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Comment: Riiiiiight (Score 1) 287

by Pro923 (#48750187) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
Yet, the brass probably spends more than 3% of that same budget on steaks and wine so they can have "business meetings". That's the problem with engineers. We're the smartest group of people, yet the stupidest at the same time. The "We should be happy that we get anything at all" attitude is widespread amongst engineers and scientists, and it ensures that we are and will always be underpaid.

Comment: Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (Score 1) 70

by Pro923 (#48208983) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed
In theory, you're right. But my idea is that the event horizon (which is related directly on the gravity of the body within) is NOT necessarily spherical, but instead is elliptical due to the gravity of the second body. As you say you've witnessed this, I would imagine that in a lot of cases, the black hole is sufficiently massive - or the binary twin is not massive enough - to warp the event horizon to the point that light could escape. I'm talking about special cases, where the opposite is true... Either the black hole is not so far away from not being a black hole (I mean, in terms of mass), and/or the orbiting body is massive enough to have the effect of warping that event horizon to the point that it's below the body's surface. (or the gravity is weak enough to allow light to escape - you could think about this in terms of the event horizon or the gravity of the body. Keep thinking about it... I swear it makes sense when you get the right frame of mind.

Comment: Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (Score 1) 70

by Pro923 (#48208911) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed
Why wouldn't it be influenced? Think about a binary star system. Replace one of the stars with a black hole and nothing is really different. I'm not sure how you could say that it wouldn't be influenced by the presence of another object...

The light - well the light that would otherwise be emitted if the star weren't of sufficient mass to have it's event horizon be outside of it's physical outer boundary. The "it" that I referred to in "stretching it into an oval shape" is really the event horizon of the black hole.

I'm one of those that doesn't believe in the singularity aspect of a black hole. I think a black hole is just a star that has sufficient mass and density such that it's event horizon is beyond it's exterior. I don't think anything magical happens inside, I think it's just a regular star, or a neutron star. Even there were a singularity, my idea about pulsars isn't really any different.

The idea is simply that, the gravity field of a single star, black hole, or planet if it has no neighbors is spherical. If it's in a tight orbit with another body, as is with a binary star system, then it's gravitational field could be considered elliptical (if you imagine removing the other body - like take the moon out of the picture and just think about the earth's gravity field - it would be eliptical). I'm making the jump that the event horizon of a black hole in a binary system would also be elliptical. If that gravity field IS elliptical, then it's possible that radiation (I called it light) could escape at the edges.

Comment: My model! This fits perfectly... (Score 0) 70

by Pro923 (#48206289) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed
My thought about what a pulsar is... Think about the way the moon causes the liquid part of the earth to stretch in the directions both exactly toward the moon and exactly away from it. Now imagine a binary star system, but one star has gained enough mass to become a black hole. However, you've got that other star circling around the black hole - stretching it into an oval shape. If the black hole isn't huge (just above the critical mass required to be a black hole), then perhaps the distortion of the gravity field is sufficient such that it allows the light to escape at the side facing the other star, and the opposite side. Since the side facing the star would be obscured by the star itself, we'd only see the other side - a focused beam of light that would otherwise be trapped inside a black hole. Very exciting for me.

Comment: What's the point in creating outcasts? (Score 4, Interesting) 366

by Pro923 (#48159075) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon
When the country is owned and operated by the stupid, does it really help to be smart? If you're full of a room of people where the "leader" says that 1+1 = 3, and everyone else says "yes sir, you are correct". If you're the smart one and say that 1+1 actually equals 2 - in some sense you're actually going to be wrong. We don't respect the thinkers. We elect the charismatic ones with the team mentality that don't have half a brain in their head. Those who get ahead are the ones who actually follow the rules the best - not the ones that buck the trend and show that things aren't necessarily as they seem. I have school aged children, and I can tell you that success in school has to do more with conformity than it does with intelligence. The teachers reward the kids that sit there and take notes (even if they're useless). You get rewarded for doing the problem on the test exactly as the teacher outlined. If you were to solve the problem with some brilliant and novel approach, you might be penalized. If Einstein were alive today, he wouldn't even be recognized. he'd be some bum working on a team just like the rest of us. We've modified the system so that "anyone can do it" - whatever "it" may be - and if you don't follow the procedure, then you're not doing your job well.

Comment: Re:Coding leads to a life of poverty (Score 1) 213

by Pro923 (#48154771) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
I was once described by one of my friends as "the smartest person he knew, but also the dumbest person he knew". What he meant was that he had seen me do some incredible (by non-computer people) technical things, but sometimes I do things that show a complete lack of common sense. I think that my dual nature is also seen in the group of people we know as programmers. Most of us are pretty smart people - capable of solving complex problems and occasionally doing some things that are just short of brilliant. But - man are we stupid. [Whiney voice]"Oh - but Pro923 - I do this because I love it... I think that everyone should benefit from my work - not just the rich"[/Whiney voice].
Well I've been around the sun 44 times now, and I've been both rich and poor. I'm currently pretty poor and I can tell you that it's a lot more fun and life is more enjoyable when funds are plentiful. Maybe when you're young and you live in your parents' basement, contributing to free software projects is a cool and hip thing to do, and you get some sense of satisfaction out of it. That's great, but you're bringing the whole thing down. Me - well I gotta come up with $2550 again this month just to pay the mortgage - I'm in a town that has a good school system because I have kids that I want the best for. My salary, however, has been stagnant for 5 solid years now and I place the blame on the 3 points that I made in my original post. I had to quit the golf club because the dues were too expensive given that the cost of living keeps going up. So now my summers suck, as I sit in the house and sweat balls instead of being out enjoying some of the finer things in life with my kids. All of you that don't think that you deserve to be paid well for being able to do something that most others can't do - get your heads out of your asses and smell the roses.

Comment: Re:Coding leads to a life of poverty (Score 1) 213

by Pro923 (#48154617) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
Your criticism actually does a fantastic job of outlining one of my main points - which is that software is getting worse and worse all the time. So this collaborative masterpiece can't figure out that when I press return on my keyboard, that it actually means that I want CRLF - and insert the proper HTML tags to perform that dazzling feat? Why should I have to know HTML in order to make a post on a message board? Isn't that a little bit silly? I mean, sure it's a board for programmers, but what if I write device drivers? What if I can't remember which HTML tags do what? Why should I have to?

Comment: Coding leads to a life of poverty (Score 2) 213

by Pro923 (#48150929) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
Look, I try to explain my though on this and everytime I do, my karma gets blasted. Please try to understand I'm not against anyone here or the principals that you stand for - I'm only stating my opinion. I don't teach my kids to code because I want them to focus on a field that has a future that could lead them to have a lucrative career, be successful, financially secure and someday marry a lovely wife and give me some great grandchildren. Coding is not that path. There are several factors that contribute. 1) We have people that come from other countries that bring with them a lower standard of living. Those people can be qualified for these types of jobs, and will bring the average salary down with them - simply because they'll accept less. 2) Our society is not impressed with those with brains. We are more geared toward giving money to the football team mentality, which basically entails - follow the team, take orders and don't think. These are the people that tend to become successful, as I have witnessed anyway. We also tend to make a joke of the bright. We make movies like "the intern" that shows smart people as not fun, not cool, and not someone you want to be. You want to be more like the idiots - Vaughn and Wilson. Smart people aren't respected, and as a result, society doesn't pay them. We'd rather pay the firefighters, our heroes. 3) Coders aren't the best business people. Although I understand the whole free software movement, and like aspects of it, it's bringing us all down as people who have a chance to be paid well (as I believe we should). My salary is not sufficient for joining the country club, or eating at the high end steak joints. My sales buddies have left me in the dust. When something is made to be free, for indirect reasons that I won't get into - it's quality goes down, and it's value goes down. Companies that make software have to come up with creative ways to even make money doing this anymore. I wish we'd take a cue from the artists and musicians, who constantly speak of the way that their product now being free has destroyed their industry, and led to nothing but crap being produced these days. So... For my kids? They're extremely bright - and could actually learn calculus and perhaps write brilliant code. But I'm going to steer them towards some public sector job - like spraying water on a fire - because that's how they'll become successful. They'll get the good healthcare benefits (that we pay for handsomely) that last for life, they'll work 3 days on and 4 days off, which will give them an opportunity to create some meathead company like landscaping or HVAC - then they won't have to pay taxes anymore either. It's just my opinion - but I really think we've shot ourselves in the foot.

Comment: Re:Not usually scared, but admittedly am of ebola (Score 1) 478

by Pro923 (#48115177) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
Hehe. Well, lightning strike deaths are directly proportional to both population and "atmospheric energy" or average heat I guess. I hope you stay right, and we could accurately restate the same facts next year (perhaps 16 to 1) - would be fine with me!

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos