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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

Maritz Re:Doping? (80 comments)

Computers are frequently sold with skis, are used while people ski, and most of the most famous computer-related inventors were either obsessed skiers or came up with their designs while skiing. Charles Babbage, for instance, designed the Difference Engine whilst deftly navigating the jumps and horrific reverse-camber turns of the famous Mausefalle slope in the Austrian Alps.

about a week ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Maritz Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

Someone spoiling your ads? Don't you have one weird trick to get past everyone's AdBlock?

about a week ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Maritz Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

Agree apart from Flash. It was originally a vector graphics animation platform. I liked Macromedia back in the day. Adobe are asswipes.

about a week ago
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Curiosity's Mars Crater Was Once a Vast Lake

Maritz Re:Global warming (42 comments)

Mars is a frosty desert. A runaway greenhouse effect on Earth would be much less pleasant. Hotter for a start. Sadly.

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Maritz Re:Horrible Analogies (388 comments)

If we're using human analogies, this is like selling the diary, identity information and naked photos of your overaccomplished olympian niece... and providing some genetic material to clone her.

But really, analogies suck.

Heheh... case in point ;) Not an easy one though. Sometimes I guess analogies don't cut it. Not even car ones.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Maritz Re:Good grief. (135 comments)

It's 8.3 million.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

Maritz Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

The Universe still has an ambient temperature of around 3K I believe. Because of this, no black holes anywhere are actually shrinking, as their temperature is much, much lower than 3K. The ambient temperature of the Universe will not be low enough for black holes to evaporate for a very very long time. I believe we're talking something like ten to the fifty years or more. Also because of this we wouldn't detect hawking radiation because the signal will be utterly swamped by other sources.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Maritz Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

Never understood all the fracas about cold fusion when we have perfectly functional overbalanced wheels to fulfill all our energy needs well into the far flung future.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Maritz Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

If we simulate the brain we could create AI without knowing how it works. So understanding it is not necessarily a pre-requisite to making it.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Maritz Re: Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

Congratulations, you're incapable of nuanced thought.

about two weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Maritz Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

Yep. If you don't find it interesting scroll past and don't post. Pretty simple eh. ;)

about three weeks ago
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Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

Maritz Re:I thought the distinction was arbitrary already (59 comments)

If a photon had rest mass, it would not travel at c (the speed of light). Neutrinos have a very small rest mass and travel close to c. If you research it, you'll find it is not semantics. These are technical terms with widely-accepted definitions.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Maritz Re:DID ANYONE READ THE ARTICLE? (445 comments)

Just to clarify, are we talking about the article entitled "Senate Republicans block USA Freedom Act surveillance reform bill"?

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Maritz Re:Hmmm .... (445 comments)

My answer is that both parties have decided that security at any costs, and privacy be damned is the way of the future.

While I hope my cynicism is misplaced, I personally don't think they give a fuck about security. If they did, they'd do the math and realise there are higher priorities in terms of preventable deaths. What they give a fuck about is power. Specifically, getting it, keeping it, and increasing its scope.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Maritz Re:slashdot this article title should be changed (445 comments)

You don't see how mass Internet and telephony surveillance is relevant news if you're a nerd? You don't see any relevance with respect to the NSA weakening encryption algorithms and putting backdoors in network gear, and hoarding zero-days?

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Maritz Re:Well of course... (445 comments)

To be honest I don't really think they need to do that. So far, doing jazz hands and saying 'TERRORISTS!' seems to be perfectly sufficient.

about a month ago

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RE's Skylon Spaceplane Faces Key Tech Test in June

Maritz Maritz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maritz writes "El Reg has a good article on how British company Reaction Engines Ltd's ambitious spaceplane design SKYLON, which is designed to get to orbit in a single stage and to be entirely re-usable, faces a test of its pre-cooler technology in June. The pre-cooler is the key to their SABRE engines, which are themselves the key ingredient in achieving a single-stage-to-orbit platform. The pre-cooler aims to take air and almost instantly cool it down to cryogenic temperatures, before using the oxygen to burn with hydrogen fuel carried from take-off.

REL technical director Richard Varvill: "[The pre-cooler] is the only brand-new piece of technology". Varvill had previously said that REL has a 10-year roadmap to actual Skylon flights, with costs during that time of maybe $15bn."

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Did Dr Richard B. Hoover Just Discover Alien Life?

Maritz Maritz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maritz writes "Aliens exist, and we have proof.

That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal."

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