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Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

SevenHands Re:Linearization (553 comments)

And according to GR, the length of your ruler is also different at the top of Mount Everest compared to at sea level!

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Discovers Life's Building Block In Comet

SevenHands Re:Where did that stuff come from? (148 comments)

"What caused the life to form way out there?"

As far as we can tell life didn't form way out there. Just an amino acid fundamental to life. Life as we know it requires liquid water, a certain atmosphere, gravity, and a bunch of other requirements.

"It's fine and dandy to push the building blocks of life off-planet, but how can those blocks then be explained?"

The building blocks for life have to come from somewhere, they don't just appear out of nowhere (or do they?). After all, isn't life really just the combination of left over heavier elements created through exploded stars and other space junk that just happened to end up on earth through meteorites, comets, and the accretion process...

more than 4 years ago
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Genetic Mutation Enables Less Sleep

SevenHands Re:Age related? (272 comments)

I've actually found that if I cut out all significant sources of caffeine, I am actually more alert throughout the day and don't feel nearly as burnt out compared to when I've been pounding back 2-5 cups of coffee a day. Caffeine creates a bit of a roller coaster ride for me. Tired when I wake up, have a coffee or two. Moderately tired, and sometimes completely burnt out in the afternoon and evening once that morning hit of caffeine wears off.

more than 4 years ago
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Genetic Mutation Enables Less Sleep

SevenHands Re:I'm insulted by ... (272 comments)

This reminds me of a stereo audio trick of playing two slightly differing frequencies in stereo. It's called Binaural Beats.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats

One frequency, say 100 Hz in one ear, and the other frequency, 105 Hz into the other ear. The brain actually hears a third 5 Hz frequency in the form of a beat and starts to synchronize it's operational frequency with this beat. Actual experimentation with this and effects on sleeping could lead to inducing increased Theta or Delta brain waves possibly resulting in a deeper, more refreshing sleep in less time compared to one who falls asleep to the TV, or radio.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Should I Trust My Network Administrator?

SevenHands Re:On site is more expensive (730 comments)

At some point the cost for on site expertise and hiring an employee will cross, making hiring someone the more logical choice.

more than 4 years ago
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Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

SevenHands Caffeinated Hive Building? (200 comments)

I'd be curious what result giving bees caffeinated beverages would have on hive construction. Judging from what the stimulant does to spiders, it'd definitely be an interesting experiment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caffeinated_spiderwebs.jpg

I'd also wonder if it'd give new meaning to the phrase "making a bee line" for something.

more than 4 years ago
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Encryption? What Encryption?

SevenHands Encrypted USB Drive (500 comments)

Why not just put the sensitive data on an encrypted USB drive. These devices are far from rare these days, so common that I'd venture to guess that Grandma down the street probably has her raspberry jam recipe encrypted, just because that's how the damned thing is set up when you plug it in.

more than 4 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

SevenHands Two billion years is a long time (756 comments)

I know the time span of two billion years sounds like a very very long time, and considering the total span that homo-sapiens have been on this earth is just a small fraction of this two billion years, but I imagine I am not the only one who feels a slight twinge of anxiety knowing that our time as a species on this planet is finite, and there may be nothing we are able to do about it. However two billion years is a long time, and alot will change before then.

more than 4 years ago
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Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

SevenHands Re:Dyson Sphere? (642 comments)

With the distances involved in viewing a star going through the construction process, I'm not sure if our current technology has sufficient resolution to view this level of detail. The observable feature during construction, would probably appear to us as a star slowly (or quickly depending on construction time) reducing in magnitude until basically fading to black from a viewpoint external to the sphere.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Developed Wireless Power-Harvesting Phones

SevenHands Crazy Idea - during his time... (246 comments)

Another great example as to how Tesla has shaped our future. Truly ahead of his time by leaps and bounds.

more than 5 years ago
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Hackers Clone Passports In Driveby RFID Heist

SevenHands Re:Who carries their US passport in the US? (251 comments)

My parents basement has enough climate and scenic diversity from one end to the other to make leaving my parents basement unnecessary unless there's a specific thing I want to see outside of its borders.

more than 5 years ago
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Five PC Power Myths Debunked

SevenHands Re:Thats why you don't turn off, you sue S3 suspen (551 comments)

Fedora 9 and an Alienware MX-15 laptop. To my surprise Suspend worked without any extra configuration. Though I had a problem with the sound coming back, but that was fixed with unloading/reloading the relative sound modules when resuming. For my wireless NIC I am not using the NetworkManager, just the old school network daemon so setting it up to stop and start the network on resume takes care of that. Close the lid on the laptop, it suspends and open the lid it resumes. Now my desktop system, I've never gotten that one to work at all with various distros...

more than 5 years ago
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Preview the New MythTV User Interface

SevenHands Re:Pointless chrome (229 comments)

There are other MythTV distros than Mythbuntu (Knoppmyth, Mythdora) that you might want to try if you find the Muthbuntu installer difficult. That said, Mythbuntu 8.04 was the first version of MythTV that I got my wireless card to work without fuss (Atheros based), and with that one point, made the install heaps easier than previous versions.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do Games Grow Up?

SevenHands Re:Adult vs not-for-kids (248 comments)

If one is looking for a more cerebral experience and has some basic programming skills, why not try writing a game instead of playing. Start off with something simple like tetris. I started fiddling around with writing simple games after I was out of school to keep some of my skills sharp (or less blunt) and came up with a great way to entertain myself while keeping busy with something that required more brain power than most FPS's. There are a few good utilities, like SDL for example that greatly simplify setting up the framework for the graphics, audio, and controller setup leaving you with a great window to start messing around. Even implementing some basic AI into a game like Connect Four is quite entertaining, and more rewarding than killing Big Boss XY on the latest FPS release.

more than 5 years ago
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GNOME 2.24 Released

SevenHands Completely Offtopic, but... (163 comments)

"I want to tell you a story
'Bout a little man if I can.
A gnome named Grimble Gromble.
And little gnomes stay in their homes,
Eating, sleeping, drinking their wine.

He wore a scarlet tunic,
A blue-green hood, it looked quite good.
He had a big adventure
Amidst the grass, fresh air at last.
Wining, dining, biding his time...

And then one day...
Hooray, another way for gnomes to say
Ooh my...

Look at the sky, look at the river.
Isn't it good?
Look at the sky, look at the river.
Isn't it good?

Winding, finding places to go.

And then one day
Hooray, another way for gnomes to say
Ooh my ooh my..."

Rest well Richard Wright...

more than 5 years ago

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