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Comment Re:The Facts (if anybody is interested) (Score 5, Interesting) 161

-> it looks like this motors are only a bit off in the laboratory test (they are almost EURO 6 - but not without the cheat)

"Only a little bit off"? They emit 10-40 times as much NOx as they're supposed to (EPA source[PDF warning]). That's not "a little bit", that's "actually a fuckload".

-> EURO 6 from VW is fine (see http://www.theicct.org/nox-con...) as other German manufacturers, but some others have problems.

The linked paper only shows test results from a single VW vehicle. Not enough to say anything about VW's general compliance or lack thereof.

Comment Re:On the moon at least, Outer Space Treaty is cle (Score 2) 162

Read it more carefully. It says "natural resources in place". In other words, you cannot claim ownership of an iron deposit or gold seam. But you can claim ownership of rocks or natural resources removed (by you) from the surface (or at least it doesn't say you can't).

Comment Re:US got bored forcing their laws on other countr (Score 1) 162

That is completely legal.

However US courts claim that US law is to held up "in Europe!" which makes the teacher lose his job.

We europeans lough our asses off about such stupidity.

I would laugh with you, if that's what actually happened. Except it's not (unless you can provide a contrary link). What actually happens (on multiple occassions, apparently) is that the teacher was fired for violating school rules. Not for violating US law (because in fact a teenager drinking wine in Paris is not a violation of US law.). The teacher was responsible for following the schools rules, the teacher failed to do so, and the teacher was fired/punished for doing so. The only involvement of the courts (AFAICT) is that they agreed the school could fire the teacher.

Now, of course "zero tolerance" rules are incredibly stupid, but that's more of a low-level institutional problem than a US law problem. Note that there actually are a couple of US laws that apply to US citizens even outside the country: for example, laws against pedophilia (to prevent sex tourists from going abroad and having sex with 12-year-olds or younger). Drinking abroad, however, is not against US law.

Comment Re:Fraudulent "Science" (Score 1) 186

One also wonders if this Anonymous Coward is a wife beating rapist pedophile. What, I'm just asking the question, not making any accusation or anything! I'm just saying, we don't know you're not.

But, in case anyone else is actually wondering what the papers really are about (as opposed to mister AC who is asking a loaded question in an attempt to create doubt where none exists), it's a mix of biomedical stuff. Probably boring stuff unless you're in the field (but I don't know enough about biology/medicine to know for sure).

Comment Re:Consciousness (Score 3, Insightful) 244

You mean apparently more sophisticated cognitive capabilities. They don't know what this tiny brain is capable of, because it's completely isolated from sensory input. And had no opportunity to develop mentally at all (since, again, it's had no exposure to the world at all). In fact, they argue that because there is no sensory stimulation, the brain can't be thinking. That... well, that's just a crock of shit, quite frankly.

Comment Re:Fuck Lenovo (Score 3, Informative) 163

Really? Because literally everything I've seen about it says none of the Think series are affected in any way. None of the thinkpads are listed on Lenovo's download page (and in fact the initial advisory specifically states none of the Think-branded laptops are affected).

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 2) 391

One of the almost-plausible arguments is that a poor quality Ethernet cable can pick up analog noise which can leak into the actually-analog speaker output, since the Ethernet cable and the speaker cable go into/out of the same system. Like I say, it's almost plausible: noise from within the computer really can leak into the speaker output, and RF signals really can propagate through the Ethernet cable into the computer. The question is: does that actually make a difference, especially one that is in any way perceivable? The answer, as TFA found, is a decided "no".

Comment Re:Steam Link (Score 1, Informative) 170

For gaming, it ain't getting hot unless you do something STUPID like pick some power-hungry GPU.

For gaming with decent graphics at a decent (i.e. 30+) framerate, yes, it's gonna put out a lot of heat. You're looking at a 980 ti or Fury X to handle 4k, which means a total system power (under load) of ~400 watts. If you want actually goodgraphics, you need SLI/Crossfire, which means ~700 watts or more. That's quite a lot of heat.

Now, if you only want to browse the web or watch a movie, sure, even a low-level low power PC can do that. Hell, my eee901 netbook with it's super-shitty integrated Intel graphics could push 1920x1080. But, we're talking about gaming here, and that takes vastly more power.

Comment Re:This guy... (Score 1) 143

Yes, but a Kugelblitz requires two or more massless particles to interact to form a black hole (because while a photon is massless and can never form a black hole, a system of photons is generally not and certainly could given the right conditions). And a heat-formed kugelblitz would generally not be stable: black holes radiate energy same as any black body (in fact, black holes are basically perfect black bodies), and dissipate at a rate inversely proportional to their mass, which means at around the black hole forming temperature black holes would pop in and out of existence as they formed and quickly dissipate. They'd just become part of the thermal equilibrium system. Granted, he is right that at extremely high temperatures black hole formation would start to become stable, which would probably prevent temperatures above a certain point. But, as I say, that is way beyond our current physics.

Comment Re:This guy... (Score 3, Informative) 143

This guy has anawful lot of confidence in how the universe works, I'll give him that much. I am only a lowly being compared to him, but isn't this all speculation? I'm pretty sure this is not a science with any kind of proof or even basic consistent knowledge, but don't let me get in the way.

You are correct, it's mostly a bunch of pop-sci woo-woo. For example, a massless particle no matter how energetic cannot on it's own convert into a black hole as he claims, because no matter how much energy it has you can always Lorentz boost into a frame where it has arbitrarily small amounts of energy. Likewise the photons in your room have arbitrarily large amounts of energy, depending on the reference frame you choose. But they have no mass, and a system requires a certain amount of mass to convert into a black hole (and the mass of system is invariant, i.e. it's the same in every reference frame).

The "the Universe would be destroyed" bit is also completely and purely theoretical at this point: we have no real proof for inflation at all. Our physics just doesn't really extend to those energy scales yet.

Comment Re:$68 Billion for high speed trains (Score 4, Informative) 599


Oh yeah, that looks like a nice unbiased source. For example, it omits to mention that 2/3rds of the water that goes into animal feed is "green water", i.e. rain and other renewable sources. In other words, animal-based foods require large amounts of water, but it's mostly renewable water. In order to say that getting rid of lifestock would actually help the problem, you'd need to look at how much water would be required for foods to replace meat and dairy entirely, and where that water would need to come from (it doesn't help the problem if you replace lifestock with plants if those plants end up requiring more water from aquifers than the lifestock does).

BTW here's the full report (PDF warning) on water usage in California if anyone is interested in more numbers.

Comment Re:uh, so? (Score 4, Insightful) 127

Why? Manufacturing goes overseas because it's cheaper, but when you automate the process or require skilled labor it's not really any cheaper to offshore it. In fact, according to Wikipedia the US has more chip fabs than any other country. Significantly so. In fact in general the US is third in the world (behind China and the EU) in total manufacturing output. It just doesn't have very many manufacturing jobs anymore, because most of the plants went hi-tech.

Comment Re:Even More Thrust (Score 3, Interesting) 265

Existing ion thrusters already use ionized Xenon for propulsion, so it's definitely a possibility (charge the graphene using this technique, ionize the Xenon and use that to neutralize the graphene, use the Xenon as ion thruster fuel). However, electrons are very nearly massless, so unless they're somehow exciting them with massive amounts of energy, the propulsion from the electrons is unlikely to be significant.

How come everyone's going so slow if it's called rush hour?