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## Comment Re:3-way calls (Score 1)445

Yes. But it looks like a fancy POTS phone with a handset, buttons etc.People call it via dialing a number. The fact that it plugs into our LAN is only mildly connected to it's core functionality.

## Comment 3-way calls (Score 1)445

I could never figure out how to do those...

Actually I have a fancy VOIP phone which I regularly use along with all the other communication tools listed. I regularly use Video conferencing and skype but the phone has been a very useful fallback when internet connectivity isn't where it should be.

## Comment Re:I Wish (Score 1)259

The arrow of time refers to the fact that we perceive a difference between the past and the future: we remember the past, but not the future. That's explained adequately by noting that entropy tends to increase and the universe, for some reason, was in a low entropy state in the past.

What they've found is that, at least for b-mesons, going forward in time is different than going backward in time, presumably in addition to the rest of the universe accumulating entropy. It's as if there was a fundamental difference between moving "north" and moving "south" in empty space.

Yes! Exactly!

## Comment Re:I Wish (Score 2, Informative)259

The arrow of time is the reason why random bits of shrapnel and chemicals don't fly together and "un-detonate" to become hand grenades. In one direction of time, entropy in the universe always increases; in the other, it always decreases. The question is, why?

The reason is very simple. Entropy is a measure of the probability of a particular outcome. The statement that "entropy increases" is simply the statement that the most probable thing to do happen is almost always the one that does happen. The "almost always" is a fantastically high probability. For example if I through a 1 cm cube of of aluminium at 26 C into a lake where the water is at a temperature of 25 C, there is something like a 10 ^-(10 ^10^23) chance that heat will from the lake into the aluminium cube and cause it's temperature to rise. If it did this the entropy of the Universe would decrease.

What this experiment observed is profound and extremely interesting. For some reason that isn't known, the Universe prefers that certain microscopic and reversible processes occur with a greater probability if time increases.

In other words there truly is a preferred direction to time which independent of tautology that the Universe is constantly evolving into a more probable state.

Actually this result is was first observed in K-mesons but this new result in B-mesons has much greater significance and confirms the previous observation.

## Comment So what else is new? (Score 0)684

This was standard behaviour in many schools in Australia in the 60's and 70's. I personally experienced it and witnessed it. Toughen up. The world is not all sugar plums and rainbows.

## Comment Re:yet another solar tech not available to the pub (Score 1)237

You didn't include installation and ancillary mounting costs. These are fixed and are proportional to the area of the deployment. That 1\$/watt panel ends up being \$2/watt deployed on some ones roof.

Also the 12 hours/day at 50% intensity amounts to 25% insolation. That is close to the best in the world. Where I live in Melbourne annual insolation is around 12% - half of your estimate.

So currently panels cost twice as much and provide half the output you estimated.

You only win on decreased deployment costs if you can get the efficiency up.

## Comment Re:Screen size (Score 1)359

I can no longer read without glasses. I need my glasses to use any type of mobile phone. I now have to carry around reading glasses wherever I go. It sucks but it much better to be able to see at close distances.

## Comment Re:Massively overbuilt, most reliable buildings. (Score 1)392

I responded to the bit that needed responding to. Clearly safety is an issue. It is addressed by the AP1000. What is the problem?

## Comment Re:Massively overbuilt, most reliable buildings. (Score 1)392

Clearly having a collection of billions of greys of radiation in one place is going to present safety issues...

The NRC however estimates that the AP1000 as having a major accident frequency of 2x10^-7 per year. That's pretty safe.

## Comment All because they use American Computer software... (Score 2)191

It's all pretty funny really. They have malware because they're heavy uses of American Software. ie They NEED their hated enemy to make their software.

## Comment Re:My College Experience Was Completely the Opposi (Score 1)259

You are a tiny fraction of 1% of the population that the education system doesn't have to worry about. No need to be bitter about it. Afterall you're (apprently) earning a decent salary without having invested in years of your own education. Most of us have not been able to do that.

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