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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

hchaos $1M? (260 comments)

If you can pull this off, I'd guess it would be worth a lot more than $1M.

about 6 months ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

hchaos Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

Replace BTC with USD in your entire statement, and you'll have your answer as to why everyone (including governments) sees the USD as some sort of "magically universally accepted currency".

Totally. wrong. The magic words that exist on USD and don't exist on BTC are "legal tender". It means the bad boys with guns of the US government protect the purpose of your USD's on US soil, as a means of exchanging goods and services. In other words, currencies become accepted because regional powers are willing to kill, maim, and imprison if need be to make it so.

An additional point to this is: because the US Dollar is a currency agreed upon by the people of the US, through our government, as a medium of exchange for goods and services, it is in fact backed by the current and future productivity of the United States, which it turns out is still pretty damn valuable.

1 year,15 days

Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

hchaos Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

First define a known force. Right now the unit of force is defined in terms of a kilogram.

That's easy! Gravity, of course!

1 year,17 days

Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

hchaos Re:Um... (264 comments)

I think we should consider the possibility that this experiment was conducted with the muscular structure responsible for taste firmly lodged in a fleshy cavity on the side of the face.

1 year,25 days

"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

hchaos Re:Invisible unicorns in a garage (150 comments)

Unfortunately for the theory of supersymmetry, this is yet another blow.

Ok, but why? Anyone care to explain this for me?

In simple terms (that I hope are accurate), supersymmetry is one of the predictions made by string theory (although the concept of supersymmetry pre-dates string theory). I believe there are other theories that incorporate supersymmetry as well. So, if the predictions made by supersymmetry don't hold up, any theory that is based on it will need to be revised or abandoned.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

hchaos Re:My favorite questions for the boss (219 comments)

"Based on what you know about me so far, and the fact that I'm a decision-maker in your hiring process, how much of a raise do you think I deserve right now?"

more than 2 years ago

The PHP Singularity

hchaos Re:Really? (622 comments)

What kind of bullshit logic is that? Something is broken, everyone hates it, so let's put all our efforts in making the alternatives better? How about contributing to PHP and fixing what you're bitching about instead of, well, bitching about it? You know, it's open-source and all.

Speaking of bullshit logic, why should I contribute to a language that I hate, instead of doing something useful in a language that I actually like?

more than 2 years ago

Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

hchaos Seriously? (315 comments)

NO ONE considered the time distortion of gravity? I mean, sure, it's the first time that the time distortion due to gravity has ever been significant in any practical application, but it's still a fundamen... wait, it's not the first time? You're saying that there's an 18-year-old system that relies on this principle to work properly? How many people use this obscure system? Every single person in the civilized world? You'd think that at least one of these researchers would have heard about it, then.

more than 3 years ago

Stone Tools Found On Crete Push Back Humans' Maritime History

hchaos Re:Not so far from Greece (176 comments)

A fair point, which deserves an answer. The reason they're not thinking that is, probably, that there has as yet been no evidence that there were humans in mainland Greece anything like that early. The earliest known sign of human habitation in Europe is only ca. 40k years old.

Humans in Africa, however ...

There is no evidence for Homo sapiens in Europe 130k years ago. However, according to the article, these tools are Acheulean technology, which was used by Homo erectus. These were not modern humans, and this technology was pretty widespread across Europe, as well as Africa and Asia.

more than 4 years ago

Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis

hchaos Re:Verbification and Neologism Running Amok! (100 comments)

"Verbification" is also a neologism, even though the activity that it describes has been occurring in the English language for several hundred years, so don't think you're going to stamp it out any time soon. Also, "source" has always been a verb, and it's use as a noun is probably the result of nounification some 500-700 years ago.

more than 5 years ago

Fossett's Plane Found

hchaos Re:He's still kicking! (356 comments)

It really isn't. The door of a Super Decathlon is nearly impossible to open in flight, and it would be even harder to fly the thing while wearing a parachute. Outside of sky diving, parachutes are almost unheard of in General Aviation.

In case anyone reads my post, I have a few corrections I want to make to myself:

  1. The Super Decathlon's door can be removed in flight. I must have been thinking about a completely unrelated plane at the time.
  2. Parachutes are also normally used in aerobatics. The Super Decathlon, being an aerobatic plane, certainly has accomodations for parachutes.

more than 6 years ago


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