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Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

Khashishi Re:I thought the distinction was arbitrary already (57 comments)

Matter has mass, but not all that has mass is matter. There are several types of polaritons, and some of them are clearly not matter, even though they have mass. Phonon-electromagnetic wave quanta are clearly not matter. Moreover, you state that light has no mass, which normally I wouldn't disagree with, but in the context of polaritons, what about light propagating through nonlinear media? I think it's totally appropriate to say it is massive.

4 days ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

Khashishi Re:Automation changes future job market (84 comments)

Am I wrong to think that plumbing, as a profession, will outlive every job in the tech sector?

5 days ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

Khashishi Re:Stupid Questions (200 comments)

No rights were ever given freely by an oppressor to the oppressed. All rights were fought for and earned through a successful struggle. In some cases, the fighters are champions for another party. Artificial intelligence will have rights when they win those rights in either peaceful struggle or war.

5 days ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

Khashishi Re:This isn't about technological developments, (200 comments)

If, by an animal, you mean a fully developed cat or dog, then I'd argue that the animal has already reached a higher level of neural complexity than a human fetus at 20 weeks. (I can't back that up with biological data, but fetuses at that age aren't really capable of doing anything.)

5 days ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Khashishi cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

But it sounds inferior in many respects. Lasers require line of sight, which is obviously a problem. We really ought to be investing in quality infrastructure.

5 days ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Khashishi Re:It is all about baseload (485 comments)

Are there actually people who are anti-nuclear and ok with coal? I don't know any.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Khashishi Re:Wonderful idea. (693 comments)

You'd better hope the supersonic whoosh doesn't set off the alarm.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

Khashishi just filter it locally (827 comments)

Install a filter on your computer so you never see the harassment online. Problem solved.

about two weeks ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

Khashishi Re:Great in the winter .. (148 comments)

That's too inefficient to be useful. There are thermodynamic limits on what you can do with heat.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Khashishi Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

So, is fire alive? A key qualification has to be heredity, otherwise you can't rule out simple chemical reactions like fire.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Khashishi Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Have we yet built a self-replicating robot? (without cheating)

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Khashishi Re:much simpler (185 comments)

"Hey underling, do you work for a moron?"

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Khashishi Re:Rather than complaining... (185 comments)

Obviously, when individuals start paying Big Data to work for them.

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Khashishi Re:Who asked? (209 comments)

Speak for yourself. I want a smart home and self driving car.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:fwd.us! (286 comments)

Basically, if you are simply acting in accordance to already existing unequal systems, then it is exploitative, even if people don't feel exploited. It takes a proactive stance, not a neutral stance, to combat exploitation. It's understandable that people from poorer countries will gladly accept lower wages and will be thankful for opportunities granted by a multinational corporation. Probably they are better off for it. Nevertheless, the corporation is still exploiting them. They are arbitraging in labor in an unfair labor market in which people are not free to change national allegiances. Corporations should pay a wage commensurate with people's skills and not based on where they happen to come from, not because it makes business sense, but because it is more fair. Yes, call me crazy, but I do expect people to act outside their own self interest.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:What 3500$? (286 comments)

That is a totally reasonable point of view, but it's important for USA to put its foot down to prevent this from being used as a loophole to pretty much all labor laws. Pretty soon US companies would only hire foreign nationals to do their work.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Khashishi Re:What 3500$? (286 comments)

read up on mens rea

about a month ago

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Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credit

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Taking advantage of the lax security systems in place, hackers stole some 475000 European Union carbon Allowances on 10 Jan through a variety of phishing attacks. The European Commission has closed the trading on 19 Jan, until at least 26 Jan, in order to beef up security measures. Is it a political statement, or just greed, that drove this act?"
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Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes ""TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is suing Apple in the United States for what is says is infringement of two of its touchscreen technology patents by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch.""
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Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?"

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Supreme Court to rule on TV censorship

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  about 6 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "LA times and Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of "indecent" words on broadcast television, which Fox and others are claiming is a violation of free speech. The case was appealed after being ruled in Fox's favor in a federal appeals court in New York. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia support the FCC policy of censorship."
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