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The Pentagon May Retire "Yoda," Its 92-Year-Old Futurist

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Well... (254 comments)

The WTF business does the US Army have in most third-world countries (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Somalia, ...) or fighting nebulous terror groups. There are no clearly defined objectives. Leave the land armies at home.

about a year ago
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Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Information (242 comments)

I just came here to become a person who has seen a video of Schrodinger's cat collapsing. Nothing to see here, move along.

1 year,9 days
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Moore's Law and the Origin of Life

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Uh... no. (272 comments)

However, "the two year old child originated 2.75 years ago" is a true statement. He gestated a while elsewhere before emerging into our realm. Fascinating thing - some characteristics (such as his navel) offer a hint at what that preceding stage was like.

about a year and a half ago
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Moore's Law and the Origin of Life

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Or... maybe your assumption is wrong (272 comments)

What's wrong with connecting dots? We project the past into the future routinely and reliably. Why can't it run backwards? Epidemiologists certainly do that. Consider today's cinema ... audience sizes, production cost, production values, censorship, graphic content, crew size, number of awards. It scarcely matters which parameters are picked as long as they can be measured. Next, examine those parameters for the 1990s, 1970s, and 1950s. From those data points, you can infer trends. From those trends, you can probably make a decent guess as to when motion photography was invented.

about a year and a half ago
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Aurora Borealis Likely To Be Visible In Southern NY and PA Tonight

clyde_cadiddlehopper Chasing Unicorns (67 comments)

The first impact of the CME has hit and the boulder Kp is hovering around 3. Watch it here.and here. Here in southern Minnesota, Kp has to hit 6 before we see anything. 5 up on the Canadian border. Good luck spotting those unicorns!

about a year and a half ago
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NOAA: Arctic Likely Free Of Summer Ice By 2050 — Possibly Much Sooner

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:I thought this was over and done already? (335 comments)

Slashdot is also remarkably conservative. You see this regularly in terms of computer technology (anti-Wayland, anti-Gnome, anti-Windows 8....) but it is also true in terms of American politics. Climate change is going to require coordinated large scale governmental actions through incentives and regulation. Libertarians don't like it so they pretend there is no underlying problem

It is generally true that the past has too many constituents and the future doesn't have enough.

about a year and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now

clyde_cadiddlehopper While they're at it ... (420 comments)

... how about banning self-driving cars with camera pods, too?

about a year and a half ago
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What Will NASA Do With Its Gifted Spy 'Scopes?

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:GIVEN (129 comments)

Sure. And that fruitcake you will be getting this year will be "regiven" not "regifted".

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:"It's Obvious" Trifecta (135 comments)

Funny, since one of with software patents is that the hurdle of "not obvious to a practitioner of the art" has been set way, way too low.

about 2 years ago
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Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:oblig (305 comments)

I want my sig back.

about 2 years ago
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California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Must past this test (508 comments)

3. You get bored, distracted, and fall asleep behind the wheel ... especially on long straight highways. 4. You are limited in how many hours per day you can drive. 5. You are expensive. This is why the premier application (note I did not use the term "killer app") for self-driving vehicles will be in long haul trucks.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

clyde_cadiddlehopper Don't do this. (589 comments)

Long ago, I worked at a commercial lab where tanks of H2, 02, and N2O (nitrous oxide) were used for flame or plasma ion detectors. For fun, we used to launch "Hindenburgs" ... large trash bags filled with hydrogen plus a latex glove filled with the oxydizer and trailed by a fuse of burning paraffin film. The balloon would sail off into the night sky and detonate at a safe altitude and distance downwind. Usually. Our antics abruptly halted when one exploded prematurely just a dozen feet off the ground. The concussion and heat convinced us to give up our fun.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology

clyde_cadiddlehopper Self Portrait? (94 comments)

Can this tell us something about the shape of space? The fabric of space could form a loop such as a sphere. Think of the arcade game Asteroids. I have wondered if the Hubble deep field images are something like a self portrait photo shot in a very large house of mirrors. The loop is so big, in fact, that we are seeing our own galaxy and all others repeated at intervals of time in the past. The minimum homogeneous volume would also place a lower limit on the size of the loop.

more than 2 years ago
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Server Names For a New Generation

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Simple... (429 comments)

Is it good or bad when "bob" goes down?

more than 2 years ago
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Server Names For a New Generation

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:I name them after girls (429 comments)

Yeah, that's actually a bit of a problem. Canadians really need to get a little more creative in naming their daughters.

How about their racks? ChristyAA, ChristyC, ChristyDD...

more than 2 years ago
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X-37B Space Plane Marks One Year In Space

clyde_cadiddlehopper Re:Ground Control? (75 comments)

She knows.

more than 2 years ago

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FaceCloak

clyde_cadiddlehopper clyde_cadiddlehopper writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "'Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have developed a browser plug-in to help users keep their information private from prying eyes and from social-network providers as well. Urs Hengartner, an assistant professor of computer science, and his colleagues say the plug-in replaces sensitive information in a user's profile and news feed with meaningless text that can only be unscrambled by trusted friends or contacts. Dubbed FaceCloak, the tool assures its users that sensitive data stays private.' But how will Facebookies tell when most social posts are already bereft of meaning?"
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Trekkies take heart

clyde_cadiddlehopper clyde_cadiddlehopper writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "In a story coincidentally timed with an upcoming movie release, Space.com reports that the speed of light limit "only applies within space-time (the continuum of three dimensions of space plus one of time that we live in). While any given object can't travel faster than light speed within space-time, theory holds, perhaps space-time itself could travel." Gosh, this explains everything: warp drives, cold fusion, grand unified theory, the root cause of the big bang, and how Natalie Portman came to Earth. And when we move blobs of space-time, what could possibly go wrong?"
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'Disc failure' takes down FAA system

clyde_cadiddlehopper clyde_cadiddlehopper writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "The government system that issues preflight notices to pilots about runway, equipment and security issues has been down for at least 12 hours. Pilots were told the FAA database suffered a "disc failure." A backup server worked so slowly that the agency opted to take the whole thing down. Sounds like an air RAID problem. Contractors SAIC and EDS are winging it."
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Fast Times on Facebook High

clyde_cadiddlehopper clyde_cadiddlehopper writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "Sure, we've seen several isolated cases of indiscretions and illegalities winding up immortalized on the net. But how's this for a mass case of poor judgment? "Eden Prairie High School administrators have reprimanded more than 100 students and suspended some from sports and other extracurricular activities after obtaining Facebook photos of students partying." Does the punishment fit the crime?"
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clyde_cadiddlehopper clyde_cadiddlehopper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

clyde_cadiddlehopper writes "A review board has determined that the loss of Mars Global Surveyor probably had nothing to do with aging of the spacecraft hardware, but instead resulted from mistakes made by both the human operators and the spacecraft's onboard fault protection software. http://planetary.org/news/2007/0413_Human_and_Spac ecraft_Errors_Together.html It takes a million mouse clicks to build a system, unfortunately any one of them can bring it to its knees."

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