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Comment: Bad PR (Score 1) 151

by Anna Merikin (#48457903) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Even though I had no computer vulnerable, and I did not buy one of Sony's malware-laden Music CDs, I remember the event so clearly and strongly I still refuse to consider buying any Sony product whatsoever, including their cameras. Is there some malware hidden within those proprietary, compressed RAW image files?

So I am of two minds. I don't like the use of ransomware. And I don't like Sony. This reminds me of the old joke where the guy sees his mother-in-law drive off a cliff in his new Bentley.

Comment: Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (Score 1) 103

by Anna Merikin (#48283795) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Yes, yes and yes. That's exactly why I concentrated on "funding": The politics of it are critical. Lots of hypotheses exist, but few get to be funded and none without extensive peer review by proven fundraisers.

It's a bit like The Movies in that there are lots of screenplays around, but only the ones producers think will turn a profit or an Oscar get produced.

I tried to be non-cynical in my post.

Comment: Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (Score 2) 103

by Anna Merikin (#48282943) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

While everything you write is true, you leave out the actual importance of funding this: If SIMPS can be found, examination of their behavior in interactions would tend to prove or disprove fundamental ideas of the standard model.

That's my take on this all, anyway.

NB: I have been wrong before.

Comment: Why Overstated? (Score 1) 403

by Anna Merikin (#48091255) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

1. Carmarketers like good gas mileage figures; they're good for sales.

2. The specifications for the test are gamed to provide a bigger benefit for underpowered cars which tend to get better mileage anyway. The test include acceleration at a rate *that depends on the car's power* (percent of full-throttle). which has the big-engine (more powerful) cars zipping around the virtual course at higher speeds.

Remember, lobbyists write or co-write most of our laws and regulations.

Comment: Re:"Self-Assembling?" (Score 0) 36

by Anna Merikin (#47957133) Attached to: Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

I don't usually respond to ACs but cause you're dead wrong and call me a liar, here's both barrels..

From the first link

We found that extracellular fields induced ephaptically mediated changes in the somatic membrane potential that were less than 0.5 mV under subthreshold conditions. Despite their small size, these fields could strongly entrain action potentials, particularly for slow (~8 Hz) fluctuations of the extracellular field. Finally, we simultaneously measured from up to four patched neurons located proximally to each other. Our findings indicate that endogenous brain activity can causally affect neural function through field effects under physiological conditions.

As to the 8 Hz magnetic resonance, see, which is the most nearly objective overview of this subject I can find right now. Wikipedia also has an article

Comment: "Self-Assembling?" (Score 0) 36

by Anna Merikin (#47956647) Attached to: Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

DNA is magnetoresponsive. Magnetism itself is self-assembling, and since DNA has been shown to be magnetoresponsive and, it would be interesting to see if this origami folding can take place outside of the earth's magnetosphere, which has a magnetic harmonic at the same frequency as the resonance demonstrated by DNA.

Does anyone know anything about other self-assembling substances?

Comment: definition of "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Anna Merikin (#47888153) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

In many states in the US, all that's required for a "contract" to exist is agreement on actions AND compensation. That compensation does not have to be money; it may be anything of value, including one's attention (as to ads.) Other states do not limit contracts to need compensation at all. I dunno about other nations....

Comment: Re:Or, Apple could be fearful of comoditization (Score 1) 405

I agree. What's more, Apple might have to press hard on the common use of the term "iPad" to refer to tablets in general. Bayer long ago lost the exclusive rights to the word aspirin by not enforcing its exclusivity. 3M took great pains in the 70s to make clear "Scotch" did not become another word for "transparent", as in tape; Coke, McDonal's, et al. have enforced such. Now it may be Apple's turn.
Oh, and as for MS :"What goes around, comes around." Whatever that means....

+ - Feynman Lectures Released Online, Free 2

Submitted by Anna Merikin
Anna Merikin (529843) writes "In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation."

Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics."

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 2) 243

by Anna Merikin (#47737059) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I didn't need anyone to tell me I was smart. I figured it out myself. As you say, I was "smart" at the subjects I loved and not so much at others. Now, as an "elder", I tell those coming up If you want to be rich and-or famous, develop your talents. But if you want to be happy, work on your weaknesses: Become round.

BTW, If someone had told me life could be so good at 71 years, I'd have had more courage in my youth.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"