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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

AGMW Re:SloMo required! (60 comments)

Please someone upload an ultra slow motion video of the process!!!

That was the slow motion video!

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

AGMW Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

Obviously carefully stepping over the fact that the previous labour government (Callaghan was it?) shut more mines than Thatcher because, and here's the kicker, they were uneconomic! It cost more to dig up the coal than the coal was worth, and we could get coal cheaper from elsewhere, including the damn shipping costs! ... no really!

Had Scargill not tried to bring down the elected government by flexing the miner's muscle maybe the scenes of violence could have been avoided, but I'll grant you that anywhere the Met (London Police) got brought in it turned nasty, but that's more a reflection of the Met than Thatcher - the Met are _still_ a little too handy with their fists (see Ian Tomlinson)

about a month ago

Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

AGMW Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Ha ... my own fault for not refreshing the page before posting ... but if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can ... oh forget it!

about a month ago

Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

AGMW Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Apparently, only women, but I think we long ago realised that wasn't a problem!

about a month ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

AGMW Re:I have no clue what's going on here (431 comments)

Why bother? I _guess_ because we have a set of rules about what kids have to be taught and part of that involves examination. So it's OK for the kids to take an exam and potentially do badly (if there are questions set on topics they've wilfully been mislead on!), but it's not OK to just not teach the subject.

If there was some way to weed out 'bad teachers' you could hope that the Biology teachers at such a school would continually be identified by Ofsted (UK schools watchdog) and warned, offered re-training, etc, then sacked, but sadly that's unlikely because the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike - even if Ofsted had such powers, and I don't think they do because if they did the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike!

about a month ago

The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

AGMW Re:However.. (247 comments)

Dude ... SPOILERS!

about 1 month ago

The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

AGMW Re:Oh FFS NASA! (247 comments)

Who the fuck measures delta-v in foot/seconds?

I dunno, but I'm guessing people who know about orbital mechanics.

about 1 month ago

Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

AGMW Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Not sure the UK would have extradited him to the US, and if they agreed to do so it would have been _years_ of court battles before it happened (see Gary McKinnon, amongst others), and yet Sweden can, and do, just hand people over to the US, so from the US's point of view, they'd likely get their hands on Assange far quicker if he could be convinced to pop back to Sweden - at least that seems to be the argument put forward by Assange. FWIW, and having read around the subject quite a bit, I tend to agree with him - Assange would be a fool to voluntarily go back to Sweden at this time.

Turns out that, as he's in the Ecuadorian embassy, he's already escaped the UK ...

Swedish police have visited other countries to 'interview' suspects in the past - including murderers - and presumably will do so in the future, so it does seem a little odd that they're so reluctant to pop over to the UK to interview a suspected 'rapist' who has offered to assist countless times.

The whole issuing of the European Arrest Warrant in the first place is decidedly odd too ... and brings into question the general use of such warrants.

about 2 months ago

Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

AGMW Re:This is missing critical information (268 comments)

Also, are the non-drought-ravaged areas of the US being similarly "heavily targeted" for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing too, in which case if EVERYWHERE is being heavily targeted then, really, the drought areas aren't really being targeted at all now, are they. It's not like the Frackers are like "Hey, they're really dry over there, let's go todally frack them up dude"!

about 2 months ago

Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

AGMW Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

Of course, when the highest authority is complicit there is no one within the system to report to, and the only alternative is to blow the whistle loud and clear where EVERYONE can hear because it is pretty clear that anything else will simply be swept under the carpet.
Remember, Manning released _proof_ that the US armed forces were guilty of gunning down a Reuters reporter, then was further complicit in denying it happened and covering up, let alone not offering help to those wounded during the strike.

about 3 months ago

AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

AGMW Just maybe ... (1034 comments)

It's just possible that the glass was providing viewing notes for the film, to allow him to better understand the subtle nuances, to immerse himself in the cleverly constructed character back-stories ... [what? 'Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit'? ... oh]

about 3 months ago

Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

AGMW Re:Has this been done before? (323 comments)

... Surely the good guys deserve some press here as well, Slashdot?

The good guys? You mean the people who created the situation that encourages this behaviour in the first place? The good guys are the legislators in the states who have, at last, started down the road to end prohibition and cut the fiscal ties to the drug cartels and smugglers. Kudos to you all, for the war on drugs in an unwinnable war, and if they don't know it they are truly delusional! Historians tell us we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors, and just as alcohol prohibition funded the Mafia, so the "War On Drugs" funds the drug cartels.

The logical, hell, the ONLY, solution is to legalise ALL drugs. The reduced cost of policing plus the tax take on the companies that manufacture, process, and sell the resulting narcotics would fill the coffers and throw in the reduced cost of incarcerating the unlucky folks just wanting a little high and the reduced cost 'to society' of drugs cut with draino and the like ... it's a win-win, apart from those craving the power derived from the War On Drugs, and surely those are exactly the sorts of people who shouldn't be given the power!

Legalise It And Tax It!

about 3 months ago

UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn

AGMW Re:What will Cameron do then? (227 comments)

The default is already "Filtering ON", even though the Gov tried to insist that the ISP's call it something like "your choice" to hide the fact! Railroaded in by referring to it as some anti-child porn crusade, it also includes filters to block (extreme) political websites too.

Who determines what political sites are extreme?

about 4 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

AGMW Re: three responses (562 comments)

Of course in the US asking ANY question when you've been told to do something by an officer is "Resisting Arrest" and can get you in a LOT of trouble! So if you think it may be an official stop (for whatever) reason you just do what you're told for risk of getting into serious trouble!

about 4 months ago

Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

AGMW Re:Jail time (291 comments)

Who was the US politician who openly called for Assange to be assassinated? They've not collected him from Washington and shipped him to Guantanamo yet I see!

about 5 months ago

US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

AGMW Re:Environmentalists... (416 comments)

... real scientific evidence suggests groundwater contamination isn't uncommon ...

Please provide a link to this evidence. Fracking has been industry standard practice for 50 years or so - it is NOT a new invention - and there are no recorded instances that I am aware of where contamination has been proven.

There was a case where contamination was found, but tests that would have shown fracking to have been the cause (the gas that is released has a 'signature' and so can be traced to a specific well) was not done for some reason (possibly because the well drilled to run the tests could have been the problem!).

about 6 months ago

Google May Face Fine Under EU Privacy Laws

AGMW Re:Go, France! (88 comments)

When a user in country A goes to a server in country B, the laws of country B are what matter. Just like when you travel to a country on vacation, it's THAT countries laws which apply, not the laws of the country you're coming from.

America can't have it both ways. They made online gambling illegal and then go after the companies offering online gambling from elsewhere. Dudes, it's not the online gambling that's the problem, it's your citizens being bad by ignoring your retarded online gambling laws!

... and now the French are giving you some of your own medicine. Reap what you have sown!

about 7 months ago

Scientists Create New "Lightsaber-Like" Form of Matter

AGMW Re:massless photons vs black hole (175 comments)

Gravity bends the fabric of space-time itself, which the photons are travelling through.

Yeah, I get that, but I thought that the gravitational attraction was between the relative masses of the two objects. Presumably, therefore, any massless doodah wandering by would be unaffected by the masses of thingamejigs it might pass.
That being so ...

A mass-less photon (at speed) whizzing past a superhumongous 'body' would be unaffected by it, gravitationally, regardless of how massive the body was, if it had no mass. Ergo - a photon at speed has mass.

Where does that mass come from. If it comes from momentum, then it must have mass at rest (mass * velocity).

about 7 months ago

Scientists Create New "Lightsaber-Like" Form of Matter

AGMW Re:massless photons vs black hole (175 comments)

>Photons have no _rest mass_ or they couldn't go the speed of light.

So, we keep measuring the speed of light more and more precision, and what if our precision with that measurement simply isn't up to the job, and light actually travels at ever so slightly less than the (theoretical) speed of light.
Photons at rest could then have a Really (really really ...) small mass ...

ebyrob> I think momentum is an important term to remember here. Photons may not have rest mass, but they do have momentum. (in classical physics: p = m * v)

Hang on ... isn't momentum mass times velocity?
Momentum? why you keep using that word?

about 7 months ago

BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

AGMW Re:This has been a long time coming (171 comments)

Oh I do hope they don't try and Top Gearise it, like they did with Gardener's World a year or so back. With GW they reverted to the old format (and quite possibly killed Toby Buckland's TV Gardener career!).

Hey BBC, do us all a service and just leave it alone!

about 7 months ago


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