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Comment Trade winds can effect tides faster than meltwater (Score 1) 358

I'd read somewhere that the Eastern Seabord was a few meters lower than other areas and North America due to prevalent trade winds.

If the trade winds suddenly stop or reverse course, that's going to, in the short term, have a more meaningful effect than just an increase of melt water.

Comment Re:Classical physics, er, error (Score 1) 415

Well, the simple wrinkle is that we don't know how much time the super-universe takes. Any computation could take a nano-second or a billion years and we would recognize that as the smallest division of time.

If the simulation means that a bus running into you ends your life - it doesn't matter if it's not real.

Comment Why is it assumed this is related to Time? (Score 3, Interesting) 129

I think it's flawed logic to assume that the lowest energy state in a universes so fluid and in motion would be absolute stillness.

Perhaps it's oscillations due to the quantum foam, or space/time itself moves, and thus a lower energy particle would vibrate at some frequency rather than not.

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Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If All Software Ran On All Platforms? 383

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: We live in a computing world where the OS you use -- Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, others -- often determines what software can and cannot be run on a given electronic device. (Let us pretend for a moment that emulators and other options don't exist). What if -- magically -- such a thing as as Universally Compatible Software Application were possible. Software, in other words, that is magically capable of running on any electronic device equipped with enough CPU, GPU and memory capacity to run the software in a usable way.

Example: 3D CAD software that runs on Windows 14, Playstation 7, an Android Smartphone, Nintendo's latest handheld gaming device and an Ubuntu PC in exactly the same way with no compatibility problems whatsoever occurring. What would and would not change in such a computing world?

He also asks an even more important question: will this ever be possible or feasible from a technical standpoint? So leave your best answers in the comments. Will it ever be possible to run all software on all platforms -- and what would happen if we could?

Comment Re:Help them leave (Score 0) 251

Replace the term "Country" with "Trump" everywhere it appears. They aren't destroying the country by leaking, they are affecting the POTUS -- in no way are those the same thing.

Now, if they think that the POTUS is a huge security risk, they might actually be acting on conscience rather than just "having a beef" with the administration.

The current behavior has turned them into enemies of the Democratic party.

Do you feel the same about the Tea Party? I'm not a fan of them, but I admire their conviction and willingness to stand up and be heard.

What I like here, is that Democrats are finally realizing that they are liberals and that they have to fight for their principles. Maybe people are shocked and expect Democrats to sit back and sip tea and crumpets, rather than getting dirty in the trenches.

Leaks at the NSA might not be lawful, but not everything right is legal. The POTUS seems to have no problem pushing the envelope -- but we have Jeff Sessions to make sure he behaves.

Nothing is going to happen to Trump, because the Republicans have the power but lack the ethics. It doesn't matter what is leaked and foreign adversaries can just buy all our sensitive data from contractors (as was exposed on Wikileaks). So you needn't worry.

Comment Re:Has slashdot been taken over by the poor? (Score 1) 172

I started on Slashdot many years go, back when I was making $100,000 a year and my IQ was 165. Now I make less and have started blogging on Reddit. Junk food and the stress of poverty have reduced me to taking fashion tips from Paula Dean, and cooking from Honey Boo Boo's mom.

By leaving Slashdot, I suppose I've lowered the quality on both websites. Until I make more money, I should probably stay away.

My sincerest apologies
That Guy

Comment Re:I seriously doubt this works... (Score 1) 142

I could think of a number of mechanical means to destroy a chip; a Poseidon vise, cables that you wind until they tighten, perhaps creating the substrate on a chip that has a layered meta-material that expands at different rates when a current is applied, forcing the chip to shatter as it curved.

This is Slashdot, nothing is impossible.

Comment Re:Against TOS (Score 1) 652

Do you think they wanted to create a 10-year backlog on reviewing potential immigrant social media accounts on purpose?

I mean, how many people are they going to hire to speak Yemeni or Syrian or what-not to read thousands of blog posts?

We already have good vetting, but this is deep, deep, penetrating vetting. Like a good relationship.

Sadly, most applicants pets will die of old age before the vetting finishes; "Is this your cat! Where is your cat? Where?!"

Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 217

Well it does kind of work in a way, every business that has a few jobs to keep in USA will show up at his door; "See, this is for you!"

It will create the impression that his influence is working. The number of jobs be damned.

But 2017 will of course be an economic boom year, and we can thank Trump for that.

2018 however, the economy will tank, and we can blame Obama for that.

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