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Comment: Re:We'd probably detect an invading fleet quite ea (Score 1) 576

The issue at hand would be to detect an invasion fleet jumping in directly to our solar system. That's be an event probably releasing extreme amounts of energy. Considering it would be a fleet, I assumed it to be ships considerably larger than 200 m across, and more than a few. The reference was sci-fi movies so I gathered Star Destroyers or Independence day, Goa'uld or V motherships, i.e. kilometers across, and perhaps hundreds of them. Just the warping in millions of tons of matter into the solar system would release a gravity wave that'd be detectable. These ships will radiate enormous amounts of IR just by being lit buy the sun, not considering spill heating from the internal environment. Their propulsion would generate exotic energies, and/or release chemicals that would radiate in turn (and be harder to cloak). And if they were to communicate by something in the EM-band, that would also be detectable too, even if they were to use very focused beams, since there'd be scattering in the interplanetary dust leaving trails (like a cloud chamber, or comet trails). and the list goes on.

Comment: We'd probably detect an invading fleet quite early (Score 2) 576

We actually have quite many detectors pointing in every direction and these are for detecting different kinds of interesting stuff. Gamma rays, radio, gravity waves, neutrinos, asteroids, and so forth. There are satellites and ground based detectors to make sure that there is essentially no blind spot, not even behind the Moon or the Sun, and the detectors are very very sensitive. These are all automatic and will report anomalies quite fast. Most of these are even linked to other detectors that would try to capture events in another medium. For instance, when we detect a gamma day burst, we want to detect it in optical and gravity as soon as possible. We also have an army of amateur astronomers with very good telescopes (with wide fields of view) trying to hunt asteroids, comets, and by all means.. aliens too (we've found none yet, in case you were wondering). So, in an event of an alien fleet would suddenly appear in our solar system, I'd guess that such an agent would register as an anomaly in all kinds of different detectors, and turn pretty much the world's eyes towards it within hours. Astronomers are very keen of detecting new and strange phenomena. I think the alien technology would be pretty advanced to cloak it from detection in such different mediums as broad spectrum electro magnetic (gamma, optical and radio), neutrino and gravity. I think such technology would have to be so utterly alien that we probably would detect an innovation, even in progress.. we might already be invaded and exploited. And what would be the point of fending off such innovation, if we wouldn't even take notice of it?

Comment: No idiot.Go with ObjC (Score 5, Informative) 211

by Henriok (#48481899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?
You are not an idiot for going for this. There's a vibrant market out there for products based on these languages, with a great community and it serves at least two plattforms which by all accounts won't be going away anytime soon. I would go for Objective C, since it's a more mature language, with lots of good documentation, learning materials, and all the frameworks in iOS and OSX is using this. Swift is still finding it's way.. so while you are learning ObjC, Swift will mature, and you will be established when the time comes for Swift. Let the bleeding edge developers work out the kinks first.

Comment: Powered down hard drive (Score 1) 193

by Henriok (#47738371) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium
I know that enterprise grade hard drive are made to be spinning for years without fail, but there are hard drive that are made to be spun down and essentially powered off when idling. They are laptop drives. Again, not made for enterprise storage but neither is Blu-ray so I find it curious that this would be the USP of this solution.

Comment: Chrome OS or Android (Score 1) 727

by Henriok (#47714803) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
I think Chrome OS or Android is the only way to go. Both Apple and Microsoft is trying to go in the same direction, and hide all the arcane intricacies and really simplify the computing experience for the common computer user. To varying degrees of success, I must admit, but I think it's the way forward for most of the users.

Comment: Binary yes, planet no. (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by Henriok (#47634121) Attached to: Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?
The arguments for demoting Pluto from its planetary status still holds. And hardly anyone objects to Pluto and Charon together as a binary system. But this "new" insight does not promote Pluto/Charon to planetary status. Binary dwarf planet, binary kuiper belt object, binary plutoid. Absolutely. Binary planet? No.

Comment: There is POWER9 on the roadmaps (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by Henriok (#47629523) Attached to: IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip
I agree i your initial statement, but that's pretty much as it has been for at least 15 years or so. POWER9 is on the roadmaps, and the next generation zArch too. And they are sitting there like proxy boxes with nothing much spced, like it has been for almost all previous generations of their predecessors. What I'm concerned with is the lack of public roadmap for what they are planning in the HPC and super computer space. We had the very public Blue Gene project that began in 2001 with four projects; C, L, P and Q, but since the Blue Gene/Q came to life a couple of years ago, I have no idea what they are planning. It'd be nice to have some clue here.. Why not something from the OpenPOWER Foundation; A P8 host processor with integrated GPU from nVidia, on chip networking from Mellanox and programmable accelerators from Altera. But I haven't seen anything in that direction.

Comment: Where is the private key stored? (Score 5, Insightful) 175

by Henriok (#47629379) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email
Where is the private key stored? These are web mail services and if that's going to be easy to use, the key must travel with the user, and how is that going to work securely? Or are they going to store people's private keys on their own servers? If so, wouldn't that almost completely defy the purpose? If intelligence agencies or more usual evil does have access to the mail servers, or user accounts wouldn't they also have pretty much access to the key store servers too? Could someone with more knowledge into how this might work please sort this out for me.

Comment: Re: My plan is to wait and see (Score 3, Insightful) 214

by Henriok (#47344173) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It
Apple is not responsible for data you own. They have zero obligation to keep your version in the App Store after you purchased it. You have to keep backup of your own data. The version you bought will keep working on contemporary hardware and operating system indefinitely and Apple can't and won't change that. That's in stark contrast to the subscription models that Adobe and Microsoft are pushing at the moment. When you stop paying, the software will stop to work.

Comment: Re:Political theater (Score 5, Interesting) 439

by Henriok (#45736937) Attached to: US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

The fact that the military didn't even know about this snap-decision

The decision might seem sudden but Brasil have already chose Gripen in several occasions during the last 10 years. Those decisions have been interrupted by sudden economic downturn, and corruption, political instability and other stuff. Gripen seems to have been favored by the Brasilian military and Industry all these years though, and since all competitors are eliminated du to various reasons (technical, political, corruption, cost), there was no reason not to take the decision now.

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