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Russian Supply Vehicle To ISS Burns

nofx_3 Re:I'm afraid this means vodka rationing, boys (184 comments)

What? This was the FIRST failure of a progress module. Also as far as I know, they haven't had a single fatality related to their current manned space vehicle (the Soyuz) and unless they are hiding some early issues, they have never lost any crew on manned flights. Remember, the shuttle lost 2 crews, and we lost an Apollo crew on the ground. I would say the Russian human spaceflight program is safer than the US program, although IMHO losing 2 shuttle crews is a reasonable amount of loss for a pioneering program. Just think about how many ships were lost when man first started exploring the globe.

more than 3 years ago
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Beyond HDTV

nofx_3 Re:Joe Sixpack isn't even using his 1080p right (354 comments)

20/20 is "normal" vision, not perfect. For instance I have 20/16 vision, which means I can resolve details at 20 feet that a normal vision individual could not resolve until they were 16 feet away.

more than 3 years ago
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First Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered

nofx_3 Re:Pluto rules (173 comments)

The problem is big and massive are two different things, and it depends on the material composition of the object. So we will end up with objects that are in hyrdostatic equilibrium that are smaller in diameter / size than other objects that are not. Take asteroid 4 Vesta for instance, it's larger in diameter than several objects that are in hydrostatic equilibrium, yet it is not itself. Also there are plenty of moons that are in hydrostaic equilibrium, according to your definition these would be planets. I think you at a minimum need to add "and orbit around an object which is massive enough for fusion to occur". Then of course we get into the weird world of brown dwarfs...

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

nofx_3 Re:Capitalism at work (330 comments)

That was my first though, out of the 657,000 degrees quoted in the article, how many were from top tier universities and how many were from for-profit degree mills?

more than 3 years ago
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Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit

nofx_3 Re:Amazing... (54 comments)

I too am amazed, the technology is spectacular. Too bad the general public will mostly never even hear about this mission.

more than 3 years ago
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Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet

nofx_3 Re:Fail (451 comments)

Or maybe people like of the idea of currency that can't be de-valued. Once all 21 Million bitcoins have been mined, the price of products will actually go down (and become more fractional). You can basically just hold your bitcoins indefinitely and not have to put them in a savings account just to maybe keep up with inflation if you are lucky.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites

nofx_3 Re:Here it comes (78 comments)

My point was that Facebook used to sell that info to be used in targeted ads on Facebook's site, not for anywhere on the web you might visit. I also disagree with you that people know what Facebook is doing with your data, I'd actually argue that the vast majority don't know. Folks who I've had conversations with about what Facebook uses your data for were usually surprised. Your mom is the exception rather than the rule, most people in the US at least don't read a newspaper and don't hear/see radio and TV news, they are too busy with American Idol and Extreme Couponing.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites

nofx_3 Re:Here it comes (78 comments)

Google is a lot more clear about what they are doing, you know they are an ad platform and you knew they were BEFORE you gave them any info. Some people trusted Facebook more specifically because they weren't doing this. Now Facebook is basically taking a back door, it'll probably be opt out so millions won't even know they data they post on Facebook is being used to target ads OUTSIDE of Facebook. Facebook is desperate, they have no real ability to make money other than to sell your personal info and they know it. It's why they tried to set up their own stock exchange so they didn't have to go public and reveal all the underhanded things they intend to do with your data. They are the next MySpace.

more than 3 years ago
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Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

nofx_3 Re:"If we litigate, we have a chance to win.'" (346 comments)

You are probably correct about utilization, but with data caps in place at all major carriers it is irrelevant. Fact is they provide you with 5GB per month on your "unlimited" plan (which is already B.S.), but in reality they don't build enough capacity for all users to even use their monthly allotment. So for users that have the potential to actually use their 5GB they are entitled to, they have to pay more. Same network, same device, same bandwidth, extra cost.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Nokia Is Toast

nofx_3 Re:This is way over the top (475 comments)

"Indeed, look at top handsets in top20 countries of this report [opera.com]. Just look at them; beyond some probably fairly atypical (but vocal and visible) place. Curious way of being "toast"... "

This data is wildly skewed. It's take from Opera mini/mobile use. For that reason alone you are unlikely to see phones with a good browsers (iphone/android) showing up on the list as folks with those phones simply won't be using Opera.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

nofx_3 Re:Okay, hold on a minute. (184 comments)

We've known about hydrocarbon seas on Titan for a couple years now and we have yet to invade...

more than 3 years ago
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Universe 250+ Times Bigger Than What Is Observable

nofx_3 Re:Hence infinite? (506 comments)

Where does your belief come from? A priori knowledge?

more than 3 years ago
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Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads

nofx_3 Re:Netcraft confirms it (409 comments)

I wonder if anyone has dared to play Terminal Frost on the radio.

more than 3 years ago
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Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

nofx_3 Re:Democrats loved the Pentagon Papers (833 comments)

How do you intend to elect a politician if they lie to you? Shouldn't you know how your elected representative feels about certain issues so you can vote for the person who will represent you properly? If politicians can just lie to get elected, not do anything beneficial to you while in office, and then cover up everything they do or so or vote on in the name of protecting security or some other bs, won't you just vote for them the next time when they lie to you? Politicians need to be accountable for EVERYTHING they do while representing you. If they communicate in any way in an official capacity, you as their electorate have a right to know what they are doing and saying for YOU.

more than 3 years ago
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Utah vs. NASA On Heavy-Lift Rocket Design

nofx_3 Re:How this sounds to me (285 comments)

Don't know why you said "Capitalist" America at the end there. In a pure capitalist environment, the cheapest design that met all requirements (performance, safety, etc.) would win, there would be no other consideration.

about 4 years ago
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Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

nofx_3 Re:Been running a dev build for a few weeks now (212 comments)

I'm no EE, so I don't know if the impact is significant or not, but wouldn't "wired" RAM that is actively storing bits require additional juice. Volatile RAM, like that used in smartphones, doesn't work like flash. There is a power penalty for apps that are storing stuff in RAM. If you are literally doing nothing with the phone, it doesn't make sense to keep the whole 512MB of ram wired just because you happened to use applications before, especially if the OS has functions for the app to essentially be put to sleep. Again I'm not an EE or CE so in reality the power usage may not even be relevant but it's something to think about.

about 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

nofx_3 Re:LibreOffice will join the ranks of Linux... (500 comments)

Well if you are going to get into semantics, technically none of that stuff is part of the "OS". The OS is just the linux kernel itself, just the part that handles I/O, the filesystem (disk access), memory access, and process scheduling. What you are talking about are software distributions, that in this case happen to be built and packaged with a linux kernel.

about 4 years ago
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Genetically Engineered Silkworms Spin Spider Silk

nofx_3 Spider Worms? (188 comments)

"They're takin our jerbs!"

-The Spider Goats

more than 4 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

nofx_3 Re:How can they tell its tidally locked? (575 comments)

That formula requires knowing the initial spin rate (or current spin rate if you just want to calculate from now until a body is tidally locked). Although I guess given it's mass there is probably some sort of maximum initial spin rate, and even given that rate the planet might be guaranteed to be tidally locked at this point.

more than 4 years ago

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