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Comment: Re:isnt ice less dense? (Score 4, Insightful) 232 232

by Bomazi (#48034291) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Not exactly and no. When mass is redistributed (due to ice melting, plate tectonics, mantle convection, etc...) the shape of the geoid changes. However the total mass of the Earth is conserved. So if you are far enough away from the Earth to make it indistinguishable from a point mass, Earth's gravity remains constant.

Comment: Re:Metric conversion problems (Score 1) 22 22

by Bomazi (#47572969) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

The U.S. defines the edge of space as 50 miles (80 km), the rest of the world as 100 km. The discrepancy comes from the fact that it is a somewhat arbitrary boundary so both chose a round number in their respective measurement system. The two values are however reasonably close. For details: .

Comment: Re:Fuck Beta! (Score 2) 197 197

by mickwd (#46176977) Attached to: QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

When I went to uni, more years ago than I care to remember, I would return home from time to time at the weekend, and go out with the lads on a Saturday night. As it was a rural area, we'd drive to the nearest big town, visit a pub and then go on clubbing.

We'd usually visit the same pub, but every few months the pub we went to would change.


We didn't go to the pub with the best beer, the best music, the best seats. No, we just went to the "place where everyone else went". From time to time, everyone in town would get bored with one place and move on somewhere else which then became the new "place where everyone went". That made it (for us, at that time) the place with the best atmosphere.

What Dice needs to realise is that all that Slashdot is is one of the "places where everyone goes" for computer / techie discussion (OK, so it's not the only one, but you get my drift). This site has no value, other than being the "place where everyone goes".

It won't be at all difficult for someone to set up Dashslot, or Slushdirt or whatever, with the same formula as traditional Slashdot, and once word gets around that new site will be the "place where everyone goes" instead of here. Slashdot will become the new Kuro5hin, a steep and tragic decline from former glories.

And that new site might even have decent editing and Unicode support.

Comment: Re:I am shocked shocked I tell you (Score 4, Interesting) 384 384

by mickwd (#44663743) Attached to: NSA Officers Sometimes Spy On Love Interests

Check out the this article and search for the section on Geoffrey Prime and read what he got up to.

And remember his "data collection" was done on pieces of card, and was before the days that most adults/parents carry mobile tracking devices around with them so their locations could be known at most times.

Comment: Re:Reprehensible (Score 1) 490 490

by Bomazi (#44606335) Attached to: Time Reporter "Can't Wait" To Justify Drone Strike On Julian Assange

It depends on how you measure success. If you look at things like prison population, life expectancy, homicide rate, treatment of minorities, poverty, access to higher education, access to healthcare, work conditions, protection of civil liberties, freedom of the press, etc..., the U.S. is a shithole I wouldn't want to live in.

Comment: Re:Another perspective (Score 1) 316 316

by naroom (#43840817) Attached to: Console Manufacturers Want the Impossible?
Yes. This is correct. We have an upcoming generation of gamers who, in five years, are going to be interested in playing things that aren't crap. If even a tiny percentage of the Angry Birds crowd grows into console and PC gamers, the industry is looking damn good in about five years.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries