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Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve

Mandelbrot-5 Re:The water will be gone (183 comments)

He may be correct, so long as he was using the correct place to measure time. "Now" is dependent on your frame of reference, if the frame of reference is earth then "now" there is a metric fuck-ton of water around that super massive black hole, if the frame of reference is there then there may be "now," a lot less. Who know's what "now" via an earth based frame of reference +12 billion years will hold.

more than 3 years ago

How Machine Learning Will Change Augmented Reality

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Evolution is a great trainer (101 comments)

This reminds me of an old simulation like this that was done in 3d. At the time it had to be run on a uni mainframe, but this was years ago... would love to find that and see what could be done with my desktop rig.

more than 3 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Of course tools die... (615 comments)

I mostly agree with you, however I was very impressed with the Chicago Electric cutting torch I got for $50. I used it almost everyday for 2 years in a shipyard, made better cuts than a $300 victor. It even worked after someone ran it over with a fork.

more than 3 years ago

Low Quality Alloy Cause of Shuttle Main Tank Issue

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Typical U.S. quality (118 comments)

No, as a metal worker I can say that the mild steel, stainless, mag and aluminum that our shop gets from China is FULL of impurity. I can tell if the steel is from America vs. China / Mexico by the amount of crap that sticks to my tungsten. If after a rod of GOOD filler rod and no dips you need to re-grind your tungsten, it isn't a pure aloy. The issue gets worse and worse the more the more specialized the alloy. Having worked in airspace, if you don't dip your tung in the Al alloy you should NEVER have spit, and should have a weld stronger than the base metal.

That is unless someone has some fun with you.... Try a simple exchange of magnisum filler rod for Al. Welds the same, however the bead just falls off when done. If you try this just know when to run.

about 4 years ago

YouTube Legally Considered a TV Station In Italy

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Pretty much completely infeasible. (254 comments)

As far as I know that is the general rule in the US, not sure about 401k... I'm under the impression that 'our dear mayor' Bloomburg had to sell his stake in Bloomburg TV upon taking the thron^h^h^h mayorship.

about 4 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android Tablet Now Official

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Samsung Galaxy S (210 comments)

I have the t-mobile version (vibrant) and haven't had an issue with it other than when I'm in midtown Manhattan, and then the wifi/celltower feature pegs me with in half a block.

more than 4 years ago

Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Automatic transmissions fail before engines, no (609 comments)

The difference is that when an automatic does go, the parts are more expensive and the job is more complex because there is no convenient place to put a point of failure. In a manual, the designed point of failure is the clutch pads. it is relatively simple to pull it apart and replace the pads. At most, in a well designed car like a Subaru, it is a 2 or 3 hour job. I've seen automatics take 2 days. At $90/hour for shop time the repair of an automatic means you eat ramen for a month, while the servicing of a clutch means you can have some steak.

more than 4 years ago

OnLive Remote Gaming Service Launches In June

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Monthly charges AND per game (316 comments)

Four years out of a 1k gaming rig? I'm a cheap bastard, and I still spend $400 a year to keep just above minimum specs for the new engines.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Beer (334 comments)

When I worked in the ship yards as a welder, I would find a job to do that involved using a cutting torch when I was hung over. For the first few hours of the day I would take regular "hits" of pure O2 from the tank, worked like a charm.

more than 4 years ago

SETI Founder Outlines Ambitious Future Plans

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Laudable, but misguided (281 comments)

Earth may have resources that are "useful," however all the stuff we have on earth is found further out of the Sun's gravity well. Main belt asteroids have more heavy metals than earth, and you don't need to crawl out of a deep well to remove them from the solar system. And if you are only after water and gases, the oort cloud has more than enough that the cost to weight of getting the minuscule amount we have here on earth just isn't worth the energy. The ONLY reasons I can see for a hostile race to worry about humans is our technology (not likely if they are interstellar race), genetic mapping for bio war, to remove a possible future threat (the most probable reason I can think of) or, finally to colonize a planet in the "Goldie Locks zone." That last one has a lot of issues that may make it more beneficial to sterilize the planet due to biological contamination, and in that case mars would seem to be the better planet to transform IMHO.

In any other case I can think of, they would contact us and see what they could learn or teach us, or place a probe in the outer solar system to watch us. Not a lot of reason to worry about it all.

We get observed, first contact or death and there is nothing we can do to change it.

about 5 years ago

NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Reminds me... (124 comments)

Well It is a good thing that planet hunters are better at finding things than you, seeing as they have found 358 extrasolar planets. From what I hear, it is much harder to observe the wobble of a star's red shift or see the wink of a star as a planet travels between us and it, than it is to break open a rock in a known trilobite bed.

Source http://exoplanet.eu/catalog.php

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott Directing Alien Prequel

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Swell... (336 comments)

I've been prepping my sons (3.5 years and 7 months) for their first viewing of Alien/Aliens since birth by grabbing their entire face with my hand. They think its funny... at least for now.

This reminds me of when my parents took me to see Alien when I was 5. Good time had by all due to a weeks worth of sleep deprivation.

more than 5 years ago

A Supervolcano Beneath Mt. St. Helens?

Mandelbrot-5 Re:pffft! It's not "Supervolcano" (180 comments)

The point is that the very large and active Mt. St Helens could be just a small vent for a much larger volcano. One who's crater / caldera is close to 2000 square miles. If true, something like this going off would make Krakatoa look like firecracker. As in, all of the US and a good chuck of Canada and Mexico covered with ash.

more than 5 years ago

A Third of Mars Could Have Been Underwater

Mandelbrot-5 Re:Why is it such a big deal? (167 comments)

The reason the people are researching this is intellectual curiosity, and for the grant money that pays the scientists bills. This information may or may not have any use to anyone alive today, but it is a part of the puzzle of how the universe works. Perhaps in the distant future, this information and countless other data points will help humanity solve some problem. Or it may be just a useless piece of trivia. The point is, we do not, nor can can we know what things we learn about our universe will be useful down the road. Better to collect all the observations we can in hopes that it will be of use.

more than 6 years ago


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