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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

lixee Re:No. (1486 comments)

When you posted your comment here, you didn't know it would appear on this page, but you had past evidence that you relied on, and assumed it would work. You had faith that it would appear, and that faith was based on some prior evidence that you deemed worthy.

No sir! This is not faith. If I assume that my post will appear, it is based on a proper scientific understanding of the technology behind it. Networking, computer science and the lot. You need to seriously reconsider your worldview.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

lixee Re:No. (1486 comments)

Thank you for this staggeringly well-worded reply. It pisses me off when even among the skeptics (think Stevent J. Gould), people still try to put science and faith on equal footing.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Turn To Silk For Flexible E-Devices

lixee The skeptic's take... (35 comments)

I just completed reading the article (the scholarly one in the Advanced Materials journal, not TFA) and I can't say it's *that* impressive. They do report a very high mobility value for pentacene (~23 cm2/Vs) allegedly because of very low trapping density at the semiconductor/dielectric interface. That part is nice. But silk as a dielectric...is not impressive. They report a capacitance in the nano F/cm2, whereas everybody using electrolytes as OTFT dielectrics report capacitances in micro F/cm2. And the speed of polarization is similar. Electrolyte-gated OTFTs use a double-layer (EDLC) to create a "supercapacitor" and can therefore be operated at lower voltages than the ones reported in this work. This is not /. worthy. If it was, the paper would be in Nature or Science, not Advanced Materials.

more than 3 years ago
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The World's First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

lixee Re:Nice, but it's not properly "organic" (53 comments)

Pentacene is organic. I was refering to the fact that this is tagged in TFA as "printed electronics" when it's not. Like I said, this is a nifty device that deserve applause and recognition. I was just putting things in perspective.

more than 3 years ago
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The World's First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

lixee Nice, but it's not properly "organic" (53 comments)

I haven't seen the device, but this is not an all-organic device. From TFA, at least part of the electrodes are made of gold. Moreover, they use pentacene as a semiconductor, which is probably deposited with CVD. The IEEE article is tagged with "printed electronics" and I seriously doubt they managed to make this using the soluble form of pentacene (i.e. TIPS-pentacene). Still, this is not to poop on the achevement. It's a nifty feat and congrats to the team that managed to make this.

more than 3 years ago
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Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

lixee Re:Beef it up (640 comments)

You laugh, but that's what happened in Casablanca, Morocco after the 2003 bombings (that mainly targeted hotels and restaurants). Access to the airport was forbidden to anyone who doesn't hold a foreign passport or a plane ticket. Meanwhile, people who were giving a ride to the travelers were packed like cattle outside a fence right into the parking lot. I remember asking a cop what's to stop a bomber from blowing us up right there. He replied without blinking that dead tourists and a shattered building was a lot worse than dead locals. A chilling experience.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

lixee Re:Good lord... (760 comments)

Arab != Muslim.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

lixee Re:Its really (760 comments)

Sorry to disappoint you, but you don't have a clue about how biased Al Jazeera (it means "the island", not "the truth"!) is. Its Arabist Islamist slant has never been up to debate.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

lixee Re:Its really (760 comments)

Look...I am from a Muslim country and I can assure you that Fox News is pretty benign compared to Al Jazeera. Maybe you don't watch Al Jazeera in Arabic. It's full of conspiracy theories. Even on the Arab-Israeli issue, I would say that that Fox is less biased than Al Jazeera. I know it's hard to imagine when one ever watched Limbaugh or O'Reilly, but it's sadly verifiable.

more than 3 years ago
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When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

lixee Re:Notion Ink Adam (396 comments)

Adam is a good choice, yes! But I don't think Ubuntu would run well on that exotic Tegra 2 hardware.

more than 3 years ago
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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

lixee Close your Amazon now! (810 comments)

Time to walk the walk. Close any Amazon or Amazon-owned (Paypal, eBay, Skype, etc.) accounts you may have. Make sure you explain why you are doing so.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Court Orders Detention of Wikileaks Founder Assange

lixee Re:"Because You're Popular, You Get a Free Pass!" (298 comments)

Look...I'm in Sweden and I don't trust the Swedish Justice system on this matter. It may sound like what a conspiracy-theory nut would say, but the justice system around here breaks when the US is involved. Moreover, rape is absurdly loose in this country. You can have consensual sex with a girl, but she can still change her mind the next day and claim you "got her drunk" or "talked her into it". Personal responsibility pretty much goes flying out the door in such cases (precedents abound). Moreover, the fact that Assange was denied a residency permit (uppehaltillstand) a few weeks back hints to some heavy bias on the part of the government. Both women admitted to having consensual sex with Julian. But he allegedly had an "attitude problem" with women. That's not rape in my book. I don't care what the law says, it is simply immoral to prosecute a man for rape on such bullshit. In many regards, Sweden leads the world in democracy, transparency, social justice, etc. but some of the laws are simply ridiculous.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Imaging Technologies Save Us From Terrorists?

lixee Re:Just wait... (480 comments)

You kinda remind me of Bono's argument that the MPAA should look at China for solutions to copyright infringement. You seem to be ignorant of how Arab Palestinians are treated in Israel.

more than 4 years ago
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Symbian Foundation Takes First Step In Open Sourcing Mobile OS

lixee Symbian vs. Linux (88 comments)

I'll quote the wiki: "Symbian OS kernel (EKA2) supports sufficiently-fast real-time response such that it is possible to build a single-core phone around itâ"that is, a phone in which a single processor core executes both the user applications and the signalling stack. This is a feature which is not available in Linux. This has allowed SymbianOS EKA2 phones to become smaller, cheaper and more power efficient.[citation needed]"

Is that even true? If not, we should take it up on the discussion page.

about 5 years ago
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Tata Building $7,800 Apartments in Mumbai

lixee Tiny? (242 comments)

Tiny? They're bigger than my place, you insensitive clod! Ah...the joys of grad school...

more than 5 years ago
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Al-Qaeda Used Basic Codes, Calling Cards, Hotmail

lixee Re:Really? What Exacty Is Your Suggestion? (285 comments)

No. What's needed is threatening, bombing and invading foreign countries.

Any patriot worth his/her salt knows that.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

lixee Re:Theatre? (1870 comments)

This is theater.

First of all, this is the lowest court. That is, it's pretty much a layman's verdict. The case will go up to a higher court to finally end up in the highest court. I personally don't believe the verdict will be upheld (at least not the ridiculous jail sentence.

The Swedish government is currently using terrorism. They're trying to scare people, and this verdict is just part of the game; i.e: mere theater.

more than 5 years ago
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Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

lixee Re:WE should end free trade. (652 comments)

Economics isn't an exact science. There's a school of thought that argues quite the opposite. The most vocal of heterodox economist being Ha-Joon Chang.

more than 5 years ago
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Spotify Releases a Linux-Only Client Library

lixee Despotify (96 comments)

Why would anyone use their geo-restricted binaries when open-source Despotify is out there?

more than 5 years ago

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Jailed over fake FaceBook profile

lixee lixee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lixee (863589) writes "Celebrities' fake FaceBook profiles abound. But is it criminal? The Moroccan justice system apparently thinks so. An IT engineer created a profile for the prince Rachid and, as a result, was sentenced to 3 years in jail and a 1,300$ fine for "villainous practices linked to the alleged theft of the [prince's] identity". He was also allegedly beaten and tortured until he lost consciousness several times. It is worth noting that in a recent case, that particular judge sentenced a member of the staff in a kindergarten to 2 years in prison for sexually abusing children of 4 years old.

BBC News coverage http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7258950.stm
The Nation http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080310/lalami
Petition http://helpfouad.com/"
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lixee lixee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lixee (863589) writes "The BBC reports that an architect was forced to remove his T-shirt before boardinghttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/529782 2.stm. The shirt in question had "we will not be silenced" written in Arabic on it.
This incident in New-York is just the culmination in a serie of others that are taking place in airports around the world http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/new s/news.html?in_article_id=401419&in_page_id=1770&i co=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=NEWS&ct=5. Sucks to be an Arab these days!"

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