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Submission + - Physicists Find That as Clocks Get More Precise, Time Gets More Fuzzy (

An anonymous reader writes: Time is weird – in spite of what we think, the Universe doesn't have a master clock to run by, making it possible for us to experience time differently depending on how we're moving or how much gravity is pulling on us.

Now physicists have combined two grand theories of physics to conclude not only is time not universally consistent, any clock we use to measure it will blur the flow of time in its surrounding space.

Submission + - Micrometeorites -- Cosmic Dust In Your Lettuce. (

SlashGodet writes: Your car is covered with cosmic dust, you eat it on every bite of lettuce. Micrometeorites rain down on the planet continuously, so small and lightweight that they drift down to the Earth’s surface without melting. But the specks have eluded detection by chemical analysis. Mr. Jon Larsen, "a true citizen scientist whose work will aid the global hunt for the tiny specks," found a way to find the dust — a method the experts had missed — he eyeballed it in a microscope! Worried about a hair in your soup? Move up to a better worry.

Comment Re:I would be very surprised... (Score 1) 531

Exactly. The attack machine on Hilary has failed. They can't make anthing stick, and they've tried forever. Just as Ken Starr wasted millions virtually proving Bill innocent (no, getting him to lie about a totally unrelated personal matter doesn't count) they can't find anything on Hilary who is one of the most truthful politicians we've got.
yes, truth has a liberal bias.

By the way, Ken Starr just resigned his position for covering up rape. Too bad all that moral outrage over Clinton was nonsense.

Comment Frontier's loss is Comcast's gain (Score 1) 68

Frontier's takeover of FIOS has something to do with this too. Frontier is another traditional cable company (whose business model is to drive customers away as quickly as possible) and the churn is driving people to Comcast. I know several who made that choice quickly after Frontier took over.

Comment Re:Maybe Apple just has the better position? (Score 1) 250

I think the DOJ lawyers may be better than they look. I don't think the DOJ is expecting to win in the courts. This is setting up a public fight, to get this legislatively fixed in the long run. We all know this particular case is setting precedent. I'm not convinced that the DOJ lawyers are worse, I think they are just playing to a different room. This show is for the court of public opinion.

Comment hubris and strange misunderstandings (Score 3, Insightful) 132

Is this a promotional piece for the artist? Interesting that van Hoeyndonck's pride isn't in his chubby tuning fork, but in conning other people into doing a tremendous amount of work for him. "I am the only human being who has been able to get a sculpture to the moon." That, and the tendency of the Apollo era astronauts to be stand-up guys, makes me skeptical of skewing all those misunderstandings in his favor. They negotiated pretty carefully with the stamp dealer, but didn't discuss the intention of the piece or marketing of copies or any timeline? I don't feel sorry for the guy, and am a little irked that this promotion will likely make him a pile of money.

Comment Re:Feds, pick one or the other! (Score 1) 258

This is incorrect, as his bitcoins have value beyond the coin itself. He is buying and selling financial instruments (bitcoins) and packaging them. When they were a few bucks each, nobody cared. Now that they're around a grand each, it makes a difference.

He doesn't just package your bitcoins, he takes yours and gives you one in a nice brass or silver package, minus fee.

Franklin mint coins have trivial precious metal value, and no other value (their "collectible" value is borderline fraudulent.)

Comment Hardest problem (Score 1) 113

I have often said that this is the hardest problem Google faces: How not to be evil, and how to make that an ongoing legacy. It's just possible as long as the founders retain control, but after that it becomes truly hard.

Assuming they take this seriously, I hope they dedicate resources to this, and do not underestimate the complexity of the problem.

Comment Lying for the Lord (Score 1) 1448

This is a known tactic. He can say anything he wants, as long as it serves what he perceives as serving a higher purpose. Look up "lying for the lord". See also Mittens Romney.

I can tolerate him, but I don't ever have to give him money or listen to him again. I'm not asking that he be jailed for his treason. That's pretty tolerant.

Comment Re:Psychologists vs Psychiatrists (Score 1) 329

The other thing clinical psychologists sometimes assert is that they should be able to prescribe drugs. It's the converse argument in this turf war.

Incidentally, I was speaking with someone who identified themselves as a psychologist, and mentioned that my father was an experimental (as opposed to clinical) psychologist. Her response "Ah, he's a scientist!" Yup.

Comment Re:No help for the OED until they change pricing (Score 1) 91

This was one of the best christmas gifts I ever got from my wife. It's the single volume, recently printed, nine pages to one, on onionskin paper. It is a beautiful thing. To they guy who said the plates had worn in the recent printings, I see no such effect, and mine is from the early 2000's. Used copies of the compact OED (compact is the complete 2nd edition) can be had for less than a hundred dollars.

Comment Re:Targeted Ads at their best (Score 1) 284

To be fair, Mitnick's Security Awareness Training is directed at IT people & management, & so is part of Schneier's solution of helping us keep the user out of these situations in the first place. It is the sort of thing that helps us as IT professionals avoid these situations, and it's engaging. I got a quickie session, and it was very informative, and a hoot as well.

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