simply be devoured by the black hole, but accumulated on what is known as an accretion disk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accretion_disk). Summarily, the accretion disk is transference of matter from one celestial body to a stronger gravitational brother (i.e. the black hole) whereby matter is siphoned from the less dense object to the denser object. The matter on the accretion disk is accelerated and becomes superheated through friction; in the process, X-rays and other forms of radiation are emitted.

Basically, we have gone from two high entropic states (inert planet and a black hole with little interaction) to a lower entropic state, because the energy in the planet was changed from a useless, uniform state, to a volatile state.

more than 4 years ago
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Universe Has 100x More Entropy Than We Thought

LitelySalted Death by Entropy, the Movie (304 comments)

This is going to be the next mass destruction movie that Hollywood makes (they seem to be out of Natural disasters). Quick! We must fight entropy! Arrange the crayons in your box alphabetically and color.

It would be right up there with Speed 3, Glacier of Doom.

more than 4 years ago
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Banking Via Twitter?

LitelySalted Better hope that it's secure. (193 comments)

This seems like a GREAT way to lose all your money quickly.

I guess after it happens, you'll at least have something to really tweet about (as opposed to the fact you bought the new Brittney Spears album - no one cares!).

more than 4 years ago

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