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Long-Lost Continent Found Under the Indian Ocean

Luminary Crush Re:Very confusing (168 comments)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21551149

Researchers have found evidence for a landmass that would have existed between 2,000 and 85 million years ago.

This potentially places the landmass above sea level during a time when humanity could have been present on it.

about a year and a half ago
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

Luminary Crush I'm not sure how much of a game-changer this is (280 comments)

It's from Wyse, so it's basically a "thin client". Don't get me wrong, Wyse makes good thin clients, but it's not fundamentally different than anything out there already. It's basically a way to run "VDI" (Virtual Desktop Interface) from your pocket.

OK, cool enough, but I can already do that with an app on my smart phone. I can run a plethora of thin client software - Citrix, VMware, Webex, PCAnywhere, Microsoft RDP, VNC... what else? The only unique thing I see here is that you can attach to a larger external screen. With an iPhone you can do that via an Apple TV with mirroring. The experience isn't fantastic but it's only a matter of time for that architecture to improve (same with Android equivalents).

I do not see myself carrying yet another device. I could see myself using my phone this way if the external graphics worked better - and there is nothing technically stopping that from happening now.

Apple or Google/Android could blink and destroy the market for this device.

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

Luminary Crush I, for one.. (420 comments)

...welcome our new Tau Cetian overlords!

about a year and a half ago
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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

Luminary Crush The thing about science... (1113 comments)

... is that it's true whether you believe in it, or not.

about 2 years ago
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Navy To Auction Stealth Ship

Luminary Crush Inside the floating dock with the Sea Shadow (124 comments)

Pretty cool. The ship was locked up though, so I only got to check out the outside. It's bigger than you'd think.

Sea Shadow in the floating dock

From what I understand they tried to find a museum for the ship but there were no takers. The dock was in rusty/poor condition, but the ship looked garage-kept ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

Luminary Crush Re:french military victories (600 comments)

This is complete nonsense. There were more Nazi sympathizers in the US than in France at the time. Some of our 'captains of industry' were helping Germany build it's war machine.

When defeat was inevitable some in France looked around themselves - the British had been decimated on land and had retreated to their island. The US was uninterested. On France's borders were fascist Germany, fascist Spain, fascist Italy, aloof Switzerland and occupied territory. It looked as though Britain would fall quickly (few thought they could hold on alone as they did at the time) and that the new world order would be one of fascism or communism. It was a dark day, and in those times some people will choose a dark side versus the unknown.

And then come the opportunists - you have those kind in any country, who will gravitate to the winning side in hopes for gains for themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

Luminary Crush Re:french military victories (600 comments)

But, the Maginot Line did work perfectly. The Germans were denied crossing that territory. The contingency of what to do when the Germans drove around it was not addressed sufficiently.

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

Luminary Crush Re:french military victories (600 comments)

Well...not really. The "Schlieffen Plan" was the move through the Netherlands and Belgian plain, but that was not really what happened in WW2 - it was not the 'second time Germany pulled the same trick'. In WW2 the Germans 'faked' the Schlieffen Plan and lured the French and British into a trap.

The Schlieffen plan *WAS* anticipated by the French and British, and they placed the best of their units along the Belgian border. The Belgians were supposed to have allowed French and British troops to move into Belgium into forward prepared positions, but Belgium decided to declare neutrality until invaded (in some foolish hope that Germany would prefer to pound it's head against the French Maginot Line to the south instead). Silly Belgians.

As soon as Germany invaded Belgium the French troops were allowed to cross the border, but now were not able to reach their designated defensive positions (Germany having gotten a head start) and had to have meeting engagements in the field (losing the defender advantage).

However, THIS was the trick. The main German effort was planned to occur through the forests just to the NORTH of the Maginot Line, but also SOUTH of the more open land considered better suited for the warfare. The French and British thought the Ardennes forest was impassable to tanks, and as such put 2nd class divisions (with very few tanks) and reserve troops guarding it. So, as the British and French raced into Belgium to encounter what they thought was the main German attack (in a Schlieffen Plan replay), the real thrust was happening to the south of them. They were soon caught in a salient - a 'bulge' - and quickly the best Allied units were vulnerable to being cut off.

Despite being warned by their own reconnaissance aircraft and captured plans from a downed German aircraft, they ignored the Ardennes until it was too late. By then the Germans had a solid advance going, which thereafter cut off the Allied troops with amazing speed for the time (eg Blitzkrieg).. then there was Dunkerque and the loss of all the equipment of two major armies. 300,000 troops did manage to escape, including 100,000 French.

Now that the Germans had knocked out the British Army and defeated the best of the French units in the north, they turned south. They met occasional stiff resistance but now they severely outnumbered the French units and the end was only a matter of time.

Contrary to some popular beliefs, the Maginot Line was never breached from the front (once surrounded a few smaller forts were captured) and the French had more tanks with better armor and guns than the Germans did. The defeat was really one of leadership, strategy and tactics.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

Luminary Crush Re:Cap Gains vs. Income (2115 comments)

So you are saying then that any product who's raw materials have already been taxed and the labor to create the finished product has been taxed shouldn't be taxed? And, the profit made from sale of such widget shouldn't be taxed because it's been taxed earlier in the production chain?

more than 2 years ago
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Why PCs Trump iPads For User Innovation

Luminary Crush VMware and Citrix (523 comments)

... and several other vendors deliver desktops and apps to end-user devices remotely and increasingly efficiently. TFA is on the wrong side of history - IT will own and control the apps "locked down" and delivered remotely, device-independently. Administration of the endpoint device is a nightmare, and through VDI and app delivery endpoint management is becoming nearly irrelevant as these technologies improve. In fact, the end point becomes irrelevant - the always-on, use anywhere application service is coming (just don't say "cloud" because I'm tired of hearing it).

All your apps are belong to us.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

Luminary Crush Re:And for Diesel? (695 comments)

Exactly. This does not mention diesel, pure ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen ICE, or any other kind of ICE besides petrol (gasoline) engines. There are plenty of other fuels you can combust inside a cylinder to move a piston.

more than 3 years ago
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'Death By GPS' Increasing In America's Wilderness

Luminary Crush Progress (599 comments)

These same people would have been dying taking those secondary roads over the mountain pass in their Thomas Guides. All this article shows is the steady hand of progress - turns out there are still stupid people out there.

more than 3 years ago
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'Death By GPS' Increasing In America's Wilderness

Luminary Crush Re:Bear Grylls don't need no stinkin' GPS (599 comments)

... and then he'd pack it in for the day, take the camera crew out for a nice dinner at the nearest steakhouse, check into his hotel and be all fresh for the next day's shoot.

Bear is at best entertainment (think 'fear factor' outdoors), at worst a fraud. A real "survivorman" is Les Stroud, who packs in all his own gear and films everything himself, alone... and actually stays out in the wilderness for the duration.

more than 3 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

Luminary Crush Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (1425 comments)

Huh? How is providing healtcare to those that can't afford it wealth redistribution?

It's called using "grade school math" to make a judgement - something that is the pinnacle of the ability of a disturbing number of people in the US's ability to master. The burden on society, costs of treating emergency room versus prevention, and cascading effects of unhealthy people in the population (lost productivity, spreading of health problems, etc) are beyond the grasp of too many people. Calculating the 'total cost of health' is 'voodoo math' to many people.

Many seem to think it's a zero-sum game - if it's helping someone else then it must be hurting me.

It's illuminating that Costa Rica has a higher-ranked healthcare system than the US (ranked 37th), and that the US is ranked next to Cuba. None of the talking heads on the right have anything to say about this. All those 'darn socialist' nations dominate the top 10.

And while we're on that topic, why is always considered a bad thing when wealth redistribution benefits the lower-middle income, but it's a good thing when it benefits the upper 2% (e.g. tax breaks for the wealthy)?

Because the brainwashed masses believe that they have the ability and the real possibility to become the next Trump or Buffett - ya know, ya can't put a lid on the "American Dream". Also, see above regarding the zero-sum game.

more than 2 years ago
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Potential 'Avatar' Gas Giant Exoplanet Discovered

Luminary Crush Re:I am an author of the study (142 comments)

Would it be easier to detect the existence of large (small planet-sized) moons around a gas giant than earth-sized planets around a star? Would not the perturbation of the gas giant be easier to detect because the mass ratios are closer (large moon to gas giant vs earth-sized planet to star)?

If so, detecting the gas giant in the habitable zone and then looking for evidence of large moons or companion bodies could allow detection of candidates for life.

I assume this would entail detailed, direct observation of the gas giant, but I would imagine that will happen sooner than detailed, direct observation of an earth-sized body.

more than 3 years ago
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Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft

Luminary Crush Balloon 1.0 - 2002 (243 comments)

This is not news. The first time I remember seeing this kind of feat was 2002: Balloon 1.0
This is from the time before disposable mobile phones with embedded GPS...this guy had to make his own telemetry gear - much more of an accomplishment!

more than 3 years ago
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The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration?

Luminary Crush Re:What's the point (444 comments)

I don't think you are going to get very much exploration in the private sector - there's no direct profit motive. If there's not a pure science motivation for a private sector entity, why would it toss money into space?

You can hardly take space exploration out of politics - the only reason we went into space was politicians! If it was not to one-up the Soviets (and vice-versa of course is true - Stalin wouldn't have wasted rubles on such things otherwise) we'd probably not have a few US flags stuck in the regolith.

The shuttle was a very poor compromise between NASA and the military - it ended up serving neither efficiently. Ares was an attempt to re-use some of those compromise-designed components on a follow-on vehicle which really amounted to a pork barrel project for Utah (Thiokol) and a few other subcontractors/Senate districts. We are better off without Ares as-was.

We now are keeping Orion - which could see life on top of another booster (how about man-rating some of our existing medium-lift vehicles??). But more interesting are projects like Dreamchaser - the HL20 lifting body derivative being built by Sierra Nevada Corp. They received the biggest chunk of the private sector manned spaceflight funding so far. And SpaceX has a capsule in the works as well. But those are only there because the government has created the initiative and is providing some seed funding.

Personally, I would like to see us on Mars in my lifetime, and my time is about half up. We are not going to get there because it will be profitable to do so. We will get there when the political winds make it possible to do so.

more than 3 years ago
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7-Inch iPad Rumored

Luminary Crush Re:I'm hopeful (233 comments)

This is exactly what I am planning to do. I was trying to find a way to fit the iPad into a dash but it's just too big. This one will be perfect - I can't wait :-)

more than 3 years ago

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Dual Carbon Battery Charges 20 Times Faster Than Lithium-Ion

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  about 2 months ago

Luminary Crush (109477) writes "A Japanese company, Power Japan Plus, has announced plans to put into mass production a carbon-carbon ("dual carbon") battery later this year. Developed jointly with Kyushu University, the new battery has high energy density, is very safe and reliable, can sustain 3000 charge cycles, and is environmentally sustainable. If dual carbon batteries were installed in a Nissan Leaf the car could be completely charged in 12 minutes."
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Fusion power by 2020? Researchers say yes and turn to crowdfunding.

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  about 2 months ago

Luminary Crush (109477) writes "To date, the bulk of fusion research has been channelled towards a plasma containment and stabilization method. This is the approach used by ITER's tokamak reactor, the cost of which could exceed US$13.7 billion before it's online in the year 2027 (barring further delays). Researchers at LPP Fusion, in a project partially financed by NASA-JPL, are working in a different direction: focus fusion, which focuses the plasma in a very small area to produce fusion and an ion beam which could then be harnessed to produce electricity. It small enough to fit in a shipping container, can double as a rocket engine, and would cost US$50 million to produce the working 5 MW prototype. To reach the next hurdle and demonstrate feasibility, LPP Fusion has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $200K."
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Spinning solar cells - a new take on photovoltaics

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  about 2 years ago

Luminary Crush (109477) writes "Spinning solar cell units created by V3 Solar promise a 20x increase in cell efficiency. All material science and concentrator advances of the last 10 years seem like small refinements in comparison. Is this the breakthrough we've all been waiting for, or is it just another technological let down waiting to happen?
Watch their introductary video here: How exactly does this new spin on solar work?"

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Potential "Avatar" Gas Giant Exoplanet Discovered

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "A gas giant of approximately 1.5 Mj (Jupiter Mass) was discovered on October 22nd, 2010 around the binary star system HD 176051B. It's not known with certainty which component of the binary system the planet is in orbit around at this point as both stars in HD 176051B are relatively Sol-sized (1.07 and .71 solar masses). Named 176051B b, this new exoplanet orbits within the star system's habitable zone, and if mapped onto our solar system with relative distance from our Sun it would place the large planet between Earth and Mars.
While it's unlikely that such a gas giant could host life as we know it (though it's hypothesized), the location of the big planet opens up the intriguing idea of the realization of some of science fiction's famously habitable moons Pandora and Endor. Look no further than our own solar system to see moons with the potential ingredients for life — just add heat."

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Life on Titan?

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "Two new papers based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft scrutinize the complex chemical activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. While non-biological chemistry offers one possible explanation, some scientists believe these chemical signatures bolster the argument for a primitive, exotic form of life or precursor to life on Titan's surface."
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Nearby "Super Earth" may have atmosphere

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "Astronomers announced that they have discovered a "super-Earth" which seems to have an atmosphere orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. They found the distant planet with a small fleet of ground-based telescopes no larger than those many amateur astronomers have in their backyards. Although the super-Earth is too hot to sustain life, the discovery shows that current, ground-based technologies are capable of finding almost-Earth-sized planets in warm, life-friendly orbits."
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Flying Car Expedition to Timbuktu Hits Snag

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "The British-built Sky Car, which was to set out on an expedition from London to Timbuktu today, hit a minor snag with some paperwork at Britain's Civilian Aircraft Authority (CAA) and are not allowed to take to the skies in the UK. It appears the the Skycar, which runs on biofuel and will traverse the distance from London to Timbuktu on both land and in the air did not yet receive their certificate from the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA). They will be able to fly in other countries, however."
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The first manned mission to Mars a one-way trip?

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "

The first astronauts sent to Mars should be prepared to spend the rest of their lives there, in the same way that European pioneers headed to America knowing they would not return home, says moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. "[the distance and difficulty is why you should] send people there permanently," Aldrin said. "If we are not willing to do that, then I don't think we should just go once and have the expense of doing that and then stop."

Next step: choosing the family and friendly robot for the trip."
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New material captures full solar spectrum

Luminary Crush Luminary Crush writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Luminary Crush writes "At Ohio State University, researchers have created a new material that overcomes two of the major obstacles to solar power: it absorbs all the energy contained in sunlight, and generates electrons in a way that makes them easier to capture. Chemists and their colleagues at OSU combined electrically conductive plastic with metals including molybdenum and titanium to create the new hybrid material."
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