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SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

tyrione Re:Big Whoop. (87 comments)

The first space station was designed by private industry (what, you thought NASA did its own design work?).

Apollo and Shuttle, which provided transport to Skylab and ISS, were designed by private industry.

And the only reason taxpayers are footing the bill for rockets to ISS is that NASA is the one that wants supplies sent up there. And can't do it on its own, since it has no spacecraft capable of reaching ISS.

Go buy this book and stop spouting crap you know nothing about: ``This New Ocean: The story of the First Space Race,'' by William E. Burrows. You'll learn a lot.

about 9 months ago

OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

tyrione Re:Let's be clear what this actually is, NOT OpenS (379 comments)

So? Apple was smart enough to move off of OpenSSL and started telling developers to do so in 2007. iOS doesn't support it. Apple's new frameworks are the reason OS X and iOS are not susceptible to this, unless someone intentionally installs OpenSSL from Ports or other 3rd party add-ons which applications installed require using it. I'm thinking FreeBSD will be modeling OS X's solution sooner, rather than later.

about 9 months ago

Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

tyrione Re:Which is why Apple does product placement (232 comments)

Product Placement. All my time at Apple we never placed or paid to place a single product. In fact, Hollywood constantly contacts Apple to place Apple products. It costs Apple NOTHING.

about 10 months ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

tyrione Look to Facebook and how come they were willing .. (188 comments)

. to flood SnapChat with $3 Billion to get them out of the market and under their growing conglomeration. Believe it or not, these guys might be onto something that will knee cap Facebook, and they know it.

about a year ago

Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

tyrione Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

This is not a fair comparison, the iPhone is twice the price.

You've got a Quad-Core ARM running at twice their Ghz and you barely post benchmarks ahead of a Dual-Core A7, you know you're stupid for buying one.

about a year ago

Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

tyrione Cilk Extensions and Clang (196 comments)

Why in the hell are you testing Clang with either Cilk or OpenMP when neither have moved into mainline trunk of LLVM/Clang? This test is as worthless as Phoronix's test suite on benchmarking apps that require OpenMP and they note that Clang takes it in the shorts because it presently doesn't have OpenMP implemented. Complete waste of time.

about a year ago

How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!

tyrione Re:It failed because they went with the lowest bid (307 comments)

Most people have no background in Engineering Economics which has long shown the best of breed solution has the highest up front cost, with the lowest long-term costs, due to having the lowest MAINTENANCE costs. Roadways are a great example of how low bid doesn't improve the infrastructure. Best of breed is the only solution.

about a year ago

Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

tyrione Re:Where did that money go? (767 comments)

How did all that money just leave the economy? Did someone give it away to another country?

How the hell is this insightful? Other than an insight in ignorance I fail to see it's relevance.

about a year ago

Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

tyrione Re:Really? (767 comments)

What's it like being illiterate when it comes to health care pooling and quality of service?

about a year ago

A Peek At Apple's Planned $5B HQ

tyrione Re:It's a long walk! (257 comments)

WIth a diameter of about 1/3 of a mile a collaborator will need to walk about 1/2 mile for a face to face in the other's office on the opposite side of the ring. Good exercise but perhaps a waste of time.

And where's the write ring?

Collaboration isn't spread across buildings in Infinite Loop. Each section will be specifically designed to provide for a collaborative work flow. You don't put some Engineering here, some design there, etc.

about a year ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

tyrione Re:Apple fanboys (577 comments)

Java doesn't get beyond a research project at Sun if NeXT Engineers don't show up and bring Objective-C isms to the Oak Project and call it Java. Seriously, it must suck not having worked for Sun or NeXT [my side] to know the story.

about a year ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

tyrione Re:Java already had closures (577 comments)

That entirely misses the point. The conciseness is the entire point.

If I have a list of strings, and want to append ".txt" to each, using a for loop is just one more annoying piece of COBOLesque boilerplate.

fileNames = names.Map(n => n + ".txt");

That's what you want.

docFileNames = names.Where(n => n.StartsWith("Doc")).Map(n => n + ".txt");

You can understand what that does even though I just make up the methods. That's the damn point.

In short, you want the for loop to be done behind the scenes without you writing the code and just referencing a method to call that loop?

about a year ago

Apple and Nokia Outraged That Samsung Lawyers Leaked Patent License Terms

tyrione Re:PR Spin (201 comments)

Show me where Apple have crossed the ethical lines ?

- using what practically amounts to slave labor at Foxconn - dodging taxes by claiming residence in ireland - suing everyone and their moms with bullshit claims and patents - false advertising (it should be named the Idiot Bar, not the Genius Bar) - overpricing all their stuff - suing everyone making compatible hardware into bankruptcy - putting in a clause into OSX's license prohibiting using it on anything but official Apple hardware

Legal on all counts. The taxes is par for the entire course of all corporations and non-profits, if legally available to them. The rest of your stuff is hilarious, especially the Design Patents for clone hardware and OS X only on Apple hardware.

about a year ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

tyrione Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Sorry that's the far right and the very far right. There is no "left" in American politics. Just the New GOP (aka Democrats) and the Old GOP (aka parody of itself).

You're delusional and obfuscating the facts: The GOP are the dickheads in the room since Reagan.

about a year ago

GNOME 3.10 Released

tyrione Re:So let me get this straight... (218 comments)

...b-but, you get to set your lock screen wallpaper now! The GNOME developers are allowing unchecked and rampant levels of freedom never before seen (in GNOME 3). Seriously, you know you're fucked up when you're touting something that's existed since Windows 98 is getting touted as a feature: https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.10/more-core-ux.html.en

Seriously, what's fucked is Qt moving to WebKit Blink and GNOME wisely sticking to WebKit 2 means 2 sets of WebKit running around seeing as most of us have both DE on Linux/FreeBSD [KDE 4.10.x/GNOME 3.8.x Debian].

about a year ago

Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

tyrione Re:Breakthrough or bullshit? (600 comments)

This is either a major breakthrough or utter bullshit. It's too early to tell which. If it's real, it's a Nobel Prize in physics.

The publisher, the Simmons Foundation, is a project of a rich weirdo from Texas.

It's The Simons Foundation funded by billionaire Hedge Fund Manager: James Harris Simons who earned hs Ph.d in Mathematics at 23 from Cal Tech.

Note: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simons_Foundation

He very well could be a wealthy recluse today. He used to be quite active in his fields of study.

about a year ago

IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

tyrione Linux would be dead 15 years ago (109 comments)

without the > $15 Billion invested by corporations to keep the project afloat. Be grateful.

about a year ago

It's Official: Voyager 1 Is an Interstellar Probe

tyrione Re:In vain does the God of War growl (218 comments)

With everything going on in the world I'm reminded of a hopeful quote: "In vain does the God of War growl, snarl, roar, and try to interrupt with bombards, trumpets, and his whole tarantantaran ... let us despise the barbaric neighings which echo through these noble lands, and awaken our understanding and longing for the harmonies." - Johannes Kepler

Ironically, Kepler was a Monotheist so his own thoughts speak with equal measure to the paganism of the past.

about a year ago

Intel Launches Core I7-4960X Flagship CPU

tyrione Re:Die size? (180 comments)

Writing "square mm" is perfectly correct.

It's not perfectly correct. It's acceptable.

Example: meter per second squared (m/s2) The modifiers “square” or “cubic” may, however, be placed before the unit name in the case of area or volume.

about a year ago

At Current Rates, Tesla Could Soon Suck Up Worldwide Supply of Li-Ion Cells

tyrione Re:On the plus side... (351 comments)

There is plenty of research developing new battery tech for large scale going on presently. Tesla should have been making this his top priority the moment he wanted to make an electric vehicle. To be behind on this one is a huge blind spot in his scientific background and intelligence to run such a corporation.

about a year ago



Physicists take first steps to harness antimatter

tyrione tyrione writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tyrione writes "Excerpt:

``This morning, NASA successfully launched the world's first gamma ray shuttle to the galactic center of the Milky Way. Once there, geo-astronauts say they can mine and harvest enough raw antimatter to power Earth's energy needs for the next decade. Unfortunately, they won't be back for three or four centuries...''

Although we won't see that story on tonight's six o' clock news, Kelvin Lynn is serious when he says it is possible to harness the power of antimatter — and that it may be conceivable to collect that antimatter from a mother-lode hiding out near the center of our galaxy.

Lynn — professor in the departments of Physics and Mechanical Materials Engineering and director of the Center for Materials Research — and Marc Weber, staff scientist in the Department of Physics, have developed an unprecedented concept that could offer the world its first practical method for containing and transporting a type of antimatter particle called the positron.

If successful, their theory could lead to large-scale production of antimatter fuel capable of powering deep space travel — as well as a host of other, more earthbound, applications.

``It's the most efficient energy source that we know of. It's 100 percent efficient — with no radioactive residue,'' said Lynn.

As two of the foremost positron researchers in the world, Lynn and Weber have the capacity to produce more positrons at WSU than any other facility in the nation. With a deuteron accelerator in the W.M. Keck Antimatter Laboratory, they can create positron beams that generate up to 120 billion positrons per second — or up to 10 trillion usable positrons per day.

They said it could never be done

Because of their expertise in the field, the pair was challenged by the U.S. Air Force several years ago to come up with a way to trap these positrons — specifically by storing them in plasma. (Plasma is a unique type of matter composed of ionized gas.)

Despite their best efforts, however, they were unable to overcome the repulsive forces present when a billion or so positrons are forced together into a plasma ``trap.'' Since particles of like charge repel each other, the energy required to hold the positrons together quickly exceeds the energy that would be gained through their ``annihilation'' — the explosion that occurs when an antimatter positron meets its matter opposite — the electron — and releases gamma rays.

Until now, no one had discovered a way to circumvent the repulsion problem — and the general consensus was that it was impossible. When even Lynn could not figure out a way to make it work, he literally went outside the box and turned to tubes.

It had occurred to him, one restless night, that rather than trying to contain positrons in an enclosed space, they could instead be lined up side-by-side in an infinitely long and narrow vacuum tube. From there, he realized, the tube could be cut up into tiny straws — each containing just one positron.

With several million dollars in federal funding approved for this project, Lynn and Weber have already designed a prototype trap — about the size of a Coke can — that can hold an array of 10,000 tubes each with a diameter of 100 micrometers and 0.1 meter length. Their goal is to store up to one trillion positrons for 10 days.


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Shock: Broadband Phones No Fun Without Broadband D

tyrione tyrione writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tyrione (134248) writes "Shock: Broadband Phones No Fun Without Broadband DC residents discover T-Mobile doesn't offer HSDPA there... 05:02PM Thursday Oct 23 2008 by Karl Bode

As we expected, the launch of the HTC G1 with Google's Android OS has highlighted the fact that T-Mobile's 3G network lacks coverage in a few tiny towns and hamlets, like oh, the cozy metropolis of Washington DC. The Washington Post discovers a 3G phone isn't so much fun without a 3G network: the Post saying DC locals can go into T-Mobile shops and tinker with the phone, but they can't buy one. In fact, T-Mobile won't won't sell the G1 at stores outside a 2-5 mile radius of their 3G coverage area, though you can buy one online and suffer through slower EDGE connectivity (usually around 200kbps on average, if the planets are aligned).

T-Mobile gets brown nosing points while explaining to the Post why they're so late in deploying 3G services:

"This is first time we had to move federal government systems from spectrum," said Kathleen Ham, vice president of Federal regulatory affairs for T-Mobile. "They were not slow to move, but were surprised how fast we wanted to move."

You see it wasn't because the government was annoyingly slow to vacate $4 billion worth of spectrum that no longer belonged to them, it was that T-Mobile had the nerve to want to quickly resolve the fact they have been a 3G laughing stock. The company insists they'll have DC up and running by late November, at which time they promise to have 120 cities live. If DC is struggling to get online, you can imagine how spotty coverage across rural America and second tier cities is."
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