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Comment: Another Problem (Score 1) 133

by ve3oat (#49098147) Attached to: Why Hollywood Fudged the Relativity-Based Wormhole Scenes In Interstellar
I don't know a lot about wormholes, but it seemed to me from the movie that they were entering the hole tangentially. Isn't that the worst possible way to enter a wormhole? The entry into the hole is prolonged and any stresses on the structure of the spacecraft have longer to act. As I say, IDKALAW, but a perpendicular, central entry seems safest to me.

Comment: Yeah but ... (Score 5, Informative) 128

by ve3oat (#48209269) Attached to: Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals
The same tests on DNA from another man from the same era and locale but from a different Y-haplogroup (and different mt-haplogroup) might show a completely different proportion of genetic mixing and time to most recent mating. Don't draw too many conclusions from a sample of just one.

Comment: GMT? (Score 1) 38

by ve3oat (#47795121) Attached to: Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again
Why is the time of eruption quoted in GMT? I don't think any observatory "keeps" GMT anymore. Don't forget that GMT is as much a method of deriving time as it is the time itself. GMT used astronomical observations, while UTC is kept by using ensembles of atomic clocks, all cross-compared between international standards organizations.

Comment: Re:Can't you just solve it by government? (Score 1) 125

by ve3oat (#47486975) Attached to: FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Here in Sweden ...

Wish I had mod points; this post should be scored as 4 or 5. The poster evidently lives in a country where the politicians and government actually do work for the people rather than the corporations, not like here in Canada or apparently in our big neighbour (Canadian spelling) to the south.

Comment: Re:Question is stupid (Score 3) 146

by ve3oat (#47341787) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?
"Instead of asking Slashdot such a silly question ..." You are way off base. I am a Canadian who isn't very happy with my mobile phone service and the OP's question is very relevant as I don't know enough about the technical parameters to just google an answer to my concerns. The answers here have been, largely, very informative for me. This is all about what is so very wrong with the Canadian mobile phone market and the regulations governing it, and I expect it extends to the U.S. market as well. I just hope our blessed CRTC is paying attention to this conversation.

Comment: Wait a minute ... (Score 3) 347

by ve3oat (#46333959) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
The referenced source document (https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/) uses the abbreviations GBR and NZL for two of the members of the Five Eyes community. I worked at one of those five establishments (retired before 1998) and for all of the the 28 years during which I worked there, the standard abbreviations were UK and NZ, as in
CANUKUS Eyes Only and

I wonder who wrote the source document and why the standard abbreviations weren't used.

Comment: Re:This should be amusing (Score 2) 582

by ve3oat (#45561305) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

I live in a suburban area just south of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Following the Great Ice Storm of 1998 (Vermont and northern New York were also affected), my home was without electrical power for 8 and a half days. No lights, no water (electrical pump in well), and no heat (oil-fired furnace in those days). But the copper-wire twisted-pair telephone worked fine almost all of the time. There were several outages of a few hours at a time but otherwise we could call friends and relatives, and 9-1-1 if we had needed to. It was very reassuring despite our other challenges. Today I have a small back-up generator, wood stove, and cell phone, but I doubt I will ever give up my twisted-pair telephone.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead