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Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 2) 157

by Le Marteau (#48647999) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

> And then the public defender you're assigned because you can't afford a decent lawyer

Hold on just a second. There are many fine public defenders who happen to be far better than just "decent". They will not, however, be able to dedicate much time to your case. THAT is the issue with many PD's. Not that they suck or are not "decent" but that they are over worked.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by Le Marteau (#48647923) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

> I'm fine with (cops lying to people)

If you or I lie to a cop, we can get charged with obstruction of justice. If they lie to us, they can get a commonadation.

And you're "fine" with that.

Some days it's easier to be a misanthrope than others. This is one of those days. Fuck you.

Comment: Re:Sandbox before browsing (Score 4, Informative) 83

by Le Marteau (#48623891) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

> I'm running a browser in a VM... What malware?

Your faith in the security of VM sandboxes is misplaced.

It is trivial to write a program which can detect if it is in a VM. And then, attack the hypervisor and escape the protected environment. As virtualization has become more common, such malware has gone from academic exercises to real-world exploits.

http://www.symantec.com/avcent...

My favorite line:

Finally, the most interesting attack that malicious code can perform against a virtual machine emulator is to escape from its protected environment.

With virtualization becoming more and more common

Comment: Re:It's already been proven. (Score 1) 129

by Le Marteau (#48533557) Attached to: How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

Saying that radio images translated so we can view them in at a freqency visible to us are not "real" is like saying images produced using night vision goggles are not real.

The waves involved in this issue are not part of the observable spectrum for humans. Converting them to visible frequencies for our observation does not make them any less "real" except to the pedantic or to those of us who go as far as to say that observable science can't prove anything.

Comment: Re:It's already been proven. (Score 1) 129

by Le Marteau (#48532277) Attached to: How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

> Why not image the center of a galaxy that's plane is perpendicular to us?

Another factor: on that video I linked, the scale on those images is 10 light days. I don't think modern astronomy can resolve individual stars on that fine a scale, which would be required to produce the same effect while viewing another galaxy.

That's another thing that makes that image amazing to me... how close those stars are. 10 light days is nothing, cosmically speaking.

Comment: Re:It's already been proven. (Score 2) 129

by Le Marteau (#48531727) Attached to: How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

> There's roughly 25,000 light years of dust and stars to see through.

You're right... it would be impossible to view those stars using the optical spectrum. However, the scientists in this case, and for the multi-year time-lapse loop I linked to used radio waves which were unaffected by dust. One might think that interposing stars would block out the view (after all, the view is sideways through the "platter" of the galaxy) but given the far separation of the stars, the view is not blocked even at such vast distances.

I initially shared your incredulity, and I did the research, and that is indeed a radio image of the actual stars at the center of our galaxy.

Comment: It's already been proven. (Score 5, Informative) 129

by Le Marteau (#48529101) Attached to: How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

> the EHT team is ultimately after to prove the existence of black holes."

It's already been proven. There is a black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and it's been named "Sagitarius A"

Using infrared telesopes, you can "see" stars orbiting the black hole at the center of the galaxy. Orbits of about 28 stars have been observed and using math, the mass of the stars and the required mass of the black hole has been calculated. Only a black hole can account for the kinds of orbits you see those stars doing.

It is a sight to behold and at first I could not believe it. Watching the stars at the frickin center of the galaxy orbit a black hole is a stunning sight once you truly grok what you are seeing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Realize that this video is not an artist's intepretation, but is actual imagery of stars orbiting something of immense mass, something which can only be a black hole.

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