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Comment: Re:Certainty in Science (Score 1) 236 236

Shouldn't we as scientists be more careful with our words, and say that dark matter is BELIEVED to make up more of the universe than does visible matter, based on our current leading theories?

A very good point, and one that often is missed when talking about scientific subject.
But one also has to differentiate between what is reported that a scientist, a group of scientists, or a scientific study says, and what they actually say.
Quite often, what is reported is a complete misinterpretation of what was said, or is being intentionally made wrong in order to make a sensationalistic headline.

One other thing that is often missed or ignored by media reporting on scientific matters is that there often are different possible explanations, and that different scientists work on different studies of the same thing at the same time and might come to conflicting conclusions that are both as probable.
Scientists or science is often referred to as one coherent group with one mind. =P

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760 760

Overall...no, I'm not for outrageous fines for folks that are rich. It seems lately, for some reason, so many out there are treating wealth as something evil and bad.

Having fines for breaking the law being a percentage of your income isn't about punishing rich people for being rich.
It's about having the fine being a deterrent to crime.
If a fine is 0.00001% of your yearly income, you might not really care if you are fined or not.
If a fine is 10% of your yearly income, you might be more reluctant to break the law that would give you said fine.

Comment: Blinding? (Score 1) 274 274

What I always wonder when I read about laser weapons is how they affect unprotected eyes of people in the vicinity of the weapon or the target.
When laser weaponry is finally deployed in military forces and used in places where you can not be certain that civilians aren't in the area, will said military then be making civilians blind?
If so, laser weapons should be made illegal.

Or is the range at which the laser is damaging to eyes so small that it isn't a problem?

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 804 804

The service aspect is not all positive.. With a vendor built, a component failure means a 2 week minimum turnaround where you're out of a machine.

This is why many professionals choose to either buy equipment that comes with, or pay a little bit extra for, 3 year on-site next business day hardware service that includes replacement parts.
The key here is "on-site". Unfortunately for people who uses software that require OS X, Apple doesn't offer this.

Comment: Re:I know that I need mine (Score 1) 136 136

There are also studies that indicate that you should not get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, but should wake up for an hour during the night.
Apparently, some argue that this is how we evolved to sleep an thus this should be the most healthy way.
The only reference I could find on short notice is the Wikipedia article on Segmented sleep

Comment: Re:QHD or WQXGA? (Score 2) 217 217

2560x1440, 2560x1600 and 2560x1080 are the exact same amount of horizontal space.
If you can get 2 or 3 pages side by side on a 2560x1080 screen, you can also get in on a 2560x1600 screen.
And a 2560x1440 screen usually cost the same as a 2560x1080, so you pay the same for less pixels.

Comment: You own it and it's your responsibility. (Score 1) 377 377

One thing that many people overlook when they voluntary bring their own hardware to work is that when it breaks or is worn out, it's their own responsibility.

For instance, if you use your private laptop 8 hours a day at work and the fan or battery is worn out after a year, it's your own responsibility.

Or, if you bring your laptop to work and it breaks, it's also your own responsibility.
You'll have to pay for repairs or a new laptop yourself.

Unless, of course, if you have a contract with your employer about them taking responsibility for private equipment.

Comment: Re:Don't buy bad products... (Score 1) 592 592

I'd say option three is best.

3. Products that can not be resold are not bought by anyone, so the companies that insist on selling such products either disappear from the market or change their business model.

The problem is that this options requires people to actually not buy, for instance, games that can not be resold.

Any programming language is at its best before it is implemented and used.