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Comment Re:Citizen-Fueled?? (Score 1) 143

"We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant,"

A new twist on "Soylent Green?" A conspiracy against cemetery plots? Trumps "Final Solution" to the Immigration problem?

Or maybe it's just a way to use the results of a bean-heavy diet, given that the goal is to get "as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces" - get enough, umm, natural gas from citizens, and you've solved your problem!

Comment Re: Google beat you to it (Score 3, Informative) 240

That's weird, this is what I got. I guess it's a sponsored link? It even showed a blurb from the site above the link as if Google were just answering my question.

No, Strassler's a Real Physicist, and that link does show up, later in the list, in my search.

However, whilst the Higgs field might be a force field (in the sense of something that can change the motion of an object, i.e. can transfer momentum), it's apparently not considered one of the "fundamental" forces; the Standard Model has only four "fundamental" forces. The proposed new force would be a fifth.

Comment Re:Google beat you to it (Score 2) 240

If you google "what are the forces of nature" the first result says there are 5.

When I searched for "what are the forces of nature" (without the quotes) in Google just now, the first result was the Wikipedia disambiguation page for "Force of nature", which says "In physics, there are four fundamental forces." as the second line. The second result is the Wikipedia page for Forces of Nature , a romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, and the third result is for a HowStuffWorks page entitled "What are the four fundamental forces of nature?".

Below that are some news articles about this "maybe a fifth force" story.

Comment Re:RTFA this time (Score 2) 264

But, hey, he's first to break the news about Julian Assange's sex change:

In a manifesto that he wrote during the early days of WikiLeaks, founding member Julianne Assange observed that security services, confronting the threat of internal data breaches, would have to be extra vigilant in order to fly under the radar.

(emphasis mine).

Comment Re:1995 (Score 1) 225

"the point of Token Ring"

Enlighten us.

Slower than TCP/IP, but 100% deterministic network behaviour and speed.

So how does it compare to TCP/IP over Token Ring? :-)

Basically it's what you want to run your Nuclear Power Plants, live-saving medical devices and bizarly expensive "failure is not an option" Space Equiment with.

So what protocols are run atop Token Ring in that case?

(Or did you really mean "Slower than Ethernet, but 100% deterministic network behavior and speed"?)

Comment Re:1995 (Score 1) 225

> Same thing as with TCP/IP vs Token Ring

They are not even on the same level. Token Ring is layer 2, and you can run TCP/IP over it, the same way you can run it over the various Ethernet protocols (wired or wireless).

IPv4 and IPv6, so it's not "vs." in the sense of "using Token Ring rather than TCP/IP".

So "I instantaneously "got" TCP/IP, and only much later understood the point of Token Ring" presumably means "I understood why you'd use TCP/IP on various networks, and only much later understood why you'd use Token Ring for a network segment (rather than, say, Ethernet)", so it's not quite the same as "HTTP vs. Gopher".

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 145

I have to agree The OS market has got really boring. Back in the old days we had a bunch of OS
Dos/Windows for the PC
MacOS (No X) for Apple
UNIX/Linux for servers (each one designed for different platforms)
VMS for digital systems servers.
Z/OS for IBM mainframes
PrimeOS for prime mainframes...

Now in 2016 almost all of our OS are based in 1970's or 1980's technology.

VMS - from the 1970's.

z/OS - it's still around (and, unlike VMS, not at end-of-life), but it's a descendant of the 1970's MVS, itself a descendant of the 1960's OS/360 MVT.

(And Prime machines were minicomputers/superminicomputers, not mainframes.)

Comment Re:GooglePlex??? (Score 2) 100

... SGI's former campus in Mountain View, California, is now the site of the Googleplex ...

I thought the old SGI building was now the Computer History Museum...

SGI campus. One of the old SGI buildings now houses the Computer History Museum; the rest of the campus is now the Googleplex.

Comment Re:So nobody has the fastest internet? (Score 1) 101

The last thing I want is every ISP commercial followed by 25 seconds of a guy reciting disclaimers like we are at with pharmaceutical ads. Fucking lawyers.

How about every ISP commercial avoids saying "the fastest in-home Wi-Fi" unless the facts justify such a claim without 25 seconds of disclaimers? Don't say anything that requires disclaimers, and you can avoid the disclaimers. If you need fine print, perhaps you're making a claim in order to fool people into making incorrect assumptions if they don't read the fine print, rather than to actually inform people.

Comment Re:Why is everything so difficult for Americans? (Score 1) 675

The chip, the machines to make the chips, the plastics, the microprocessor, the communications protocols, the error correction, the networking, the programming languages, etc.

The chip:

If you mean "the notion of a microprocessor", that might well be a US invention, although the particular chip used in the first "smart cards" was, I think, originally developed by Bull, a French company.

The machines to make the chips:

Yes, probably originally developed in the US.

The plastics:

If you mean "the plastics from which credit cards are made", that's probably polyvinyl chloride acetate; PVC was originally a German discovery, although it appears that a US company may have been the first to make it a practical plastic.

However, if PVCA is an enabling technology for smart cards, so are "arabic" numerals, an invention from India; it's as much an enabling technology for "dumb" cards, and, as such, not particularly relevant.

The microprocessor:

See above, for "the chip">

The communications protocols:

Are you certain that the particular protocols used for chip cards, or EMV cards in particular, were a US invention? The "M" and "V" in "EMV" were US companies, but the "E" stands for "EuroPay", and the protocols might have been based on European protocols used prior to that.

The error correction:

Which particular ECC is used?

The networking:

To which networking are you referring? The one between the payment terminal and whatever host it talks to?

The programming languages:

OK, what programming languages are used? Pascal had better not be one of them, given that it was a European creation.

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