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22 Oct 00:00

Higgs Boson

'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.' 'Nothing you should worry about.' 'The death isn't even very serious.'
21 Oct 09:00

When you are the guru of failovers

by sharhalakis

by astlock and sstave

08 Oct 00:00

Into the Sun

by xkcd

Into the Sun

When I was about 8 years old, shoveling snow on a freezing day in Colorado, I wished that I could be instantly transported to the surface of the Sun, just for a nanosecond, then instantly transported back. I figured this would be long enough to warm me up but not long enough to harm me. What would actually happen?

AJ, Kansas City

Believe it or not, this wouldn't even warm you.

The temperature of the surface of the Sun is about 5,800 K,[1]Or °C. When temperatures start having many digits in them, it doesn't really matter. give or take. If you stayed there for a while, you'd be cooked to a cinder, but a nanosecond is not very long—it's enough time for light to travel almost exactly a foot.[2]A light-nanosecond is 11.8 inches (0.29981 meters), which is annoyingly close to a foot. I think it would be nice to redefine the foot as exactly 1 light nanosecond. Because we don't have enough unit confusion in the world already.

This raises some obvious questions, like "Do we redefine the mile to keep it at 5,280 feet?" and "Do we redefine the inch?" and "Wait, why are we doing this?" But I figure other people can sort that out. I'm just the idea guy here.

I'm going to assume you're facing toward the Sun. In general, you should avoid looking directly at the Sun, but it's hard to avoid when it takes up a full 180 degrees of your view.

In that nanosecond, about a microjoule of energy would enter your eye.

A microjoule of light is not a lot. If you stare at a computer monitor with your eyes closed, then open them and shut them quickly, your eye will take in about as much light from the screen during your reverse blink[3]Is there a word for that? There should be a word for that. as it would during a nanosecond on the Sun's surface.

During the nanosecond on the Sun, photons from the Sun would flood into your eye and strike your retinal cells. Then, at the end of the nanosecond, you'd jump back home. At this point, the retinal cells wouldn't even have begun responding. Over the next few million nanoseconds (milliseconds) the retinal cells—having absorbed a bunch of light energy—would get into gear and start signaling your brain that something had happened.

You would spend one nanosecond on the Sun, but it would take 30,000,000 nanoseconds for your brain to notice. From your point of view, all you would see was a flash. The flash would seem to last much longer than your time on the Sun, only fading as your retinal cells quieted down.

The energy absorbed by your skin would be minor—about 10-5 joules per cm2 of exposed skin. For comparison, according to the IEEE P1584 standard (as quoted on, holding your finger in the blue flame of a butane lighter for one second delivers about 5 joules per cm2 to the skin, which is roughly the threshold for receiving a second-degree burn. The heat during your Sun visit would be five orders of magnitude weaker. Other than the dim flash in your eyes, you wouldn't even notice.

But what if you got the coordinates wrong?

The Sun's surface is relatively cool. It's hotter than, like, Phoenix,[citation needed] but compared to the interior, it's downright chilly. The surface is a few thousand degrees, but the interior is a few million degrees.[4]The corona, the thin gas high above the surface, is also several million degrees, and no one knows why. What if you spent a nanosecond there?

The Stefan-Boltzmann law lets us calculate how much heat you'd be exposed to while inside the Sun.[5]There's also direct pressure from the heavy particles, protons and stuff, bouncing around, but the radiation turns out to be the dominant component.

I'm going to hijack this note to ask another question: How does this transporter work, anyway?

When you teleport somewhere, presumably it does gets rid of the matter that was in the way, so you don't end up combining yourself with whatever was there. A simple solution is to have the teleporters swap matter between the two locations. Kirk gets teleported down to the planet, a Kirk-sized chunk of air gets teleported up to the Enterprise.

So what would happen if an AJ-shaped chunk of Sun-interior gets teleported to snowy Colorado, then we just left it there?

The protons inside the Sun bounce around at speeds of about 350 km/s (about half of the Sun's escape velocity at that depth, for weird and deep reasons.) Freed from their crushingly hot neighborhood, the whole collection of protons would burst outward, pouring light and heat energy into their surroundings. The energy released would be somewhere between a large bomb and a small nuclear weapon. It's not good. You would exceed the IEEE P1584B standard for second-degree burns after one femtosecond in the Sun.[6]Although it wouldn't be a second-degree burn until many picoseconds later, since the definition of a second-degree burn is one which damages some of the underlying layers of tissue—and in the first few femtoseconds, light wouldn't have time to reach the underlying tissue. A nanosecond—the time you're spending there—is 1,000,000 femtoseconds. This does not end well for you.

There's some good news: Deep in the Sun, the photons carrying energy around have very short wavelengths—they're mostly a mix of what we'd consider hard and soft X-rays.[7]<what_if_book_reference>I wonder if there are more soft or hard x-ray photons in the universe.</what_if_book_reference> This means they penetrate your body to various depths, heating your internal organs and also ionizing your DNA, causing irreversible damage before they even start burning you. Looking back, I notice that I started this paragraph with "there's some good news." I don't know why I did that.

In Greek legend, Icarus flew too close to the Sun, and the heat melted his wings and he fell to his death. But "melting" is a phase change which is a function of temperature, a measure of internal energy, which is the integral of incident power flux over time. His wings didn't melt because he flew too close to the Sun, they melted because he spent too much time there.

Visit briefly, in little hops, and you can go anywhere.

18 Oct 16:22

10 Interesting and Little-Known Facts about Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) [Infographic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Here are 10 interesting and little-known facts about Super Mario Bros 3 for the Nes as compiled by Redditor TestZero. If you’re reading this from the front page, I’ve included the 9 other facts after the “read more” link below.


[Source: TestZero]

17 Oct 09:00

Friday 3.55 pm

by sharhalakis

by vorDa

16 Oct 04:00

October 16, 2014

Renato Cerqueira

ahahahahaha o outro lado da história :D

Hey geeks! We're having a hell of a time getting an ASL translator for for BAHFest East. If you know a professional in the area, please put us in touch! You can mail us here. This would be a paying gig on Sunday. Thanks!
21 Sep 16:01

The Amazing Sipdre-Nma [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy



29 Sep 04:00

September 29, 2014

There are now exactly 22 general admission tickets for BAHFest East If you want to come, please buy soon!
29 Sep 00:00

iOS Keyboard

More actual results: 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You [are the best. The best thing ever]', 'Revenge is a dish best served [by a group of people in my room]', and 'They may take our lives, but they'll never take our [money].'
24 Sep 00:00


In the 60s, Marvin Minsky assigned a couple of undergrads to spend the summer programming a computer to use a camera to identify objects in a scene. He figured they'd have the problem solved by the end of the summer. Half a century later, we're still working on it.
08 Oct 09:00

Putting on the headphones and diving into a bugfix

by sharhalakis

by uaiHebert

19 Sep 09:00

Fixing bugs in our spaghetti code

by sharhalakis

by brovar

18 Sep 09:00

Completing the project within budget and deadline

by sharhalakis

by ReesReb

17 Sep 21:23

Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March

by Stephen Totilo
Renato Cerqueira


Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March

An anonymous e-mailer threatened to blow up a bomb at the Game Developers Choice Awards this past March unless the hosts rescinded an award recognizing feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, the organizers of the event have confirmed to Kotaku.


16 Sep 09:00

What happens when I am allowed to rewrite code from scratch

by sharhalakis

by @osnipassos

15 Sep 09:00

The deployment pipeline

by sharhalakis

by Julik and Aaron

12 Sep 16:58

What it is to be Human [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Sigh… life is such a simple thing when you’re a cat… or a dog! :)

[Source: Pie Comic by John McNamee]

07 Sep 16:00

A Very Simple Way to Test if Your Alkaline Batteries are Dead or Not

by Geeks are Sexy

Here’s an extremely simple test to verify if your alkaline batteries are still good: just drop them from a low height on a hard surface: The good batteries will stay down while the bad ones will bounce like a man on a pogo stick. Please note that this test will also work for AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volt alkaline batteries.

A non-rechargeable alkaline battery begins life using zinc powder mixed into a gel containing a potassium hydroxide electrolyte separated from a paste of manganese dioxide powder mixed with carbon powder using a porous membrane. To minimize hydrogen outgassing an extra measure of manganese dioxide is added. As the battery discharges manganese dioxide powder changes to manganese oxide causing the powdered granules to bond both chemically and physically. This packed-sand consistency reduces the antibounce effect exhibited by the gel mixture when the battery was fully charged.

[Lee Hite | Via Korben]

05 Sep 16:35

Just Three More Hours Until the End of the Week [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy


[Source: Happy Jar]

05 Sep 14:00

50 Cartridges: Forty Years of Gaming Hardware (From 1972 to 2011) [Infographic]

by Geeks are Sexy


50 game cartridges dating back from the past 40 years. Can you identify them all? :)

Illustration by Medford, OR-based Artist John Moore.

This is a tribute to the gaming cartridge (and close cousins).

There are 50 carts total all in order of when they hit the market,
from the Odyssey in 1972, to the Playstation Vita in 2011.

I wanted to display these cartridges as simply as possible, with colors seperating key details like seams and lables.











[John Moore | Via]

31 Aug 14:02

The Scariest Wallpaper Ever [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Interested in using these images as your wallpaper? They’re all available for download right here.

[Via Geek Universe | Imgur]

12 Sep 00:00


Old people used to write obnoxious thinkpieces about how people these days always wear watches and are slaves to the clock, but now they've switched to writing thinkpieces about how kids these days don't appreciate the benefits of an old-fashioned watch. My position is: The word 'thinkpiece' sounds like a word made up by someone who didn't know about the word 'brain'.
11 Sep 17:32

thanks, Grandma

thanks, Grandma

08 Sep 17:22

The other infinite loop that all coders fear

by CommitStrip

12 Sep 09:00

Work - some days

by sharhalakis

by uaiHebert

08 Sep 09:00

Presisjon: A precisão de um barista na cafeteira elétrica

by Mexido de Ideias

Presisjon: A precisão de um barista na cafeteira elétrica por Mexido de Ideias

Presisjon A precisao de um barista na cafeteira eletrica   Presisjon: A precisão de um barista na cafeteira elétricaUm verdadeiro coffee lover adora saber os detalhes da preparação da sua bebida favorita – como as características da água, do pó e da própria extração. E nem sempre conseguimos tudo isso usando uma simples cafeteira elétrica, não é mesmo? Por isso achamos superinteressante a invenção da Presisjon, da fabricante norueguesa Svart, criada em parceria com o famoso barista Tim Wendelboe.

A quantidade e a temperatura da água podem ser facilmente controladas, já que o reservatório possui escalas para que o usuário faça a melhor relação entre o volume do líquido e o pó – sem comprometer o sabor da bebida. Já a temperatura, segundo o fabricante, é a mesma do primeiro ao último pingo de café – a exatos 85ºC.

O filtro chama a atenção de modo especial. Isso porque ele possui um regulador que garante a quantidade exata da bebida que a máquina vai liberar. Assim, é possível ter autonomia sobre a extração em diferentes doses, que vão de mais de 1 litro a apenas 250 ml.

Outro diferencial é que você não precisa utilizar obrigatoriamente o filtro do fabricante. Você pode, por exemplo, substituí-lo por uma Chemex e utilizar o distribuidor de água da Presisjon, Hario ou outros.

O método já nos conquistou. Torcemos para que chegue logo ao Brasil. Enquanto isso, só nos resta assistir ao vídeo e apreciar de longe o produto:

Por: Lucas Tavares

Presisjon: A precisão de um barista na cafeteira elétrica por Mexido de Ideias

03 Sep 09:00

PM asking for new features after QA starts

by sharhalakis

by pauldegnan

24 Aug 13:07

80's Sysadmin Warning Posters Look Like Dystopian Parodies

by John Struan on Screenburn, shared by Luke Plunkett to Kotaku

80's Sysadmin Warning Posters Look Like Dystopian Parodies

Evandena posted this gallery of computer security warning posters from the 80's:


20 Aug 11:15

Mentirinhas #687

by Fábio Coala
Renato Cerqueira

Eu sinceramente não sei porque, mas eu ri demais com isso ahahahah

mentirinhas_677bDeve ser uma comigo-ninguém-pode.


O post Mentirinhas #687 apareceu primeiro em Mentirinhas.

12 Aug 00:03

Incredible Crisis

Renato Cerqueira

Crisis Wine, adorei ahahahah Vou levar pra vida xD

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I will be at DCAF in Dartmouth, NS this weekend!