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New Particle Discovered At CERN

jandoedel Re:chi b star (144 comments)

while interesting and definitely worthwhile it is not particularly exciting.

maybe not. But the asterisk tells us the baryon itself is excited.

more than 2 years ago
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Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

jandoedel Re:Hooray! (414 comments)

Maybe an impedance mismatch at the end(s) of the cable caused the biggest part of the signal to reflect back and forth a couple of times, over the entire length of the cable?

60ns delay is 18m of cable.
Or 6m of cable in which the signal bounces back and forth once.

ADC <----- GPS
ADC -----> GPS
ADC <----- GPS

about 2 years ago
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Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

jandoedel Re:Hooray! (414 comments)

Maybe an impedance mismatch at the end(s) of the cable caused the biggest part of the signal to reflect back and forth a couple of times, over the entire length of the cable?

60ns delay is 18m of cable.
Or 6m of cable in which the signal bounces back and forth once.

ADC GPS
ADC ----- GPS

about 2 years ago
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Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

jandoedel Re:E4F0EDDF374F2C50D473 5EC097833DC998EF9A49 (601 comments)

I get a "gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available" error.

You forgot to add the key to your post, common mistake.

about 3 years ago
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X-rays For Stargazing Turn Into Cancer Treatment

jandoedel Re:woah hold your horses (59 comments)

They're not oblivious to that fact. That's the whole point. The aim is to get more effective therapy with lower doses of X-rays.
If this plasma method only requires half the X-rays for the same effect, you will affect the healthy tissue 50% less.

more than 3 years ago
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X-rays For Stargazing Turn Into Cancer Treatment

jandoedel Re:Yeah but... (59 comments)

The purpose is to surround the metals with a small layer of plasma. This plasma is what kills the cancer cells.

This plasma will only occur where
a) there is gold/platinum
b) where they focus the X-rays. Focusing the X-rays is done just like your gamma knife: multiple beams from different directions, converging on the tumor.
Since liver and kidneys are not radiated, you get no plasma there...

So it's more precise than only using converging beams of X-rays.

more than 3 years ago
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Company Fined €25,000 For Altering Wikipedia

jandoedel Re:Horribly Summary (141 comments)

It's about companies that offer micropayment.

There was a list of companies that offered this service, and Hi-Media removed their competitor from that list. The competitor (Rentabiliweb) noticed this, and found out that the IP address of the edit belonged to a computer at Hi-Media, which the judge saw as proof that Hi-Media sanctioned it.

Rentabiliweb claimed 150 000 in damages, but only got 25 000, because "people don't usually visit Wikipedia to find companies that offer services"

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Enter Fukushima Reactor Building

jandoedel Re:Why so long (244 comments)

The French have robots specially designed for this kind of situation, radiation proof etc,.. They offered them to Japan a couple of days after the disaster. But Japan refused them.

more than 3 years ago
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KGB Wants Control of Email and VOIP

jandoedel Re:Hehe... (129 comments)

Dude, you still have plenty of governments left. European, Flemish, Walloon, French community, Brussels Region, German speaking. You still have, like, 85% of your governments left + an-old-but-still-kinda-in-charge government. And a king. And 2 queens.

more than 3 years ago
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A Handy Radiation Dose Chart From XKCD

jandoedel Re:additional (392 comments)

As far as I know Japan wasn't the only country hit by nukes. Several countries did nuclear tests above ground. The US and USSR for example were both hit by nukes two hundred times, Japan only twice: http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/nuclear/atest00.html

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Researchers Develop Permanent Anti-Fog Coating

jandoedel Pesky frogs (146 comments)

Great! I've always wanted an anti-frog coating.

more than 3 years ago
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Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

jandoedel Cats are too unpredictable (391 comments)

Cats are too unpredictable to be good editors. The last time I let a cat use my keyboard to edit something I wrote, I ended up with page after page of "vnmerhi gbchqeruiph vvj buiphbjnnk wfqÙQSC g[no tyn"

more than 4 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

jandoedel airports - where are they? (524 comments)

I hope those terrorists don't know about the locations of any airports. Rumour has it that lots of planes fly near them...

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Create Real Tractor Beams

jandoedel Re:not a real tractor beam (111 comments)

So when a deer in the road moves toward me because I shine my headlights down the road, my headlights are attractor beam?

There, fixed it for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant

jandoedel Re:Don't Hold Your Breath (105 comments)

"whose team has looked for variations in the fine-structure constant with the Very Large Telescope as far back as about 11.5 billion years ago and found none"

WTF? These dudes were already alive 11.5 billion years ago??

more than 4 years ago
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FBI Failed To Break Encryption of Hard Drives

jandoedel Re:Maybe it was just random data (486 comments)

a better decoy is to encrypt some useless thing with some very strong encryption. in that case you CAN actually give the encryption keys to get out of jail.

more than 4 years ago

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