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Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 121

by aiht (#49352471) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law
Your suggestion that the Greens only opposed it after they found Labor wouldn't is rubbish. As AC said below (for anyone who can't see ACs), Scott Ludlam (Greens, Western Australia) has been vocally campaigning against it, and educating people about it, since before he was elected. Being technologically literate has always been a big part of his appeal (at least amongst /. types).

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 263

Your credibility was completely lost when you typed menu's.

Given the general high quality writing of the post, I think Immerman knows full well that plurals don't usually require apostrophes.
I'm guessing that you are not aware of the usage where certain words ending in vowels have an added apostrophe to emphasise that the "s" isn't part of the root word.
It's rarely used for words these days, but is still common for symbols and non-word constructions ("count the &'s", "mind your P's and Q's").

As an example of why this can still be very useful for words, though: there are two pages on Wikipedia about people named "Peni".
How would you refer to both of them as a group?

Comment: Re:Why is the signing useful (Score 1) 80

by aiht (#48570047) Attached to: New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

Expect this certificate to be revoked in near future. This will close that avenue, and cause all machines infected drivers signed by the cert to refuse to load the malware driver.

And cause all machines with legitimate Sony drivers (if there is such a thing?) signed with the same cert to refuse to load those too.

Comment: Re:Yeah, but black and white (Score 1) 122

by aiht (#48519987) Attached to: The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second
I'm intrigued by the data transfer requirements.
Even given your extremely low res in b/w, I make that 196TB per second.

Since I can't find any source for your specs and the sample videos are clearly not black and white, I presume you're joking.
If it's just grayscale that they've coloured in later, that's 1.5PB per second; full RGB 4.5PB/s.
These are all under-estimates, too, since it looks like the res is much higher than your 180x96.

What sort of transmission / storage tech are they using? Electrons don't move as fast as the objects they're filming here.

Comment: Re:Could it be (Score 1) 255

I have never seen a Blu-Ray disk, and I am not too sure anyone I know has. You must live in the USA (not a device for connecting hardware).

The correct capitalization is Blu-ray. Also, are we going to argue the difference between disk and disc? Most (US) dictionaries list them as being the same. A disk can be defined as any thin, flat, circular plate or object or (when talking computers) any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage (magnetic disk, floppy disk, optical disk) (taken from dictionary.com). Admittedly, the BDA does use disc to refer to the media.

In general usage, disk and disc are synonymous (with k being preferred in US English, c in British).
Standard practice in computing, though, is for optical discs - Blu-ray, all the way back to Laserdisc - to use a c, while magnetic disks are k. It's to do with hard disks being pioneered in the US and optical discs being pioneered in Europe.

Comment: Re:why? Well here's a bash interpretation (Score 1) 148

by aiht (#45935809) Attached to: Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

not only are there no people on this site able to "understand the topic", but neither are the folks on any other site. In my opinion, physicists are trying to count to zero, in the most intelligent way possible.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that you are actually aware that the doodad you used to post this comment does not work by magic, even though you seem to be implying that physics is pointless.

Comment: Re:Why a Cheshire Cat? (Score 1) 148

by aiht (#45935595) Attached to: Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

“The neutrons behave as if particle and magnetic property are spatially separated while travelling through the interferometer,”

Is it just me, or does anyone else find that completely freaky? Ok, I kinda get how quantum effects don't really occur in a "location", but at a superimposed potential of different locations....but having different properties measured at different locations just freaks me out...

I didn't find it freaky, but I did respond oddly; I burst into a delighted giggle. I'm still grinning like an idiot, and not because of the Cheshire Cat reference.
This news makes me very happy.

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