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How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

MistrX Just an idea (263 comments)

I'm still down with Kenja's idea with the monkeys.

"Locate a black hole and start shooting monkeys at it! "Science can not progress without heaps [of monkeys]"

Thanks Kenja, for your input.

about 10 months ago

The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

MistrX Re:One thing is for certain... (352 comments)

What I meant was 3D scanning and printing technologies for quick modeling and prototyping of various objects.
Not in the fashion of how we model stuff since the prehistory. Thats for old people. ;-)

Yes, I have seen Star Trek. I know of the replicator. Our 3D printing tech is kind of like the primitive form of a replicator.

1 year,5 days

The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

MistrX Re:One thing is for certain... (352 comments)

No one mentioned 3D copying? I mean, I predict that 3D scanning and printing will be a normal thing in 50 years.
Everyone copies! Everyone replicates!
The economy would look a bit different. We either have copyright laws that strangle society or we abolish copyright laws to the fullest.

1 year,6 days

The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

MistrX Share (211 comments)

"You have just taken a massive dump, pee on the share button to post it on your Facebook wall."

1 year,28 days

Beware the Internet

MistrX Beware the Internet? No, change everything else. (314 comments)

The problems outlined in the opinion piece is to me only evidence that governments, economy isn't build on massive information disclosure and the changes in society it brings. Instead of repealing the Internet as it is, I think it's more effective for said governments and economies to evolve and reform to cope with the changes in our daily lives because of the Internet (let's start with freedom of information in the form of fixing the defective patent system by altering default business models of old businesses and transparency within government).

Repealing or shutting down the Internet would be progress suicide in anyway.

about a year ago

European Court of Human Rights finds against copyright law

MistrX Breakthrough? (1 comments)

Was just about to upload this news scoop but yeah, does this finally mean that the copyright maffia are to be put in place for once and for all?

about a year and a half ago

World Governments Object To New gTLDs

MistrX Ah the world's nanny state is also present. (135 comments)

'An overtly negative or critical connotation.'

Yeah imagine people being critical.
Even worse: People being critical with a frown on their face!

about 2 years ago

Particle Physicists Confirm Arrow of Time Using B Meson Measurements

MistrX Re:What this means (259 comments)


So if CPT is the true symmetry of the universe, then doesn't that solve the matter/antimatter problem (the problem that we observe more matter then antimatter)?

Say that the Big bang didn't create 'just' our universe, but a second that is a complete CPT reversal from ours. That universe would have the same kind of physics but with the arrow of time reversed relative to ours and would consist primarily of antimatter with minute quantities of matter. And 'left' probably being our universe equivalent of 'right'.

To my understanding this would be the true symmetry of our universe then. There is not 1 (ours) but 2.

about 2 years ago

Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

MistrX Fuggled up Start (857 comments)

Aah the good old Start button.
Why did I stop using it? Oh yeah! Because since Windows Vista the way the Start menu, and in specifically the 'All programs' feature works, is completely messed up.

Way to go Microsoft! I always was fond of the Start Menu workings of Windows XP. A real shame I can't replicate the behavior since the Vista era without 3rd party tools. Without these tools, I don't use it either. It becomes a cluttered mess when you have more then 10 programs installed and 'All programs' LIST it underneath each other.

I prefer to have the listing of my programs spread out so I have a general overview of all my installed applications so I am able to find the application I need quickly. Why is that forbidden and taboo in the Microsoft world?

Please Microsoft, explain this to me.

more than 2 years ago

European Scientists Make a Case For a Return To the Moon

MistrX Re:Well, then that settles it. (285 comments)

I love to agree with you but there is one little detail:

Without demand, there will not be jobs.
No jobs, there is no demand.

It's a vicious cycle.

That said, space exploration might create a ton of jobs in all fields but since this is not a guarantee and in the short term cost a lot of money, governments rather invest in waging war due to the short term money it produces for them (oil etc.).

Politicians are only concerned with their terms as politicians. When they made the money, they leave and another one fills the spot with their own agenda.
I get this feeling that the politician as public servant doesn't really exist anymore.

In the last few decades, were there any politicians of importance in the western world with a longterm vision? Please name them so they can duly be credited.

more than 2 years ago

Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away

MistrX Hax! (421 comments)

Usage of aimbots is considered cheating. How is that solved in the Geneva treaty?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?

MistrX HAARP (363 comments)

If with 'long trip' Alaska is also included, then you could visit HAARP. :)
Might be interesting to see what all the 'new age' fuss is about in a scientific perspective. :p

more than 2 years ago

ACTA Signed By 8 of 11 Participating Countries

MistrX Game over (213 comments)

Well people, the age of your relative freedom is definitely over when this is ratified.

Welcome to the neo dark age. This time not ruled by the church but by Megacorp & co that is called the western world.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

MistrX No shit Sherlock (862 comments)

When they changed the way Start works since Vista, it sucks bigtime. Having lot's of programs installed makes that list too long and the hassle of finding your program becomes too great to bother with it. The way XP works was better to me: Expand it all over your desktop. Nice a grid of all your installed apps in one sight.
Switching to classic isn't an option, it removes the shortcuts aswell. It really goes into primitive mode, 98 style.

Now I use 3rd party tools to get my OS to do what I want with it. How absurd is that?

Microsoft! Stop telling me on how to use my pc please! And bring some legacy options back that WILL enhance usability.

more than 2 years ago

CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

MistrX String theory test (1088 comments)

In looking for possible explanations, isn't it possible that this could be a nice twist towards String Theory? If we assume extra dimensions curled up inside the 3 spatial dimensions of our own + time, isn't it then possible for a neutrino to pass trough a curled up dimension and 'tunnel' it's way to the end point e.g. kind of wormhole?

Also, what was the mass of the neutrino when it went past light speed? Should have been infinitely big.

more than 2 years ago



Build the Enterprise!

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "How about building a real life size USS-Enterprise in the next couple of decades? This project aims to do just this. With existing technologies available today and researching new ones.

"This website proposes something truly inspiring. It is this: We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise – so let’s do it. The ship can be similar in size and will have the same look as the USS Enterprise that we know from the Star Trek science fiction. It ends up that this ship configuration is quite functional. This first generation Enterprise can have 1g artificial gravity and ample living space. It can be as comfortable to live in as being on earth. A thousand people can be on board at once – either as crew members or as adventurous visitors. While the ship will not travel at warp speed, it can travel at a constant acceleration such that the ship can easily get to key points of interest in our solar system.""

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Moon Methone meets Cassini

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes ""NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to Saturn's tiny moon Methone as part of a trajectory that will take it on a close flyby of another of Saturn's moons, Titan. The Titan flyby will put the spacecraft in an orbit around Saturn that is inclined, or tilted, relative to the plane of the planet's equator. The flyby of Methone took place on May 20 at a distance of about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers). It was Cassini's closest flyby of the 2-mile-wide (3-kilometer-wide) moon. The best previous Cassini images were taken on June 8, 2005, at a distance of about 140,000 miles (225,000 kilometers), and they barely resolved this object.""
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Chemical reaction eating CO2, producing energy

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes ""While there are plenty of ways to make carbon-based products from CO2, these methods usually require a lot of energy because the CO2 molecules are so stable. If the energy comes from the burning of fossil fuels, then the net result will be more CO2 entering the atmosphere. Now a material scientist at Michigan Technological University has discovered a chemical reaction that not only soaks up CO2, but also produces useful chemicals along with significant amounts of energy.""

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First testflights with flying car succesful.

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "The Dutch company PAL-V completed it's first series of testflights with it's flying car, the PAL-V One, successfully. The PAL-V One flies like a gyrocopter, with a minimal runway length of 165 meters, and drives around like a trike on the road. Furthermore it offers 2 passengers at a maximum speed of 180km/h on both on land and in the air.

The company aims with the PAL-V One on usage within the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, because private flying is more commonplace."

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Buildingblocks of DNA confirmed in Meteorites

MistrX MistrX writes  |  about 3 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "Researchers announce that the components of DNA have now been confirmed to exist in extraterrestrial meteorites. A different team of scientists also discovered a number of molecules linked with a vital ancient biological process, adding weight to the idea that the earliest forms of life on Earth may have been made up in part from materials delivered to Earth the planet by from space.

Past research had revealed a range of building blocks of life in meteorites, such as the amino acids that make up proteins. Space rocks just like these may have been a vital source of the organic compounds that gave rise to life on Earth."

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Breakthrough in cure to EHEC bacteria

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "Researchers from TNO have made a world wide breakthrough in the battle against lethal bacteria such as EHEC. Food scientists from TNO were able to find natural ingredients that effectively cut bacteria short that had become resistent to antibiotics. The discovery has been tested using the ESBL-bacterium, but is also applicable against the EHEC-bacterium. The finding comes at a time when the bacteria has made more than 20 lethal victims in Germany and has infected thousands."
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Large Hadron Collider is a time machine?

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "( — If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider – the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year – could be the first machine capable causing matter to travel backwards in time."
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Meteorite over the Netherlands

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "A lot of people in the Netherlands saw a fireball at around seven pm on Tuesday evening. Astronomer Theo Jurriens from Groningen University confirmed that it was an extremely bright meteor which broke into three pieces after hitting the atmosphere.
He says he received about 100 reports of sightings of the meteor from people throughout the country. The KNMI national weather centre also received a large number of calls reporting the event.
It was also witnessed in Germany and Belgium

An image of the event:"

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Massive new ring discovered around Saturn

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MistrX (1566617) writes "The dusty hoop extends some 13 million km (eight million miles) from the planet, about 50 times further out into space than its more familiar rings.

Scientists tell the journal Nature that the tenuous ring is probably made up of debris kicked off Saturn's moon Phoebe by small impacts."

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String theory applied for the first time

MistrX MistrX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MistrX writes "Scientists from the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research to Matter explained a physical anomaly with help of String Theory. This is the first time String theory is applied."
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