* Posts by intrigid

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: 3hrs in IMAX?

You're the one who doesn't seem to be getting it. When a major motion picture is released "in IMAX", it means they're being played in traditional theatres branded by IMAX. It does not mean that it will be shown in purpose-built IMAX theatres on actual IMAX 1570 film.

So yeah, OF COURSE there's no sign of Interstellar being shown at your local science center. Nobody ever said it would be!

By the way, does the UK actually HAVE a legit 1570 theatre?

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Soooo....

In other words, this movie will NOT be like Gravity?

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Re: 3hrs in IMAX?

The movie isn't being shown in IMAX format, silly. It's being shown in IMAX-branded theatres, which are the same as regular theatres but with the seats a little closer to the screen.

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

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You might as well try to regulate BitTorrent, or cash-in-hand transactions.

Like any technological asset, Bitcoin will succeed or fail of its own accord, and there's nothing any government can (or should try to) do about it.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Ansel Adams, gear from 75 years ago, location, location, location.

So true. I gave up on scenic photography because I live in a region that's about as scenic as the inside of a brown paper bag. I still enjoy wedding photography, despite the fact that pretty much all weddings are painfully cheesy and ridiculous.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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"no memory card slot"

Stopped reading at that point.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Why do the play-by-play announces ALWAYS downplay these?

"There has been an anomaly. We will investigate this technical difficulty and get back to you..."

The goddamned rocket just blew up right in front of your face! Why don't they just say so? Are they afraid to look like fools because the rocket might to rise out of the fireball and make it to space after all?

Just ONCE I would like to hear the announcer say what's actually going on (in the calm pilot's voice of course)...

"Aaaaand there's been an explosion. ..... This is a .... catastrophic failure. ....... The rocket has crashed into the ground...... My, how unfortunate...... This is obviously an. ..... aborted mission."

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Re: Blasphemy

I know, right? How can you even equate scotch and bourbon? It's like injecting a baseball pun into a story about soccer.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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"I think, as a whole, the entire LED segment of electronics is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."

WTF? How does this make any sense? Would that same logic apply to computers and electronics in general? "[the computer industry] is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."

Sounds ridiculous when you think about it like that, no?

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Outer space will make humanity its bitch. Seems like it will take humans a few more decades to figure this out.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Arrogance of humans

This obsession we have with trying to escape our blue ball is practically a mental illness. If we really do try to inhabit Mars, or any other part of outer space, we will very quickly be bitchslapped into submission.

The rest of the universe is NOT a sustainable place for homo sapiens to live, and it never will be.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

Indeed. The way people worship government is absolutely no different than how people worship God or Allah. We thank government for the food on our plates, and we pray that government will both protect us and smite our enemies. We consider ourselves "moral" for being law-abiding citizens is if the law was our holy book. And in both cases (worshipping god, worshipping government), the same mental illness is at play. At this point I don't think Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world. The state now holds the #1 spot.

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Reason for downvote

"or offering any evidence that Police are going to start conducting Random Spot Checks"

No evidence needed for a downvote. It's not the legitimate role of police to profile non-criminals to ensure they stay on their best behavior. Unless a person has been convicted of a crime and is under parole conditions, the police have NO valid reason to knock on his door to perform an inspection. All other talk of "evidence the police will violate additional rights" is unnecessary and irrelevant.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Re: New Noun

So now we're all doing Grammar Overanalyzing? I didn't know that was a thing.

*Ba dum tsh* ... *crickets*

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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What a fuckbag

Fuck a fuckload of fucks you fucking fuck fuck!

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: What Freaks Me Out...

Governments aren't gods. Nobody will be brute-forcing AES-256. Someone figured out the theoretical minimum amount of *energy* required to *iterate* through a 256-bit sequence on a 100% energy-efficient computer, and all the energy stored in the sun wouldn't even come close.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: rant-like journalism

People with ADD have a much greater ability to identify and avoid pitfalls and come up with creative solutions to problems. You speak of ADD as if it were a genetic defect that has no evolutionary advantage. If that were true, it would have been cleansed from the gene pool long ago.

The world has enough worker bee drones.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: who?

He's the host of a major prime-time hour-long science show in the US.

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I'll tell you one thing

While science may be more important than the next big app, there's one major thing that the next big app trumps in terms of usefulness, and that would be space exploration.

Few things drive me as bonkers as reading about scientists getting excited over discovering water droplets in an otherwise uninhabitable planet 2,000 light years away. These people are being allowed to use billions of dollars worth of scarce resources on their fruitless pipe dreams about space utopia that were brainwashed into them by Gene Roddenberry.

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

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The entire story makes no sense and just isn't believable. I have a feeling the real story is in what *isn't* being told.

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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I thought that IPv6 networks were completely isolated from the IPv4 internet, and that switching to IPv6 would basically require building a brand new internet from scratch (except for physical cables obviously, so OSI layers 2 thru 7). Can someone set me straight here?

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Re: Other fun tasks!

"it's just that one group ("government") has the largest collection of paid enforcers and can thus exert influence over the general population under threat of violence. Note how another group ("criminals") refuses to subject themselves to the rules laid out by the first group and wilfully ignores them, even knowing the consequences will be violent.

Or had you never thought of it that way?"

I actually hadn't. Veddddddy intedesdink.

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Exactly. People wrongly assume that the big holders in a given market can manipulate the market to their advantage by violently selling and buying. While they certainly have the ability to do this in a way that creates violent turmoil in the market, it would in no way be to their advantage.

That's because violently selling your holdings will oversaturate the market and cause you to get a very low price. On the way up, violently buying into the market will result in a shortage and force you to pay a very high price.

So while market juggernauts can certainly manipulate the market, they certainly don't. The only time you see such market manipulation is when the actor has political motivations, not financial motivations.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Streaming

"Anyway if quality is your key why CDs and not SACD or Bluray Audio?"

I had to downvote you for this part alone. CD audio specs already surpass the limits of human hearing. MP3-type compression falls short of the limits of human hearing. It's pretty simple.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Digital Clone - billat29

Umm, no, CDs are not 1/3 payload and 2/3 redundancy. It's about a 10 to 1 ratio 1.411mbps of actual data inside a 1.536mbps error-corrected stream.

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Re: This is a 'how hot is hot' question

My entire music collection is stored in FLAC, mostly ripped from CDs. I carry it with me in multiple microSD cards.

Why the hell not? Storage is dirt cheap, especially considering that people paid $200 for a decent CD-walkman and wallet 15 years ago.

Can I tell the difference between a 1000kbps FLAC and a 192kbps MP3 in a blind test? Most likely not. All I know is that in 2014 I'm bloody sick of hearing compression artifacts in dance clubs, on the radio, in other people's cars, and I enjoy the peace of mind knowing that I have a bastion of unbastardized harmonics available to me in my pocket whenever I want.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Actually, yes. Constitutional rights have been eroded, and exceptions have been made and upheld by the supreme court.

1st amendment - Holocaust denying can be punished by law.

2nd amendment - Owning unregistered firearms or automatic weapons is a felony in many places.

4th amendment - Police stop-and-search checkstops have been deemed "technically unconstitutional but we'll let it slide" by the supreme court.

5th amendment - People have been charged with obstruction of justify for refusing to decrypt their own devices.

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What a fuckbag

Put people above the law? What about the 4th and 5th amendments? Do they put people above the law as well? Oh wait, no, they don't, because the FBI can break constitutional rights, but not SHA-256.

Eat a sack of fucks you fucking fuck fuck.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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"Or it might be that having lower intelligence and self-esteem is what caused them to get fat in the first place."

Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

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That's some pretty awful trolling. If anyone was fooled by that, then I weep for their soul.

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Glad to see that US student loan money is being spent in an intelligent and rational manner.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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Re: @Erik Is this actually warranted?

"This isn't a good thing for IBM. It says long term, IBM is toast because they can't attract the necessary talent and they don't invest in their people."

Sorry, please explain to me how them investing in their people is them not investing in their people.

Please feel free to scrutinize my math, but as I see it, having to work 20% fewer hours for 10% less pay amounts to an hourly pay raise. And on top of that, receiving free training is another very tangible benefit.

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I'm an IBM employee, and I don't find this unreasonable at all. One of the most frustrating things about IT is that we're expected to "stay current" with new skills and training, but with very little guidance on what to learn and where to learn it.

1 day per week for 6 months adds up to about 200 hours of training. Assuming a salary of $80k, that's about $4k that an employee pays for training minus income taxes, so let's say $3k.

$3k for 200 hours of real world, useful, hand-on training is a pretty good deal. But to say that it costs the employee $3k is quite disingenuous. That's because an employee is being trained on company time. So here's another way of looking at it: Instead of an employee taking time off work and paying for outside training, and assuming he was earning $40 an hour, he is actually *being paid* $25 an hour for 200 hours of training.

In my mind that's a $5000 bonus, and now I'm a little jealous.

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Three photons can switch an optical beam at 500 GHz

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Re: But...

Auto failover to backup token ring, obviously.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: Giant Sugarlumps!

The flaw in your visualization is that you're compacting all the suns together, which does not represent the density of stars in Laniakea.

Spread out the 100 quadrillion 1x1mm sugar grain stars so that they're each 3,000 kilometers apart, and there you go! A perfect super-shrunk visualization of a supercluster!

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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And this is a perfect example of what's wrong with non-profit organizations.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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Snowden is a refugee. Saying that he should man up and face justice is no different than saying that a raped woman from Saudi should return home and face her honor killing.

And on top of being a refugee, he's an international hero.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Looks like we need a distributed, P2P cryptomail solution. We can protect our virtual currencies from prying eyes and unauthorized access. Funny that we still can't do the same with our day to day communication.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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Absolutely no truth? Does that mean the boss and employee didn't live together? That seems pretty easy to verify, one way or the other. If they lived together then that's strange in itself.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: "If you want to listen to great-sounding music"

For any reasonably sane person, live music necessitates earplugs, which pretty much immediately destroys any possibility of sound quality.

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Re: hi-res audio bullshit

Agreed - these 24-bit/192khz systems are targeted at the same people who buy 500 megapixel cameras and 30 speed bicycles.

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Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

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Re: Deflation is great

But but but but if prices fall then nobody will buy anything and the economy will collapse!

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Wait, 70 pounds for 30 minutes is a "better value" than 3 pounds for 5 minutes? Any video game, anywhere, would actually try to charge as much for an hour of play as an all-out meal at a high-end restaurant?

You've GOT to be making this up.

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

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Re: No sympathy.

More disturbing in this story is the fact that the supreme court ruled in favor of the defendant while allowing the conviction of the defendant to stand.

If this were a case of an axe murderer, where the police barged into his home without a warrant and happened to find the axe, the case would have been thrown out.

The only reason the conviction stands in this case is because it was about child porn. It's a radioactive issue, and the justices simply caved to fears of a backlash against the court. They even implied as much in their statements.

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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"That patent very obviously states that a camera is part of their system, which the Wii most certainly doesn't use."

I can assure you that the pointing functionality most definitely involves a digital camera embedded in the Wii remote.

Or are you saying the Wii console (the physical white box) doesn't contain a camera?

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Trying to prevent Wii U sales?

Isn't that a little bit like trying to cockblock a Star Wars fan?

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: One more off the list...

In my experience, those struggling with their weight tend to be following the "eat less, move more" approach.

For those following the "low carb, high fat" approach, I don't think I've ever met a single follower who had a weight problem.

And there's the (in)convenient aspect that it's not just anecdotes backing this up; the science does too.

I guess the moral of the story is that when it comes to peer-reviewed science, the populist finding beats the scientific finding the majority of the time.

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Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

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Re: Dumbasses

How would the donation be misplaced? Admittedly, I didn't read the whole story, but my assumption was that the donations were for all the aggravation he went through unnecessarily.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: Pretty easy

I did a quick CTRL-F before posting to see if anyone made a homeopathy reference. Damn you.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

First of all, 1 in 35 elementary school kids view porn in a given month? I call bullcrap. 1 in 5 is a much more believable number.

And I don't care if 9 out of 10 kindergarteners are getting the good stuff. It doesn't justify a shred of legislation.

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