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Comment Planet's existence is theorized, not observed (Score 1) 258

TFA contains some bold claims given that the planet's existence has not been observed, but instead comes out of work they did to make their mathematical model to work:

"The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly."

"Effectively by accident, Batygin and Brown noticed that if they ran their simulations with a massive planet in an anti-aligned orbit—an orbit in which the planet's closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, is 180 degrees across from the perihelion of all the other objects and known planets—the distant Kuiper Belt objects in the simulation assumed the (correct) alignment"

I'm not saying they are wrong -- I hope they are right! But, these are bold bold claims given the present state of the evidence. I mean, bugs in their model could also explain why an extra Neptune-sized planet is needed...

Comment Re:Easy Fix for the Paranoid: Cold Reboot (Score 4, Interesting) 165

It's not a 5% hit. You only have to clear the buffer once on exit. And, Nvidia is right:This is something the OS should do (just like it closes filehandles, and frees other resources on exit). Why not leave it up to the app? Because, apps don't always exit cleanly.

Comment Comment Threshold Slider (Score 1) 763

The comment threshold slider is completely broken on multi-touch devices. You can't "click and drag" in any modern multi-touch browser (iPhone, Android, Touchpad, Playbook, etc.) If you try, it just pans the page. "Touch and drag" is the universal pan / scroll gesture.

Comment Re:Do they happen right above water melt temps? (Score 1) 204

They mentioned the temperatures in the live video. I don't recall the exact numbers, but the range did peak at ~15C in sunlight. They also mentioned that the water was likely salty, and that this would push down the freezing temperature. Moreover, the phenomena is seasonal, and I think the runoff occurs in the martian summer.

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