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Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 2) 213

by rwise2112 (#49094125) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

So yes, those elevators do solve an actual problem. They're not the best solution (hooks and/or screws are cheaper and at least as effective, probably more so, while taking up less floorspace), but they are a solution. For suckers.

But one of the reviews says: "The damn things do lower noise, increase dynamics, remove haze, and open up the top octaves. Once you listen to their effects, even a skeptic like me has to admit that it is hard to take them back out of the system. Music sounds more like music with the Cable Elevators in place. I recommend them strongly, especially given their price!".

How can you argue with that? LOL

Comment: Re:But then don't some have to go FASTER than ligh (Score 2) 139

by rwise2112 (#48887463) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Not a physicist, but a cyclist and an engineer--

If the population travels as 'c' on average, and they have proven that some photons slow down... Doesn't that mean other photons MUST be traveling faster than c? My impression is the relativity has no bearing here--by traveling at 'c' they are already breaking that equation. The peloton works because some move back while others move up. This blurb seems to only discuss the "back" part.

Try reading about phase and group velocities. In fact some EM waves have velocities above c, but these can't convey information so aren't a problem for relativity. This article has a decent discussion of it and other things that go faster-than-light.

Comment: Re:Crash-testing & strength? (Score 1) 128

That's awesome, but how does that relate to crash-testing & safety standards? Are these such low-volume the normal regulations don't apply?

Do they embed reinforcements or print around a base frame?

Sounds like an awesome concept, but so many questions...

Summary says car bodies, so these are essentially kit cars.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 385

by rwise2112 (#48857957) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Why would a corporation care?

My corporation would care as we access data that's considered controlled goods, and can be fined heavily and lose a good part of our business if the data gets accessed by anyone else. I'm not sure the State Department is going to say that's ok, since it was the FBI, because the VPN is then known to not be secure.

Comment: Re:More important: how is this happening? (Score 1) 70

by rwise2112 (#48625137) Attached to: Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

Unfortunately, TFA doesn't suggest the question. Gamma bursts were not expected on Earth because they are created by nuclear interactions. Common for stars and other cosmic objects but not expected in thunderstorms. The source could be electrical, which means they are technically x-rays but at a higher energy then thought possible. Alternatively, there is significant nuclear fusion going on in those storms.

Actually gamma-rays are very common on earth. In fact, a common geophysical method of exploration called airborne gamma-ray spectrometry (sometimes called radiometrics) is widely used for regional mapping and mineral exploration. One of the corrections applied to this data is the removal of the cosmic component. The cosmic gamma-rays have greater energies than those from the decay of naturally occurring potassium, uranium, and thorium in rocks and soil.

The article just says gamma bursts, but they must mean high-energy gamma bursts.

Comment: Re:How far will it go? (Score 1) 191

by rwise2112 (#48609271) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

I'd argue that A pillars have been getting progressively fatter to the point now that in some cars they are dangerous. Having years of FPS gaming experience I have hawk like spatial awareness, but even I've been caught out with once or twice with entire cars hidden behind the A pillar at certain angles. Some cars are worse than others, the worst I've had is the Holden/Vauxhall Monaro/Pontiac GTO. The A pillars in that thing should be illegal.

Well a lot of cars have air bags in them now, which explains the bulking up.

Comment: Re:Time travel (Score 1) 107

by rwise2112 (#48555569) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

For those interested in time travel, the inaugural meeting of the International Time Travel Association will be held at the Perimeter Institute last Tuesday at 20:00. The meeting location will be posted next Wednesday.

You've got this completely wrong grammar-wise!
"The main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations while you are actually traveling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father."

Comment: Re:Unsolved problems (Score 1) 90

by rwise2112 (#48469915) Attached to: WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Add one to that count. I tried building a fusion generator last night when I was drunk. Just like all the other attempts mine didn't work either.

Perhaps you just suck at building fusion generators, like the Apollo 13 astronauts sucked at stirring.

Well, what do you expect, when you send Forrest Gump into space.

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