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When Drones Fall From the Sky

GodInHell 400 out of how many flights? (97 comments)

Good point. Also - without knowing how many flights? There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year - but there are millions upon millions of miles traveled by car every year, so crashes are relatively rare. If there were 1000 drone flights and 400 crashes the article would have a point, but there were probable hundreds of thousands of military drone flights in the last 10 years.

Also, Military aircraft do tend to crash very often around the world. see Wikipedia List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (2010–present). Note the string of fatalities caused by those crashes.

about a month ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

GodInHell Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

Same - on a year I filed a tax return. They gave me several credits I did not claim after an audit, paid me back quite a big chunk of cash.

about 2 months ago

U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

GodInHell Re:Just do SOMETHING (190 comments)

At least he has openly declared that he "is not a dingo."

about 2 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

GodInHell Re:Because they can. (252 comments)

The law school I am familiar with leaves the choice of text up to the prof. Some of them will avoid these textbooks because of the ethical challenges, some won't. Of course, my school also ran its own bookstore and probably made quite a lot of profit off reselling used books, so there's that too. On the other hand $200.00 is not very much for a law school text.

about 3 months ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

GodInHell Re:sad day for those who don't like 4chan trolls (148 comments)

Then why are people in jail for smoking pot, or being in the wrong location while black?

Wait -- back up. You know that one of those two things is actually on-the-books against the law and the other is not, right? I hope. Please?

about 4 months ago

P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

GodInHell Re:Say what? (199 comments)

Nature is a big fan of brute force solutions to complex equations - it just does shit and reports the result.

about 5 months ago

Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

GodInHell Re:Doubt it. (282 comments)

Let's stick with the laws I know, which are Illinois - so here is Illinois' mattress law - that's in addition to the regulations that come out of our executive branch: (but hey, I'm just a lawyer, wtf do I know, right?)

about 5 months ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

GodInHell WTF? Both are eyewear therefore the SAME! (108 comments)

The use cases for google glass (overlaying information ontop of really - i.e. augmented reality) and Oculus Rift (a VR display that supplants and replaces your view with a different view - i.e. virtual reality) are entirely different. That would be like buying a car manufacturer to help catch up with SpaceX in building heavy launch vehicles - yeah, both are things you catch a ride in - but the technology that powers them doesn't cross pollinate.

about 5 months ago

Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

GodInHell Re:Doubt it. (282 comments)

This is why it is illegal for states to regulate anything originating from outside their borders, like flammable mattresses and poisoned baby food.

about 5 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

GodInHell Re: pfft (301 comments)

Can't tell if serious or successful troll.

about 5 months ago

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

GodInHell Conspiracy or act of legislature? (395 comments)

In fact, in addition to the 37 percent of respondents who fully agreed that U.S. regulators are suppressing access to natural cures, less than a third were willing to say they actively disagreed with the theory.

Marijuana is still illegal, right? I mean, it's it a conspiracy theory if I can point to the status and rules at issue?

about 5 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

GodInHell Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

I have a better bright-line rule to suggest: no method patents - ever.

Patents should be restricted to the implementation of physical mechanisms - machines, circuits and widgets. Not pseudo code - like the one you linked. What you linked is an idea - an abstract concept of how to solve a problem. The specific implementation could be subject to copyright protection (for the code) and trademark protection (if the slide style became a hallmark of the product) but a patent? No way.

about 5 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

GodInHell The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

You're not allowed to patent an obvious advancement.

But patent law is offensively fucked up. Basically, it's a war of money. Both sides line up patent lawyers (one of a very few formally recognized specializations for attorneys in the U.S.) and burn money until someone gives up. This case will almost certainly wind up before the Supreme Court eventually - unless Samsung folds and pays to make apple go away. Fortunately, Samsung is sufficiently profitable that it can saturate the process with more money than required and write it off as a margin cost for continuing to compete in the smartphone market.

Apple's patents are offensively bad. There *is* enough there to require a jury verdict to nullify them rather than a summary ruling by the Court (preferably one where the foreman doesn't lie about having a personal stake in proving that software patents are nearly always valid - like the last trial between these two) but in a sane system of patents there would be no question that "slide to unlock" is a variation of long established design concepts - i.e. a latch.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

GodInHell Re:Why? (390 comments)

Fucking insane ideas are also interesting - not good - but certainly interesting. More seriously, when I mod, I tend to up-vote both sides of a conversation as long as the responses are civil and well-thought-out. Interesting is what I usually use for "I don't agree, and don't see anything informative, but you have a valid point of view and are contributing to the conversation" or "that's fucking nuts and the best way to prove it is to raise the profile of this post so people can discuss its implications".

about 5 months ago

Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

GodInHell Re:Federal lawyers (59 comments)

Suggestion from a lawyer: Copy to disk drive. Turn off PC. Remove disk drive and place in safe. (Repeat for what could be petabytes of data).

Alternatively, print to hard copy and prepare for histrionics when Defendants find out there are eight warehouses filled with nothing but stored paper copies.

about 6 months ago

Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

GodInHell Re:Heat is the limiting factor in our muscles, too (111 comments)

There might be use for this thing, for example in a mechanically simple heat engine, but it doesn't even remotely compete with hydraulics.

In those applications where hydraulics / winches and cables work - sure - but what about where they're a poor substitute for something that acts like natural muscle - like say - robotics?

Collaborator Professor Geoff Spinks says it is a much-sought breakthrough that could open the door to the use of artificial muscles in clothing and prosthetic manufacture, robotics, and as a green energy source.

- from TFA.

Notably - the article claims that the reaction is nearly as fast as human muscle - which could be interesting. Also, most of the practical applications listed in the article take advantage of the fact that the fiber responds to heat - which can include ambient temperatures, to automate the opening and closing of vents and other heat control systems without spending energy on control systems or motors.

about 5 months ago

Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

GodInHell Re:Do they need it? (212 comments)

And ... another fact-free denial. The 2012 election had the HIGHEST percentage turnout since 1968, and by raw voters, the third highest in U.S. history. One source of many you could read: Wikipedia - Voter Turnout in United States Presidential Elections.

America rejected the Republican party - if you cannot accept the numbers then all the analytics in the world are going to be worthless to you.


about 6 months ago

Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

GodInHell Re:To require? (390 comments)

Totally unnecessary, cars (like trains and planes) cross state lines and are inherently integrated into inter-state commerce - regulation of inter-state commerce is an enumerated power of the federal government. That's why the Feds can mandate that auto manufacturers must install seat belts and air bags. This is just the continuation of that. Damn that constitution and its specific grants of powers.

about 7 months ago



Elon Musk Releases Logs to Rebut NYT Reporter's story on Tesla S.

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "On February 8, 2013 the New York Times ran a story by John Broder reviewing the Tesla S and the "Supercharger" stations that Tesla Motors is setting up along the East Coast. In that article (previously slashdotted here) Broder said that he tried to preserve the battery life of the vehicle: "I turned the climate control to low — the temperature was still in the 30s — and planted myself in the far right lane with the cruise control set at 54 miles per hour (the speed limit is 65)" and later "as I limped along at about 45 miles per hour I saw increasingly dire dashboard warnings to recharge immediately." Elon Musk took to twitter to rebut the claims made in that story, alleging that he had data logs showing that Broder made a number of false claims in his report. Broder responded yesterday, challenging Musk to prove his claims. Today Musk delivered, posting a number of graphs using data from Broder's trip which, if accurate, directly contradict Broder's story."
Link to Original Source

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that charges have been filed against an 18 year old high school senior of Asian decent for using violent imagery in a creative writing essay.

"Lee said Thursday he was "completely shocked'' to be arrested Tuesday for his essay, especially because written instructions told kids not to "censor'' what they wrote." "[T]he father would not comment on whether he believed authorities acted quickly because his son is of Asian heritage, as was the Virginia Tech campus shooter."

Can we arrest Quentin Tarantino for the same crime? He's certainly written a few hyper-violent stories."

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell writes "The Sunday Telegraph reports that:

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.
Global warming doubters will probably make alot of hay of this. The report still focuses on human activity as one of the main causes of global warming, but the numbers are being adjusted "due to better data on how climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming."

The FUD cometh."

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "The New York Times is running an article with a few (sketchy) details about the planned implementation for the "$150" laptop.

For instance — internet access:
The project leaders say they will employ a variety of methods for connecting to the Internet, depending on local conditions. In some countries, like Libya, satellite downlinks will be used. In others, like Nigeria, the existing cellular data network will provide connections, and in some places specially designed long-range Wi-Fi antennas will extend the wireless Internet to rural areas.

and, power usage:
The ultra-low-power operation is possible because of the lack of a hard drive (the laptop uses solid-state memory, which has no moving parts and has fallen sharply in cost) and because the Advanced Micro Devices microprocessor shuts down whenever the computer is not processing information."


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