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Comment Ah, the good old WYSIWYG days (Score 1) 88

It might be a more stable platform than the current web stack where different browser brands under different OS settings render things in different places and different ways. Back in the day they were positioned mostly by absolute coordinates, reducing positioning surprises. Auto-flow has mostly failed.

Comment Re:It helps to know what to look for (Score 1) 414

It pretty much took numerical simulations using supercomputers to be able to predict the gravitational wave signal from colliding black holes.

That's an interesting conjecture. Were pre-super-computer simulations off by orders of magnitudes, and/or had an error range orders of magnitudes? I'm not a physics expert.

Comment Up-Sides? (Score 1) 130

There may be some upsides to their DNA that we don't yet know about. Diseases and extreme problems are better understood because that's what medical experts are expected to focus on. But there could also be some nice traits we picked up from them such that they counter the negative traits enough to survive in our genome.

And the down-sides of them may only show up in some people. That is, they depend on combinations of other genes to manifest themselves.

Comment Re:And, it cheaper (Score 0) 74

No, the person who decided to use a "cable-brick-cable" instead should be taken out and shot. First of all, nothing stops you from simply adding an extension cord to the wall wart if necessary, but doing the opposite is not possible. Second, there's no reason the transformer can't be the same size as the outlet in the X and Y directions, and as long or short as it needs to be in the Z direction. Third, if plugs are falling out of your wall sockets, then your wall sockets are worn out and need to be replaced.

Comment Re:Cool! (Score 1) 414

Okay, there was some uncertainty over the what phenomena could cause gravity waves, but that still creates mostly the same in issue on the generation side.

Colliding black holes is about as big as you can get. There's nothing known that's more massive, except "collective" objects like galaxies and dust clouds.

Those things are either too diffuse to generate GW's, above noise, or would create them as such a low frequency to be beyond the frequency range of current detectors.

Comment Re:Some people don't get it either (Score 1) 143

If you said that aloud, it would probably be, based on your tone and body language, clearly sarcasm. When it's in written form, though, you are mistaken--it is NOT clear. If, for example, this was being said by Rush Limbaugh, it would obviously be a tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump, but otherwise straight communication.

Speaking as someone who overuses sarcasm, I've found that no matter how clear *I* think I am being, others do not always see it that way.

Comment Re: Cool! (Score 1) 414

I understand that, but I've never seen an article about past attempts with statements similar to, "most existing theories on gravity say we shouldn't expect to detect gravity waves with [current gizmo] because it's not sensitive enough, but part of the purpose of [current gizmo] is to verify this expectation."

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