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Comment: What is the objective of the research? (Score 1) 63

by Trachman (#49480551) Attached to: Magician Turned Professor Talks About the Math Behind Shuffling Cards

First of all, my respect to devoted professor and mathematician who is able to concentrate into observation and to think it through various aspects.

I have read article carefully and what it says is that certain type of shuffling produces desired random sequence of cards.

Also, consequently, we have mathematician who is trying to prove statistical correlation between how much time is spent mixing (smooching) and the randomness.

It can be proved empirically that this is a correct theory - the longer you shuffle cards, the more random sequence you have.

My question is..... what are the practical applications of this observation and what exactly mathematician is trying to prove.

Comment: Find a way to have internet access (Score 1) 137

by Trachman (#49475287) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

If station in Mars could have internet access, many of the people would not know the difference. They could have Facebook, email, wikipedia. Internet signal lag would be 1000 seconds or approx 15 min, but internet access is possible. To be precise lag will be between 3 to 22 minutes, depending on the location in the orbit. You can surely play chess, trade stocks, read news and leave voicemails.

Heck, NASA can already sponsor invention of new type of games where delay in decision making is built in. Quite frankly these type of delays already resemble tactical military operations where outcome of the order is not immediately known.

The next milestone will be invention of instant, quantum entanglement based communication. Where is the next genius who will find a way to transfer information in an instant.....

Comment: Seriously (Score 1) 152

by Trachman (#49468261) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

While the picture and the quality are amazing, only a small fraction of televisions are sold are 4K,

The 4K content online is only experimental.

For televisions there are not too many 4k capable blue players.

Yet 100 times smaller cellphone has a need for 4K....

Let's fuckin hope that apple is nearly done testing their 8K, or was it 16K phones, just to show who is the boss here.

Comment: Not one quarter but six quarters since Oct 22,2013 (Score 2) 238

Simple google search will reveal that "October 22, 2013 was the official day the program has started by CUOMO".

Typical distortion and deception from the governmental officers.

The problem with NY is that they are offering as a perk something which is offered by other states for free, without even asking, such as low taxes and pro-business government.

Comment: Holding the nose again? (Score 3, Insightful) 676

by Trachman (#49459003) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Hillary does have presidential ambitions, yes. There is a good chance that 8 years older, less attractive, bruised by most recent fuckups such as BenGhazi, Email and her recently exposed Bosnia sniper fire falsification, will lose to younger W. Warren.

From Republican side Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will be rolled out. There is a chance that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will be on one ticket.

I wish there was a third choice...

Comment: It brought a quick end to World War II... (Score 1) 167

Right.... Myth repeated many times becomes truth.

This myth is plainly obsolete and no longer withstands criticism now that WW2 facts are freely available.

If we were really that concern about saving human lives, we should have exploded Little boy and Fat Man in the same desert, in the presence of enemy nation's, Japanese, military representative and allowed them to film.

Hell in 1945, several month ago, Tokyo has been fire bombed and there were more victims in Tokyo (a total more 200,000 people - 90,000 dead and 125,000 injured), than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. More casualties did not bring quick end, but less casualties brought quick end.... this is the perverted logic that is being repeated again and again.

This self-righteous JUSTIFICATION is plainly ridiculous. There is no and cannot be Justification or Rationalization.

The fact is that this WAS a new weapon, and US had a vague idea of the power and consequence of the weapon and the war was a GOOD justification to test the weapon on Japs.

The fact is that at that stage of the war both sides have been committing war crimes.

In a fictional scenario where, for example, Germany dropped a nuke during WW2 on London, they would have been tried for the crimes against humanity.

The fact is that the Victors are not tried. Not for Dresden (designated children refuge) bombing, not for passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff (10,000 civilian sank), not for many other war crimes that were committed in the name of "victory"

Comment: Finaly (Score 1) 44

by Trachman (#49401875) Attached to: New Yarn Conducts Electricity

Finally there is a respectable replacement for the tin foil. Electricity conducting fabric can also act as a Faraday cage, thus tin foil can be retired.

The problem is that such electricity conducting clothes will drive magnetic scanners crazy in the airports, and we should expect the roll-out of TSA procedures to screen naked people, for such clothes will be impenetrable to the airport porn scanners.

Comment: Iran is a sovereign nation (Score 4, Funny) 383

No matter how much that is being disliked, Iran is a sovereign nation and no other nation has a right to tell them what to do. Even if they wear funny dresses, hang criminals, and stone women suspected of adultery.

Yet, it seems, they have received an offer that they cannot refuse.

With the global powers playing reverse stick and carrot... Ukraine voluntarily gave nukes for guarantees and has been given a cold shoulder after 20% of the country was first raped then annexed. Israel has nukes and nobody dares to attack them, because they know that the response will be swift.

Speaking of Ukraine, Poland had guarantees in 1939 and back then Western Powers followed through and did declare war to Germany, when they invaded Poland. Ukraine had guarantees from 4 countries, yet were royally shafted.

Lesson learned by the governments: you never give up any rights.

Comment: Re:Repetition Bores People (Score 3, Insightful) 114

by Trachman (#49397563) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again

Except that DHS currently has access to those License plates. There are so called fusion centers which are supposed to be amalgamation of all the mass spying to one interagency group (consisting of multiple agencies).

The idea is that while they have access now and they are asking to legitimize.

Comment: This is contradicting idea (Score 1) 209

This is a contradicting concept. Few weeks ago on Craigslist there was an article stating that Privacy will be a luxury. Today's article states that those who will be private will be somewhat disadvantaged.

To the best of my knowledge, many of the people that I know have multiple internet identities and email accounts.

Even if cash is banned and internet access is only provided with valid government issued biometric ID, marketers can continue dreaming into their fantasies about unlimited marketing potential and 100% view of people's life.

Many people, especially successful ones, have the right instinct on how to balance privacy and publicity. Just to come and state that future generations of people will be all dumb and clueless is not wise.

Comment: Expect to see them in Ukraine (Score 4, Interesting) 131

by Trachman (#49079977) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

Expect to see these drones in Ukraine soon, then. Not that the change in the policy was needed, since US is providing to the ally Israel, but it does seem as a message to Russians that they will see drones soon in the war zones of Donbas and Crimea.

Had Ukraine had drones six month ago, or better a year ago, their situation would have been much different and they would not need to go through shameful and humiliating "decisions to withdraw" time after time. Sort of a disgrace for a 5th largest weapons exporter in the world, industrial powerhouse, rocket builder and a formerly nuclear country , but we digress here.

Yes, we know that the war is a significant contributor to the scientific research, however expect these UAV to be battle tested in Ukraine against most modern Russian radio-electronic warfare methods.

Comment: $45 Billion is just another tax, different form (Score 3, Interesting) 91

by Trachman (#48939777) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

$45 Billion? True, this is the amount raised. All of it has been paid to Uncle Sam.

The same amount of $45 Billion is also telecomunication companies' best estimate, a modelled amount, equal to the net present value of all their clients' prospective fees, less their expenses, to be collected in the future.

If a customer would ever ask a question, why his wireless service bill is so high, he would be given an answer that the bill includes amortization of $45 Billion of previously capitalized expenses, which companies had to pay.

The GDP increase by $1.7 B is merely an additional tax, that the parties will need to pay, and represents increase in prices that the customers will sooner or later pay.

+ - Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "It appears that the cable tv bill is guaranteed to be a victim of inflation. According to the Washington Post article, ESPN and TNT have signed a new $2.6 billion annual contract to carry National Basketball Association games. All of it will have to be paid by cable subscribers. Let's do a simple math here: let's assume there is a 100 Million households in USA who have cable service, which amounts to $260 of costs, per year, attributable to each subscriber, or approx $22 per month. Of course, some of the expenses are reimbursed by advertisers, but the amount is staggering.

The word is that such a record amount will increase monthly bill? Or perhaps more people will be encourage to disconnect "zombie box""

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