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Comment Miles... (Score 4, Insightful) 92

Jupiter's Moon Europa May Have Water Plumes That Rise Up About 125 Miles

Ugh. I know the country that made the telescope that saw the plumes still insists on using miles, but can't we at least agree to outlaw imperial measurements for anything to do with space?

Especially spacecraft design and fuelling...

Comment Re:An utterly pointless filter. (Score 1) 315

Max von Sydow was Scott's original choice to play Weyland, but the casting of Pearce made it possible for him to portray Weyland as both an elderly character, and a younger man who appeared in an earlier script draft.

Right there on the page you linked to.

Personally I think Guy Pearce is a terrible actor. Even Max Von Sydow couldn't have saved Prometheus, though.

Comment Re:Difference between drones and RC planes/chopper (Score 1) 305

The sole purpose of flying a drone is to take videos or photos

No it isn't. I rarely use the non-transmitting crappy camera on my drone. I fly it because it's fun to fly.

Take the go pro off the drones and see how many would still fly it for the pleasure of flight. None.

No, some.

Of course the ones who've bought drones with good cameras are more likely to have bought them specifically to get video. But it won't be exclusive, and there are plenty of people with drones with no camera at all.

Comment Re: Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 3, Insightful) 173

None of those things should ever be an issue in the first place. Are there good reasons to keep an eye on the use of tabs and spaces? Yes, sometimes. Should they ever stop your code compiling or have any effect on how it compiles? Hell no - just as using all caps for variable names, if you choose to do so, shouldn't.

If you get stuck up on indents being a problem, I'll respectfully submit that it's not the language's fault...

By that logic, doesn't any crazy and pointless thing a language might require get a free pass? What if I fork Go and my new language requires each line to be numbered? If you get stuck up on that, it's not the language's fault...

Comment Re:Explaining FTL non-information travel (Score 1) 189

Sorry, ignore my other post. I could some confused idea about what you were replying to.

The fact that causality may appear to be broken from some other reference frame is all very interesting, but ultimately irrelevant.

It's not that it may appear to be broken, it's that it would be broken.

If something could travel faster than light in one reference frame, then it would, literally, be travelling backwards in time in some other reference frame. It's an inescapable and proven consequence of how spacetime is divided into space and time differently by different observers.

Comment Re:Explaining FTL non-information travel (Score 1) 189

Which means nothing, since causality can only be determined in the reference frame where the action (i.e. the acceleration) is occurring.

Yes, exactly. That was the whole point of bringing this up in the first place, as per the top-level post:

My favorite way to explain the difference between something "happening" FTL and useful information not being able to travel FTL is this:

Comment Re:Explaining FTL non-information travel (Score 1) 189

You've missed the point.

then move to the next position.

It (the spot) will "move" from the initial position to that "next position" faster than a light-speed signal could do so over the surface of the Moon.

Forget the delay. Just imagine that someone else is sweeping the laser pointer and you're just watching the result, so any delay from the Earth to the Moon is of no interest to you - in fact, maybe you don't even know it's someone on Earth doing it. What you would see is a spot "moving" across the surface of the Moon apparently faster than the speed of light.

Comment Re:Fuck off with the clickbait/America != The Worl (Score 1) 219

You do realize this is a US based news site, right?

Is it? I hadn't seen a flag on it. It doesn't give much, if any, indication of where it is based or who it is aimed at. According to Alexa only 45.3% of its readers are US based.

Your complaint would be like me going on the register and bitching about UK centric news headlines, in which the primarily UK readership there would appropriately tell me to sod off....

It's not about UK or US centric, it's about not being clear when dishing out statistics.

Can you find a headline/story at the Register which similarly gives a statistic in this way? If anything, they go out of their way to be clear when they are talking about "UK jobs" or "British universities" rather than just assuming everyone will know that's what they meant.

Still, I suppose Slashdot can't really write the headline in the proper shitty clickbait style ("You/your") if they're expected to be clear who it applies to, because they want everyone to think it applies to them.

Comment Fuck off with the clickbait/America != The World (Score 1) 219

You're Paying 40% More For TV Than You Were 5 Years Ago

Jesus Christ. You know, some of us are capable of being interested in a headline even if it doesn't try to directly address us.

It's so fucking condescending.

According to data from Leichtman Research's annual study, pay TV subscriptions keep going up and up. So much so that in the last five years, they have gone up by 40 percent. the USA, I assume this means. There are other countries, Slashdot. And even if that wasn't the case, your average Slashdotter is probably more likely to have "cut the cord" than most people. Know your readers.

Look at the original headline: "Americans are paying 40% more for TV than they were 5 years ago." Informative and to the point without treating the reader like a five-year-old.

My "subscription" hasn't gone up my nearly that much.

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