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Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

fgouget Re:What they need (63 comments)

Is "a laser capable of emitting a beam of pure anti-matter".

Photons are their own antiparticle so that part is easy. However, being massless photons are hardly matter.

about a week ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:Ironic the Censorship on this (873 comments)

The cartoons in question were absolutely racist and disgusting.

The ones that Charlie Hebdo republished in support of free speech or their own? All of them? Even this one which only denounces extremists?

We even have laws against hate speech in the USA.

So? Are you saying that denouncing religious extremism would be outlawed by the same law that allowed religious nuts to disrupt the funerals of thousands of gay soldiers with insults like "Thank God for dead soldiers",

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:And so he validates the violence (873 comments)

Or, on other words, you shouldn't react violently, but if you insult someone's mother you should probably expect that person to react negatively. Insulting others is to deliberately provoke reactions from them: you shouldn't be surprised if those reactions turn violent (given adequate provocation), because that, sadly, is human nature.

So what he should have said is that Charlie Hebdo should be commended for continuing to denounce the extremists of all religions who would distort these faiths to justify their intolerance and thirst for violence, this while knowing full well the personal risks this exposed them to. But instead he relayed the terrorists' message: "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.".

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

Charlie Hebdo insulted all Muslims. They did it deliberately, they knew it, and that was their goal. Well, they achieved it.

That's your personal interpretation. They criticized extremists of all religions

There was no fun in those cartoons.

The goal of a satirical publication is not just humor but also to get some messages across. And while I don't particularly like Charlie Hebdo in general, some of their drawings make pretty good points.

They were warned many times, but they kept insulting not Christians, not Jewish, only Muslims.

That's a lie: here are pages of Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Jesus and Moise. They even made a Shoah Hebdo edition just like they did a Charia Hebdo one.

What we know is cases like this usually have money involved, and the second known thing is that US Jewish groups support anti-muslim politicians and parties in Europe. Was that the case here? I don't know, looks very likely.

Charlie Hebdo's only source of income was its readership. And suggesting they were funded by politicians really shows you have no idea what you're talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

And the issue isn't as black/white as that either. Freedom comes with a price-tag; are we all willing to pay the price? And if not, is it right to force the majority to pay the price so that a minority can say what they like without having to fear any consquences?

So you're saying that all it takes is a couple of murderers for you to cave in and give up on fundamental rights like freedom of speech? Do you really think they will stop there if they are successful? Did you really think you could pass this off as a reasonable solution?

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:Turning the other cheek (873 comments)

He didn't say he's fine with it. You're not quoting him for a reason.

I will then: “If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch at Gasparri.
This pretend punch makes his statement very ambiguous as it looks like this is how he would react.

His next statement is totally unambiguous however: "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." That's precisely the terrorists' point.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:And so he validates the violence (873 comments)

Or, on other words, you shouldn't react violently, but if you insult someone's mother you should probably expect that person to react negatively.

He also "threw a pretend punch at Gasparri" which makes his statement very ambiguous as it makes it look like this is how he would react.

Furthermore he spoke against freedom of speech, unambiguously this time: "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." This is precisely the point of the terrorists.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

fgouget Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (873 comments)

Because they might start idolising Mohammed, and start praying to him, or worse start praying to the picture - when in reality Mohammed is just the messenger, and Allah is the one to pray to.

So you're saying muslims should have no issue with Mohammed's caricatures. Or are they really worried true believers will start to pray to Charlie Hebdo's front pages?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

fgouget Re:selling your vote versus the secret ballot (480 comments)

I've not see any vote selling things reported on,

Then let me help you in in this very difficult search.

though it's trivial to prove how you voted. Yes, even today, with secret ballots.

You will have to be a lot more specific for your assertion to carry any weight.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

fgouget Re:selling your vote versus the secret ballot (480 comments)

Yes, in places where vote tampering is legal, an open ballot is much more likely to be abused.

There have already been attempts to sell votes in the US even though no one can prove how they voted. Once you make it possible to verify the temptation to sell and the pressure from the buyers is going to be that much greater. And making it illegal is not likely to be more effective than for drugs.

Or are you saying that the US political situation is no more stable than 1900s Chile?

Read the paper. It's 1958, not 1900. So it's not like it's old history. And at that time Chile had had a democracy for 26 years already. Also I think you greatly overestimate the health of the US democratic process: how long has it been since a party other than the Republicans or the Democrats has been in power?

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

fgouget Re:Dirty Little Secret (450 comments)

Sorry, we were raised to take care of ourselves after we left our parent's homes. But if you need your hand held, be glad you live somewhere where that is possible.

So what do people who don't need hand holding need tax software or CPAs for?
Grownups who can actually take care of themselves report their income directly to the 'IRS', either on paper for neanderthals or online for homo sapiens. Isn't it only little kids who still live with their parents who need someone else to do everything for them?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

fgouget Online voting does not increase participation (480 comments)

Making it easier to vote by moving the action from a polling station to your pocket could only increase turnout, especially in the primaries.

There are many professional elections that have switched to online voting in France and every time the E-Voting proponents trumpeted the turnout boost this would no doubt bring. Unfortunately they have essentially been wrong every time.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

fgouget Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

How is their electronic voting system transparent? I don't know much about it.

There are some electronic voting machines in a few towns but they are no better than elsewhere and will hopefully go away. Rather I was referring to the paper voting which is the main way to vote here.

Unicity: The 'one voter, one vote' principle.
Based on voter lists like elsewhere and the identity card to avoid impersonation.

Confidentiality: Each voter expresses his/her choice alone.
There is one ballot per candidate and you must pick one ballot of each before going in the voting booth. Behind the curtains you pick which ballot to put in the envelope and discard the rest of the ballots.

Anonymity: It is impossible to link a ballot to the voter who cast it.
The envelope goes into a transparent urn and gets thoroughly mixed with the others when the envelopes are taken out. Furthermore putting an identifying mark on a ballot invalidates it further guaranteeing a ballot cannot be linked to a voter.

Sincerity: The results of the election must faithfully reflect the will of the voters The ballots are counted by volunteer voters right at the polling station as soon as the election closes. That is ballots are not moved around and/or stored before being counted. Counting one ballot involves four volunteers, one who opens the envelope and passes the ballot to the diagonally opposite volunteer who reads the ballot aloud and two who write down the count. Volunteers are further watched over by election officials and party representatives. This just requires about 1% of voters to volunteer and the polling station results are announced to everyone present within about 1.5 hour.

Transparency: Voters should be able to verify that the election system is working properly.
Voters can keep track of everything from the moment the urn is sealed, and verifiably empty since it's transparent, to the moment the polling station results are announced (and after that parties can and do perform their own tallying to verify that too). Voters can also watch ballots being counted, or make sure the urn is not tampered with during the day, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

fgouget The right time is 13:37 (109 comments)

9:42 may be good enough for the masses but for the elite only 13:37 will do. And that's why the elite chooses Free as their ISP.

about 3 months ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

fgouget Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

The French one at least.

about 3 months ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

fgouget Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Meh. I voted by mail a week ago. Got a paper ballot. Had lots of time to look up details on all the issues, including the judges, some obscure issues, and the people I'd never heard of.

Much better solution. No lines. No scheduling around work. Several weeks to study out everything.

I highly recommend it for everybody.

Any democratic election must respect the following principles. Let's see how vote by mail fares:

Unicity: The 'one voter, one vote' principle.
Fail: The ballot envelopes are easy to identify and thus to intercept and throw away while they are in the mail. for instance one can use statistical information to target envelopes posted from neighborhoods voting for the 'wrong' candidate.

Confidentiality: Each voter expresses his/her choice alone.
Fail: The vote happens in an unsecured environment which leaves the voter open to coercicion, by family members, tenants, or employers.

Anonymity: It is impossible to link a ballot to the voter who cast it.
Fail: The envelopes contains both your name and your ballot. Thus it is trivial for anyone in possession of your envelope to know and reveal who you voted for. Furthermore the envelopes are easily recognisable so it's not just election employees who can breach voting anonimity, it's any post office employee.

Sincerity: The results of the election must faithfully reflect the will of the voters
Fail: Ballots can be tampered with while they are in storage waiting for election day.

Transparency: Voters should be able to verify that the election system is working properly.
Fail: Ballots spend a lot of time outside the control of the voters and election overseers while they are in the mail. Once at the election offices they still spend days and nights outside of voter supervision.

about 3 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

fgouget Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

The numbers for tilt panels are different than the numbers for fixed panels.

Please re-read. The numbers I gave are for fixed panels (i.e. where the tilt is fixed).

about 3 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

fgouget Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (237 comments)

If you're trying to heat the building - not so much. If the panels are in contact with the building - not then either - they tend to capture a lot of heat. If you get them far enough away that outside air removes the heat - then shade may help.

The only datacenter that needs heating is the one that's empty and thus either soon to be full or soon to file for bankruptcy. Also there's always quite a bit of unenclosed space between the panels and the roof, even in cases where the panels are flat rather than at the latitude tilt. So expecting the heat to transmit from the solar panel to the roof seems pretty unrealistic.

about 3 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

fgouget Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (237 comments)

All else is not equal. If you didn't have solar panels up there, you could put some light-colored paint on the roof, which reflects much of the sunlight. Solar panels tend to be quite dark, and get quite hot since they aren't anywhere near 100% efficient.

They are also not flat against the roof meaning there's a big layer of mobile air between them and the roof. So the heat does not transmit from the solar panel to the roof. Hence all that remains is the shading which does mean they considerably reduce the heat loading on the roof.

about 3 months ago

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