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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

mestar Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (278 comments)

Considering the benefits, bring on the laws that mandate that each stop light wifi/bluetooth/whatever broadcasts its state .

yesterday
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

mestar link text (984 comments)

"Here's why, most likely, they always will."

This is an example of Slashdot link text that disappoints. I was expecting some reason or principle why cold fusion will be impossible. You gave us nothing. NOTHING!

about a week ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

mestar Re:Who writes this crap? (211 comments)

However, a thing that is not white *is* necessarily non-white.

about a month and a half ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

mestar Re:Gibbs Free Energy (211 comments)

Can you model of light explain why it bends 10 degrees (or whatever) at the surface?

Or, how does the atom know to re-emit light in the same direction it was traveling before?

about a month and a half ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

mestar Re:Broadwell (181 comments)

They buy TWO Intels.

about 2 months ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

mestar Re:Elephant in the room (181 comments)

OMG, 64 GB of RAM for only $700. That is simply amazing, how cheap it is.

about 2 months ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

mestar Re:*drool* (181 comments)

Single thread performance from core 2 duo from 2008, to the 4770 i7 from this year improved just 90%, so, not even a doubling in speed.

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

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

That's a strange distinction you are making there. I think your teacher was more focused on memorization of stupid definitions, and less on understanding.

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:What gets corrected? (347 comments)

You never know the path of the photon. In fact, it looks like it went trough all the possible paths, including all the splittings and merging. You can not even tell if it went in a straight line or not.

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

"Physics classes push the difference between "speed" and "velocity" pretty heavily"

You mean, bad physics classes...

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

"It's more like time doesn't exist as a valid concept for a photon; it just doesn't make sense to talk about a timeline for a photon's frame of reference in the same way that it doesn't make sense to ask what the color red smells like."

Why do you use this stupid metaphor that does not add anything at all?

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

"When light travels through a medium containing matter it will be absorbed and "stored", for some time, in the exited states of the atoms before it is emitted again."

Then the question becomes, how does the light know how to continue in the same direction it was going previously?

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

So, when a photon travels trough a optical fiber cable, now does it know when to turn?

Total reflection you say? So, it goes near all those electrons in atoms, and then it only decides to turn once there will be no more atoms in it's current path?

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Why is nobody mentioning the fact that the light particle does not take a single route trough space, but travels trough it in all possible ways.

about 4 months ago
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The Game Theory of Life

mestar Re:Simpsons...errr....Matt Ridley did it (85 comments)

Or in the "Red Queen."

So much time would be saved, and so much more understanding of evolution would be had, if sexual selection was thought in schools. My guess is that this isn't done be because of the word sex in the name.

In the context of the article:

survival of the fittest -> narrows the gene pool
sexual selection -> increases variation in the gene pool

The fist part prunes the "bad" genes. The sexual part actually encourages any "bad" genes that became sexually attractive by any random start.

The examples are peacocks tail, deer's antlers and human brain.

about 4 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

mestar Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

"Why spend a shitload of money of a new 4K screen and the video card necessary for an acceptable game experience when I'll be able to do VR with a fraction of the cost and with my existing hardware setup?"

Oh boy, somebody is going to get very disappointed.

about 4 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

mestar Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

The word "flat", it doesn't mean what you mean it means.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re: Progenitors? (686 comments)

I would recommend an excellent book "The Red Queen" by Ridley.

It explains why sexual selection pushes many organism features that are in fact handicaps for survival.

Human brain has all the characteristics of a feature evolved to be a handicap. It uses 40% of total energy, it evolved quickly, and we seemed to survive without it being such a big organ before.

Once you have a large brain and language, it becomes harder to just look at the genetic evolution, since it becomes a genetic/memetic evolution. And it is this person/culture complex that is seemingly most evolutionary successful thing.

One could also argue that is it in fact bacteria that are evolutionary most successful organisms on earth.

I would agree that it is hard to argue that a huge brain is a survival handicap. It may have started that way, but it got useful in all sort of ways. And also, we all look at this problem from the brain's perspective, since this is what we actually are, and not from the genes' perspectives. Also, being in a long non-food crunch situation also makes those 'details' hard to see.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:What's mysterious? (686 comments)

Or if it is coming, it is coming in the form of a simple single cell size, frozen in space, riding a simple rock. Perhaps that is how we got here. (plus the 3 billion years of evolution.)

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

And fire. Not much chance of using fire in the oceans.

about 4 months ago

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