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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

MindCrusher Re:Which means (347 comments)

No particle travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum. Light travels slower in certain materials to the point it is almost completely stopped (several experiments are studying such events). Cerenkov radiation occurs when a charged particle exceeds the speed of light in a certain material (e.g. water). See:

about 3 months ago

First Successful Unmanned Drone Landing On an Aircraft Carrier

MindCrusher Re:Dumbass title is dumbass (176 comments)

Maybe because it clearly states WITHOUT A HUMAN OPERATOR.

about a year ago

City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

MindCrusher Re:Weird physics at play. (249 comments)

Ice has a density of only 9/10 of the water. That is why ice floats on water. You might know the expression: "only the tip if the iceberg". It means that there is 9 times more iceberg under the water level than above. When ice becomes water its volume increases by 10%. Hence the sea level rises.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

MindCrusher Web of Trust (646 comments)

A simple browsing protection could be implemented using the web of trust.

more than 2 years ago

New Signs Voyager Is Nearing Interstellar Space

MindCrusher Re:Translation please? (168 comments)

Acutally it's the increase in the particles/sec measured by Voyager-1 in the last months compared to the lack of a similar increase in the same data for Voyager-2. V1 is further away form the Sun and the decrease in the sollar wind intensity probably translates in more GCR (galactic cosmic rays) reaching that region of space when compared to the position of V2.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets

MindCrusher Re:What about computers? (281 comments)

Don't blame the Gnome3 fiasco on Shuttleworth too. I agree Unity is not a success, but Shuttleworth saw people would move away from Gnome and thought to try and reinvent the desktop. IMHO he failed, but don't associate him with Gnome.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets

MindCrusher Re:know your market (281 comments)

For the best part of this year I've been waiting for a tablet with linux. A cross between a notebook and a tablet is the best of the two worlds. Imagine being able to run all Linux programs from your tablet. I figure there would be a decrease in the battery time, but with ARM processors you can have better power management. So count me in as a potential customer.

more than 2 years ago

What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?

MindCrusher Re:Priorities. (534 comments)

you must be OLD here!

about 3 years ago

How To Steal ATM PINs With a Thermal Camera

MindCrusher Touch more than 4 digits. Probelm solved. (157 comments)

As I cover my hand to hide the numbers I always touch more than the four digits whenever I input my PIN as I center my hand on the keypad. Most of the time I also fake pressing some digits by keeping my finger onto them. I never thought of the thermal way to recover PIN numbers but I think I am safe.

more than 3 years ago

New USB Specification Promises 100W of Power

MindCrusher Re:Mistake in Article (287 comments)

They mention variable voltage in the next sentence so I think they assumed 900 mA at a voltage of up to 110 V (US version) and that gives 99W. I don't know it the 110 V is derived from the actual specification or it was assumed by the american author. I presum the later as a normal PC power supply provides DC current and the maximum drob between the most negative rail (-12V) and the most positive (+12V) is 24 V. You also have to take into consideration that the maximum current at -12V is in the hundreds of mA so it is safe to assume the new standard will allow voltage negotiation between 5 and 12 V. At 900 mA the maximum power is just below 11W. Which is more than 4 times larger than USB 2.0 spec.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

MindCrusher Re:Yet more planned obsolescence from Apple (198 comments)

My phone is 1 year old. Yet I use the same SIM card I used more than 10 years ago. Compatibility is a great feature and functionality should not be broken for the sake of coolness.

more than 3 years ago

Taking the Fun Out of StarCraft II

MindCrusher The viewers are. (293 comments)

No. But from my own experience there are a lot of gamers who want to see competitive VODs in tourneys. Viewers of progames on the other side are turning into loyal buyers of other games and not only the SC franchise. I was never very good at SC1 and neither am I for SC2, but I certainly enjoy watching good games between two progamers. For that the games needs to be balanced and game design needs to take that into account. On a side note I still enjoy BW games more, but the old graphics don't attract new viewers who want to be able to zoom in to the bullet marks on the armor of a marine. The game designers did a pretty good job at making sure the new flashy effects won't affect the ability to see the action and react fast during a match.

more than 3 years ago

All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

MindCrusher Re:In my daughter's word(s) (272 comments)

IMO DS9 is the best. I love the Cardassians. Garak is one of the greates characters in Star Trek, together with Quark. I saw only TNG, DS9 and half of the first season of Voyager and from TOS I've seen few episode so I might not be a representative Star Trek fan.

more than 3 years ago

GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round

MindCrusher Why not revive KDE 3.5? (344 comments)

I used to have KDE 3.5 and I was very pleased with it. When the new revolutionary version came along I decided to try it and switched to Gnome. For KDE 4.0 to 4.5 I kept going back but I never could used it more than 30 minutes, so Gnome is what I use now and I am pretty comfortable with it. Now it seems I have to switch again. I always hoped development on KDE 3.5 would be restarted due to the demand. After Gnome3 will be released I think the issue will be gaining some more traction (especially since reading about KDE 3.5 used in a 2011 release).

more than 3 years ago

AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs

MindCrusher Re:I've always had to upgrade my MB (219 comments)

I've recently had a broken MB on an older computer (3+ years). I had managed find an AM3 motherboard with support for the existing AM2 processor and support for the older DDR2 already installed on the machine. It is also good if I need to make an upgrade from the current processor or switching to DDR3. If that would have been an Intel I would have probably had to search a used MB or replaced the processor, the MB and the RAM. This situation might not be common but it is a relief when a computer fails and you only have to replace a single component.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 RC1 Released

MindCrusher Re:Does bookmark sync *really* work? (189 comments)

I am using the sync feature since it was Wave 0.3 and I had no issue with it ever. Previously I used the Google sync plugin that was discontinued. Sync worked flawlessly for me on two Xp desktop and an Ubuntu notebook. I would obviously prefer some kind of version support, but I settle for what I can get.

more than 3 years ago

Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"

MindCrusher Re:Enough of this already (433 comments)

You assume a single publishing house/movie studio. However the free market will always punish such behavior. The first one to publish (to agree on commercial rights with the author) will be the one making money.

more than 3 years ago

Google Hiring Android Devs To Close the 'Apps Gap'

MindCrusher The market is at fault (323 comments)

Maybe they would have more apps if the App Market place would work all over the word. Paid apps don't work in some European countries because there is no unified payment system like with Apple's App store. Although the Android user base might be larger than that of iOS Apple still has more paying customers. Google needs to see that the Market needs a serious boost in functionality. If revenue will increase developers will come.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Parodies Reach New Level of Awkwardness

MindCrusher Re:Sure, Give NASA a Shoestring Budget and Then La (28 comments)

It depends on where these videos are shown. Recently I attended the IAC2010 in Prague and NASA's exhibition area was a just cinema theater with poster of these movies. They were also serving popcorn for free. I saw no actual data on the current or future missions. Considering the congress is a more technical one I don't think the pop science approach was very successful.

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases Chrome OS Tablet Concept Demo

MindCrusher Re:No competition (237 comments)

Ok, so iPad isn't even out yet, but google still feels threatened enough to put out a hastly put together "concept art" as a "demo". Sheesh.

On the original chromium page the video is listed as uploaded on the 25th of January. If I am not mistaken that is two days before Apple's iPad event.

more than 4 years ago


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