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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

quenda Re:Obsession (83 comments)

Finding out what happened is well worth a few hundred million,

How do you expect that to happen?
Even if they managed to find the wreckage and black boxes, they will yield little or no data. The is very different from the Air France crash.

1 hour ago
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

quenda Re:Obsession (83 comments)

But you wouldn't know anything about numbers, because you're a fucking bogan moron. You are too stupid to be here, fuck off.

Nice argument. Never has the schoolyard retort "takes one to know one" been more apt :)

1 hour ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

quenda Re:Hmm (65 comments)

I haven't read how they know it's from Mars, just how exactly do they know?

Luckily I RTFA. Isotope ratios is the main way. e.g. deuterium in water in the rock.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

quenda Re:Let's do the math (303 comments)

physics. Our progression in the last 100 years is more than 1000 fold all previous years combined

You think!? In 1914 we already had quantum mechanics and relativity (which limited speed to 'c' ).
Since then ... a bit of refinement. General relativity was published in 1916, but I would not call that a thousand-fold increment.
Now the greatest minds of our generation bang their heads against the brick wall of string theory.

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

quenda Re:ICs? (147 comments)

You could kind-of build your own architecture on a breadboard using bit-slice chips.
Each chip does 4 bits of ALU. Put your own microcode in EEPROM, some high speed registers, lots of glue, ...
Not quite the same as discrete logic, but more achievable at home.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

4 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

quenda Re:Half the story... (246 comments)

That said it was a wise choice. Kept the Russian rocket scientists out of Arab employment.

Which Arabs would that be? Iraq was already contained. What other Arabs could have developed a long-range missile program?
Unless you mean the Pakistani or Iranian "Arabs".

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

quenda Re:Nuclear Power has Dangers (519 comments)

The first is that if something goes wrong on takeoff you risk what is effectively a 'dirty bomb' going off somewhere in the Earth's atmosphere which is not good.

Its not nearly as bad as you think. The biggest impact of a dirty bomb in a city would be psychological.
In the atmosphere, less important.

had better make sure that the craft does not return for Earth for a few billion years otherwise, again, it is like a dirty bomb going off in the atmosphere.

Uh, nuh. Pu238 half-life is 88 years. Here is the most basic clue about radioactivity: radiation intensity is inversely related to halflife. If it has a billion-year half-life, it is barely radioactive at all. A dirty bomb needs something with lots of radiation, and so a short half-life.

about a week ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

quenda Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (109 comments)

market cap is 25Billion, and has some 50000 employees.

Nokia wasn't just a phone company you know?

Wow! I had no idea the rubber boot business was so lucrative.

about a week ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

quenda Re:Russian propaganda for the home audience (340 comments)

I think the only target audience is the Russian public, most of whom believe everything that Putin's propaganda machine feeds them.

They don't even have to believe it. Disinformation works even it it only serves to create confusion and cast doubt on the facts.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

quenda Re:Popular research subject (350 comments)

Even bigger difference: the white woman is in Australia and the black woman is in the US.

Yes, its much less of an issue here. Very rare for anyone to object to public breastfeeding, even if they don't like it.
I read that while almost all Australian mothers breastfeed (though some not for long), the majority of black American mothers do not.
Why is that?

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

quenda Re:Yeah, right... (459 comments)

Resumes with "black" sounding names didn't get called back for an interview.

Those names say much more than race. They indicate lower-class parents - less educated and intelligent.
Smart middle-class parents, black or white, generally do not give their kids made-up or deliberately mis-spelled names.

It may not be fair to visit the sins of the fathers on the job applicant, but neither is it evidence of racism.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

quenda Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Its a shame that the Chaos Theory has completely destroyed the basic premise of the foundation series.
Psychohistory looks a bit silly now.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

quenda Re:Is it true? (242 comments)

That Al-Quaida gets its name from these books?

Yes. As a Russian American Jew, Asimov represented everything that Bin Laden loved.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

quenda Re:The number one thing FREE ENERGY! (250 comments)

PV and air-con is fine for reducing your carbon emissions, but it ain't a reliable backup system.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

quenda Re:The number one thing (250 comments)

As far as solar goes,

OP is asking about Central Europe during winter. Solar is not an option - certainly not for backup.
Wind turbines are not economical on a small scale, and not reliable enough as a backup.

Backup power and heating is a common problem with well-know solutions:
generator, oil or LPG heater with stored fuel, improved insulation.
Heat needs may be reduced temporarily by covering windows, closing off unused rooms, taping gaps, lowering thermostat.

The government really should be building nuclear plants, and gas ones that can switch to pulverised coal or oil if needed, with large stockpiles near the site.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

quenda Re:Other prisons are the same (142 comments)

I'll have you know that in Oz,... I'm a bit pissed, ... the Brits ... some war or something that they had with a former colony

I'm going to call you out as a fake Aussie. "Pissed" means drunk here (we say "pissed off"), and we never call the British "Brits".

about three weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

quenda Re:This is rich! (264 comments)

Selling sand to an Arab!! Hah, now I've heard it all.

What's next? Selling snow to an Eskimo?

No. But Australia exports camels to the Arabs for racing stock.
https://www.google.com.au/#q=a...

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

quenda Re:Assumptions? (441 comments)

Diversity of ideas and personalities is good, but not diversity when it is used as a euphemism for racial and gender quotas.
The United States has arguably benefited greatly in some areas from cultural diversity, (business, entertainment, arts, ...) but I do not see any evidence for that in engineering.
Places like Finland, Korea and Japan seem to have done just fine in technology without diversity. Better than most countries.

Worldwide, engineers are overwhelmingly male, despite all sorts of affirmative action policies, so excluding women, while unfair, would only lose you a small portion of the talent pool in that area. (Unlike other professions.)

about three weeks ago

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