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Comment Re:Why is it so difficult to understand infinity? (Score 1) 295

Yes, we can 'understand' infinity, but that is not the point.
The point is weather your belief(!) that time is infinite is correct or not (btw, is it circular or not?).
At the end, even though you are imprecise, it might be that you are correct and it might be that you are wrong.

Science is trying to get us closer to answers to such questions.

I would say that you are confused due to your incapacity or unwillingness to imagine a realistic concept of finite time (or you dismiss it as 'obviously' false), which is hardly objective.... for example, under current calculations we have no reason to believe that anything existed before 13.7 * 10^9 units of time (which happen to be very close to current rotation period of Earth). Few billions are hardly infinity and if you were trying to be objective it seems reasonable that you would opt for the finite model of time. But then you would probably have to deal with the question such as 'What caused the Big Bang?' and that is difficult. However, resorting to 'infinite model' is not significantly different - the questions change to: 'how the infinity came to exist?' and 'why is it infinite?' or 'how can it be infinite?'.

Comment Re:Like riding a firecracker (Score 2, Informative) 285

The problem is, YOU CAN't SWITCH THEM OFF.

Could you provide some references? I found claims on wikipedia that

"Once ignited, a simple solid rocket motor cannot be shut off, because it contains all the ingredients necessary for combustion within the chamber in which they are burned. More advanced solid rocket motors can not only be throttled but also be extinguished and then re-ignited by controlling the nozzle geometry or through the use of vent ports. Also, pulsed rocket motors that burn in segments and that can be ignited upon command are available.

Modern designs may also include a steerable nozzle for guidance, avionics, recovery hardware (parachutes), self-destruct mechanisms, APUs, controllable tactical motors, controllable divert and attitude control motors, and thermal management materials."

Comment Re:Could be good for games using raytracing (Score 0) 326

Well, that would be useful if bandwidth and latency were not problems; we are not yet at the point of streaming interactive video content 1080p60, for example...

Though it could be used for dynamic pre-rendering (baking textures, etc...), but normally you get all that shipped on DVD when you buy your games.

Once the bandwidth/latency barrier breaks down there will possibly be a lot of changes, and yes, then it would be conceivable to have huge wins - in terms of calculations that are beneficial for multiple users (plus content protection) if you would render insanely complicated things on central server farms (even 'physically correct light' some day).

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Submission + - Data Breaches Cost Hospitals Billions (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: Data breaches of patient information cost healthcare organizations nearly $6 billion annually, and that many breaches go undetected, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. The impact of a data breach over a two-year period is approximately $2 million per organization and the lifetime value of a lost patient is $107,580. The research indicates that protecting patient data is a low priority for hospitals and that organizations have little confidence in their ability to secure patient records, putting individuals at great risk for medical identity theft, financial theft and embarrassment of exposure of private information.

Submission + - Yves Rossy’s jetpack loops a hot air balloon (techhammers.com)

hasanabbas1987 writes: It looks like Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy is back at work. On November 5, 2010, Yves Rossy , the self described Jetman lept from the side of the Esprit Breitling Orbiter hot air balloon, and after reaching an altitude of 2,400 meters (7,874), came back to loop around the balloon twice. He was equipped in his daredeviltry jump with a new, smaller wing (2 meters across) with four jets, and executed the maneuvers using only his body movements to steer the contraption. Afterwards, he deployed his chute and landed in Denezy, in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Watch the amazing video after the break.

Comment Re:I think I speak for all of us when I say (Score 0) 107

Well, if Blue-ray can do 1080p24 in H.264 at around 25-35 Mbps then not sure where you pulled out 3Gbps out from (I only get a similar number if I multiply 1080 x 1920 x 50 frames x 32 luma/chroma = 3.31 Gbps).

And OK, maybe today we can not use commodity hardware to do real-time (as in interactive) encoding and decoding of 1080p60, but I have always liked the idea of thin clients and central resources.

Comment Probable outcome... (Score 0) 297

...of this might be that MS will get its act together and fix the standards compliance and user experience. MS rarely goes away. When (and if!) they indeed fix it one might think - nice, the environment corrected itself; all is good.

However, if we stop to think of vast amounts of resources (money, time) that could have been saved and used for better purposes that was blown away in the industry on making internet work on IE, just because of MS attitude (would not go as far to call it strategy) and quality of its products. It would be great if business environment could fix that, too.

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