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Comment Re:I wouldn't blame the postal service (Score 1) 169

Plane trip to the UK. First leg was no stop, and I saw them load my luggage. (It was rather easily identifiable.) By the time we'd hit the first stop where I had to change planes, they'd already lost it.
Spent the entire layover dealing with the red tape over the lost luggage.
Had reports of it in various places, all of which were later denied.
My aunt who lived in another state and had never been mentioned got called to come to the airport and pick it up for me. She gets their, and they deny everything.
This was in the 80s, so it's been a while.
Finally I got a call that my luggage had arrived. It was 10 months and 4 days AFTER my flight. Nobody knows where it had been, or why, but it had a tag from Red Star. I still don't know what the heck Red Star is, and neither did anyone else. Since that was pre-internet, and a name like Red Star would automatically be associated with the USSR, which hadn't broken up yet, it was all very strange.

Comment Re:Oh for Pete's Sake! (Score 2) 169

Actually there's a lot of that, especially on stuff that someone might think is valuable and easy to hide/dispose of.
He got the package label, which is very suspicious.
"machine ate it" is b.s., but not because machines don't damage or tear packages, but rather because the contents, even damaged, didn't arrive. They will reseal a package, or even rebox it if they have to, so if only the label arrived, it's a pretty clear indication that someone decided to take the contents for walkies.

In the military a friend got a box of VHS tapes from his family back home. (Yes, this was a while ago) It was a month and a half late, and had been opened. Even more so, all the tapes had been watched and not rewound, except for one that was stopped partway through. Some jerk in the US Postal service (yes, it was all US Postal personnel) decided to steal his tapes and watch them all. At least the creep finally let sent them back to the rightful owner.

Comment Re:mmmmmm... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

So they're trying to claim that they didn't have any other backups?
They lost 8 years of files... Because it did a backup right after the encryption...

There is so much wrong with this from a security standpoint that whatever fool made that decision needs to either be fired, or at least removed from any influence over IT.

As the old saying goes:
    So when did your data become important to you, before or after you lost it?

Comment Re:Can someone explain in laymans terms how.... (Score 2) 334

Actually it does become metallic.
Metals aren't what you think they are, but that's ok, there are lots of books and articles on that you can go read.
Also, and atomic transmutation would take a heck of a lot more than simple pressures a basic diamond anvil can ever produce. You do realize that would require the merging of the atomic nuclei to make a heavier nucleus, don't you? And it wouldn't go straight to lithium either, it would go to helium first. After all, it seems pretty unlikely we'd be bypassing the steps even the sun has to take.

Comment Re:Can someone explain in laymans terms how.... (Score 1) 334

A baby provides to benefit to anyone. It just uses resources and never supplies any of it's own. Of what use is it?

You don't know for sure until you've had time to think about it, and play around with it. You know, give the discovery some time to grow up. If you want instant products popping out, you really need to reexamine your view of reality. It's called research. They don't know what they'll find, or what use it will be. Do you really think the early experimenters with pretty much anything, including radio, electricity, magnetism, and so many other things knew what would come out of it?
Of course they didn't, but they still experimented and we are all better for it.

Here's a couple of Scientific Urban Legends (unproven quotes attributed to figures of science) for you to read as they are far more eloquent than I.

Benjamin Franklin observes the first balloon ascension in 1783 while he was Ambassador at the Court of France. Someone asks "What possible use are balloons?" Franklin answers "What use is a newborn baby?"

Michael Faraday is visited by a delegation of government dignitaries. They are shown his electric motors and other demos. One person says "This is all very interesting, but of what possible use are these toys?" Faraday responds: "I cannot say what use they may be, but I can confidently predict that one day you will be able to tax them."

Comment Re: Waiting for the alien spacecraft (Score 4, Informative) 334

A belief based on science. In other words, they haven't tested it yet, but the formula using current data indicates it may happen.
No faith required.
Hey, they've believed hydrogen would become metallic when exposed to enough pressure. It took a long time to test it, but guess what, it does! At around 495 gigapascals, a pressure we hadn't been able to do until just recently.

Comment Re:Now can we (Score 1) 334

I'm pretty sure the jovian speculations are before they found out the extreme pressure requirements for it.
I know jupiter is under a lot of pressure, but is it really up to 495 gigapascals?
I looked that up, and apparently the core can get up to maybe 4,500 gigapascals, which is high enough, but they'll still have to rewrite the estimates of what the layers are, since they think it transitioned to metallic at about 200 gigapascals, which we now know isn't even half the required pressure.

Comment Re:Thanks for reminding us (Score 1) 152

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that's why.

Hey, if it was some Oil Magnate or Gun Runner, it wouldn't be here. On the other hand, if you're talking about Zuckerberg, or Gates, or Jobs, or Ellison, then yeah, it's going to be here. They aren't just some rich guys, they're the movers and shakers with big money of the tech fields, even if one of them is dead.

You do know how tech isn't some isolated bubble with a fancy motherboard, right?

Comment Re:The damages weren't enough (Score 2) 84

It was a 'design patent'. Not something about technology or production, but rather about looks. Pretty much everyone I've ever talked to about that says the entire concept is total B.S.
Gee, bevels in glass so it doesn't have the sharp edges. Corners on rectangles to they don't poke you when in your pocket. Total obvious garbage.

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