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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

synaptik Re:This is a good thing. (198 comments)

A) Yes, I realized this after my haste to make the joke.
B) You have clearly missed that this was supposed to be a joke.
C) Had this story actually been about tides and not wind (see A above,) then I would be right: retarding the tidal bulges even more than they already are (via harnessing) would slingshot the moon even faster than the tides currently do.

about a month and a half ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

synaptik Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (385 comments)

I already have a program to read all logs, more or less.

In fact, you have *two* programs to read all logs. More and less.

Fool! You failed to include the pager that I use the Most!

about a month and a half ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

synaptik This is a good thing. (198 comments)

Had they been successful, they would have slingshotted the moon further away from us. Oh, the calamity!

about a month and a half ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

synaptik Re:Isn't "Peak Stupid" writing about it. (100 comments)

You should re-read the comment you are replying to. You have misunderstood Chrisq's point (which is, in summary: by talking about the spammer's stupidity in this case, we risk alerting said spammers to their stupidity, in which case they might correct it. It is better for us to just STFU about it.) And of course, by replying to you I am now part of that problem. Damn!

about 3 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

synaptik Re:Please NO (111 comments)

Please everyone just leave T-Mobile alone. They are doing great the last few years.

I agree, but T-Mobile is doing great because they don't *want* to be left alone. They are being so aggressive with their pricing because they want to be targetted for a buy-out. Their parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, has made it clear that they want out of that business.

about 3 months ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

synaptik Re:Stronger? (73 comments)

Do you have any idea what that would do to the tachyon flux?

about 4 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

synaptik Watchers on the Wall (501 comments)

Great! Then we can let our hardest criminals 'take the black', and defend the wall from The Others and these monstrous windy beasts.

about 4 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

synaptik Re:This is newsworthy??? (77 comments)

If by 'screen sharing' you mean VNC or RDP: that is often acceptable within a single LAN. But when VPN'ing in from home, the latency can be tiresome. With a character-based interface, there is of course still latency, but it is much less tiresome because the stream is a tiny trickle compared to the graphical modes.

about 6 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

synaptik Re:This is newsworthy??? (77 comments)

Terminal multiplexers such as screen and tmux still have their place. Not only do they allow you to organize your terminals by task, but they are also detachable from your console. This allows you to (example) start a build at the office, where your machine physically resides, then later from home SSH into your work machine and reattach to the tmux / screen session.

about 6 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

synaptik Re:Life itself is a Von Neumann machine... (608 comments)

The problem with living crew is that-- as you mentioned-- they would evolve enough over time that they would lose interest in their original purpose. "Screw those embryonic proto-xenohumans, we xenohumans need to look out for 'Number One'."

Remember, the 'xeno-humans' would be as much our descendants as the embryos, just more removed. It's entirely possible to have far more massive populations in space than on the ground.

Hell, at some point intellectual curiosity would probably ensure the 'rebirth' of ground based humans. It'd just be after there's 10B or so space-humans in the system. As a bonus, that gives a goodly amount of time to conduct some terraforming on the target planet to improve it's suitability.

I know both groups would be evolutionary cousins. My point was: 1. A generational ship is much more expensive than a 'spore' ship containing frozen embryos.
2. If you're going to bother with a living crew, then you lose all the economy of the frozen embryos, and so why even bother with the embryos?
3. The living crew will diverge into a different, possibly-incompatible species over time, and thus their motivations may no longer be aligned with the original goal of the mission.

So: embryos w/ ship-mother, or living crew. But not both.
Finally: I assumed that we would choose our target planet well before launching, so no terraforming necessary. (But: wildlife & environmental hazards unknown.) The spore-ship would be analogous to tree pollen, floating on the wind; either it lands in a viable place, or it doesn't.)

about 6 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

synaptik Re:Life itself is a Von Neumann machine... (608 comments)

Since we are talking about the distant future, I was envisioning an automated craft that acted as vessel, womb, mother, and teacher. Craft would resume gestational development once it reached orbit. Wouldn't bother landing until the children had decanted, and had been taught sufficient survival skills. Then land, and let them apply their textbook learnin's as best as they can, do-or-die.

The problem with living crew is that-- as you mentioned-- they would evolve enough over time that they would lose interest in their original purpose. "Screw those embryonic proto-xenohumans, we xenohumans need to look out for 'Number One'."

about 6 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

synaptik Re:Life itself is a Von Neumann machine... (608 comments)

This is why you send suspended blastocysts, rather than breathing/pooping/screwing humans. If your target destination ends up not being viable when you get there, you just abort (or head elsewhere, if you have the means.)

about 6 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

synaptik Re:What is the alternative? (170 comments)

Who do you want setting telecommunication policy: experts in that field, or experts at winning elections? 200+ years ago, when our system of government first formed, life was simple enough that the qualifications for competent governance were not much above a grade-school education. Today's world is far more complex. The bar to entry into Congress is too low to fill those shoes competently.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

synaptik Re:Not the first time this has happened (642 comments)

Yes, yes it does. You're probably best off not knowing anything more.

about 7 months ago
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Kate Mulgrew, aka Captain Janeway, Thinks Sun Revolves Around Earth.

synaptik Re:Could of gone without the youtube video (3 comments)

Submitter here. I concur-- the trailer seems to be bits and pieces of other interviews, stitched together out of context. Perhaps this production will get sued out of existence before it is ever released. But my point had to do with Kate Mulgrew, who has apparently been hired to do narration, and thus is apparently OK with it.

about 7 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

synaptik Study aid? (914 comments)

This sounds like the ultimate study drug: pack more thinking into each real minute? Sign me up. It's a shame their first idea for it is a negative one.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

synaptik My method (195 comments)

I punch 3 holes in every receipt: one each for parent, left, and right. Then I attach them all by string, in a balanced tree. If I need multiple search keys, I just use different colors of string, and different sets of holes. Rebalancing can be a bit of a bitch, after insertion. (I never delete.)

about 8 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics

synaptik Re:Weird Al (94 comments)

So who's the Weird Al of Physics?

My vote is Zach Weinersmith

about 8 months ago

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Kate Mulgrew, aka Captain Janeway, Thinks Sun Revolves Around Earth.

synaptik synaptik writes  |  about 7 months ago

synaptik (125) writes "A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. 'Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for “The Principle.' The film, which is set to be released sometime this spring, was bankrolled in part by the ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis, who maintains the blog 'Galileo Was Wrong.'"
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