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No Black Hole Or Magnetic Monopole: Tunguska Really Was a Meteor

brisk0 Re:megatons != megatonnes of TNT (128 comments)

Tonnes are a measure of mass, not weight. Tons appear to be interchangeable (on the surface of Earth).

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

brisk0 Feedly (335 comments)

I've been using Feedly increasingly since a few days after the announcement. At first it was a simply awful replacement, but the devs seem eager to implement the full gambit of Reader's abilities, and since then all of the features I used from Reader have been implemented (although some perhaps sub-optimally). My only real complaint is how ridiculously long it takes to load compared to Reader. I also haven't given the add-on a serious try (I've mostly browsed from Android phone).

about a year ago
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Interpreting Global Flight Maps

brisk0 Re:Eurocentric (93 comments)

We (Australia) probably would have South at the top if Australia didn't look so dang weird upside-down.
(Also if we weren't a commonwealth country, and not everyone else did it that way, probably)

about a year ago
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Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading

brisk0 This is fantastic! (348 comments)

Education researchers will be able to gather huge amounts of data and we will be able to find optimal teaching and study methods much more easily. Wait, teachers are using this? Oh crap, here comes more heading unrelated to understanding.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

brisk0 Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

I disagree entirely. Ubuntu is rife with Windows style -it just works, of course it does, no you can't 'fix' it!- style issues, especially if your hardware is slightly outside their testing spec. (they were relatively new at the time, but Ubuntu with a netbook caused massive problems). Arch is ALWAYS fixable if you're up for a good challenge.

That being said, Arch may not be the way to go, as its developers have the tendency to do stupid things and push things into the repos that shouldn't be pushed, but there's a mailing list that describes all the problems (which the devs insist you subscript to and check every time you want to poke the repos with a stick), and there's always one guy willing to stand up to the abuse in the forums and get a proper answer from someone about how to fix it, and if you want to learn command-line Linux, by gum you'll learn fast. The documentation on the archwiki also goes above and beyond in the way of how to do x. If you do go the arch route, I highly reccomend running another computer nearby to look up the archwiki etc. on whilst you're setting up. And every time you update...

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

brisk0 Re:L&O: SVU has prior art (626 comments)

So how did they resolve it? Come on! The justice system needs your help!

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

brisk0 Re:Justice (626 comments)

Not in persecuting an innocent man.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

brisk0 Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

Except the law doesn't work via compromise. It's suggested that only one of the brothers committed the assaults, in which case one of them is going to jail. The first line might be true in so far as they might both be held until they can be sorted out, but not as a sentence. The second line is invalid towards the dilemma as this can (probably) only go one way, only one brother has the ability to present convincing proof that the other did it. Due to this alone #3 is impossible, but nobody's getting sentenced until it's sorted out anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keyboard Layout To Reduce Right Pinky/Ring Finger Usage?

brisk0 Programmer DVORAK (165 comments)

I've only used a QWERTY keyboard, and I was originally taught to type how you were saying was uncomfortable for you, with home rows and specific fingers for specific keys. I don't have a specific problem but my pinkies kind of suck so as I've gotten more used to the keyboard layout I've just been more fluid in my typing. 90% of keys I hit with my index fingers, although my other fingers and even pinkies do come in to play every now and again, presumably due to some distance/usefulness tradeoff. I've tested for both formal and informal typing speeds (home row vs. hands shifting about) and found that they are virtually identical speeds at 90WPM for me. Basically, I would say keep to the keyboard you know best but try a different style that's more comfortable.

about a year and a half ago
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IE Standardization Fading Fast

brisk0 Re:I call BS (176 comments)

Westpac Requires IE with Windows for their 'balance sheet'. Given that I don't have either of those, I have no idea what this service does as I can still transfer funds and view my transaction history just fine.

about a year and a half ago
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Connecting Android Phones Without Carrier Networks

brisk0 Sounds Familiar (102 comments)

Reminds me of the Serval Batphone. In fact, this sounds like a slightly more ambitious version of the exact same premise (Disaster area phone-to-phone [heh, P2P] communication via mesh).

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Cells Made From Urine

brisk0 Peepun (116 comments)

Every post I can currently see is a pun. Every. Single. One. What have you done OP? What have you done!?

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing Proposes Using Gas Clouds To Bring Down Orbital Debris

brisk0 No, Bad Boeing! (147 comments)

A large cost of space travel is getting everything needed for the journey from Earth into space. Here we have a large quantity of materials perfect for spacecraft manufacturing already in space. Build a recycling plant or leave it for someone else, but pushing it towards Earth just seems like the epitome of waste.

about 2 years ago
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How Cosmological Supercomputers Evolve the Universe All Over Again

brisk0 Re:the simulation can never end (144 comments)

Not infinitesimally, each universe would probably have to be significantly simpler than the one it's already in, until the point that a universal simulation is too complex for the universe. Of course any one universe could spawn [very large number] of simulated worlds in a tree structure.
So if we assume mediocrity (and assume I'm not just spouting bull), we exist in one of the simpler universes... the original must have been nuts.

about 2 years ago
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Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon

brisk0 Re:175 Kelvin hot enough to boil? (55 comments)

I'm having trouble finding a chart that shows 0 (or very low) pressure, but using wolframalpha at 0Pa or at 1 trillionth of an atmosphere (source) the phase is returned as solid at 175 degrees K.
The lack of botherance does seem to be the most likely cause of the other issue. Pity; a lot of people could have learned a new word today.

about 2 years ago
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Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon

brisk0 Re:175 Kelvin hot enough to boil? (55 comments)

Using Wikipedian data, 175K seems to be well within the solid phase, so I'd say they're probably going for C. Still, water should not be able to be liquid phase in the Lunar “atmosphere”, so it seems both your guesses are on the money. I would think though, that “boiling” may be used here as a simplification for people unfamiliar with sublimation.

about 2 years ago
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Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon

brisk0 Re:China going there. (55 comments)

China has signed and ratified the U.N. Outer Space treaty, meaning they don't have any influence on whether U.S. vehicles can land (and they as a state can't have jurisdiction on the moon). Of course they could easily ignore the treaty, but I imagine that for China it would be easier to just not sign than to break a U.N. treaty.

about 2 years ago
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Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan

brisk0 Boat-like? (47 comments)

I suppose not every goal is finding extra-terrestrial life, but I almost feel like this is missing the real opportunity on Titan. This is a planet with both lakes of hydrocarbons and volcanic activity, theoretically perfect for life (admittedly neglecting H_2O). Surely a submarine would be more useful than a boat? Wouldn't we rather explore the depths and try to find primitive life where it is most likely to be created (by my admittedly limited understanding of abiogenesis theories)?

about 2 years ago
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A Black Hole's Spinning Heart of Darkness

brisk0 Re:Fascinating (121 comments)

[...] the electrical force, which is 39 orders of magnitude greater than gravity.

Where are you getting this from? Assuming metric units (I hope you're not doing physics with imperial) neither the difference between coulombic and gravitational constants nor the difference between charge and mass of a proton (the next -place I'd expect one to get that difference from). Regardless, claiming such a difference is a pointless endeavour, given that it's entirely a product of the unit system. In the system of Planck units gravity and coulombic force are identical!
Point is, gravity isn't weak, nucleons are just kind of light.

about a year ago

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Potential Firefly Reboot on the Books

brisk0 brisk0 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

brisk0 (2644101) writes "Quote from the article:
Joss Whedon and The Science Channel’s Debbie Myers confirmed to a packed room of journalists that if the planned Firefly reunion movie performs well that we can expect a full Firefly series reboot. And, it seems as if Whedon plans to wipe the slates clean and bring back the entire original cast."

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