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Comment: Lensing? (Score 4, Interesting) 62

The original paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.0378... mentions the red-shift and spectral similarities of 3 of the observed quasars without mentioning the possibility that they may be the result of gravitational lensing by the fourth object and could possibly be millions of light years behind the 4th object.

Comment: Will Fox clone his voice? (Score 1) 214

With 573 episodes to pull from and even more studio tape they have sufficient material to clone his voice. All they need is some other anonymous slob to read through all the hours of old material which they can do for a lot less than 14 million dollars. The question is will they?

Comment: Re:Lie detector tests are fiction (Score 2) 245

The polygraph as used by the DoD and related agencies has very little to do with 'detecting lies'. It is MUCH more a grueling personality test in the guise of a lie detector test. It may use the same equipment that local law enforcement uses, but the intent of the session is very different. The #1 key to passing is to not punch the examiner in the nose. By the end of the day this is more difficult than it sounds.

Comment: Ha! Memory Leaks Impossible (Score 1) 270

by laughingskeptic (#49672737) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift
"The huge memory leaks that a programmer can have in Objective-C are impossible in Swift". He clearly hasn't actually worked with Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) environments. What this really means is that the Apple shills promoting Swift don't see the need to create tools for finding memory leaks while simultaneously making memory management a black-box operation that is hard for the engineer to debug.

Comment: Bullet proof, maybe not machine gun proof (Score 2) 247

by laughingskeptic (#49572687) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
Like many ceramics they note that it chips rather than breaks. So you could "chip away at it". Also the material very likely has an impact stress point beyond which it will explode when impacted. So it is bullet proof up to a point. They say that it doesn't need to be layered, but in practice I'll bet they layer it with Kevlar or a similar material with complementary properties.

Comment: Decades of fouride tapering needed (Score 2, Interesting) 314

by laughingskeptic (#49569621) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

I believe back in the 90's activists in some U.S. cities got their cities to stop adding fluoride to the supplies. Bad mineral exchanges immediately started to occur in the piping because of the accumulated minerals in the pipes which included a fluoride component started reacting with the water that no longer contained fluoride causing the water to become contaminated by minerals other than just fluoride. The water not only tasted bad, it was determined that it was not safe to drink.

It takes decades for the minerals in the piping to accumulate and it will take decades to slowly taper fluoride away if we want to avoid unintended consequences. I know the mineral content of water varies widely across supply sources so some cities may have no related problems and some could have severe problems.

Comment: Article one giant spew of hyperbole (Score 5, Informative) 171

The article states "the encryption method used was devised in 1998 and is weak by today’s standards ... Microsoft has yet to release a patch to fix the Redirect to SMB vulnerability" as if Microsoft must remove the feature in order for Cylance to consider this resolved. Instead a number of improvements have been made to SMB since 1998 include support for HMAC-SHA256 (v2.0) and AES-CMAC (v3.0) hashing. http://www.windowsecurity.com/.... You are going need a little more than "$3000 worth of GPUs" to forward brute force the AES-CMAC hashed passwords.

Comment: Sharepoint (Score 1) 158

Easy to stand up, difficult to maintain. The people who created this site probably were lowest-bidder IT contractors with little programming experience. The page template looks like it is doing a string comparison of the browser version against "6" to see if they need to load fixup code. This is probably just original boiler plate code provided by Microsoft; "10", "11", ... will cause this IE6 support code to get loaded which then makes things worse rather than better. The people who created this site are long gone and the people who work there probably are going through the processes of getting permission to hire a contractor to fix it which includes adding it to the next budget cycle. Clearly none of them have the ability to go in and delete 3 lines from the page template.

Comment: Re: RO not very expensive (Score 1) 417

by laughingskeptic (#49313665) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

Half a cent per gallon is 7,727 times MORE per gallon than a Los Angeles resident typically pays if they manage to stay in Tier 1 pricing all year. For facts concerning Los Angeles water rates see: https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/fa... .

You are orders of magnitude off in understanding pricing in the water commodity market. Not that RO can't be done, just about every golf course and condo Cabo San Lucas BSC MX is watered via reverse osmosis. However, the valuations of each of those condos is in the millions per 1,000 sq ft so the investment makes sense for the developers. When the average home price in California picks up a couple more digits, RO will make perfect sense.

Comment: Tri-state logic (Score 1) 1089

by laughingskeptic (#49296621) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
Instead lets call the result of an election that does not have a majority of participants NULL. In the case of a congressional election, no one fills the seat. This will drive candidates back to the center. Our current system that has party members pandering to the extremes in their parties which results in a dysfunctional, polarized Congress.

Comment: What aboard was worth killing for? (Score 3, Interesting) 208

It bugs me that from the beginning the MH370 disappearance does not seem to first be being approached as a possible criminal act. Were there any outrageous insurance claims following the flight? Were known drug kingpins contacted about losses that wouldn't normally be reported? Was there something on that plane worth (to an appropriately depraved mind) killing all of those people for?

Comment: Re:Elite? (Score 1) 85

Charge a lot and have some associated token luminaries... That's how.

There is a reason the venture capitol people like this. The vast majority of University money goes to facilities, not lecturers. These people have eliminated facilities but are not charging 10%, they are charging 50%. That's pure profit baby!

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