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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Dorianny As usual, the title is wrong! (91 comments)

The Higgs field imparts mass on particles by exchanging virtual Higgs particles with them. A real Higgs particle surfaces when the field becomes excited, but you need a lot of energy for that.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Dorianny Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

The Gestapo actually wasn't that good at spying. The German people were, however, quite good at turning their neighbors in to the Gestapo. There's a lot of myth concerning the Nazi police force. It's unfortunate that even today people repeat it without thinking.

I lived under a communist regime with a gestapo like secret police. It is quite true that everyone spied on everyone else but that was because of fear and intimidation tactics used by the regime. They didn't simply punish whoever they though was a threat to them, family, friends even neighbors if not sent to interment camps outright, would be punished with difficult jobs in far away regions, denied schooling and all kinds of other punitive measures. The only way to escape this fate was for them to be convinced that you already told them everything you knew. As someone with what they called a "unclean biography" because of a great uncle that had immigrated to the United States, I know full well how much suffering a totalitarian state can impose without the use of imprisonment.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Dorianny Re:So (310 comments)

What they did amounts to nothing less than arresting someone on "Trumped-up Charges". Considering all the media attention this is getting you can bet that Internal affairs is going to take this very seriously. In our system of checks and balances the judiciary and the free press are responsible for keeping law enforcement honest and in this case the press cam thru. The system works, sometimes!

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Dorianny Re:Well (158 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new virii overl...oh forget it, this meme is no longer funny.

Especially since the virii have been our overloads all along!

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Dorianny Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

I'd prefer a more proactive response, maybe carry around a bunch of WWII concentration camp photos and wave those around whenever the Germans complain about "spying."

No they shouldn't be punished forever, but we probably should keep an eye on them forever.

Their history with the Nazi state and the Gestapo secret police is exactly why Germans are so bothered by spying. They know for a fact that gathered information can easily be put to nefarious use.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Dorianny Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

The USA's response has been something along the lines of "you expected us not to conducting traditional spying activities?"

The USA rejected the proposed no spy agreement so the response is more along the lines of: We do not fully trust you and we will keep on spying on you not matter how much it annoys you.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Dorianny Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

Like all large organizations, bureaucracies are hard to change and are resistant to political direction, which makes them difficult to control from the executive, but a determined and capable president can ultimately impose his will on them.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

Dorianny Re:How about (385 comments)

You are absolutely correct. Many countries heavily subsidize fossil fuels by selling them domestically at below international market price. These type of subsidies cannot be easily shifted toward renewables, if they could be shifted at all.

about three weeks ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Dorianny Re:Here's the Solution (276 comments)

In 2004 senator Ted Kennedy appeared on the No Fly List. Apparently merely holding hearings on terrorism is reason enough to land on it!

about a month ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Dorianny Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

In the Budapest Memorandum the United States and several other countries, laughably including Russia, gave security guarantees to Ukraine in exchange for it getting rid of the worlds 3d largest nuclear weapons stockpile. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea, the US went on to say that these guarantees did not specify military intervention. International agreements are enforced only when it is in the signatories best interest, otherwise a "loophole" is found or they are simply ignored. Relying on another countries goodwill for your protection might not be the safest bet, even when said country is a major military superpower.

about a month ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Dorianny Re:NO. Horrible idea. (625 comments)

Coming from a big guy, I think this is a horrible idea. It's not a disability. M.R. is a disability. Quadriplegia is a disability. Not being able to pull away from the table shouldn't be a reason to get disabled parking spaces. They should put them at the FAR END of the lot so us big guys get some extra forced exercise. No one should have to adjust office furniture because I'm fat. You can only help people so much. You can't care about someone's healthy more than they do. If i'm fat, I'm fat. It's not like it's a surprise to me, and if my shirts cost extra because there's more fabric used, so be it. Don't cater to people because they're fat.

Morbid obesity quire often leads to immobility due to difficulty walking or even getting up. Why should these people not be afforded the same rights as anyone else that has difficulty or is unable to move around. They did it to themselves you say? What about the Quadriplegics that are in that state because they were drunk-driving should they have their privileges revoked as well? What about the people that are morbidly obese due to a diagnosed medical condition, what about the ones that are not diagnosed yet? The slope gets very slippery very quick!

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Dorianny Morbid obesity is a whole different beast (625 comments)

I think they should clarify that they are talking about morbid obesity that servery impacts a persons ability to freely move about their surroundings. It is quite easy to became obese and a large portion of the population are obese, however few of them end up becoming morbidly obese no matter how poor their diet. The truth is that without additional risk factors, a medical condition such as hyperthyroidism, broken genes related to the normal function of appetite or a mental condition such as compulsive overeating disorder, it would be very hard for someone to reach the point where obesity is not just increasing their chances of a early death but also servery affects their mobility.

about a month and a half ago
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

Dorianny Re:Politics (139 comments)

Pointing out that the Tea party's politics of reducing the powers of the federal government, especially its ability to tax and regulate as well as their obsession with imposing austerity measures to service the nation debt, is going to spell disaster for the United States is not liberal politics, it is common sense conclusions. Exposing the lunacy of the far right agenda doesn't automatically make one a left-wing nut.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Dorianny Redistricting (932 comments)

Republicans are falling victim to their own success redistricting. The result is safe districts where the nominee has no need for independent voters to win in the general election. The party nomination effectively becomes the election and in these, candidates are much more vulnerable to small groups of highly motivated, very vocal and very involved fringe groups, then they would be in general elections. Democrats engage in this behavior as well but for better of for worst, they are not as good at gerrymandering when they get the chance.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Increases Clocks By 500 MHz, Lowers Temps

Dorianny start your water pumps (57 comments)

How much one can overclock has always been a roll of the dice and down to luck. With that being said it is well known in the water cooling community that the cpu thermal interface on sandy/ivy/original haswell was a thermal cooling efficiency limiting factor on water-cooled rigs and there were no spectacular results even on super lucky draws. I am very excited to see how this might change with this new thermal interface material .

about 1 month ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Dorianny Experiment proposal (97 comments)

Why isn't anyone proposing a experiment where we send extremophile bacteria we believe can survive on mars and find out if in fact they can survive or perhaps even thrive under the harsh martian conditions. This would have huge implications for our search for extra terrestrial life, it would mean that its very likely mars already harbors life from earth that hitchhiked on a meteorite and even more importantly it would mean that life as we know it, needs goldilocks planet conditions only for so long as it takes to develop the genetic tool-set to deal with extreme environments, from where its than able to go on an colonize planets we currently believe are inhospitable to life as we know it.

about 2 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Dorianny Re:No, no it's not. (379 comments)

First of all, it's "climate change" now and not "global warming"... some spots are having much cooler temperatures instead.

Global warming refers to the rise of the average temperature of Earth's climate system. The effect of global warming is climate change, a change in global or regional climate patterns.

about 2 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

Dorianny Re:That's easy (482 comments)

Americans don't budget things they purchase them on credit cards. Borrowing money from the phone companies is a heck of a lot cheaper than borrowing from the credit card companies.

about 3 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Dorianny Re:RK-9000 is banned in Illinois. (433 comments)

Unfortunately I have often seen old mechanical workhorses get tossed in the garbage bin and replaced with cheap plastic for trivial reasons such as faded letters or because it didn't have volume controls or media keys.

about 3 months ago

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U.S. will not provide financing for new International Coal-Fired Power Plants

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about 9 months ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "The Treasury Department declared it would no longer support any new coal-fired power plants around the world. By leading a coalition of like-minded countries including several European ones that have already announced similar intentions, they will effectively be able to block the World Bank and other international development banks from providing financing for new coal-fired plants. The policy is unlikely to amount to any real change as 75 percent of proposed coal-powered plants are in China and India, which do not rely on outside financing. It seems to me that the poorest, most underdeveloped nations that contribute the least to global emissions are the ones getting the short end of the stick from this policy."
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Talking on the phone while driving not so dangerous after all

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "New research which takes advantage of the increase in cell phone use after 9pm due to the popularety of "free nights and weekends" plans showed no corresponding increase in crash rates. Additionally, the researchers analyzed the effects of legislation banning cellphone use, enacted in several states, and similarly found that the legislation had no effect on the crash rate. "One thought is that drivers may compensate for the distraction of cellphone use by selectively deciding when to make a call or consciously driving more carefully during a call" Score this a -1 for common sense."
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Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes ""Failing such a change, ultimately the EU will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress, ironically because the outside world has embraced the technology which is so unpopular in Europe, realizing this is the only way to achieve sustainable agriculture," said Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center and Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats in Spain."
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