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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

tysonedwards Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (39 comments)

It's deceptive. At this point in time, the universe was quite small relatively speaking. As such, the density of those materials was still sufficiently high that the materials were in a persistent plasma state even though they weren't a "star", however fusion was still taking place converting Hydrogen to Helium. At this point, we're talking about all matter in the Universe occupying something not much larger than the Milky Way after all, maybe a little larger considering that we're talking about very, very fast expansion of the universe and the difference of a second amounts to a light year or so of growth. As the Universe continued to expand outwards and the material became less dense, it allowed for the material to actually split apart from one giant clump of hydrogen, helium and lithium and begin to actually get some empty space. As that empty space formed, then this plasmatic cloud could coalesce into the first stars. As long as there was these plasma clouds and not "empty space", then yes, there was "nothing" yet in which the material could *cool* into.

13 hours ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

tysonedwards Re:Just don't deal with Americans (246 comments)

"My fellow Earthicans, we enjoy so much freedom it's almost sickening. We're free to choose which hand our sex-monitoring chip is implanted in. And if we don't want to pay our taxes, why, we're free to spend a weekend with the Pain Monster." ~Richard Nixon

2 days ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

tysonedwards Re: No (264 comments)

Guns don't kill people, apes with guns kill people..

5 days ago

Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

tysonedwards Re:Cue or queue: What other design patent holders? (220 comments)

One signal can spawn a queue to form, and a queue need not contain multiple parties, simply a party queueing.

Example 1: A cop beats up an unarmed black man on a street corner in Harlem mid-day because he "looked at him wrong", one act leads to a larger action from multiple parties. (Signal -> Queue of Multiple Parties)
Example 2: Said cop comes back to the station, gets a warning and is told "don't do it again or you'll be suspended." (A queue of a single element relying on a conditional signal.)

about two weeks ago

Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

tysonedwards Re:25 cm resolution (140 comments)

The average human head is 14.5cm x 23cm x 20cm, so you are quite correct that it would mean that the average human head would occupy less than 1 pixel regardless of which axis it was observed across.

The largest recorded human head was 15.9cm x 25.5cm x 23.9cm, meaning that said person could require a second pixel, if they were observed in the appropriate axis.

It is important to note that if a person was observed laying down on the ground, they would occupy *up to* 10 pixels in the case of the world's tallest person, but the average would only require 6.

about two weeks ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

tysonedwards Re:High success rate or lots of unknowns? (256 comments)

Do you have any idea how hard it is to actively watch 680,000 people every moment of the day? We are talking about 1 / 10,000 people on this planet are on that list for god's sake!

about two weeks ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

tysonedwards Re:High success rate or lots of unknowns? (256 comments)

Not necessarily, it means "links / associations" to terrorists.

Jeff is a Terrorist.
Jeff has a brother named Bill.
Bill has a wife named Jessica, a child named Mary, friends named Sarah, Mitchell, and Parker, a boss named Paul, goes to a bank on 53rd st. who employs 31 people, he goes to a grocery store on 17th ave. who employs 44 people, ...

This could very well be controlled spin to ensure that the numbers are propped up to make it look like they are mostly accurate based on the undefined term "links / associations", which could be as loose or as specific as you want it to be.

One would hope that that would mean providing aid in some way rather than "I know him", or "I know someone who knows him", or worse, "I've once spoken to him" or "I've once spoken to someone whose spoken to him" but we frankly don't know.

Simply a devils advocate answer on my part. May very well be that the remaining parties on the list are there for good reason and the 40% here are purely accidental inclusions. I'd personally suspect that there's an ex-girlfriend or two that made the list somehow, someway to otherwise make life hard following a bad breakup.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

tysonedwards Re: cretinous because (316 comments)

"I have altered the deal. Pray that I do not alter it further."

about two weeks ago

Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

tysonedwards Re: Why? (136 comments)

And there's other apps like Flex that gets around these restrictions with ease.

about three weeks ago

Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

tysonedwards Re: Confused about 1.1 million amount (61 comments)

Sure, there are a lot of accounts created to prop up the sales numbers but aren't claiming rewards to otherwise make the project look more awesome. There is actual investors to this company, and they are likely looking for a return on their investment. Propping up their own campaign to make their company look more powzers to the media, thereby getting more presales doesn't exactly seem that far fetched. Either that or there are a lot of people who believe in what these guys are doing and don't want the product in the end.

about a month ago

New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

tysonedwards Re: Why? (92 comments)

If all of those devices were centrally managed, sure. Let's say that instead you are a college, with dorms, and an internal network that those in the dorms can use with direct access to things like Mail and whatever, or a BYOD scenario where users are allowed to use their cell phones to get email and even be on wifi, but you want to respect your employees privacy on their private purchased devices rather than adding them to an MDM.

Do you really want to bug those user's repeatedly with self signed cert validation prompts or just say "okay, $30 / year is worth avoiding the helpdesks"?

In most cases, yes, a CA and group policies makes the most sense though and should be the answer. There are just a few fringe cases where it is easier to pay the few bucks than waste the time explaining why the user is in fact safe and just press okay.

about a month ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

tysonedwards Re:How do you (962 comments)

Using terminology like "everyone" is the problem here. In these cases, there are a few outlandish instances that stand out saying "this is horrific", a few "this is bad" instances, some questionable ones that could go either way, and an incalculable number of "these are perfectly fine".

Brianna Wu saying "every man" is just like a racist saying "every Jew", and it also makes it difficult to take what are certainly very real issues seriously. But at the same point, she was able to point to 4 problems over a long career, not "every day I show up to work and am confronted by dozens of threats of rape, torture, or other sadistic behavior by unknown random people". And yet when someone told her that under no circumstances would they ever have sex with her, even after her death she responds by being afraid to go out in public after dark. That seems more like an "anti-rape" threat or a "just leave me the hell alone, it's never gonna happen" message than one to be concerned about.

Is she overreacting, perhaps. Are there more cases that she didn't feel inclined to mention, perhaps. Are the things that she mentioned "severe", yes. Should they be taken seriously, yes. But at the same point, they should be taken seriously against the individuals who levied those statements, not against an entire group. She accuses all men of being sexist, but in that statement she is herself showing that she herself is sexist of men and feels that she should be treated differently than any person regardless of gender.

Workplace problems should be taken seriously, and as the leader of the studio it is her place to handle them. If she isn't willing to do so, then she can either hire someone into an HR role or take her comments to an existing HR person to let them address it instead.

about a month ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

tysonedwards Re:Pft (962 comments)

Scott: My... mom and dad are... dead?
Cartman: I came just in time to see Mr. Denkins giving his report to Officer Barbrady. And of course, to steal the bodies... After a night with the hacksaw, I was all ready to put on my Chili Con Carnival, so that I could tell you personally about your parents' demise! And of course, feed you your chili. Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili."
Scott: Oh my God! Oh my God!!
Cartman: Nyahnyahnyahnyah nyah nyah! I made you eat your parents! Nyahnyahnyahnyah nyah nyah!
Stan: Jesus Christ, dude!
Scott: My mom and dad are dead! No! NOOO!!
Thom: Uhm, excuse me?
Stan: Who are you?
Johnny: We're that band, Radiohead.
Scott: Jesus!
Ed: Jeez, what a li'l crybaby!
Colin: Are you gonna cry all day, crybaby??
Thom: You know, everyone has problems; it doesn't mean you have to be a little crybaby about it.
Ed: Come om, guys, let's go. This kid is totally not cool.
Thom: Yeah, that's the most uncool kid I've ever met.
Phil: Little crybaby!
Scott: No, wait! Waaiittt!! Oh my God, Oh my Gaawwwd!! Noooo!
Cartman: Yes! Yesss!! Oh, let me taste your tears, Scott! Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

tysonedwards Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (272 comments)

64KiB = 65536 Bytes
64K = 64,000

In no unit of measurement is 64K(anything) = 65635.
65535 is however the maximum value expressible by an unsigned 16-bit binary number.

about a month ago

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

tysonedwards Re: There is only one "Solar system" (81 comments)

Further, Solar System is implying Star + Planets, or "like Sol System".

about a month ago

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

tysonedwards Re: There is only one "Solar system" (81 comments)

"Solar System" in this case would be a specific noun, and as such warrants the capitalization. Sol, our Star, is also a specific noun, hence its warrant of capitalization, just as we would capitalize a person's name. If one is referring to "a solar system" in a generic sense rather than an unknown but implied specific Star and it's surrounding Planets, then lower case is appropriate.

about a month ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

tysonedwards Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

Semantics: the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.

Not the US Constitution, however the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548) is Federal Law of the United States, and acknowledged by the UN Security Council. The United States Constitution creates the Separation of Powers as well as the mechanisms for the Legislative Branch to enact new laws, which themselves become part of the United States Code. In this case, the Legislative Branch wanted the law, the Executive (Nixon) vetoed it, and was then overridden by a 2/3 vote in both Legislative Houses at which point it became law.

There is a clear distinction between a "Declaration of War", the use of an "Authorization of Military Force" provision by Congress, or simply "Going to War", as is possible without Congressional Approval under the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the President can commit our Armed Forces to any act that seen fit without authorization from Congress in the form of an Authorization of Military Force or a formal Declaration of War with the following restrictions placed on it:
- the President must notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action.
- armed forces are forbidden from remaining for more than 60 days + a 30 day withdrawal period.

about a month ago

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

tysonedwards Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

And when Facebook is saying that only 1.48% of their bandwidth is going towards images. That puts said reduction 5% reduction at a new percent of 1.41% at the expense of increased CPU time to transcode all existing images, which is itself not free. It is a marginal savings, even for an organization the size of Facebook. It certainly adds up over time, which is great, but when there is really great low hanging fruit like cutting the 37% of their bandwidth used on videos by 20-30% by getting HEVC or VP9 really working well (would then be 26% total), then that is a way to save significant money not just in Bandwidth but in Disk Space for retention as well.

about a month ago


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