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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

tendrousbeastie Re:Negative mass- not antimatter, but odd (213 comments)

Would an opposite reaction to inertia mean that an object becomes easier to accelerate the more massive it becomes?

4 days ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

tendrousbeastie Re:Negative mass is weird (213 comments)

Out of interest, if there were pair creation events of involving particles of negative mass/gravity how would we detect them?

I'm not being critical, I'm curious - how would a particle accelerator, or a bubble chamber or whatever, look different with a negative mass particle?

4 days ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

tendrousbeastie Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

Technically known as a "false syllogism".

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

tendrousbeastie Re:Also focus on (284 comments)

I've just modded the parent binarylarry +1 funny, and modded you down -1 off topic.

Then I posted this message, nullifying both of them.

Which I think brings balance back to the universe.

about a month ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

tendrousbeastie Re:Steve Jobs Was Ruthless, so cry ... (288 comments)

"but go back to our grandfather's days and you would find social responsibility (which was hard fought for, during the union days). companies DID care and they DID shoulder the burden during hard times, because they saw value in the INVESTMENT in their work force! it was common for people to work at the same company for 20, 30 even 40 years!

find anyone like that today. I dare you. if you find someone working 20 yrs at the same place, its extremely rare."

It works both ways though. Most companies know that a great majority of their workforce will leave for a better job if they have the opportunity to do so. It is rare for people to spend 20 years at the place even when they have the chance.

Employers might not have much long term loyalty but neither do employees - I'm not sure in which direction (if any) the causality works.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

tendrousbeastie Re:Steve Jobs Was Ruthless, so cry ... (288 comments)

"HP puts 185 watt power supplies and changes the freaking components on the fly to save $.005 based on market conditions on the same model. So you can ahve +32 different combinations of the the HP 8500???! Sucks when you create an image as I never know which site at work has which HP 8500. They all ahve different hardware which is most likely defective."

But your company bought them, presumably in part because they where a good value purchase, which shows that there was a demand for such a range of products.

Your company could have chosen not to buy them and to buy something else instead, which if done in large enough numbers would cause HP to change its offering.

about 2 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

tendrousbeastie Re:Economic reasons (384 comments)

The Huns is a good proximate cause, but of course had the same situation occurred two hundred years earlier the Romans would have easily seen the Vandals off. A deeper explanation is needed as to why the Romans couldn't defend themselves against a simple Germanic barbarian tribe on the run.

about 3 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

tendrousbeastie Re:Err, no really (384 comments)

The lead thing doesn't make any sense as a reason. They used lead for hundreds and hundreds of years, so why weren't Pompey and Augustus and Cicero, etc. mental from lead poisoning too? How did they manage 3 centuries of inspired imperial growth if they were all suffering from debilitating lead poisoning? Why did it only affect the later imperial period?

Also, how come it didn't affect the eastern empire, latterly the Byzantine empire, which used the same infrastructure as the western empire?

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

tendrousbeastie Re:Backwards (404 comments)

You've described price stability, not value.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

tendrousbeastie Re:Huh? (404 comments)

The only difference being that the US Gov will only accept taxes in US dollars, which means that along with being worth what people think they are worth, they are also worth your tax liability.

Bitcoin is only worth what people trading it think it is worth.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

tendrousbeastie Re:Stocks? (404 comments)

Only if the company chooses to pay a dividend, which is by no means certain.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

tendrousbeastie Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

I'm British and I always pronounce it as 'leebrer' or 'leebra'.

about 2 months ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

tendrousbeastie Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

You've found a couple of websites that you think are clever and in your eagerness to use them you have managed to get both points completely wrong.

about 4 months ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

tendrousbeastie Re:sugar (703 comments)

The Nile delta, back in the Egyptian old and middle kingdoms, was lush and green and almost tropical. This was around 2000 - 3000 BC.

Greenland is called Greenland because when it was found it was, well, green (possibly as early as 900AD ish if you believe that the Vvikings discovered it - I'm not so sure of the details here).

about 4 months ago
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The New PHP

tendrousbeastie Re:Meet the New PHP (254 comments)

Whereas it should of course be fewer_crabs()

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

tendrousbeastie Re:Work on the basics (387 comments)

I thought that the third letter of the alphabet was Gamma? I guess I haven't kept up with current trends.

about 5 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

tendrousbeastie Re:Cranky for a military takeover, are we? (341 comments)

I'm in the UK and I earn about 50% above the median average income here. I pay around 35 - 40% tax, when you factor in local council taxes as well as income tax and national insurance.

I'm interested in knowing what the typical US middle income tax hit is, when factoring in all levels of taxation (sales tax not being counted). Any one able to give me an idea? I only ever hear about federal taxes when I read newspaper here in England.

Also, the talk from AC above about municipal bonds confuses me - I thought that sates and city level governments weren't allowed to run deficits in the USA, so how can they issue bonds? (Is a bond issue not just a form of deficit spending?).

(I'm not disputing the facts, I just think I don't understand the details and want some help).

about 6 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

tendrousbeastie Re:in other words... (341 comments)

That sort of sounds like you're advocating a military coup.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

tendrousbeastie Re:Saddam pretended to have WMD to trick Iran (698 comments)

It's not a subject I know much about. Can you point me in the direction off the documentary? Thanks in advance.

about 7 months ago
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A Link Between Wormholes and Quantum Entanglement

tendrousbeastie Re:Mysterious quantum mechanical connection? (186 comments)

To be fair, special relativity rules out travel faster than light, since it would lead to the travelling object having more than infinite mass and having a more than infinite time dilation.

But it doesn't rule out instantaneous movement, since this doesn't really involve any motion - in the EPR paradox example, is anything moving at all, relative or otherwise, when the spins are measured?

about 8 months ago

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