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Comment Re:How many particles now? (Score 1) 180

Actually the latest things they've been putting out on the tests of antimatter is that is seems it's not exactly the same as matter but with an opposite charge. Indications are that it acts slightly different. They are still check those experiments over to try and make sure they haven't goofed up anywhere. You know, that whole increasing the sigmas bit.

Comment Re:Simulation (Score 2) 180

If you want to play with the simulation idea, then all the quantum uncertainty is just the computer saving resources by not computing every little particle specifically unless it has to, otherwise a less precise fuzzy kind of thing is used since you get the same macroresults and don't overload the system. :P

Comment Re:Simulation (Score 1) 180

Actually there are a number of bugs and glitches that can allow software, or portions of it, to run outside their box.
Crackers often use those to try and break into computer systems.
Have you ever heard of Stack Overlow Violation?
That's an old one that almost nobody fails to protect from anymore.
If our existence is a computer simulation, it might be possible to find a way to probe around outside of it, possibly even influence it or relocate to another memory runspace. It wouldn't be easy, but unlike the software we run on our computers, we are sentient beings able to analyze and deduce things from observations we make, unlike let's say Duke Nukem or Sonic the Hedgehog.

Yes, it's a rather silly proposal, and not backed up by any evidence, but it is still a possibility that we may be able to prove someday. Especially if their programmers make mistakes like ours do. ;)

Comment Re:He is an idiot... (Score 2) 307

Agreed. Has anyone that doesn't agree tried to get a job anytime in the last 10 years someplace that's not out in the boonies and it's not your uncles business?

Heck, most places don't even accept resumes or applications in person anymore, it's all "Go to our website and apply".
I don't even know what the heck use there is going to a job fair, they're the exact same thing, "Go to our website and apply".

Comment Re:Someone hire them... (Score 2) 258

Neither young nor old is an advantage to actually knowing the field. It's the training and experience. I've talked to idiots that think their hard drive with drive C: doesn't have any partitions on it. I've dealt with a guy in his 90s that traded traded overclocking tips with me. I myself have solved issues in minutes that a bunch of hot shot college kids couldn't figure out in half a day because they only knew the computer from the gui level and didn't even know what machine language was!

Nobody is ever born knowing anything about computers. You learn it as you go. Older may have had more time, but that's not a guarantee by any means. Then again, the industry is biased against age.
Sometimes it's because of the flawed idea that the young are more enthusiastic and know the new hip stuff. Anyone can be just as enthusiastic and knowledgeable in the new stuff, but after a while you stop jumping up and down screaming cool every ten seconds despite the fact that this cool new thing makes you feel like the first time you were kissed by your true love.
Sometimes they think the old can't change. When often the old are the ones that built the very things they want. Other times it's because this new idea is an old idea in different colors. Some things are never going to be good, but if you don't have a sufficient foundation you probably won't know that in the first place. A great example of a failure that keeps reoccurring about every decade or so is some form of Smellovision. The same problem tanks it every time, no good way to clear out the old smells. Yet about every 10-15 years, someone tries to push their 'new invention'. There's a ton of these same kind of things in every field, but due to the bias for new people in the computer field, they have a shortage of people with the experience to recognize these things.
Often the people doing the supervising or hiring of computer people, aren't themselves computer people and so fall for the myths that are out there.
But I still think one of the reasons that the industry won't admit to, but is still a major factor, is simply that they know the older and more experienced people just won't take the same kind of labour abuse the young ones in their ignorance will. Got a show stopper bug 2 weeks before advertised launch day? Bosses panic and scream for everyone to stay in the office and work around the clock till it's fixed. Older guy tells him to chill out and get a goods night rest, and if they have to, the date can be pushed back. You see, he already knows that allnighters do a lot of work, just not a lot of good work. The problem is more likely to be solved by people that aren't dead on their feet and barely able to function, and that marketing dates are about as trustworthy as the marketing weasels themselves. On top of that, there's a real tendency for those nobody goes home things to violate lots of labor laws, and they often short you on your overtime pay for it anyway, so it's not worth killing yourself over somebody elses mistakes. (In my personal experience, the round the clock panic will often go for 30-40 hours, then somebody who actually went home and got a goods night rest comes in and comes up with a good solution in a few hours. Makes all that panic and crunch time seem kind of pointless.)
Oh well, just my opinion, everyone has their own. :)

Comment Mwahahaha! (Score 2) 347

"...and whether or not the hard drive can withstand the stress of the Windows 10 installation..."

If the drive has sufficient free space, and has available drivers, the worst it can do is trash all the data on the hard drive.

If you don't have those two requirements and for some unknown reason I've never heard of, it allows the install to go ahead anyway, the worst it's done is trash the data on the drive.
(I've done both those situations, and windows will refuse to install. Sure, there may be a command switch to force it too, but that isn't the softwares fault you chose to shoot yourself in the foot.)

Software doesn't destroy hardware. (Ok, there actually have been some very rare and very specific instances in history where that could be done, barring the use of robotics or explosives and the like, but those were fixed very rapidly after being discovered. So it's effectively a non-issue)

If the hard drive failed, it's not the fault of the software, the hardware died. If it couldn't handle the stress of reading/writing a few gigs, it was already on deaths edge and in the process of committing computer suicide.

HD dead and replaced the computer. That's like running out of gas and buying a new car!

Comment Re:Interesting timing re Trump's claims (Score 1) 447

It's just more information on a subject we've known about since before Snoden even did his thing. They've got a spooks tool making malware that would get any of us thrown in jail and use them to abuse everyone and don't like it when companies find out about them and patch the holes. Legality is EXTREMELY questionable. (ianal)

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