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Is Pluto a Binary Planet?

qc_dk Re:IAU? Haste? No way. (275 comments)

You are very wrong. Almost no sects of Christianity believes that the bible is the literal truth and the word of God.
The Pope, even, have stated that at least Genesis is allegory.

There are even more moderate sects, like the state church of Denmark. Where there are priests who don't believe in God.
Here's a quote from the priest Thorkild Grosbøll: "God belongs in the past. He is actually so old fashioned that I am baffled by modern people believing in his existence. I am thoroughly fed up with empty words about miracles and eternal life."

more than 2 years ago
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UK ISP Asks Religious Groups To Set Parental Controls

qc_dk Re:Hpw about (205 comments)

As to your last comment, you do realize that abstinence and self control is proven to be the best birth control one could use right?

It is the worst type of birth control. The last time someone used it, she gave birth not only to a child but to 2000+ years worth of drivel and gibberish.

more than 2 years ago
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State Media Rushing Into Coverage Void Left By Dying Newspapers

qc_dk or even worse (250 comments)

flagrantly biased coverage by corporate interests.

more than 2 years ago
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A Small Glimmer of Hope For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

qc_dk Re:A good side effect of all this (183 comments)

The Michaelson-Mauley experiment failed to detect the aether

I'm hoping you mean the Michelson-Morley experiment here....

That was the follow up experiment, after the Michaelson-Mauley experiment did not show conclusive evidence because a couple of grad students got too close to the grizzly.

more than 2 years ago
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The correct number of shoes to own:

qc_dk 1 pair used to be enough (502 comments)

I used to get by with one pair but all of a sudden they gang up on you an appear out of nowhere. Shoes are the ninjas of apparel. The exact opposite of socks. They are cowardly escape artists. They disappear but they always leave one of their kin behind to taunt you.

So let's see:
pair of walking shoes used almost all the time.

one pair of sneakers for sports outdoor.
one pair of sneakers for weight training, used to be for fencing. (full of holes on top)
one pair of fencing shoes. (Reinforced. Stopping my toenails from exploding when stabbed. See shoes above.)
three pairs of dress shoes. 2 black 1 brown.
pair of sandals
pair of steel toe work boots.
pair of hiking boots. Only bought to hike across a glacier a 1000 miles from the north pole, when I had to admit that my trusty walking shoes probably weren't going to cut it.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal

qc_dk Re:Gee, I wonder what Slashdot will think (307 comments)

But if people have tons of old quality movies available they won't watch "I know what you transformered last Star wars 8".

more than 2 years ago
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More Details On the German Government's Use of Malware

qc_dk Re:Meringuoid's Law proven once again. (58 comments)

I don't know how things work in common law countries like the US, but here in Denmark such statements by lawmakers are very important.
If a case has to be decided by the supreme court they will not only consider the law in question, but also the interplay of other laws and the protocols from the treatment of the law in parliament. So if a law has been questioned in parliament and the supporters have said it was never meant to be applied that way, the supreme court will take the position that the law as it was passed was indeed not meant to cover the abusive cases.

more than 2 years ago
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CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

qc_dk Re:Verification test? (1088 comments)

They do not have a way of sending light, and no way of receiving the radio. It is simply the LHC ring dumping the beam into a target pointed at a neutrino detector in Gran Sasso in Italy.
Because the neutrinos interact so little they can pass directly through the Earth's crust. This means you do not have to dig a 700 km long tunnel.

about 3 years ago
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William Shatner On Star Trek Vs. Star Wars

qc_dk Re:Sliding scale of hope vs realism (511 comments)

..., was generally about hope. That's really the central, core tenant of the show.

Who was Hope? Another one of Kirk's conquests? And, they rented out the Enterprise? :)

about 3 years ago
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Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls

qc_dk Re:Linguistics not really useful. The ignorance (156 comments)

The ignorance of the statement "You might think of linguistics as being interesting but not really useful" is simply astounding.

What ignorance would that be. I read that as a statement as a hypothesis that the common man might hold linguistics to be not really useful. The statement makes no claim whatsoever that linguistics is in fact not useful. In fact it makes the exact opposite claim.

Do you believe that the commonly held opinion is that linguistics is useful? or simply some academic pursuit for bearded people with leather patches on their elbows. I think you can easily get a feeling by looking at research grants to linguistics and compare them to those for generally perceived as useful areas like chemistry. I would not be surprised if linguistics get a lot less funding.

more than 3 years ago
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Australians Look To SkyNet For SKA Telescope

qc_dk Re:Not cloud computing (59 comments)

I completely agree with you that this buzzword bingo has to stop.
However you seem to also have messed up the terminology a bit. :)

Cloud computing refers to provisioning of resources across the network normally using virtual machines. You retain "full" control of the machine. Cloud computing could be used for distributed computing.

Grid computing is the connection of supercomputers across the world. This involves things like handling access rights, policies, accounting etc.

Parallel computation involves the computation of a problem spread out over several processors.

Distributed computing is like parallel computation, but distributed across several machines. It therefore has to take into account things such as network latencies, machine failures etc.

Volunteer Computing involves harnessing the power of resources donated by the public. This can be a form of distributed computing, but not necessarily. BOINC is a good example of this.

Their project obviously falls into the last category, and has nothing to do with either Grid or Cloud. Their main difference from BOINC is the ability to run directly in the browser. This is hardly a new idea, and I remember projects like this from at least back in 2003. As far as I can see from the documentation, software such as MiG has been able to do all they do and much more since 2005. I'm a bit disappointed that Oxford Uni is not more innovative and get the terminology wrong, but it is the Physics department so let's cut them some slack. :)

Disclaimer: I'm a researcher in distributed computing particularly Grid and Volunteer Computing.

more than 3 years ago
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When it comes to jury service, I ...

qc_dk Re:Ineligible - political membership rwquired (528 comments)

Why do you believe that? There is no such requirement. The only requirements are that you are allowed to vote, which you need no party affiliation for in Denmark, are less than 70 years old, have not been found guilty of a major crime, are capable understanding the proceedings (ie. can speak Danish,not deaf etc.) and finally that you do not work as a lawyer/judge, government official, or in the police.

more than 3 years ago
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When it comes to jury service, I ...

qc_dk Eligible both for jury and judge (528 comments)

Here in Denmark(and similarly in the rest of Scandinavia) I can be called to serve as a juror and as a lay judge. In the lowest court the cases are presided over by one professional judge with a degree in law and two lay judges chosen for four years (like jurors) among the ordinary citizens (you cannot work in the police, government etc.). In the middle court there are 3 pros and 3 lay judges. This is for all cases where the accused has not plead guilty and the accused faces a sanction more involved than a fine, otherwise only the professional judges preside.

The trial is led by the professional judge who also decides whether the defendant must remain in jail while the case is running (there is no such thing as bail). Other than that the lay judge has the same rights as the professional. The lay judge may question the lawyers and the defendant, and carry the same weight when voting on the decision and deciding the punishment. In case of ties (possible in middle court) the verdict is what is most in favour of the defendant. The verdict is formulated by the professional judge. If any judge disagrees with the verdict he can require that it is noted in the verdict anonymously.

This ensures "jury nullification" in Denmark, as the public can serve as judges and outvote the professional judges.

more than 3 years ago
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When it comes to jury service, I ...

qc_dk Re:Jury trials are fundamentally flawed (528 comments)

Jury trials are a protection against a system of corrupt judges, and against systems which otherwise inherently favor the government. In the USA, there is a flaw in that protection, because decisions can be appealed until a court without jury trails is reached.

You can do pretty much the same here in Denmark. However, the supreme court (the court without a jury) is not allowed to decide on the question of guilt. That means you can never be found guilty by the supreme court if you were acquitted by a jury in the court below.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions

qc_dk Re:Blah, I Hate This! (139 comments)

Dear Mr. 94343,

I would like to thank you for considering our ilustrious instituion. I regret to inform you, however,
that you have not been accepted to our "Universe creation and it's applications" Ph.d. programme.

While your admission project did indeed show a lot of practical skill and hard effort, we believe your theoretical understanding is somewhat deficit.
We asked for the best way to turn hydrogen into plutonium, not iron.

We encourage you to take another year of theoretical physics, and reapplying for the programme next semester.

yours sincerely,
zxzxlodzlxz 39324øåæ+
Dean of admissions
Interdimensional University of Awesomeness

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions

qc_dk Re:Observer effect - did it mention this? (139 comments)

And it could also be related to a gross misgeneralization of the theory of relativity. Which basically states the exact opposite: That any careful observer in any frame of reference will agree on the value of the speed of light and the laws of physics. A better name would have been the theory of constancy.

more than 3 years ago
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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

qc_dk Re:I'm headed that way myself. :) (732 comments)

... end up in long distance relationships.

With modern broadband and VNC it doesn't matter where in the world you are it's almost the same as being right with her back in mom's basement.

more than 3 years ago
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun Call For Worldwide Game Release Dates

qc_dk Re:A modest proposal (161 comments)

... perhaps having to delay US release a day or two, or drop some foriegn lang versions (and leave them with English versions only).

Oh the horror. How would I know what to do without translations like: "please click bypass on tabletop to send agenda into space." I hate it when I get a translated version, because it's invariably done by someone with no knowledge of computers or the language or indeed both.

more than 3 years ago

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