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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Zorpheus Re:So "nothing" has quantum fluctuations (610 comments)

I know that the vacuum has quantum fluctuations, but they imply that the space itself is formed in these fluctuations.

about two weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Zorpheus Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

The Indian ocean is very deep, it is a remote location and two weeks have passed already. This black box will be harder to find than that of the Air France flight which got lost over the Atlantic. Back then they said that the sender of the black box will run for a month. I don't believe that they will find it this time.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Zorpheus Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

Ok, but if a bank operates with bitcoins it might not just loose a few millions, but everything it possesses in a hack.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Zorpheus Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

What could you gain if you hacked a bank? Whatever changes you make, if they find out they will just undo them.
That is not possible with bitcoins.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

Zorpheus Comparable? (235 comments)

With such a massive volcanic eruption, doesn't mass extinction result mainly from dust in the atmosphere, which is blocking sunlight and stopping photosynthesis? And they still find something that can be compared to 21st century?

about 2 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

Zorpheus Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Under the circumstances, en interrogation in England is the best solution for every parties. If, following the interrogation, formal charges are layed and is is accused of rape, his situation will change anyway and probably won't have the choice to face the charges there, regardless where he is.

I think for some parties it is best when he stays locked into that embassy. So they are not gonna change anything and Assange must stay there until he is willing to risk to go to Sweden.

about 2 months ago
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Unlocking 120 Years of Images of the Night Sky

Zorpheus Re:No info on the camera! (29 comments)

A good image merging algorithm could also do the trick, though these normally go wrong sometimes. Maybe not an alternative with this large amount of images.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Zorpheus Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

From what I know these changes are to protect against credit card numbers s stolen from online trading, and to stop skimming. It is no longer enough to copy a magnetic stripe and steal a pin to get the money if no country in the world accepts magnetic stripes any more. USA is one of the last who does, a large part of the withdrawals in skimming attacks is done there now.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Zorpheus Re:Really? (731 comments)

Ok, that makes sense. I guess they differentiate for the country where the card comes from. Because if they accept a card with only a magnetic stripe from Europe they will not get any cash from the bank if there was a fraud.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Zorpheus Really? (731 comments)

Your credit cards don't even have the microprocessors yet? So you can not use them at cash machines in large parts of the world anymore?

about 2 months ago
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DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

Zorpheus Re:And yet... (158 comments)

These computers are parts of botnets that exist for a long time. Send the infected customers an email about their infection, containing the offer to fix it (for a certain price) and a deadline when they will be cut off if they do not get this fixed.

about 2 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

Zorpheus Re:What was spent already? (342 comments)

But why should this tower only be good for the A-3, and not for other rocket engines? Or did the NASA stop engine development completely?

about 3 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

Zorpheus What was spent already? (342 comments)

The article acts as if they are wasting $350 million by completing it. But it does not say how much has been spent already. Maybe there is not that much money to save by cancelling it?
And I can't believe that the NASA will not use it in the future, the article also gives no real reason for that.

about 3 months ago
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How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

Zorpheus Re:At the time .... (144 comments)

Fructose occurs naturally in fruits, but not in that large amounts and only combined with fibre. You would never eat that much fruits, and the fructose would be taken up slower.

about 3 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

Zorpheus Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (318 comments)

But we can only cope with low body hair because we know ho to make clothes. Animals can't do that and will either loose to much energy keeping their body warm or cool down and become slow and easy prey.

about 3 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

Zorpheus Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (318 comments)

I think this could also be a by-product. Having low amounts of body hair greatly reduces problems with parasites. It gives us most flexibility for the temperatures that we can collect fruits in.
Reducing the hair and especially increasing the number of sweet glands are probably quite simple modifications. And we had over a million years to become what we are, so only minimal selective pressure is needed.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Zorpheus Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

There was no way to burn CDs at home in 1990. Just take a look at the Wikipedia article on CD-R.
A 1990 CD writer was the size of a washing machine and costing $35000. The first recorder under $1000 came out in September 1995.

about 3 months ago
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Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

Zorpheus Re:STILL worried about "cyber attacks"? (396 comments)

Cyber attacks can cause large damage without much risk.
That physical attack was just stupid. It can't do much damage since it hits only one power plant, and the attacker can be caught moreeasily.

about 4 months ago
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Privacy Advocate Jacob Appelbaum Reports Break-In Of Berlin Apartment

Zorpheus Re:seems a little bit sloppy (194 comments)

Don't bioses have master passwords anymore?

about 3 months ago
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The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

Zorpheus Re:Selection bias (241 comments)

People who have empathy and consideration for others can make dispassionate decisions when necessary, or at least many of them can.

Psychopaths have empathy, they can just turn it off.
Good point that people with empathy can make dispassionate decissions when needed. I would say intelligent people can do that normally.
Makes me wonder what is so special about psychopaths, maybe that they turn their empathy off more regularly, and more easily?

about 5 months ago

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Negative effects of copyright laws in 19th century

Zorpheus Zorpheus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zorpheus (857617) writes "While England, France and the USA introduced copyright laws in the 18th century, Germany did not have a effective copyright law until around 1870.
Eckhard Hoeffner compared the development in Germany with that in the other countries.
From the 18th century on there was a lot of discussion about the need of copyright laws to protect the interests of authors and publishers. Other publishers were selling cheap reprints, decreasing the income for the original books. The arguments were the same as today, that the lower income will lead to less publications, which makes it neccesary to introduce the copyright.
In Great Britain, which was the first country introducing a copyright law, publishers then made a good income selling small numbers of expensive books. Buyers were wealthies and aristocrates.
In Germany the book market developed much differently. Because the country was split up into dozens of small states, each with its own laws, the introduction of a copyright law was much more difficult. To counter income losses to cheaper reprints, publishers began to sell premium books for the wealthies and paperbooks for the general people. while only wealthy British people could afford books, even common people in Germany were building up their private library. While the British book market was small with only 1000 publications/year, up to 14000 works were published in Germany. There was an explosion of knowledge, which was probably the base of the fast development of Germany during that time.
After the copyright law was introduced, publishers increased the prices for books, resulting in a lower number of books sold. Interestingly the income of the Gernan authors became lower than it was before introduction of the copyright. The ideas behind the copyright laws — the protection of the work of the authors leading to higher income and higher number of publications — did not work out.
Original article is in German."

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