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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Seraphim1982 Re:Isn't it just "sapphire"? (207 comments)

Because if you called it transparent alumina, people would accuse you of ripping off Star Trek.

about 4 months ago

SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

Seraphim1982 Re:Metric conversion problems (22 comments)

No I didn't.

I did notice one part of the summary where they converted 100 km to 62 miles, and another where they noted that different groups define the edge of space differently, with some using 100 km as the boundary and others using 50 miles. However, at no point did I note someone trying to equate 100 km to 50 miles. Can you point it out for me?

about 6 months ago

Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Seraphim1982 Re:BS (415 comments)

Both of those options are stupid. If someone sends a text to your phone number, and that number is associated with an iMessage account then it should try to send the message via iMessage, and when it doesn't get delivered to your phone - regardless of if it gets delivered to any other devices - it should send a text to the phone number.

about 8 months ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Seraphim1982 Re:Well. (195 comments)

Sapphire is hard... 9 on the Mohs scale, and the only substance harder is natural and synthetic diamond.

Lots of things are harder then Sapphire, particularly carbides and borides. Examples include silicon carbide, titanium carbide, boron (the hardest element) boron carbide, and boron nitride.

I find it difficult to believe... so...do you have any references that says Gorilla Glass is cheaper and harder than Sapphire?

No one ever said it was harder, they said it was stronger.

about 9 months ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Seraphim1982 Re:Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse (183 comments)

I don't know about "safe" but the original design for the Hyatt Regency walkway would not have been up to KC's building code.


about 9 months ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Seraphim1982 Re:Huh? (167 comments)

Nobody seems to be asking what the definition of "50% of the time" is ?

Over what interval/time frame?

If the opponent throws scissors or paper on his first move is he then required to throw rock on his second move?

Probably because they read the link which describes how "50% of the time" is determined.

about 10 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Seraphim1982 Re:Blame Canada (653 comments)

Ideal follows a very consistent color scheme. Grey outside, yellow instrument face.
Fluke also follows a very consistent color scheme. Yellow outside, grey instrument face. The only exceptions appear to be instruments designed for very specific environments where you want to be damn sure your meter isn't going to cause an explosion, which appear to be red on the outside.

If you showed me 50 meters from those two companies I'd have no trouble telling which belongs to each based on the coloring scheme.

All you seem to have shown is how exact a copy the sparkfun meters had to be to run into trouoble, because something as trivial as inverting the color scheme is enough to avoid it.

So I give up. What was the point you were trying to make?

about 10 months ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Seraphim1982 Re:Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Adoption includes the state in the process of granting and terminating parental rights. So it isn't an agreement between "two persons".

1 year,12 hours

Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

Seraphim1982 Re:Bah, I say (299 comments)

Just say the Coulomb is 6.24150965e×10^18 * (the charge on an electron), and the amp is 1 C/s. The resulting 25ppb uncertainty in the definition of the Coulomb is probably better then anything you'll get out of trying to realize the current standard.

1 year,10 days

Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

Seraphim1982 Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

The current (early 2011) uncertainty in Avogadro number is about 30 ppb. The current uncertainty in the hunk of metal is about 20 ppb. I don't think the International Committee for Weights and Measures would consider making a switch unless it is one that would reduce uncertainty.

1 year,10 days

Tweets and Threats: Gangs Find New Home On the Net

Seraphim1982 Re:Ass. Prof. is what exactly? (144 comments)

An assistant professor is usually non-tenured but is on the tenure track. Generally it means you have like 5 or fewer years of experience in the job.

1 year,13 days

New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

Seraphim1982 Re:Shades of Blake's 7 (401 comments)

The Maquis were wiped out in the 2nd half of season 5 of DS9. It started in "By Inferno's Light" and had been completed by "Blaze of Glory".

about a year ago

MIT Releases Swartz Report: Instead of Leading, School Was 'Hands-Off'

Seraphim1982 Re:Wrong (127 comments)

Do you have a source for that? My understanding is that he was a research associate at Harvard.

about a year and a half ago

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

Seraphim1982 Re:Outbreak, not "plague"; dont be sensationalist. (668 comments)

No, but parents who are so worried about autism that they're willing to skip vaccines might be more (or less) likely to try and have their kid diagnosed with autism later in life if they start showing symptoms.

about a year and a half ago

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

Seraphim1982 Re:Demand More (665 comments)

$0.42 per play is not a bad price when you consider that many (most?) popular songs are available for purchase for $0.99.

$0.42 per play is also 100x what the artist is getting paid. They are getting 0.42 cents ($0.0042) a play.

about 2 years ago

Geothermal Power Advances

Seraphim1982 Re:This is NOT Fracking... (168 comments)

Well, time to sacrifice some karma on the truth once again. The poster child for geothermal power in the USA is Calpine at The Geysers, near Calistoga CA. Near, in fact, old faithful, which is old but not particularly faithful. It is neither as regular nor as potent as it used to be.

Old Faithful is in Wyoming, which is two states (Utah and Nevada) away from California.

about 2 years ago

Is HP Right? Autonomy Salesperson Shares Internal Emails

Seraphim1982 Re:Lol, More commissions in the form of lawyer pay (92 comments)

I'm not a hardware guy so I don't use HP scopes (do they even still make bench equipment?)

HP's spun off their scientific instruments, electronic test equipment, and a number of things, into Agilent Technologies about 20 years ago. Agilent still makes bench equipment, to the point that I have some pieces of HP/Agilent equipment that are identical except for the corporate logo on them (including having the same model number).

about 2 years ago

Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

Seraphim1982 Re:GO UNIONS! (674 comments)

The CEO, Greg Rayburn, cut his and the three other top executives salary cut to $1 this year. How much more of a concession do you want?

As for the private equity firm, Ripplewood Holdings is going to lose most, if not all of the $170 million investment it made in Hostess.

more than 2 years ago


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