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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

mmell Games with Heisenberg. (139 comments)

So 0*K is absolute zero. It's a theoretical quantity. If you ever cooled something to 0*K, you'd discover it's temperature fluctuating subtly between some nonzero positive and negative fraction of a degree. This is where we get the ridiculous concept of "negative energy" (which isn't so ridiculous after all).

c is ~299,997km/s. It also is a theoretical quantity. If you ever accelerated a mass to c, you'd discover its velocity fluctuates subtly between some miniscule quantity around c. I wonder if we could somehow use this to generate a tachyon?

5 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

mmell I've had an account on G+ for years. (209 comments)

Never used it except for once or twice to confirm that it's a great place to post content that nobody will ever see . . . until Niantic Labs came along.

Now I don't use it - but there's an outside chance somebody there may actually try to get in touch with me that way someday.

about a week ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

mmell Gotta disagree strongly . . . (108 comments)

ST-C absolutely dead-on nails the look and feel of ST-TOS in every way. Even their CGI is immaculate.

With that said, they're all interesting. Check 'em all out, make your own decision.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

mmell Don't underestimate drift. (111 comments)

It may not have been a radical mutation or even a series of minor ones, but rather the long-term weeding out of less successful genetic combinations.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

mmell Oh, come now . . . (111 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new carnivorous pitcher plant overlords.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

mmell Come and get it! (138 comments)

It'll be the only ass you've had since ass had you, no doubt.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

mmell Yup. Just like that. (138 comments)

Thanks for living up to all my expectations of you. Now get some professional help, will ya?

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

mmell So? (174 comments)

First: it's their dictionary. Well, to be fair - it's their junior dictionary. That by itself sort of tells me there's only room for a select subset of the OED. I'll be the first to admit, I find their choice of words to eliminate puzzling but like I said, it's their dictionary.

Second (and I tend to agree with this one): make sure our children's learning institutions such as the public schools insist on a certain quality of product in return for our tuition/tax money. If the Oxford Junior Dictionary doesn't support all of the lessons we want our instructors to teach to our children then find one that does and buy it instead.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

mmell APK is (as usual) admitting he's wrong . . . (138 comments)

He is adept at pointing out instances where others have demonstrated the intelligence and flexibility to consider viewpoints they disagree with (even admitting and learning from past mistakes), all the while demonstrating that he himself is incapable of even this act of basic intelligence.

Al - please go talk to someone. Please? I don't know what that is you have a grip on, but it isn't reality.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

mmell Re:BarbaraHudson what's this (138 comments)

Al! Good to see ya!

So I'm guessing you haven't bothered seeing that therapist we talked about yet, have you? *tsk, tsk*

about two weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

mmell Based on the track record of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (272 comments)

I'm going to say our descendants will be disease-ridden, radioactively contaminated, pollution poisoned mindless drones who will listen to anything they hear on radio or television.

Either that, or we'll end up like the Vorlons. Either way, it just doesn't look good.

about a month ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

mmell You're right. (272 comments)

I seem to have slipped a digit or two . . .

about a month ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

mmell 250,000 - 470,000 years to go . . . (272 comments)

Whether or not life still exists or even can exist on Earth that far in the future is an open question. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Sun will change output significantly enough by then to (potentially) render our planet uninhabitable by life as we currently know it. I suspect intelligent life in other star systems will face a similar test of their patience if this is the method they choose for interstellar travel.

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Overtaxed FCC's System

mmell Hmmm... (32 comments)

The wonderful people at the FCC will forgive me if I find the nature and timing of this announcement to be . . . convenient? I'm sure the many PAC lobbyists working for the major ISP's will find this news very welcome indeed.

about a month ago
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Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'

mmell OTOH, there is precedent for this . . . (148 comments)

It wouldn't be the first time a motion picture studio has done something fraudulent or even outrageous to promote a film. It's called a "PR stunt" for a reason . . . mainly, it's something nobody expected and somebody'll get hurt badly if it goes wrong.

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

mmell Both movie trilogies were just visualization aids. (351 comments)

I've read quite a bit of Tolkien's work - including The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While I was thrilled to see the LOTR movies stayed very true to the books they were based on, that very fidelity meant there was little room for suspense or surprise. Based on my experience with the LOTR movies, I chose not to bother seeing any of the Hobbit movies. If they were as faithful to the book as the LOTR movies were, no loss. I already know the story quite well, and can even imagine it without Hollywood film magic to help. If (as I'm beginning to understand) they took liberties with the story, tone and content I'm actively glad I didn't waste any money on this, as it would only have made me unhappy - the intellectual equivalent of "bait and switch".

I wonder if they'll try to make The Silmarillion next?

about a month ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

mmell Can they legally jam cellular traffic? (293 comments)

You know, so that guests will be obliged to use the hotel's telephone to send/receive calls? At a dime a minute for local calls buck a minute for long distance, well . . . it adds up quick. Especially when you have multiple guests with no choice.

Oh, that's not legal? Well, how is this any different?

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

mmell At a guess . . . (179 comments)

The amount of light entering the eye and stimulating the optic nerve is higher for the tablet. More light == more wakefulness. We're wired that way.

about a month ago

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RIP: ISP's driving the final stake into the internet.

mmell mmell writes  |  about 9 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "I'm sure a lot of Slashdot readers have strong opinions regarding Net Neutrality. I'm also sure that a percentage of Slashdot readers are also aware of DemandProgress.net, an organization which purports to act as a watchdog over certain government actions. Today, their pitch appears to be BREAKING: The End of Net Neutrality.

The website appears to be down. While we've been enjoying VisageTome, AgriVillage, Confection Smash Epic and various other pap streams, it would appear that the vague and undefined "Powers That Be" have quietly retaken their control over the Internetwork of computers we've come to know and love. How widespread is the damage, and is there any chance of repairing it before it's too late?"
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Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

mmell mmell writes  |  about a year ago

mmell (832646) writes "Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?"

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