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Comment: Why do we keep trying, then? (Score 1) 214

by bittmann (#47474787) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Having built a number of gravitational wave observatories that have to see a single gravitational wave...

If they must see that same single gravitational wave over and over again, why do we need to keep building more of them? Why don't we build some to see OTHER gravitational waves?

;-)

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: Re:Why migrate to Turkey? (Score 1) 687

In the "strange but true" category, you can actually convert Turkey into light petroleum. A few years back, a Thermal Depolymerization plant was built next to a ConAgra Butterball Turkey processing plant, intended to convert feathers and other waste into oil.

A Thermal Depolymerization demonstration plant was completed in 1999 in Philadelphia by Thermal Depolymerization, LLC, and the first full-scale commercial plant was constructed in Carthage, Missouri, about 100 yards (91 m) from ConAgra Foods' massive Butterball turkey plant, where it is expected to process about 200 tons of turkey waste into 500 barrels (79 m3) of oil per day.

So, while it may not be "cheaper" to burn Turkey than coal or natural gas, it is arguably "cleaner", at least from a net-CO2 perspective.

Comment: Re:t-mobile is the best low cost carrier (Score 1) 207

by bittmann (#44428767) Attached to: Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers
StraightTalk is almost never ATT service anymore - you can't even order a StraightTalk AT&T SIM kit nowadays (unless you pay a premium on eBay, I suppose). Interestingly enough: You can get a couple of different SmartTalk smartphones that are activated on the Verizon network.

Comment: Re:Thanks Slashdot. (Score 1) 366

by bittmann (#43984047) Attached to: FAA Wants All Aircraft Flying On Unleaded Fuel By 2018

The higher octane is required in higher altitudes. 87 at sea level will give more power than 91 in Denver (caveats apply)

The main caveat being: That first statement is completely incorrect. As altitude increases, ambient pressure decreases. As ambient pressure goes down, max pressure developed in the cylinder decreases as well. As max pressure decreases, the tenancy for pre-ignition (knocking) decreases. As the tenancy for pre-ignition decreases, octane requirements are lessened.

In other words, all things being equal, higher octane is required in lower altitudes.

(But you are right in your second assertion - assuming your engine will run on 87 octane at sea level, it will indeed make more power at sea level than it will in Denver - mainly because of the increased air density at sea level.)

NASA

+ - NASA uncovers millions of new black holes in space->

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coondoggie writes "NASA today said its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite has unearthed a "bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies." NASA said the latest discoveries help astronomers better understand how galaxies and the behemoth black holes at their centers grow and evolve together."
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Censorship

+ - Malaysia's New Internet Law: Own a Cyber Cafe, Patron Breaks Law, You Go to Jail->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Malaysia's new internet law maybe simply the toughest on the planet.

According to the new law which was amended because of protestors the originators of content are those who own, administer, and/or edit websites, blogs, and online forums. This means that a blogger or forum moderator who allows nasty comments against the government on their site can be held liable. An internet café manager is accountable if one of his or her customers sends illegal content online through the store’s WiFi. A mobile phone user is the perpetrator if defamatory content is traced back to his or her electronic device.

Critics of the new law contend also that a person is considered guilty until proven innocent."

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Comment: Re:Obama knows how to play politics if anything. (Score 2, Informative) 834

by bittmann (#39940341) Attached to: GOP Blocks Senate Debate On Dem Student Loan Bill
And thirdly, the Democrats have already argued for a 33% reduction in that very fund themselves:

A tentative deal struck late Tuesday between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) would cut federal healthcare spending by $21.1 billion.

The savings would be used to pay for a "doc fix" that would eliminate a scheduled 27.4 percent reduction in Medicare physician payment rates for 10 months.

Savings include:

- A $5 billion cut to the health law's $15 billion prevention trust fund;

- The elimination of $2.5 billion in enhanced Medicaid payments to Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina;

- A $4 billion reduction in so-called Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to hospitals that take care of people without insurance;

- A $6.8 billion reduction in federal payments to hospitals that collect "bad debt" from insolvent patients, down to 60 percent; and

- Cuts to how much Medicare pays for clinical laboratory tests.

How is it that reducing the funding by 33% *isn't* an attack on women if reducing the fund by a lesser amount *is*?

Comment: Re:Not very correct (Score 1) 251

by bittmann (#37540580) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines

Most "void if broken" seals can be easily replicated. It's just a matter of getting a replacement seal in time. For the most part, people are dumb. If you do a good job of cleaning off the seal, they'd never notice it is missing.

I'll go you one further--I seriously doubt that "void if broken" seals would even be honored! If they were, any griefer with an axe to grind could quietly slice a "void if broken" seal and arguably void (nullify) any votes cast on that box up until the point that broken seal is noticed -- possibly all day. Unless (of course) the seals are visually checked in between each voter, right? So next time you go to the polls, watch how the lines move, and see if you think everything is visually inspected and verified between each voter.

And if this sort of vandalism did happen, what would you bet that the votes up till then wouldn't be nullified regardless of the state of the tamper seals? What makes you think that this sort of thing hasn't already happened? In past election, seals have been found missing/cut on machines, it's been reported, and it's been ignored and the votes counted regardless, e.g. as reported here. Nice.

Piracy

+ - Indie Linux Game Devs Upload Own Game on PirateBay->

Submitted by dartttt
dartttt (1883852) writes "To counter the piracy problem, Tiny Build Games who released No Time To Explain few days back, uploaded their own version of game on Pirate Bay. But there is a difference is this version and the original game that you can buy from the game website.

All in game characters wear Pirate hats and entire game is Pirate themed basically making it No Time to Explain 'Pirate Edition'."

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Comment: Re:My router's traffic shows 10-15% lower than AT& (Score 1) 250

by bittmann (#35657174) Attached to: AT&T's Metered Billing Off By Up To 4,700%

Agree about the lag. The current reporting period is (presumably) 3/1-3/29, but the only way I can get the reported traffic to add up is to include traffic back to 2/27 which (last I checked) came before 3/1. Plus, as of 3/29, AT&T has no detail from 3/25 onward. If that holds true at the end of the month, the reported usage won't help a whole lot.

Pretty tough to manage to "not exceed" 150GB of traffic when (on a 6 megabit connection) you could in theory consume 50GB of traffic in just those 4 missing days. (55+ GB, counting ATM and PPPoE overhead....)

Of course, AT&T doesn't *want* you to be able to manage your own Internet usage, what they want to do is to either scare you into non-utilization, or to charge you extra (note that overages are billed in chunks, as in $10 for each additional .0001 to 50 GB, instead of $1 for each additional .0001 to 5 GB). If you're a "heavy user", best to let you go over by a half-gig and ding you for another $10, eh?

One thing this whole experience has taught me -- no reason to pay for faster Internet access if all that will happen is that you'll hit your caps faster. You folks on 6mbit AT&T DSL -- why not use this change in contract to fall back to 3mbit and save quite a bit each month?

One thing this has done is to convince me to look at Cox again. I left Cox for AT&T when Cox pricing and plans went unrealistic, but now they are starting to offer tiers that compete with AT&T on price while still (at least on paper) beating them on performance. Just need to see what traffic caps are in place...

"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra

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