top Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'
Yes they are.
Science = the universe is 14 billion years old, here is why.
Religion (Christianity, for example): the universe is 6000 years old, no proof at all.
about a month and a half ago
top DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea
The basis of our economic system is our right to sell our products in the way we see fit. Thus, content providers have the right to put any DRM system they want on their products. If we don't like DRM, then we simply shouldn't buy those products.
We don't have any right to pirate content, because piracy is theft: for any pirated product in use, the creator is missing a certain amount of money.
The argument "a pirated product is not a lost sale" is a bad argument, because it is a tautology: "a lost sale is a lost sale".
top Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist
After watching James T. Kirk "managing" those green girls, they decided this planet isn't for them.
top Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii
top A Link Between Wormholes and Quantum Entanglement
If two entangled particles are connected with a wormhole, then it makes total sense that the state of one affects the state of the other, because if these two points in spacetime are connected via a wormhole, then communication between them is instant.
top Jolla: Ex-Nokia Employees Launch Smartphone (MeeGo Resurrected)
I was never bothered by those inconsistencies in N900's UI.
Athough they do exist, they are irrelevant for me, unlike the UI inconsistencies of Android 4's UI.
top Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model
Holding a gun to people's heads and demanding money does not make you liked.Finding what they like is tough, and getting tougher every year
So, according to you, it would be ok to get a Ferrari, ride it for as long as I like, then dump it because it did not like it after all, withouit paying a dime, right?
top AI Reality Check In Online Dating
My experience is different. I had a lot of dates with women from dating sites, and I met my wife that way. I have a kid, after 5 happy years of married life.
I think what matters is the initial approach. Many men go for an impressive opening line, but women don't really want that. My approach was very simple. My initial message was: "hi, how are you?." Most women replied back, and then the conversation started.
top Jolla: Ex-Nokia Employees Launch Smartphone (MeeGo Resurrected)
...and I am sold.
I tried the iPhone. Didn't like it, too much of a walled garden.
I tried Android. It's UI sucks. Huge incosistences all around.
I will stick with my N900 until a Sailfish phone with a hardware keyboard arrives.
top Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe
That's what she said!!!
(that's what you get from watching The Office).
top Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks
I would have expected, in this day and age, where computers are supposed to be much more powerful than needed for the majoirty of users, that C-style management of buffers would have been a thing of the past, especially in major software like Office and browsers.
But, judging from your post, it seems that is not the case. People still use raw buffers without bounds checking.
The principle "peformance first, safety second" has not done good. The majority of problems like this come from the programming language C which does not mandate bounds-checked array access.
top 4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear
What if we put nuclear power stations deep in the ground so as that any nuclear accident can be simply dealth with by burying the stations with the dirt and rock above them?
top First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon
Since time is an emergent property of entanglement, and since particles can be entangled no matter what the distance is between them, then there exists a common clock for entangled particles, thus proving that the theory of Relativity is wrong, since these particles can be light years away.
If the above is not correct, then entanglement must break at the point of one of the particles exiting the light cone of an event, and after that there cannot be a common clock between them.
top Existing Drugs Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs
In TNG, Starfleet made it a regulation to alternate phaser frequences in order to fight the Borg. The Borg soon adapted to that strategy.
It would be strange for the bacteria not to adapt to the strategy of alternating antibiotics as well. It seems the bacteria have a very good pattern recognition mechanism.
top GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings
...that says the seller or creator of game has no responsibility for the consequences of playng the adult-only game.
Then no one will be able to complain about kids having access to violent video games.
top Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments
Pay some people or give the better commenters the ability to temporarliy ban trolls. That's how you solve the problem, not by removing commenting.
top Two Birmingham Men Are Arrested By UK's New Intellectual Property Crime Unit
If someone copies a movie for free it's hard to justify the studio claims that they lost money because someone "would have paid for it" - who knows if the "consumer" would have bothered to watch it if they had to pay
But studios claim money loss after the fact - studios say they lost money because someone saw the movie, not because someone might have seen the movie.
So, after the fact has happened, piracy *IS* money loss.
top Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole
Why would an N dimensions black hole create a N - 1 dimensions universe? why not create an N dimensions universe or a N - 2 dimensions universe?
top Nokia Had an Android Phone In Development
Given its experience, Nokia could have taken Android and polish it so much that it would have left its competitors in the dust.
Not only that, but Nokia could have brought Qt to Android and make Android application development extremely more pleasant than what it is now (and avoid all the legal problems with Android's Java).
In any case, starting with an existing functioning OS gives you a great advantage over your competitors. Nokia tried to not only compete in the smartphone market but also to create their own OS from scratch! and to add more salt to the injury, thet chose the same kernel as Android did!
Finally, Nokia could have invested in a proper Adobe Flash 11 implementation and have the only smartphone that can show the web like a desktop PC. That's what sold N900 in the first place anyway. There are lots of people who do not care about Flash, but there is also lots of people who are frustrated that they cannot play their favorite Flash games on mobile.
top Black Holes Grow By Eating Quantum Foam
In Physics we learn that energy/matter cannot be created or destroyed, just change form, and that the universe is a closed system where the total energy/matter is static.
Recently we have also learned that virtual particles are constantly appearing and then disappearing and the void of space is not really a void but a boiling soup of virtual particles. But since these particles disaappear instantly after they appear, the net result is that the universe's energy/matter quantity does not change.
However, the idea in this article claims the opposite: virtual particles, i.e. the quantum foam, does not disappear, but it is added instead to the energy/matter of the universe, thus making the universe an open system. Isn't that a violation of the known physics laws?
top FCC's Net Neutrality Plan blocks BitTorrent
master_p writes "The FCC's formally issued draft net neutrality regulations have a huge copyright loophole in them; a loophole that would theoretically permit Comcast to block BitTorrent just like it did in 2007 — simply by claiming that it was "reasonable network management" intended to "prevent the unlawful transfer of content." The new proposed net neutrality regulations would allow the same practices that net neutrality was first invoked to prevent, even if these ISP practices end up inflicting collateral damage on perfectly lawful content and activities." Link to Original Source
top Simple gui toolkit for native C++ apps?
master_p writes "What is the best GUI toolkit for the following requirements?
C++ native app only one library to manage can be written using a simple text editor and the compiler — no UI designer or preprocessing tool has native-looking widgets follows established C++ programming principles is cross-platform supports OpenGL supports Unicode has reasonable online support has a reasonable API (geared towards simplicity)
It seems to me there is no such GUI toolkit for C++.
Qt is an extremely good C++ gui toolkit, but it has some problems: a) it requires the MOC, b) its signals and slots mechanism is not an established way to do signals and slots in C++ (no static type checking, no binding of parameters etc), c) its memory management mechanism is limited to object ownership; it does not use shared ptrs.
WxWidgets is another good option, but again there are some problems: a) lots of libraries to manage, b) it's programming model does not follow established C++ principles (for example: custom deletion rules, message maps)
There are lots of other toolkits out there, but it seems none of them fulfills the above requirements. My question to the Slashdot crowd is: is there somewhere such a beast or I am looking in vain?"
master_p writes "Alex Kac, CEO/Founder of WebIS, a small software company which makes mobile phone applications, has posted
a letter to warez sites explaining how WebIs is deeply hurt by software piracy. Other mobile developers strongly agree with that letter. Alex pretty much begs warez sites not to copy their software, because otherwise he will be forced to close down his company. Big companies like Sun or Microsoft are not really hurt by software piracy, and they have occasionally been helped by letting their products copied freely (and illegally) by almost everyone, but what about small software developers? Is it viable for a small company of under 20 developers to live on writing closed commercial software? And how will warez sites respond? finally, how will RIA/MPAA/SBA can offer protection of small software developers, if any?"
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