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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Algorithmnast Re:But its ok for Google? (299 comments)

They already do fly-overs in helicopters without the need for a search warrent.

IANAL - but it seems that if the US Supreme Court has declared that there's no problem with photographing you through your non-shuttered window, then you've no right to expect privacy in your non-opaque-domed swimming pool<humor>, You Perve</humor>.

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Algorithmnast Re:But its ok for Google? (299 comments)

It appears to me (who is ignorant of you) that you're getting hung up on my use of a single word.

Fine, replace "annoyed" with whatever word you think appropriate, and let's get on with meaningful discussion.

Really, just 'cause we're on Slashdot doesn't have to remove that as a possibility, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Algorithmnast Re:But its ok for Google? (299 comments)

I equate governmental anger to the government causing a body count.

And it's an EMP that's local, then it's unlikely to frighten the government...

So yeah, annoyance.

While parts of the government may get violently angry about such a thing, the gov as a whole probably wouldn't be violently angry. If I get bitten by a mosquito, then the cells in the affected area are normally inflamed, but I as a person only want to squash the one mosquito.

And there's no real (long-lasting, or wide-spread) anger over it.

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Algorithmnast Re:Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (299 comments)

Hm... then the FAA gets involved and requires FAA licensure of anything that's not tethered and has directional control or flight stability.

IOW - balloons can still be released upwards, but no privately-owned drones - only government and corporate.

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Algorithmnast Re:But its ok for Google? (299 comments)

Hopefully the parent will get modded up for humor. But if taken seriously, it's still a good segue into useful discussion.

It'd be pretty easy to land in jail for that, as well. The "fried tech" would establish a radius, and therefore a center. And while you can try to do a covert op and put it in a box that's remote-controlled (blah, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc), it's amazing how good government forensics can get when you've actually annoyed the government.

It would seem to be one way to get labeled with the terrier-ist word...

Plus - have you considered what such a stunt would do for our individual "rights"? The Supreme Court has already declared that when you're in public spaces (including outside a building) you have no expectation of not being recorded both visually and audibly.

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

Algorithmnast Intel and AMD both hope P!=NP (700 comments)

If P==NP, then any company that wants to pump 10 mil into a fab building will be able to compete with their chip layout strategies.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony, Universal Hope To Beat Piracy With 'Instant Pop'

Algorithmnast Re:Why was it ever relevant? (369 comments)

It fostered a psychological dependency and triggered a Pavlovian response which fed into addictive behaviors - making "sheeple" for the harvesting.

Remember - these are Average People the label were manipulating.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony, Universal Hope To Beat Piracy With 'Instant Pop'

Algorithmnast Maximizing Impulse Buys (369 comments)

This has to do with how to get maximum money from impulse purchasers. While I may buy singles, I don't buy anything without considering if I'll want it in a few weeks.

So I don't buy games I'm not willing to keep. I don't buy songs I'm not going to listen to for years, and I don't buy a car every 2.1 years (which is, according to a recent car salesman I bumped into, the national average). [We are averaging a new car every 7 years.]

But then, I <humor>am old and </humor>spend money more carefully than I used to.

more than 3 years ago
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The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics

Algorithmnast Philosophy... (630 comments)

While the greek word philosophia literally means "friend of wisdom", the common-day philosopher tends to stare at their naval and wonder if they even exist more than they use anything which might resemble wisdom.

Meanwhile, the engineer is creating ways to save lives, feed millions, and travel to Mars.

I - personally - find it frustrating that we listen to the naval-staring philosopher, and forget what wisdom is in the same moment.

more than 3 years ago
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Mars Journal Issue Inspires Hundreds of One-Way Trip Volunteers

Algorithmnast Re:offer it to people in prison there are some sma (475 comments)

They stay away from Earth, nervous that all humans like to plumb the depths of their physiology?

Oh wait, haven't the aliens been doing that to us for years?

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Mars Journal Issue Inspires Hundreds of One-Way Trip Volunteers

Algorithmnast Can I send... (475 comments)

... my boss?

more than 3 years ago
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FreeBSD Running On PS3

Algorithmnast Re:Firmware 3.21 (127 comments)

Netbooting?

While TFA may state that the guest OS must be net-booted, TFA says to use Petitboot as the bootloader.

But Petitboot's installations directions don't mention require loading an image from the network, but do state that Petitboot can only load images that are directly connected to the PS3.

The Petitboot page also mentions other things about the PS3, so it's not as if you have to boot-strap from petiteboot into TFA's OS...

IOW - it seems that TFA is stressing "you have to" when it should merely claim "here's how to use netbooting". There's a world of difference there.

more than 3 years ago
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FreeBSD Running On PS3

Algorithmnast Cool - no hardware hack required (127 comments)

I was worried at first that I'd have to burn a chip or something equally prone to destroying an expensive toy... but after I actually researched it... here, I find that you don't have to mod the PS3 at all - you just have to create a disk that looks like a game disk to the PS3.

And if you want to go back to PS3 behavior, you just reset the PS3 box.

Now that is a cool hack.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Revenues Leaked

Algorithmnast Re:Is Facebook a viable long term business model ? (295 comments)

How can it monetize the existing user base more, without alienating them? Possibly by "replacing" the internet.

Annnnd we're back to an AOL-style universe.

more than 3 years ago
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Journal Article On Precognition Sparks Outrage

Algorithmnast Re:Why Is It Wrong to Call This ESP? (319 comments)

Our universe seems to be a Minkowski space [oppose: Euclidean space]:

In physics and mathematics, Minkowski space or Minkowski spacetime (named after the mathematician Hermann Minkowski) is the mathematical setting in which Einstein's theory of special relativity is most conveniently formulated. In this setting the three ordinary dimensions of space are combined with a single dimension of time to form a four-dimensional manifold for representing a spacetime.

In theoretical physics, Minkowski space is often contrasted with Euclidean space. While a Euclidean space has only spacelike dimensions, a Minkowski space also has one timelike dimension. Therefore the symmetry group of a Euclidean space is the Euclidean group and for a Minkowski space it is the Poincaré group.

From the same Wikipedia page, we see that the signature is (,+,+,+)

In the same way that the mathematics of gravity requires a particular Universal Constant, the mathematics of Minkowski space requires that the relativistic distance formula for 4-space be: sqrt( x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - t^2) [where 't' is time's axis]

As you see, the sign for time is opposite for the sign for the "3 normal dimensions".

So where am I going with this?

Philosophically, note that human perception of the "3 normal dimensions" is "outward", yet of the "time dimension" is "inward".

So it's perfectly normal that we'd not remember into the "forward" direction of time.

more than 3 years ago
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Star Wars coming to Blu-ray in September

Algorithmnast Too expensive... (1 comments)

To make up for Jar-Jar Binks and midichlorians.... I think they better put in a lot of extras and lower the price.

more than 3 years ago
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I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

Algorithmnast Newspaper... Facts (315 comments)

Jefferson also said: The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

more than 3 years ago
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I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

Algorithmnast Good Newspaper? (315 comments)

Thomas Jefferson said: Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

There have been newspapers claimed they were trying to only report "the facts", and reporters which claimed that they were trying to only "report" the news without bias...

... but I've never personally met/heard/watched a person who had the capacity to be objective on a wide set of topics - let alone a person without bias.

more than 3 years ago

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NASA may delay 'WFirst' search for Dark Energy

Algorithmnast Algorithmnast writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Algorithmnast (1105517) writes "This blog entry points out that NASA's project WFirst (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope) is under threat of being delayed by cost overruns for the Webb Space Telescope (Hubble's successor). If they don't hurry, then the EU may in fact be first to field a Dark Energy surveillance telescope — leaving Wfirst being ... second.

While the EU project Euclid (scheduled for 2018) is not a sure thing, American scientists are worried that they'll be left out in the dark if they don't launch first.

There are more references here and here."

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Large Slow Airships could move buildings?

Algorithmnast Algorithmnast writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Algorithmnast (1105517) writes "Discovery has a short article on using large slow-moving airships to move large objects without the need to dismantle them.

The company mentioned, Skylifter, refers to the lifting ship as an "ariel crane", not a Thor weapon.

It could easily help move research labs to new parts of the Antarctic, or allow a Solar Tower to be inserted into an area that's difficult to drive to, like say a mesa in New Mexico?"

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U.S. Researchers can turn skin to stem cells

Algorithmnast Algorithmnast writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Algorithmnast (1105517) writes "While researchers could already turn normal body cells into stem cells with the potential to become any other cell, those other cells had the unfortunate tendency to become cancerous.
However, the new technique described in TFA is said to not have that problem, and be twice as fast as the old technique.

The article is a little light on details if you're into biology, but is still excellent — no more issues with tissue rejection"

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