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Comment Re:No you dont (Score 1) 157

Where does the constitution specifically call out a right to breathe or to eat? The constitution is not a list of human rights. It's a list of things the government is allowed to do. If it isn't in the constitution it is the government and not the citizen that is prevented from acting.

In this case a police officer is the government. If the constitution does not specifically allow the police to confiscate cameras and harass citizens using them then they are not allowed to do so. But that is just theory. In practice they will often just beat you bloody, toss you in jail, and throw some false charges at you (cover charges). Or if you get particularly unlucky and the cop is having a bad day he might just shoot you or choke you to death or both.

American police are usually themselves dangerous criminals and fucking with them in any way is indistinguishable from doing the same to an armed and pissed off gang member except that the gang member knows he could end up going to jail if he kills you. The cop knows he will at worst get a short paid vacation. The police are basically a gang themselves but one that is immune to all prosecution.

Comment Re:Not that expensive (Score 1) 236

Yes I am sure they considered the expensive babysitter in their pricing discussions. It's people like you these guys were thinking of. I'm half surprised they didn't price it at $100. Or $500. I'll continue with just downloading the movie for free when available until I make my first billion and those rich studio execs can go fuck themselves.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 1) 272

Orion was actually designed to take off from the ground, so no, you don't need to build it in space unless you're worried about radioactive fallout, which could potentially kill a handful of people across the globe by ever so slightly increasing cancer rates.

Well why shouldn't we be worried about nuclear fallout? It is simply never going to happen and not just because of the nuclear test ban treaty. NASA can barely manage to launch RTGs into space without the public freaking out about it. It will be hard enough to get support for the billions or even trillions of dollars necessary for a pulsed nuke starship that launches outside the atmosphere.

Freeman Dyson was doing small scale engineering/testing for an interplanetary mission not an interstellar one. The size and mass of the craft would have to be scaled up significantly and even if it could be launched from the ground I don't think that would be a very efficient way to do it and would require a lot more nuclear bombs detonating in the atmosphere. We should be thinking in terms of permanent lunar and Lagrange point stations anyway.

Comment Re:What makes this special? (Score 1) 272

You did not even click on my links, did you? Damn Millennials. Why are you so lazy? You have a great Oracle that our generation never had. We had to go to a fucking library or call a university professor or something and all you have to do is type a keyword and hit enter but you cannot be bothered. Incidentally in this post you have made even more easily checkable errors. Slashdot has really gone to shit.

Comment 100% Microsoft (Score 1) 43

Fuck Microsoft. Fuck Skype. This is the sort of megacorp retardo-logic that is fucking over the world. We figured out how to make our app more data efficient, but our users don't care and don't want data efficiency. We cannot figure out a situation where it might be helpful because we are morons who only live in areas where LTE is ubiquitous and everyone has an LTE capable phone and everyone is so rich that they all have unlimited data plans. So lets release our more efficient app only for Indians and take precautions to be sure no one else in the entire world can use it instead of our slow, bloated data-hog. Got news for you guys. Most people in the world don't have or use LTE and are lucky if/when they have 3G. To be fair though most of those people don't seem to use Skype very much. Viber and Whatsapp and other more phone centric software seems to be more popular.

This sort of logic is what makes Windows 7+ bloat to 50 GB of hard drive space because Microsoft retards cannot even imagine a situation where someone is not using at least a 1 TB hard drive with a single partition to install Windows on and they hate hate hate having to consider the idea of efficiency in any way. I'm guessing that just bringing up the idea at Microsoft is enough to get you fired on the spot. Their view is that bandwidth is as infinite as hard drive space. No need to optimize or ever to consider the idea of efficiency.

Comment Re:Thrilling? (Score 1) 272

Finding that many Earth-sized rocky bodies orbiting a star just 39 lightyears away, with the possibility that some of them may be able to have liquid water on their surface doesn't excite you?

It seems that nearby rocky exoplanets are all over the place so no this doesn't get me all that excited except as more evidence that many or even most stars have them. Gliese 581 is half the distance and even our companion system Proxima Centauri probably has one or more of them.

This does not mean that it isn't worth sending them an RF or laser message though to see if we get a reply in 80 years because well you never know. Although there are certainly more compelling targets in a 40 ly radius.

Comment Re:What makes this special? (Score 1) 272

Need I continue? Is it too much work for you to take an extra 1-3 seconds to google before you make an ignorant statement like that? Actually it seems that most and perhaps even all stars have planets including rocky ones. What this really shows is the variability possible and that rocky planets are probably ubiquitous and can just be assumed to exist in most cases.

One of the most important changes I've seen in my lifetime has been this shift from pessimistically assuming that there were relatively few rocky planets in the galaxy and that many if not most stars lacked them to what we are actually seeing now: that they are in fact almost everywhere we look carefully enough to the point that it might be more useful to search for stars that don't have any rocky planets. There are plenty of systems where we haven't detected any but the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. Small rocky planets are very difficult to detect.

When I first saw the 40 ly figure I thought of Zeta Reticulum which Betty Hill and Marjorie Fish made famous in the 60s. Zeta Reticulum may be one of those few systems that don't have any planets at all: not even gas giants.

Another star with some mythology behind it, Sirius (made famous by the Dogons) appears to lack planets, although again it's difficult for us to be sure of that. We have looked though.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 1) 272

Our most efficient drive system to date (in terms of how much acceleration you get for the amount of propellant used) are plasma/ion engines.

Has anyone actually proposed using those for even short interstellar missions? Since no one has actually even tried to build a craft for an interstellar mission no one has done the full engineering required but nuclear pulse (Orion) or fission fragment / dusty plasma fission engines could likely make Alpha Centauri in less than a century reaching speeds of .05 - .08c.

The ships could not be launched from earth and so would have to be constructed either from orbit, at a Lagrange point station, or on a moon base with nuclear power plants and mostly automated robotic mining/smelting/casting/milling capabilities. Just building the infrastructure to build such a rocket would probably take a century or two, but it's probably doable to build something like that with current tech. Just some (a lot of) engineering problems to work out. No fundamental advances necessary. Just a lot of money. I think Orion has been more fully engineered (by Freeman Dyson) than fission fragment. So might be more doable. Needless to say it would be expensive, but I'm guessing you'd be for it even if you had to sacrifice say an extra 10-15% of your income am I right? I'm sure we can all agree on 'anything to reach the stars'.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 1) 512

Are there any other countries where this sort of thing goes on?

Paris-CDG for flights to the US. I was treated worse there than I have ever been in the US and I've been treated very badly in the US (randomly chosen almost every time I fly for search/interrogations and multi-hour interrogations etc).

TSA does not generally fondle your cock-n-ball package. I mean aside from a few pervs they don't usually get in there with their fingers and fully explore the frank-n-beans and it has never happened to me there. They just get very close by slightly touching your balls with the back of their hands while they touch 'where the leg meets the torso' as they put it and this only happens if something goes wrong with the scanners etc. It isn't routine. However the TSA did not seem to tell the French security people about this subtle distinction and presumably the instructions are sufficiently vague that those guys seem to think that a full on prison search is what the US wants. Happened to me. Never had a dude actually grab or squeeze my dick before and I wasn't happy about it. I freaked and pushed the guy down and almost missed my flight. They refused to let me on the plane at first because I didn't want some guy fondling my package and no I am not exaggerating. He was really doing that. As if he was slowly and carefully searching for something that might be hidden under my dick or balls. I tried to explain to them that in the US they don't do that unless checking you into prison or something, but of course they didn't particularly care what I had to say.

I honestly don't know if that guy was gay. While he and I were arguing about his sexual assault on me he claimed not to be, but he would probably say the same even if he were. I don't see how a straight guy could do that job though, but whatever. Whether he actually wanted to do what he did, whether he enjoyed it, was not the point. I felt almost physically sick. I think it gave me a slight taste of what it must be like to get raped. I did not expect to be having some novel homosexual experience with some French airport security guy and I really felt violated and disgusted for days or even weeks afterward.

I actually begged them to let the very pretty French airport security chick standing right there finish the search That would have been fine. Hell I would have payed something for that. She smiled when I asked, but of course they refused. Why I don't understand. I mean they claim it isn't sexual so what difference does it make if the pretty female 'searches' me? Hell it's not like I would have asked her to touch my dick. I just wanted to get on the plane.

Luckily this was France where people do tend to be better/nicer than in the US and another one of the security guys took pity on me (and maybe risked his job) by searching me without touching my genitals at all. What was weird was that he could not promise me in advance that he wouldn't grab my dick. He made me understand that he understood what I wanted and that I shouldn't worry, but he apparently was not allowed to actually promise me in advance that he wouldn't sex me up. I decided to trust him and indeed he didn't get anywhere near. My experience makes me wonder why they don't insert gloved fingers into females to make sure they aren't hiding anything up there. Seems unfair. If they are going to fully explore every millimeter of male genitals they should be doing the same to the females. Of course they really shouldn't be doing any of this. The vast majority of countries in the world don't and I'm pretty sure France only does this ritual (male only) sexual molestation for flights to the US.

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 88

to anyone who doesn't know C-isms

Non-programmers you mean? Seriously what kind of programmer doesn't expect a single '=' to be an assignment operator? C/C++ isn't the only language where that is the case. I have never made the error you mention even once in my entire life. In c/c++ == is the comparison operator and = is the assignment operator. I don't see how that is unclear.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 225

I use Chrome too of course, but every time I do I think about how unpleasant the world will become if Google manages to exterminate all its rivals, both proprietary and open.

I like that Ãf course'. No need to exterminate them if you can get their product to be a clone of your own. Then there is no real reason for anyone to use their product over yours. With Mozilla killing customization or at least customization that is better than what Chrome already has, they have in every way become indistinguishable from Google's browser. Choosing one over the other becomes a hair splitting exercise.

Actually for a while Chrome will probably have better customization just because they have a huge head start in their extension ecosystem. Whether Firefox will eventually catch up is questionable but it may not. So one reason to use Chrome over Firefox may be that it is more customizable and that may never change.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 4, Interesting) 225

Yes, i too would like to keep all the add-ons, but between a fast browser with fewer add-ons and a slow one with many outdated add-ons, i prefer the first one.

Doesn't a fast browser with fewer addons basically describe Google Chrome? Why don't you just switch to that if speed trumps customization for you? Do you really think the mozdevs can compete with the massive GoogleCorp at what they do best? You think they are going to outGoogle Google?

You can not complain about firefox being slow and also complain about keeping old add-ons.

I haven't seen a lot of people complaining about speed for any browser. I don't think speed is much of an issue for browsers. They have been fast enough for a very long time. Trying to make them faster is fixing a nonproblem. Finding a browser that will do what you want it to do if you want more than what Chrome can do otoh...that's about to be nontrivial.

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