Dark matter would not be dark if the coupling between whatever it is and electromagnetism were not extremely weak.
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Re: get ready for “what's your e-mail address?” from counter staff
Why not "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com"? Both were real addresses before the public (and spammers) learned about them.
European Arrest Warrant?
Does it meant that the hard Brexit will solve his British problems within less than 2 years?
A question about "experts"
If one needs a quote saying "Apple is doomed" or "iOS is doomed", she phones Rob Enderle. That's simple.
But whom one should ask for a good "Android is doomed" quote?
Fail ship has arrived
It is a long time since The Register had an article as misguided as this one.
It's a trap!
At least that is what Hari Pulapka's surname means in Polish.
Take home message
We'll always have LibreOffice.
Isn't it Jenna Coleman?
A colour photo, please
or it did not happen!
MS does not need leaky browser tabs
Isn't using Win10 enough to let Microsoft know your every byte and keyboard click?
Re: Better security questions needed
"Did you enjoy your time in the Hitler Youth?"
Doesn't this one come from one of the US visa forms?
Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password
Oh yes, banks. My bank (a local chapter of a big international financial institution) had a period when they called their clients with offers, starting the conversation with asking them for... the password.
The first time it happened I was very close to actually calling the police. I could not believe it wasn't a scam. Later they changed the policy to ask about my personal data (like month of birthday). My answer was still the same: "You are calling me so it is me who verifies you". At least they never tell get to give me the offer, which is a bonus.
I see no comments under this "death notice". Were they removed (together with the possibility to comment) or is it my Privacy Badger who saves me from Microsoft data slurp?
A simple solution
Unban the phones.
A real hacker
I talked once to a guy on a J1 visa. He was a foreign security expert. He said his job description on the visa was actually HACKER. Because someone disbelieved him, he brought the actual paperwork. Yes, he has been invited officially to the US to do a hacker job. And from what I know, he was getting paid quite well.
Re: Very funny
Agreed, but if the photograph is the famous one of people escaping a napalm raid I have good news.
The girl survived and had a relatively good life since recovering (at least comparing to most war victims). She was burned badly but luckily taken to hospital by the photographer which saved her life. She lives now in Canada
Mexico will pay for that
This is how the policy of "one cumulative upgrade to bind them all" ends in a real world.
Re: Shit VW !!
If it is a diesel VW, it may wrongly assume you are testing the emissions.
Time travel is THE future technology
We need more Tardises!
My thought exactly. Most probably a less known offshoot of the Silurians, old time enemies of the Doctor and generally us, the apes.
"Houston we have cleared the tower at 13:13"
Yes, they really did take of at the very minute.
Re: Launch it!
If you launch it and it does not show the expected effect, the proponents will say that it was made not according to the specs (2 mm too short and the alloy was slightly different). We will have demands to launch another one. And another. And another...
Let them find my call name!
Is there an independent forum where one can post reviews of products made by this great chip-in-the-shoulder company?
Britain actually became close to fighting the Soviet Union when it prepared troops to come to help to the Soviet invaded Finland in the winter of 1939/40.
It did not happen only because Norway and Sweden refused transit for the troops. A side effect of that was that Britain had some troops ready for Arctic warfare in 1940 which were sent to Narvik to fight the Germans after they invaded Norway.
I'll correct that for you:
In all our cases, they are all win 10, downgraded from Win 7.
Didn't the local El Reg legal expert predict a total victory by Apple?
CERN just remembers the history of physics
Where has Albert Einstein been employed while working on the relativity? Yes, the patent office.
So if the head of the office used the behavior "worthy of the 19th century" in 1905, he would most probably find Einstein not efficient enough and fire him ending all chances of ever building THC.
Brave New UK
So Britain is going to be not only Brexited but also Victorian?
Re: Faster than light
I have even better gedankenexperiment for you.
Imagine giant scissors hanging in the vacuum of space. They can be as large as you like, even greater than our Galaxy. They are as rigid as baryon matter lets us but it is no problem as they are powered by rocket engines ingeniously placed along them. We can program them to make the scissors cut as fast as we want. The only limit is that the points have to move slower than c.
It is easy to calculate that the Space Scissors can cut much faster than light without breaking relativity or causality. The engines have to be programmed before the cutting stats and the signals along the scissors cannot travel faster than light. But if you start with sufficient time to spare you will succeed in all the segments of the scissors moving in perfect unison.
So it is possible to create an effect moving faster than light without transferring any information with super-luminous velocities.
Re: Life somewhat imitating Art
You beat me to it. Yes, Ananke was the story which came out of my deep memory the moment I read the article.
Mars - tick; crash landing - tick; overloaded computer - tick; bad programming - tick.
The only difference was that the automatic ship Ananke was landing on Mars while we already had bases over there.
Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance
As long as I stick to Windows 7, they will not pry cmd.exe from my cold hands.
Especially as I use Cygwin, anyway.
I've discovered the worst Linux vulnerability
If you have physical access to the keyboard and the root password, you can do virtually anything!
The safest version of Windows
Funny thing but only one of the patch bulletins on the first page of this new "Guide" mentions Windows 7. It could mean this is the safest version of Windows (grudgingly) supported by Microsoft.
Some additional comments
The paper is right that a microwave leakage would give thrust several orders of magnitude smaller then the recorded one (about 3 uN/kW).
However Fig 19, showing the results of the vacuum test, does not prove that the thrust increases with increased power used. The error bars make it possible to draw a horizontal line across the graph. I wonder why the measurement values start at 40 W. I wonder what they would be for smaller inputs...
Re: It's a scam.
I would not call it a scam. Rather a poorly conducted and wrongly analyzed experiment. It s what happens when the researchers believe too much in the effect they are looking for. The Cold Fusion  is one example, The "Weber bar"  detecting gravitational waves is another. Both sets of experiments still have their believers but both are unreproducible and therefore cannot be treated as good science.
More bad physics (or bad writing)
I don't buy the part about it being "twice as powerful as the thrust produced by solar sails". I believe they mean twice the thrust for the same energy input. However, solar sails do not need electric power. Therefore they may have much more than twice the area of solar collectors with the same weight. And I'm not sure they've taken into account the effectiveness of changing solar radiation into electric power.
That's no moon… It's a space station!
Disney should think of a way to make the Moon look like the Death Star for the Rogue One movie premiere.
Re: DAMA and her mysterious WIMPs
Yes, that's not logical but human being are not completely logical as Mr. Spock will notice in a few centuries.
So you misread my comment. I was simply stating the fact that more researchers get interested in axion research the longer the search of WIMPSs brings no results (except for the controversial DAMA ones). According to Web of Sience, papers having "axions" AND "dark matter" in the title or abstract or key words were cited 1628 times in 2014 and 3248 in 2015 (a 100% increase in one year).
Which does not change the fact we are not even certain axions exist. I'm also still not convinced.
DAMA and her mysterious WIMPs
The arguments for axions as the dark matter gets stronger the longer no WIMPs are discovered. And not only the WIMP dark matter detectors but also LHC which was supposed to find supersymmetry particles (strongest WIMP candidates) by now. Discovering supersymmetry would be a great step forward and much more fun than axions but the nature likes to play tricks on us.
By the way it is not true that no WIMP detectors had any results. The Italian DAMA have been seeing an unexplained seasonal change of signal which may be a result od Earth changing its speed versus the galactic dark matter particles while circling the sun. The problem is no one is able to reproduce the result.
It's almost 2017 and people are still using Adobe Flash???
Microsoft has an answer looking for a question.
Re: Even scientists are gullible
The joke is the papers in hijacked journals do not show in Web of Science so they do not count. At least in the institution I work in.
BTW I already know what happened in the case of my friend. She let a graduate student (the first author) choose the journal and he found the wrong one. So, after all, the title of this piece is right. The kids are easy to scam.
Even scientists are gullible
Two of my colleagues have fallen for scam scientific journals passing for respectable ones of similar or even identical names.
One of them working now in a different institution have published two papers (each for something like $3000) in a scam journal and never noticed something was wrong. He was so proud of the papers I had no heart to tell him the truth during our brief meeting. Especially as my history of contacts with the person was not on the "friend" level.
I learned about another one yesterday. A colleague from my institution showed me her paper in a journal I knew had been hijacked and ask me why this paper is not visible in the Web of Science database one year after being published. I double checked (there was a small spelling difference in the journal name, the ISBN was identical but it was not the same journal) and send her an email explaining what happened. She has not replied yet and I'm feeling bad about letting her know. But someone should.
It is a shame such fake journals exist for years even if they are based in some rather shady corners of the world. But I'm still surprised that a scientist can be duped by (I guess) a simple email with a link to the false webpage.
Re: Wonder if they are any better at butchering stats?
Yes, the sentence is very confused. Is the 17% the fraction of all people tested while 34% is the fraction of people from one age group? I do not think so. So something is certainly wrong.
Re: Fedora has its ups and downs...
This is why I upgrade to a new Fedora version only after 6 months (roughly when the previous one stops being updated). All the major problems of the versions are history by that date.
Re: A wizard should know better...
True, but still IBM should know better.
A wizard should know better...
...as Gandalf used to day in similar situations.
That's no moon… It's a space station!
And we need to hire a nice looking British actress to steal its plans.
I'm not surpised
I'm not surprised with this new change seeing for years everything Yahoo! go to the gutter. I had a mail account with them. It most probably had been forwarding mail to my main email account elsewhere. But seeing the general level of Y! service, I stopped using it years ago and hopefully it's been long blocked (at least I do not get any spam from them).
I am however surprised that there are people who still use this crap.