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Comment: Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (Score 1) 64

by wonkey_monkey (#48210611) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

The idea is simply that, the gravity field of a single star, black hole, or planet if it has no neighbors is spherical. If it's in a tight orbit with another body, as is with a binary star system, then it's gravitational field could be considered elliptical

I'm not clear on why this should be the case. Can you really push and pull gravity around like it's a physical object?

Comment: Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (Score 1) 102

a.) Yes, we do because the blog post says as such.

I don't think it's at all clear.

The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using [...] the Internet connection at its headquarters.

Sync’s time might seem ridiculously low, almost as if the Internet wasn’t involved at all. You have to remember, however, that BitTorrent’s headquarters has a ridiculous fast connection both downstream and upstream.

That implies that the LAN wasn't involved, although it's not very clearly stated.

In any case the blogger repeated the test over the internet and got similar results.

Comment: Re:Am I missing the point? (Score 1) 102

They copied some data across a local network.

I don't think they did, or at least it's implied - though not very clearly - that they didn't. In any case, the internet connection was 1gb/s, which is practically LAN speed with their gigabit adapters.

The article's author did a test over the internet and also found that Bittorrent beat the others - but then, the others are probably designed to be more considerate to your internet connection and not clog up your tubes.

Comment: Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (Score 1) 102

They compared the transfers between two laptops on the same LAN

a) we don't know whether the two laptops could talk to each other across the LAN - in fact without evidence to the contrary I'd assume they couldn't
b) Dropbox will sync across the LAN if it can.

In any case, I'm not sure the LAN/WAN distinction is too relevant here, given that they were using 1gb/s internet connection.

Comment: Re:My model! This fits perfectly... (Score 3, Informative) 64

by wonkey_monkey (#48207763) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

Think about the way the moon causes the liquid part of the earth to stretch in the directions both exactly toward the moon and exactly away from it.

Nothing's stretching away. In order of distance from the Moon we have:

1) nearside oceans
2) the Earth itself
3) farside oceans

All of them are attracted towards the Moon, but at decreasing strength due to distance. The nearside ocean gets pulled closer to the Moon than the Earth does, and the Earth gets pulled closer to the Moon than the farside ocean does. Hence, two bulges, but not because the far one is being pushed away from the Moon.

However, you've got that other star circling around the black hole - stretching it into an oval shape.

When you say "it," do you mean the star or the black hole? It seems like you mean the black hole...

A black hole isn't a physical object. It's a surface around an object at which the gravitational field strength has a particular value. I'm not sure it would be influenced in such a way by the presence of another object.

then perhaps the distortion of the gravity field is sufficient such that it allows the light to escape

What light are you talking about?

Comment: Re:Correlation does not imply causation (Score 1) 420

by wonkey_monkey (#48182239) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Correlation does not imply causation

We know that. The people who wrote the paper know that too.

Show me the causative process, please.

Why don't you show me the causative process?

Or is no-one allowed to make a scientific observation unless they can also immediately explain it, too?

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields