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Does a Black Hole Have a Shape? 103

Posted by timothy
from the how-long-is-a-piece-of-string-theory? dept.
StartsWithABang writes: When you think about a black hole, you very likely think about a large amount of mass, pulled towards a central location by the tremendous force of gravity. While black holes themselves may be perfectly spherical (or for rotating black holes, almost perfectly spherical), there are important physical cases that can cause them to look tremendously asymmetrical, including the possession of an accretion disk and, in the most extreme case, a merger with another black hole.

Comment: Re:dont' engage it with people there? (Score 5, Informative) 391

The article seems to indicate that hammering the accelerator bypasses the pedestrian avoidance system. So, whether or not one was installed, activated and functioning correctly the driver still would have hit those pedestrians because of the way they were driving.

Comment: Re:The plural of "anecdote" is not "data". (Score 1) 484

by skirmish666 (#49552657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

So, how do you "look at" an iPhone?

An iPhone doesn't have syslog, an event viewer or console. It doesn't have debugging tools. It doesn't have a task manager or activity monitor that shows you what's using the most CPU or memory. It doesn't have strace.

Mine does. Ofc if yours doesn't you could always take it to an authorised service centre and get the logic board tested.

Comment: Changed for me (Score 1) 420

by skirmish666 (#49153213) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

The first time I saw the picture I could swear it was white / gold. I could see a slight blue hue to the white part but it was more or less white with gold.

After I read another article and saw the dress in a catalogue I read the first article again and it appeared blue / black. I couldn't believe it appeared so differently and had to check I was reading the same article with the same photo again.

Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 172

by skirmish666 (#47921667) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

I wonder if the broadcasters could let the content providers break the contract, in exchange for some agreement. Or if they can sub-license the rights back to Netflix, and profit as a middleman.

It would need to be a profitable arrangement for all involved; these are publicly listed companies and they're legally required to act in the best interest of their shareholders.
With a three way split on profits (middleman situation) it's unlikely that it would be possible for all three organizations to get the best deal for their shareholders: someone is going to be paying more or selling for less than they ideally would like to.
In order to sell the rights the seller would have sell them at greater than the profit forecasted to be returned by their ownership of those rights which would be unlikely to provide any value to the purchaser, meaning that they wouldn't be acting in the best interest of their shareholders.
Both of these would also need to be expressly permitted by the content provider as well, adding another layer of legal expenses.
/my 2c

Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 172

by skirmish666 (#47918231) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

"Licensing issues" seems to be the standard reply. But, why would licensing in Australia be different from licensing elsewhere? Isn't a show streamed to Australia is just as profitable as a show streamed to Europe or America?

It isn't necessarily less profitable per capita. The licencing issue is that existing distributors have contracts with overseas production firms preventing other distributors from supplying the same material.
The situation isn't completely different in the USA - if you look at the selection of TV shows available to US Netflix subscribers compared to what's available to Latin American Netflix subscribers there's a surprisingly larger selection for Latin America.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell