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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Shavano Got it backwards? (130 comments)

From the abstract of the original article: "When hydrophobins and hop extract together were submitted to magnetic fieldmore gushing was obtained than in the absence of magnet. This is due to the extensive dispersion of the combination by the magnet and can be limited by using less amount of hop extract."

5 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Shavano Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

It could only work by starving you or depriving you of your favorite foods, so no luck there.

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Shavano Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

If by that you mean "most people" I agree.

However, I think the idea that they're going to be able to magically fix your metabolism so you won't get fat by taking some drug that WON'T HARM YOU sounds a little far-fetched.

I mean, for it to work it has to change either your basic metabolism (which sounds incredibly unsafe) or interfere with the fundamental behavioral food-seeking function common to all animals.

How's that going to work?

about a week ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Shavano Re:When you copy even the typographical errors (96 comments)

Word grammar checking is better than what most people post, unedited, on the web. In fact, it's better than copy produced by major news organizations and that's (in theory if not in practice) reviewed by professional human editors. And it's way better than the shitty grammar checking you get with LibreOffice, for instance.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Shavano Re:Character issue (717 comments)

In this instance, they're looking at patterns of behavior. A man who has cheated on his wife is likely to do so again, and the government thinks that cheating on your wife is likely to indicate a propensity to cheat in other contexts and to have trouble resisting sexual temptation, which is one of the most common way that people are persuaded to give up secrets. Blackmail is another.

It would be nice if the government published studies of risk versus risk factor. How important is a felony conviction or an affair or having smoked pot as a predictor of security risk? I think companies would like to know, but who's got the stats to say what is or isn't a serious risk?

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Shavano Re:Stay out of space (140 comments)

You mean Toy Story. "High pressure space wings."

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

Shavano Still not legal, right? (92 comments)

The FAA's still not allowing commercial use of drones. So what's this about?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

Shavano Re:Investigation a Crapshoot (229 comments)

My guess is they're looking for evidence of corruption in the procurement contracts.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Shavano Re:Saving an hour? (525 comments)

The Bakken formation is in northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota and extends up into Saskatchewan. If working there you might be housed in a place like Bainville. From there you would drive about 360 miles on I-90 and I-94 to Bozeman before getting off at Glendale. At 75MPH, that's 4 hours, 40 minutes. At 85MPH, that's 4 hours, 14 minutes. So the speed limit difference could cut 26 minutes off your drive. If you were counting the round-trip difference, it's about 52 minutes, so close to what he was saying. You might do that every week or two if you were working in the oil patch and "living" in Bozeman.

However, I don't think it's realistic to drive all that way at 85MPH. You'd have to slow down at times.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Shavano Re:...an hour?.. (525 comments)

Driving a DeLorean is a trip back in time. No flux capacitor needed.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Shavano Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

Marijuana slows reaction time and I think makes people less able to concentrate. So it definitely interferes with driving. Having a test to measure a person's level of intoxication is a good thing.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Shavano Re:"Physics" (289 comments)

But we were talking about basic physics and what is or isn't possible. Take a starship to another star in a human lifetime? There is nothing we know or that is even seriously entertained by physicists that suggests this is possible.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Shavano Re:"Physics" (289 comments)

'Few advancements? Dark mater/energy (assuming that it even exists) wasn't even theoretical 50 years ago, the presiding theories of the day said that the universe was slowing (current theories say it is accelerating), the Higgs Boson (still not proven) was just beginning to be theorized'

and neither of those resulted in any technology at all. And you're wrong about dark matter. It was hypothesized 80 years ago to explain orbital velocities of stars in the galaxy and confirmed by more recent and precise measurements.

'and I don't know if it qualifies as physics but it was assumed that the solar system was swept clean of asteroids millions of years ago, then Shoemaker-Levy Nine slammed into Jupiter, the resulting search eventually led to the discover of tens of thousands of asteroids and a number of "dwarf planet".'

I know, and it doesn't qualify as basic physics that would alter our understanding of what is and isn't possible, nor is it possible to base any technology on those facts.

Everything science has discovered over the last 80 years has led to the same conclusion: faster than light travel is almost certainly impossible in practical terms. The only thing that holds out any hope at all is the fact that superluminal expansion seems to have happened in the first 10^-32 sec of the universe's existence. As far as we can know, it hasn't happened since.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Shavano Re:"Physics" (289 comments)

"I would imagine that the human understanding of physics 50 years ago would have forbid the creation of the kind of microelectronics/transmitters/battery technology that are commonplace in most of our pockets today."

There have been very few advancements in basic physics in the past 50 years that have made their way into products and most of the cutting edge stuff we have today was foreseen decades ago.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Shavano Re:beware of breakthroughs (289 comments)

... but have huge amounts of evidence that indicae they're not THAT wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Shavano Re:What would you even spend the money on? (289 comments)

A quantum vacuum thruster has never been tested in a vacuum, or anywhere else it couldn't produce its micronewton thrust by plain old fashioned electromagnetism.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

Shavano Re:Oh fuck, another nerd thinks he can teach himse (211 comments)

But it's not answering his question. He just spent five or six years getting an MS in a social science field. How can he use that? It won't help him program, but it could help him do a lot of other things.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

Shavano Re:Oh fuck, another nerd thinks he can teach himse (211 comments)

Because credentials matter to people that will hire you:
http://www.networkworld.com/ar...
Computer Science (CS)Rank: 8; Starting salary: $59,800; Mid-career salary: $102,000

Median salary for a non-degreed programmer is lower and chances for promotion are poorer and chances of getting hired in the first place as a programmer are lower if you don't have some kind of degree. With no degree, you'd likely have to work your way into that from some lower-ranked position.

Also because a CS degree really does expose you to different things that just programming does. You wind up knowing things that you're unlikely to discover on your own in a programming job, or likely to take much longer to discover.

I agree a CS degree may not be the best course. Software engineers start higher and have a higher median salary so that's probably a better use of a college education if you're able to take that path.

An associate's degree may also be a good compromise because it's a lot cheaper, quicker and has lots of formal training focused on core skills rather than the sprawling educational experience that is any four year degree.

Also an advantage of the associate's degree is that you can apply that as credit toward a BS if you later decide that you want or need more credentials to get the job you want.

But the idea that you are going to learn enough to be usefully employable in a couple of months is not realistic. With a background in a social science field, he's got some understanding of basic math and probably a good grounding in statistics and how to do research and maybe formal logic if he's lucky. He won't be able to become a competent-enough-to-hire programmer without years more study, whether or not it's self-study. He should think about leveraging what he knows. A MS in any science field has studied and (if he was a good student) knows a lot of different things that he can apply to jobs in many fields. But unless he has done quite a bit of programming, that's not one of them.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Shavano Re:I disagree (257 comments)

Which means the optimum size for a bus is smaller than most current buses. In the automated future, buses will be smaller and more of them will run the same route. Possibly, during off-peak hours some of them will function as taxis.

about three weeks ago

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Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again."
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Avecto Rollout -- How much pain are we in for?

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "My company has just announced that it is rolling out Avecto "Privilege Guard" which will be running on everybody's computer and monitoring what applications we are running and keeping a central applications whitelist. As our IT explained it, applications not on the whitelist will run with a local override. But I just looked on Avecto's website and that's not what they say about their application. They claim that you will have security and IT support savings because users won't be able to run applications that aren't permitted. What they're advertising is supposedly huge savings that companies can get if they take away everybody's admin privileges.

I should mention that most of the computers at my company are in the hands of engineers, scientists and programmers. So everybody is running specialized applications and most of those people have admin rights to their machines because they run programs that require it and in the past IT trusted them to some degree. I think there's a degree of pain coming and I want a gauge of how bad it's going to be.

Does anybody have knowledge of how Avecto really works and whether users will necessarily be locked out of non-whitelisted applications or is it a case where the local user of unapproved programs gets a warning and can give the system temporary approval to run the program?"

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