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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

rwise2112 Re:But then don't some have to go FASTER than ligh (139 comments)

Not a physicist, but a cyclist and an engineer--

If the population travels as 'c' on average, and they have proven that some photons slow down... Doesn't that mean other photons MUST be traveling faster than c? My impression is the relativity has no bearing here--by traveling at 'c' they are already breaking that equation. The peloton works because some move back while others move up. This blurb seems to only discuss the "back" part.

Try reading about phase and group velocities. In fact some EM waves have velocities above c, but these can't convey information so aren't a problem for relativity. This article has a decent discussion of it and other things that go faster-than-light.

2 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

rwise2112 Re:Crash-testing & strength? (118 comments)

That's awesome, but how does that relate to crash-testing & safety standards? Are these such low-volume the normal regulations don't apply?

Do they embed reinforcements or print around a base frame?

Sounds like an awesome concept, but so many questions...

Summary says car bodies, so these are essentially kit cars.

2 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

rwise2112 Re:Bad idea (371 comments)

Why would a corporation care?

My corporation would care as we access data that's considered controlled goods, and can be fined heavily and lose a good part of our business if the data gets accessed by anyone else. I'm not sure the State Department is going to say that's ok, since it was the FBI, because the VPN is then known to not be secure.

5 days ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

rwise2112 Re:Counter Logic (412 comments)

Actually totalled my car when driving with a very pretty lady

Did you panic when she started deflating?

  • She's cuddly and she's bouncy
  • She's like a rubber ball
  • I bounce her in the kitchen
  • And I bounce her in the hall

about two weeks ago
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

rwise2112 Re:More important: how is this happening? (70 comments)

Unfortunately, TFA doesn't suggest the question. Gamma bursts were not expected on Earth because they are created by nuclear interactions. Common for stars and other cosmic objects but not expected in thunderstorms. The source could be electrical, which means they are technically x-rays but at a higher energy then thought possible. Alternatively, there is significant nuclear fusion going on in those storms.

Actually gamma-rays are very common on earth. In fact, a common geophysical method of exploration called airborne gamma-ray spectrometry (sometimes called radiometrics) is widely used for regional mapping and mineral exploration. One of the corrections applied to this data is the removal of the cosmic component. The cosmic gamma-rays have greater energies than those from the decay of naturally occurring potassium, uranium, and thorium in rocks and soil.

The article just says gamma bursts, but they must mean high-energy gamma bursts.

about a month ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

rwise2112 Re:How far will it go? (191 comments)

I'd argue that A pillars have been getting progressively fatter to the point now that in some cars they are dangerous. Having years of FPS gaming experience I have hawk like spatial awareness, but even I've been caught out with once or twice with entire cars hidden behind the A pillar at certain angles. Some cars are worse than others, the worst I've had is the Holden/Vauxhall Monaro/Pontiac GTO. The A pillars in that thing should be illegal.

Well a lot of cars have air bags in them now, which explains the bulking up.

about a month ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

rwise2112 Re:Time travel (107 comments)

For those interested in time travel, the inaugural meeting of the International Time Travel Association will be held at the Perimeter Institute last Tuesday at 20:00. The meeting location will be posted next Wednesday.

You've got this completely wrong grammar-wise!
"The main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations while you are actually traveling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father."

about a month and a half ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

rwise2112 Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

Yeah, but birds can't carry explosives

It could grip it by the husk.

about a month and a half ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

rwise2112 Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

It is an avoidable risk, in that we can tell idiotic humans to stop flying quadcopters near planes, you fools!

how do we know that this wasn't a government drone and/or operated by or at the government's direction?

Idiotic humans covers that possibility!

about a month and a half ago
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

rwise2112 Re:Unsolved problems (90 comments)

Add one to that count. I tried building a fusion generator last night when I was drunk. Just like all the other attempts mine didn't work either.

Perhaps you just suck at building fusion generators, like the Apollo 13 astronauts sucked at stirring.

Well, what do you expect, when you send Forrest Gump into space.

about a month ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

rwise2112 Re:Something Doesn't Make Sense (65 comments)

Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet, but something doesn't make sense. The rock is 4.4 billion years old, but is the oldest rock on earth? The rocks it impacted must thus have been older than that, or else it would have just been absorbed into the molten ball that was the earth. Also the article says it began its journey 5 billion years ago - so before it existed?

Never mind - I'm dumb. It only hit the earth ~1000 yrs ago. Still doesn't explain the 5 by vs 4.4 by difference.

about 2 months ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

rwise2112 Something Doesn't Make Sense (65 comments)

Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet, but something doesn't make sense. The rock is 4.4 billion years old, but is the oldest rock on earth? The rocks it impacted must thus have been older than that, or else it would have just been absorbed into the molten ball that was the earth. Also the article says it began its journey 5 billion years ago - so before it existed?

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

rwise2112 Re:Phooey. They Can Still Kill Us All (455 comments)

void main() {

while (true) { if (humans = (detect_humans()) { kill(humans) } if (low_on_fuel_or_ammunition()) { fetch_fuel_or_ammunition() } } } // die, humans

Curious. AI using a high-level language and spacing/indenting to make it more human readable! I don't think so!

about 2 months ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

rwise2112 Strange? (138 comments)

So it's strange that this matter may not be exotic?

about 3 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

rwise2112 Re:Pretending looks don't matter is retarded (482 comments)

BBW fetishes are a thing. Not my thing, but a thing.

Peter Griffin: "Fat sex is the hottest sex we've ever had. There were so many boobs, I didn't know whose boobs I was grabbing, your boobs or my boobs."

about 4 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

rwise2112 Re:Possible? (225 comments)

Depends on where you live. California circuit law holds that obscene works do not promote the progress of science and the useful arts, so cannot be protected by copyright as defined in the constitution.

Who decides what's obscene? According to millions of Americans, Janet Jackson was obscene when she had her Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction". Most of the rest of the world didn't really care.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

rwise2112 Re:Reverse discrimination is still discrimination (280 comments)

Profiles for pets, WTF? Can teddy bears have profiles too? Are the pets allowed to have political opinions?

Why are facebook apologising to all LGBTs and not just Drag Queens? Why do drag queens get to have an alias and not straight people who wear straight peoples clothes. If women wear trousers do they get to call themselves cross-dressers and get an alias? If the pet cross-dresses can it have an alias?

This is all fucking insane.

Well what about writers with pen names? Musicians and actors with stage names?

Sting has a facebook page. His real name is not Sting, so why should he have special privileges?

about 4 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

rwise2112 Re:There's no script. (137 comments)

I would imagine that this will be the kind of a movie that will be in the five dollar bin at Walmart's within a month of release. And there will be a lot of them that simply stay in that bin.

At least they'll be neatly packed.

Well not too neatly, or they'll just disappear!

about 4 months ago

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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a study of the TSAs SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) program and found the program is only slightly better than chance at finding criminals. Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness."
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Americans Dumber Than World Average

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A new global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."
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EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware."

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Apple Files Patent for New Proprietary Port

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Apple proposes a solution to multiple port requirements within limited space: the two in one port. The port is described as a "Combined Input Port", where two different interfaces could be in one port.

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. One set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

Looks like another addition to the special (expensive) Apple cable lineup."

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Google Says You May Not Resell, Loan, Transfer, or Give Google Glass to Another

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "According to Google: "Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." if you resell, loan, transfer, or give away Google Glass."
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Memory Effect Also Discovered in Lithium-ion Batteries

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Lithium-ion batteries have long been thought to be free of the memory effects of other rechargable batteries. However, this appears to be not the case. Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have now however discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect."
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Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity."
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