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Comment: Only Radio, Huh? (Score 5, Funny) 121

But unlike other super-luminous events that span multiple wavelengths—gamma ray bursts or supernovae, for example—blitzars emit all that energy in a tiny band of the radio light spectrum.

Why is this a mystery? 5.5 Billion years ago, did anyone have anything other than a radio? It wasn't like they could use a satellite dish or something...

Comment: Re:Win7 is the new XP (Score 1) 640

by avgjoe62 (#48803469) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

It's not the OS updates that are the issue. It's the entire ecosystem of OS, third party apps and in-house development that has to be updated. Some of our systems are running XP purely because a vendor went out of business and we have yet to find modern software that can run our automated machinery reliably. Replacing the machinery is an option too, but a damned expensive one.

It's not just updating the OS but all the things that sit on top of it that makes "a constant upgrade / update process" hard to stick to.

Comment: Re:USS Ponce? (Score 4, Informative) 225

by avgjoe62 (#48568209) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

From the link on the name in the summary:

Ponce is the only ship of the United States Navy that is named for Ponce in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which in turn was named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, the first governor of Puerto Rico and European discoverer of Florida.

Comment: Re:Reminder of who not to credit (Score 1) 151

by avgjoe62 (#48350139) Attached to: 25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

We have too many politicians and not enough leaders

There's an old Bloom County strip that always sticks in my mind when I think about politics:

Milo and Otis are sitting in the meadow and one of them says, "What the world needs now are more statesman."

To which the other replies, "Churchill once said that a statesman is nothing more than a politician that's been dead for twenty years."

And the other responds, "Like I said, what the world needs now are more statesman."

Comment: Re:analog computer (Score 1) 91

by avgjoe62 (#48342591) Attached to: fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

The brain is an analog computer. The notion of parallelism is fundamentally different for an analog computer... In a sense, every single neuron is operating independently and in parallel with the rest. Describing it in terms of parallel processing with digital CPUs makes no sense.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these analog computers...

Comment: Re:We don't know the details (Score 1) 742

by avgjoe62 (#48084649) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

I admit this is speculation, but I have to wonder if the conversation went something like this:

Comcast: We're sorry, we admit those charges you're disputing are our error but there is no way for us to remove those now.

Customer: Don't be ridiculous. I've worked for Big Name Accounting Firm for years. You most certainly can reverse those charges.

Not saying that this happened, but given the customer's profession and the reason he was calling I could see the above scenario.

Comment: Re:So did they find Atlantis? (Score 4, Informative) 54

by avgjoe62 (#48052635) Attached to: Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

Someday, SOMEDAY we will discover a race of super human vegan Atlantean descendants ruled by Amelia Earhart, living inside a hollow Earth, flying UFOs powered by perpetual power from magnets, guarded by a race of super intelligent Yetis all of whom are Mensa members. THEN what are you going to do with your skepticism, huh?

Just you wait and see. Edgar Cayce will be proven correct and all you sheeple will realize it too late!!!


You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.