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Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

Progman3K Re:ZMapp (33 comments)

I've watched way too many zombie movies to feel comfortable with the drug's name.

Heck, never mind the name, this is the beginning of the plot of more zombie movies than I can count.

You two aren't just whistlin' Dixie; that's the major plot of the Charlton Heston classic The Omega Man.

Then again, that one chick-zombie was pretty cool, so if that's a possible side-effect, then I say it's win-win.

about a month ago

High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

Progman3K Re:Can someone explain to me (80 comments)

Thanks for the light.
So once pressurized, it is contained in some vessel which is then cooled? Too cool! Literally!
So how do they squeeze it down? In some sense it is a mechanical operation, right?

about a month and a half ago

High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

Progman3K Can someone explain to me (80 comments)

How can a material be pressed at 150 gigapascals and still be cool?

I thought that if you put a billion atmospheres of pressure on material, said material would be heated by the pressure. Is that not so?

Inquirin' minds want to know

about a month and a half ago

Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

Progman3K Re:When the rocket is standing on the pad (67 comments)

Thank you for that, fullmetal! I always appreciate it when someone lights the way in front of me!

In restrospect, I didn't really think about my question because of course, engineers and scientists take multiple precautions. Those precautions may not always be 100% effective but they ARE there.

Thanks again!

about 2 months ago

Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

Progman3K When the rocket is standing on the pad (67 comments)

It may have been sterilized but a seagull can just fly over and poop on it.

As the rocket speeds out the atmosphere, it must initially flatten lots of bugs against itself.

How did anyone think we could send anything into space that wasn't crawling with earth-bacteria and other stuff, exactly?

about 2 months ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Progman3K Re:It is stealing (580 comments)

You're right, when you download a file, the original copy disappears in a cloud of smoke. You've deprived its owner of his copy. That is theft.

Or worse, if you would never have bought a copy in the first place, then you've stolen the profit the media company would never have made. That is theft.

Of course if you mention viewing the movie to someone such that they would not have considered it otherwise and THEY buy a copy, then you've deprived the media company of a sale. That is theft.

It's important to pay for all copies so that media companies can keep getting rich and not pay the artists because the media companies hold all the rights and make all the money. That is theft.

about 3 months ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Progman3K Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

[...] I don't want to see Google with a monopoly either. MS kind of keeps them in check.

I was going to reply 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss'
but in fact, you can be sure the two are allies in screwing-over their employees, so I'll quote Orwell, instead:

"Between pigs and human beings there was not, and there need not be, any clash of interests whatever. Their struggles and their difficulties were one. Was not the labour problem the same everywhere?"

about 6 months ago

Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Progman3K Another theory (608 comments)

What if by the time a race has evolved sufficiently that they have mastered all technology, they simply enter another dimension to escape being destroyed by their star's death?

Physics seems to be saying there could be as many as 11 dimensions, possibly more.

Maybe you only need to exist at right-angles to this one to escape any devastation coming and maybe then energy/resource needs become a non-issue.

No need to exit the solar system then and you're effectively undetectable...

about 9 months ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Progman3K Paper and rock? (167 comments)

Since he can expect you to tthrow paper pretty often, he'd want to make scissors take up at least some of the non-rock ones he can throw, so if you throw rock, he would lose and if you were countering one of his rocks, you'd negate.

about 10 months ago

Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Progman3K Apple == Stupidity Tax? (161 comments)

Tech-savvy people agree that dollar-for-dollar, android is better quality than Apple.

Apple has much better marketing, though, so they've got that going for them

about 10 months ago

Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered

Progman3K When I hear about an object like this (94 comments)

I immediately check the Celestia Motherlode.

The reason being that you can almost get a sense of how big something really is with it since it displays your distance to it in au (or ly, Kpc, Mpc).

I encourage you to try it, hit H then G to go to sol, then scroll away first to 1 au, then 10, etc. The sun is still quite bright at 1 ly.

Imagine how big that thing appears at 1 ly distance! // Maybe someone will create a Celestia add-on for it? Please please please!

about 10 months ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Progman3K Re:Is Win 8.1 that bad? (392 comments)

Ironic, isn't it? After saying that linux was free because it was worthless, microsoft finally admits its own os is worthless by giving it away in hopes of losing no further shares to linux because people have come to realize linux is priceless

about a year ago

Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Progman3K Re:Superdeterminism (108 comments)

Thanks! So that would mean that it is more likely that our universe is a simulation, right? Determinism would sort of imply it, since it can't play out any differently.

The way I've thought of it would be that it is theorized our universe is inside a black-hole; all space and time perceived is an illusion because it is all happening at the same time, in the singularity, making non-locality trivial to implement. I suppose the flaw is that you need multiple dimensions at right-angles to it to make sense of it...

about a year ago

Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Progman3K Re:Superdeterminism (108 comments)

I really like that, man.
I'm not peer-reviewed, so it doesn't matter, but I like your idea

about a year ago

US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

Progman3K Re:It's not a relevant topic for Slashdot. (894 comments)

If somebody with any say at Slashdot is reading this, please do the right thing and get the focus back to where it used to be, on science and technology. There are many, many other places we can go to read and bitch about the day-in, day-out shenanigans of American politics. Slashdot shouldn't be one of them.

You... I like you

1 year,23 days

Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

Progman3K There's already a better solution: YouWin (182 comments)

You can read about it here:

It's a better solution because
- You DON'T need a Windows license
- It's smaller: You can run more apps with less memory

about a year ago

Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

Progman3K Re:Rubish (199 comments)

I agree with you that there are probably gravitational perturbations to the Oort cloud or inner asteroid-belt that result in extinction-events but I also expect that there is another phenomena: the varying levels of cosmic rays as we pass through the galaxy's arms.

about a year ago

Black Holes Grow By Eating Quantum Foam

Progman3K Re:End of the Universe (164 comments)

FWIW I like your explanation, simple concise, logical.

about a year ago



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