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Why the World Is Running Out of Helium

Crazyswedishguy Re:can we make it? (475 comments)

The technology is set to come out with Duke Nukem Forever.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the World Is Running Out of Helium

Crazyswedishguy Re:"carrying massive objects" with a dirigible (475 comments)

(b) how difficult it is going to be to ballast it with enough ice to get back again.

Not sure I get it, why is that going to be necessary?

Either you have to deal with that, an interesting technical challenge, or you have to dump hundreds of tonnes of expensive helium.

Couldn't you just compress the helium you already have contained? i.e. transfer some helium to a compression chamber, compress into storable containers of high pressure, high density helium, repeat process.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

Crazyswedishguy Re:1.5 Trillion?! (510 comments)

I agree with you that the availability of free songs shifts the supply curve, but that's not really my point.
From what I understand (I could be wrong), their argument is that everyone who downloaded the song for free would have paid the full price for it if it wasn't available free. If you were to draw that, you get a flat demand curve, where the demand is the same at a price of $0 as at a price significantly greater than that. Surely the demand for music isn't price-insensitive.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

Crazyswedishguy Re:1.5 Trillion?! (510 comments)

For example, in our state, the civil conversion law allows for treble damages. Conversion being the civil equivalent of theft. If I "convert" $5000 of your cash, or a widget of yours worth $5000, should I just be required to pay you $5000? You can see the problems with that - it basically turns everyone into a merchant of all their possessions. If you won't voluntarily give or sell me something of yours that I want, I can force a sale just by taking it. So the law allows for treble damages, not just as pure out-of-pocket compensation, but as an additional deterrent.

Granted, but for the tort of conversion, as you said, there is the crime of theft... I'm not sure that we need much additional deterrence where there are criminal sanctions available.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

Crazyswedishguy Re:1.5 Trillion?! (510 comments)

It is a civil case and you should only be able to sue in a civil case for the following, money lost, time lost, litigation fees for having to take you to court. The purpose of civil cases are not to punish but to compensate.

I don't mean to nitpick, but in the U.S. civil court system at least, punitive damages are available under certain circumstances (and they are very often claimed, not as often awarded). But in this case, $750 doesn't necessarily even include punitive damages: because money lost includes "lost profits" (expectation damages in contracts, consequential damages in torts). If they can show, with preponderance of the evidence, that because you shared one song, 10 people who otherwise would have paid for it did not, you can be liable for those 10 lost sales.

One big flaw in their evidence is that (from what I understand) they argue that a song downloaded is a song that would otherwise have been purchased - which completely defies any basic principles of economics (price/demand curve).

I think we can all agree that $750/song or $1.5 trillion total sounds just absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Police Ask Facebook For Police Alarm Button

Crazyswedishguy Re:Grab your proxies boys (237 comments)

Apparently, this is what the Australian police has in mind for what happens after you click the button...

more than 4 years ago
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In UK, Hacker Demands New Government Block Extradition

Crazyswedishguy Re:If you get paid into a foreign bank account... (349 comments)

I agree with you that there are mechanisms in place that are intended to avoid double-taxation. My point though is that, despite these mechanisms, in practice (at least in my experience) you still end up paying more than the greater individual tax rate, i.e. more than you would pay if you were just declaring everything in one or the other of the two countries.

more than 4 years ago
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In UK, Hacker Demands New Government Block Extradition

Crazyswedishguy Re:If you get paid into a foreign bank account... (349 comments)

Speaking from experience, it's still a huge hassle. While I personally don't anyone who just ignores the law (although granted most of the people I know still work for U.S. companies) it makes your taxes so complicated that you pretty much can't file them without the help of a tax attorney.

Most importantly, you're still getting screwed because the country in which you reside (and work, presumably) still expects you to pay taxes, so in the end you're paying:

(local taxes) + (U.S. taxes) - (some exceptions meant to avoid double-taxation) = (still more than you would pay in either country if you were taxed only by that country)

When the other country you're living in is a European country with a very high tax rate (e.g. France, Sweden, etc.), you end up paying a lot more in taxes than you are getting in return benefits.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Loses More Money As Microsoft Chases Google

Crazyswedishguy Good thing for Microsoft employees (317 comments)

On the upside, for Microsoft employees, that means less money to spend on chairs. *ducks*

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Accelerator Data Skewed Toward Elderly

Crazyswedishguy Re:Hey! (776 comments)

What doesn't surprise me at all is that non-native speakers don't get old American jokes. Which the GGP was, in case you weren't aware.

Wait, are you calling the (G)GGP an old American joke?

more than 4 years ago
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Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster

Crazyswedishguy Re:awful typo in article (197 comments)

Just think of what this technology could do in the hands of Ford!

BRILLIANT! All Ford has to do is reverse the polarity.
That is, take the Pinto, and reverse its system so that it stores the energy, instead of releasing it (from the gasoline tank), every time it breaks.
To put it in Slashdot terms:

1. Take Pinto
2. Reverse polarity
3. ?
4. Profit

(admittedly, the "?" should really be next to the "reverse polarity"...)

Btw, we need more car analogies.

more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Ballistic Missile

Crazyswedishguy Re:Lasers vs. Railguns (297 comments)

I would just coat my missile in mirrors.

more than 4 years ago
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Building a Global Cyber Police Force

Crazyswedishguy Re:Do not want. (155 comments)

Well, I'm fine with you leaving a country not to have to be subject to the rules of that country. But if you keep interfering with that country's business, e.g. by hacking computers in that country, there's a strong argument in favor of subjecting you to their rules.

Would it be reasonable for you to lob cars over the border into another country, and not expect that they try to stop you? In most countries, lobbing cars across the border is probably illegal, but even if your country doesn't stop you, I'm pretty sure the country you're pestering would do something about it.

Someone please fix my car analogy.

about 5 years ago
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Robbery Suspect Cleared By Facebook Alibi

Crazyswedishguy Re:Probably wasn't the case here.. (160 comments)

Flight mode. Very appropriately named, actually.

It would be, if it weren't named "airplane mode".

more than 5 years ago
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Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

Crazyswedishguy Re:Of course, there is another solution (721 comments)

I was under the assumption that no scientific theory can be proven with 100% certainty. Are you simply holding religious views to a higher standard than you hold your own?

Well, that's "by definition" one aspect of a scientific theory. You're right, because a scientific theory is a formulation of a model that maps to past observations, it can only ever be disproved, and never proved, as we don't rule out the possibility of as-of-yet unobserved irregularities that would disprove it.

The flaw in your comment is that you are comparing religious views to scientific theories.

While it may never be "proved", a more important aspect of a scientific theory is that it can be used to make predictions. And those predictions, if right, can serve to support it (and also give it some scientific value).
Take for instance Newton's gravity: at the time of its formulations, it was vastly sufficient for its applications, and useful to calculate projectile trajectories, etc. Then we started noticing that it fell short for certain applications, and Einstein's theory of relativity became a more accurate model for many uses. Now everybody knows that Einstein's theory of relativity isn't "correct", as some observations show. However, it's still very useful.

The predictive ability of a scientific theory is as close to "proof" as you get. Religious views cannot, and should not be compared to scientific theories. If certain beliefs make you happy, you are free to hold them, but if you want your beliefs to have any weight in society (for instance, policy or otherwise), I think it's reasonable that you be expected to show their value and how they may be rationally justified.

Wait a minute, are you one of those who consider ID to be a scientific theory?

more than 5 years ago
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David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

Crazyswedishguy Re:Man up, you Tracphone bitch (383 comments)

Except if you're a Verizon customer calling another Verizon customer, it's free.
And if you're calling from another carrier, they're the ones getting money from it (assuming no roaming). I don't know what the agreements between carriers are, but I would guess that in such a situation, Verizon gets little if any cash from your carrier.

It seems to me that Verizon doesn't stand to win much from this "tactic".

more than 5 years ago
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David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

Crazyswedishguy Re:Man up, you Tracphone bitch (383 comments)

Back home I get 60 minutes a month, you might think thats crazy but it isn't really.

Not sure where "back home" is, but I assume it's somewhere where they don't charge your minutes for incoming calls (e.g. Europe).

Back when I lived in Europe, I got by with a very low plan because I could still accept calls without worrying about my bill. Here in the US, my minutes are counted whether I'm placing or receiving a call, and 60 minutes would be very limiting. (the minimum plan with my carrier is 400min/month)

more than 5 years ago

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Cablevision Offers On-Screen Caller ID

Crazyswedishguy Crazyswedishguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Crazyswedishguy (1020008) writes "From the article: "Several cable companies have been experimenting with a feature that will display an incoming caller's name and number in a little box in the corner of the TV screen." That will prevent you from getting up from your couch when those damn telemarketers are calling. Now if you could just refuse the call by pressing the remote..."
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