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Comment: Re:Not everyone (Score 4, Insightful) 140

The revelations did not change the way *I* looked at the Internet and privacy. It merely confirmed my well-justified suspicions. I think the same statement can be made by most people on slashdot, and by most technicians in general. The only people who were surprised were the technically ignorant.

There is a difference between suspecting and being looked at as paranoid, and everyone knowing something as a fact.

Comment: Re:Plug-in still required (Score 1, Insightful) 96

by buchner.johannes (#49366553) Attached to: SuperMario 64 Coming To a Browser Near You!

It is a Unity plug in that is legit. It basically caches the data and compiles the c++ to ecmascripten a fork of asm.js.

You can download the source and compile it yourself as an executable if you do not want the browser

And why can't they compile the c++ to ecmascripten or asm.js before they put it on the website?

Comment: Re:Results? (Score 1) 61

by buchner.johannes (#49360437) Attached to: Hoax-Detecting Software Spots Fake Papers

ArXiv's problem is recognizing when human-written, realistic sounding papers are actually BS.

Actually each ArXiv section has an editor who screens the papers, checking if they have reasonable content. And it unfortunately happens that legitimate papers are withheld for several weeks, and the ArXiV administration is not responding reliably to emails (being understaffed and having many submissions). So unfortunately, ArXiV is not just a pre-print server anymore where everyone can upload, but has turned into a intransparently half peer-reviewed journal, which scientists read every day.

Comment: Re:WIMPs (Score 1) 234

by buchner.johannes (#49360417) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

That the thing about dark matter... it has a perfectly reasonable explanation (WIMPs). It's not that weird of a "thing".

Having one solution does not suffice, you need to prove it. WIMPs have been proposed, but they require Supersymmetry (which is not proven), and also WIMPs have never been detected in particle accelerators. Dark matter is a weird thing, because one way or another, you need new physics which does not interact using the strong force or electromagnetism, is present already in the very early Universe (380000 years after the Big Bang).

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 1) 122

by buchner.johannes (#49353191) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

Unless there's a fire, a break-in, an earthquake, a tsunami...
Or do you also have backups all over the world?

Amazon also had incidents where natural disasters or human failure led to data loss for business customers, so I doubt they have distributed backups for 100% of the data.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 2, Informative) 196

by buchner.johannes (#49155837) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

How dare you challenge the might of Jupiter! It weighs 320 times the mass of Earth -- even if those 100,000 trojan asteroids weighed as much as its minor moons (which they don't, they are 0.0001 Earth masses according to wikipedia), it would still dominate its gravitational field by several (9) orders of magnitude.

Compare that to Pluto: Charon already weighs 10% of Plutos mass. The center of rotation in that system is not even inside Pluto.

Also, there are other criteria that apply: a planet has to be spherical due to gravitation (there is a more technical definition). Is that the case for Pluto?

Finally, you can not have 9 planets anymore. You can choose between 8 planets and 13 planets, the latter group growing every year.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein