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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

MozeeToby Re:The conclusions are bogus. (209 comments)

One of the biggest reasons a lot of people that use Google+ is that it's easier to keep posts relatively private. I don't need to have pictures of my kids published to everyone on the net, or tell everyone in the world when I'm on vacation, or have all kinds of crap out there for potential employers to find. Google+ makes it easy to post to a small (or large) group without posting publicly. Basing numbers on public posts is FUD, it's worse than meaningless, it's misleading.

about a week ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

MozeeToby Re:In "Real-Time"? (121 comments)

What they are, admittedly awkwardly, trying to say is that the Fast Radio Burst was detected as it was happening, enabling follow up investigations to catch the immediate after effects. Previous such bursts were detected much later, too late to do any kind of follow up leading some to question if the events were even extra planetary.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

MozeeToby Re:Boom. Boom. Boom. Another one bite's the dust.. (121 comments)

Now now, we all know vacuum stabilization events travel out from their sources at the speed of light, if it were to happen it would be against the laws of physics to see it coming.

More interesting is one of the actual proposed explanations. A massive spinning magnetron gradually slowing down until centrifugal force can't keep it from collapsing into a black hole anymore. And when the source of the magnetic field suddenly gets cut off from the outside universe by being engulfed by the event horizon, the magnetic field has no where to go but... out. The most powerful magnetic field in the universe getting converted almost instantly to energy; creating a spark that lasts seconds and outputs more energy than the sun has in the past million years.

about two weeks ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

MozeeToby Re:Dont trust these at all. (98 comments)

it's not 3d printed concrete. it's 3d printed mortar.

Actually it's not even that. It's 3D printed concrete forms, which are then shipped to the site, plumbed, wired, and filled with concrete.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

MozeeToby Re:SUPER SLOW unless a faster than light system (105 comments)

Round trip to a satellite, 3ms. Hell, call it 15 if the angle is high. Then the satellite hops, which would take place at c with a microwave link, compared to .66c with fiber. Not to mention there are many fiber links that are anything but direct line. I could easily see such a system outperforming ground networks when it comes to latency. Now, congestion could be a problem obviously. It will have to be seen if they can put enough links into orbit cheaply enough to prevent issues.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

MozeeToby Re:smarter than many people I know (111 comments)

You can, but if your busy looking for the one it makes it a lot less likely to find the other.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

MozeeToby Re:Document Retention Rules. (177 comments)

My email contains important technical information that I may need for years after I composed that email.

Why the hell are you storing important technical information on an email server? That's a much bigger wtf than IT and legal doing their jobs.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

MozeeToby Re:It's been going on for years (388 comments)

I had a teacher fail me on a programming assignment because I was using things she hadn't taught yet.

Depending on what you mean that isn't necessarily a bad thing in a programming course. If the purpose of an assignment is to learn about data structures by recreating them and you back everything with std:vector, you aren't really completing the assignment even if all the functionality is there. Of course, it's also entirely possible that the teacher just didn't know what they were doing or, more concernedly, simply on a power trip; so no judgement, just pointing out a possible counter argument.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MozeeToby Re:The truth of the matter (629 comments)

your tinfoil beanie is slipping

Dude... everything that's happened and been exposed and you still think stuff like this is pure conspiracy theory bullshit? Even if it's not something they currently do, it's certainly within their repertoire.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

MozeeToby Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

That's like saying betting on a coin flip isn't a luck based game. Given enough flips you'll come out even betting heads every time. The same is true of roulette, craps, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

MozeeToby Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

Online poker sites make their money from the rake, a percentage of each pot goes to the table. Unless you are so obviously advantaged that other players get upset and leave, unlikely unless you're actually cheating, online casinos have no incentive to ban you.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

MozeeToby Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

His point is, we're already doing it blindly. How would you feel if we were going into an ice age and people were proposing dumping billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere to in an attempt to reverse it?

And not every form of ethics revolves around informed consent.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

MozeeToby Re:Time for some leaps and not baby steps (142 comments)

That's like asking "what's the benefit of studying this mold growing on my oranges?". No one knows. Maybe nothing. Maybe everything.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

MozeeToby Re:Slashdot today. (142 comments)

What spam filters?

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

MozeeToby Slashdot today. (142 comments)

Seven comments in, so far there's 4 jokes, 2 anti-us spam/trolls, and 1 crank. Quality discussion there.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

MozeeToby Re:islam (1350 comments)

"Standing up to extremists" was done by "targeted killings, against Muslim civilians". Yes, if accurate I would call that terrorism.

about three weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

MozeeToby Re:This is clearly a prank (300 comments)

They aren't saying roving hypergoats are devouring entire star systems. They are saying there could be migrating civilizations so powerful that they effectively mine and deplete entire stars. There have been thought experiments done focusing on how such a thing could be possible. For instance, here is a wikipage about a few designs for the type of things they are talking about in the article, none of which are really that wildly impossible.

about three weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

MozeeToby Re:Calling Star Trek (300 comments)

The Revelation Space series also had devices and civilizations capable of destroying, mining, moving, and otherwise using stars to advance their own ends.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

MozeeToby Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

There is a qualitative difference between any one conversation being overheard and every conversation being overheard. I may not have an expectation that something I say is private, but I do have an expectation that there isn't a database of everything I've ever said in public ever.

about three weeks ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 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  |  more than 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 7 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 7 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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