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Comment: Is this right person being prosecuted? (Score 1) 400

by AmeerCB (#42672865) Attached to: Andrew Auernheimer Case Uncomfortably Similar To Aaron Swartz Case
There is a lot of debate here over Auemheimer's character and his true intent. I'm not sure why any of that matters - can we really consider a carelessly designed api a "security exploit?" All he did was increment a number in a url, if I understand this correctly. I don't really care if he sold the information to gawker or if he is a crazy person - changing a url is not "hacking" in any sense. If anyone should be prosecuted here, it's AT&T for being grossly negligent with their customers' private data. The data was openly exposed to the internet - all Auemheimer did was demonstrate how to manipulate the url to get it.

Comment: Detecting terraforming more interesting than cfcs (Score 1) 211

by AmeerCB (#42105347) Attached to: Hairspray Could Help Us Find Advanced Alien Civilizations
From TFA:

But what about more advanced life? Could we find tell-tale signs that a planetary system had been modified or terraformed in order to make it more habitable for intelligent alien species? For instance, when humans colonize Mars, we will need to raise global planetary temperatures significantly in order to live on the surface without suits.

This seems a lot more interesting to me. As another poster mentioned, would cfc use constitute enough of a civilization's existence to make it a viable means of detecting them? But looking for a planet that is warm enough to have liquid water and is outside the goldilocks zone of its solar system seems like an interesting idea.

Comment: Curious (Score 1) 436

by AmeerCB (#41476879) Attached to: Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7
Am I the only one who can't wait to give Win8 a shot just to see what all the screaming is about? I haven't touched the interface at all and only know what I've seen in pictures, but usually something as polarizing as metro ends up being awesome in the long run or it gets completely ditched. I'm excited to decide which one I think it is....

Comment: Compared to what? (Score 5, Interesting) 351

by AmeerCB (#41476103) Attached to: Why It's Bad That Smartphones Have Banished Boredom
Why is reading a crappy magazine in the doctor's office more productive than using your smartphone? I hate when people spew opinions like this without showing at least ONE piece of data/evidence that using a smartphone is more harmful than the alternative (the other things we do when we're bored).

And didn't people make the same arguments about television? And then, later, about videogames?

Comment: Re:Orbit (Score 2) 67

by AmeerCB (#41467329) Attached to: Supermassive Black Hole Destroying Proto Star System

If the orbit comes close enough to the black hole, and if the protoplanetary disc is large enough, tidal effects will destroy the protoplanetary disc.

Question is: why hasn't this destruction happened at the previous closest pass of the black hole?

From TFA:

"The star was likely formed in the stellar ring and later thrown into its highly eccentric orbit though a close encounter with one or more stars in the ring. The stars exchanged momentum and the red dwarf was tossed onto a new, deadly trajectory. "

So, even though they're calling it an "orbit," it was likely not on this trajectory before and this is the first time it's getting close enough to the black hole for the disc to be affected. Also, the disc is already being destroyed: "But the damage is already happening. The protoplanetary disk is disintegrating under the black hole's tidal pull -- stretching the disk like taffy. Add to that a withering blast of ultraviolet radiation from the black hole that is heating and driving off material in the disk."

Comment: Re:Love the global warming answer. (Score 2) 608

by AmeerCB (#41227423) Attached to: Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

Romney cannot spell out what HE would do but he can blame Obama for doing what Obama has done.

Is this your first election? I'm not trying to be a smart-a$$, just pointing out that this is almost always the strategy when going up against the incumbent. It's much safer to try and make the incumbent look bad than to try and convince others that his own policies are any better.

"The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy." -- Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards