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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

wonkey_monkey Re:Semantics (87 comments)

The definition of harassment, at least where I live, is "unwanted sexual advances"

Sounds more like something you've assumed to be true based on a half-remembered conversation. For a start, would do you mean by "the" definition? Dictionary definition? Legal definition? Where's it written down?

about an hour ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

wonkey_monkey Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (64 comments)

The idea is simply that, the gravity field of a single star, black hole, or planet if it has no neighbors is spherical. If it's in a tight orbit with another body, as is with a binary star system, then it's gravitational field could be considered elliptical

I'm not clear on why this should be the case. Can you really push and pull gravity around like it's a physical object?

6 hours ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

wonkey_monkey Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (103 comments)

a.) Yes, we do because the blog post says as such.

I don't think it's at all clear.

The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using [...] the Internet connection at its headquarters.

Sync’s time might seem ridiculously low, almost as if the Internet wasn’t involved at all. You have to remember, however, that BitTorrent’s headquarters has a ridiculous fast connection both downstream and upstream.

That implies that the LAN wasn't involved, although it's not very clearly stated.

In any case the blogger repeated the test over the internet and got similar results.

6 hours ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

wonkey_monkey Re:Am I missing the point? (103 comments)

They copied some data across a local network.

I don't think they did, or at least it's implied - though not very clearly - that they didn't. In any case, the internet connection was 1gb/s, which is practically LAN speed with their gigabit adapters.

The article's author did a test over the internet and also found that Bittorrent beat the others - but then, the others are probably designed to be more considerate to your internet connection and not clog up your tubes.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

wonkey_monkey Re:Trickle (103 comments)

Well, quite:

More specifically, the company conducted a test that shows Sync destroys Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Dropbox.

And your internet connection at the same time.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

wonkey_monkey Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (103 comments)

They compared the transfers between two laptops on the same LAN

a) we don't know whether the two laptops could talk to each other across the LAN - in fact without evidence to the contrary I'd assume they couldn't
b) Dropbox will sync across the LAN if it can.

In any case, I'm not sure the LAN/WAN distinction is too relevant here, given that they were using 1gb/s internet connection.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

wonkey_monkey Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (103 comments)

And that other show, where there is that doctor that cannot die, who, when killed, appears under water, naked.

Wait, what show is that?

Or was it a dream you had?

yesterday
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

wonkey_monkey Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (64 comments)

Think about the way the moon causes the liquid part of the earth to stretch in the directions both exactly toward the moon and exactly away from it.

Nothing's stretching away. In order of distance from the Moon we have:

1) nearside oceans
2) the Earth itself
3) farside oceans

All of them are attracted towards the Moon, but at decreasing strength due to distance. The nearside ocean gets pulled closer to the Moon than the Earth does, and the Earth gets pulled closer to the Moon than the farside ocean does. Hence, two bulges, but not because the far one is being pushed away from the Moon.

However, you've got that other star circling around the black hole - stretching it into an oval shape.

When you say "it," do you mean the star or the black hole? It seems like you mean the black hole...

A black hole isn't a physical object. It's a surface around an object at which the gravitational field strength has a particular value. I'm not sure it would be influenced in such a way by the presence of another object.

then perhaps the distortion of the gravity field is sufficient such that it allows the light to escape

What light are you talking about?

yesterday
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

wonkey_monkey Re:Ah, that old trick (265 comments)

I find a ! to be a bit more, well, visible. Plus it reminds me of RISC OS.

yesterday
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

wonkey_monkey "mouse pointing devices"? (117 comments)

mouse pointing devices

You went with that because you didn't know whether to put mouses or mice, right?

It is, of course, mieces.

yesterday
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

wonkey_monkey Re:ZUNE (149 comments)

I'm not sure if "used once" counts as "has now become." And as puns go... I haven't seen many worse.

2 days ago
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

wonkey_monkey Re:biocompatibility (64 comments)

so I'm going to go out on a limb

Too soon.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

wonkey_monkey Re:So what qualifies? (484 comments)

How are Finnigan's comments trolling? She was expressing her (arguably ill-informed) opinion.

3 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

wonkey_monkey Re:Correlation does not imply causation (420 comments)

Follow-up:

Apparently, though, the people who come up with Slashdot headlines don't know that:

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

That's not the conclusion of the paper.

3 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

wonkey_monkey Re:Correlation does not imply causation (420 comments)

Correlation does not imply causation

We know that. The people who wrote the paper know that too.

Show me the causative process, please.

Why don't you show me the causative process?

Or is no-one allowed to make a scientific observation unless they can also immediately explain it, too?

3 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

wonkey_monkey Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

l don't think it's too bad.
l quite like it.
l think you're making it up!

3 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

wonkey_monkey Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

And weren't serifs only invented to stop movable type blocks from breaking too easily?

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

wonkey_monkey "Most likely"? (345 comments)

Here's why, most likely, they always will.

Most likely? Well, that's not exactly unequivocal, is it?

"Most likely" sounds like just the right place for astonishing science to (just possibly, probably not, but who knows?) surprise us.

And I say this to point out one simple fact: there have been claims of cold fusion, but none of them have ever stood up under the scrutiny of the above definition of good science.

Disclaimer: I didn't read the article, but this bit jumped out at me.

Crazy claims of a particular phenomenon never stand up under scrutiny - until the first one does. Yes, cold fusion has been a long time coming, and may never, but just because no-one's got it right it yet is not a great reason to say never.

4 days ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

wonkey_monkey Re:I'm upset (39 comments)

I don't get it.

Oh, wait a minute...

4 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

wonkey_monkey Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

A preponderance of the people.

As Pete Porter in Pasadena precisely put it.

5 days ago

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