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Comment: Dark energy (Score 1) 214

by MikeMo (#47475079) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe
As I understand it (could certainly be wrong) the whole hypothesis for "dark energy" was created to explain the reason why the Universe's rate of inflation is increasing. Also, I believe we have, so far, been unable to prove its existence except through this increasing speed of inflation.

Wouldn't negative gravity obviate the need for dark energy?

Comment: Re:That is not the whole truth (Score 1) 370

by MikeMo (#47294009) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry
As a guy who has been programming since the late 70's (yes, that old), been in management at all levels, I have to say this is the most spot-on assessment of the situation I've ever seen.

I still write code, and I am certain that the whipper-snappers are faster, but they're for sure not better. They're code is a mess of spaghetti, although sometimes quite clever. It seems to me they just iterate on it over and over until it works.

My code is smaller, better structured, WAY more commented, more flexible, and better positioned for the future. The young guys are probably twice as fast as me, but often ends up being redone when requirements change.

Which is better? Neither - a mix is best.

+ - France cries foul at World Cup "spy drone"->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "France’s World Cup soccer team has filed a complaint with FIFA, claiming that someone used a small unmanned aircraft to spy on the team’s training camp near São Paulo, Brazil as players prepared for their match against Honduras Sunday, the BBC reports. The quadrocopter appears from video to be a Phantom II autonomous micro-drone with a video camera.

“Apparently, drones are being used more and more,” France’s manager Didier Deschamps told the BBC. “We don’t want intrusion into our privacy. It’s hard to fight.” Deschamps did not comment on who might be behind the surveillance but said in an interview with Football Italia that he believed the drone was operated by one of France’s potential opponents or by a French news agency."

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+ - This Is How Formula 1 Brakes Work

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "For the most part, you probably have a simple understanding of how your car's brakes work. But a race car, that's a whole different beast. Brembo's the biggest name in the brake industry, and it just released a video explaining the technology that goes into the brakes on a Formula 1 race car from pedal to caliper. Obviously it starts with every component being beefed up from a normal braking system, but there's also aluminum monoblock calipers, carbon rotors and pads, a brake-by-wire system with a redundancy in case of an electronic failure, and a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Of course, KERS is the most interesting bit as the it allows for smaller rear calipers than before which of course reduces mass. Believe it or not, all of this stuff ends up trickling down to mass-market cars eventually, it's just a matter of time. So the next time you tap your brakes, remember, that technology was likely proven on a race car at some point."

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 128

by MikeMo (#47235457) Attached to: European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating
No one could. I don't know how many Windows crashes I've seen caused by this. Heck, Windows didn't even used to notice when you changed the disk without a refresh. You, sir, are a dolt. Exactly what do you expect the OS to do when the OS itself has been physically ejected? How can a program write to and close a file that is no longer in the drive?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 128

by MikeMo (#47234379) Attached to: European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating
The computer does get notified (sometimes) but the disk is already gone - the open and incomplete file is not fixable, the OS the system booted on is no longer available. Maybe you weren't there, as I can tell you this was one of the big issues being debated in the industry - how to solve this very problem - and Apple was the first and only company to fix it.

You CAN get the disc out on a Mac, two ways: 1) Power up while holding down the mouse button. This causes the boot firmware to eject the disc; and 2) use the paperclip in the ol' hole method, which is exactly the same as pushing the physical button on a PC, just a bit harder to get to.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1, Informative) 128

by MikeMo (#47232987) Attached to: European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating
Here's a bit of history for you. Way back in the computing dark ages (you know, the early 80's), all desktop computers had a common problem: people would remove the floppy disks (sometimes the boot volume) in a rather rude way. They would simply push the eject button. Sometimes, this resulted in computer crashes. Sometimes, it resulted in corrupt files, as the system had not yet flushed all of the data to the floppy and closed the file.

Along came Macintosh, and Apple was determined to do things "right". They removed the eject button and made it a software action. This way, silly humans could not remove the floppy (or any other disk) unless the software allowed it - no open files, no application in use, not the boot volume, etc. Even when CDs came along, this still made sense, as you could be running a program from that very CD.

Now, personally, I always thought the trash can thingy was confusing, but there was also an "Eject Disk" menu. The drag to trash can is a short cut.

The point is, the lack of an eject button was not some stupid aesthetic thing, something to make the computer look better - it grew out of a very real problem that needed solving.

Now get off my lawn!

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