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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Smauler Re:Let's do the math (295 comments)

Third, in case you haven't notice, it is now more than a century we haven't discovered something that revolutionized the physics like relativity and quantum mechanics.

To be fair, quantum field theory was more recent. Also, relativity and quantum mechanics did _not_ revolutionise physics when they were first posited. They revolutionised physics when they became more accepted within the field. There could be a crucial major discovery that somebody made in 1995 that we'll only actually really notice and be able to prove in five years time. A year later, we'll be saying that there hasn't been a significant discovery in physics in the last quarter of a century.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Smauler Re:Let's do the math (295 comments)

But again, FTL is different. We have never once observed an object travel faster than the speed of light.

We have, in some ways. Light was slowed to 17 metres per second in 1998, and below 10 metres per second in 2004. People can run that fast.

I know, the speed of light in a vacuum is what was being referenced.

2 days ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Smauler Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

Just because Apple is saying that the OS comes free doesn't make it so.

Try not paying the VAT (or sales tax) when you sell a £20,000 loaf of bread that comes with a free car to carry it in, and see what the tax man will say about that.

about 1 month ago
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High Speed Evolution

Smauler Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

A "biological population" is not one person, thus your example of comparing yourself to your parents does not show evolution by the very definition you're using.

If you believe that you are different than your parents then you believe in evolution.

If you believe that all that is required as proof for evolution is being different, you're setting the bar a little low.

Also, evolution existed quite a while before sexual reproduction did... sexual reproduction had to evolve.

about 1 month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Smauler Re:Victim Blaming vs Common Sense (622 comments)

I asked some people about that, saying that in the UK the victim would be blamed for making their stuff easy to steal.

What? I live in the UK, and leave my house unlocked all the time. I also leave my car unlocked all the time.

For the former, it helps that I have a 35kg dog (who is a complete wuss, but potential burglars don't know that). For the latter... I'd prefer a thief to open the door than to smash the window to get to something inside. If there's nothing inside, no harm done.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Smauler Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

If these celebrities had not taken the pictures of themselves and shared them online they would not now be in the public.

This is not blaming the victim.

If you cross the road without looking carefully (which in most of the world is perfectly legal) and get hit by a speeding drunk driver, it's not blaming the victim to advise people to look carefully before they cross the road.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Smauler Re:It's not feminism at this point. (724 comments)

Is he only allowed to wear clothing that can fit inside of a Tic-Tac box? Is his entire purpose in the story to tell the female protagonist how awesome she is and then get killed at a dramatic moment so that she will have something to be angry about? And are there copies of him in half of the movies, books, video games and TV shows on the market?

"Barbarian" fits two of these.

Besides, I can't remember the last game I played that does portray women like this. Can you think of a game in which a woman fits all three of these?

about 2 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Smauler Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (494 comments)

Which is one thing they'd obviously lose, in terms of work.

The UK has had a long history of subsidising Scotland. I'm not that fussed if they stay or go, save for the fact that the border may be more difficult.

about 2 months ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Smauler Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Come on. It's simple. "You're"="You are". You can do it. I know you can figure it out.

about 2 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Smauler Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You can't definitively tell the difference between nine and ten. However, nine is generally a little longer and less abrupt. I'd guess that I could get over 90% accuracy lip reading people who are just saying nine and ten. General speech is a different matter.

about 2 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Smauler Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

I can lip read a little (my hearing was awful as a child). I still always look at people's mouths when I'm talking with people to get extra information - my hearing's currently worse than average, but not too bad - I have trouble with background noise.

There have been some times watching quiz shows when I've read the contestant's lips (when they're conferring) to get the answer they're going to say before they've said it, and repeated it to the room. That being said, I agree it's far from an exact science.

I _hate_ (hate hate and hate again) audio and video being out of sync, because it completely throws me. I can't watch video with bad audio syncronisation, I just have to listen to it.

With regards to the Twilight bad lip reading example, I could tell that some words were off, but not too many. Like I said, it's not an exact science, and I agree that 1% false positive would be very optimistic.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Smauler Re:What hapens to the BBC if Scotland votes yes? (363 comments)

I assume the total from Scotland is substantial

Scotland is about 10% of the UK, by population. As a reference, London has more people, as does Yorkshire.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Smauler Re:ORLY? (363 comments)

I assume you're also irked by Boston, Southampton, Clacton and even Downton?

-ton is a very common town suffix derived from old English, does not mean town, and is not pronounced town.

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Smauler Re:Nice timing (138 comments)

Indeed. Finland is one of those peacenik non-aligned countries that has never had to concern itself with Russian imperialism

I hope this is sarcastic. Finland has more than enough experience of Russian aggression.

about 3 months ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Smauler Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

You don't have batteries at home?

Keeping a few charged aaa batteries in the house is useful not just for digital thermometers. They are also used for other things which you may need too.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Smauler Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

TVs are often awful for gaming, having very high input lag. Some can have over 50ms, equivalent to a decent internet connection. Yup, that's right - there's more lag between the computer and the screen than there is between the computer and a server hundreds of miles away.

Note I'm not talking about response time or refresh rate here.

about 3 months ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Smauler Re:Somewhat on topic. (237 comments)

Click the second link, and you might understand the problem.

about 3 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Smauler Re:Hijacking and theft (215 comments)

I used to deliver tyres. One particular drop we had often weren't there, and one time I was just told to unload all the tyres, and leave them in front of the garage. It was about £20,000 worth (about 200 high end tyres), and I did have to unload them all myself.

ps. unloading tyres is an example of a job that is about 5 times as fast with two people compared to one person.

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Smauler Re:Parallel "Nothing Wrong" case in VA (463 comments)

Hello, Id like to report a home invasion. You got a dead body you need to come out here and clean up.

You seem remarkably calm for someone who's just shot their daughter.

about 3 months ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  1 year,19 days

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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