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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Roger W Moore Hypocrisy but not that (138 comments)

Actually if that is the reason for doing it then the hypocrisy has more to do with free trade and innovation than big government. The US keeps wanting to setup free trade agreements which export its IP laws "to protect US innovations" and (allegedly) promote free trade. At the same it is passing internal laws to exclude foreign competition and is so hell bent to do so it doesn't care if it damages some highly innovative US companies in the process. Mind you I'm not sure whether this is a case of double hypocrisy or just shooting yourself in the foot, twice.

5 hours ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Roger W Moore Re:Responsibility yes, automatic liability no (322 comments)

Waaaaah! I want to shit up the world and I don't want to be held accountable!

Ah, now it becomes clear. I'm sorry your parents are not properly looking after you and letting you loose on the internet without adult supervision. When you grow up hopefully you'll become mature enough to realize that your parents can't be responsible for you for your entire life and that at some point you have to grow up and take responsibility for yourself.

Indeed even by the time you reach ten you'll probably be able figure out the massive logical hole in your argument that parents should be responsible for their kids for life which is simply that even your parents had parents. Hence, if we accept your argument the first humans to evolve would be responsible for the entire human race and everyone else can just sit back and relax and never have to worry about taking responsibility for anything ever again.

Given your logical reasoning skills I'd also suggest that you stop trying to tell people what they really believe or think, unless it is something like "wow, this person is nuts": you'll probably come across as telepathic if you tell them they are thinking that.

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Roger W Moore Not safety, benefit (217 comments)

Do you really think it would be very hard to convince the public that it is inherently safer than other fission designs.

I expect that you can convince them that LFTR is safer than our current reactors but that is not the same as convincing them that it is safe enough to build. If you want to do that they best way to do it would be to sell them cheaper electricity. They are unlikely to be able to sensibly judge the risk but at least this way they see that they are benefiting from having a plant nearby.

However there is still the issue of nuclear waste. Both LFTR and fusion still generate it but the advantage of fusion is that it is a one-generation problem not a 10-100,000 year issue. The lighter nuclei activated by neutron radiation from fusion reactors have far shorter half lives than the heavy nuclear fragments left by thorium fission. LFTR might reduce the volume but not to zero and it will be with us for a VERY long time.

5 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

Roger W Moore Re:freedoms f----d (130 comments)

Patents in pharmacuticals work well.

No they don't work well. They encourage companies to only invest money in developing new drugs which are profitable for them. This means diseases which predominantly affect first world countries and which effect enough people to make it worth their while. They then hold us ransom by charging exorbitant prices for these drugs which, in same cases people need to survive. This is not a model which works: healthcare costs are sent spiralling upwards and new uses for old drugs, less common diseases and tropical diseases, like ebola, are all generally ignored. This is not a model which works in the best interests of society.

5 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Roger W Moore Re:Responsibility yes, automatic liability no (322 comments)

If you are not able to judge, and assess those risks, then you shouldn't be having kids.

In that case nobody should ever have kids. You have no idea exactly how they will turn out: in extreme cases they can even have Tourette's syndrome which might cause them involuntarily to insult someone. Should the parent of such a child be liable for that? They would not be if they themselves had the condition!

What your propose is frankly insane, grossly unfair and will result in society endlessly suing itself. You sue the parents of the teenager who had a car accident, who then sue the government for agreeing that their offspring was allowed to drive, who then ban teenagers driving and in turn get sued by teenagers who have to lose their jobs due to a lack of public transit etc. etc. Hmmm....you aren't a lawyer without kids are you by any chance?

A parent's responsibility to their kids is to bring them up to be able to know right from wrong, how to behave and to correct them when they misbehave. It is not our responsibility to prevent them from ever misbehaving, indeed you cannot control a human being to the extent that they commit no wrong nor should you even try. Liability is typically limited to what you can control: car manufacturers are not liable for every injury in a car accident because they ultimately failed to make a car which kept the occupants safe under conditions outside their control. The same should apply to parents and kids...unless you want all cars fitted with a speed limiter set to 20 km/h covered with metre thick padding inside and out.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

Roger W Moore Responsibility yes, automatic liability no (322 comments)

If you are going to make me liable for something then I has to be something under my control. Short of tying my kids up in chains and never letting them do anything there is no way for me do absolutely guarantee that they will never do anything which causes liability. Not only would I refuse to do that it would be illegal and society does not want parents to do that: kids have to learn to control their own behaviour and that means giving them the freedom to do things wrong.

Parents have to be responsible but not necessarily liable. If we are taking reasonable measures to supervise our kids online including giving them guidance on how to behave as well as punishing them when they do not then I believe we have fulfilled our responsibility as parents and should not be held liable if one of them disobeys us and libels someone while we are not watching.

On the other hand if parents completely ignores their kids, provide no guidance or consequences then by all means find them negligent and hence liable through their act of negligence...but making parents automatically liable for their kids actions under all circumstances is unfair and encourages poor parenting since if means that you can't risk letting them fail. Indeed the only way to be sure would be to ban them from access the net: does society really want that?

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Roger W Moore Re:oil discovery = terraforming (219 comments)

True but there is lots of methane on e.g. Titan that did not come from the local lifeforms. Carbon is commonly produced by the nuclear furnace in the heart of stars and readily combines with the abundance of hydrogen produced by the Big Bang to form methane: no life is required.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Roger W Moore Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

No not over a 30A ring but the point you made was that it would melt the domestic feed of 100A which is not correct. However, assuming it was properly connected to the 100A input, it does not leave much spare capacity for anything else. So no cooking, heating or even putting on the kettle.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Roger W Moore Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

I had to pretty much demand a 100A and a leg main out to my garage) at 220V, that's 13KW or so at the meter...

Mean electrical power is voltage times current when using the RMS values for AC: 100A*220V = 22kW...sounds to me like you have enough power for 20kW.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Roger W Moore 100kW battery makes sense (395 comments)

There could be such a thing as a 100kW battery: it would be a battery which can provide a power of 100kW. Not all batteries can do this since they have an internal resistance which either prevents this power from being achieved or will cause them to overheat and explode/catch fire even if it is. Indeed, assuming that this battery can carry a decent amount of energy, it is very likely that you could make a 100kW battery from it since it charges so quickly it must have a very low internal resistance.

Ironically there is no such thing as a 100kW/hr battery though...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Roger W Moore Re:Marketing (140 comments)

perhaps more properly, he and his company were great inventors

I think that this is probably the truth of it. Edison's "genius" was that he assembled a team of engineers and scientists to create the first company which relied on innovation. I doubt we will ever really know exactly how much Edison himself actually contributed to the inventions his company created but I suspect that it is probably quite a bit less than we think.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Roger W Moore Sadly wrong (276 comments)

Look, the Nobel physics prize is not supposed to be given on the basis of "social impact" of the discovery.

Actually, and sadly, you are wrong and that is part of the reason why it may end up being replaced.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Roger W Moore Marketing (140 comments)

But he did improve the it enough to make it practical.

Actually even that is not true: Swan did it first, before Edison and some believe that Edison went as far to falsify evidence in the US court case to prevent him losing there. The sole reason that Edison is remembered is because he made a lot of money. Edison's contributions to light bulbs are like Bill Gates' contributions to Operating Systems: he marketed a popular early version of the invention.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Roger W Moore Not particle physics (39 comments)

Microsoft does have a lot of experience with the principles of quantum mechanics.

Joking aside I'd estimate it as about as much experience as the GP has with particle physics i.e. close to none. Particle physics is concerned with fundamental particles not with condensed matter states that might behave consistently with a theoretical prediction of how a Majorana fermion would behave. The fact that they dress this up as particle physics is rather sad: condensed matter physics is just as interesting!

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Roger W Moore Einstein's Nobel was for Photo-electric effect (984 comments)

This is why he's recognized. E=mc2 is minor. GR is the true genius part.

Einstein's Nobel prize was for the photo-electric effect and not for GR. Einstein could easily have received 4 Nobel prizes: for SR, GR, Photo-electric and his explanation of Brownian motion. This is why he is recognized as a genius, more so than those who actually have won multiple Nobels.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Roger W Moore Re:The Wrong Argument (578 comments)

Only because of your worldview and presuppositions.

No, because of logical deduction and reasoning based on the preponderance of evidence which the universe provides (indeed the great thing about science is that you don't have to take my word for it - go out, look at the evidence and use your own intelligence). The fact that you are unable to accept this means that you clearly do not really understand logic and reasoning. Since these are large components of what most people call intelligence it calls this into question as well despite of what an IQ test may say.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Roger W Moore Interval (254 comments)

In mathematics, distance is the generic term when dealing with how far two points are in an arbitrary metric space. Or isn't it?

The term you are looking for is 'interval' - at least that's what we call it in physics when dealing with 4-position which is technically what we are discussing. It also happens to be the correct english world for a "distance" in time.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Roger W Moore The Wrong Argument (578 comments)

My IQ is 54 points higher.... and I am Young Earth Creationist.

This is probably not the point you want to make while arguing that IQ tests are accurate....and the fact that you did make it only compounds the irony.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Roger W Moore Not the first time: Cabibbo (276 comments)

Sure, but what if a red LED is a natural evolution while blue LED, once thought impossible is the true revolutionary idea?

Apparently it still doesn't matter. A few years ago they awarded the prize to Kobayashi and Maskawa for the 3x3 quark mixing matrix and yet ignored Cabibbo who did the groundbreaking work to show that quarks mixed for the first time. The extension to 3 generations was a direct extension of that work and the matrix is even called the 'CKM' matrix after all three of them...but no Nobel for Cabibbo.

While questionable decisions are always part of any award process the Nobel prize is running into some real issues with modern physics. For a start it is almost impossible to award a prize for any recent experimental particle physics result (the recent Higgs prize was for the theory, not the experimental discovery) simply because we work in large groups and you generally can not point to three, or fewer, people and say that they did it. The only exception I can think of to this would be the SNO solar neutrino result.

However it is not just particle physics: 'Big Science' is spreading to other areas as well with the addition of accelerator-based light sources for some condensed matter physics, large scale plasma and fusion experiments etc. The part of the experimental field to which a Nobel prize can be awarded in physics is continuously shrinking making the prize less and less relevant...although it still has a long way to go before it gets knocked off its perch!

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Roger W Moore Re:Useful but physics? (243 comments)

Hmmm... so I suppose all those physicists going around in the early 20th century studying the atom and the nucleus and developing quantum mechanics were just wasting their time as well. Those discoveries "pretty nicely define 'irrelevance' to the everyday lives of humans" at the time....and yet with hindsight they appear slightly more relevant perhaps? Certainly not "economically useless"?

The problem I am still having is that your description sounds far more like engineering than physics and indeed at least two of the winners are engineers and not physicists. I completely understand that it is a big breakthrough and that they have made a major contribution to electronic engineering. Still the Nobel committee have a dodgy record when it comes to identifying subject areas: Rutherford was awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for discovering the nucleus and was reputedly so upset that he almost turned it down!

about two weeks ago

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