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Comment: Re:Kinda Like Cryogenesis for Humans ... (Score 1) 83

by rednip (#48692603) Attached to: Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things
Actually, we freeze human eggs (sometimes even fertilized) all the time these days. Seeds of plant are also frozen and the later planted. The only real 'trick' is to have a place to properly grow them. If an animal species is completely wiped out, it might be hard to find a good host to carry it to term, so an incubator might need to be developed, but it does mitigate the genetic problems that come from a small surviving group.

Comment: Re:Who cares about rotational speed these days? (Score 1) 190


Actually, RAID can be used to speed up access and/or to survive a disk failure (depending on setup). While important in case of major disaster, restoring from backup generally knocks out the service altogether, while a simple (and fairly common in large data centers) disk failure wouldn't even be noticed by anyone but a system admin with a RAID designed to tolerate it.

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 1) 681

by rednip (#48692251) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

In any group of 23 or more people, there's a 50% chance two will have the same birthday.

While it's an interesting idea, I'm not really sure how it applies. The 'birthday in common' is only between two of the group and is an 'equally probable date' rather than a specific one. So even if Jesus was one of the group, there is only a small chance he'd be of the pair with matching birthdays.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 221

by rednip (#48635061) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
The most effective political weapon is fear most ads tell you to fear the other guy more than anything else, it's also great for keeping people watching/reading the news, plus fear makes most pay taxes and stop at red lights. I'd say that those who that use broken logic of revenge and racism keep terrorism in business as much as anything.

Comment: Re:North Korea has proved something. (Score 1) 221

by rednip (#48634963) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
Financial services and many other business already have such private connections. However, I've said for the last couple of years that the real security problem are developers (such as myself) who need high security privileges on both our own machines as well as production ones. What's more is that our browsing tends to be grouped into finding sometimes obscure downloads for administrative tasks and solutions for programming issues, which would likely add to the ability to target.. In reality the problem might not be the malware infested laptop of Marketing Sally, but Targeted Tim, the IT guy. While the real solution should likely be a OS that is more secure at least for IT and probably in general, at the very least people with too much privilege should use another PC running on different credentials for at least 'solution lookups'.

Comment: Re: North Korea has proved something. (Score 1) 221

by rednip (#48634821) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
Sure the CIA can be trusted, however, it's not a generally good idea unless they present the evidence and it checks out. Why don't you think 'It isn't even plausible that NK is behind this'? Do you think North Koreans can't develop 'script kiddie' technology?

Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 4, Insightful) 454

by rednip (#48443705) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

True, but there are those who love horses as well, yet now most people rarely even see a live horse, let alone own one.

I think two things will 'drive' the adaption to driverless cars, parking and driving. People already spend a good deal of time trying to find a parking spot. With a driverless care you'd have your own 'valet parking' everywhere and the storage location for the car isn't limited to the local area, a car could easily be sent back home (yours or its). At first parking will get cheaper and more abundant, but eventually, 'Downtown parking' will not only become almost unneeded, but it will also largely disappear and I think even suburban parking will become rare. Also, thanks to digital reflexes and networking driverless cars will be able to tailgate not only to save gas, but to keep the traffic flowing at higher volumes. I suspect that 'manual drivers' will find themselves 'locked out' of the fast lane by cars on autodrive. Sure frustrated drivers will force their way into the fast lane and jam up traffic (as they do now), but the cars will record the reckless driving, likely by a few 'angles', eventually, it'll become a citation to do it.

Comment: Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (Score 2) 222

by rednip (#45851647) Attached to: Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field
If that was true, then wouldn't it be more likely that they'd end up in a 'east-west' alignment(or something similar depending on latitude) during daylight hours , with the facing direction dependant on time of day than 'north-south' and random directions at night. If this turns out to be a repeatable study, it's one of the most shocking discoveries ever, if only because everyone who's ever waited on a dog to 'do it's business' has seen that twist every time. Of course it doesn't really answer 'why', but at least there seems to be a method to their madness.

Comment: Re:20 mb between planets.. (Score 1) 43

by rednip (#45213153) Attached to: Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

Also, heh: "QIp vIghro' pum" is Klingon.

(fetches Okrand from the shelf...)

Hah...I get it now. I knew it! Thirteen years ago, when I bought the damned book, I knew it would come handy one day! Thank you so much.

(looks up 'Klingon translator' on google, finds oddly enough that Bing translator is the first hit)

"QIp vIghro' pum" translates to "stupid cat falls" without a 'investment' and braving more than a decade of dust.

Gravity is a myth, the Earth sucks.