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Comment Commentators Are Worthless And Annoying (Score 1) 349

I say that on top of what is already mentioned in the original article, the COMMENTATORS on Amerincan NW are a huge part of the problem. Especially the former Olympian (I think that's his claim to fame, by recall). They (and he especially) are ANNOYING. It's likely half the WRITING itself, but when they are talking as if they are doing it LIVE (which they obviously are not) and say things "as they are happening" to make it seem like they're completely on top of what's going down -- it's annoying as hell.

People jump onto the rope hang obstacle, and people landing above or below the "same area" are scolded for being below or above an ideal point (in other words, they are wildly inconsistent in their commentary). They are VERY uninteresting to listen to generally speaking.

The Japanese's way of making it FUN and as the original article points out "men against the course" is much more enjoyable.

Another fine Japanese show Americanized and ruined (just like Iron Chef.. heck, just like Godzilla for that matter, thanks Matt Broderick).

Comment Hoopla Over One Second (Score 1) 230

This is so silly. One second. How many ways, for those who CLAIM they needed to account for this second, could problems have been avoided? Hmm. Heaven forbid they simply IGNORE the extra second (all except those oh-so-crucial banking connections who SUPPOSEDLY need to be perfectly in sync) and let the system either adjust it's time however it normally would, or perhaps write a script to pause services for 5-15 seconds while the time is adjusted, or get fancy and write something that slowly took away nanoseconds so that over the course of a minute, hour, day, etc, the second was accounted for.

This is just beyond silly. At least Y2K had logical concerns that people had to deal with (even though THOSE were blown completely out of proportion as well).


Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause 465

steveb3210 writes "Physicists have demonstrated that making a decision about whether or not to entangle two photons can be made after you've already measured the states of the photons." Here's the article's description of the experiment: 'Two independent sources (labeled I and II) produce pairs of photons such that their polarization states are entangled. One photon from I goes to Alice, while one photon from II is sent to Bob. The second photon from each source goes to Victor. Alice and Bob independently perform polarization measurements; no communication passes between them during the experiment—they set the orientation of their polarization filters without knowing what the other is doing. At some time after Alice and Bob perform their measurements, Victor makes a choice (the "delayed choice" in the name). He either allows his two photons from I and II to travel on without doing anything, or he combines them so that their polarization states are entangled. A final measurement determines the polarization state of those two photons. ... Ma et al. found to a high degree of confidence that when Victor selected entanglement, Alice and Bob found correlated photon polarizations. This didn't happen when Victor left the photons alone.'

Happy Towel Day 122

An anonymous reader writes "While Douglas Adams continues his attempt to set a new record for the longest extended lunch break, geeks all over the universe pay tribute to the beloved author by celebrating the tenth edition of Towel Day. Towel Day is more alive than ever. This year Richard Dawkins, one of Adams' best friends, has tweeted a Towel Day reminder to his numerous followers. The CERN Bulletin has published an article on Towel Day. There has been TV coverage and there will be a radio interview. The Military Republic of the Deltan Imperium, a newly formed micronation, has recognized Towel Day as an official holiday. In Hungary several hundreds of hitchhiker fans want to have a picnic together in a park. And there's a concert, a free downloadable nerdrap album, a free game being released, the list goes on and on."

Comment Diabetics (Score 5, Interesting) 164

Anyone consider the possibility of a device that not only produces energy from the body, but also uses up glucose? A device that conceivably could both help eat up Glucose and POWER a MONITOR to help see how the diabetic is doing??

I happen to be a highly insulin-resistant Type 2, and this was the first thing I thought of when I read this.

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