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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

painandgreed Re:Oblig ... (215 comments)

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you. Then you lose and kill yourself." - Hitler (well, not really)

I never understood what that Gandhi quote is so popular, sure that's what a victory looks like out the rear view mirror but most defeats start just the same.

Well, the point is, that if you aren't willing to be ignored and ridiculed to begin with, you'll never win because you'll never even try. Really, Hitler won and took over Germany. Then he won taking over Austria. Then he won taking over France. Then while still fighting Britain, he doubled down and tried for Russia, and then finally lost.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

painandgreed Re:About Fucking Time (423 comments)

Either Obama has written off the Cuban vote in Miami or he has decided to concede FLA to the GOP.

Not so sure. Not familiar with current Florida-Cuban politics, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people who are still angry at Castro, aren't putting more importance on trying to see and visit family before they die, if they already haven't via Canada or Mexico.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

painandgreed Re:But but but (321 comments)

Apply some of that massive Silicon Valley brainpower to developing large-scale desalination instead of the next batch of faddish social media apps.

Because most of the brain power in Silicon Valley is geared towards coding software and developing computers and this will require things like mechanical engineers and physicists. There's no app or computer that would fix this problem, and you are essentially asking electricians to fix a plumbing problem. There are already parts of the world with smart people working on such problems and it is hardly an unexplored field and while lots of money could probably make modest progress, if they had money for that solution, they could already implement it.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

painandgreed Re:Only for white people ? (446 comments)

That's what Social Justice Warriors believe.

Man, every time I hear that phrase, Social Justice Warrior, it's like somebody starting a conversation with "I'm not racist but...".

Racism = Power + Bigotry

If by Social Justice Warriors, you mean Sociologists, you'd probably be correct, but they're talking about certain academic usage and cases you probably don't have the background to discuss. Much like /.ers talking about the various physics articles here without understanding of the original article and the math behind the physics.

3 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

painandgreed Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (390 comments)

Actually, no. Nazi party was _named_ "National Socialist", while its policies were pretty consistent with far-right wing. Basically, its name was only used for PR to drum up support.

Rohm was actually part of the faction that wanted the socialist in there and was for wealth redistribution from the aristocracy to the workers as well as nationalization of industry. Because of his help founding the party and friendship with Hitler, he was able to champion the cause and even maintain that he was Hitler's equal. That part of the Nazi party died in 1934 on the Night of Long Knives.

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

painandgreed Re:THERE HAS NEVER BEEN CLIMATE STASIS! (390 comments)

No, that ithe AC stated. The AC stated that the National Socialists (Nazis) were leftists because they are socialists.

Quoting the AC:

They were, but that part of the NAZI party died with Rohm on the Night of Long Knives in 1934. His faction was the one that put Socialist and Worker in the name of the party and sought nationalization of industry with greater worker control and wealth redistribution. After that night when Hitler and his faction took firm absolute of the NAZI party, Socialist was just an awkward term that everybody ignored.

The Baath party in Iraq and Syria had the same trouble since were/are the last vestiges of the NAZI political machine, being heavily influenced if not started by actual NAZIs sent to the Middle East to spread their political viewpoints in WW2.

4 days ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

painandgreed Re:Ride sharing? (139 comments)

But ... but ... they're a tech company ... they have an app ... they dispatch using technology. My god, can't you see that this is completely different from a taxi company?

Actually, it is more accurately called a chartered car service such as used for town cars and limos. The thing is that smart phones and wireless means that these days anybody can essentially call a home office, charter a car for right then, and have it show up where they are in minutes. IIRC, those were the laws that Lyft was operating under in Seattle in the beginning because it was all kosher as chartered car drivers and companies weren't as regulated as taxis. When the laws were made, nobody thought you'd call an office and charter a regular car because of the lack of pay phones and time lag involved. Technology got rid of those issues before the laws were updated. When the city redid it's taxi laws to deal with Uber, they also had to redo the chartered car laws to deal with other avenues of doing the same thing.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

painandgreed Headline News! (417 comments)

An expert claims that something that doesn't exist yet and is pretty much the realm of science fiction will perform in a matter suitable for him to get free publicity now!

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

painandgreed Re:Arrow of Time (107 comments)

Time cannot go backwards because time, as an independent phenomenon doesn't exist. The passage of time, and what enables "change" is the expansion of the universe. It expands slower or faster near or away from the influence of gravity as time passes faster or slower near or away from the influence of gravity. Time and space aren't simply "relative". The are the same thing. Entropy is strongly correlated but not actually coupled.

That's an interesting theory. I eagerly await your paper to see the math behind it or your science fiction novel, whichever you are attempting to support.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

painandgreed Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

Try riding a cab in city where they aren't properly regulated and you may change your mind after you get in a cab with a driver who asks you for directions in a city you do not live in and is driving a clapped out ex cop car with bad shocks, a check engine light that's on and whose brakes squeal like metal to metal contact is being made whenever he uses them.

Sounds just like Seattle's regulated taxis. Not sure what the problem is.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

painandgreed Re:rename it (180 comments)

Since the cities core is fairly wealthy, they are willing to pay more for a cleaner, quicker, and more reliable service.

So, since higher fares are available through Uber, the higher-standards (self-imposed) licensed taxi drivers are moonlighting to Uber and buying out their own tokens (or whatever the system is locally)?

There's really no chance of that in Seattle. The number of token is limited, the city isn't releasing any more, and the people who own them don't want to sell because they're direct income. I know one guy that was a cab driver that bought his own token, but he only got one because an owner ran into some trouble, needed money fast, and he had the money to buy it. The law limits the sale of such tokens to $20k last I heard, but he also had to slip another $80k under the table to the guy. Once you have your token, you rent it to the taxi companies, who rent it to the taxi drivers. If memory serves me correctly, that's about $200/day to the token owner pretty much every day their taxi is in service minus the cost of the taxi as they must supply the car (which are all used police cars) but the taxi company handles maintenance.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

painandgreed Re:rename it (180 comments)

Basically, they want to be like Wal-mart. Offer an inferior product at half price. But then the consumer is getting pissed off when the product doesn't perform as well as the full priced product.

Depends on the market. They want to do what it takes to get into a city. Here in Seattle, they're offering a superior service for more money. Too many people are pissed at regular taxis being dirty, never showing up, or late. Since the cities core is fairly wealthy, they are willing to pay more for a cleaner, quicker, and more reliable service.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

painandgreed Re:Wrong conclusion: not "unintended consequences" (118 comments)

You are missing my point. Some of these ponds were never stocked by anyone, yet they have fish in them. As I said, I know this because I know the people who built the ponds and continued to own the land the ponds were situated on when fish were found in them.

Well, nobody that knew about it. Sounds like some of the stuff my uncles would do growing up on the farm. Stock a neighbor's pond because they'd rather fish there the next season than travel all the way to the lake.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

painandgreed Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

The Hawking radiation is very very tiny, and I am pretty certain is impossible to see. Hawking radiation is inversely proportional to the black hole size.

True, which I why I stated "detected accurately". In fact, for a super massive black hole it should be less than the background radiation from the big bang. Thus, we could expect naked black holes (not singularities) to possibly be a cold spot against the CMB.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

painandgreed Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

Well, the thing about a Black Hole, its main distinguishing feature, is it's black. And the thing about space, your basic space colour is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

Actually, in theory, they are not black, but have Hawking radiation that if could be detected accurately would be of some use to us confirming theory. Then there is the radiation given off by the things falling into them. Most black holes probably aren't observable because the region around them is opaque from all the energetic things going on before matter even hits the event horizon. Then, space isn't black, there is cosmic background microwaves, distant galaxies, gas clouds, etc. A black hole will obscure everything behind it and should be detectable just as taking a photo of a new moon would be because there is a noticeable area without stars. Even a black hole without and accretion disk should, with a good enough image, be detectable via occlusion of what we would expect to see in that area, not to mention the lensing of the objects visible around it.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

painandgreed Re:More important garage (77 comments)

We're talking about the importance of garages. Does IBM have a garage? Does IBM have a Function Generator that plays the Halleluiah Chorus? I didn't think so! Who said I had to have a point anyway? THIS IS /.!

Garages are important. Any sort of startup that can't afford a commercial space, a garage is a convenient space that can be used as a workshop. Garages are a sizable amount of square footage that can be used in place of a commercial shop for everything from personal hobbies to budding businesses. Similar amounts of space probably are less available inside of people's homes. When several friend of mine were looking to buy a house, a large garage has been a very attractive thing because it was a place they could work with machinery on their hobbies. Now that I'm looking for a house, I'm finding myself in the same mindset.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

painandgreed Re:Bootstrapping and time travel (289 comments)

That's one of the big reasons many physicists believe that they're not actually possible - they inherently wreak havoc on all sorts of our fundamental assumptions about the universe.

Well, if they're really physicists and not just playing philosophers, they'll show us the math.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

painandgreed Re:Bootstrapping and time travel (289 comments)

Well sure. In a lot of these things, like Tippler's time machine, space gets folded in improbably ways, but as Frank Lloyd Wright said when asked how his mile high tower he designed would be built, 'That's a problem for the engineers'. A lot of it requires either exotic materials or structures that might simply not be able to be constructed, but technically, they don't violate the known laws of physics. So they're all based on exploratory physics like string theory, loop quantum gravity, or MOND. Neat ideas that might work and the math is at least partially there, but can't be tested or figured out exactly.

Travel through a wormhole would be through normal space time although highly curved, but things get weird when such things happen. A thought experiment with a black hole and various lightlike paths around it can easily come up with two light like paths that have different distances between the same points. Hell, it's basically happening in every case of gravitational lensing. People mistake things like wormholes as being FTL when they are not really as the path taken through the hole is not FTL, but may be seen as such by observers that can't see the wormhole, although the actual relationship is determined by the properties of the wormhole. This can be taken in extreme with teleportation. If it's possible to teleport between point A and point C, then they must be connected somehow, either either through something like a wormhole, hyperspace, or a transform of some type or every point would be equal to every other point. The typical FTL travel is time travel doesn't hold for such cases because while it might be if it was FTL through Minkowski space using the Lorentz Transform, the actual relationship and qualities of such travel are determined by the qualities of that space or transform that is actually transversed, not of the flat space time between the two points made by a separate observer.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

painandgreed Re:Bootstrapping and time travel (289 comments)

Well, as the saying goes: "Special Relativity, FTL, and causality: pick any two". If SR is correct then any ability to transfer information between two points faster than light automatically implies the ability to send information into your own past. And honestly, as weak as our theory is as to why we *can't* send information back in time, I think causality is a little shaky.

So, at least in the context of an science geek watching science fiction: if you're suspending your disbelief to allow FTL travel, you get time travel as a free bonus.

Well, we can get rid of special relativity right off the bat because that only works in Minkoski space and we don't live there. We can approximate it really well, but things get weird just as Newtonian physics broke down in certain situations. If we're talking about wormholes or warp drives, we are not in Minkoski space by definition. To figure out stuff by General Relativity, you'll need to know the topology of the space you are in and crunch the math. If something goes outside of normal space, then all rules are off because that space, in fiction, can have whatever rules we want it to, so FTL travel via hyperspace is certainly possible according to whatever transform you want to use. As for causality, Tippler showed that physics doesn't care about that in 1974 as far as general relativity is concerned.

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

painandgreed Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

Thus accounting for the fact that they suddenly can't hit the broadside of a barn anymore...

The only time they were not able to hit what they were shooting at was when herding prisoners that were tricked into thinking they were escaping to a spaceship that had a transmitter installed on it to lead the Empire to the rebel base.

about three weeks ago

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