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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

jovius Re:WHAT? 2009 pandemic came from Mexico, not China (213 comments)

Yes, that "thousands of people" doesn't even appear in the referenced articles. In the referenced article it's only speculated that IF the strain would escape from the lab there would be serious consequences. That article is about the justification of doing the said research in the first place, but also quotes the original researchers and their findings.

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

jovius Einstein's Forgotten _Draft_ Model of the Universe (35 comments)

This is basically a peer review of an unpublished draft paper by Einstein. It would have been interesting to have Einstein's response, but on the other hand Einstein-de Sitter model is the result of further dialogue.

about a week ago
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Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

jovius Reaction or reflex? (51 comments)

Isn't the correct term reflex rather than reaction, considering that it's an insect? It's more like a mechanical than biological delay.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

jovius Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

What's professionalism? A job done without emotions, or having the emotions restricted? In the end it wouldn't much differ from working with robots. Or are the emotions a threat because authority figure's emotions can be a sign of a weakness, or do we subconsciously fancy emotionless and calculative psychopaths, for us to let go of the control to somebody else?

There in the very thread he does all he can to help solve the issue and learn more about it. A challenge: find out the Linus expletive and outburst frequency per year.

about three weeks ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

jovius Re:First pass (44 comments)

I hope it does the second pass for better quality at least.

about a month ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

jovius Re:The White House isn't stupid.. (272 comments)

The time of cheap and unconventional oil is over. Shale and deep water sources are unconventional and they wouldn't be profitable with the oil prices known in the last millennium. Besides in terms of oil used to extract oil they are also more costly.

The most reasonable solution is to move forward from hydrocarbons. That era is soon over and besides the dependency upkeeps certain political trenches. If an oil or energy company is shortsighted they will oppose this, but the companies who develop alternatives will be the market leaders of the future. It's no wonder that the more advanced and rich Middle East countries are heavily investing in solar and renewables. The same names will dominate the energy sector in the coming years.

This is the moment where the ones who don't adapt will not survive.

about 1 month ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

jovius Leaks or spying? (244 comments)

Using typewriters will definitely make spying the documents a bit harder, but leaking them is as easy as ever. The next level could be a new version of watermarked paper, which knows when it has been accessed or photographed.
 

about a month ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

jovius Re:Could it be ... (95 comments)

While fast radio bursts last just a few thousandths of a second and have rarely been detected, the new result confirms previous estimates that these strange cosmic bursts occur roughly 10,000 times a day over the whole sky.

That's a lot of aliens. Or maybe we are inside of a slow thinking alien's head.

about a month ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

jovius Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

The project has become too politicized. And politicians will always look for their own interests, which keeps the expenses high. And without the political support there's no plane. It's a vicious and expensive cycle. The core of the problem is not the manufacturing costs, maintenance costs or especially the defects, which are only symptoms of the disease.

about a month and a half ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

jovius Re:Jon Skeet doesn't belong on such a list (285 comments)

That list presents the whole problem really nicely. It's not only about being a good programmer, but each of the individuals on the list are there because of their different personalities, which they've put forward along with their skill and talent. The absolutely best programmer would be found out in a competition, where the tasks would have been tailored for just that purpose. Anyway, these lists are like beauty pageants; only those who participate are deemed the most beautiful, excluding the ones who are beautiful enough to not participate.

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

jovius Re:Why is it cheaper in China? (530 comments)

Robots allow for developing the production lines. Consistent precision and quality, and quality that's easier to control and fine tune. Human workers can only be exploited to a certain level, and electronic products are becoming more complex. It's about future profits.

about a month and a half ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

jovius The Computer is Your Friend (162 comments)

"People get scared when you talk to them about AI,"

Team Leader, please report to the debriefing room ASAP.

about a month and a half ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

jovius Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

I see that my poor attempt about a magnet that attracts fridges didn't catch very well.

about 2 months ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

jovius Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

Umm yes. It's a fridge magnet, not a magnet that attaches to a fridge.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

jovius Re:Aperture-specific plugins... (214 comments)

Well, Aperture doesn't stop functioning in an instant and plugins can still be developed for it. Plugin production will continue for some time because of the user base.

about 2 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

jovius Re:Don't mess with "c" (347 comments)

Space has a sort of viscosity if it would mean gravity and expansion, but that doesn't have an effect on the speed but the frequency of a photon. So it's more like a spectral filter.

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

jovius Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

They are not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Skype while being there. On the other hand, that would bring peace to the world. For moving objects Foursquare could be a nice addition, although the gamification elements might make matters go out of hands.

about 2 months ago
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Satellite Swarm Spots North Pole Drift

jovius Re:Important work - gives handle on earth's dynamo (80 comments)

Satellites may benefit from rolling out long thin wires while rotating in the Earth's magnetosphere. There's so called electric sail project in the testing phase where they are doing just that. The ready mechanism will not work in the Earth's magnetosphere though.

Wind, tidal and coriolis forces can be more easily tapped for energy, although they are not all directly caused by the planet's rotation.

about 2 months ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

jovius Re:Just like the DDR or the 3rd Reich never happen (103 comments)

The traumas are still unhealed and they are passed on to the next generations, so the world has become a giant festival of self whipping. To avoid talking about the issues huge defenses are erected along with complex system of hierarchy. The totality is nonetheless based on a fragile illusion of power, which can be penetrated by anyone regardless of the applied conditioning - like what Snowden did for example. As long as people believe the illusion it stays together, but it's also possible to voluntarily change one's path and actions. The sum is less than the value of the parts.

Because ultimately it's impossible to have a complete control of a human being the mechanism needs to be paranoid to the infinity, and everybody is treated as a suspect. The problem is not however the humanity but the mechanism, which is in denial. For sure the ones in the core understand this, but the reward system in the brain can be really tricky...

about 2 months ago
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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

jovius 2014 (173 comments)

The year of the Windows Desktop?

about 2 months ago

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