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Comment: Re:Puzzled (Score 1) 72

I should have said that the mass of an attracted object is irrelevant if the attractor is stationary. Like, one presumes, said McD station was thought to be.

When the relative difference in mass between two objects go towards infinity, the amount of influence the mass of the lighter object has goes towards zero. The pull a car has on earth, an astronaut on the moon, or a star on a galactic center black hole is so small that for all purposes they can be disregarded, and the greater objects be considered stationary.

Comment: Re:Puzzled (Score 2, Informative) 72

it does seem to work like this, with bodies of larger mass being attracted to it with greater force!

Jokes aside, you're perpetuating a false belief.
It should be well known by now that gravity does not accelerate heavier objects any faster than lighter objects. The mass of the bodies is irrelevant if non-zero.
Ref Gallileo's alleged demonstration at the tower of Pisa.

Comment: Re:older generation is totally clueless about tech (Score 1) 135

by arth1 (#49758075) Attached to: NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

The people who designed the SR-71 are at the top end of their generation's technological bell curve. The people who sponsored it are at the bottom end.

So what you're saying is that those who designed the SR-71 were mediocre and those who sponsored it were a mix of geniuses, idiots and anything in-between?

If you're on the top end of a bell curve, your possible deviation is as low as it can be. You are mediocre, belonging to the largest segment of the population.

If you're at the bottom end of a bell curve, your possible deviation is as high as it can be. There's no telling. You may be a genius or you might be an idiot.

Anyhow, what's pretty clear is that most of those who designed and sponsored the SR-71 are dead.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 529

by labnet (#49754501) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

No vertical tabs 10 years after widescreen displays started spreading widely?

Also (not so much about UI), if you have many open tabs, chrome eats much less CPU on the background, but is much more memory hungry.

Which is why I don't use chrome. Tree style tabs on ff is still the best implementation of tabs I know of.

Comment: Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 1) 103

by boristdog (#49743647) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

It's actually pretty easy to look at rocks and tell what has been worked on by someone and what hasn't. It takes a little practice, but I've gotten pretty good at it and I'm not even an anthropologist. I just like to figure out what is an artifact and what isn't when I wander around my ranch.

Comment: Solution (Score 4, Informative) 384

by TooMuchToDo (#49736951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

1) Get a managed switch
2) Configure all ports but one to be on their own VLANs
3) Configure one port to be a trunk port
4) Configure your laptop or other computing device to support trunking
5) Configure your virtual machine so the entire process is scripted. It should boot, execute the upgrade procedure, and then provide logging for the process to you.
6) Start VMs, with each configured on one of the VLANs.


Comment: This is good (Score 5, Interesting) 1089

by labnet (#49731101) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Australia has a minimum wage of around $17USD/hour (around $20AUD) which increases 20% if you are a casual. Our poor people do well.

You know how everyone whines about big corporates making too much money; well this is the best way to redistribute that wealth.
Paying your poor people well, helps lift them out of poverty.

Comment: Re:DHI (Score 1) 11

by mcgrew (#49728813) Attached to: Dice Holdings Inc is now "DHI"

Ever since they changed it so I have a goddamned horizontal scroll (are they on crack?) I've only come by occasionally to look at journals.

Look, Dumbass Holdings Idiots, there's no reason whatever short of GROSS incompetence to introduce a horizontal scroll on a widescreen format notebook!! I'm all for hiring the handicapped, but you don't hire Ray Charles to be a bus driver and you don't hire the educationally handicapped to code...

Although I suspect it may be retarded PHBs than retarded coders. Someone is obviously VERY stupid. The idiotic mistakes I see should NOT happen at a so-called "nerd" site.

Blessed be those who initiate lively discussions with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be known as Dentists.