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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

pablo_max Black holes are not black (129 comments)

Actually, no, it is not black. In order to have a color, light must reflect off of the object. In a black hole, light does not escape it and therefor it has no color.
In fact, you cannot see a black hole at all. You would only know it's there because of the objects orbiting the event horizon.

about two weeks ago

Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

pablo_max Isn't all renewable? (235 comments)

Hell, even oil is renewable. You just need to wait a while.

I remember reading something about so law saying energy cannot be destroyed. ;)

about three weeks ago

Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

pablo_max Queue the Apple apologists (327 comments)

Seriously, look at this fellow's posts. Doesn't matter what Apples does, it is not their fault, or it is their fault but it's Apple, so there is a good and just reason.

I just understand this mindset. TRIM has been around for a long time now and it works. Plain and simple. It has worked perfectly on my mac after I enabled with a 3rd party hack.
No, this is only a clamp down in order for force you to buy their SSD for double the price.

I am 100% positive if MS sold SDDs and suddenly blocked TRIM, this turkey would be screaming at the top of his lung about power grabs and anti-competitive actions. But, since we are talking about Apple....

about a month ago

First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

pablo_max Re:Crowdfunding (73 comments)

hmm, I am not sure that is really true.
I mean, a video game was able to get 59 million so far. A video game!
I would expect it is possible to get much, much more than that for something awesome.

about 2 months ago

First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

pablo_max Crowdfunding (73 comments)

I would think that something like a moon hab or station would be perfect for crowd funding.
I think that space is one thing that tons of people are willing to spend money on. I would be willing to put up a few hundred bucks, even if I get nothing in return. So long as the idea is realistic and gets us going in the right direction.
Maybe I will never be able to go into space. At my age, it is likely I won't, but I can at least dream that my kids will go.

about 2 months ago

NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

pablo_max Can't eat oil (213 comments)

Are you really comparing water spend on something so wasteful like farming to something which we need to sustain life, like fracking? wait....

about 2 months ago

First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

pablo_max data in between? (107 comments)

What do you mean "data in between"?
I was given to understand that there is no in between at the quantum level. That it would be an instantaneous event regardless of distance.

about 2 months ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

pablo_max Not true (942 comments)

Oh, you mean the speedometers that have both measurements on them already? All US cars do. Why the ignorance?

Nope. In fact when we took our GERMAN car to germany, I had to swap out the cluster because it only read in MPH.

about 3 months ago

LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

pablo_max Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

Not to mention a replacement for WLAN. I would expect that eFDD17 (700 MHz) band would be far better at going through my brick walls into the basement than my current 5GHz wlan router.

about 3 months ago

Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Not even then! (267 comments)

Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

The only safe ship is the one that never leaves harbor...

Not even then.
There are loads of examples of ships sinking in harbor or while tied to docks.
That the thing about life, it's just too damn easy to die and there isnt any way to prevent it. So, may as well risk it.
Hell, you could be killed by space sitting in your chair at home!

about 3 months ago

Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Do yourself a favor (267 comments)

Do yourself a favor, list to it on audiobook. It is narrated by R. C. Bray. who does a fantastic job. It was one of the few times where the I found audiobook more entertaining than when I read it.

about 3 months ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

...driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road...

I did. Because it is a privately owned road. I.e. private property.

about 3 months ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max You want to bet? (299 comments)

"This will never fly."

I am betting it will fly. While I have not personally had any run ins with the forest service, I know folks who have.
I had one buddy who was ticketed for driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road by a US Forest service agent on Patrol from the adjacent land.
The local judge was going to though the ticket out since you normally cannot get a ticket on your own property. That was until he noticed the ticket came from the forest service.
The judge told him plainly, "sorry son, even we don't F with them. Just pay the ticket and let this go. Just be glad they only gave you a ticket and didn't take your home".

about 3 months ago

IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

pablo_max Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

True, but at least it could be transported on a flatbed trailer, rather than an expensive tank truck.
Not to mention, getting water to you cows just got a whole lot easier. Just kick one off the back of your pick-up!
I don't know...It sounds pretty good to me.

about 3 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

pablo_max Re:fear and cowardice (421 comments)

Fear yes, but cowardice, no. That is not the point.
Folks in the US seem to have a hard time believing and/or seeing what is going on. It is social engineering 101. You are being taught several things. First and foremost, do not question authority.
They are also trying to teach fear the punishment for any thought of violence. They are even being to teach people to fear the consequences of speaking out against their leaders.
Swat raids for twitter posts anyone? In 20 years America will not even be recognizable. For F's sake, most teens don't care at all over the amount of control the government has over their lives. They are taught, from the beginning that this is good and right and just!
We saw the writing on the wall years ago though and left America to a free country.

about 4 months ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

pablo_max Oversight and regulation (341 comments)

While I agree with you that most people cannot tolerate hipsters, I disagree with your assertion that most people will put up with unlicensed taxi drivers.
I travel all over Europe and Asian as part of job and for personal reasons and I have learned one thing..NEVER take unofficial taxis. EVER.
Oversight and regulation of certain industries are not a bad thing.

about 4 months ago


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