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Comment Re:Is that all? (Score 1) 874

But at least Exxon provides a service, manipulates the world governments to a far lesser degree, and doesn't take a complete shit on science itself.

Like that time Exxon tried to argue that lead additives in gasoline were not at all harmful and that the research showing the dangers of lead were simply the results of scientists with an agenda? Yes, clearly Exxon's track record is spotless.

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Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Comment Re:Hubble constant now a misnomer (Score 1) 102

Hubble's constant is a measure of how the expansion velocity (in units of kilometers per second) of the universe changes with an object's distance from us (in units of megaparsecs), yielding units of km/s/Mpc. It is improper to simply cancel the distance units which would leave you with units of frequency (i.e., inverse seconds).

Another example in astronomy is the unit given to monochromatic flux, which typically has units of Joules/meter^2/second/Hertz. Note that the unit has both seconds and Hertz. Now, one may naively simply cancel Hertz and seconds, leaving the unit as Joules/meter^2, but this is wrong. Monochromatic flux measures the energy (in Joules) passing through an area (in square meters) in a given time interval (in seconds) of light of a specific frequency (in Hertz). Seconds and Hertz are measuring different quantities and cannot be cancelled when dealing with monochromatic flux.

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