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Comment Re:About time (Score 3, Informative) 84

A hash is not enough. Fingerprint matching is a notoriously fuzzy process because fingers deform under pressure, they get damaged (cuts, burns), etc. The matching process works by doing a "good enough" comparison between the newly-acquired image and a pre-digested "template" computed from the enrolled image.

Submission + - SPAM: Windows

suedechalk5 writes: Windows 10 update helps to keep the operating system up to date. The last release of Microsoft OS is Windows 10. From the release still now, Microsoft did 2 massive update that makes the windows 10 more powerful. Updating the OS, you will get lots of new things and improvement.In this article, we are going to discuss Windows 10 update and lots of important information about it. Hopefully, all the information will be very helpful. Now lets know about windows 10 update.What Is Windows 10 Update?Windows 10 releases a new version of it and it is called the update of windows 10. Windows 10 update looks like other software updates. In an update, Microsoft also adds something new, fixes problems and bugs and also do lots of improvements.Why Do Windows 10 Update?There must need to be impor
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Comment Re:Another one bites the dust (Score 5, Interesting) 365

MS must just have cash to burn. This is one of the stupidest acquisitions I have ever heard of. Best I can tell, LinkedIn, serves most people as nothing more than a centrally-maintained contact list so they can find somewhat current contact info for former coworkers. Where is the revenue stream in that?

Has LinkedIn *ever* turned a profit?

Microsoft is rapidly devolving into the most clueless tech firm out there...

Submission + - Bill Nye wants climate change deniers jailed ( 1

walterbyrd writes: “Was it appropriate to jail the guys from Enron?” said Mr. Nye in a video interview with Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “We’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive, and so on.”

“In these cases, for me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” Mr. Nye said. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this.”

Comment Good riddance to bad rubbish. (Score 4, Informative) 221

Flash? You mean the Fucking Large-Ass Security Hole? I have had it disabled on my machines for years now, all the way back to the "FlashToggler" software of from the early 2000s. It's about time the rest of the world ditches it too.

The only good thing about Flash is it made blocking animated ads trivial simply by disabling the plugin. I have not had similar success with HTML5, and fear that the rise of HTML5 will signal the return of pages with so much animated ad content that I can't concentrate on the text. :(

Comment Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 2) 142

Actually, "mass squared" is a completely relevant concept in this context. The reason is that the equation everybody thinks they know as Einstein's special relativity equation is NOT E = mc^2. That is the simplified version for objects at rest. The version that includes particles in motion is E^2 = p^2c^2 + m^2c^4, where p is the momentum of the particle. Note the presence of an m^2 term in that equation. Thus, a negative mass squared -- which others have pointed out should be read as "negative (mass squared)" -- implies that the particle's energy is *decreased* by its mass rather than increased by it. This is a counterintuitive idea, but quite plausible mathematically.

One thing that I should point out is that it is possible that Erlich wrote this paper not because he actually believes it, but because he did the math. Got a surprising result that did not obviously contradict known principles of experiments, and is challenging the world to tell him where he went wrong. We used to do this all the time when I was in grad school. It was a lot of fun. The main difference is that when you stake out an outrageous position and your friends catch your mistake over some beer, no one calls you an idiot on Slashdot. When you publish a paper, the results can be less ... um .. . "civil."

Comment Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 5, Informative) 142

Ummm...according to my calculator, 0.33 eV / 510998 eV = 0.646 x 10^-6, which is reasonably close to "two thirds of a millionth" quote

As for the imaginary mass, let's say that some particle had 0.33i eV as its mass. Then if you squared that, you would end up with -0.108 eV^2. How is that not "negative mass squared" ?

There are lots of potential problems with Erlich's theory, but the ideas you chose to nitpick are not at issue..

Comment Re: That's amazing (Score 2) 53

You seem to have a really bad case of apples and oranges syndrome. I'm really not trying to get on your case -- rather, I want to help you understand the way things really work.

1. "for example "light" can travel faster than light if they are travelling in different mediums."

Whether you realize it or not, what you're saying here is that the speed of light depends on the medium. This is true. It seems like you are saying that this is some sort of contradiction, when in fact it isn't. Consider your own running speed: do you run faster in air or in a pool? Light faces a similar situation; in denser media it has a slower speed. Saying "light can travel faster than light" is just silly. Light always travels at the speed of light -- just not always at "speed of light in a vacuum."

2. "a vacuum has really high resistance and I seem to remember that electrons travel at different speeds depending on the resistance."

If you are talking about electron drift velocity in a conductor, then I recommend you start reading here: If you are talking about the velocity of free electrons in a vacuum, that's a completely different story. A free electron in a vacuum has no single speed, no more than a free cue ball in a vacuum would have. Either object travels at a speed consistent with its momentum and energy. If you're talking about electrons shot out the back end of an accelerator, they're going close to c (the dreaded speed of light in a vacuum). If you're talking about electrons accelerated by some other mechanism, well, then the speed is going to depend on what energy the accelerator imparted to the electron.

Comment Re:That's amazing (Score 5, Informative) 53

You should really read the "abstract," because the entire paper is available there at no cost. The discovered relationship is not a*C = b, but rather x = A y ** (-B), which is a much more complex relationship, and quite startling in this arena. Also be sure to look at all his graphs so you will understand what this guy did, what he discovered, and why this is a Big Deal (tm). Then maybe you won't be so quick to mock this discovery...

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