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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

onepoint think of all the new math we will learn (132 comments)

While it's not Math, we will add more knowledge to the simulations, we will learn a lot of the bounces, which should teach something about gravity bouncing on asteroids. We just might discover that the "dust" was really frozen solid, we might learn how to glide better.
They did something that was very improbable (speed matching at amazing speeds) which now makes it possible. I can not wait for the future

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

onepoint Re:The Philae mission is a partial success (132 comments)

The problem is: we are talking about a design area of 1995 to 2002, with flight in 2004.
So, what we can do now, is all based on what we have learned.
All your ideas are valid and we will be better at it in the future.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

onepoint Re:I call bullshit (461 comments)

While I don't like what he is doing, I find that his request just might be legal. I really don't know ( IANAL ) and I dislike the idea of what he is doing. But then again, here is a case of nobody guessing that this would happen.
He will most likely go about publicly shaming them. That's what I'm guessing. And reaching real far, he might have sinister plans.

about three weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

onepoint I find it funny (461 comments)

While this is the funniest thing I've seen posted in a long time, I also think it's wrong.
But this is the great thing about the constitution and the bodies of laws we create.
Where does that line start or end.

I wonder what will become of this.

about three weeks ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

onepoint Re:Jeep. (272 comments)

Funny, but I went immediately to the ink section (I like fountain pens, and sometimes you are required to use special inks) in Henleys, and they were all interesting (page 399 and 400). I have to guess some of these inks are amazing.

But more to the point, Why not print a book like this or buy a book like this and just keep in case of that frightful day. I think its 800+ pages are well worth the shelf space.

about a month ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

onepoint Re:Infomercial for a code coverage tool? (169 comments)

You know, I like what you wrote since it brought up a safety issue once I read about. It was about a plane making a crash landing, and the pilots heard a "GONG" sound, they were never trained for that sound, but they were able to find it in the manual. It seemed that that gong sound was the sound of everything is failing including redundancy. Now that gong sound is in all the simulations.

So I look at it as a tool, a tool to test all the code and see if it works in general for most situations, then test again to see if it works correctly with other applications by trial and error.

about a month ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

onepoint Re:Infomercial for a code coverage tool? (169 comments)

While everything you just said makes sense, nothing beats good testing, and like any tool, this is another one. All that code coverage does is let you focus on what has not been touched, then you'll be able to test it somehow. Also, I could create a similar problem, just like the one you wrote about above and would happen more often. I'm thinking of traffic management in the air. Or maybe even traffic management on land.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

onepoint Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

Really, you think that they have a DOJ and or any fed regulator problem???
Hmm...
Specific chip driver, designed for that chip only
Copycat chip using the above chip driver
Change the driver code slightly for improvement or whatever reason
Results:
Your system crashed, if it was using the fake chip.
Not the fault of the manufacture of the specific chip.
The liability goes towards whom sold that configuration to you with the promise of that specific chip. They lied.

I am guessing that this should be happening more often in the next 5 to 10 years, built in clones killing.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

onepoint Re:Why? (986 comments)

Debunking is not such an easy task and as the above stated, it's 10x as hard. Really, most perpetual motion debunking was done by highly skilled magicians that had a scientific bent and testing that required the help of physicist ( don't recall the episode of Bullshit with Pen and Teller in which they said that)

Could you imagine what it must cost just to test something like this, just so you can say, Hey it's a scam or not, and then publish it. I'm rather sure no one works for free so.

about a month and a half ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

onepoint Re:Oh good (907 comments)

I've been flush with cash and dirt broke.
the one thing i could count on was the ability to walk to work, then bike to work, then scooter to work.
I've saved more than enough for a car, but every week I use the scooter I save
9 to 10 gallons of gas
$ 37 insurance

In 1 month, that's about 275 extra that I don't have to think about.
my current cost is 7.00 per week.

I happen to live in florida so I get to use it all year around

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

onepoint Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

Just the way they write about it, it's like we can watch the entire process from almost start to finish in less than 10 lifetimes. Seems rather fast.

about 2 months ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

onepoint Re:Don't point that thing at me! (143 comments)

The sad thing is, if it did happen, and it was not state sanctioned, they would end up dead. Even the Chinese have learned this ( blowing things up in higher orbits, then finding out a few years later they could not launch like they wanted to ) and are most likely careful never to do it in such a high orbit again.

about 3 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

problem with something like your asking it cost a lot to drill. figure 100 to 200 a drilling. so 900 for a test ... Now I can see why no one want to test

about 3 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

ok, I get the idea of pick 3 spot's random, and dowse for 3. But what about depth to find water. Last time it was just 3 hours and boom I had water.

about 3 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

There was no control group, I just 'felt' those locations were correct.
Now, I would love to be in the same situation again and test it out. I can afford to spend some cash and see the results if I need to do this again.
It was lucky guessing the first time, but again, my question is how the heck do you set something like this up for an honest review.

about 3 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

While I cannot account for anyone else. I once owned some land, and tried my hand at dowsing. Found 3 spots that felt just right, drilled the first, and found water at 70 feet. I still call it luck. If I ever need to look for water again, I'll try my hand at it again and mark 3 spots.

While it's not science, I would be interested in how do you set up a test for a peer review of this. Seems to me that if I really think about it. It's just a lot of pot luck.

about 2 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re:realtor. (266 comments)

the question is ... did the realtor find it ?

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

onepoint refreshing (182 comments)

I find it refreshing that "dirty tricks" are still used in this day an age.
I don't welcome it, but it's good to know that this is still used, Now you ask why? Simple really, what they are doing (which I don't think is illegal, but I wish it was), is abusing the competitions, making them waste resources (time and gas). Right now the only person suffering is the driver. I would think that if this game was played on taxi companies, someone would be visiting with a bat.

It's fun and games until someone figures out how to counter, then the consumer will get screwed.

I kinda see this as a weird form of a DOSS attack, but seems viable.

about 3 months ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

onepoint Re:Really there's no excuse (98 comments)

I am not sure of this, but about 10 years ago I saw a show about Toronto, all buildings over 100 feet tall have to have some sort of wind test on a scale model showing what happens to the surrounding area.

about 3 months ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

onepoint Re:Why can't it just be one mass? (74 comments)

That thought was the very first thing that crossed my mind.
I mean the only super dense stuff that I've read about is ultra-dense deuterium
( It's in the range of 100+ tons/ cm3 ) but it's only produced in really small quantities

I would really enjoy knowing if something ultra dense is produced, and how does it effect gravity. I think that would be a fun project

about 3 months ago

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onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

just wanted to say that my life is the most interesting thing. failure and success are common at the extreems and I have nothing in the middle. just plain wierd. wondering if there is anyone else having just an extreem life

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just learned about this

onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 12 years ago

this is an interesting feature. I wonder if over the long term people will respond with Ideas that will improve the quality of my response to the posting I do.

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