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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

riT-k0MA Re:What about electronics? (145 comments)

I contacted the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory a few minutes ago. Here's what I got from them:
Please be advised: the data is for South Africa, which is closer to the equator. Places closer to the poles will experience slightly stronger conditions.

Two CME's are heading this way. Precise time of impact not yet known. They should hit 12-13 September (South African Standard Time). Conditions should clear by Saturday afternoon SAST.

Glancing blow. No need to worry about it, unless you have a satellite in space.

Direct hit on earth.
GPS satellites are expected to be affected.
Communications equipment will probably be affected.
Transmission lines are not expected to be affected.
Electronics are not expected to be affected.

about 5 months ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

riT-k0MA Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

Molluscs and arthropods use copper to transport oxygen. They use Hemocyanin instead of Hemoglobin.

about 5 months ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

riT-k0MA Re:inb4 (200 comments)

Having inattentive ADHD can be very painful. You can really honestly want to just do it. But as soon as you start, you find yourself either getting overcome with immobilizing dullness, or you simply can't help but to jump to some other "temporary" distraction like surfing the www, to get yourself perked up. Only to discover later that the whole day is shot and you've accomplished nothing.

That's more or less how I feel, except that it actually 'hurts' (the best way I can describe it) to concentrate on 'boring' tasks.

about 5 months ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

riT-k0MA Re:"poor night-time results": I do Night-Orienteri (550 comments)

I think what you're looking for is something like a crystalens. It's a lens they use for cataract surgery. they embed four "feet" into the eye muscles so when the eye muscles contract, the lens warps. This allows some refocusing.

about 6 months ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

riT-k0MA Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (82 comments)

Satellite images available to the US Govt and certain companies since the early 2000's have such a high resolution that one is able to see a tennis ball lying on a lawn. The next generation of satellites has a high enough resolution to use facial detection algorithms on the images.

about 8 months ago

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

riT-k0MA Re:What Type (90 comments)

I know you were making a joke, but before 1986 surgery (including major surgery) on infants was routinely performed without anaesthesia (they used a paralytic to keep the infant still), as it was thought that anaesthetic were harmful to infants and infants did not have a fully developed nervous system necessary to feel pain. For the same reasons infants and children were denied pain medication.
Turns out that not only do infants feel pain like adults, but they still felt the pain from surgery as adults. The pain and trauma never went away so most of these adults suffer from a form of PTSD.

about 8 months ago

South African Schools To Go Textbook Free

riT-k0MA Re:Already textbook-free ... (76 comments)

That's because an un[der]educated person is easier to control; easier to brainwash into voting ANC. Cry our beloved country...

about 8 months ago

Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

riT-k0MA Re:454 / 16 (116 comments)

Several studies in South Africa found that one can provide year round vegetables for a family of four on a plot the size of a door. Of course, in South Africa, one has a year-long growing season.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

riT-k0MA Re:Skyrim (669 comments)

NFSU2 / GTASA. Both are beloved games that I discovered at just the right time. I still love taking a 'drive' through both from time to time. Getting them to work on widescreen was a pain, though.

about a year ago

Artificial Blood Made In Romania

riT-k0MA Re:Makes sense (232 comments)

TFA says the protein to make the artificial blood is extracted from Sea Worms. I certainly hope vampires acquire a taste for seafood...

about a year ago

South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

riT-k0MA Re:Sounds like kick-backs (185 comments)

We also produce one of the best attack helicopters in the world. Unfortunately nobody wants to buy any due to concerns about the availability of spare parts arising from our uncertain political future.

about a year ago

New App Aims To Track Your Dreams

riT-k0MA Re:at least he didn't electrocute circus animals (112 comments)

I've been using this app called Sleep As Android for the past few days.
The idea is that you place your phone on your mattress next to you and it uses the accelerometer to measure how much you move in bed. It then determines if you're dreaming and can play something to knock you into a state of lucid dreaming.
There's a free trial available.

about a year ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

riT-k0MA Not impenetrable to Google (248 comments)

Although impenetrable to Government spying I doubt it would be impenetrable to Google, who would not think twice of harvesting all data sent though this encryption method.

about a year ago

Xerox Photocopiers Randomly Alter Numbers, Says German Researcher

riT-k0MA Re: These numbers are not the true numbers (290 comments)

Quickly! we must train you to seize the Java Source so that you may defeat The Dark One.

about a year and a half ago

Signs Point To XKCD's Time Ending

riT-k0MA Re:Misleading summary (226 comments)

Read this a few months/years ago. Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul with us.

about a year and a half ago

Love and Hate For Java 8

riT-k0MA Re:Gawd (434 comments)

That's not over-engineering so much as a lack of decent functionality in the JDK. Having things just work right out the box is one of the things I miss the most after I switched to java.

about a year and a half ago



Gearbox lands Homeworld Franchise

riT-k0MA riT-k0MA writes  |  about 2 years ago

riT-k0MA (1653217) writes "Gearbox has managed to place the highest bid for the Homeworld franchise during an auction of the defunct THQ's catalogue of fanchises. No news on Homeworld 3, but it does look like gearbox wants to remake Homeworld 1 and 2."


riT-k0MA riT-k0MA writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riT-k0MA (1653217) writes "Would you vote to hand your country over to the administration of extraterrestrial aliens in exchange for nearly unlimited, clean, energy?

Only if they give us the technology to convert energy to matter.
Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willnae be fooled again!"


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