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Comment Re:This could be used as a source of limitless ene (Score 1) 179

Of course, that neglects the fact that, if you were actually travelling at c, you would experience no time whatsoever.

As in, the beginning and the end of the universe (or at least your emission and absorption, if you're a photon) are instantaneous to you.

So to answer the question, no you wouldn't see your hi-beams come on, because there's NO TIME in your reference frame. But theoretically... [sigh]-sure. You would see your hi-beams come on just fine. But it's kind of a non-question, since it presupposes that time (and hence, change) exists at light speed; as in, it doesn't even make sense as a question.

And, as already stated, an outside observer would measure both you and your "emitted" photons traveling at c in their reference frame; partially or completely because you are in a completely timeless "freeze frame" state relative to any non-lightspeed observer.

That's the easy stuff. You really want to cause brainhurt? Look up the "ladder and barn" paradox. It notes that objects shorten as they approach lightspeed; so let's say that you're carrying a ladder going so near to c that your length is cut in half to an outside observer. Thing is, you're still your "normal" length in your own reference frame... Now let's imagine that the barn is only as deep as 2/3 the length of your ladder. An outside observer would see you get all the way into the barn before you struck the back wall (relativistic explosion notwithstanding). You, however, in your own reference frame should see yourself only get partway in before you strike the back wall.

So which happened? Both? Neither? In the universe we know, only one should have happened; you either got all the way in, or you didn't. Now cue a LOT of handwaving by physicists that both A)ties your brain up in knots, and B)basically says "We dunno.". It's a NASTY one, and probably means that we don't understand the relativistic universe as well as we thought. My theory is that the universe "flattens out" relative to a lightspeed observer, so they both see the same thing happen (it fits) in the same way that time "flattens" to nothing at you approach c, but I'm not a physicist- though it does solve the problem, and kind of makes sense inside of the framework.

Comment Re:Mixing up advice (Score 1) 651

Oh, don't worry, I can tell you're not a physician, and almost definitely not associated with any medical field in any way. Not to be insulting, but that patient had obvious massive intercranial pressure causing severe hemorrhage and compression injury to the cerebral tissue. I don't know where you're getting your information, but da-yum. We're not talking about how she looked on admission, we're talking about the continuous process of testing, assessment and evaluation that should have told the MD in question that his patient. Was. Brain. Dead. Didn't matter if she had a craniotomy; while you're right that initial amount of swelling is not really an indicator of actual damage, there's a poing at which the brain just crushes itself, cranial window or not. Sorry; and yeah, brain tissue can damn well hemorrhage out the ears if there's enough intercranial pressure. It's gross, and an indicator of a pretty piss-poor prognosis *eyeroll*. Anyway, I get what you're getting at, but that patient was just plain gone. Finito. Meat on a vent. And that doc needed a serious cockpunch. But please, be careful about giving out medical advice when you don't really know what you're talking about, especially with brain-injured patients. Way too many people get false hope that way, and needlessly put themselves through years of suffering and grief because of magical thinking about how the brain works and heals itself.
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Comment What is this exactly? (Score 1) 600

Um, reading this, doesn't it require specific software to be installed to be effective? This does not appear, from what little info is presented, to be a general "hackin' tool" to "pwn newbs". Or maybe it is. Let me know when you can actually get into anything with this. As for releasing it: give it to the devs first. Let them patch things up. Then release it after patches are ubiquitous and discuss how clever you are. Anything else is just plain stupid.

Comment Re:Bad plan, darlings. (Score 2, Insightful) 248

You know, this actually might work out: 1) Use the repellent for X seasons, until no longer effective due to the bugs losing their fear of dead bugs. 2) Spread a known (bug-only!) disease the next Y seasons, until no longer effective due to the bugs regaining their fear of dead bugs. 3) See 1) Actually, the same would theoretically work with antibiotics - have the FDA remove all, say, penicillin-based antibiotics from the market (except special cases, like where someone is allergic to every other antibiotic, or the only thing a specific bacteria is susceptible to is penicillin-based drugs) for a few years. Studies show that bacteria quickly lose resistance to antibiotics (at least in the lab) when no longer routinely exposed - it takes more energy to produce the resistant proteins/plasmids, and the resistant bacteria are quickly outcompeted. Cycle in/out 1-2 major groups like this every few years, and the "superbugs" that have people so freaked out will be susceptible again. There, I solved that problem - 1 billion dollars, please. I'll take local checks. Really, it's simple. Use evolutionary genetic patterns to our advantage - it's like hacking for the biosphere! ...Cue: "what could possibly go wrong" here...

Comment Re:Hollywood politics (Score 1) 217

Heh, yeah. Get lost on Fort Carson in Colorado and just that kind of thing can happen. They are VERY unforgiving of people getting too close to the Aerospace Command centers up on/in Cheyenne Mountain. Almost everyone on base there has a story about something like that - my favorite one is where a guy pulling security near the top of the mountain called out for pizza and the delivery guy didn't have the little "Domino's" plastic identifier thingy on his car. So, the first guard to see him driving up put a couple of rounds through his engine block since he didn't immediately stop where he was supposed to. Then, according to legend, the poor pizza delivery dude got yanked out of the car, face-slammed into the ground, and hauled off to some detention area for half the day until his story got cleared. They probably didn't even tip him.

Submission + - Intergalatic Clouds of Missing Mass Missing Again

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Researchers at the University Of Alabama In Huntsville have discovered that some x-rays thought to come from intergalactic clouds of "warm" gas are instead probably caused by lightweight electrons leaving the mass of the universe as much as ten to 20 percent lighter than previously calculated. In 2002 the same team reported finding large amounts of extra "soft" (relatively low-energy) x-rays coming from the vast space in the middle of galaxy clusters. Their cumulative mass was thought to account for as much as ten percent of the mass and gravity needed to hold together galaxies, galaxy clusters and perhaps the universe itself. When the team looked at data from a galaxy cluster in the southern sky, however, they found that energy from those additional soft x-rays doesn't look like it should. "The best, most logical explanation seems to be that a large fraction of the energy comes from electrons smashing into photons instead of from warm atoms and ions, which would have recognizable spectral emission lines," said Dr. Max Bonamente."

Submission + - open formats

An anonymous reader writes: The article 'OPEN STANDARDS, OPEN FORMAT — Key to the Future' at apart from others provides legal implications of formats and explains why it is better to adopt format based on open standards. Guidelines for implementing open formats are also provided.

Submission + - Verizon hacks DNS ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Ad Terras Per Aspera is reporting that Verizon is now redirecting non-existent domain requests to their DNS servers to their own internal website. As detailed,

This is considered a severe security violation and they are willfully undermining the integrety of the service they provide.

Is Verizon setting themselves up to be sued for privacy violations and be disconnected from other Tier 1 providers?


Submission + - Solar Decathlon 2007 (

An anonymous reader writes: The third Solar Decathlon was held last month at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., organized by the Department of Energy and sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 20 top engineering schools each had teams build a single-family house 600-850 sq. ft. that runs entirely on solar energy and is built with as many green and sustainable materials as possible. They are judged on 10 different aspects including Architecture, Engineering, Market Viability, and Energy Balance. Judging and house tours took place from October 12th to the 19th, with an additional day given for the public tours after the winners were announced on the 19th.

Submission + - Australian Press Freedom Declining :Moss Report

An anonymous reader writes: At we read:

An independent audit by former New South Wales ombudsman Irene Moss has found a general "subtle shift" towards secrecy in Australia.
The audit reviewed legislation and practices related to free speech issues affecting the media in Australia.
Moss says Australians should not be complacent about declining media freedom.
"I observe a subtle shift, which shows we need to be vigilant," she said. "Although we enjoy tremendous democratic freedom by international standards, we shouldn't take it for granted."

The report was presented by the media coalition group called Right to Know, which includes the ABC. The group says it will use the report to pressure all levels of government to lift their game.

Related Link: State of free speech in Australia:

Tags: industry, media, government-and-politics, australia
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Submission + - Steam Tech! (

tjstork writes: "What has increased in power 10,000 times within the lifetime of its inventor. Today, you might be talking about CPUs, but, 100 years ago, one of the technological revolutions in place was the use of steam turbines! The Parson's steam turbine was invented in 1888, but, the steam turbine transformed the world. On land, increased power output and efficiency would lead to more electrical generating stations. At sea, ships were not only more efficient and faster, but, more reliable as well...militaries in pursuit of speed, were quick to adopt the new technology. Suddenly, a steamer could make 20+ knots. Parson's 1911 article is thus an interesting glimpse into a technical revolution that mirrors some of our own, from a leader of it. As the article points out, steam turbines gained rapidly in power in Parson's own lifetime, as much as CPUS gained in power in ours. But what's also different is an overall transformation to a science based industry. Its evident that calculus based engineering really took root with the steam turbine. Parsons, in his paper, isn't just describing the design of a steam turbine with rote examples, he's discussing the viscosity of water as steam or water, includes, early pictures of screw cavitation, and more. Of special note is the plug about how his new steam turbine will be fitted out into a new monster ships, the Titanic."

Submission + - Former Intel CEO rips medical research

Himuanam writes: Former Intel CEO Grove rips medical research community, contrasting their lack of progress with the tech industry's juggernaut of breakthroughs over the past half-century or so.

"On Sunday afternoon, Grove is unleashing a scathing critique of the nation's biomedical establishment. In a speech at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, he challenges big pharma companies, many of which haven't had an important new compound approved in ages, and academic researchers who are content with getting NIH grants and publishing research papers with little regard to whether their work leads to something that can alleviate disease, to change their ways."

-From Newsweek story:

Submission + - Adobe Confirms Unpatched PDF Backdoor (

50Mat writes: Adobe has fessed up to a dangerous code execution vulnerability affecting software programs installed on millions of Windows machines. The flaw, publicly disclosed more than three weeks ago, could allow hackers to use rigged PDF files to take control of Window XP computers with Internet Explorer 7 installed. It affects Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat Standard, Professional and Elements and Adobe Acrobat 3D.

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