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Comment Re:"safe and could withstand an earthquake" (Score 1) 240

Millennium Partners, insists the building is safe for occupancy and could withstand an earthquake.

fine prints: "As long as the earthquake tilts it straight and doesn't make it tilt more in the northwest direction"

Also, building units will automatically convert to underground bunkers in the case of earthquake, making it even safer!

Comment Re:And yet (Score 4, Interesting) 412

Both candidates are corrupt scum.

Yeah, I think Douglas Adams had it right: "It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Comment Re:ELI5 (Score 1) 119

TL;DR? The basic idea behind a simulated annealing algorithm is that it searches for successively better solutions, but occasionally accepts a "worse" one, so as to reduce the possibility of getting stuck in a local minimum when there is a better minimum nearby (sort of like jumping out of a caldera at the top of a mountain, so that you can reach a a better minimum closer to ground level.) As time goes on, the probability of accepting a worse solution is reduced, according to an "annealing schedule" until finally only better solutions are accepted.

Not being an expert on either, this sounds a little like fuzzy logic. Am I completely off base?

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 412

I'd like to know what evidence there is to support this, rather than words on a page ranting about perception. Not that I don't agree caution, it's one thing to make big noise and proclaim persecution when none exists. Show the evidence and remove doubt about Microsoft's intention.

There's none, and in fact Microsoft plans on releasing games on Steam

Comment Re:Who pays? (Score 1) 134

I've never understood this part of it all, the credit card holder doesn't have to pay, the retailer often keeps the money, so it's a loss for the credit card company, but they never seem to concerned by the losses they take, or at least I never see anyone going into it on the internet or news.

We all pay through the interest rates on the cards.

Comment Re:pander to republicans?!?!?!?? (Score 1) 391

Except Obama is actually a pretty good president. Exhibit A: Visiting a nation to reflect on the deaths of the 150,000 people we killed there.

And Bush was a pretty fucking horrible one. Exhibit A: Invading Iraq under false pretenses.

Well, to be fair, Bush visited Japan as well, but his most memorable moment was throwing up on the Prime Minister

Comment Re:radiation compared to what? (Score 2, Informative) 144

Its even worse than that. They claim they can distinguish between background and Chernobyl radiation, but that is impossible to do with a radiation detector. What they erroneously assume is that background radiation is steady, and that all that changes while you walk around are due to Chernobyl. This demonstrates the ignorance of the author, because background radiation varies as you move around, and probably accounts for all of the measured radiation they show. Evidence of their ignorance is even further shown in the schoolhouse, where they assume there is no background radiation. Basically, they just arbitrarily decided what to call Chernobyl radiation. They have no clue.

Actually you can distinguish natural and man made isotopes with a gamma-ray spectrometer. There are various energy peaks associates with each radioelement that can be easily identified. For instance Cs-137 is what is usually measured to map areas of contamination from things like Chernobyl. You are right about the background radiation varying everywhere, and with no scale these 'charts' are useless.

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