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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

socceroos Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Tell that to the Kenyans...

about 2 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

socceroos Re:Small-scale, real-time. (502 comments)

Wind turbines don't operate at those types of speed. They automatically shut down and lock the blades when wind speed increases past a certain threshold.

about 2 months ago
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Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves

socceroos Re:The light stuff works totally differently (71 comments)

When you say that a relatively large scattered field (as compared to the relative momentum of the light beam used) attracts objects - how does a 'scattered field' cause this attraction? I guess I'm trying to determine how a scattered field of light would cause momentum towards the emitter...

Would an electrostatic force be possible in the vacuum of space?

about 3 months ago
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Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves

socceroos Re:Walls (71 comments)

Well, the solution to this would be to have multiple wave generators, would it not? Or, your singular generator could be housed in a reflector that creates the required interactions?

about 3 months ago
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Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves

socceroos Re:Doesn't transfer to light (71 comments)

Baby-brain.... how is light always linear? I thought that the slit experiment was evidence of non-linear light? Also, doesn't a photon colliding with an electron potentially release another photon whose trajectory is influenced by the angular momentum of the parent electron?

about 3 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

socceroos Re:That's not proof! (475 comments)

You just echoed the sentiment of 99% of the population - "Sorry, mate, I can't be bothered...". It saddens me. =/

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Looking For Help With "Landing" Video

socceroos Re:Something Awful (110 comments)

You may find yourself getting a nice job if you do this, me thinks.

about 6 months ago
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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

socceroos Re:Infighting: Linux's biggest weakness (155 comments)

Oh my.....I never realised this....Linux is hipster paradise - it will never get popular with the masses.

about 7 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:Love KDE (44 comments)

Does synchronisation use rsync or is it a from-scratch implementation?

about 10 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:GPG wallet (44 comments)

Agreed. I'll be switching to GPG in the next 10 minutes.

about 10 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:Love KDE (44 comments)

I have a lot of respect for lean programs. I've been building my own hand-coded assembly kernel for the last few years as I have a fascination with lean, mean programming. However, KDE does offer a lot of very useful functionality that is an honest time-saver. I'm an akonadi+nepomuk convert. I also love KIO and Kate.

IMHO, if I was going for lean, I wouldn't be using a GUI anyway. Definitely not for Linux sysadmin tasks!

about 10 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Love KDE (44 comments)

It has really come along from the 4.0 days. Very stable for me - use it all day, every day at work. Only problem I have is that if you have a auto-hidden panel and a full-screen Citrix app then there is a 10px portion of the screen that is unusable right over the auto-hide hover area.

Other than that - it's awesome. I can't live without Kontact, Dolphin, Okular and Gwenview.

about 10 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

socceroos Re:Those costs seem high (229 comments)

The answer to illogically high costs is always the same: government.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

socceroos Re:Schrodinger's grad student (530 comments)

Isn't this flawed? Sorry if I'm way off track, but surely lack of measurement does not conclude non-existence?

Take two completely disconnected observers monitoring the same system. Given the layered nature of observations, one observer (A) sees X and measures Y, but the other observer (B) sees X and W so measures Z. The current definitions I see flying around would suggest that observer A can correctly conclude that W doesn't exist because they measured Y. However, observer B can correctly conclude that W and X exist because they measured Z.

How can we suggest that time doesn't exist outside entangled entities?

Apologies for the Reddit reference, but if you could explain it like I'm 5, then I'd be grateful.

about a year ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

socceroos Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (387 comments)

advanced persistent threat. Just a buzz-word really. Just means you properly plan and execute a targeted attack.

about a year ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

socceroos Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (387 comments)

....huh, the perfect opportunity was sitting there right in front of me and I didn't realize it!

Robbing from the bank is illegal and they'll hunt you down for it. BUT, robbing from their robbing - now if we do that, they can't go and whine to the feds about us. Huh!

Anybody want to join me in setting up an APT against a major bank's shadow transactions? You'll get wealthy, filthy wealthy. Even better - lets do the whole robin hood thing...

about a year ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

You've missed both the words 'newborn' and 'parent' (verb definition). Yes, they can experience more (cry, flap limbs {rarely}, poo, smell, see more, etc), but that does not meaningfully decrease the newborn child's net dependence on a parent to survive. Parent - as in someone who parents the child - without which no newborn would survive.

To bring it back to the point:

It will then need at least 5 but generally 9 months of full life support before it has any chance to survive as a separate individual.

A newborn child still has no chance to survive as a separate individual . You've attempted to distinguish a child in the womb as unable to survive independently and a newborn child as able to survive independently. This is patently untrue.

I assume your reasoning is that this affords those willing to extinguish the life of an unborn child the mentality that it is just a 'parasite' - an attempt to cloud judgement on the core issue.

about a year ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

Desperate isn't the right word - I think 'frustrated' is more accurate. I blame aspergers for this tendancy, but it's no excuse.

Putting that aside, it does not diminish my point at all. A newborn child outside the womb is arguably just as dependent on a parent as inside the womb. Any perceived independence is merely nominal in nature.

about a year ago

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