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Comment: Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* a serious threat (Score 2) 296

by ivan_w (#35978316) Attached to: The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit

Not really..

In it's gaseous phase, it's fairly harmless, and can be found in minute quantities in the air you breathe

Furthermore, even if one is to inhale and fill it's lung with the foul substance, one may eventually be saved by allowing one to breathe again normally - assuming it is within a reasonable amount of time, then it is not fatal.

So no : Not 100% lethal !

(I must be new here!)


Comment: Re:BLOGGING? Who the fuck BLOGS any more? (Score 1) 145

by ivan_w (#33716452) Attached to: Microsoft Migrating Live Spaces Users To WordPress

Oh.. And Blog!=Facebook!=Twitter!= THE INTERNET (which is nothing but a loosely set of protocole routing rules by IANA - the self appointed Inernet Keeper, that delegated said routing to RIRs then to LIRs)..

(I don't know how this fares - probably going to get modded off-topic.. Oh well - had to get this off my chest).


Comment: There WAS some DNS issues too ! (Score 3, Informative) 96

by ivan_w (#33704004) Attached to: Why Browsers Blamed DNS For Facebook Outage

The confusion might have come from the fact that when I looked, there seemed to also be some DNS problem.

Basically, when asking directly, the servers that are authoritative for the zone were giving me a CNAME for the 'ANY' query, but not the associated A records, which it should, since the CNAME was pointing to a host name within the same authority. At this point, any sensible resolver stops asking !

This only lasted for a little while though - so it might have been a glitch or possibly a deliberate action related to how they were trying to fix the underlying issue itself - possibly averting traffic until they actually solved the actual problem.


Comment: Re:Corruption threatens "soul and fabric" of U.S. (Score 1) 171

by ivan_w (#33332222) Attached to: Blagojevich Appears At Chicago Comic Con

I was under the impression that for a correct application of common law and/or civil law, you were innocent until proven guilty..

So to me, "innocent" is true unless a "guilty" status is achieved. Therefore "Not Guilty" is a sufficient condition to name the defendant "innocent".

Of course, "not guilty" doesn't mean acquitted, so a retrial is possible without risking double jeopardy. (but he still has an "Innocent" status).

But IANAL of course.


Comment: Re:I am terrible at math..but (Score 1) 1268

by ivan_w (#33238592) Attached to: US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

It's cognitively not that obvious.

Parsing "4+3+2=()+2" is actually not a trivial process. It may become trivial after some time, but it's not intuitive.

This could easily be parsed as (4+3+2=x)+2 and therefore, as ((4+3+2=9)+2)=11 because () is usually meant to change the precedence of a statement.

Now this could easily be read as :

"There are four red apples, three green apples and two yellow apples in a (nice little red basket) and two brown apples".. How many apples ?

Comment: Re:So they plan... (Score 1) 160

by ivan_w (#33111940) Attached to: Defeating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Except theory says that once you've measured one, the wave function collapses and the 2 particles are no longer entangled.

Because this seems to indicate that information has traveled at a velocity greater than the speed of light, Einstein (and others) weren't too happy with it.. Hence the EPR paradox.

Einstein believed there was a locally hidden variable. However that was dismissed by Bell's inequality theorem.

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 2, Interesting) 438

by ivan_w (#33077752) Attached to: Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

I have to disagree here..

Mainstream games *DO* need exposure (just like any product to be sold).

However, they use another venue for this : commercial advertisement.

Just 2 different angles to address the same problem. One is going for the upfront lump sum approach (mainstream), the other one is going for the progressive scheme : If the product is a flop, nothing lost - if it's a hit - then the revenue is probably less than if it would have been a mainstream company.

Just my .02 (of whatever you currency is)


All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins