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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

MiniMike Re:Other films cancelled. (228 comments)

hot tub time machine: violates numerous causality laws and in the spirit of preserving much of our modern understanding of thermodynamics, has been cancelled by a studio that mistook the word 'causality' for 'terrorist'

I don't know about this one, seems like the phrase "violates numerous terrorists" would get the studios pretty excited...

2 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

MiniMike Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

Maybe the tower could be converted to office space for the Senator. But only if it still is capable of holding a vacuum.

5 days ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

MiniMike Re:BBC slipping into darkness? (216 comments)

Maybe that's the amount of an HD film that someone with the attention span of a typical BBC reporter can watch? Seriously, it seems like the quality of BBC news reporting has been slipping for years. I suspect their long term plan is to steal readers from the Daily Mail.

At least the BBC still makes some decent programs.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

MiniMike Cut off at the pass... (140 comments)

I was set to make a comment about how they should paint them BSOD blue- but they actually already did! At least that's how it looked in the video.

And then they make them look sorta like Daleks, and I can't really complain about that.

At this point all I can hope for is that they forgot to teach them about escalators or splash fountains, and wait for the inevitable videos.

about a month ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

MiniMike I think this nails it (173 comments)

FTFA, Dotcom's lawyer:

The issue is the government basically is looking to use the fugitive disentitlement doctrine as procedural mechanism to avoid arguing merits of criminal action.

The case seems to have no merit, they're probably reluctant to bring it to a trial. I think they were probably hoping for a plea in the first place, to avoid a trial and the associated oversight, and didn't think it would go this way or drag out this long.

about a month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

MiniMike Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

What about killing off girl embryos or blacks or obese, etc etc.

Are you suggesting that (presumably) white parents will be scanning their embryos to see if they'll turn out black?

While there may be some that do, I don't think there's any overlap between them and the ones who will be scanning for intelligence. Same for the ones who would select solely on gender or (again presumably) tendency for obesity, as that has a large component driven by lifestyle.

Is 15 IQ points a meaningful difference? How about 2 points? 30 points? At some point, it would obviously make a difference. Where that point is would vary from person to person. Part of the problem is that there are many factors that make up intelligence, and rolling them up into one number makes that number almost useless except in the most general sense.

about 2 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

MiniMike Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (571 comments)

The amount of water (as the protium source) used for fusion would be minuscule compared to the volume of the oceans, even if fusion technology was widespread and used over an extended period of time. Most technically literate people would know this, which is probably why your comment was marked 'Troll'. But as not everyone knows everything, your question does deserve a legitimate answer. The volume of water used would probably be more than offset by the amount of water falling to Earth in comets/asteroids/dust/etc. If it did somehow become a problem (extreme emphasis on 'somehow'), we could bring in more water from asteroids as needed. But if we did somehow burn through that much water through fusion in any reasonable timescale, I suspect we would be killed by the waste heat.

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MiniMike Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

Do this to people's car door handles, door knobs, trash cans, doors in restaurants, the floor in public places, railings on escalators, the conveyor belt in a grocery store, etc.

All of those places are already covered in a layer of bacteria/viruses/???. IANAB, but I am curious as to how long Ebola would remain viable on those surfaces, i.e. how long until the other nasties destroyed it? Since it has not been listed as a transmission vector, I'm guessing that it would have a pretty short lifespan on a doorknob. Possibly anywhere where it would dry out would not be a place it could be transmitted.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

MiniMike Re:yes, let's "zoom out" (213 comments)

How about "An increase in the consumption of Nutella has been responsible for a big decline in US greenhouse gas emissions"? Makes about as much sense.

If you consider the low fiber content of Nutella (0.5 g per serving), that statement might actually make more sense.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike Re:COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

I didn't say that FORTRAN was going anywhere. I said that it's almost always listed in articles like this, and always will be. I still write and maintain code in FORTRAN too.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

With COBOL still around, it's hard to take too seriously the claim that Perl or Ruby is about to die.

Why would you make that assumption? Have Perl or Ruby been suggested as replacements for COBOL? Is the future usefulness of a language based inversely on age? I'm not seeing the direct connection between the lifespans of COBOL, Perl, and Ruby.

Also, how can they not mention FORTRAN in the article? No self respecting article on the topic of "soon to be dead programming languages" in the last 30 years has failed to mention FORTRAN. I see it as a staple of these articles for years to come.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

MiniMike Re:Counterintuitive (356 comments)

Nice.
Please explain how this hypothesis fits with the observed effects of breaking a magnet in half, and with related theories of electromagnetism.

Magtonians are not gay however

Are you proposing this as an explanation as to why we have not been able to obtain evidence of monopoles?

about 3 months ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

MiniMike Re:What's wrong with all those people? (71 comments)

If you follow the links in TFA, you will find that they originally were trying to create a robot based on a different animal commonly used for food.

Unfortunately, the model they chose was based on the cow and it was an udder failure.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

MiniMike Re:I bet Putin couldn't go to the moon (197 comments)

They have workable spaceship technology now- the delay ("by 2030") is to allow for research into transparent spacesuits for Putin and the bear he will ride while planting the flag.

about 3 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

MiniMike Re:Provided (326 comments)

Why not just use TenVolt?

Then when you lose the credentials to that, your name can go to ElevenVolt.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

MiniMike Did they try looking next to them? (269 comments)

So they were wrong in their hypothesis that these 69 sites on the genome are related to intelligence. This does not mean that other sites on the genome aren't related to intelligence.

On top of that, the three gene locations that did seem to have a stronger correlation weren't involved in development of the nervous system.

So they really don't have complete knowledge of this extremely complex system. Not surprising. Time to review their assumptions, and come up with a new hypothesis to test. They still gained knowledge (what doesn't work), it's just not the knowledge they were hoping for.

about 3 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike No one knows everything, so... (226 comments)

The show touches on a somewhat wide range of technology and culture. There must be science related questions that are outside your area of expertise. Who do you contact for advice when you need it?

about 4 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike Guest stars (226 comments)

There has been a very impressive list of tech or geek related guest star appearances on the show (Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, ...).

Do you have any control over who guest appearances are written for?

Are there any tech related people who you would like to have on the show as a guest star, but have been unable to get?

about 4 months ago

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Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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