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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

grouchomarxist Re:Finnish (81 comments)

You don't need to learn languages to do linguistics. You need to learn about languages. It helps to know the languages involved, but if that was required comparative linguistics would get nowhere. Comparative linguistics works by building on the data gathered about the target languages, often by researchers who went to study them.

2 days ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

grouchomarxist Re:What for? (182 comments)

Amusingly, there are actually more devices deployed with my Objective-C stack than Apple's.

Where do you obtain these #s? What are some of the apps running your stack?

3 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

grouchomarxist I took a COBOL class... (268 comments)

...many years ago. An extra $10,000 a year isn't enough to get me to program in that language again.

I wouldn't advise anyone to study COBOL unless they really needed the job. If you go that route you are going to be doing uninteresting (to me anyway) programming in a ghetto while other programmers of your generation are doing more interesting things. COBOL is a dead-end.

3 days ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

grouchomarxist Biggest archaeological event? (80 comments)

I'm no archaeologist, but I doubt most archaeologists would claim this discovery ranks that highly. The person making the claim is an expert on the Franklin expedition, so he's bound to be a bit biased. It certainly sounds interesting, but we know a lot about Britain in the 1840s. I think the bigger archaeological discoveries involve civilizations we don't know much about.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

grouchomarxist Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

2D has a special meaning when is comes to materials science. It means something like "as thin as it can possibly be and still be the material".

about three weeks ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

grouchomarxist Re:Picasso and Braque influenced Klimt (74 comments)

I think it is unlikely that Klimt was influenced by Picasso. Picasso was 19 years younger than Klimt and by the time he became famous Klimt's had already established his style. The situation appears to be similar with Braque. I think the article's claim that "indeed experts are well acquainted with the idea that Klimt was influenced by both these artists" could be a mistake.

about a month ago
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

grouchomarxist Extraordinary misspelling? (35 comments)

For some reason I don't find Einstein making a spelling mistake particularly extraordinary. Sounds like a particularly ordinary thing for an un-edited manuscript and a unusual name like "Hubble".

If making a spelling mistake is extraordinary, then /.ers are making extraordinary posts all the time.

about a month ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

grouchomarxist Re:Can we get over this already? (107 comments)

There are already toilets that put the seat down already. They're readily available in Japan and probably available at a dealer where ever you might be.

about a month ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

grouchomarxist Re:hint for the non apple people (191 comments)

One of the problems is that in some cases you need to mark both devices. For example, for some Android phones the top of the micro cable corresponds to the screen, while with other phones the top corresponds to the rear of the device. It is an issue mainly for developers who deal with multiple devices in an single day, but still.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

grouchomarxist Re:Sounds Rudimentary (61 comments)

Using signal strength you can get a rough estimate of which beacon is closest. With more than 2 beacons you can estimate your position relative to the beacons.

about a month and a half ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

grouchomarxist Re:What a surprise. (582 comments)

I hope this is true. And I hope more people speak up against them.

about 2 months ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

grouchomarxist Re: The hypocrisy (192 comments)

> The island was kept as a non-issue until the Japan nationalised it from so called private owners.

No, the island was an issue well before then. Chinese politicians were raising the issue, and Chinese (and Taiwanese) boats were landing on the island before it was "nationalized" (essentially re-nationalized because it was owned by the Japanese government and then leased. The "nationalization" was the cancellation of the lease).

about 3 months ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

grouchomarxist Re:But wait a minute (76 comments)

ICs weren't invented for the space industry, but it is from the space and military industries that the transistor and IC manufacturers received a lot of their initial funding. For both the space and military industries the high costs of transistors and ICs was justified by their space, weight and energy-use savings along with their heat resistance. For business and consumers the benefits didn't justify the costs.

If is wasn't for the space and military industries the development of transistors and ICs would probably have been slower.

Source: Revolution in Miniature: The History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics

about 3 months ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

grouchomarxist Re:$1,000,000 - $2,000,000? wow (76 comments)

It's more than just a transistor. That it is multiple connected components is what gives it significance in the history of technology.

It's a piece of history. The price tag is determined by those who value history.

about 3 months ago

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Physicists claim detection of dark matter

grouchomarxist grouchomarxist writes  |  about 2 years ago

grouchomarxist (127479) writes "Physicists at the University of Michigan claim that they have made the first detection of dark matter. 'Dark matter, whose composition is still a mystery, doesn't emit or absorb light, so astronomers can't see it directly with telescopes. They deduce that it exists based on how its gravity affects visible matter. Scientists estimate that dark matter makes up more than 80 percent of the universe. To "see" the dark matter component of the filament that connects the clusters Abell 222 and 223, Dietrich and his colleagues took advantage of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. They were able to determine the extent to which the supercluster distorted galaxies, and with that information, they could plot the gravitational field and the mass of the Abell 222 and 223 clusters. "It looks like there's a bridge that shows that there is additional mass beyond what the clusters contain, the clusters alone cannot explain this additional mass," Dietrich said.' Article in nature is here."
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grouchomarxist grouchomarxist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

grouchomarxist (127479) writes "Microsoft is considering selling the Zune subsidized like a cellphone, according to this excerpt on MarketWatch from a PC World magazine interview with Microsoft's Zune marketing director, Jason Reindorp. According to the article: "The spokesman said that Microsoft first considered the cellphone-like distribution plan after seeing interest in its Zune Pass subscription service, which offers monthly paid access to songs on the Zune Marketplace, a competitor to Apple's iTunes store. Though he declined to say how many subscribers currently use Zune Pass, the spokesman said subscriptions rose 65% during January." The PC World interview doesn't appear to be available yet online."

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