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France To Open Preliminary Investigation About PRISM Program

Rakshasa-sensei Re:never in a million years (98 comments)

You mean, not for at least a couple hundred years?

about a year ago
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France To Open Preliminary Investigation About PRISM Program

Rakshasa-sensei Re:It's a farce (98 comments)

They might be using the information, but that doesn't mean the court system won't find it to be illegal.

Basically the best end result of this would be if MS, Google, et al. get hit with huge fines. Then pressure to stop or limit the programs would come from someone with real power over the US government.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

Rakshasa-sensei Re:There's a big difference between (385 comments)

In planes they avoid the whole issue by using anti-gravity fields.

about a year ago
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The Grasshopper Can Fly Sideways

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Impossible my ass! (127 comments)

Hi, my name is Shavano and I know not what I speak of.

about a year ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Presses Charges Against Banks For WikiLeaks Blockade

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Excellent. (234 comments)

Sorry, but the Espionage Act of 1917 is not a Swedish law.

about a year and a half ago
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Austria's Mobile Drug Lab Could Test Street-Drug Effects, Too

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Yes, Austria has a drug problem: Alcohol (34 comments)

If they got blue tongues then they're using something that is industry-made, and safe.

about a year and a half ago
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SpaceX Awarded First Military Contract

Rakshasa-sensei 5 ton ballast? lol (140 comments)

"The second, a Falcon Heavy launch, will put up several satellites and a 5 metric ton ballast, in an effort to demonstrate the Falcon 9 Heavy for the Air Force."

Why don't they just say "we're going to launch a 5 ton spy satellite and several decoys", it's not like anyone who follows this doesn't know.

about a year and a half ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Wasting Sick days (670 comments)

What do you mean 'how about you don't drink'... Is this the prohibition again?

There's always a night for drinking.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Bullshit (133 comments)

Cause the top guy in the EU subsidiary, and every single person in the chain down to the guy who gave access to the US, would not mind spending time in jail? Either the top guy knows, or someone else is getting screwed, so someone is going to cover their ass and tell.

And they're all, more than likely, living in the Europe so the prospect of being wanted in the US versus being in jail in the EU should be an easy choice.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Rakshasa-sensei Bullshit (133 comments)

The EU Data Protection Directive is very specific on this issue; the hosting/cloud company can only locate the data in the US, or even transmit it there, if there is an explicit guarantee that the data has the same level of protection.

Basically yes, the US could use the Patriot Act to obtain protected EU data from US-based companies. And yes, the company would then have broken the EU directive and would face the courts.

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

Rakshasa-sensei Re:The story that never dies (271 comments)

You are assuming the heliostat is static... It isn't, and it changes a lot depending on magnetic fields.

If you look at the graphs (that are out there), there was 2-3 temporary drops in the magnetic field and increase in low-energy charged particles. Now it is truly beyond that boundary.

about a year and a half ago
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Particle Physicists Confirm Arrow of Time Using B Meson Measurements

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Reading the Article Backwards... (259 comments)

Except the real point of the story is that since B mesons were not symmetrical for C and P, then finding out that it was symmetrical for T would mean that quantum theory isn't symmetrical.

Basically the particle needs to be non-symmetrical for all three of CPT, or none (which we know it isn't), else there is as you say 'something extra on top of the basic quantum theory'.

about a year and a half ago
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Visualizing 100,000 Stars In Chrome

Rakshasa-sensei Re:This is cool (68 comments)

You mean Google has been involved in Somalia?

about a year and a half ago
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X-Ray Laser For Creating Supercharged Particles

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Sorry but this sounds like non-news to me (55 comments)

'Everyone' knows about the efficiency theoretically, but they actually made it work at such high frequencies and they superseded the expected practical limits by a large margin.

You still can't think it seems.

about a year and a half ago
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X-Ray Laser For Creating Supercharged Particles

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Sorry but this sounds like non-news to me (55 comments)

"The resonance excites the atoms and causes them to shake off electrons at a rate that otherwise would require higher energies."

Sometimes the difference between something significant and something already done lies in the details that stupid people are too quick to gloss over.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Until the day your MBP breaks (530 comments)

And any day a bunch of unicorns could land behind me while I'm out walking, buttrape me and then fly off. It could happen.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand

Rakshasa-sensei Re:This is actually dead end... (279 comments)

Estimates by people who do estimates of this sort for a living, based on prior earnings and pre-raid customer-base. Basically it's the kind of thing they do all the time in the world of business and people can earn or lose rather much money on bad estimates so they take that kind of thing seriously, unlike you.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand

Rakshasa-sensei Re:This is actually cool... (279 comments)

Well, the issue is that by all accounts he was operating within the law, so who's the gullible ones here?

Unlike Youtube where copyright infringement was rampant and encouraged by the leaders, MegaUpload always has seemed to follow the DMCA faithfully. Until google gets a helicopter raid you can stick that gullible thing up your ignorant ass.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand

Rakshasa-sensei Re:Sounds Like a Dr. Evil Formula for Vengence (279 comments)

The value of MegaUpload has been estimated to up to a billion dollars, not two hundred million. You need to take into account future earning potential.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand

Rakshasa-sensei Re:This is actually dead end... (279 comments)

Funny thing is that NZ 'forgot' to demand indemnification from the US in case the raid was illegal or the charges bullshit, meaning that NZ might very well be on the hook from (almost guaranteed) compensation for the raid itself for at least quite a few million dollars and possibly, but not entirely certain, for the billion dollars estimated to have been the value of MegaUpload.

about a year and a half ago

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