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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

MozeeToby Re:Better leave now (150 comments)

It's been done several times in fact, though I don't know if it's ever really been a central plot line.

The Revelation Space series has shades of that, but it's mostly background information that doesn't come directly into play. The "Amerikano" generation ships that colonized nearby stars (often less than ideally inhabitable) which were massively outstripped once the "light huggers" which could make the trip in a few years subjective time.

The Sector General has something similar, though with FTL ships replacing the generation ships. I think they find one of the old ships drifting through space, the inhabitants all dead or nearly.

5 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

MozeeToby Re:RAID? (230 comments)

The intent of the (mostly) joke was in fact to put read heads under multiple sectors, cutting the rotation time in half (or more if you were to add more heads).

8 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

MozeeToby Re:RAID? (230 comments)

Multiple read heads! Cut seek time in half! (or quarter, or eighth depending on how crazy you want to go).

10 hours ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

MozeeToby Re:Hotter Earth (151 comments)

So... sink a steel pipe half a mile into the ground, it isn't that hard to create a heat gradient. That's of course, if it's possible to hit anywhere near decent efficiencies with standard materials, which is something I'll have to see in production before I fully believe.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

MozeeToby Re:yeah and... (446 comments)

More than 56% of developers should be millionaires before they hit retirement age, that is about what you need to comfortably retire today at age 60, in 20 years it won't be enough. To quote Number Two: A million dollars isn't exactly a lot of money these days.

yesterday
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

MozeeToby Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

The Sears Tower (sorry... the Willis tower) was even designed to be modular. Its 9 stacks built into a single building, more stacks could be added to the edges, the shorter stacks could be expanded vertically at least to the height of the taller (and probably somewhat taller, not sure on that though).

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

MozeeToby Re:WTF?? (773 comments)

Bullying is frequently battery, virtually almost always assault, and practically by definition criminal harassment.

yesterday
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

MozeeToby Re:Ted Unangst's article (284 comments)

The most concerning part comes at the end "Here's a 4 year old bug report showing the issue, and another, and another". OpenSLL is supposed to be security software... shouldn't happen.

2 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

MozeeToby Re:Why just the BBC ? (109 comments)

You seem to be under the impression that because prisons are overcrowded we have stopped putting people in them. In reality we just pack a few more in; the violence, drug abuse, sexual assault, and gang membership this inevitably makes even worse is simply ignored.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

MozeeToby Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (430 comments)

There is nothing specifically wrong with America's education system.

You're making some assumptions there. Perhaps part of the problem with America's education system is that certain demographics are undeserved. I grew up in a small and poor town, attended public school and got an education that, while certainly not the best money could buy, was more than enough to prepare me for college and eventually the workforce. Meanwhile, school districts with comparable wealth in the inner city schools of the same state are underfunded trash.

Why the disparity? Part of it is cost, it simply costs more to operate a school in an inner city environment. Part of it is teachers, once inner city schools got the reputation they have many good teachers fled. Part of it is, undoubtedly, cultural. Inner city cultures (completely irrespective of race IMO) don't tend to value education as much so the school gets less support from the parents of students and has a much harder time fundraising even though wealth levels are about the same. The point is that the end result is lower quality schools, which in turn leads to poorer outcomes.

3 days ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

MozeeToby Re:Humble Bundle (240 comments)

Damn, I chose 10-20, forgot all about the bundles I've bought. Probably should be the next option up at least, but at least those games I actually own and they don't try to nickel and dime me to death.

about a week ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

MozeeToby Re:Google had to have put this in on purpose (152 comments)

Of course it's built in, it's part of the "ok google" keyword that Google Now (recently added to the Chrome browser) uses to detect an incoming command. The flaw is that transcript is kept for any length of time and that it's available to websites being viewed.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

MozeeToby Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

You're going to get some weird inflections there, chopping up sentences. Nothing too obvious but if your movie is filled with them it'll get annoying. Better would be to have the narrator quoting other people, then just drop the framing quote.

Script: People used to say "The Earth is the center of the universe" (to be read with the passion of a true believer).

She is an actor after all, even as a narrator you can have her playing a character for the important lines resulting in a more believable performance.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

MozeeToby Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

Somewhere in history there was the first mutant ape that was classified as some form of human.

This is unlikely and even if true meaningless. Speciation is a human concept, it has very little reality in the actual real world. Change happens so gradually and across such a large population (even a population of a few hundred is "large" in this context) that you can't put a line in the sand and say human on this side, non-human on the other.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

MozeeToby Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

"Flame" is nothing but superheated gases. You can have a flame without combustion if you raise the temperature some other way. In this case it's electrical heating, ram air pressure, and simple air friction.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

MozeeToby Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

To make it fair, have a checklist before they roll out the door that includes verifying that the transmitter and receiver and present and functional. Failure to follow the checklist and report non-functional equipment results in the above. This way legitimate breakages aren't punished (and therefor hidden) and you also shift it from a "we don't trust you" to a "you didn't follow procedure". While the fact is that you don't trust them, morale will suffer less from the latter than the former.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

MozeeToby Re:Well, if it works (408 comments)

You don't understand, every time you dilute the mixture further the power of your money increases! By the third or fourth dilution the water is the essence of wealth and is priceless.

about a week ago
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Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

MozeeToby Re:What about the hershey fonts? (115 comments)

Did they fix the bug where tabbing out of a full screen video exits full screen mode? Drives me nuts.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

MozeeToby Re:Good. (1037 comments)

Why should that follow? Maybe the prevention of evil is a larger evil than would be prevented? Like a tumor that a surgeon could only remove by killing you, maybe cutting free will out of the human experience would render the human experience meaningless? Of course, there are flaws to be found in that argument too. Like a poster above I'm not a believer, I just don't like weak arguments.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

MozeeToby Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

He was first out of the plane but one of only 2 in a wing suit, by the time he opened his chute and the rock fell past the other divers were well below him and you can see where the other wingsuited diver was in the video. Even the plane was below him by this point of the flight. If it came from his chute you'll have to explain to me how it's moving at a few hundred miles per hour relative to him (easily calculated based on frame to frame movement).

about two weeks ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  about 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The EE Times is Reporting a developement in near room temperature super conductivity. Professor John Tse of the University of Saskatchewan announced the discovery of a new family of superconductors based on Silane (Methane with Silicon replacing the Carbon).

This new discovery does not come without its own obstacles to overcome. While the new superconductors don't need to be supercooled, they do need to be super-compressed, on the order of 100-125 GPa."

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Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  about 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations."

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Electronic Scholars to Interpret Muslim Law

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "
An 'Electronic Mufti' is currently under development that will use artificial intelligence techniques to issue opinions on contemporary Muslim affairs. A mufti is an Islamic scholar who offers interpretations of Sharia, Islamic law.
Apparently, such a system does not violate muslim law and is welcomed by most traditional clerics; after all, what could possibly go wrong."

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No link between violent behavior and video games

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "In a study confirming what most of us already believed, it was found that there is no link between violence and video games. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M has published a meta-analysis of the results of past research done on the topic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/66217176984x7477/

He concludeds "Once corrected for publication bias, studies of video game violence provided no support for the hypothesis that violent video game playing is associated with higher aggression."

As an added bonus, he also found that violent games improve spatial awareness. Maybe this will finally put the debate to rest... or most likely not."

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Dark Matter May Not Exist

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "Last August, a collision of two huge clusters of galaxy's was found to have separated the normal matter of the clusters from the dark matter. Now scientists are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, John Moffat and Joel Brownstein propose a Modified Gravity theory that they say can explain these results and others without having introduce dark matter."
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