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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

volpe Re:In the retina? (60 comments)

Thanks for all the replies, folks. That's fascinating.

about 2 months ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

volpe Re: Posse Comitatus Act (286 comments)

Ugh. I forgot to log in first before posting that. I was wondering why I suddenly had to pass a captcha test.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

volpe In the retina? (60 comments)

is performed by the complex circuitry of neurons in the retina.

Really? Not in the visual cortex of the brain? It's actually done in the retina itself?

about 2 months ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

volpe Re:Let's get this out of the way... (74 comments)

I You get changing flux from a changing electrical current, or from a moving magnet.

How about (iron-rich) blood *moving* past a stationary magnet?

about 3 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

volpe Re:Hash Collision (790 comments)

There are less than 2^33 people in the world. Most of them probablly don't use google but lets assume that they do. Further lets make a wild ass guess that each one has 2^17 files in googles database (from some googling i'm pretty sure this is an overestimate). That would mean a total of 2^40 files.

Check your arithmetic.

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

volpe A *single* photon? (347 comments)

Can a single photon turn into an electron/positron pair? I didn't think this was possible because a photon has no rest frame, whereas an e-/p+ pair always would. Thus, in the inertial frame in which the pair has no momentum (the "center of momentum" frame), the photon would still have momentum. Thus, momentum would not be conserved. You need two photons moving in different directions for the pair of photons to have a center-of-momentum frame in which their momenta cancel each other out.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

volpe Re:MAFIAA (227 comments)

"Music and film" is too restrictive. I prefer "Multiple Art Form Industry Association of America". Same acronym.

about 6 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

volpe Re:Uproar? (146 comments)

This was the plot of an episode of The Partridge Family (except for the jail part). Shirley eventually solved the problem by mailing the collector a check for $0.00.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

volpe Re:Comment your damn code (373 comments)

That's the stupidest thing I've read all year.

about 8 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

volpe Re:This is the AP Comp Sci exam (489 comments)

Statistics. That unforgiving bitch no one asked to be invited that tries to manipulate all of our lives.

Statistics don't manipulate people - people manipulate people.

I'm the ASA. And I vote.

about 10 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

volpe Re:Um.... (562 comments)

I'm glad my beloved grandfather and great uncles are gone, they fought against fascism in WWII and this kind of gestapo shit would disgust the hell out of them. I could probably wrap his body in some copper wire and run my entire neighborhood from all the revolutions he's turning in his grave.

I wish I had a chance to know your beloved grandfather and great uncles. You know, back when they were walking magnets.

about a year ago
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Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

volpe Re:Reverse Santa? (418 comments)

If you pay for something and they don't deliver, can't you just call your credit card company and dispute the charge?

about a year ago
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Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

volpe Ummmmmm..... (225 comments)

Yay Doubleclick?

about a year ago
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Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?

volpe Re:You don't beg for privacy (202 comments)

Go ahead and storm the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade with guns blazing, demanding your privacy. Let us know how that turns out.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue trying to prevent the next Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek, Aurora, Tuscon, Newtown, etc.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

volpe Be careful what you wish for (344 comments)

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Be careful what you wish for, Dr. King.

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

volpe Re:AL GORE CREATED THE INTERNET! (216 comments)

Last week, I created a meatloaf in my kitchen. I did not, however, "invent" meatloaf.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

volpe Re:Apple II (587 comments)

My Apple II had 16K. If yours had only 4K, what are you doing with a 7-digit UID?

about a year ago
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

volpe Re:Oh another fucking goldbug (385 comments)

What is called when you borrow money at 0%, never pay the principal and only pay the interest? It's not money printing? What is it, then?

That's not money printing. That's called "a gift", since the entity you borrow from no longer has the money.

No?

about a year and a half ago
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Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time

volpe Re:Photon model broken (364 comments)

I But what if it is also moving and/or turning/rotating on/along one or more axis. How would we perceive that?

Perhaps as a cosmic centrifugal force that causes galaxies to fly apart from each other, interpreted as a cosmological constant causing the expansion of space itself? Oh, wait...

about a year and a half ago

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Exoskeleton gives soldiers strength with grace

volpe volpe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

volpe (58112) writes "This video shows a robotic exoskeleton (not unlike the one used by Sigourney Weaver in Alien) being developed for soldiers. The wearer can lift large amounts of weight, but still retain pretty fine motor control, enough to play catch, gently box a punching bag, and dance. It's currently tethered, but will be deployed with a battery pack. I'd be impressed to see this thing capable of carrying a battery that can power it for any appreciable length of time, given the SWAP (Size, Weight, and Power) problems associated with the gear that soldiers currently carry, or are slated to carry in the near future."

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