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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pauljlucas Re:Seriously though, why a singularity? (227 comments)

I don't know, but I'm supposing that such a possibility had occurred to physicists and they ruled it out.

about 2 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pauljlucas Re:Seriously though, why a singularity? (227 comments)

Why wouldn't a black hole a big star on the inside?

Because the gravity is too intense for even the neutrons to support its weight and there's currently no other known force or mechanism known that can stop the collapse. You might be right, but something new would have to be discovered or theorized to allow for that possibility.

about 2 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

pauljlucas Re:There is no magic bullet (474 comments)

As for legalizing highly addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin, I don't see how decriminalizing them [could] possibly be a good idea.

As someone else pointed out: as counter-intuitive as it might be, the data is in since Portugal ran the experiment.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

pauljlucas Re:WTF rich people? (1330 comments)

How about I choose women to have personal responsibility? Why does them having sex instantly mean I have a bill to pay?

The hard reality is that it's never going to be 100%. So what do you do? Let the kids starve to death? Or force the mother into doing crimes or prostitution just to feed her kids?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

pauljlucas Re:... I need to filter out the apple posts... (214 comments)

Then why don't you just set your /. preferences so you don't get Apple stories and be done with it? Why are you telling us? Learn how to use your account preferences.

about 3 months ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

pauljlucas No iPad version (82 comments)

Yes, there's an iOS version, but it's only for the iPhone. An app that displays books that doesn't work on an iPad whose larger screen size if so much better for reading books? Seriously?

about 3 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

pauljlucas Re:What I say (286 comments)

Can you legally be detained without being placed under arrest?

about 3 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

pauljlucas Re:If they walk away with this money... (448 comments)

Care don't have to be on it constantly. Once the glass breaks, it's stays broken. Debris will scratch the glass making it more translucent rather than transparent reducing its effectiveness. Roadways don't track the sun making solar cells much less efficient. LEDs aren't visible in direct sunlight especially at shallow angles. The glare from any reflected light will blind drivers. As he rightly points out, putting the solar cells NEXT TO the road works much better. There's simply no reason to put them IN THE road even if it did work.

And the idea of putting it in parking lots is even dumber. Yeah, parking lots where cars are parked on it during the day (this blocking the sun) and empty at night (where there's no sun).

But if you want to donate money, go right ahead.

about 3 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

pauljlucas Re:If they walk away with this money... (448 comments)

Huge different between a solar WALKway (foot traffic) and ROADway (auto traffic). Thunderf00t,, the creator of all the videos, is a pretty sharp guy. Watch and you might learn something. It's not my job to force-educate you. If you don't want to watch, don't. I don't care.

about 3 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

pauljlucas Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

As it was explained to me by a patent attorney, what is colloquially known as a "software patent" really isn't. Rather, it's a patent on the resulting machine that software transforms a general purpose machine (computer) into.

If I had a black box wherein you fed in paper tape encoding data on one end and different paper tape with the data compressed came out the other end (thus taking less tape), that would be a data compression machine. Certainly, if the black box had no software at all but was instead a bunch of gears and such, i.e., totally mechanical, you'd have to agree that the machine would be patentable.

But it's still the type of machine that's being patented (a data compression machine). The preferred embodiment as described in the patent is just one way to do it. Now if instead of gears you had a computer running software, well that doesn't change the functioning of the machine -- the tape output is the same for a given input. Therefore, the fact that a particular embodiment just might happen to use a computer and software rather than gears is irrelevant.

about 3 months ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

pauljlucas Re:Other funding sources? (84 comments)

I can understand the NIH process taking 9 months, but you'd think Bill's foundation would be a lot quicker. A malaria vaccine is probably in the top 5 things to solve. You'd think Bill would take notice and write the check himself.

about 4 months ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

pauljlucas Other funding sources? (84 comments)

I would have thought that one of the US Military (to protect service personnel), Bill Gates (isn't his foundation working on a malaria vaccine too?), or governments in malaria regions would fund this. The desired $250K is nothing for such sources.

about 4 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

pauljlucas Re:Prior Art Exists. (174 comments)

... Bill Gates' home from the 1990s ... so how'd Apple get that patent, anyway?

Patents last for 20 years. Hence, something patented by Microsoft in 1990 would have expired in 2010.

about 4 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

pauljlucas Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

I worked with a guy who understood pointers. He was a brilliant guy. He was also a terrible programmer.

Being able to understand pointers is orthogonal to being someone who write intelligible code.

I've hired guys to do C, Java, perl, and ruby among others ...

And, for the non-C hires, you probably hired the ones who just so happened to have the right aptitude anyway, i.e., they could do pointers if they did C. The "true" programmers will always filter through to those hiring. His point is that Java schools make the hiring problem harder by not filtering out those without the right aptitude. Hence your examples do nothing to invalidate his point.

about 4 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

pauljlucas Re:Interesting concept (450 comments)

I can install a GPS transmitter inside one of my computers or my guitar. As a ham radio operator, I can use APRS which is trackable almost anywhere.

And they've already got it.

about 4 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

pauljlucas Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

Beware anyone quoting from joelonsoftware --- that clown is such a douchey!

Instead of an ad hominem remark, how about refuting his points with an actual argument?

about 4 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

pauljlucas Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

So he starts off with stuff about how he's feeling old and the surest sign of it is bitching about "kids these days".

You need to have read more of Joel's writing. That's just his irreverent style.

Got to that point and decided that it's an obviously unsupportable premise. Read a little bit more, and my takeaway is that Joel doesn't know how to spot a good programmer unless they're working in C.

His premise is that, in order to be a good programmer, you need the right kind of metal aptitude which is a you-either-have-it-or-you-don't thing and not a skill that can be learned. While there may be other ways to test for that aptitude, his claim is that one sure-fire way to test for it is the ability to understand pointers. (He makes that point even more explicit here.) And, among today's languages that are in use, the only one that really requires you to understand pointers is C. (Many years ago, it might have been Pascal, but Pascal is pretty much a dead language.)

about 4 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

pauljlucas Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

And [C] absolutely does not require me to understand how the processor works.

Well then you're not writing that has to run fast. Consider this talk. Yes, it's on C++, but the point is that, at least for code that's used a lot (like the page-display code at Facebook), shaving 1% off the running time saves the company an "engineer's salary for 10 years."

In order to achieve that level of performance, you really do need to understand what's going on at the CPU level.

about 4 months ago

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