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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

Tablizer Re:subsurface terrain & tides (40 comments)

Simple, tides caused by a small local moon.

7 hours ago
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

Tablizer Re:The tide went out (40 comments)

Dice is gonna start Titaning the reins on you.

7 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Tablizer Mesmerized? (210 comments)

Must have been the Mother Of All Porn.

yesterday
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

Tablizer California style (54 comments)

Sue the volcano

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Tablizer Re:Spacewar 1962 (442 comments)

Wikipedia: The ships fire missiles that are unaffected by gravity (due to a lack of processing time).

I wonder how it would play if newer versions fixed this?

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Tablizer Spacewar 1962 (442 comments)

One of the earliest video games was also one of the most realistic in terms of gravity and movement: Spacewar.

2 days ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Tablizer New game title (113 comments)

War & Buh Fett

2 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Tablizer Re:only lazy get disability (188 comments)

It does bring up an interesting question: how does a doctor verify somebody got struck and is not cheating?

3 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Tablizer Re:Steve Jobs ... (301 comments)

... would have said, "You're sitting on it wrong."

"If you shove it up your anus, it's better protected."

Explains why he was so grumpy to employees.

3 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Tablizer Word "bendy"? (301 comments)

Where did this word "bendy" come from? It sounds like a Gumby pal. Isn't it "bendable" or "flexible" or "pliable"?

Somebody is trying to make English bendy.

3 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Tablizer Re:Bogus justification (299 comments)

It's called Fox News Anchor Women

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Tablizer Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

It may be one or few jerks doing this. It's difficult to tell with the info given. Every org has jerks.

4 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Tablizer Re:US Government (200 comments)

Perhaps we spend a lot per probe relatively speaking, but NASA has had a great track record since giving up the "cheapo" approach of the 90's. The NASA/JPL Mars rovers and orbiters have done wonderful science.

In fact, the USA is the only country to land a working probe(s) on Mars. Both UK and USSR have attempted. (The Soviets came close, but it's debatable whether a certain attempt actually sent usable measurements back.)

Even if you deem it expensive, at least we got our money's worth, unlike some expensive Military boondoggles.

5 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Tablizer NASA in Vegas (200 comments)

TFA pointed out that India is a lot more forgiving of failure and fast iteration than the US is today.

NASA tried the "faster, better, cheaper" (FBC) approach in the 90's with roughly a 50% success rate. UK also tried a "cheap" Mars lander, the Beagle, that was a bust.

If India can demonstrate they can KEEP going cheap and be successful, then we can conclude they are on to something. NASA's FBC also looked good at the start.

It's too early to tell for India. And even if they could get up to a 70% success rate, the 30% failure rate could be seen as a national embarrassment by some standards. Although, maybe a 3rd-world country may be more tolerable of such, being seen as underdog newbies.

It's also hard to plan science and control staffing if 30% of your probes are duds; and by sheer probability, 2 or 3 could fail in a row even at a 70% average, leaving a decade of gaps.

5 days ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

Tablizer Have at it (85 comments)

There are about a dozen politician jokes to be mined from this story.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Tablizer Re: Dual Typing? (165 comments)

You are missing the point of dual typing it seems. If you don't want dual typing, there are already plenty of existing languages that are not dual typed. I'll give up convincing anybody that heavy typing or scripting (light typing) is the best way to go because the choice of those already exists for those who want them in fairly common languages. But give those of us who want dual typing a viable choice if you are in the interpreter implementation business so all 3 camps can be happy. (ColdFusion has it to some extent, but is lacking in other areas.)

about a week ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Tablizer Re:And? (165 comments)

Sometimes advice carries more weight to the listener if they paid and arm and a leg for it.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Tablizer Grand Tradeoff [Re:Compiled Strongly-typed Languag (165 comments)

In my opinion the basic trade-off is that "scriptish" languages can be written to be closer to pseudo-code and thus easier to read and grok. Strong/heavy typing tends to be verbose and redundant, slowing down reading.

Better grokkability often means less "conceptual" errors, but at the expense of more "technical" errors, such as type mismatches. There's no free lunch, only trade-offs.

In some projects the conceptual side overpowers the technical-error side, and vice verse. It also depends on the personality of the coder or team.

about a week ago

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How the Historical Apollo 8 Earthrise Pic Was Captured by Luck

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 9 months ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "On Dec. 24, 1968--45 years ago this week--by what is essentially coincidence and fast thinking, one of the most iconic photographs in human history was taken: Earthrise over the Moon. It occurred during Apollo 8 as astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman were orbiting the Moon--the first humans in history to do so. Their orbital motion brought the Earth into view over the Moon’s horizon, moving slowly upward into the black sky...The good folks at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio...recreate the events that led to the history-changing moment."
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FireFox 23 Forcing Tabs To Protect You From WTF

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about a year ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "[RESUBMITTED due to bad headline] "In replies to frustrated users (including me), FireFox states: "Hello, In Firefox 23, as part of an effort to simplify the Firefox options set and protect users from unintentionally damaging their Firefox, the option to hide the tab bar was removed..." There's an extension to remove tabs, but as the replies show, no-tab fans feel slighted and baffled over the "damaging" claim."
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De-Tabbed Firefox 23: Tabs Will Put Your Eye Out

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about a year ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "In replies to frustrated users (including me), FireFox states: "Hello, In Firefox 23, as part of an effort to simplify the Firefox options set and protect users from unintentionally damaging their Firefox, the option to hide the tab bar was removed..." There's an extension to remove tabs, but as the replies show, no-tab fans feel slighted and baffled over the "damaging" claim."
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NASA Planned to Nuke the Moon in '58

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "'The military considerations were frightening. The report said a nuclear detonation on the moon could yield information "...concerning the capability of nuclear weapons for space warfare." Reiffel said that in military circles at the time, there was "discussion of the moon as military high ground."

That included talk of having nuclear launch sites on the moon, he said. The thinking, according to Reiffel, was that if the Soviets hit the United States with nuclear weapons first and wiped out the U.S. ability to strike back, the U.S. could launch warheads from the moon."

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Death Star is not economical: too much metal

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Washington Post: "Should we build a Death Star? This debate picked up this year after some Lehigh University students estimated that just the steel for a Death Star would cost $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the current GDP of the Earth...Death Star is a bit misunderstood. It is primarily a tool of domestic politics rather than warfare, and should be compared to alternative means of suppressing the population of a galaxy. Second, as a weapon of war, it should be compared to alternative uses of scarce defense resources. Understood properly, the Death Star is not worth it."
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Vintage Life-sized Sci-Fi Rocket Art Project

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 4 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "According to Makezine, "The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is built upon a future-rustic vision of yesterday's tomorrow. Aesthetically based on 1930s to early 1950s science fiction, the rocketship is a 41-foot-tall immersive environment, designed to carry explorers into the realm of rayguns, strange planets, and aliens, friendly or otherwise. With 3 habitable decks, visitors can view and interact with a variety of ships systems and alien specimens. Visitors can enter the ship via the Engine Room & Life-Sciences Bio Lab. Once inside the engine room, look down into the engine compartment to see The Uira Plasma-drive engine. Cases and cages on the walls contain various creatures we've collected in our travels." The project looks cool, but doesn't yet appear to have a permanent home."
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Michael Jackson's Leaning Dance-Shoe Patent

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Singer, dancer, and inventor; Michael Jackson co-filed a patent for "a system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface. The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer's foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.""
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Is CSS Over-Compensation?

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "I've been annoyed by CSS-heavy sites for some time, including ol' slashie. Digging around the web for various opinions on this, I've noticed that CSS are indeed controversial, creating a lively practical-versus-idealism debate. But one blogger went beyond mere ranting and did some research:

I used the Firefox developer toolbar to take a look at the frontpages of the top 20 Alexa sites...So, the five companies that use CSS are the web powerhouses--MSN, MySpace, Blogger, AOL and Imageshack. MSN, MySpace and AOL have been maligned for years throughout the web savvy community. My hypothesis is that these companies are overcompensating for the crap that they've taken thoughtout the years by designing their site in pure CSS. Other companies that have more web street-cred like Google and Facebook don't really have to worry about how the web design community sees them.

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Rethinking "Deep" Menu Trees

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "'Deep tree' GUI menus are getting annoying as vendors rack up the feature quantities to compete with each other. Searching in menus for some long-lost feature is becoming ever more time-consuming as the trees grow. Perhaps it's time to rethink hierarchical menus and borrow some ideas from search engines, such as Google. Consider listing (and perhaps linking) all the options or features in a database-like contraption, and key-word searching on these behind the scenes to produce a Google-like list of feature/option matches. A simple SQL "LIKE" statement(s) can be used for a simple implementation, with dedicated text indexers for fancier ones. The database could also contain synonyms to assist finds. Some options will have prerequisites, which need to be dealt with. These can be tracked via a dependency tree or graph. Has anybody tried something similar to this in a desktop app with success? If so, what technologies and techniques did you use, and what lessons did you learn?"
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Mars Soil Frustrates Phoenix Again

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The Phoenix Mars lander has been frustrated yet again by Mars' odd soil. The wet nature of the soil they are targeting appears to have made it get stuck in the scoop rather than drop into the oven. Past problems with similarly clumpy soil may have damaged the lander because the vibrator had to be used longer than designed, resulting in a short circuit."
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Pioneer anomaly seems 70% real

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The so called "Pioneer Anomaly" is a slight acceleration of the now-defunct Pioneer probes that doesn't match gravity models, suggesting a mysterious force. Researchers have been subtracting out known forces, such as power-cell heat, to isolate the mysterious portion.

Pioneer Anomaly Project Director Slava Turyshev presented preliminary results of the thermal modeling efforts at a meeting of the American Physical Society. ...The magnitude of the Pioneer Anomaly is so very tiny that it could conceivably result from the uneven radiation of heat from the spacecraft...Turyshev reported that the [heat] model can generate an acceleration that amounts to about 30% of the Anomaly for that distance [25AU] from the Sun.
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Paul Graham's new Lisp dialect now available

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Paul Graham, the dot-com zillionare who created what is now Yahoo Stores, along with Robert Morris has finally released their revamped dialect of Lisp, called Arc. "Arc is designed above all for exploratory programming: the kind where you decide what to write by writing it. A good medium for exploratory programming is one that makes programs brief and malleable, so that's what we've aimed for. This is a medium for sketching software. It's not for everyone. In fact, Arc embodies just about every form of political incorrectness possible in a programming language."
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Animation illustrates Mobius Transformations

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Science News describes a youtube sensation whereby Mobius transformations can be described simply as a linear projection through a sphere to a plane. The coolest transformation is the inversion, in which a rectangular image can be turned inside out. I'd like to see this transformation on actual images (but not goatse, please)."
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Elaine Chao: US workers are smelly complainers

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "According to Parade Magazine, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says American employees are rude and have B.O., and this is allegedly why foreign workers are preferred. "U.S. employers say that many workers abroad simply have a better attitude toward work. 'American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene,' says Chao. 'They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something.'" Do we need to reshape ourselves into compliant borg?"
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The New Horizons probe caught the moon Io in the act of barfing into space. "This five-frame sequence of New Horizons images captures the giant plume from Io's Tvashtar volcano. Snapped by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter earlier this year, this first-ever "movie" of an Io plume clearly shows motion in the cloud of volcanic debris, which extends 330 kilometers (200 miles) above the moon's surface...The appearance and motion of the plume is remarkably similar to an ornamental fountain on Earth, replicated on a gigantic scale.""
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Did the laws of physics think themselves into being? Observing may not only force quantum resolving of atomic particle features, but perhaps the universe's very laws themselves. Paul Davies states: "In that manner, what we must imagine is that the origin of the universe is an amalgam of realities, and only those realities that lead to observers who can resolve those ambiguities are going to be selected for. So the universe can engineer its own bio-friendliness, because the very observers who arise at a later stage are those who project out from the bio-friendly histories". (Sorry, no mention of cats)"
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Sounds like a bad IT shop-talk joke, but tutoring has finally been outsourced to India. Now you can get that high-end education you always wanted so that you can compete successfully with 3rd-world labor to build perpetual outsourcing....I mean motions machines."

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