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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

wonkey_monkey Copy pasta fail (68 comments)

This weekend both BT and Sky implemented the new changes, making it harder for their subscribers to reach these sites.

What new changes? What sites?

If all you're going to do is copy and paste a couple of paragraphs from the article, at least pick ones that make more sense by themselves.

yesterday
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LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Before Restart

wonkey_monkey Missing the real news here (48 comments)

before being intentionally smashed into a metaphorical brick wall.

Surely the real news here is that they've been able to make functional use of abstract concepts.

Next they'll announce that they've slashed the electricity bill by powering the magnets with love.

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The article could have told us what the protons were actually smashed into, instead...

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

wonkey_monkey Re:Spinning media can't go beyond 7200 rpm (427 comments)

No, you're just failing to read properly.

They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure.

2 days ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

wonkey_monkey Re:Martian? (65 comments)

I have never understood why they can be convinced that a random rock they find in the desert is actually from Mars.

So, do some readingon the topic, and then you will understand. In the meantime, your lack of understanding doesn't change the fact that they can do this.

but it is magical thinking to hold that such a rock definitely came from Mars.

No, it's magical thinking to assume that science must be wrong because you know less than science does.

Given the science used, it would probably require magical thinking to hold that such a rock did not come from Mars.

2 days ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

wonkey_monkey Re:Something Doesn't Make Sense (65 comments)

The article says it left Mars 5 million years ago, which I think clears up both of your confusions.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

wonkey_monkey Re:Pathetic (1085 comments)

Were they really nice cigarillos?

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

wonkey_monkey Re:Hire an H1B to write headlines and summaries (304 comments)

The problem is it can be unclear what is meant, or if something is being implied, when people start throwing in synonyms for no real reason. We're not all experts in the field, so when a summary throws in two terms - especially one which, in common usage, often implies a deliberate act (a detonation being the initiation of an explosion) - it's not unexpected that some people might find it confusing - even if all it does is raise suspicion that there might be some extra meaning for the differentiation that's escaping the reader.

3 days ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

wonkey_monkey Re:This is the voice of world control. (104 comments)

I bring you peace.

It's bringing peace! Don't let it get away!

Break its legs!

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

wonkey_monkey Re:Define "program itself" (443 comments)

Oh god. And it's also Roko's Basilisk.

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

wonkey_monkey Re:Obviously not many biologists here at Slashdot (443 comments)

It is obvious to the extreme that computers don't think, and aren't aware of anything.

Why is it obvious?

Also, "don't" does not mean "never will."

An amoeba is aware of its surroundings because it is alive.

For a particular definition of "aware" which seems rather circular, perhaps. Is a robot which can hear the name of an object being spoken, identify that object within it's visual field and pick it up with a robot hand aware of its surroundings? It's certainly capable of acting as if it is aware - and taken to an extreme, that's about all I can really say about other people.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

wonkey_monkey "X-Wing" style? (96 comments)

Grid fins are stowed on ascent and then deploy on reentry for "x-wing" style control.

X-Wings fly like planes in an atmosphere (come to think of it, they fly like planes in space too). They don't drop vertically and use the wings to steer. So, what's this got to do with X-Wings?

4 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

wonkey_monkey I hate imperative headlines that address "you" (371 comments)

Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

This Simple Trick For Blaming America Will Change Your Life!

You Won't Believe What America Did Next

4 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

wonkey_monkey Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (201 comments)

One is in base 10, the other in base 2.

Which bases have you given the numbers of the bases in?

4 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

wonkey_monkey Re:Unnatural aspect ratio (329 comments)

In fact, I'm a bit surprised that Philips Ultra Wide monitors didn't catch on as they're even better for our eyes than the 16:9

What makes you say that? Why should wider than 16:9 necessarily be "better" for our eyes?

I thought that 16:9 was chosen as the widescreen standard (partially) because it was close to our "natural" viewing range.

the movies at the theatre are much wider and when you get it on a DVD or Blu-Ray/streaming etc

Movies are almost always released on DVD/Blu-ray at the same aspect ratio they were in at the cinema.

5 days ago

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