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Comment: This effect of climate change was predicted in '05 (Score 4, Informative) 173

http://thinkprogress.org/clima...

“Where the sea ice is reduced, heat transfer from the ocean warms the atmosphere, resulting in a rising column of relatively warm air,” Sewall said. “The shift in storm tracks over North America was linked to the formation of these columns of warmer air over areas of reduced sea ice.”

Comment: Re:The main challenges... (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by Ken_g6 (#49419683) Attached to: Stanford Develops Fast-Charging, Stable Aluminum Battery

Just because it's not a good battery for your laptop - yet - doesn't mean it's not a good battery for other applications.

Compare it to lead-acid, for instance. It's lighter, it's probably non-toxic (the electrolyte is unknown), and I'd be surprised if it were much more expensive. And it charges fast, so it probably discharges fast too. Sounds like a great starter battery for cars or scooters, etc.

Comment: To Framework, or not to Framework (Score 1) 245

by Ken_g6 (#48805485) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

That is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the framework to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous edge cases,
Or to take up code against a sea of requirements, and by opposing end them?

Personally, I prefer the basic PHP (and JSP) model of just writing out a web page with your backend language. I guess that makes me old-school?

Comment: FTL communications? (Score 3, Interesting) 109

Given that two particles can emitted by a single source entangled, sent a long distance apart, and remain entangled,
And that if one particle becomes disentangled the other particle instantaneously becomes disentangled,
If we can measure the entanglement of a particle by its mass,
Then we can communicate faster than light.

But the no-communication theorem states that, during measurement of an entangled quantum state, it is not possible for one observer, by making a measurement of a subsystem of the total state, to communicate information to another observer.

So I think this means that either the no-communication theorem is wrong, or the change in mass of an entangled particle cannot be measured.

Comment: Re:Bogus algorithm (Score 3, Insightful) 68

by Ken_g6 (#48673625) Attached to: The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

I agree on Bubb..I mean, BS. But Selection Sort is really only useful with big objects that you don't want to move much. These days everything's a Reference, so it doesn't matter so much. It makes for a really boring dance, too.

Insertion Sort is more useful in modern use cases. If something's "almost sorted" it's very quick.

Shell sort might be even better. It's practically identical to Insertion Sort except only subsets of dancers would step out at one time. And, with a good gap sequence, it gets done much quicker than either of the above.

Comment: Re:Does this mean (Score 1) 78

by Ken_g6 (#48641849) Attached to: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

Well, it is thought we've found all the dinosaur-killer-size asteroids, and that none are going to impact Earth soon. But there are still plenty of smaller ones that could take out a major city if they hit in the wrong spot. The shock wave from the Chelyabinsk meteor caused injuries, though mainly from broken glass. Plus, you never know where a comet's going to appear.

Comment: I wish more websites were designed for wide screen (Score 1) 567

by Ken_g6 (#48573277) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Lots of websites limit their width to, say, 1024 pixels. Other websites, like this one, extend across the entire page, but don't wrap text which makes them hard to read.

I wish more websites would allow their contents to wrap into two or more columns, like magazines do. Here, for instance, is a user style to wrap Slashdot comments into two columns.

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