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Comment Re:ALIENS. (Score 1) 220

OK. It's not as if the other detector is sending the gravity wave and the other is receiving it, but that both are seeing an event that happens somewhere else. If the source of the event were equally far from both detectors, the time lag between them would be 0.

The arrival time between the detectors is used to calculate the direction, in the same way your ears determine the direction a sound is coming from. Of course, with only 2 detectors, this will not localize the direction perfectly, but it's a start.

Comment Re:Why does it need to be political at all? (Score 1) 702

Fair critique, rage or not.

Though I have to say that the boyfriend character was vague enough that I didn't feel one way or the other about his Mary Sue -ness. He did seem like an ideal one in the sense of how I'd imagine people with a very convoluted inner emotion stack would like to see their mates (impossibly considerate, for once). Also in general, I feel that overexplaining/overexploring the gimmick of the story takes away from the story instead of giving to it (like using the lie obtain mathematical truths would, but the problem with this would have been that such would trivialize the world), but you're absolutely right in that the concept was barely explored at all here.

Comment Re:Why does it need to be political at all? (Score 1) 702

I just read the two stories that you linked, and while I kind of enjoyed The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere (it establishes a quite abstract concept and explores it as a part of another story - I like that), I also expected that the best story of any specific year would be somewhat stronger than this.

This has completely changed my attitude towards the Puppy movement. The accusations seem to have merit after all - this is quite surprising.

Comment Re:recycled pc (Score 1) 236

I use a half-a-year old extremely low power PC build for this purpose. Instead of being a media server, it is directly connected to the television and runs XFCE. It also acts as a fileserver, sometimes as a game server and hosts my and my friends shells etc.
I watch my media with mplayer, because VLC is so much worse.

I can't understand how anyone can live without a device like this.

Comment Re:Stream 11 (Score 1) 508

What if you used a Raspberry Pi or some other cheap thing and got the mouse/keyboard/monitor from the salvation army? The total prize would not be much more than for the Pi and you wouldn't need to worry about getting defective stuff (if you did, you'd notice it right away).
Some of the students would probably be bribed (with extra credit) to set up systems like this.

And yes, this wouldn't be a laptop or a tablet, but no-one can get work done on a tablet anyway.

Comment Directory Opus (Score 1) 889

Directory Opus (https://www.gpsoft.com.au/)
Nothing on Windows or Linux comes close to this in ease of use and power of this program. Basically DOpus has good UI-level tools for the stuff you typically need to use bash scripts to do (complex rename or move, duplicate finding and syncing directories, etc).
In addition it's the only file manager replacement with an FTP/SFTP feature that actually works.

Comment Re:The simple Economics of it all: (Score 1) 185

What I find interesting is that if only about 7 transactions per second are possible, Bitcoin is by design invalid for the very purposes people are aggressively trying to adopt it. You can never pay with bitcoin on a convenience store and you can never use it to exchange trivial things, as even the slightest hint of acceptance for this kind of business would immediately saturate the network - small towns process much more transactions per second than this, let alone the whole world.

Also, if I read that right, doesn't that process imply that the blockchain increases in size by 6 MB every hour? Won't it mean that the size of the chain will be completely unwieldy in the future?

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