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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

frieko Re:I'll believe it when I see... (867 comments)

Spacetime is by no means a flat plane with a fixed notion of distance. It doesn't matter how far apart points A and B were, warp drive simply makes the necessary corrections to the universe such that there is a shorter path to get there. For example, we can see galaxies which are 46 billion light years away. Those stars "warped" to their current locations in a mere 13 billion years. Nothing FTL about that. The question isn't whether spacetime is malleable, it's whether there is any practical way of doing it.

about 2 years ago
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AT&T Killing Its 2G Network By 2017

frieko Re:RIP GSM (102 comments)

EVDO supports it, but it requires one radio for voice and one radio for EVDO. HTC built one phone like that, but nobody else did. Also, no carrier has an actual 4G network yet - LTE won't qualify until the next release and nobody has deployed VOLTE yet last I checked.

about 2 years ago
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AT&T Killing Its 2G Network By 2017

frieko Re:RIP GSM (102 comments)

Interestingly the one thing that LTE doesn't inherit from WCDMA is the CDMA-based air interface. LTE uses OFDM, which is a radical departure from CDMA. OFDM uses a drastically slower symbol rate to reduce the effects of echoing (multipath), but then makes up for the reduced capacity by adding thousands of narrowly-spaced carriers. Because combating multipath is the main limiting factor in practical wireless the overall efficiency is drastically increased.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Hires Top Spinners To Defend Its Image

frieko Re:Failed? Define failed? (162 comments)

I'm getting tired of hearing that load on here everytime some company does somethign disgusting.

corporation 1. an association of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.

Where does it say they can't have morals? A corporation has to obey its shareholders- mostly people who are just trying to save money for retirement through mutual funds and would probably be outraged if they knew they were abetting this crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan Widens Evacuation Zone Around Fukushima

frieko Re:TEPCO has ruined nuclear power for decades (483 comments)

Every time there's a nuclear accident, it becomes more and more obvious that while a nuclear power plant is perfectly safe, a nuclear power plant with a human at the controls is a disaster waiting to happen.

more than 3 years ago
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Things Get Worse at Fukushima

frieko Re:Here's why we don't use renewables only (1122 comments)

Actually in the future scientists predict that long strands of aluminum could be used to transport electricity from areas where electricity is being generated to areas where it is in demand. They may even invent devices which can store electricity for later use! As for corn, you did a rather good job of explaining why corn is NOT a form of renewable energy.

The only reason nonrenewable energy is economically competitive is because we're borrowing against our future to pay for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Things Get Worse at Fukushima

frieko Re:Before everyone freaks (1122 comments)

The summary sucks. But I think the TFA argument is basically that based on the measured levels of contamination, the water is somehow getting from the magic rocks to the ocean. Perhaps the pressure vessel breached from a meltdown, and the containment vessel was cracked in the hydrogen explosion or maybe even the earthquake itself.

On a side note, while even in light of this fiasco I still think nuclear is safer than say, offshore drilling or coal mining, why do we continue to bother with anything besides renewables?

more than 3 years ago
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Things Get Worse at Fukushima

frieko Re:Where is the heat coming from (1122 comments)

Wrong (except for the boron part; graphite is indeed used to speed up the reaction not slow it). See above comment (quantumpion) for the correct answer.

more than 3 years ago
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How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date

frieko Re:Not only graphics (568 comments)

And you'll never be able to shoot me as dead with your PC as I can with my real gun. Does that mean real war is more fun than Modern Warfare? It's a pointless comparison.

more than 3 years ago
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Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

frieko Re:AI Winter (674 comments)

When people think of intelligence, they think of things that set a more intelligent person apart from a less intelligent person. This is dangerous in AI because it makes it easy to dismiss monumental achievements in intelligence that even an idiot makes look easy. Does Watson understand geography or human anatomy? Apparently not. But it does understand on some level that "the answer to this question is a city" which is a huge leap in intelligence.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Isn't Anonymous Anymore

frieko Re:Senior member of Anonymous? (407 comments)

Takes one douche to know another, apparently. How is Anonymous lingo not acceptable in a discussion about Anonymous?

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular

frieko Re:Can't we all just... (320 comments)

It's funny you phrase it that way, because I've always considered "being unconcerned with labels" to be the true measure of geekiness. Which leads to an interesting paradox..

more than 3 years ago
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Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

frieko Re:The other side of the coin (378 comments)

Back here in the states a large corporation gets above the law simply by purchasing as much government as it requires. I wouldn't call what google did a precedent (other than the fact that for once I happen to agree with the corporation's position.)

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

frieko Re: What's missing from this article? (757 comments)

I would venture that a small minority of the /. crowd actually has an engineering degree. In any case, as bad as it can get here, compare the comments on here to the comments on, say, YouTube.

more than 3 years ago
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The Moon Has a Fluid Outer Core

frieko Re:Heat energy. (127 comments)

Before the discovery of radioactivity it was estimated that the Earth would only take 20MA to reach its current temperature from a fully molten state. So the internal heat is almost entirely radioactive, meaning that the degree of molten-ness depends mostly on composition, not square-cubiness. Also, exotic is when you use an endangered macaw not a chicken.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Apple's iPad Has Been Good For Sprint

frieko Re:Good to know. (76 comments)

Just to be fair, the planned LTE networks that Verizon and AT&T are calling 4G don't meet the definition either. However, both WiMax and LTE have true 4G upgrades in the pipeline.

more than 3 years ago
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Inflaton, Mother of the Universe

frieko Re:Inflationary theory (163 comments)

To be precise, the ratio of empty space to occupied space is increasing. Your shrinking is just a restatement of expansion from a different point of reference.

more than 3 years ago
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NetApp Threatens Sellers of Appliances Running ZFS

frieko Re:NetApp (231 comments)

To literally screw NetApp would require some sort of giant screwdriver capable of rotating NetApp until it bored into a piece of wood.

about 4 years ago

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