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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

r0kk3rz Re:Boiled at 90C? (155 comments)

The primary feature of all SI units (excepting the kilogram) is that they are derived experimentally, because, you know, science.

Why water?

Because it's everywhere, and it also can be measured to derive other units, like the Cubic Metre (or its more common non-SI derivative, the Litre).

Why not salt water at ocean-average saltiness?

Because then you need a way of accounting for the concentration of salt and anything else that might be present in your water sample, where as pure water can be obtained via distillation.

Why sea level?

Because its easy to account for without various atmospheric pressure measuring equipment

Convenient perhaps if you're working with scientific applications

That is kind of the point of having scientific units

It's also perhaps more convenient when dealing with air temperatures. 100 = "It's really hot out there", 0 = "It's really cold out there".

Now that really is arbitrary.

about a week ago

Unofficial WhatsApp Library Gets End To End Encryption Before Official Clients

r0kk3rz User Hostile Service (29 comments)

It's worth mentioning that none of those libraries are supported nor approved by WhatsApp, so one has to wonder if WhatsApp is going to take some legal action (again) against them.

Whatsapp has recently been banning users of a Third-Party Whatsapp client for SailfishOS, rather than take direct legal action at the app developers.

about a month ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

r0kk3rz Re:Probably a few sites were hacked (203 comments)

They list my details that were leaked from the Sony Playstation Network hack a few years ago, long since changed all my passwords since then.

about 5 months ago

Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

r0kk3rz Re:Practical problems with a hard line stance (326 comments)

Obviously you can't just magic a games development studio out of thin air, but you already need to have something to pitch to publishers in order to get funding through traditional methods. The only real difference is that instead of pitching to publishers you're pitching directly to gamers. More traditional funding methods exist for initial backing to start any kind of business, not just games development.

There are a number of ambitious game projects funded this way, certainly way beyond the scale of "Flappy Bird"
Broken Age
Planetary Annihilation
Wasteland 2
Star Citizen

about 5 months ago

Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

r0kk3rz Re:Practical problems with a hard line stance (326 comments)

12:48 "So how to help? Well you can write free software." So how would you go about feeding yourself while you write a free video game? Video games can't rely on support to the same extent as software critical to a business.

Design your game, create promotional materials, launch kickstarter for funds stating final product will be free.

Rinse, Repeat. Gamers get games, you get to eat and write free software

about 5 months ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

r0kk3rz Re:No real surprise (710 comments)

Ozone depletion, which is probably the most relevant example

about 7 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

r0kk3rz OTA Update Time (443 comments)

Queue an over the air update from Tesla requiring the drivers seat belt to be engaged for the car to run.

about 7 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

r0kk3rz Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (530 comments)

Amazon's Mechanical Turk
Netflix Tagger

There's a couple that didn't exist a few decades ago, which are currently in the 'too hard to automate' category. They might not remain there forever, but these are arguably not skilled jobs, just normal information processing jobs that most desk jockeys would do well at.

about 7 months ago

Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

r0kk3rz Slashdot is already dead (268 comments)

Many people come here for the comments and intelligent discussion, but as of late the only comments are whining about the Slashdot Beta.

about a year ago

The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

r0kk3rz Re:Why sell mining rigs? (250 comments)

This one puzzles me somewhat. If one can make money by mining with ASIC rigs, why would anyone sell or rent them, wouldn't they make more money by mining? If they make more money by selling or renting, then wouldn't that mean that mining is silly?

Because they don't have the captial to manufacture the mining equipment without pre-orders, and once people pay for pre-orders they are obliged to sell the completed device

However if I were them, I would run each completed device for a week or so for "Quality Testing", then package and ship the device to the customer.

about a year ago

US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

r0kk3rz Re:Easily dealt with. (232 comments)

It's a bit of a silly statement really, additional monitoring towers that bolster the accuracy of GLONASS also increase the accuracy of weapon systems that rely on GLONASS

about a year ago

Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

r0kk3rz Motorcycles (662 comments)

Whilst I can imagine the utillity of autonomous cars, I take solace in the fact that nobody would ever buy an autonomous motorcycle

about a year and a half ago

US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

r0kk3rz Re:Hey US... (650 comments)

Maybe he should put encrypted copies on bittorrent then.

Good luck to the CIA trying to track down millions of copies all over the world

about a year and a half ago

Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

r0kk3rz Re:A solution looking for a problem (123 comments)

You could take a facility tour or do a video conference with someone holding a smartphone for a LOT less money.

There are excellent uses for telerobotic systems. This is not one of them. This is a solution looking for a problem.

You're missing the point, a person holding a smartphone controls what the viewer sees, a robotic system gives the viewer control of what they see which adds to the immersion.

Done right the experience from the viewer should be akin to a first person videogame, and combined with the likes of the Occulus Rift headset it could be a game changer.

about a year and a half ago

Eric Schmidt: Teens' Mistakes Will Never Go Away

r0kk3rz Re:Schmidt Borg needed (335 comments)

Schmidt with Google Glass?

about a year and a half ago

EA Is the Game Company Disney Was Looking For

r0kk3rz Bioware (254 comments)

The only good news out of all of this is the possibillity of new Bioware KOTOR games

about a year and a half ago

How Facebook Built Natural Language Into Graph Search

r0kk3rz Taken for granted (39 comments)

Although human beings think nothing of speaking in 'natural' language, a machine must not only learn all the grammatical building-blocks we take for granted—it needs to compensate for the quirks and errors that inevitably pop up in the course of speech.

Excuse me? Humans spend years learning 'natural-language', and even then it is frequently misinterpreted or used incorrectly. Natural language is difficult to say the least.

about 2 years ago

Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains

r0kk3rz Nothing New (322 comments)

It's already a well known fact that the reward centres of people brains can be manipulated into firing in anticipation of a reward

more than 2 years ago

Tesla Signs $60 Million Contract With Toyota

r0kk3rz Re:might i say (233 comments)

Sorry about that, it was simply a case of sudden accelleration.

more than 4 years ago


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