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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:2012 news (87 comments)

That still doesn't answer his question.

And he still didn't ask a question. Pedantry aside, I've answered his "question" perfectly well, which was "[Can you] see anything at all at 2k magnification[?]" It's actually a pretty vague and pointless question, when you think about it. The answer is either yes, you can see something, or no, you can't see anything.

For some reason everyone's decided that he was actually asking a far more involved question with all kinds of additional parameters which are being sprung from nowhere.

Can you see what it is?

That depends what it is. Being able to see an object doesn't imply that you can identify it.

Can you distinguish it from other similarly sized things in close proximity?

That is more-or-less the practical definition of "resolving power."

10 hours ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

wonkey_monkey Re:Medium.com total fail (46 comments)

If only.

It seems to be catching on around teh interwebs.

11 hours ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

wonkey_monkey Re:Doesn't Gravity Affect Angle of Repose? (46 comments)

But I'll leave that to the astrophysicists to work out.

Why do you presume they didn't take it into account already?

11 hours ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

wonkey_monkey Re:How about... (46 comments)

See a doctor.

11 hours ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

wonkey_monkey That's nothing... (309 comments)

...far too many people can't even spell LEGO.

11 hours ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

wonkey_monkey Defeatist much? (93 comments)

If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. [...] no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter.

So quit [publically bitching about all the amazing things you'd like do if only technology was up to scratch with your overly ambitious plans]* and get to work on perfecting longer carbon nanotube strands. Lazy fuckers.

*aka marketing

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:Overpriced at $0.60 (87 comments)

Go back to Russia, pinko!

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:2012 news (87 comments)

Well, he didn't strictly ask a question, but that aside:

I still want to know if you can see anything at all at 2k magnification.

The answer is: yes, you can see things that are 1/100th the width of a human hair.

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:Why is that nicer? (87 comments)

What is even the magnification on that thing? 0x?

Woah. Wouldn't that mean you could see... everything? Only really small...

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:Overpriced at $0.60 (87 comments)

For only $0.50, you can get this nicer toy microscope [alibaba.com] on Alibaba.

No, you can't. For $10,000 you can get 20,000 of them, but you can't get one at $0.50.

What's the magnification? I think it might be a bit shy of 2,100x.

yesterday
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

wonkey_monkey Re:2012 news (87 comments)

and a resolving power of less than a micron.

Around 1/100th of the width of a human hair.

yesterday
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

wonkey_monkey Re:Walmart on the web (143 comments)

You do not want to know what I'm doing right now.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

wonkey_monkey Re:Hard to understate (171 comments)

Hard to understate

It's not really important at all.

There, that was easy.

Or, assuming the AC meant "overstate":

Without this audit the lives of every person on this planet are doomed to end in fiery death when the Earth plummets into the Sun in 2017!

Also easy.

2 days ago
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

wonkey_monkey Re:Medical Device Certification? (90 comments)

a good deal of the cost of these things is the FDA certification

If there's no surgery, it's just a object - a tool, an item of functional clothing, more-or-less. I'd be surprised and annoyed to find out that any kind of certification was legally required for something like this.

Or that is at least the popular excuse of companies that make prosthetics.

There's also the fact that they actually are traditionally expensive to make and fit.

2 days ago
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Using Supercomputers To Predict Signs of Black Holes Swallowing Stars

wonkey_monkey Re:Impossible (31 comments)

I think you might have that the wrong way around. From the star's perspective - if the black hole is big enough - nothing untoward occurs. It certainly won't see its own clock slowing down. From an outside perspective, objects approaching an event horizon undergo time dilation and fade from view, but are never seen to cross the horizon.

2 days ago
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Using Supercomputers To Predict Signs of Black Holes Swallowing Stars

wonkey_monkey Re:Impossible (31 comments)

How can a black hole swallow a star if the star's clock slows to a stop as it approaches the event horizon?

Because it doesn't.

The star's clock may slow to a stop relative to ours, sitting safely outside, but as far as the star is concerned, its clock continues to tick happily away. If the black hole is big enough, the star wouldn't be in the least perturbed by the experience.

2 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

wonkey_monkey Re:How are these related? (71 comments)

This computer is more than 10 years old and served as a back-up for the railcar of the robot arm, the thermal cooling system, solar-wing rotating joints, and more.

Not sure what's meant by "the railcar of the robot arm," but if I remember correctly the arm is used to capture and dock the supply capsule, and doing so without a backup computer might be considered a bit risky, considering the location where all of this is due to happen.

2 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

wonkey_monkey Re:Kerbal Space X (71 comments)

I'm afraid I can't do that.

2 days ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

wonkey_monkey Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (144 comments)

That makes no sense. How can you bounce stuff off the moon? There’s no gravity.

It's awesome having a wife who's an astronomer/PhD.

I sadly suspect I will only ever be able to take your word for that.

2 days ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

wonkey_monkey A contender for "dumbest headline ever" (144 comments)

The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

...is with your eyes, at the appropriate time. Don't bother looking earlier; it won't have happened yet! Similarly, if you try to catch the eclipse after it's finished, you'll just see an ordinary full moon.

Get it? Got it? Good.

2 days ago

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