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A New Law For Superconductors

Jane Q. Public Re:In Other News (53 comments)

I think this deserves to be modded up. While it may be a bit sarcastic, there is an actual point here.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Jane Q. Public Re:And on the plus side... (324 comments)

before California's massive flood control and aqueduct system was built, the annual snow melt turned much of the [central] valley into an inland sea.

Isn't that kind of the point, though? Sure, they corralled the water, and put it to farming use. Great. But they've been using up that water... AND much more. They've been pumping out groundwater and using that, they've been getting water from out of state... and that still isn't enough for them.

Time to let their own economy absorb the damage and stop bailing them out.

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Jane Q. Public Re:And on the plus side... (324 comments)

Nice try but most of it was already desert. They're just doing a really bad job lately of changing it into something more useful.

Nice try, but no.

That is to say, yes, the central valley was pretty much desert. But there was still groundwater.

They've been using up not just the reservoir water but ALSO the groundwater at a rate faster than it has been replenished, and they have damned well known it for decades.

There is no excuse for this, and I for one am solidly against letting them have any more water from other states.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Jane Q. Public Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus goes Sky Dragon Slayer (188 comments)

You linked to a blog and claimed it linked to an announcement in Science News

I did not. Try reading again.

I wrote that the article linked to on that page mentioned the announcement, references in Jan. 25 Science News. And it does; you can read it right there.

As for the mentioned announcement it is in THIS issue of Science News, in the article "NAS Warning On Climate Changes". Exactly as mentioned in the "Chilling Possibilities" article that is linked to in the page that I originally linked to, and EXACTLY as I stated it.

The "NAS Warning On Climate Changes" article itself is behind a paywall. If it weren't, I would have linked to it directly.

So I repeat: CEASE misrepresenting my words. I wrote exactly what I intended to write, and what I wrote has been demonstrated to be true.

Your distorted and inaccurate interpretation was not what I actually wrote, and I will thank you to stop doing that, once and for all. You have been warned many times.

4 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Jane Q. Public Re:Maybe. freemoviestorrents.com no, linuxtracker. (130 comments)

I don't know about "most", since I haven't done a survey. I'm guessing you haven't either. What I can say is the freemoviestorrents.com is completely and obviously all about infringement, of Hollywood movies specifically. http://linuxtracker.org/ , on the other hand, is clearly not.

I say "most" because when a site does not meet both of those criteria, it tends to get taken down. So maybe transient sites that pop up and are then taken down might constitute a majority. I don't know. But I can say with some confidence that the majority of long established and successful sites do meet those criteria.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Jane Q. Public Re:No one gets the oil! (188 comments)

You're regurgitating complete [time.com] nonsense [archive.is].

No, I was not. Once again, you misrepresent my words.

Nowhere above did I write that "a majority of papers" supported global cooling. I merely pointed out the established truth that it was taken seriously. And again: the cited announcement by National Academy of Sciences is not "nonsense". It, too, is real.

Stop misrepresenting my words, then making straw-man arguments against me. That is dishonest. I have mentioned this to you many times before. Learn how to make an honest argument, or go the hell away.

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Jane Q. Public Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

If someone posts a photo taken by me I have a copyright claim.
If someone posts a photo taken of me by a hidden camera in the shower it's under a different law.
If someone posts a biography written by me I have a copyright claim.
If someone posts a biography written about me it might be libel, but not copyright infringement.

This all changes when you are being paid for being in said photo, video, whatever.

That is a paid job, and both the law and legal precedent say that in general, when you are a paid performer, copyright goes to the person who paid for the performance.

Sorry to disabuse you of this, but that's the way it works. This person was not just some bystander, but a paid performer.

4 days ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Jane Q. Public Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus goes Sky Dragon Slayer (461 comments)

As you can tell, conservation of energy is a fundamental physics principle. Assumptions of "perfect conversion and no entropic losses" aren't applicable, and anyone who mistakenly thinks they are should read through those examples to learn about conservation of energy.

Utter nonsense. They are perfectly applicable in the kind of THOUGHT EXPERIMENT we were discussing, which is the ONLY context relevant to this discussion. Your own equations were proof of this... nowhere did you factor in conversion inefficiences. NOT ONCE.

Stop being a goddamned hypocrite, and go away.

But net radiative power out of a boundary around the source = "radiative power out" minus "radiative power in", so the equation Jane just described also says:

NO!!!!!

As I have explained to you innumerable times now, you can also consider your heat source, by itself, that "sphere". The only NET radiative power out comes from the electrical power in.

Further, the cooler walls do not contribute any of that NET power out. That's what net means.

If the sphere under consideration is the spherical power source itself, and no NET radiative power is absorbed from the cooler outside objects (a requirement of thermodynamics), then the only NET radiative power out ultimately comes from the electrical power in.

Power in = power out.

You don't understand what NET means. That is your failure, not mine. As I have explained to you many, many times now, you are counting some radiation twice, which is simply bad math.

END. You are wrong. You were proved wrong long ago. GO AWAY and stop bothering me with your nonsense.

4 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Jane Q. Public Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (153 comments)

Because technology changes much more quickly than real world analogs, and sometimes everyone suddenly decides "OMG, if we don't have teh new stuff we're gonna die".

Yes, but.

Agile, for example, is hardly a "fad". It is a proven methodology that had its roots back in the 1950s or earlier. That means many of the primary elements of agile development have been around for over 50 years. Some "fad".

I don't have a problem with the general point of OP, but I strongly question OP's judgement of what constitutes a fad.

4 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Jane Q. Public Re:What? (440 comments)

It should also be noted that Federal law aside, the surveillance activities of the police is clearly against Washington State privacy laws.

In general, it is illegal for law enforcement to use ANY means that is not available to a casual passerby on the sidewalk, to see what is happening on private land. Using a stepladder on the sidewalk to look over the back fence is illegal without a warrant, as is the use of a drone, or even just standing in front of a house and peering through the front window with binoculars.

In general, the activity is undertaken specifically in order to see what cannot be casually seen, or is done over a period of time ("surveilling"), it is illegal without a warrant.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Jane Q. Public Re:No one gets the oil! (188 comments)

HERE are just a few of them. Not that not all of them are scientific papers but some are.

It is of interest to note, as does the article in the National Academy of Sciences publication Science News, which is linked to on that page, that despite the misleading information spread by RealClimate and other sources, the National Academy of Sciences itself was convinced enough of the "Global Cooling" scare to actually publish a call for immediate action (Science News, Jan. 25 1975, p. 52).

It is further amusing to note (again as evidenced on the linked page above) that climate scientists at EAU -- the same University that has been partly responsible for the warming scare -- were at that time proclaiming that we were headed for an ice age.

I could go on but I won't. The idea that global cooling was "not taken seriously" by scientists of the time is nonsense propaganda spread by alarmist apologist sources such as RealClimate. The actual record of papers published and the reaction of the scientific world clearly shows that it was taken very seriously indeed.

4 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Jane Q. Public Re:No one gets the oil! (188 comments)

It is not. It is utterly wrong. It just happens to throw the right numbers most of the time.

See the Asimov quote above from his Essay about "The Relativity of Wrong".

It isn't a matter of right or wrong. It is a matter of HOW right and HOW wrong.

Newtonian mechanics is right enough for most everyday living, as long as we don't have to explain how the LEDs in our TV or the lasers in our Blu-Ray players, or GPS work.

It's right enough to design and build a very nice modern car (sans certain electronic parts). Etc.

So no, it's not "utterly wrong". It's mostly right. It is only wrong at extreme ends of the scale... many decimal places, tiny increments of time, outrageous speeds, etc.

4 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Jane Q. Public Re:Awesome (74 comments)

4. Backdoor deliberately designed into equipment almost immediately exploited by hackers, check.

5 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Jane Q. Public Re:cases: Sony, Napster, Grokster (130 comments)

So the two-prong test under Sony is a) does'the product have substantial non-infringing use and b) does the seller / manufacturer/ superior promote the product as useful for infringement.

Let's not stop there. It can further be said that most torrent sites meet both of these criteria. They can be useful for finding perfectly legitimate, non-infringing material, and those that actively promote infringement don't tend to last very long.

And the protocol itself can be said even more to have legitimate uses. Many sources of open-source software allow downloading via BitTorrent.

5 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Jane Q. Public EFF Says: (158 comments)

EFF and prior legal precedent say that there is no established right of copyright to actors in films... regardless of whether they appear there voluntarily or not.

The actor's role is different; it is that of an employee or contractor.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Jane Q. Public Re:Not impressed (159 comments)

Your list of plugins, as also your installed fonts, are public because sites can use that information to display information to you.

Was that good design? Probably not. But it was well-intended.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Jane Q. Public Re:Numbers Don't Lie, But -- (159 comments)

Absurd, yes.

Incorrect, yes.

Fear-mongering? Very definitely NO.

As you point out (and as I pointed out elsewhere), Panopticlick is superior. But it paints a far WORSE picture than this site does.

So, "fear-mongering"? No. False sense of security? Maybe.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Jane Q. Public Re:MEH (159 comments)

Yes, you're unique like everyone else... but you are unique TO everyone else... you show up as uniquely you. And that is the important point.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Jane Q. Public Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

I was only "wrong" to those who didn't get the point. Ahem.

Who said it first is irrelevant. I could have found that on Wikipedia too. The relevant and only important point is that that is the name they gleefully adopted and decided to call themselves.

Whether some news guy thought you were a hero or a villain if far less important than what you go around for the rest of your life calling yourself. And that was the flattering name they decided to call themselves.

I'm not trying to put them down. People of that era did some great things. But "greatest generation"? Hardly.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Jane Q. Public MEH (159 comments)

First, the simplest of script blockers completely prevented the home page from loading at all.

Second, when I allowed the site in my script blocker, it was slow as hell to load.

But Third, and more to the point: EFF's Panopticlick has been around for a long time now, and it's far better.

about a week ago

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Global Warming Researchers Trapped In Antarctic Ice

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Christ Turney, a climate researcher at University of New South Wales, and some other researchers chartered a ship to go to Antarctica to further their Anthropogenic Global Warming ("climate change") research.

The expedition, consisting of 74 researchers and crew, radioed for help on Christmas day, stating that they are trapped in the ice.

A chinese ice breaker called "Snow Dragon" came within a few miles of the stuck ship but had to turn back. The researchers and crew are now hoping that the ice breaker Aurora Australis, out of Australia, will be able to reach them."
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Airport Announcement Threatens Arrest For TSA Jokes

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "In this YouTube video posted just 2 days ago, the PA system in the Houston airport tells passengers that "... inappropriate remarks OR JOKES concerning security may result in your arrest".

Even under GWB, this would have been unthinkable. And the timing is — for lack of a better way to put it — very interesting."
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Slashdot Drastically Throttles Submission Frequency

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Remember when you could submit a comment in one thread, then submit a comment in another thread after 1 minute?

Slashdot has now limited your submissions to once every 5 minutes.

I don't know about you, but there have been rare occasions in which I found even 1 minute to be stifling. 5 minutes is ridiculous. Sometimes it's possible to browse through 3 whole new topics in less than 5 minutes."
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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court To Not Hear Jammie Thomas Case

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about 2 years ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "The Jammie Thomas-Rasset case has been in the news for years now. As of the last court ruling, she has been ordered to pay $222,000 for sharing 24 songs. Her attorney argues that you can buy the same songs on iTunes for $24, and imposing a penalty of almost 10,000 times as much is "excessive and oppressive". The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to not review the case. Is this another example of this administration pandering to the copyright tro... I mean corporations, rather than The People they are supposed to represent?"

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The Best Dennis Ritchie Quote

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "

"Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011). His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0."

Thus spake James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm), on Twitter"

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MIT Prof. Says Power From Water is Near.

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the Aspen Environmental Forum yesterday, MIT Professor Daniel Nocera claimed that MIT research has found a more efficient way to hydrolyze water at room temperature with the use of cobalt and potassium phosphate, and that tomorrow's home will get its power from feul cells charged with hydrogen from plain water and a bank of inexpensive solar cells. If true, this is a major breakthrough in energy distribution and could solve many of our global energy needs."
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Apologies!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "I admit that I was a bit less than diplomatic; frankly I did not think I would get your attention, and it really was the kind of error that can cause bad feelings.

I will do better next time."
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Hey, Editors!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "Hey! Re: my article that you just posted, "FTC Warns Against Deceptive DRM"... webcasts are NOT available, and you should have checked before you changed the article to say that they were. Live streaming webcasts were available when the talks were going on, but they don't work now.

So now, you are going to get lots of readers trying to download webcasts, and blaming me when they can't. Thanks a shitload."
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FTC says "We'll 'come calling' about deceptive

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the FTC's Seattle conference on DRM, FTC Director Engle started off by referencing the Sony rootkit debacle, and said that companies are going to have to get serious about disclosing DRM that may affect the usability of products. She also said that the fine print in a EULA is not good enough, and "If your advertising giveth and your EULA taketh away, don't be surprised if the FTC comes calling."
The conference was webcast live from the FTC website."
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Scotty's Final Mission

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "According to a recent article at Ars Technica, the ashes of James Doohan, who played "Scotty" in the original Star Trek series and several movies, were aboard the SpaceX III launch yesterday and were lost when the launch vehicle failed.

A fitting epitaph might be: "The engines are not meeting specification, Captain! She kinna hold out much longer!""

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