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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

esrobinson Re:I-75? (533 comments)

It would be pretty silly to build such a system in Alaska. Not enough people there.

about a year and a half ago

Cystic Fibrosis Gene Correction Drug Approved by the FDA

esrobinson Re:Nonetheless a good day (264 comments)

Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are requried to have an out-of-pocket maximum of at most $5,950 for individuals and $11,900 for families.

more than 2 years ago

Cystic Fibrosis Gene Correction Drug Approved by the FDA

esrobinson Re:Cost (264 comments)

At least for new policies, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) made lifetime maximums illegal.

more than 2 years ago

US Navy Breaks Laser Record

esrobinson Most Powerful Laser? (294 comments)

The US Navy has broken the existing record for the power of a laser.

[...]and package it as a 100 kW weapons system[...]

So, NIF isn't a thing anymore? Or is 100kW more than 500TW and someone forgot to tell me?

more than 3 years ago

Possible Issues With the P != NP Proof

esrobinson Re:How? (147 comments)

Furthermore, this guy is asking for a "complete and consistant" definition.

In the Incompleteness Theorem, a system of axioms is complete if, for all statements in the system, either the statement or its negation is provable from the axioms. A system is consistant if there exist no statements for which both the statement and its negation are provable.

Basically, his "proof" is "Hey, we don't want a contradictory or unfinished definition, right? And those words mean the same thing as consistant and complete! So, Godel!"

more than 4 years ago

Why SSDs Won't Replace Hard Drives

esrobinson Correct. (315 comments)

The bottom line is that there are limits to how small things can get with current technology.

They're right, SSDs won't replace hard drives with the current technology. If only we had a way to improve technology over time!

more than 4 years ago

World Cup Prediction Failures

esrobinson Wait. (312 comments)

Your question is, "Hey, these guys who spend their entire lives predicting financial markets aren't good at predicting sports. How can we trust them to predict financial markets?"

more than 4 years ago

Cannibal Galaxy the Biggest In the Near Universe

esrobinson How do they know? (118 comments)

Astronomers are having difficulty pinning down the galaxy's exact mass, but it's clearly the biggest bruiser within 1.5 billion light years of home

I mean, it's the largest galaxy they've seen at this point. But, if a galaxy of that size can go undiscovered for this long, how do they know there's not another one within 1.5 billion light years that's larger? Did they look at all of it, and just leave this little section for last?

Or is the summary just fabricating things that aren't in the article?

more than 4 years ago

Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

esrobinson Re:NO NO NO NO NO (367 comments)

If we're going for stupid ideas that might keep people from killing themselves, why not just ban cars altogether?

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Removes Search Choices For BlackBerrys

esrobinson Re:Do you hear me now?? (510 comments)

By the time you've sorted through and ranked every single comment, you'll be so tired of them that you won't want to mod and not having mod points won't be an issue. Sounds like he solved your problem to me.

more than 5 years ago

12M Digit Prime Number Sets Record, Nets $100,000

esrobinson Re:Actually the 47th (232 comments)

And it's easily proven:

If 2^x - 1 is prime, then neither 2^x - 1 nor 2^x is divisible by 3. Of any 3 consecutive integers, one must be divisible by 3. Therefore 2^x + 1 is divisible by 3.

Therefore 2*(2^x+1) = 2^(x+1) + 2 is divisible by 3, and so is 2^(x+1) - 1.

A (completely useless) counterexample: Let x = 2.

more than 5 years ago

1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland

esrobinson Re:I understand these modern times and all... (875 comments)

... but seriously, how is access to a broadband Internet connection a legal right? Somebody please explain this to me, because the article doesn't give any supporting logic.

They made a law that says everyone gets it. Isn't that all something needs to be a legal right?

more than 5 years ago

Don't Copy That Floppy! Gets a Sequel

esrobinson Re:BILLY MAYS HERE... (523 comments)

If you could use my car without having any chance of crashing it and with no wear/fuel usage, I'd be completely fine with it. I'm not going to be upset that you gained some benefit with no negative consequences for me.

more than 5 years ago

Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car

esrobinson Re:yeah well (743 comments)

Fire the vehicle examiner. You only need 1 crumple zone in an impact; it doesn't matter what car it's on. The Hummer will use the Volvo's body as the crumple zone, simple as that. This is high school physics.

Have you ever actually *seen* collisions of large SUVs and trucks with light cars? The SUVs AND their passengers fare significantly better than the other car and its passengers, by far most of the time. You have a stiff bumper hitting a much softer part of a car body, which absorbs all of the impact.

Way to fight the stereotype of SUV owners being selfish dicks!

about 6 years ago

Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

esrobinson Re:Or better yet (1367 comments)

Bah, second time this week I've mis-modded. Just posting to get rid of it. Sorry.

more than 6 years ago

NFL's First Broadcast In 3-D, Still Has Work To Do

esrobinson Re:So what you're saying is... (178 comments)

Whoops, accidentally modded troll, just posting to cancel that. Sorry.

more than 6 years ago


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