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Comment: Re:Lysenkoism makes your argument look foolish. (Score 1) 213

by tomrud (#31843414) Attached to: New Russian Science City Modeled On Silicon Valley

It seems that even physics was heading the same way. After WWII they were about to have a conference similar to the ones they had in biology. A few days before the conference was about to start, Beria reminded Stalin that the physicists were the ones who could could Soviet Union an Atomic Bomb.

Read more about it in the book Misguided Weapons:

Comment: Re:The entire Internet is a panic then? (Score 1) 146

by tomrud (#30640368) Attached to: The Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009

A picture she knew was being taken gets out, and suddenly it's a career-ended.

Career-ended? It seems that according to IMDB she's involved in four more movies after High School Musical.

She want be part of the HSM series anymore, because according to the story her character left school after the third movie. Maybe that's what confuses you.

I have a seven year old daughter, that's why I know a few things about High School Musical.

Comment: Re:What kind of dumbass captions are these? (Score 4, Informative) 238

by tomrud (#29228259) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History

As I understand it, a big reason why Enigma was succesfully broken is because some of it's users kept using the same "keys" for it.
Had the germans used the Enigma how it was meant to be used, it might not have been broken at the time.

They (the code breakers) could also use "known plain text" attacks quite a lot. Many operators tended to use the same greeting phrase over and over again. In addition, the Germans sent their weather reports encrypted. The British Navy could easily check the weather and get even more "known plain text".

Comment: Re:Pluto is a planet and its a question of words (Score 0, Redundant) 512

by tomrud (#27090657) Attached to: Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet

well, if pluto is a planet, then so are Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

and it's precisely because of these things that someone had to say "well, these things shouldn't really be planets, and Pluto is more like them than it is like anything else..."

No, the common use of the word planet has never included these three.
This is how it can be with non scientific language, words doesn't always have strict definitions. And the word "planet" has been used to mean one of the original nine.

Comment: Pluto is a planet and its a question of words (Score 1, Insightful) 512

by tomrud (#27090157) Attached to: Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet

I agree with the need of a scientific definitions and the definition they came up with when they tried to define the word "planet" was good.

Only one problem. The word "planet" was already in use by the general public and the meaning of the world "planet" is: One of the celestial objects that used to be called "planet".

Now the astronomers came up with a good classification of objects, but they also needed to come up with new words fitting their classifications. Otherwise they are just saying "We have redefined one of the words you are using, just obey us".

In summary, the astronomers doesn't own the word "planet", the general public do.


+ - The end of Microsoft Flight Simulator

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tomrud writes: "Microsoft has closed down the Aces Studio and will stop develop its Flight Simulator according to a message on FSInsider. Apparently Flight Simulator X will be the last flight simulator from Microsoft even if they will continue to develop it."

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