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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

arse maker Re:No worries (224 comments)

Sure, just like america is.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

arse maker Re:Why do we do these things? (109 comments)

Pursuing the desire that many people share to learn and explore and to push the limits of that new knowledge does not require a balance sheet justification.

If you feel the goal of life is to balance the short term budget of america (even though the nasa budget has essentially no impact on this at all) you should probably spend some time thinking about the fact we are all going to die, the earth will die, the universe will die, and when the last human dies, do you think they will wish we could have siphoned off some more money from nasa's budget to pay some some tiny fraction of the 2014 deficit off?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

arse maker This is why you need.. (265 comments)

Load balanced or mirrored systems. You can upgrade part of it any time, validate it, then swap it over to the live system when you are happy.

Having someone with little or no sleep doing critical updates is not really the best strategy.

about 5 months ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

arse maker Re:Shedding some light (76 comments)

*Whoosh* - The sound of a metaphor going over your head.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

arse maker Re:Digital vs analog (54 comments)

Sure but they weren't making a TV show. They have the telemetry (from what I can tell), its just the video that is so poor. Getting high bandwidth data from below the horizon of a fast moving object is hardly easy.

They will have nice enough videos when they bring the first stage back to land :)

about 7 months ago
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SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

arse maker Re:Just do it again (54 comments)

They will shortly, there was a planned launch last month but it has been pushed back for various reasons. http://www.space.com/25822-spa...

The fact they have this thing vertical at well below terminal velocity and apparently not spinning means the rest is just details. Controlling it down from supersonic is the hard part. They have made many successful landings with grasshopper from a vertical, low speed non spinning state.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

arse maker Re:I dont understand (483 comments)

I guess its just a marketing problem, they need drugs that make the person not move so no one feels bad. And at the end the person looks like they died naturally.

500g of c4 on someone's head would do the job and be completely painless, and cost almost nothing.

I'm guessing that its hard to get drugs that don't cause convulsions or toxic side effects Or at least they only are made by companies who dont want to be known for killing people. Because getting drugs to kill someone doesn't seem so hard.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

arse maker I dont understand (483 comments)

Disclaimer: Im against the death penalty.

But I don't understand why its so hard to kill someone. Making someone unconscious for major surgery seems to be a solved problem. Once someone is unconscious, and paralysed, how hard is it to kill them?

If you are unconscious, no oxygen will kill you in a few minutes without pain. Even if you are concious, from what I understand its CO2 in the lungs that causes pain.. just filling a room with helium should probably kill you without you feeling much pain in a few minutes.

Why these injections are taking 20+ minutes to kill people who are in pain, I don't understand.

about 7 months ago
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Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum

arse maker Re:Birth. Life. Death. (80 comments)

I doubt it. While there is many things we will learn the basic reaction of gravity ~ heat + hydrogen to helium is well understood by quantum mechanics. We have billions of examples of stars to cross check this. Comparing mentality of stars against their evolution.

On the bright side, even if we only have 1 million years left, if we haven't left earth by then its only because we have already killed ourselves.

about 8 months ago
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Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum

arse maker Re:I really object to this (80 comments)

I think the point they were making was not to stop doing science, or publishing. Instead its the problem with the reporting of science. Everything has to have drama and conflict.

The news makes it seem like every new paper is a paradigm changing event. Where as from the point of view of people who are doing this work its another piece of information to help improve our understanding.

The biggest problems is when popular news makes people think science is just stories, it seems to change every other week from one extreme to the other, so with overwhelming scientific facts like evolution and climate change people think its just some "theory" that is just as likely to be proven wrong tomorrow.

Its a difficult balance to find the best match between the public's hunger for science news and the sensational nature of reporting.

about 8 months ago
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Boeing Unveils Cabin Design For Commercial Spaceliner

arse maker Boeing is going to put people in space? (74 comments)

The company that will do it is most likely spacex. If they manage to make their rockets reusable, there might be no other launch companies left.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

arse maker Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Its a fair point I guess. But there is no self regulation in the software industry. There is no standard qualifications.
The internet isn't regulated. There is no malpractice laws for code. These companies used this software as-is without warranty.

You could create laws to make people liable for the free code the provide. But they don't exist now. Im not sure how you could make it work.

We live in a new time now where the technology we use is so homogeneous, interconnected and fast that mistakes can cripple a large percent of the people on earth in a very short period of time. Even an incompetent doctor can only kill one patient at a time.

At some point laws will regulate things as important as ssl, but for now its still the wild west.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

arse maker Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Programming is just breaking down a real world task into smaller and smaller parts until you can write code to achieve it.
So all bugs seem trival in reflection because code is simple (single threaded anyhow :p).

To be fair though, this was part of the rfc, and is the sort of thing you write unit tests to catch. These sort of well defined algorithims are extremely unit testable. This is the way you test functionality and stop regression bugs.

Sure you could still miss it, its just most of our bugs don't cause such a huge pain in the ass for the internet.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

arse maker Re:Mathematics is a language, not a science (612 comments)

Well, I would phrase it that, maths is internally consistent logical numeric operations.

Correct maths is always correct, does it reflect nature? Sure only experiment can tell.

This gets to the philosophy of maths, is maths "real". I think the best way I can think of it is.. if the universe worked by non internally consistant means it would not be stable, if the forces between particles didnt follow consistent logic, I cant see how they could exist. So it parallels math in having that constraint.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

arse maker Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (612 comments)

Particles are excitations of fields. There are many fields that permeate the universe. Fields have a quantized state at every point, everywhere.
Due to the uncertainty principle we cannot know the precise value of say the momentum of that point in space (if we want to define no momentum as nothing). Therefore there is no "nothing". This has all come from rigorous theory confirmed by experiment.

Are these fields real? Do they exist everywhere? Does this hold outside our "universe" whatever that means, who knows, its just philosophy. All we know is what we can see by experiment.

about 8 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

arse maker Re:Hold journalists/publications accountable. (276 comments)

There are already liable and slander laws.

If you want to start to fine and jail people who say things you don't like, you have ended free speech and democracy.

about 10 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

arse maker Re:I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (276 comments)

Thats the beauty of freedom of the press, free speech, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks is "of value".

Once you define what is valuable, you create the avenue to suppress anything.

about 10 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

arse maker Re:Bit coin is a lot like scientology. (276 comments)

Depends when they cashed out. You would have to be an almost psychopath to still be holding all your bit coins at this point.

There has been so much fluctuation and uncertainty.

You also have to hope you aren't an american, because the fbi is likely to fuck you up on RICO charges once they find out who you are.

about 10 months ago

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