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Submission + - The most distant object in Solar system is discovered

igny writes: A group of scientists discovered what seems to be the most distant object in Solar system so far. They proposed three possible explanations. Is that a Superearth some 300 AU away? Is that just another OORT object some 100 AU away? Or could it be a cool brown dwarf (Nemesis?) some 20,000 AU away?

Comment Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (Score 1) 634

You confused Fortran with Cobol. Yes, Cobol would stick around for decades because of legacy code in all the banks, insurance, government and other institutions.

On the other hand, Fortran is also a language of choice for cutting edge research where no legacy code exists and program development is done from scratch.

Comment Re:Scott Aaronson's take (Score 1) 199

From the summary, it is just a circular reasoning. The scientist has a good reason to believe that P=/=NP because other scientists have a good reason to believe that P=/=NP. Therefore there is a connection between P=NP? problem to the quantum theory. One had to understand theory is simply substituted by another hard to understand theory in a hope that since the connection is also hard to understand everyone would believe it is all connected.

That also reminded me of reasoning that how brain functions (or what human's mind is) can be explained by quantum theory. No one fully knows (yet) how brain functions and how the mind manifests in the brain so it must be connected to the [equally hard to explain] quantum theory.

Two theories have open conjectures =/=> these theories are related.

Comment Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 3, Insightful) 291

Time and time again, the USA has taken territory it could have just kept for itself, but we insist on giving it back to the people we took it from.

Well, it is obvious that you are wrong here. US could not have kept Iraq (as in "annexed" Iraq). It did not have to either considering that it usually installs puppet governments around the world. Even though it fails again and again, it is not for the lack of trying. This tactic would surely fail in Ukraine too.

Russia, on the other hand, can and will keep Crimea.

Comment Re:It's interesting.... (Score 1) 436

No, it is rather interesting how this airliner is deflecting discussion from MtGox's $400-450million lost money... Oh wait, the cost of Boeing 777 is surprisingly close to what MtGox "lost" in his snafu...

Coincidence? I think not!

Just giving a hint to the investigators of both cases...

Comment Re:Film at 11! (Score 1) 318

Or you could spend three times that on a Bentley and have a reupholstered Volkswagen Phaeton that delivers all the mileage of a 1980s pickup truck (and is also less reliable).

Over priced as the Model S is, that price is going no where but down, and range is going to go up.

So what does it mean for Tesla's resale value? Did Consumer Reports take car's resale value into account?

Comment Re:Labview - Also SQL/ graphic query designer (Score 2) 876

While SQL query design (with heavy checkpoint/drop down menu/etc UI) is sometimes useful, its ability to build queries with complicated logic is rather limited. It is good to write basic stuff or to learn basics of SQL writing, but people usually quickly move on to text mode in writing their SQLs.
I personally enjoyed solving complicated problems by writing a suitable query to our database. I liked a lot to tune my queries' performance, it felt like creating art.

My joy is about to end as our managers decided to buy a new software package from a vendor who did not see a difference between a relational database and Excel spreadsheets. Their approach to queries? No text mode, drop down menus for everything, logic of them is limited to simple joins and filters. One of that vendor's representatives said that we would not need tables other than to do simple lookups. Granted, their primary audience has never been IT professionals, so I am glad that my contribution to this project will end when the data is migrated to the new "better" system. I pity its future users though.

But... the software cannot be bad if millions are spent on it, right?

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