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Advance Warning System For Solar Flares Hinges On Surprising Hypothesis

reginaldo Way to early to make assumptions (199 comments)

So has there been any research done outside of this JH Jenkins guy and his crew at Purdue? Has this hypothesis been tested and proven elsewhere in this world? I can't find any other publishers: (A link to a search of published papers using "Solar Radioactive Decay" as the search criteria. All on-topic papers come from JH Jenkins and crew)

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Need Volunteers To Look At the Sun

reginaldo Access to 3D images... (110 comments)

"After a brief tutorial, users get access to the actual 3-D images taken by the STEREO spacecraft"

Sweet! Do they send me complimentary solarstormwatch 3D viewing glasses, or do I need to use the ones I stole from Avatar?

more than 4 years ago

The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds

reginaldo Re:The Onus Should Not Be on the Nerds (453 comments)

American football where I grew up was a right of passage, and pretty much mandatory. It helped teach me self confidence, teamwork, and the ability to bash my head into things. Mostly the head bashing, though.

I use that skill almost every day as a computer programmer, and it is an invaluable part of my toolkit. Poorly written business requirements, bash head. Last minute changes, bash head.

more than 3 years ago

Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

reginaldo Re:If they thrive on predicatable, monotonous work (419 comments)

I have a degree in EE, and write code daily. You are right about me not writing large programs though. Generally I write small, simple programs, and then reuse components to make larger more complex apps. The people I work with do the same, and it's great to have a well documented, simple libraries to pick and choose from. The skills I see that provide this type of codebase are good organization and communication skills.

As time goes on, and proper development libraries become larger, hopefully there will be less and less unsupportable monolithic slabs of code.

more than 4 years ago

Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

reginaldo Re:If they thrive on predicatable, monotonous work (419 comments)

I would think the future, at least the future of computer programming, relies much more on communication skills than rigorous attention to detail. As languages become higher level and more extensible, it is much more important to write code and doc that others can read and understand.

more than 4 years ago

LHC Reaches Over One Trillion Electron Volts

reginaldo Re:Question about particle accelerators (305 comments)

Thanks for the response! Not to sound like a 3 year old, but why? Wouldn't length contraction cancel out the effects of time dilation.

more than 4 years ago

LHC Reaches Over One Trillion Electron Volts

reginaldo Question about particle accelerators (305 comments)

So I understand that more energy means faster moving protons and anti-protons. How does this equivocate to finding, say, the Higgs-Boson more easily?

I understand that particles moving at 99.91% c are going to be observable for a longer period of time due to the Lorentz factor, but is that the sole benefit of this massive energy upgrade? Anyone have recommended reading for me?

more than 4 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

reginaldo Re:Definitely questions for... (434 comments)

What exactly are the police going to do? It's not like the kid is in imminent danger, the perpetrator is not physically there.
If the police don't need to respond instantly, wouldn't it be better for the kid to tell his parents what happened, as opposed to wasting police resources on a non-emergency situation.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

reginaldo Re:Cancel your data service (520 comments)

If you disable data services, and accidentally click on a data service button, you will be charged $1.99 for the bandwith it took to send you the 'You do not have this service' message.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

reginaldo Re:Seems reasonable... (520 comments)

The problem is that they round up to a minimum of a $1.99, regardless of usage. That's a steep minimum. A comparison would be rounding up 1 second of calltime to 17 minutes (1 sec to 1024 sec).

Also, even if you disable data services on your phone, they charge you $1.99 because it took bandwidth to send you the "You do not have this service" message.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Targeting Xbox Live

reginaldo Re:Same old MS (136 comments)

The higher the gamerscore, the more valuable the gamer account.

Achievement Unlocked: Hack-worthy Account!

more than 4 years ago

Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

reginaldo Applying math (366 comments)

I'm very skeptical about this. Currently, lab developed polymer solar cells have about a 5% energy conversion efficiency. Let's assume that this kid made a solar cell that is twice that efficient, so 10%.

Let's say sun irradiance is 1000 Watts/meter^2, which is also pretty high. And lets say the solar cell is a .1 meter^2. This would make the optimal wattage for his solar cell:

Irradiance * Size of Cell * Efficiency = Wattage
1000 W/m2*.1 m2 *.1 = 10 Watts

Even in superoptimal situations, there is no way his cell can be producing the 18 watts described in the article.

about 5 years ago

Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

reginaldo Re:What is hate-speech? (651 comments)

Well, it's harmful because it's divisive and not constructive. Also it tends to rely on ignorance as opposed to logic.

However, I totally believe that any legislation that tries to protect us from "hate" sort of neuters us from a valid human emotion. I am pretty much against any legislation that limits speech to protect people, because in the end it does just the opposite.

about 5 years ago

Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

reginaldo Re:Hate speech serves no purpose (651 comments)

I agree. Where the problem comes in though, is defining the boundary between hate speech and ignorant rhetoric. For instance, if I were to say that women should not serve in the military as infantry because they don't have the musculature, is that hate speech?

What if I said women shouldn't be infantry because they are weak and can't handle it?

As a sidenote, I don't believe either of the above statements, I am just trying to prove a point.

about 5 years ago

Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

reginaldo What is hate-speech? (651 comments)

It's gay that they got rid of this legislation. The canadian govt. is retarded for getting rid of a law like this...

It is a very slippery slope when defining what is hate-speech, and what is just parlance/slang. Even though my above statements could be construed as ignorant or hurtful, they can only be classified as hate-speech if they are delivered with the intent to hurt.

about 5 years ago

Collaborative Filtering and Rise of Ensembles

reginaldo Weighting of ensembles (58 comments)

One of the difficulties of ensemble development is weighting the logic that is being develeped. For instance, one of the problems we deal with at my job is matching incoming text to it's cleaned value. We have a list of approved words ['happy', 'sad', 'angry', 'sleepy'], and a text input of 'hap'. We need to determine which valid word 'hap' should match. Some rules I can think of for properly matching are:

1.)Length of input compared to cleaned word.
2.)Number of nonpositional letter matches.
3.)Number of positional letter matches.

Depending on how rules are weighted determines what the answer will be (either sad or happy). I know at my job this weighting process requires very careful politicking. :D

about 5 years ago

US Fed Gov. Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

reginaldo Re:Non-Flash Equivalent (451 comments)

Thanks for the link, but I like the flash site. The website has audio, so while you are instructed not to download music (hey, spoken word is a type of art/music), you are in fact downloading music.


about 5 years ago

Clojure and Heroku Predict Flight Delays

reginaldo Holy schnikes (109 comments)

From the article: 'There are only two of us that have been working on the research side of things...'

So there are 2 guys that built this machine learning process, distributed using cascade and hadoop, and they built and distributed an app to show the results using rails and heroku?

These guys probably eat my code as a breakfast snack. Seriously, how do I become that badass?

more than 5 years ago

i4i Says OpenOffice Does Not Infringe Like MS Word

reginaldo Gold digging? (146 comments)

I wonder if this is a decision made based off knowledge of the law, or based off of the respective wallet size of software organizations.

Why spend money on litigation against OpenOffice if you don't get a $290 mil return on investment.

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the MMO Industry With the Silver Screen

reginaldo MMO: the Movie (95 comments)

In a world ruled by darkness, could one man kill 20 spiders?

In a time before time itself, will one spaceship be able to deliver 10 space cows to Jita IV?

The movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to level: MMO Grindhouse.

more than 5 years ago



Somali pirates open up NASDARGH for trading

reginaldo reginaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

reginaldo (1412879) writes "Pirates in Somalia have opened up a cooperative in Haradheere, where investors can pay money or guns to help their favorite pirate crew for a share of the piracy profits. From the article:

""Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 'maritime companies' and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking," Mohammed [a wealthy former pirate who took a Reuters reporter to the facility] said."

There has been some success in investing as well:

"Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others waiting for her cut of a ransom pay-out after one of the gangs freed a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. "I am waiting for my share after I contributed a rocket-propelled grenade for the operation," she said, adding that she got the weapon from her ex-husband in alimony. "I am really happy and lucky. I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the 'company'.""

Considering the current success of piracy, this may be a much better investment than NASDAQ. There is a supporting article at Reuters as well"

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