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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

TechnoGrl Re:The worlds largest optical/near-IR telescope (76 comments)

Annnnndddd wrong . Without regard to the annoying pedantry involved in conflating a radio telescope with an optical telescope, of which this article is obviously about, it is in fact the Arecibo radio-telescope which is the largest radio telescope, neither of which has jack to do with this article.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

TechnoGrl HP is not the company it used to be (288 comments)

I remember when HP made really, really (!!) great stuff {sigh}
Those days are long gone.

The Woz came from there originally and almost never left because the environment for engineers was just that good but the money grubbing CEOs and B.O.D. killed all that long ago

Today HP shares only 2 letters with it's former glory and that is not nearly enough.

HP needs to just die and go away - soon.

about 3 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

TechnoGrl MetaFilter: Been There Done That (108 comments)

It's interesting (and not coincidental) to note that perhaps the very best of the best of the moderators is stepping down and several of the younger newer and frankly less ... ummm ... rock solid of the moderators are remaining.

I tried MeFi some years back and grew disaffected with the environment. I was initially attracted because of the very heavy attention to keeping things on topic and keeping the crazies away but soon grew disenchanted when it became apparent that the uber-heavy moderation was not applied uniformly. Friends of the site were granted far more leniency than others and the sheer amount of what I am forced to label as misplaced political correctness from the younger staff (staff who are staying on) was outright annoying.

Google did not kill MetaFilter. Metafilter did that to themselves by allowing disparity in their moderation and substituting hipsteresque faux-concern for alleged dubious subject matter to prevail over true conversation. I have dropped in from time to time to watch the membership decline and have seen the conversation stagnate.

Buy-bye Mefi (and Boing-Boing) - you were great when you were great but now .... not so much.
The world moves on.

about 3 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TechnoGrl I'm on track. Are you? (467 comments)

On the Internet nobody knows that you're unemployed.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

TechnoGrl Re:What ever happened to Mr. Lennier? (276 comments)

Lennier ended up on a small farm located on an earth-like planet way on the outskirts of Grid Epsilon and lived a happy, if uneventful, life with his trusty space-collie as his most trusted friend.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

TechnoGrl Re:Babylon Reboot (276 comments)

You don't have to be a Michael Straczynski to know that B5 had a "beginning of the story" and an "end of the story". One of the best decisions that Mr. Straczynski ever made was to allow the story to end (and end grandly I also have to say).

Too many cheap crap-hounds (*cough*couch*abrams*cough*) try to extend a story as long as they are able to squeeze money out of it and are eventually revealed to have no idea what they were doing or where they were going with it. Straczynski told a really great story that ended i a really great way. Live and art have to move on.

about 5 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

TechnoGrl Quite Simple (983 comments)

A 4 TB slowish seagate hard disk can be had for about $160ish if you look around. Five of them are $750. An inexpensive bod tower such as a TowerRAID 4 Bay eSATA RAID runs about $150. Get two of them.

Total cost is around $1100 and the solution is expandable .

about 6 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

TechnoGrl Oh Really?? (191 comments)

>. All the transactions of all the people are public and is verified by multiple entities

Oh really? So you know *all* the principle entities of Mt. Gox? You know just where they were storing/investing that HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ? You know the names of the independent accounting agency that oversaw that HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ?

You know none of that and very little else.

Why who ever would have thought that when you give have a f!@kig BILLION dollars to a more than less anonymous source(s) by anonymous means and with no oversight - why who every would have thought that maybe - just maybe - someone would be tempted to just walk the hell away with Half a BILLION??

You know who didn't think that way? Some chump wanna-be geeks with too much disposable income and too little common sense.

about 6 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

TechnoGrl Re:I have no more sympathy for anyone (191 comments)

>What gives you the right to say 'Bitcoin was designed as a vehicle to steal' ?

I'm guessing that it has something to do with the fact that you are giving your hard-earned money to an unknown source to be looked over by unknown people by unknown means???

Hey but that's just me - please feel free to send me any extra money that you have and I'll be sure to protect it for you and even give you a return on your investment when the price goes up! Hey - whata deal

about 6 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Re:This explains quantum physics (745 comments)

>Another indication that we are in a simulation is that quantum physics shows us that wave functions collapse when we observe them....

I just wanted to say that whole paragraph was frankly brilliant. Especially the part about the side-channel attack via observer effects.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Re:Universe and perfect simualtion are equivalent (745 comments)

>If the simulation is completely perfect, then it also must have a near infinite amount of memory as well, or else little inconsistencies would be manifest and detected.

Not really. In our universe the smallest known particle (that we now know of) is (I think) a quark. Let's say that the programmers live in a universe which is more "information dense" and thus has a pleathora of smaller particles than quarks (really I think this must be pretty much a requirement for a parent universe - one in which the programmers live). So now the programmers have several orders of magnitude (or perhaps many more) of possible storage which they can use to simulate every particle we can perceive or be affected by. Let's say that the simulation was designed to run for a million years and that we are the center of the simulation (certainty there must be a finite timeframe) then the parent universe "computing machine" only (heh) has to simulate quarks, photons, neutrinos - whatever in a million year volume of "our space". Thus the amount of memory needed in the parent universe is indeed finite and, if the parent universe were indeed more "information rich" than our own such a simulation certainkly would be in the relm of possibility for the beings living within it.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Re:Simulation or not (745 comments)

>If we are living in a simulation there's really not a lot we can assume about what's going on outside.

I beg to differ. We can probably infer a lot. For instance:

- Considering the amount of injustice, starvation, and people killed in wars we can assume that the programmers are indifferent to us , much as we would be indifferent to the millions of bacteria colonies killed off when we test a new antibiotic.

- We can infer that time runs much slower for the programmers (or perhaps that they are almost unimaginably long lived and patient) because why run a simulation that only runs in real-time?

- We can infer that (unless the simulation started very recently and is going to end in a relatively short time that the universe that the programmers live in is far more information dense than our own. The number of particle interactions which need to be simulated is limited by the light cone in the time frame from which the simulation (i.e. our earth) starts to the time that it ends. Unless this period is relatively short ( a thousand years, a million years??? ) then the number of particles which need to be simulated is enormously large. If that were the case then the "programmers" must live in an entirely different kind of universe with more dimensions than 3 (or 11 of you go string theory - whatever) otherwise there would be no room in the parent universe to keep the simulation machine. So either our "simulation" is going to be short lived or the programmers are unimaginably different from us.

I bet there are a lot of other things one could reasonably infer as well.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl The Nature of the Programmers (745 comments)

A couple of thoughts come to mind: one is what the nature of the simulation (if we accept the simulation argument for a moment ) tell us about the nature of the programmers? Certainly we know that, considering the tens of millions killed in our various recent world wars as well as the millions of innocent children who starve to death every year, that the whatever the "programmers" of our universe are, they have no more consideration for us as we would for various cultures of bacteria killed off to test a new antibiotic. I wonder what else we could infer about the "programmers" simply by observing our own world.

Secondly I wonder if it would be somehow possible for the beings inside the simulation to "hack" the simulation itself somewhat how a computer virus in our machines can cause unexpected/unwanted/unplanned for behaviors in our computer systems. What would you have to do to corrupt and possibly take over the program running the simulation of our universe?

about 6 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Compuing Resources are Finate (745 comments)

Even were we to imagine some technology and technology advanced civilization capable of simulating an entire world, the minds within them, and anything that such minds can perceive and be affected by (i.e. we can perceive and be affected by atoms, electrons, quarks, etc but we can not perceive or be affected by an atom or particle say 100 million light years away) - even if we postulate such an enormous computing capacity - the capacity has to be finite. Even were the "computer" running the simulation the size of a world or a star or a galaxy, it is still a finite thing. Thus the simulation (the amount of our universe which we can perceive) must be "digitized" somehow - it can not go on forever and must break down at extremely small scales. So there must be a smallest "distance" or "time unit" and things like that in the universe in which we live. If we lived in a universe where the physics was "analog" or "fractal" (for want of a better word) where regardless of how small a time period we look at (or a distance or an energy unit) there can always be something smaller this would entirely disprove the simulation(I think) theory as the capacity of the computing machine needed to create such a universe would be infinite leaving no room for the "programmers". In our universe we do live with a physics which has smallest possible units of distance, time and energy which does not prove or disprove the simulation theory but does give one something to think about.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

TechnoGrl Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

FWIW - I actually come here to read the stories. I find most of the comments these past 5 years or so to be not usually worth the effort :(
I have always come here for interesting tech news however the past several years have seen me come a LOT less often due to the deteriorating quality of the main page submissions as well as the lack of insight in the majority of the comments.

about 7 months ago
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Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack

TechnoGrl Re:I had a kidney stone while travelling last mont (190 comments)

What they gave you - believe it or not - was Ibuprofen IV. Morphine will not take away the pain of kidney stones (it's that bad!) but massive ibuprofen takes the pain away in a really short time. Been there done (and screamed) that.

about 8 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

TechnoGrl Re:Good! (370 comments)

Penn and teller are most definitely NOT a reputable source. They are an "infotainment" show.

about 8 months ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

TechnoGrl It only takes a couple of commenters .... (384 comments)

.... with far too much time on their hands and far too little psychological stability to completely ruin a forum for thousands. I think many, if not most of us, have seen that happen - one bad apple and all that. Add in the social media awareness of P.R. firms (or special interest groups) who will hire paid commenters to astro-turf a particular point of view and you have a recipe for mass incommunication.

I welcome restrictions on who can comment and what someone can say such that we raise the signal to noise ratio and tone down the inanity, the crazy and the spam. I think we have left the era of unrestricted speech in much the same way that we once left the era of unrestricted radio communications. Just as we once started licensing in order to make use of the airwaves for everyone, we now have to monitor and moderate in such as way so as outlandish ideas ideas will not be restricted but outlandish people will be.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

TechnoGrl Re:Google Voice (497 comments)

The above is the best, most easily implemented and workable solution of any of the responses that I have seen so far. I've done the above myself and it works extremely well. It generally takes only a few hours to port over and it all can be done online. I highly recommend that you implement this as the solution.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

TechnoGrl Re:Vague criticism (361 comments)

I have to agree with the above. Put your communications skills to work and go to the manager who told you this and politely ask for some concrete things you can do to improve as well as some past examples of where he believes you went wrong. Slashdot isn't going to (can't) help you with those things.

If in the hopefully unlikely chance your manager is not able to provide concrete examples of mistakes and ways to improve then you are being screwed over and that last "criticism" was actually a heads up for you that your next performance review and eventually your job is in jeopardy (been there and got the pink slip) . In such a case start networking around the company and see if you land a position with a different manager asap.

about 10 months ago

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When iPods Go Boom! Apple Goes Shhhh.....

TechnoGrl TechnoGrl writes  |  about 5 years ago

TechnoGrl (322690) writes "The http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/personal_tech/article6736587.ece >London Times Online reports that, when Mr. Ken Stanborough tried to get a simple refund from Apple after his iPod exploded and caught fire, Apple responded by demanding that Mr. Stanborough first sign an agreement that he never talk about the incident. Mr. Stanborough responded by talking to the Times saying ,

"They're putting a life sentence on myself, my daughter and Ellie's mum, not to say anything to anyone. ... We didn't ask for compensation, we just asked for our money back".

Think Different?

I Think Not."

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