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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

exploder Re:Oh no (297 comments)

I've felt it (and I've felt plenty of other buzzes, too).

Notably, I have only felt it during the (few, brief) periods in my life that I've been in excellent physical shape. If I'd start exercising but quit before tiring myself out, I'd feel frustrated. But if I exercised to a decent level of fatigue, I'd feel a strong sense of well-being.

At the moment I'm in terrible cardio shape, and all I feel when running is awful. I don't think the "runner's high" happens until you're a runner.

about two weeks ago
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

exploder Re:Piloted? (82 comments)

The closest thing to what you're describing was a 2013 SciFi series called http://www.syfy.com/robotcombatleague.

They were hydraulically powered humanoid robots that beat on each other until either one of them stopped functioning or it went to the judges' decision.

I just watched some highlights and man, is that lame. The robots have legs, and the legs move like they're walking, but the robots are actually just stuck on the end of big metal poles that move them around the ring.

I understand that technology isn't to the point where a bipedal robot can balance itself while executing complex movements, let alone while something else is trying to knock it down. But what they have there is stupid enough that they just shouldn't have bothered.

about a month ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

exploder Re:Cultural attitudes (381 comments)

I know they're an AC, but for god's sake mod parent up!

Moderation:
+1 Funny
+1 Insightful
+1 Sad
+1 #sickburn

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

exploder Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Oops, definitely slipped a few decimals there. Apologies to parent.

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

exploder Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

So every bakery is spending half a million dollars an hour on electricity? That doesn't pass the sniff test.

about a month ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

exploder Oxymoronic (229 comments)

Subtle...exodus?

about a month ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

exploder Re:Historic? (62 comments)

I agree that the word "historic" is probably overapplied, but come on, it's going to land on a fucking comet for the first time in, uh, what's that word I'm looking for? Oh yeah, history.

about a month ago
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Dropbox Wasn't Hacked, Says Leaked Credentials Are From Unrelated Services

exploder Re:Don't reuse passwords, folks. (29 comments)

That's not something I'd describe as "reusing passwords".

about a month ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

exploder Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Buying my groceries from a different store for a month is one thing. But how do you expect a boycott of an ISP to work? People cancel their currently-installed service, possibly incurring an early termination fee, then pay to have competing service installed, which probably a) doesn't exist or b) is just another name on the same list?

I'm sorry, but a boycott is just an asinine suggestion in this context.

about a month ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

exploder Too bad... (610 comments)

Too bad the operators of coal plants don't have to take all that into account.

about a month ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

exploder Re:Wow, that's a lot of iterations (220 comments)

Wow, going from 2000 to 327,661 iterations sounds like a big deal. Does that actually add any value, or is that like doing rot-13 a million times?

Any idiot knows you have to do it a million and one times.

about a month ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

exploder Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (220 comments)

Nope. Consider doubling your password size from 64 to 128 bits. While it would take twice as long to check all the bits and make sure they're correct, brute forcing now has to guess among 2^128, rather than 2^64, possibilities, which is enormously more difficult.

This is a gross simplification of how any real-life security scheme works, but it illustrates the concept.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

exploder Hey, wait a minute... (367 comments)

When did "News for nerds, stuff that matters" disappear from the Slashdot homepage?

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

exploder Re:And? (367 comments)

"Stuff that matters", indeed.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

exploder Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (986 comments)

God, you blinkered, jackbooted, establishment thugs disgust me. You pretend to be open-minded while you mindlessly oppress anyone who dares to think outside the approved mainstream.

Just because this guy is a convicted felon (for fraud) doesn't mean he's committing fraud now. Just because he's been caught lying about this exact thing before doesn't rule out the possibility that he's discovered some genuinely revolutionary new physical process since then that makes the thing he was lying about before work for real now.

You mainstream scientific establishment sheep make me sick. If everyone was like you we'd still think the Earth was flat like everyone before Columbus did.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

exploder Re:Hoax (986 comments)

Thank you for this. Here's a particularly damning excerpt from the introduction:

- Considering the fundamental and crucial importance of the measurement of the input
electrical power, it is rather surprising that the report is quite brief on the details of the
electrical circuits and measurements. The lack of a clear circuit diagram has already been
mentioned. Other concerns not discussed in the report are the possibility of DC power, the
waveforms of voltage and current at various points in the system, the possibility of power
through ground leads or other ways that undisclosed electrical power can be supplied to the
device.

- Previous tests have reported important discrepancies between the electrical input poweras
claimed by Rossi and those actually measured by specialists with proper electrical
measurement equipment, to the extent where no excess heat production could be inferred
[2]. With the knowledge of such critical observations a much more thorough reporting on the
electrical measurements should have been provided.

- To be more specific still, since the results of the expert measurements referred to in the
previous paragraph seem to have deviated from what was claimed by Rossi by a factor of
about 3, which happens to coincide with the excess heat observed also in the March test, we
would have expected a clear description of how the risk of such inconsistencies was avoided,
and even an involvement of the specialists from the SP institute.

- In view of these severe inconsistencies, the fact that the control unit providing the electrical
power was “not available for inspection, inasmuch as they are part of the industrial trade
secret” (pg 15) is even more disturbing.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

exploder Re:Hoax (986 comments)

Did you mean "undo"? I honestly can't tell...

about a month ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

exploder Re:The $50,000 question... more energy out than in (315 comments)

Simple: with unlimited energy, we can run every air conditioner on the planet 24/7, fixing global warming as a side effect!

about a month and a half ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

exploder Re:A clean break is needed, like "Visual Fred" (180 comments)

Not all that well in Python's case, but if 2.6 sucked as bad as PHP does now, there might be more urgency. And Perl 6 might get a bit more traction when and if it starts existing.

about 4 months ago

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DoJ is Against Net Neutrality

exploder exploder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

exploder (196936) writes "Forbes reports that the Justice Department has come out against net neutrality, supporting their decision by analogy to the USPS:

The agency said providing different levels of service is common, efficient and could satisfy consumers. As an example, it cited that the U.S. Postal Service charges customers different guarantees and speeds for package delivery, ranging from bulk mail to overnight delivery.
I guess they'd have no problem with the post office charging extra to deliver letters to certain people, then?"

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Gamma Ray Anomaly Could Test String Theory

exploder exploder writes  |  more than 6 years ago

exploder (196936) writes "String theory is notorious for its lack of testable predictions. But if the MAGIC gamma-ray telescope team's interpretation is correct, then a delay in the arrival of higher-energy gamma rays could point to a breakdown of relativity theory. A type of "quantum lensing effect" is postulated to cause the delay, which is approximateley four minutes over a half-billion year journey."
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